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Removal man 'staged kidnapping and demanded ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with pals'

A removal man from Blackpool staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with his mates, a court has heard.
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Old romantic: Meet the Yorkshireman who has sent the same Valentine's card to his wife for the last 39 years

A devoted husband is celebrating St Valentine's Day by sending his beloved wife the same card he has posted to her - for the last 39 YEARS.
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The collection of charming and sentimental Valentine's cards

Lessons in love: Victorian Valentine's cards unearthed in shoebox give modern day bachelors lessons in romance

A collection of Victorian Valentine's cards have fetched £100 at auction after being found lying in a dusty shoebox.
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Woman found hiding from police with a washing basket on her head

A woman who failed to appear at court was found by police trying to hide with a washing basket on her head.
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6 alternative Valentine’s activities in Lancashire

If you are looking for alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day, click on the gallery to find some inspiration.

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Kate Bullen sporting her 'Vegan' tattoo

Kate faces trolls for ‘vegan’ tattoo

​A Preston woman has been attacked by internet trolls for having the word ‘Vegan’ tattooed on her face.

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Tesco

Tesco swings axe on supermarket staff in jobs cull

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive at Britain's biggest retailer.

Business
Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend

Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank - at the same wedding venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
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Trump: As clever as a brain pie

Are you cleverer than Donald Trump?

Yes, we know 'cleverer' isn't a word, but we can also spot a camel when we see one.
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David Roberts, senior coroner for Cumbria, concluded in a third court judgment on Monday that the 13-month-old toddler was abused

Prosecutors re-examine Poppi Worthington case after coroner finds toddler was sexually assaulted

Prosecutors are considering a coroner's findings that Poppi Worthington was sexually assaulted in her father's bed before her death.

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A ladies thong found blocking one of the sewers inMerseyside. It caused so much damage that the sewer actually collapsed.

Strangest things found in north west drains over the festive period

A car door, pair of glasses, false teeth and even a dead animal all caused blockages in the North West’s sewer and drains networks.
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Harry Potter fans are looking forward to the Wizard Academy

Where can I catch the Harry Potter themed train when it comes to the North West? - Everything you need to know

Calling all Harry Potter fans - East Lancashire's Wizard Academy is now taking bookings for 2018.

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Pictures show the tinfoil wrapping on eggs peeled back by customers

Egg-treme measures: Sneaky shoppers tear open Creme Eggs in search for £1k white version

Sneaky shoppers are scratching the wrapping off Creme Eggs without buying them - in the hope of finding the limited edition white chocolate version.

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The Department for Transport has announced that classic cars more than 40 years old will be exempt from MOT testing

These are the new laws that will come into force in the UK in 2018

A new year usually brings with it a raft of changes and that's certainly the case for new laws.
Crime
The festive time can be fraught

'Divorce Day' looms with sharp post-festive rise in couples considering split

Lawyers have dubbed January 8 "Divorce Day" because of the spike in couples considering ending their marriage after the festive period.
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The patient got glitter in her eye when it rubbed off a Christmas card

Woman nearly blinded by Christmas card glitter

A woman was nearly blinded by a Christmas card when a piece of glitter worked its way into her eyeball.

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Hearing these words could lead to steam coming out of your ears!

Is this ALREADY the most irritating phrase heard in Lancashire offices in 2018?

Coming back to work after Christmas is always difficult but the annoying office phrases certainly don't help matters.

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I'm going to 'work from home' tomorrow

Top 50 ways to 'slack off' work - how many do you know?

British workers have revealed the top 50 ways they secretly slack off - including 'tactical' toilet breaks, booking meeting rooms for a gossip, and taking compassionate leave for fictional funerals.

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The street name in Rowley Regis, West Midlands

Bell End residents appeal for new street name

A petition has been launched to change the name of a street after residents described it as "offensive".

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