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Tower in darkness as a mark of respect to those slaughtered in terror attack

Blackpool Tower’s lights were switched off tonight as a mark of respect for the victims of the terror attack on Parliament.

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Gordon Marsden

MP heard gunshots as suspected terrorist attacks parliament

Blackpool and Wyre MPs are currently on lockdown in the House of Lords after a suspected terror attack on Parliament.

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RMT members on the picket line at Blackpool North last week

New rail strike announced for Grand National day

Rail Union RMT has confirmed further strike action by guards and driver members on Arriva Rail North over the introduction of Driver Only Operations.

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Blackpool tourism to benefit from the ‘Brexit effect’

Tourism chiefs urged traders to cash in on a ‘Brexit bounce’ with Blackpool poised to capitalise on Britain leaving the EU.

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Drivers reported delays in the area

Delays after two-vehicle smash on southbound M6

All lanes have re-opened following a two-vehicle smash on the southbound M6, say police.
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Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool: From the courts 22-03-17

Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

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Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College

Shopping boost for college’s library

A Mother’s Day shopping afternoon in Lytham provided a boost of just under £400 for a fund to refurbish the library at Lytham St Annes Technology and Performing Arts College.

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St Annes In Bloom chairman Fiona Boismaison (back, wearing green) with Santander bank staff working on the refurbishment of the Peace Garden on St Annes seafront

Bank staff share in some peace and love

In Bloom volunteers were delighted to bank on some extra help as work started on a revamp for a seafront attraction.

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Brexit boost hopes as season plans revealed

Pleasure Beach boss Amanda Thompson urged everyone in Blackpool's tourist trade to work together to make the most of the 2017 season.

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William McGloon was found safe and well in Lancaster

Missing St Annes man found 'safe and well'

A man from St Annes, who went missing while staying with family in Cumbria, has been found safe and well.
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CCTV APPEAL: Theft from Home Bargains in Poulton

Police are appealing for information after the theft of goods from a shop in Poulton.
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North Devon District Hospital where Walsh worked

Consultant had indecent images of youngsters

A paediatric consultant who tried to hide his sexual interest in children with “military-grade” software has been jailed for three years after police enlisted a top computer expert to bring him to justice.

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The 24-year-old cyclist, from Lytham, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital, where he has since undergone surgery for head injuries and a broken jaw.

Cyclist suffers serious head injuries after collision in Lytham

A cyclist has suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a Mercedes, say police.

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Pamela Bailey presents the defibrillator from the Adam appeal to Blackpool Sixth Form College to Dave Williams one of the Lead Pastoral Mentors

Legacy gift is a real lifesaver

Saving lives is high on the timetable after Blackpool Sixth Form College was presented with a defibrillator.

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Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool: From the courts 21-03-17

Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

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Coun Cheryl Little, town mayor of St Annes 2016-17

Ceilidh boost to RNLI coffers

A ceilidh at St Annes Palace attracted a capacity attendance - and helped take the total raised for the RNLI during Coun Cheryl Little’s year as town mayor to more than £1,000.

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Members of Lytham St Annes Twinning Association on their  trip to Caudry in northern France

French town link set to be sealed

A second continental twinning partner for Lytham and St Annes is set to be clinched later this year.

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The Iraqi  military are being trained by Lancashire troops

Soldier teaching Iraqi and Kurdish forces to save lives

A Blackpool medic has told how she is helping train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the battle to defeat Islamic State.

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Members of the Zervani during a medical training exercise at Tiger Town on the outskirts of Erbil, Iraq

British troops train Iraqi and Kurdish fighters to beat Islamic State

Iraqi and Kurdish fighters being trained by UK forces, including an expert from Blackpool, will beat Islamic State, a high ranking British Army officer has said.

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Miss Percival told detectives that following the birth, she thought the baby was asleep or deceased.

'Insufficient evidence' for charges over baby's death at vicarage

The Crown Prosecution Service has said there remains "insufficient evidence" to charge anyone over the death of a baby boy at a vicarage.
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