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Dr Buck Ruxton’s House of Murder

Dr Buck Ruxton was undoubtedly Lancaster’s most sensational twentieth-century murderer. The murders are famous because of the application of then new methods of forensic science to their solution. A man of science himself, Ruxton would have been one of the few then capable of understanding them.

Police Appeal after Lancaster City Centre Assault

Lancaster Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Lancaster, reporting the offender appeared to be a young teenager.

Wanted Morecambe man, 81, believed to be in Blackpool

Police are continuing to appeal for help to trace missing man John Gilbert Blacktop. Blacktop, 81, of Marine Road West, Morecambe was on trial at Bradford Crown Court but failed to turn up for court last week. He was convicted in his absence and sentenced to 21 years in prison and is now wanted.

Local heroin dealer jailed for 30 months

Tina Ghorst, a drug dealer who sold heroin to undercover police officers has been jailed for 30 months. Ghorst appeared at Preston Crown Court charged with seven counts of supplying class A drugs and one count of being concerned in the supply of class A drugs following a lengthy investigation by officers from Lancashire Police.

Police praised after River Lune rescue

Police officers have been praised for their swift actions after a dramatic river rescue was launched to save the lives of two men who had earlier been seen in Lancaster city centre in an altercation. The rescue began after an officer on patrol heard splashing sounds coming from the River Lune, next to Skerton Bridge, in Lancaster on Friday evening.

Nightmare before Christmas for drink drive video blogger

Losing his place in the footie team, his licence, his job and his girlfriend – this has been a bad week for video blogger Robert Lancashire. Fans of the Love My Lancashire Facebook page have been following Robert’s daily blogs since he was arrested for drink driving at the start of the month.

Cone Alone: CCTV appeal after ice cream promotion stolen

Police have released CCTV stills after a £150 plastic promotional ice cream cone was stolen from a garage forecourt. The 4ft item was taken from the forecourt of Ryelands service station, Owen Road, at around 9.00pm on 4th September. Police would now like to speak to the three people shown in the CCTV images in order to eliminate them from their inquiries.

Make Sure Santa is Your Only Intruder at Christmas

Home owners are being given crime prevention tips to make sure they don’t fall victim to crime this Christmas. At this time of year, expensive presents are starting to be placed around trees – and can prove tempting to passing thieves.

Money laundering raid in Morecambe

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after police seized thousands of pounds from a house in Morecambe. The 40-year-old woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after police raided an address on Brook Street and discovered a substantial amount of cash and a small amount of cannabis.

Warning over alarm company claiming to be working with police

Local residents are being warned about an alarm company currently cold calling in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. Sales staff are contacting householders by telephone and falsely claiming to be working with the police, while offering numerous free gifts such as security marking pens.

Armed robbers target local shops

Police are appealing to the public to come forward with information after two shops in Lancaster and Garstang were targeted by armed robbers on Saturday night (4th February). The first offence took place around 8.40pm when two masked men entered Leas Grocery store on Coulston Road, Lancaster, demanding the 20-year-old shop assistant open the till.

Six arrested in morning raids on Ryelands and Vale

Six people have been arrested in a series of raids carried out this morning as part of a robbery investigation. Warrants were executed by support unit officers at properties on the Ryelands and Vale estates, Lancaster, at around 8.30am. The men, aged 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Ryelands drugs gang sentenced

Anthony Diprose gang leaderMembers of an organised crime gang who ruled a Lancaster's Ryelands Estate through fear and intimidation have today been given jail sentences totalling over 67 years.

Gang jailed for over 13 years after assault

A gang of men who targeted a vulnerable individual in a violent attack have been jailed for a total of over 13 years. Five men appeared at Preston Crown Court last week as a result of an assault in Harcourt Road, Lancaster in October 2008.

'Bubble' Heads arrested at Sugarhouse student club

Students and youngsters are being warned about the dangers of ‘Bubble’, a relatively new drug that mixes fertiliser and amphetamines, after seven people were arrested at a Lancaster nightclub at the weekend. Door staff at Lancaster’s Sugarhouse alerted police after compulsory searches on Friday night revealed seven students were carrying white powder.

CCTV Released after Student Rape

(Updated 4/11/09): Police have released a CCTV image after a female student was raped after leaving a Lancaster nightclub. The victim had been in Cuba night club in Dalton Square, Lancaster, in the early hours of 21st October 2009 and had struck up a conversation with a man. The male then offered to walk her home to the Moorlands area of the city.

Uni Students Issued with Crime Packs

More than 700 university students are being given crime prevention packs in a bid to beat the burglars. The Lancashire Police packs are being given to Lancaster University and University of Cumbria students who live in the 220 off-campus properties managed by Lancaster University Student Union.

Carnforth man jailed for possessing child porn

Craig PillingCraig Pilling has been sentenced to four and a half years (54 months) imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children. Piling, 59, of Packet Lane, Carnforth, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today after he was found guilty of two counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

Cash in transit robber jailed for 12 years

John Arstall, a man who threatened security guards with a machete during a cash in transit van robbery in Lancaster has been jailed for 12 years. Around £93,000 was stolen in the raid on the van in Scale Hall Lane, Lancaster, on January 29 2008. Arstall, of Eccles, Manchester, and another offender threatened the guards with machetes before making off with the cash.

Dog, drugs and cash seized during Skerton raid

Police seized a suspected dangerous dog, drugs and cash during a raid on a house in Lancaster yesterday. The four-year-old suspected pitbull was confiscated by officers after they executed a dangerous dogs warrant at a property in Noel Road, Skerton, at around 1.00pm on Monday 4th January.

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