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Group planned protest the day before lock-on

One of a dozen people facing trial over a lock-on protest outside the Preston New Road fracking site has described the planning that went into the act.

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This chunk of suspected palm oil washed up on St Annes beach yesterday

Test results reveal what’s washing up on Fylde coast beaches

The stinking, yellow substance washing up on the beaches across the Fylde coast has been confirmed as ‘palm oil’, officials said this afternoon.

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Union members voted by 84% in favour of strikes

Driving examiners to stage 48-hour strike on day new test is launched

Driving examiners are to stage a 48-hour strike from December 4, the day a new driving test is launched, in a dispute over working conditions.

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Earth-sized planet discovered with 'mild' climate and peaceful parent star

A newly discovered planet orbiting a nearby star could be the closest world to Earth providing a comfortable home for life.
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This huge chunk of suspected palm oil was collected from the beach at Blackpool, and is part of a massive haul taken off the sand by council workers.
Around 1,200kg (around a ton) of the fatty, yellow, foul-smelling grease balls are being stored until test results come back, telling officials exactly what it is.

A ton of toxic ‘palm oil’ is removed - with health warnings still in place

This huge chunk of suspected palm oil was collected from the beach at Blackpool – and is part of a massive haul taken off the sand by council workers.

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Planet Earth photographed on December 7, 1972 during the Apollo 17 moon mission

Scientists issue grave 'warning to humanity' 25 years on from landmark alert

A prophetic "Warning to Humanity" giving notice of perils facing the Earth has been issued by more than 15,000 scientists from around the world.

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Ashton Memorial

Which are the best architecturally-designed buildings?

Readers have submitted their suggestions.
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Venus (left) and Jupiter in the skies over Brighton Pier

Jupiter and Venus put on a show for early-morning stargazers

Early risers witnessed a cosmic event on Monday morning as Venus and Jupiter appeared side by side in the sky.

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Rough sea's along Tynemouth Longsands on the North East coast

Temperatures drop below freezing - but more prolonged cold spell still to come

Temperatures dropped as low as minus 3C (26.6F) across large swathes of the UK last night - but it was not the chilliest night of the autumn so far.

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Some of the substance that has washed up (Picture: Wyre Council)

Beach patrols on alert as tests are awaited in Fylde coast 'pollution incident'

The source of a mystery substance being washed up on beaches along the Fylde coast remains unknown, officials said.

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Wyre Council released this picture of the substance smeared on the sand in Cleveleys earlier

UPDATE: Mystery substance 'likely' to be toxic palm oil - sparking warning to parents and dog walkers

A mysterious yellow and white substance washing up on Fylde coast beaches could be toxic palm oil, it is feared.
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Gritters will be out in Lancashire tonight

WARNING: Freeze forecast as gritters take to roads

Drivers have been warned to take care on the roads after a forecast freeze tonight.

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Mystery object washed ashore at Fleetwood. Photo: Fleetwood Coastguard

Mystery yellow lumps found on beach

An investigation has been launched after an 'unknown substance' washed ashore in Fleetwood.

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An aerial view of Stott Hall farm near Huddersfield in Yorkshire

'Motorway Farm' to become a wildlife haven

A farm which sits in the middle of a motorway has pledged to become a wildlife haven.

Environment

Beach clean on golden Blackpool sands

What a glorious day for a beach clean!

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Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Andy Edgell, the UK's lead test pilot, using a specialist fighter jet simulator at BAE Systems in Warton

Role of simulator hailed in preparing pilots for flying new fighter

A specialist fighter jet simulator facility, where a cost-saving landing method was developed, is a "critical piece of the puzzle" for pilots preparing for flight trials off HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Politics

Harry returns to village flooded by 2015 storm to check recovery progress

Prince Harry has returned to a village which was devastated by floods in Storm Desmond to see how the recovery effort progressed.
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Prince Harry during his visit to St Michaels in 2016

Harry in return visit to village devastated by floods

Prince Harry is to return to a Lancashire village which was devastated by floods.

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Police were called after protesters locked-on outside the site PIC: Ros Wills

Protesters lock-on at Preston New Road

A lock-on protest is being staged outside the fracking site on Preston New Road, say police.
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Above pictured are Robert Hassall, David Brady coun Gillian Campbell, Dean Earnshaw and Thomas Platt. Left, Georgina Hewlitt-Leigh. Right, litter.

The cost of dropping rubbish in Blackpool reaches £48k

A crackdown on litter louts in Blackpool has seen more than 600 people pay fines totalling at least £48,000 for dropping rubbish.

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