Robbery charge man remanded in custody

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A 25-YEAR-OLD man has appeared before Pennine magistrates accused of five counts of robbery.

Christopher Birkett, of Railway Street, is alleged to have committed the offences in the Hyndburn area and Padiham overnight between Sunday and Monday.

The defendant’s case was sent to the crown court. He did not indicate pleas and was remanded in custody until September 24th.

Police have arrested four other men, all from Colne and aged 19, 20, 23 and 25, in connection with the offences and they were still being questioned as we went to press.