These were the biggest stories in Preston from April to June this year

Posted on - 30th December, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Deepdale, Preston News
The weapons recovered by police Pic: Preston Police
The weapons recovered by police Pic: Preston Police

It has undoubtebly been another busy year here in Preston, with the city continuing to expand and develop like never before.


Blog Preston has always strived to be a hub of news, views and information about the city and this has once again been no different in 2018.

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Now we’re taking a look back at the biggest stories of the year in a series of posts, continuing here with April to June’s headlines.

Read more: See the January to March most-read articles this year

Here’s a roundup of our most popular articles:



Shocking images emerged of young men with knife in the city centre turned out to be our most read story in April.

CCTV pictures were released showing the pair in Church Street carrying the fairly large weapon.

Police searched for the pair and appealed to the public for information.

On 24 April we reported on the three-car-crash near Queen Street retail park.

Emergency services closed the Ringway at Stanley Street while they worked to cut an elderly woman free from a vehicle.

Two people were taken to Royal Preston Hospital following the incident.

On a sadder note, viewers were gripped by a tribute piece we reported on covering how bikers rode out for Karl Chester’s funeral.

Dozens of bikers turned out to pay their respects to the motorcyclist who died on the M62 at Easter.


The most read story for May was the shocking news that IKEA had pulled out of the Cuerdon development.

Many readers were crushed to discover that the Swedish furniture retail giant abandoned plans to build the £60million store in South Ribble.

How the IKEA store at Cuerden may look
How the IKEA store at Cuerden may look

Many were intrigued to discover that a florist had quit Preston’s new Market Hall after just two and a half months since it opened.

RainFlorist, run by Lorraine Johnson, said staffing issues and the logistics of running another stall at Blackburn Market caused the decision.

Tragically, we reported on a man who died after collapsing at a Preston hotel.

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Jonathon Palgrave, 35, was taken to hospital after the incident at The Clifton Hotel in Fishergate Hill.

Police classified his death as ‘unexplained’, and said Mr Palgrave was found outside the same hotel, two days before his death, with a head injury.


Readers were alarmed to discover that a man was being treated after being attacked with a substance in Ribbleton.

Police were called to Ribbleton Avenue following reports of a suspected ‘acid attack’ where he was being treated by the North West Ambulance Service. He was later taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

Emergency services presence in Ribbleton Avenue Pic: Stephen Melling
Emergency services presence in Ribbleton Avenue Pic: Stephen Melling

Also of interest in June was the news that the Bomb squad had been called to the city after an unexploded World War II bomb was found off the Guild Wheel.

The war shell was safely blown up later on and the fascinating moment was caught on camera.

Another crime story caught readers attention when a gang armed with a machete and claw hammers targeted staff in Sainsbury’s at Deepdale.

The weapons recovered by police Pic: Preston Police
The weapons recovered by police Pic: Preston Police

Preston police released images of the weapons which were recovered following the incident.

Read more: See the biggest stories from July to September this year

What was your most memorable story of 2018? Let us know in the comments below.

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