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Lytham stabbing: Murder inquiry under way after street attack

A man was found with fatal stab wounds in a street in Lytham St Annes, prompting a murder investigation. Police were called to York Road, close to the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club, at about 23:30 BST on Thursday. The 51-year-old man was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A 47-year-old man, of no fixed address, and a 54-year-old man, from Lytham, have been arrested on suspicion of murder. Both remain in custody for questioning. A post-mortem examination is now due to take place, police said.

Twenty-two charged with Merseyside heroin supply plot

Twenty-two people have been charged with conspiracy to supply heroin after police raids in Liverpool, Bootle, Huyton and other parts of the UK. Other forces carried out simultaneous raids in Newport, South Wales, Tavistock, Devon and Par in Cornwall. All those charged are due at the respective magistrates' court later. A 46-year-old man from the Old Swan area of Liverpool, arrested on suspicion of cultivating cannabis, has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Retired Durham clergyman Granville Gibson in court charged with sex abuse

A retired church minister is to plead not guilty to a string of sex abuse charges involving two male teenagers over six years to 1983, a court heard. The Venerable Granville Gibson is accused of eight offences including a serious sexual assault. His crimes are alleged to have taken place in Newton Aycliffe and Consett. The accused, 79, from Darlington, indicated he would deny the offences when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court. Mr Granville, of West Crescent, was given unconditional bail and is due to appear at Durham Crown Court on 1 July.

Fiona Stewart died in A66 collision at Warcop

Police have released the name of a woman who died in a crash in Cumbria earlier this week. Fiona Stewart, 72, of Springbank Way, Uppingham in Rutland, died in a three-car collision on the A66 near Warcop on 16 June. Cumbria Police initially said two cars were involved. A man, 55, was flown by air ambulance to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough having sustained minor injuries.

Man jailed for waving meat cleaver at Barnstaple boy racers

A vigilante has been jailed for waving a meat cleaver at a group of boy racers in a car park. Alan Robson, 51, was jailed for nine months after he admitted having a bladed article in a public place. Exeter Crown Court heard he had been drinking in a flat in Barnstaple, north Devon, in April when he became angry at young drivers racing round. The prosecution said Mr Robson was previously convicted for punching a street entertainer for making noise. Laura Searle, prosecuting, said on the night of the offence on 26 April police had been called to Queen Street car park to reports of a man brandishing a knife.

'Commuting burglar' could be in Kent, police say

A smartly-dressed "commuting criminal" being hunted by six police forces may now be in Kent, detectives have said. Simon Knights, 38, is suspected of using trains to move around the South East, committing burglaries. Police investigating crimes in Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, Essex and London are looking for him. A £2,500 reward has been put up for information that leads to his arrest and conviction for at least one of the offences. It is thought he is stealing cash and jewellery to fund a gambling addiction, police said. Thousands of pounds worth of jewellery has been stolen during more than a dozen break-ins that Knights is suspected of being responsible for since June last year. He is described as white, about 5' 8" with ginger hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact police.

Mother 'devastated' by Christmas Day murder of daughter

A mother says she is "devastated" by the death of her daughter who is believed to have been strangled by her husband before he hanged himself. Jan Tshabalala, 33, and his wife Julia, 30, were found dead in Groomsland Drive, Billingshurst, on Christmas Day. Sussex Police revealed Mr Tshabalala's cause of death was hanging, while post-mortem tests found his wife died from pressure on the neck. Susan Trim described her daughter as "loving, happy, kind and caring".