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Bank closes 14 branches in shock announcement

A raft of local Natwest branches are set to close after a shock announcement from the bank.

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Fylde MP Mark Menzies

Baseline monitoring near frack sites starts

Environmental monitoring has begun near proposed shale gas sites on the Fylde as the Government faced demands to ensure the process was robust.

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TalkTalk headquaters in west London

TalkTalk hit by massive cyber attack

TalkTalk has said it has been affected by the same cyber attack that left Post Office broadband customers without an internet connection.

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Revolutionary new rollercoaster to weave its way around Blackpool Pleasure Beach

Pleasure Beach bosses have promised thrills to match the Big One and more as work began on a revolutionary new rollercoaster.

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Police have launched their annual drink-drive campaign

Morning after drink drive message

The devastating consequences of drink driving will be highlighted as part of a county-wide campaign being launched this week.

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Bus services are being subsidised for another year

£2m set aside for bus routes

County Hall looks set to spend £2m to carry on providing subsidised bus services for another year.

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Capt Peter Woodworth (centre) chairman of Fleetwood Lifeboat branch, receives an award from Michael Vlasto OBE (right), retired operations director of the RNLI, while Fleetwood operations director Capt Dave Eccles (left) looks on.

Port’s captain fantastic in lunch surprise

A veteran volunteer with Fleetwood Lifeboat was given two pleasant surprises during a lunch to celebrate his 30 years with the branch.

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Chris Grayling

Road repair fund to fill thousands of potholes

Transport chiefs on the Fylde coast will get money to repair thousands of potholes over the next year.

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The A588 has a poor safety record

DANGER ROAD: A588 earmarked for Government cash to boost safety

A rural road which has claimed numerous lives has been earmarked for a share in a Government road safety pot.

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Crossing patrols at Stanah in Thornton

School crossing safety warning

A headteacher has warned drivers and children to take extra care around his school after a lollipop woman was knocked down.

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Lancashire County Council director of public health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said child casualties on Lancashire roads are higher than other areas

Bid to improve Fylde coast road safety for children

Dozens of children have been killed or seriously injured on Fylde coast roads in the last five years, figures show.

Transport
Catch22 has been told its operating license will be revoked in January

Bus firm fights licence axe bid

A Blackpool bus firm is pressing ahead with plans to expand services despite being told its operating licence will be revoked.

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Wayne Robinson, Sheridan Kelly, Craig Shepherd, Natasha Stockdale and Shane Connolly

Shop provides festive fun for sick children

Smyths Toys have pledged to donate hundreds of pounds of presents to the Gazette’s Give a Gift appeal.

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There are severe delays affecting traffic this morning

Severe delays in Singleton after power cut causes traffic lights failure

There were severe delays affecting traffic at Singleton junction this morning after traffic lights failed due to a power cut at around 8.00am.
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The mercury was set to plunge last night

Gritters ready to roll as cold weather looms

Blackpool’s fleet of gritting machines are primed for action with November set to end with a freezing finale.

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Two lanes are currently closed on the M6

Delays on the M6 between junctions 18 and 17 southbound due to serious accident

The accident, which involved two lorries and one car, happened at around 11.30am this morning (28, November).

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Services are expected to be disrupted until 1pm today.

UPDATE: Line reopened but major delays still affecting train services to Manchester

Some train services to Manchester are delayed or have been cancelled following an earlier train derailment in Eccles.
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Football coach Barry Bennell whose abuse of young men in his care has prompted Crewe Alexandria to launch a review of how the allegations were handled

Overnight news digest - More than 20 ex-footballers report abuse, prisoner suicide hits epidemic levels and May to host summit ahead of Article 50

Catch up with all the latest overnight national news with our morning roundup

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Bob Long and Peter Stubbs from Natural Energy Wyre Ltd

Tidal barrage visitor centre all set to open

The company behind a £300 million tidal energy scheme off Fleetwood will open its public information centre and head office in the town within two weeks.

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Rossall sea defence works continue

VIDEO: Take a birds' eye look at sea wall taking shape

This spectacular footage shows one of the final pieces in the Fylde coast's sea defences taking shape
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