Rising crime figures show challenges faced by police

Police bosses have vowed to keep up their battle against violent and sexual crime following a steep percentage rise in reported cases.
The ferry service is back up and running

OIL SPILL LATEST: Ferry service back up and running

The Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service has been resumed following an oil spill that has affected the Fylde coast.

SS Mary Michael pupil Oliver Billington winner of the Garstang Show's programme cover with mum and sister show chairman Mark Gorst and headteacher Cathryn Wilkinson

Oliver's showstopping design for Garstang Show’s guide gets thumbs up from directors

An aspiring young artist’s work will grace the front cover of this year’s Garstang Show guide after wowing directors with his design.

Vicarage Park in Poulton has been awarded Green Flag status

Wyre parks win second green flag awards

Wyre is celebrating receiving four Green Flags for parks across the borough after Keep Britain Tidy unveiled this year’s recipients of their prestigious awards.

Cleaners on the beach at Bispham earlier this week

OIL SPILL LATEST: All eyes on the tide as sea remains off limits

The sea along the Fylde coast remains off limits today, while the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry service also remains suspended.
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Cleaners on the beach at Bispham earlier this week

Oil clean up operation ends in Blackpool - but continues in Wyre and the sea is still off limits

All the oil leaked from an off-shore storage tanker and washed up on the beach at Blackpool has been removed, the council said.

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Dog walkers have been recommended to stay off the beach until the clean up operation is completed

OIL SPILL LATEST: Advice for dog walkers and fishermen as RSPCA are put on standby

A group has been set up to protect animals in the wake of oil washing up on beaches across the Fylde coast.

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Workers on the beach yesterday

OIL SPILL LATEST: Regulator opens investigation as beach warnings remain in place

A government regulator said it has launched an investigation into the oil spill affecting the Fylde coast.
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Flash floods across the Fylde coast as storm hits

Motorists faced difficult conditions during their evening commutes as stormy weather pelted the Fylde coast.
A clump of oil that washed up

LATEST: Oil giant accepts responsibility for spill affecting Fylde coast

Samples taken from beaches across the Fylde coast show the oil washed up there came from an off-shore complex, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) said.
Experts say the worst may be over after oil washed up on beaches across the Fylde coast earlier this week

OIL SPILL LATEST: The worst may be over as tonnes of crude oil are cleared away

Experts believe the worst of the oil spill that has hit the Fylde coast this week may be over.
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Blue route ‘will not end jam woes’ as roads bosses say there’s no money

Roads bosses have said there is no money and no will to build a road touted by many as the answer to north Fylde’s congestion problems.

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Workers cleaning up the spill

UPDATED: Hundreds of bags of oil taken away as even more bathing water is ordered off limits

People are being advised not to swim or paddle in the sea at Blackpool north, central, and south, Fleetwood, Cleveleys, and Bispham.
The former Garstang Council Offices and business centre

Autumn start date for Garstang business centre re-development

Work on Garstang’s biggest town centre development since the building of the Booths store nine years ago is expected to begin this autumn.

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A blob of oil on the beach as children play in the background

Ship suspected of 'releasing' crude oil as beach-goers are urged to 'stay away'

Specialists working to clear up oil that has washed up on beaches along the Fylde coast suspect it came from a ship.
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Garstang YMCA

Wyre Council defends pool holiday closure

The full details of Garstang’s only public swimming closing for the summer have been revealed.

A beach patrol vehicle sitting on the sand yesterday, surrounded by a black-type substance

Health advice as oil and tar balls wash up on Fylde coast

With people being urged to keep their pets and children away from the oil spill currently affecting the Fylde coast, health advice has been issued for anybody who has already come into contact with it.

A sign at Rossall Beach last night

UPDATE: Sea at Bispham and Cleveleys off limits and ferry service suspended after oil spill

Wyre Council said people should stay out of the sea at Cleveleys following an oil spill, while signs at Bispham also warn beach-goers against entering the water.
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The annual Great Eccleston Agricultural Show. Thomas Hayton aged 12 from Garstang with his British Saddleback pig. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday July 15, 2017.

Great Eccleston Show still a success despite the rain

A rural show was once again a huge success despite the weather.

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