End of charity bake sale will be recipe for disaster

Fears have emerged for the future of the much-loved charity bake sale amid changes to food regulations.

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Picture: Yui Mok

Top tips on how to lower your energy bills

As three of the ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers announce price hikes, experts are reminding householders of small changes that can help slash how much they spend on gas and electricity.

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Scott Walker, leak detective at United Utilities

Meet the ‘leak detectors’ . . . and their wooden listening stick

A crack team of leak detectives has tracked down and plugged more 18,000 hidden pipe leaks in the North West over the past 12 months - thanks to a device that has been used since the Victorian era.

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The St Annes Promenade Gardens Friends held a consultation afternoon at the Island Cinema on plans to renovate the old paddling pool.
Local resident Lynda Kenyon (left) fills in a questionnaire, assisted by Alison Levi.

Delighted over response in bid to revamp pool

The group behind proposals to give a new lease of life to a long-disused seafront swimming pool have been delighted with the response to a series of consultation events.

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The car stopped on the M6

‘Don’t hog the middle lane’

Police have issued a warning to Lancashire drivers about hogging the middle lane on motorways.

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Debenhams Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost 135,000 to just under 12,000 workers.

Listed: All 360 businesses that failed to pay staff properly

The Government has named and shamed 360 businesses for underpaying thousands of workers a total of almost £1m.

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Child car seat regulations  everything you need to know about this years changes

Child car seat regulations – everything you need to know about this year’s changes

The new rules around child car seats are causing widespread confusion among parents and carers – despite the fact that the bit that most people are talking about isn’t really new at all.
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Nick Thompson

Fun Park ready to 'manufacture smiles' as new season gets under way

Striding around the Pleasure Beach Nick Thompson is a man on a mission.

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County Hall

Council tax to rise as Lancashire County Council approves budget

Lancashire County Council has approved a 4% rise in Council Tax and agreed to provide an extra £500,000 for road safety measures.

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United Utilities Franklaw Treatment Plant near Garstang is at the centre of the investigation

Cryptosporidium contamination still a mystery

Scientists admit they still can’t say what caused the drinking water crisis across Lancashire in 2015.

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County Council sets Council Tax and warns of more cuts to come

Lancashire County Council meets today to set its Council Tax and budget for 2017/18 with a warning that yet more multi million pound cuts could lie ahead.

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Jobs, Friends and Houses, a social enterprise that offers employment and training to ex-offenders and people recovering from addiction.

Lancashire Police and Blackpool Council save failing business Jobs, Friends and Houses

An award-winning company that has received more than £1m in public money has been taken over by Blackpool Council and Lancashire Police after getting into financial trouble.

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Black Power Wands are no longer available to buy online at Ann Summers.

Vibrator recalled from Blackpool shop over concerns it could SHOCK people

Blackpool sex shop Ann Summers is urgently recalling a popular vibrator for fears that prolonged use will expose its wires - and SHOCK people.

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The great Virgin Rail rip-off row rumbles on

The great Virgin Rail rip-off row rumbles on

Virgin Rail representatives will today meet with a Fylde coast MP amid a growing row over the cost of some journeys.

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Police were called to the incident at around 6.10am

Man dies after being 'struck by train'

Police were called to a fatality after a man was "struck by a train" in Penwortham.
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Clip n Climb Blackpool has been given the green light

High hopes for town’s new climbing centre

The Fylde coast’s first dedicated indoor climbing centre has been given the go ahead.

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How the revamped Kirkham station will look

Cash available to solve station parking crisis

Cash set aside to improve Kirkham and Wesham station should be used to end nearby residents’ parking misery, campaigners have said.

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Virgin train

‘I’ve never been so embarrassed’ - Businessman wrongly detained in train ticket row

Steve Morrissey thought he’d landed a great deal booking a train ticket from Lancaster to London for £93 - when the price from Preston was £350.

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Open All Hours: David Jason (left) and Ronnie Barker

Lancashire office staff put in the hours

Almost three quarters of office staff are so overwhelmed with work they have to put in 180 extra hours every year, according to new research.

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Work continues on the Broughton Bypass plan

Traffic report could shape Lancashire housing plans

A detailed traffic report into the A6 could shape the future of housing in and around Garstang.

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