Shadow Housing Minister’s pledge for more affordable homes in Lancashire

Lancashire will get more affordable homes to help tackle the country’s housing crisis.

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Macmillan cake sale 2016

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 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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It was not plain sailing as councillors disputed the future of the ferry

Hope of a lifeline for Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry

The Fleetwood to Knott End Ferry may have been thrown a potential four-year lifeline - but that didn’t stop councillors making waves at a key meeting.

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Artist's impression of the apartments proposed by Simmo Developments.

Return of plans for pier flats

Just weeks after plans to build controversial apartments on the former Fleetwood Pier site were rejected by planners, a revised application has been submitted.

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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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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.

Derek Eaton

Tram work is blamed for sad demise of Fleetwood shop

A long-established Fleetwood businessman has ceased trading from his shop premises after nearly 40 years.

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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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Valentine's Day

Wyre Council’s Valentine’s day meal reminder

The Food Standards Agency and Wyre Council is urging people to ‘look before they book’ and check food hygiene ratings before deciding on a restaurant this Valentine’s Day.

Aged in Oak Wine Company owners Alex Buxton and Emma Bailey

Wine shop is barred by law from selling alcohol

Did you hear the one about the wine shop that couldn’t sell alcohol?

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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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Members of the Garstang and Knott End Light Railway group at Hackensall Crossing, Knott End, with the part of the route to Knott End behind them

All aboard for Garstang rail line revival

Railway revivalists are to launch a campaign which could see part of an almost forgotten rail route restored.

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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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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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