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The Script announce big Blackpool date – four years since Lights no-show

Irish band The Script are to finally make their Blackpool debut - four years to the day since they should have starred at the Illuminations Switch-On.

The plans for the new coffee bar in Anchorsholme Library

Grand opening planned for cafe

A dementia-friendly cafe that has been 18 months in the making is all set for its grand opening next month.

A white Mercedes was found in a ditch off Lodge Lane. Picture from Lancs road police

£21k Mercedes abandoned in country lane ditch

Police have appealed for the owner of a £21k A-class Mercedes-Benz to come forward after it was found abandoned in a ditch.

Adam Brookes, 33, was last seen around 11pm on July 11 in Yardley Fields Road, Birmingham.

Missing man, 33, believed to be in Blackpool

A man missing from Birmingham may be in Blackpool,  say police.

Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington pictured in 2003

Linkin Park members 'heartbroken' over bandmate Chester Bennington's death

Mike Shinoda and Dave Farrell have said they are "heartbroken" by the death of close friend and bandmate,Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington.
Police used 'preemptive tactics' to bring the car to a stop on Fleetwood Road

Police sting car in Wesham

Two men were arrested last night after the car they were travelling in failed to stop for the police.
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Blackpool: From the courts 21-07-17

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

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Nine-screen cinema in place of hotel plan for Blackpool town centre

Plans have been revealed to build a nine-screen cinema in Blackpool town centre which would include an IMAX movie theatre.

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Coun Paul Greenall pictured moments after resigning from the Tory group at County hall  and moving to sit next to Independent Councillor Liz Oades

Lancashire County Councillor quits Tory party in intimidation row

A newly elected Lancashire county councillor has quit the Conservative party accusing his fellow Tories of intimidation.

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Road closures, celebration and deep suspicion - three hours at fracking protest site

Few issues have divided opinion like the ongoing protests at Preston New Road, where energy firm Cuadrilla is currently constructing a fracking well.
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The micro-blogging site admitted there is "still much work to be done".

Twitter clamps down on abuse on social networking site since start of 2017

Twitter users are experiencing "significantly less abuse" on the social media platform than six months ago, the company has claimed.

The former Death In Paradise star Kris Marshal

Kris Marshall backed for role as Doctor Who companion

Kris Marshall might still be joining the cast of Doctor Who - as the companion to the first female Doctor.

Wetlands at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Ineos threatens legal action against National Trust over fracking survey

Energy firm Ineos is threatening to take legal action against the National Trust so it can carry out a fracking survey on its land.

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Police recorded nearly five million offences in England and Wales over the period, 458,021 more than the same period last year.

Police concern over rising recorded crime and falling officer numbers

The largest annual rise in crime recorded by police in a decade, coupled with a fall in officer numbers to the lowest in more than 30 years, has sparked concern among both chiefs and the rank-and-file.

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The move would give students more rights and protection

Students could sue universities over breach of contract, plans suggest

Universities could face lawsuits in the future from students who believe they have not been given the education they were promised.

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Mum of missing Blackpool teen ready to sue police

The mum of missing schoolgirl Charlene Downes has told Lancashire Police she intends to sue the force over their bungled investigation.

Gordon Marsden

PM is quizzed over Universal Credit ‘failings’

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden tackled the Prime Minister about problems with Universal Credit.

Dakota Court Blackpool Enterprise Zone

Project update: Enterprise zone is taking off

Work to build units as part of the Blackpool Airport Enterprise Zone is now well underway.

Patrick Joyce getting his head shaved

Fleetwood schoolboy’s close shave for cancer research

Fleetwood schoolboy Patrick Joyce had something of a close shave when he decided to raise money for charity –literally.

The statepension agewill rise from 67 to 68 from 2037

State pension age to rise to 68 earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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