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Closure threatened police counters cost nine times more per caller

Police bosses insist they have no other option than to close down front counter services as they face the need to cut yet more cash from the force’s budget.
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Chief Constable Steve Finnigan

New role for retiring Chief Constable Finnigan

Lancashire’s retiring Chief Constable Steve Finnigan has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

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Charlene disappeared in 2003

Fresh appeal for tragic schoolgirl Charlene Downes launched on Crimewatch

A fresh appeal to help solve Charlene Downes' murder has been aired BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow.
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Coastguard staff at Lytham carrying out mud training recently

Rescuers show off their dirty tricks in mud training

Coastguard staff practiced their life-saving skills during a recent training exercise, on the mud off the end of Lytham jetty.

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Leyland Police Station could close its counter service

10 police stations to close to the public

Ten police stations across Lancashire could shut their doors to the public from next January in a fresh round of economies.

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Banner promoting Lytham St Annes Lions' new treasure hunt at Fairhaven Lake

Lions target more treasure for charity

A charity cash-boosting treasure hunt app designed to appeal to visitors and local residents is growing fast.

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An example of a fake bill

BT customers warned over fake bill

Consumers are being warned of a fake invoice from BT which aims to install banking malware on their computer.
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Northern Rail services will be hit by strike action

Union announces fresh strike action on Lancashire rail services

Rail passengers face more misery as guards prepare to stage a three day strike as part of an ongoing dispute.

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Start of first Lytham Beer Run 2016

Extra cheer at town beer run

Lytham Beer Run is set to bring even more cheer than on its debut last year.

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Resort GPs will turn away hay fever sufferers with no ‘clear clinical need’

Resort GPs will turn away hay fever sufferers with no ‘clear clinical need’

Hay fever sufferers have been told to buy treatment over the counter – and told their GP won’t prescribe it unless there is a ‘clinical need’.

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Missing sex offenders may be in Blackpool

Missing sex offenders may be in Blackpool

Police searching for two missing sex offenders from Accrington say they may be in Blackpool.
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Internet grooming story

Alarming figures reveal 521 child sex offences linked to eight websites in the last three years

Sexual predators are using common apps and social media sites – such as Facebook and Twitter – to target children in Lancashire, shocking new figures have shown.

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Police confirmed that a body had been found on the Esplanade.

Body found on Fleetwood Beach

The body of a woman has been found on a beach in Fleetwood, say police.
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Blackpool’s pride in Armed Forces heroes

Blackpool turned out with pride to say a big thank you to the heroes in our Armed Forces.

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The new Snap Map

VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Snapchat's new location sharing Snap Map - according to Snapchat

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends.
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The Spar in Lytham Road, Freckleton (Pic: Google)

LATEST: Three men in balaclavas escape with 'cash and cigarettes' after bursting into village Post Office

Three balaclava-clad men burst into the Post Office in the Spar in Lytham Road, Freckleton, demanding cash this morning, police said.
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Police raided a home in Lytham

Drugs police raid Lytham home

Police have carried out drugs raids on a home in Lytham.
Crime
Christine Hirst, 54, married her long-term partner Steve at a private ceremony at their South Shore home

Terminally ill South Shore woman dies after dream wedding

A woman who married her loving husband for one final month together after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis has died.
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The Sitting Goose, Bartle

Lancashire recommends... family-friendly pubs

Readers have voted. Here are the top family-friendly pubs in Lancashire.
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David Haythornthwaite is presented with the Montgomery Bowl by ABF The Soldiers' Charity trustee WO1 Sergeant Major Glenn Haughton

David’s delight at charity award

A Fylde businessman has earned a top national award for his services to charity.

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