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Number of zero hours workers doubles in north west

The number of zero hours and agency contracted workers has doubled in the north west since 2011, according to the GMB union.

Business
Ed Sheeran is heading out on his biggest tour to date next year

Ed Sheeran announces stadium tour

If you missed his headline showing at Glastonbury catch the troubadour next year as he heads out on his biggest tour to date.
Music
Leighton Hall in Carnforth is host to a Classic Car and Bike Show on Sunday

Things to do this weekend (July 1 and 2)

Here's the pick of events happening in Lancashire this weekend:
Whats on
One of the acts on stage at last year's Europe's Tribute To Elvis event at the Winter Gardens

Elvis will still enter the building...

Blackpool Winter Gardens management has assured visitors 'Blackpool is open', after the Europe's Tribute To Elvis festival this weekend was cancelled.
Music
Police are asking drivers to avoid the area

Road blocked in Bispham after crash

A major road was blocked in Bispham this morning following a crash, say police.
Transport 1
Ellen Higginbottom

Inquest opens into Ellen’s tragic death

Police searching for a missing Wigan student found her body in bushes at a popular beauty spot, an inquest heard.

North West
Blackpool: From the courts 28-06-17

Blackpool: From the courts 28-06-17

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

Crime
Owen Oyston, whose family owns Blackpool football club arrives at the High Court in London

Owen Oyston to give evidence in High Court battle

Owen Oyston was due to give evidence today in the High Court battle over Blackpool Football Club.
Blackpool
Cian Bolger

Bolger focused on Fleetwood not transfer rumours

Fleetwood defender Cian Bolger has shrugged off rumours about his Town future as simply speculation and stressed he is committed to the club and to preparing for another season at Highbury.

Fleetwood Town FC
Layton Cemetery

Cat thrown to death at jaws of bull terriers

A manhunt is under way to catch three thugs seen throwing a cat to its death at the mouths of two raging dogs.

Crime 8
Clive Grunshaw

Closure threatened police counters cost nine times more per caller

Police bosses insist they have no other option than to close down front counter services as they face the need to cut yet more cash from the force’s budget.
Crime 5
How Eastpines park currently looks

Last push to raise cash for Blackpool park revamp

A final push has been launched to raise the last few hundred pounds to transform a Blackpool park.

News 2
Marton burial ground, which has become overgrown

‘I can’t even put flowers down on my dad’s grave’

A woman whose dad died when she was just a little girl was heartbroken when she couldn’t lay a Fathers Day bouquet on his grave – because the cemetery was so overgrown.

News
Chief Constable Steve Finnigan

New role for retiring Chief Constable Finnigan

Lancashire’s retiring Chief Constable Steve Finnigan has been appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire.

News 5
Court news

Blackpool: From the courts 27-06-17

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

Crime
Preston Crown Court.  PIC BY ROB LOCK

Lancashire man raped vulnerable young woman twice in her home

A man who began to rape a vulnerable woman as she vomited in a loo after a night out has been jailed for four years.

North West
Blackpool's Grand Theatre

Blackpool arts projects receive funding boost

A number of Blackpool arts projects have been handed a funding lift from a national organisation.
News
Charlene disappeared in 2003

Fresh appeal for tragic schoolgirl Charlene Downes launched on Crimewatch

A fresh appeal to help solve Charlene Downes' murder has been aired BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow.
Crime
Conor McLaughlin

Millwall in talks with departing Town star McLaughlin

Millwall boss Neil Harris confirmed the Lions are in talks with Fleetwood’s out of contract star Conor McLaughlin - but it is understood they are one of many Championship clubs chasing the full-back’s signature.

Fleetwood Town FC
Alex Cairns, Wes Burns and Cian Bolger model Fleetwood Town's new 2017/18 League One kit. Fleetwood Town FC official photo.

Players’ top marks for new Town strip

Fleetwood Town’s new kit has got the seal of approval from star striker Wes Burns.

Fleetwood Town FC
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