Appeal for witnesses after pedestrian killed in Brierfield collision

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Officers were called to Colne Road, at 8-31pm yesterday following reports a BMW M5 had struck a pedestrian and then collided with a wall, close to a bus stop.

Emergency services[3] attended and found a man in his 50s unresponsive. Despite the best efforts of the emergency services he was later pronounced dead at the scene. Work[4] is ongoing to establish the circumstances of what led to the collision and locate the driver of the BMW.

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Police are appealing for witnesses

Following enquiries, two people – a 28-year-old man from Brierfield[5] and a 40-year-old man from Manchester[6] – have been arrested and remain in custody at this time.

A police spokesman said: “This collision has resulted in a man losing his life and our thoughts are very much with his loved ones at this difficult time. Although we have made two arrests, our enquiries are very much ongoing to establish what led to the collision and identify everyone involved. With that in mind, we would ask for any witnesses or anyone with dashcam, doorbell or CCTV footage which captures the BMW M5 in Brierfield prior to the collision to contact the police as soon as possible.”

Anybody with information can email [email protected][7] or ring 101, quoting log 1128 of 31st March 2024.


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Wigan men were key members of colossal £53m cocaine supply network, court hears

Crooks from the Wigan area played key criminal roles in a “truly massive” £53m cocaine supply plot which saw huge quantities of the drug transported across England, Wales and Scotland.

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Carlisle Crown Court was told how vast quantities of the illicit substance — generally shipped into the country from overseas into ports and then transported to the Greater Manchester and Liverpool areas — were distributed by criminal couriers to many towns and cities across the British mainland.

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Their destinations included Newcastle and also the south Lakes, where one of the plotters, 31-year-old Reece Barnes, of Elim Grove, of Bowness-on-Windermere, kept the cocaine in a lock-up near his home.

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Carlisle Crown Court.

“The quantities of drugs in the overall conspiracy in this case are truly massive,” prosecutor Tim Evans told a crown court jury. “The scope of the overall conspiracy is countrywide. It features Blackpool and the Fylde coast, it features Yorkshire, various places in the Midlands, South Wales and various parts of England, Wales and Scotland.

Evidence pointed to two main criminal players – Andrew Stephens, 41, of East Field Drive, Golborne, and 45-year-old Simon Buller, of Freshfield Avenue, Atherton – moving 232kg between them during an illegal enterprise which ran for almost 15 months, from March 1, 2022, and May 25 last year.

Other people had been involved in the movement of a further 70kg or 80kg, taking the total amount least the 300kg mark.

A total wholesale value of the haul was said to be in the region of £6m, with a police drug expert estimating the street value of cocaine transported during the overall criminal enterprise being somewhere between £35m and £53m.

The focus of detectives was first trained on Cumbria as multiple 1kg shipments were brought into Windermere and three men were arrested brought before Carlisle Crown Court.

The cocaine had been supplied to Barnes, who stored cocaine in the lock-up ahead of onward supply; with Cain Turner, 32, of no fixed address, involved as a “highly active courier”; and Stephen Stockall, 62, of Well Lane, Weaverham, Northwich in Cheshire, a dealer.

“Much of the evidence you will hear in this trial will be to do with the movement of drugs into Windermere,” said Mr Evans.

“Once the police get the first two or three (people) in this case, they can then look at phones, they look at webs of contact that spread out from this, starting in Windermere. It spread out countrywide and blew up massively, quantity-wise.”

Cane Turner; Anthony Warhurst, 58, of Knowsley Street, Leigh; Thomas Whittaker, 45, of Brierfield, Digmoor, Skelmersdale; and Michael Evans, 36, of no fixed address; all seemed to operate as couriers of the drug in “very significant quantities”, said the prosecutor.

A ninth man, Daryll Preston, 36, of Hampson Street, Atherton, had acted as a middle man.

All nine, jurors heard, have admitted conspiring to supply the class A controlled drug.

A 10th man, 33-year-old Scott Owen, of Salisbury Way, Tyldesley, denies that he played any part in the conspiracy. Evidence, said Mr Evans, showed he had been in contact and socialised with some of those who had admitted their guilt.

“Was this defendant (Owen) also playing an active role in the conspiracy?” Mr Evans asked jurors. “He says not. He is having his trial. You decide that.

“You don’t hold against him the fact that other people have pleaded guilty. You know there is a conspiracy. You still have to decide whether he is part of it as well.”

After Mr Evans’ opening of the case concludes today, the jury will begin hearing evidence.



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