‘My incentive to quit smoking was finding out I was pregnant’

You’ve had your say on whether you thought it was a good idea that the council will offer pregnant women shopping vouchers if they quit smoking. Harry McDonald reports.

Premier League rumour mill: Manchester United make Harry Maguire a priority | Liverpool rejected chance to sign Alisson for £4m | Chelsea consider £65m bid for key player | Wolves set to complete double signing

Follow our new live blog as we keep you updated with all the latest news, views, transfers, rumours and much more from across the Premier League.

Chelsea midfielder Willian

Gossip: Chelsea wait for Manchester United’s response to Barcelona bid?

Monday’s transfer rumours link Brazilian midfielder with a La Liga move....

An investigation has been launched following the death of a  man in Fleetwood

Investigation after death of man in Fleetwood

An investigation has been launched following the death of a man in Fleetwood, say police.
Fans at the Winter Gardens  Picture: ROB LOCK

Dramatic darts marathon on day two of the BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool

Day two of the BetVictor World Matchplay at Blackpool brought a double session, in which  eight first round clashes took place.

Global crossover stars Il Divo close Lytham Festival

Lytham Festival: Il Divo close ninth year of festival

It was picnics, prosecco and perfect weather for a evening of beautiful music to close this year’s Lytham Festival.
Fleetwood celebrate Ched Evans' goal at Tranmere

Joey Barton delighted with Fleetwood's attacking options but looks to strengthen midfield

Joey Barton is tempted to strengthen Fleetwood's midfield before the transfer window closes but the Town boss is delighted with the competition for places in attack.

Fleetwood Town FC
Parking chaos

Rent out your drive and earn a fiver

Residents living near the government offices in North Shore are being asked to rent out their driveways to civil servants for £5 a week.

Open champion Francesco Molinari

Francesco Molinari triumphs in The Open at Carnoustie

Francesco Molinari became the first Italian player to win a major title after one of the most dramatic final rounds in Open Championship history.

Jordan Clark claimed a hat-trick

Jordan Clark shines but Red Rose collapse in Roses collision

Lancashire’s Jordan Clark lit up an exhilarating first day of the County Championship Roses clash with a remarkable morning hat-trick at Emirates Old Trafford, although Yorkshire ended it on top.

Dickson Road, Blackpool. Pic: Google Maps

Blackpool convenience store targeted in ‘fire bomb’ attack

Police investigating a ‘petrol bomb’ attack on a convenience store in Blackpool last night have made an arrest.

Curtis Tilt (left) with Jimmy Ryan at Port Vale

Curtis Tilt's head not turned by outside offers says Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer has heaped praise on Blackpool defender Curtis Tilt for the manner in which he has dealt with the ongoing speculation regarding his future.
Blackpool FC
UKTV channels including Dave and Gold were wiped from "around four million" boxes due to a business dispute.

Anger as 'four million' Virgin Media customers lose UKTV channels including Dave and Gold

Virgin Media customers have been left outraged after UKTV channels including Dave and Gold were wiped from "around four million" boxes due to a business dispute.

Musselburgh stages a meeting on Tuesday

The Gazette's Tuesday racing guide: Eternalist has the staying power

Eternalist won with plenty in hand on her latest visit to Musselburgh and can follow up on her return to the Scottish track.
Horse Racing
Gary Pett of Squires Gate saw this header saved  Picture: ALBERT COOPER

Match report: Squires Gate 1 AFC Blackpool 0

Gate took the bragging rights from this pre-season meeting of the Blackpool non-league rivals.

Squires Gate FC
A hosepipe ban is to be introduced in the North West

United Utilities prepares for multi-million payout to shareholders

Just days before the hosepipe ban, United Utilities is preparing to hand out its biggest shareholder dividend in a decade.

Gary Bowyer was pleased with Blackpool's two wins on Saturday

VERDICT: Blackpool pick up two wins from friendly double header

Blackpool were solid if not unspectacular in their first public friendlies of the summer in Saturday's double header.
Blackpool FC
Nile Rodgers at Lytham Festival

Lytham Festival: Nile Rodgers and Chic

Hit-maker, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and cancer survivor - Nile Rodgers laid it all on the line during another night to remember at Lytham Festival.

A triallist shoots for Fylde against Carlisle  Picture: STEVE MCLELLAN

Match report: AFC Fylde 0 Carlisle United 1

A deflected goal three minutes from time settled this entertaining Mill Farm friendly as both sides created plenty of opportunities
AFC Fylde
Jeffrey de Zwaan recorded the biggest shock in World Matchplay history to defeat Michael van Gerwen in the first round  Picture: LAWRENCE LUSTIG / PDC

De Zwaan stuns van Gerwen in huge shock on opening night of World Matchplay darts in Blackpool

Jeffrey De Zwaan produced one of the biggest darts shocks ever at the Winter Gardens as he dumped out two-time champion and tournament favourite Michael van Gerwen on the opening night of the 2018 BetVictor World Matchplay in Blackpool.

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