Police ask for help to trace wanted men

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Police have issued an appeal for a man they want to speak to in connection with an assault and threats in Nelson in December.

Adrian Cottam (28) is described as being around 5ft 11in. tall, of medium build with green eyes and dark brown, straight hair. He is known to have links to Brierfield and Burnley.

Sgt Andy Horne of Lancashire Police said: “We need your help to trace this man. If anyone has seen him or knows where he is, I would urge them to contact us.

“Similarly, if Adrian sees this appeal, I would also encourage him to come forward and hand himself in.”

Anyone with information can contact Lancashire Police on 101. Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

They are also keen to trace Stephen Dawtry (29), who is wanted in connection with harassment in Burnley. He lives in the Burnley area and is described as being around 5ft 10in. tall, of slim build with light brown, receding hair.

Cottam and Dawtry are among a list of seven men police are appealing for help to trace in connection with offences across East Lancashire.

Samuel Cunningham (19) is wanted in connection with an assault and making threats in the Accrington area in December. He is described as being 5ft 7in. tall, slim build with short, dark brown hair and blue eyes. He has a scar on his left hand knuckle and has links to Accrington, Liverpool and Skelmersdale.

Christian Raeburn (26) is wanted in connection with an assault in Accrington in November and is also wanted on prison recall. He is described as being 5ft 6in. tall, of stocky build with short, light brown hair and brown eyes. He has a scar on his left wrist and a tattoo of dots on the middle knuckle of his right hand. He has links to the Peel, Barnfield and Woodnook areas of Accrington.

Liam Sears (20) is wanted in connection with an assault in Blackburn this month and is also wanted on prison recall. He is described as being 5ft 8in. tall, of slim build with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He has numerous tattoos, including one on his neck and the upper right side of his face. He has a distinctive scar on the right of his face, running from his lip to the chin. He has links with the Wesley Fold, Fernhurst and Accrington Road areas of Blackburn.

Joshua Higginson (22) is wanted in relation to breach of a restraining order in Blackburn this month. He is 5ft 9in. tall, of slim build with hazel-coloured eyes and short, light brown, wavy hair. He has the word ‘Higginson’ tattooed on the back of his neck and ‘Mum’ and ‘Dad’ on the inner forearms. He is thought to be in the Blackburn area.

Michael Proctor (36) is wanted in connection with an assault in the Whitworth area in early November. He is 5ft 3in. tall, of medium build with blue eyes and short, ginger hair. He has numerous tattoos, including a bulldog on his left shoulder and designs on both forearms. He has links with the Rochdale area.