Teen in the sea opposite Blackpool Tower 'escorted to safety' as lifeboats prepared to launch

A 19-year-old man was 'escorted to safety' after being seen in the sea opposite Blackpool Tower in the early hours of this morning, the RNLI said.

The car overturned in North Houses Lane

PICTURES: Nobody hurt as car crashes into ditch in St Annes

Nobody was injured when a car left the road in St Annes earlier, police said.

Where are the best nightclubs in Lancashire?

As party season is in full swing, where do you like to go for a dance?

Planned North West roadworks

Planned North West roadworks

The following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week is correct as of Friday 15 December but could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Simon Grand

Grand advice from Fylde goal hero to heartbroken team-mates

AFC Fylde goalscorer Simon Grand wants his disappointed team-mates to dwell only on the positives from this week’s agonising FA Cup exit at Wigan.

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Elf the Musical takes to the stage tonight with NW1 Theatre School.

Elf stage magic

Elf The Musical JR – NW1 Theatre School at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church Hall, St Annes

A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued across the North West.

YELLOW WARNING: Ice predicted across the North West

A yellow weather warning for ice has been issued across the North West as temperatures have been predicted to plunge to -5.6°C.
The man, who is in his 80s, was found wandering near to the YMCA swimming pool

Man rescued after being found lost and confused in St Annes

A "kindhearted" woman rescued a lost and confused gentleman in St Annes, say police.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace, London

Date for royal wedding announced

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry on May 19 next year, Kensington Palace said.

Revellers warned over railway station safety over Christmas period

Christmas revellers are being urged to "keep a clear head" on the rail network after shocking footage showed people stumbling on to tracks.

Deep fried mince pies on chip shop's festive menu

A chip shop is serving up deep-fried mince pies and pigs in blankets over the festive season.
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60% are incorrectly planning to recycle shiny or glittery wrapping paper

Most Britons think amount of waste generated at Christmas 'unacceptable'

Half of Britons would happily receive unwrapped presents this Christmas to help cut the amount of waste generated over the festive season, a poll has found.

Have you taken all your leave

Millions of Brits set to lose annual leave because they fail to take it off

Six million UK workers are set to lose some of their annual leave because they have simply failed to take the time off during the year.

This year's word of the year has been announced

50 year old phrase is named word of the year

"Youthquake" has been named as Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year following in the footsteps of "omnishambles", "post-truth" and "selfie" to have been awarded the accolade.

Chocolate is toxic for dogs

Mince pies, pigs in blankets and festive choc - the treats to avoid giving your dog this Christmas

Millions of dogs around the country will be fed festive treats which could potentially harm them this Christmas, a study has found.

Picket line outside Preston

Virgin Trains' workers 'solidly supporting' pay strike

Workers on Virgin Trains West Coast are said to be "solidly supporting" a strike over pay.

Current guidelines recommend that an alcohol-free childhood is best

Under age drinking warning as study finds sixth of parents let young drink at 14

Health experts have warned of the dangers of under age drinking after a study found that one in six parents allow their children to drink alcohol at the age of 14.

The Lidun Singers performing at Brownedge St Mary's Church in Bamber Bridge for the Christmas concert

Night of festive cheer and song for Brownedge Christmas concert

Parishioners, family and friends came together at Brownedge St Mary’s Catholic Church for an evening of festive cheer and carols.

Selfitis, or the obsessive taking of selfies, appears to be a genuine condition

Can't stop taking pictures of yourself? Then you might have 'selfitis'

Selfitis, or the obsessive taking of selfies, appears to be a genuine condition, research has suggested.

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