Police appeal for wanted man

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A wanted man may have been in the Nelson, Colne and Brierfield areas, police have warned today.

Ian Ashworth, previously of Commercial Road in Blackburn, was arrested on August 10th and charged with two offences of burglary at St Wulstans RC Church, after two charity collection boxes were stolen on August 4th.

Ashworth was on court bail but left court before being sentenced and is now wanted by police.

He is also wanted for questioning in connection with two burglaries in Nelson, and is described as being around 5ft. 7in. tall, slim build with blue eyes.

Det. Insp. Vinny De Curtis from Burnley Police said, “We are working closely with colleagues across East Lancashire in a bid to try and track down Ian Ashworth.

“We believe he has been in the Nelson, Colne and Brierfield areas and would appeal to people who may have seen him to come forward and contact us.

“We would also appeal directly to Mr Ashworth and ask him to hand himself in.”

Contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.