Police make arrest after finding "missing and wanted" Walton-le-Dale man Morgan Birdsall in Preston

A missing Preston man - who was also wanted by police - has been found 'safe and well', but police say they have arrested a 24-year-old man on suspicion of blackmail.

By Matthew Calderbank
Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, 4:52 pm

Morgan Birdsall was the subject of a missing person's appeal on Sunday (February 20), when police said they were "increasingly concerned for his welfare".

Going public with their appeal, police said the 24-year-old was last seen in the Leyland Road area of Penwortham shortly before 1am on Sunday (February 20).

Lancashire Police said Morgan - who has links to Chorley and Walton-le-Dale - was also wanted in connection with an investigation into harassment, malicious communication and criminal damage.

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Police said missing man Morgan Birdsall, 24, who was also wanted in connection with an investigation into harassment, malicious communication and criminal damage, was found "safe and well" in Preston

On Monday evening, the force confirmed they had found him "safe and well" somewhere in Preston.

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The force added that a 24-year-old man, from Walton-le-Dale, was arrested on suspicion of blackmail and taken into custody.

He has been bailed until March 20.

A police spokesman said: "We asked for your help in finding missing 24-year-old Morgan, who was also wanted in connection with an investigation into harassment, malicious communication and criminal damage.

"Just to update you, Morgan was found safe and well in Preston yesterday.

"A 24-year-old man, from Walton-Le-Dale, has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail.

"He has been bailed until March 20."

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