Man found dead at house in Coppull

A man in his 60s was found dead at a property in Coppull yesterday evening.

Emergency services were called at around 7.30pm to John street where firefighters helped ambulance crews and police officers gain entry, say police.

A spokesman for the police said: “Sadly, we were called to reports of a sudden death of a man in his 60s in Coppull yesterday."

The man’s death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Man, 32, from Warton dies after Preston collision

A 32-year-old man from Warton has died following a crash in Preston, say Police.

Officers were called around 5.30pm on Monday, May 8 to Riversway following reports of a serious incident.

A Peugeot Partner van travelling eastbound was involved in a collision with a man close to the junction with Pedders Lane, say police.

The man, from the Warton area, suffered significant injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly later died.

The driver of the Peugeot, a 57-year-old man, was not injured.

The road was closed for more than four and a half hours while accident investigators attended the scene.

Police are appealing for information following the incident.

Sgt Steve Hardman, of Lancashire Police’s Roads Policing Unit, said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this time.

“We are appealing for information and would urge anyone who can assist with our enquiries to come forward.

“If you witnessed the collision and have not yet spoken to police, please contact us.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 1131 of May 8.

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Body of a man discovered under a bridge in Astley Village, Chorley

The body of a man was found under a bridge in Astley Village, Chorley in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police were called to the scene near McColl’s newsagents on Hall Gate at around 1.45am yesterday.

The man, in his 20s, had been discovered by a passerby.

Force incident manager inspector Kim Sturges said: “We were called to reports of a male under the bridge on Friday morning.

“The male was discovered by a passerby.”

Police are treating his death as “unexplained” at this point.

His family have been informed.

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BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made after driver dies in m-way smash

A van driver was killed in a five-vehicle smash which blocked the westbound carriageway of the M55 for around eight hours today.

Police say the 53-year-old from Chorley was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision involving two lorries, two vans and a car near to junction 3, the Kirkham turn-off.

And officers say they have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

An appeal for witnesses has been made following the crash which happened around 8.45 am.

Hundreds of drivers were trapped on the westbound carriageway for several hours between junction 1 at Broughton and the scene of the collision. The road was only re-opened at around 5 pm.

At one point workmen cut a gate in the central barrier to allow vehicles to cut through onto the eastbound lanes, where a rolling road block was in force to allow the traffic to exit.

A police statement at around 3.30pm said: “We were called at around 8.45 am to junction three of the westbound carriageway to reports five vehicles – two HGVs, two vans and a car – had collided shortly before the exit slip road.

“Sadly the driver of one of the vans, a 53-year-old man from Chorley, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“A 34-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and remains in police custody.

“The westbound carriageway of the motorway was closed fully between junctions one and three for several hours while collision investigators attended the scene.

“One lane has since reopened. The eastbound carriageway was partially closed for a while, although has now fully reopened.

“We are now appealing for information about the collision.

Sgt Steve Wignall, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our thoughts first and foremost are with the family of the man who died. I can only offer them my deepest condolences.

“Although we have made one arrest we are now working hard to piece together exactly what occurred and are appealing for anybody with information to contact us as soon as possible.

“If you saw the collision itself, or saw any of the vehicles involved in the collision in the moments before it happened, please get in touch.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 277 of May 2.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Woman dies following Longridge Road incident

A woman has died following an incident in Ribbleton on Saturday afternoon.

The 44-year-old woman was found outside an e-cigarette shop in Longridge Road.

Preston Police was called by the North West Ambulance Service to the scene around 5.10pm on Saturday (25 March).

The woman was taken to Royal Preston Hospital but died a short time later.

Police said her death is not being treated as suspicious.

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11 year old boy, dies in Lancaster house fire

An 11-year-old boy has died following a house fire in Lancaster at the weekend.

The 11-year-old boy who sadly died in the house fire on Coniston Road has been named as Cem Bora by police.

Police were called at around 4.50am in the early hours of Sunday (yesterday) to initial reports three people were trapped in the property, on Coniston Road.
They attended with the fire service and found an 18-year-old man and a 12-year-old boy who had managed to escape, but a third child was still inside the house.

Sadly the body of Cem Bora, also of Coniston Road – was found a short time later inside the address.

The 18-year-old man was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where he is receiving treatment. His injuries are not thought to be serious.

The 12-year-old boy is currently at Alder Hey Hospital, where he is described as being ‘extremely poorly’ although his condition is thought to be stable.

Our enquiries are ongoing and at this stage the fire is being treated as unexplained.

Detective Superintendent Steve Pemberton, who is leading the investigation, said: “This incident has taken a young boy from his family and our thoughts, first and foremost, are with them. I can only send them our deepest condolences at this devastating time.

“We are currently treating the fire as unexplained and our joint investigation with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is very much ongoing.

“We would now like to thank the local community for their patience while we remain at the address, where we are expected to have a scene on for several more days.”

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‘Insufficient evidence’ for charges over baby’s death at vicarage

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains “insufficient evidence” to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.

An inquest into the death of Jonathan Percival was halted last October when a coroner decided to refer the case to the Director of Public Prosecutions after a medic told the hearing the youngster would have survived if resuscitation attempts had been made.

Jonathan’s mother, Ruth Percival, 30, gave birth in a downstairs bathroom of the vicarage in Freckleton, Lancashire, while on the toilet, and her father, James, 66, then vicar of Holy Trinity CE Church, came in to help.
The Rev Percival went on to tell police the child appeared “sallow and lifeless” and he thought was “obviously deceased”, but Blackpool Coroner’s Court was told the baby could have survived up to 15 minutes after delivery on November 25, 2014.

Both Mr Percival and his daughter were arrested and questioned on suspicion of child neglect before prosecutors advised police last April there was insufficient evidence and to take no further action. The pair were initially arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.

In a statement to the Press Association, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: “The CPS has conducted a further detailed review of the evidence in the case of the death of a baby, Jonathan Percival, following the adjournment of the inquest and the referral of the case by HM Coroner Alan Wilson to the DPP.

“The CPS has concluded that there remains insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for a criminal prosecution. The further review included a review of the transcripts of evidence given during the inquest and an additional report which was commissioned from Dr Gottstein, a consultant neonatologist following the adjournment.

“The CPS has written to the Coroner to explain the decision and to confirm that the inquest can now be continued.”

Last October, the inquest heard Jonathan was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck between 3.30pm and 4 pm, but was not seen by a medical professional until about 5.35pm when Mr Percival let paramedics into the family home at Sunnyside Close.

During that period, the baby was left alone in the house wrapped in a towel on a sofa as the pair visited their local GP for a pre-arranged appointment, the inquest was told.

Mr Percival waited in the car park of the GP’s surgery while his daughter sat in the waiting room, the court heard.

After Miss Percival gave an account of the incident, an ambulance was called to the surgery for Miss Percival and her father was told he should go home to meet paramedics.

But, the inquest was told, Mr Percival did not immediately go home and instead went to collect his wife from a local garden centre and drove her to the surgery.

The inquest was told Miss Percival was living with her father and mother, Susan, 66, at the time of the birth, which was a full-term pregnancy.

She was said to have known she was pregnant and had wanted an abortion, but was told by the Marie Stopes clinic in Manchester that she was ‘”too far on”.

In medical notes, it was recorded she had then “buried her head in the sand and forgot about it”

Miss Percival told detectives that following the birth, she thought the baby was asleep or deceased.

No attempt was made to ring 999, the inquest was told.

A post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was “unascertained”.

Giving evidence, consultant neonatologist Dr Ruth Gottstein said statistical data showed that when babies were born with the cord around their neck, there was an 80% survival rate with resuscitation.

She went on to tell the court: “If resuscitation had been initiated, I think the baby would have survived.

“Mouth-to-mouth would have done a good job.”

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