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Cyclists use pedal power set to help mountain rescue team

AROUND 300 cyclists are set to take on a 47-mile circuit of the Pennine Bridleway to help fund a vital rescue service.

The Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team is staging the mountain bike challenge, ‘The Mary Towneley Loop’, on Sunday, September 4.

It is a challenge across 47 miles of Rossendale, Pendle and Calder Valley rural terrain and is the team’s biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event is seen as crucial to help fund the teams’ annual running costs of around £30,000.


Jonathan Sutterby, 45, from Langho, has been a member of the team for three years.

He said: “The event has been going for several years and all the team get involved to support the riders. “Our base for the day will be at Fearns Community College in Waterfoot and we will provide rider support facilities including hot food and and drinks, manned checkpoints with refreshments, a rider recovery service and sports massages at the finish.

“Our full team will be in attendance for encouragement around the course and for first aid cover if required.

“We are hoping for a great day with 300 riders hopefully completing the event.

“The event is always an enjoyable day for those who take part and has become our biggest single fundraising event.”

To enter the Mary Towneley Loop go to www.rpmrt.org.uk.

Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team is made up entirely of volunteers.

It’s called out through the 999 system, and cover an area of around 350 square miles in East Lancashire and parts of Manchester.


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Missing Person Alert (Blackburn Area)

We are becoming increasingly concerned about the welfare of a 49-year-old man who has gone missing from Blackburn.

David Sutton (pictured) was last seen on CCTV outside the A&E department of Blackburn Royal Infirmary at around 6.24pm on August 18th.

He has neither returned to his home in Blackburn, nor made contact with family or friends since.

He is described as white, 5ft 5ins tall, of slim build, with shoulder-length grey hair in an ‘untidy’ style and a Manchester City Football Club tattoo on one arm (unknown which side).

IMG_0759He was last seen wearing a Manchester City Football Club shirt, beige shorts and slippers and may also have a zimmer frame with him.

Sergeant Nick Everett, of Blackburn Police, said: “We are extremely worried about David as he needs to take regular medication, which he does not have in his possession.

“We would urge anybody who sees him, or who has information about his whereabouts, to get in touch with us immediately.”

Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 1219 of August 18th. image (6)