Great-grandmother, 69, ordered to remove her hood at Tesco by staff "who feared she was a robber"

Great-grandmother, 69, ordered to remove her hood at Tesco by staff 'who feared she was a robber' Barbara Francis had hood of her parka coat up because it was rainingTesco Express assistant asked her to remove hood for 'safety reasons'Preston store said it had acted after concerns about robberies by yobs | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 18 December 2012 A great-grandmother was ordered to take off her hood in a Tesco supermarket after staff feared she may be a robber. Barbara Francis, 69, had her fur lined hood of her yellow parka coat up because it was raining heavily outside. But when she dashed into Tesco Express near her home in Preston, Lancashire to buy a packet of porridge, a jobsworth assistant told her to remove the hood for 'safety reasons'.

Banned from Christmas shopping: Shoplifting sisters given ASBOs to keep them out of town centre

Banned from Christmas shopping: Shoplifting sisters given ASBOs to keep them out of town centreKhalida Ahmed, 36, and Nazia Haq, 32, have been handed criminal ASBOs after treating stealing as their 'trade'They have been banned from shops including TK Max, Boots, Argos and Marks and Spencers in towns of Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Burnley | UPDATED: 01:57 GMT, 14 December 2012 Two sisters have been banned from a string of high street stores after being named and shamed as professional shoplifters. 'Shopaholics' Khalida Ahmed, 36, and Nazia Haq, 32, were issued with criminal ASBOs after police said they treated their thieving expeditions as a self styled 'trade.' The sisters, from Blackburn, Lancashire, have been repeatedly arrested after being caught sneaking out with clothing and food from shops including TK Max, Boots, Argos and Marks and Spencers. Nazia Haq, 32, (left) and Khalida Ahmed, 36, (right) were issued with criminal ASBOs and banned from high street stores after being named and shamed as professional shoplifters Blackburn town centre, just one of the places the sisters are banned from Ahmed has convictions for shoplifting trips dating back ten years

Teenager charged with murder of four siblings in house fire following party to celebrate mother"s birthday

Teenager charged with murder of four siblings in house fire following party to celebrate mother’s birthdayDyson Allen, 19, had originally been arrested in connection with the fire in JanuaryHe was charged today ,police have tonight confirmedThe teenager will appear before magistrates in Blackpool tomorrow morning A teenager has been charged with the murder of four siblings who died in a house fire, police have confirmed. Dyson Allen, 19, will appear before magistrates in Blackpool tomorrow accused of murdering Reece Smith, 19, four-year-old twins Holly and Ella Smith, and Jordan Smith, two, Lancashire Police said.

Man who had massive cardiac arrest saved after work colleague jump-started his heart by FALLING on him

Man who had massive cardiac arrest saved by 15st work colleague who jump-started his heart by FALLING on him Engineer Kevin, keeled over after suffering a massive heart attack Colleague Martin fell heavily on to Kevin's chest after trying to stop him sliding off his chairParamedics said this vital punch re-started Kevin's heart. He is now recovering | UPDATED: 12:29 GMT, 10 December 2012 'He ain't heavy': Martin Amrising (right) saved his friend Kevin Brockbank's life by landing heavily on his chest when trying to stop him falling off his chair A man who collapsed and 'died' at work had his life saved when his heart was literally jump-started by a friend who fell on him.

Builder turned home into 300,000 cannabis factory after planners told him it could only be converted into a "leisure facility"

Builder turned home into 300,000 cannabis factory after planners told him it could only be used as a 'leisure facility'Clemens-Cooney, 43, had been pressing council for planning permission 'for years'Told planning officers that house would be used for model railwayJailed for three years after police received tip-off which led to raid | UPDATED: 12:31 GMT, 7 December 2012 Leisure time: Shaun Clemens-Cooney, who was behind a 300,000 cannabis factory in Blackburn A builder converted a newly-built house into a 300,000 cannabis factory – after council planners told him he could only use it as a 'leisure facility.' Shaun Clemens-Cooney, 43, wanted to build the three-bedroomed detached home at the back of his own 200,000 semi-detached house in Blackburn – but had been refused planning permission three times. Finally, inspectors agreed he could build the property – but only after he promised he would only use the upper floors for 'leisure purposes', including a playroom for a billiard table and another for a model railway.

Parents who "brainwashed" their three children to hide years of horrific abuse face jail

Parents who 'brainwashed' their three children to hide years of horrific abuse face jail The Chorley, Lancashire, couple, who cannot be named for legal reasons, subjected their children to years of abuse but convinced them that their sadistic punishments were 'horseplay'The parents were convicted of four counts of child cruelty having previously admitted five similar offences | UPDATED: 00:08 GMT, 7 December 2012 Horrific: A care worker and her husband hid years of abuse by 'brainwashing' their children into thinking their punishments were 'horseplay' (file picture) A care-home worker and her husband who subjected their children to years of horrific abuse were facing jail yesterday after being convicted of cruelty. The couple hid their crimes for years by lying to social services and ‘brainwashing’ their daughter and two sons into believing their sadistic punishments were ‘horseplay’, a court heard. Details of their shocking attacks included: ■ Pressing red-hot spoons against their children’s skin and holding knives to their necks; ■ Beating them with belt buckles and metal coat-hangers; ■ Making their daughter sleep in a tent for three weeks in freezing conditions after wetting her bed; and ■ Stabbing her with a dirty needle and telling her she would die of Aids.

Stuart Hall is charged with sex attacks on young girls: It"s A Knockout host facing claims dating back decades

Stuart Hall is charged with sex attacks on young girls: It's A Knockout host facing claims dating back decades Veteran broadcaster was arrested at his home in Wilmslow, Cheshire, yesterday morning Hall charged by detectives investigating historical allegations of indecent assault relating to three different girls aged between 8 and 17Alleged offences are said to have taken place between 1974 and 1984Former presenter was this evening bailed to appear in court on January 7 | UPDATED: 22:49 GMT, 5 December 2012 Veteran TV and radio presenter Stuart Hall was last night charged with indecently assaulting three girls.

SAS hero Sgt Danny Nightingale wins fight to be at home but now he wants return to frontline

SAS hero wins fight to be at home with family but now he wants return to frontline Sergeant Danny Nightingale was jailed for 18 months for illegally possessing a pistol and ammunitionAppeal Court reduced sentence to 12 months suspended – allowing him to return homeSoldier could be deployed to Helmand if he rejoins Duke of Lancashire's Regiment | UPDATED: 08:53 GMT, 3 December 2012 SAS sniper Sergeant Danny Nightingale could be back on the Afghan frontline within months. He is determined to return to the Special Forces regiment after winning a legal battle last week.

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward

Pensioner, 94, hanged herself at care home over fears she would be moved to dementia ward Emily Davis, 94, was found dead at her care home in Bacup, Lancashire | UPDATED: 14:30 GMT, 30 November 2012 A 94-year-old became so paranoid about the staff at her care home that she hanged herself, a coroner has heard. Emily Davis, believed that she was going to be moved to a dementia ward in the Olive House home for the elderly in Bacup, Lancashire, or kicked out of the home altogether despite reassurances from her son, Trevor. Mrs David was found dead in her room at the home in July this year, four years after a previous apparent suicide attempt in 2008.

Ladies" man turned his seaside flat into a warehouse where police found 10,000 bottles of Liquid Love party drug made from "meow meow"…

Ladies' man turned his seaside flat into a warehouse where police found 10,000 bottles of Liquid Love party drug made from 'meow meow' and vodka Ben Brown, 21, mixed vodka with party drug mephedrone and sold it in bottles labelled 'Liquid Love' Lived a party lifestyle selling it to Blackpool clubbers Locked up after police raided his luxury flat in Lytham St Annes | UPDATED: 18:54 GMT, 30 November 2012 Lavish: Drug dealer Ben Brown, 21, sold thousands of bottles of his DIY drug 'liquid Love' to revellers on the Blackpool club scene to fund his lavish lifestyle A party-loving bodybuilder has been jailed after selling thousands of bottles of a party drug labelled 'Liquid Love' to clubbers to fund his lavish lifestyle. Ben Brown, 21, turned his luxury flat in Lytham St Annes into a drugs den where he mixed class B drug mephedrone with water, blue colouring and vodka to sell in 10 millilitre bottles. A fixture on the Blackpool club scene, the amateur boxer would then target stag and hen parties falsely claiming it was 'Ten Ten Liquid Love' – a lethal combination of the drugs ecstasy and GHB sold in Holland