Graphic cigarette pack warnings aim to stop youngsters smoking

Cigarettes must be sold in standardised green packaging bearing graphic warnings of the dangers of smoking from this weekend as rules designed to prevent young people taking up the habit come into full effect.

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Many NHS services were crippled by the cyber attack

NHS thanks for support over cyber attack

The NHS in Blackpool, Fylde has thanked people for their support and understanding during the chaos caused by a cyber hack on the health service.

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Inspectors found fly paper hanging above food

Blackpool restaurant boss in court a second time

A man has been prosecuted for the second time for food hygiene offences at his seafront restaurant.

William Heyworth-Hill in training for the Great Manchester Run

William overcomes heart problems for charity run

William Heyworth-Hill will take particular satisfaction from lining up in a leading regional charity run later this month.

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Emily Bonney, 18, has cystric fibrosis, but that didn't stop her helping her ParaCheer team win a gold medal at the 2017 World Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Florida.

Emily cheered on to gold medal!

A teenager who relies on ‘countless tablets and medications’ every day to keep her illness at bay is a world beater.

Fylde Ukelele Network perform at a dementia singalong held at Lowther Pavilion

Dementia patients enjoy a sing-a-long

People suffering from dementia got a chance to sing-a-long with some of their favourite songs at an event hosted by a doctor’s surgery.

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Peter Kay will return to Blackpool Opera House for a special fundraising Q&A show

Comic Peter Kay to host third cancer appeal show at Opera House

Comedian Peter Kay will be back in Blackpool yet again for a special live Q&A next month.

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Former gymnast Jess Laughton, who raised 10,000 to have her leg amputated privately

Fallout from cyber attack still being felt across NHS services on Fylde Coast

The effects of a massive cyber attack that caused major disruption to the NHS are still being felt on the Fylde coast.

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Dancing with Dementia at Blackpool Tower Ballroom

Dementia patients can take to the floor

People with dementia and their carers are invited to the annual Dancing With Dementia event next month.

Theresa May

CYBER ATTACK: PM says patient records are safe

Theresa May said the Government is not aware of any evidence that patient records have been compromised in the massive cyber attack on the NHS.

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CYBER ATTACK: Cyber HQ to play role in hack response

Experts at Britain’s new dedicated cyber security headquarters will play a central role in responding to and investigating the NHS computer attack.

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The Tries want Britain to be 'the safest place in the world to be online'

CYBER ATTACK: What is a Wanna Decryptor and how does it work?

Wanna Decryptor is a piece of malicious software that encrypts files on a user’s computer, blocking them from view and threatening to delete them unless a payment is made.

UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

UPDATED: NHS hit by huge cyber attack - avoid A&E and walk-in centres 'unless absolutely necessary'

Computers have been shut down across the country after NHS computers were hit by a cyber attack, plunging the health service into chaos.
Bird flu prevention rules to stay in place in North West

Bird flu prevention rules to stay in place in North West

Measures to reduce the risk of bird flu will remain in place in Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde despite them being lifted elsewhere in the UK.


Eating avocados could beat heart disease and flab

Eating half an avocado a day helps to shed the pounds and stave off heart disease and diabetes, say scientists.
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Photo credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Blackpool worst for hospital drink problems

Blackpool has the highest rate of people admitted to hospital because of booze in the country.

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Darren Greenhalgh

Darren hits the road for brain cancer mission

Blackpool man Darren Greenhalgh has embarked on his 103-mile journey to raise awareness for a rare form of brain cancer.

A billion people ‘not getting enough Vitamin D’

A billion people ‘not getting enough Vitamin D’

A whopping BILLION people worldwide may have insufficient levels of vitamin D because they spend too much time inside - and use the wrong SUNTAN LOTION.

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Gym staff with their prize plaque

Gym rejoices after winning crown again

We’re flexing our muscles - again!

New cigarette laws come into force this month

New cigarette laws come into force this month: Here's what smokers need to know

Smokers across the North West are being warned about new rules on cigarettes and tobacco that will come into force this month.

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