Parliament lockdown: Man with knife arrested by police

First picture of 'man with knife' arrested by armed police in non-terror related incident

An image has emerged of the moment a man suspected of carrying a knife was arrested by armed police outside Parliament.

Officers placed the entire Parliament complex on lockdown during the incident, with bystanders reporting the man in a grey hooded top being tasered by police.

One photo shared on social media appeared to show the suspect being held at gunpoint and then handcuffed.

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Police placed the Houses of Parliament on lockdown as armed officers responded to reports of a man with a knife outside.

Witnesses said a man had been tasered by police, and images shared on social media appeared to show a suspect wearing a grey hoodie being held at gunpoint and then handcuffed.

Police said one suspect in his 30s had been arrested on suspicion of possession of a knife “near to the Palace of Westminster".

In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said officers “became aware of a man acting suspiciously" at 11.10am near the Carriage Gates to New Palace Yard, the scene of the terrorist attack on 22 March in which PC Keith Palmer was stabbed to death.

“The officers approached the man in order to speak with him. The man reached for a knife, and police discharged a Taser," police said.

“Nobody was injured," police said. The incident is not being treated as terror-related at this stage.

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Roadside checks to target rogue traders

Roadside checks were carried out this week as Lancashire Police and Trading Standards joined forces to disrupt dishonest traders and scammers as part of a UK-wide crackdown.

Activities as part of Operation Rogue Trader included roadside checks on traders reminding them of consumer laws which give people rights to cancel contracts signed in their own homes and visits to people identified as being potential victims of scam mail.

Visits were made to 65 people who had replied to scams, their letters having being retrieved by the National Trading Standards Scams Hub.

In the last year, Lancashire Trading Standards has received 174 calls about doorstep incidents and nearly 500 complaints about scams.

Paul Noone, head of Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service said: “Operation Rogue Trader is a key part of the national strategy to proactively target this type of criminality and ensure that agencies are effective in sharing information and resources.

“Rogue traders prey on our most vulnerable residents, conning them out of vast sums of money, which in many cases is their life savings.”

In April a businessman was banned from selling fish or seafood in Lancashire after his firm pressured elderly people into buying hundreds of pounds’ worth.

Preston Crown Court took the unusual step of issuing the three-year ban after hearing how Peter Carroll’s firm, P Carroll Fishers, based in Durham, struck in Lancashire in 2015.

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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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Probe into blazes in Preston

Police are probing a suspected arson attack on a car which spread to nearby garages.

Firefighters were called to Hawkhurst Road, Preston, at around 5 am today.

A car had been set alight and a Preston fire crew worked to extinguish the blaze and stop it from badly damaging two nearby garages.

At around the same time, there were fires outside a shop in nearby Castleton Road and in bins in Falcon Street. One theory is that they may be connected.

Police are investigating.

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Woman has handbag stolen in late night after-club attack

A woman leaving a nightclub in Preston was followed by two men who pushed her to the ground before making off with her handbag.

On leaving the club the 20-year-old female noticed two men had started to follow her.

Both men engaged with her in conversation as she continued walking towards the train station.

The pair followed her towards Marsh Lane, close to the junction with Croft Street, before pushing her to the ground and taking a black handbag containing a beige purse and an iPhone.

She suffered a sprained wrist as well as cuts and bruises during the attack which took place at around 4.45am on Monday, April 3.

Now officers are appealing for information and are particularly keen to speak to the men, pictured, in connection with the offence.

Detective constable Richard Shires, of Preston CID, said: “We have launched an investigation after a woman was robbed in Preston.

“The victim has been left very shaken by the incident and we need to find the individuals responsible.

“Following extensive CCTV inquiries, we would like to speak to these men, pictured, in connection with the offence.

“If you recognise them, please call police immediately.”

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting SA1704715.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Cannabis factories uncovered in Preston

Police officers searched three addresses in Preston for the second morning in a row as part of Operation Nexus, designed to disrupt crime in the city.

The raids were coordinated at breakfast time with officers visiting three targets in the city centre with one close to the university in Fylde Road.

Police and Crime Commissioner, Clive Grunshaw, accompanied one police team this morning to oversee the operation.

The cannabis factory uncovered by police in Haysworth Street

Mr Grunshaw was at the forefront as officers uncovered a cannabis factory on Haysworth Street.

At another search, officers smashed their way into a house at the rear of shops in Fylde Road opposite the 53 Degrees night spot and carried out a detailed search.

Police with sniffer dogs searched the premises and interviewed residents.

Operation Nexus is running all week in an attempt to disrupt organised gangs dealing in drugs.

Clive Grunshaw leads the way as part of Operation Nexus

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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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