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Driver faces sentence in June over M55 tragedy in which van driver was killed

A HGV driver has admitted causing a man’s death after his large articulated lorry was involved in multi vehicle pile up on the M55.

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Criminals involved in weapons offences rarely get jail terms of more than a year in Lancashire courts, figures show

Only one in nine criminals convicted of possessing weapons are sentenced to at least 12 months in jail.

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Sessions House

Ex police admin worker caught with indecent images of children at Fleetwood home

A former civilian police worker was caught with a stash of indecent pictures of youngsters he had downloaded five years ago on his PC.

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Crown Court

Man grew more than 250 cannabis plants to make his own oil, court hears

A man who cultivated a cannabis farm in a leafy coastal road more than a year ago says he was trying to make cannabis oil to cure his pain.

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Cuadrilla site at Preston New Road

Security guard attacked fracking campaigner at Cuadrilla site with camp bed

A security guard has been convicted of assaulting a protester who had camped out at a site owned by the firm at the centre of Lancashire's fracking operations.
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Barristers and lawyers gather outside the Leeds Combined Court during an unprecedented national walk out in protest against cuts in fees for legal aid. It was the first ever action of its kind by barristers.

Fears of legal chaos as barrister action is expected to bite at county's criminal courts

Criminal courts across Lancashire are facing disruption after barristers launched direct action in protest at cuts to fixed fees payable to lawyers who carry out legal aid work.

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Preston Crown Court

Two Blackpool men convicted of rape and abuse charges

Two men have been found guilty of a string of historic sexual offences against a youngster.
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Five years detention for callous driver who triggered fears of a terrorist incident in Blackpool as he drove into people

A driver who ploughed into pedestrians in Blackpool - sparking fears of a terrorist incident - has been sentenced to five years in a young offender's institution.
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Crown Court

Pervert to sign sex offender's register for 10 years over haul of indecent images of children

A former care home worker accused of taking indecent pictures of children – some at the most depraved level in law – has narrowly avoided an immediate jail term.

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Alan Heath

Court seizes weapons owned by abusive husband who slashed wife with Samurai sword at their Blackpool home

A man who slashed his wife during a violent row has been jailed for two years and seven months.
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Sessions House

Blackpool credit card fraud gangsters must pay back their gains - but one of them only has to pay £1

Two members of an organised crime gang in Blackpool which stole more than £300,000 using fraudulently obtained bank cards have been ordered to pay back some of their ill gotten gains.

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The treacherous sands of Morecambe Bay

Organisation launched after Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy reveals modern day slavery horror

The extent of labour exploitation in modern-day Britain has been laid bare by a body set up in the wake of Lancashire’s 2004 cockle picking disaster.

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Crown Court

Ex Tower worker takes to the witness stand to deny raping and abusing youngsters

A former Blackpool Tower worker as told a court he could not have carried out alleged sexual offences because he was working evenings at the venue.

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Dan Hamciuc

Blackpool man jailed after threatening to kill a toddler in Fleetwood

A spurned care home worker pulled a knife from his pocket after threatening to kill a two-year-old girl, a court has heard.

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Crown Court

Two men accused of raping Blackpool youngster who was allegedly given pills and cider

A man has denied abetting another man to rape a little girl.

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Crown Court

Woman who caused death of Fleetwood moped rider, 19, in Lancaster crash gets unpaid work

A motorist who caused a fatal crash in Lancaster has avoided prison.

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Fir Trees Farm

Trio face court case over allegations of abuse of seaside donkeys at farm in Salwick

A man and two women are to appear in court over allegations donkeys and dogs were abused at a farm.

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Michael MacKenzie

Violent rapist who attacked pregnant girl in Blackpool gets extended prison sentence

A convicted sex offender who subjected a vulnerable teenager to a brutal rape on the day she discovered she was expecting a baby has been jailed - more than a decade later.
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Lancashire Police

Stretched Lancashire Police's rest day crisis revealed amid claims of police shortages across England and Wales.

Police officers across the county are owed thousands of hours in unclaimed rest days, new figures reveal.
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Daniel Hoyle hounded his victim with messages

Stalker sent 130 texts in one day

A stalker who uploaded sexual images of a mum to social media and adult porn websites as he waged a shocking campaign of harassment has been jailed for 54 months.

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