Blackpool set to welcome new elephant family

Blackpool Zoo is to get a new herd of four female Asian elephants - who are packing their trunks in time to arrive early next year.

Call for review as fracking policing costs rocket

Calls have been made for an urgent independent review into the ballooning policing costs surrounding fracking, as a new report says officers’ aggressive and confrontational tactics are damaging their relationship with the public.
Cuadrillas fracking site

Protesters have been ‘economical with truth’

An anti-fracking protester has lost an appeal against  her conviction for a public order offence following a protest at Cuadrilla’s fracking site.
Wyre Councils street cleaning chargehand Bill Ramshaw  with some of the palm oil collected from our beaches

Is end in sight over ‘rancid’ oil scare across the Fylde coast?

“Highly-rancid” palm oil continues to wash up across the Fylde coast, though in smaller amounts, officials said.
Jean Stansfield park in Poulton

Time running out to vote for £25k park makeover plans

An 'outdated and rusty' park playground could be in line for a £25,000 makeover - but only if people keep voting for it.

Burma Star chairman Ray Shaw,94,  former RAF pilot who flew a Hurricane bomber in the Burma Campaign.

Honouring soldiers who fought in Far East

A long-held dream to honour all those who fought in the Far East during the Second World War has been realised with the dedication of a scale model of the Changi Gate in Blackpool.
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The Garstang in Bloom team at the Floral Hall, Southport

Garstang is blooming marvellous

Green fingered enthusiasts from Garstang scooped a total of eight awards and medals at the Northwest in Bloom Awards held in the Floral Hall, Southport.

The 12 anti-fracking defendants outside court

Group planned protest the day before lock-on

One of a dozen people facing trial over a lock-on protest outside the Preston New Road fracking site has described the planning that went into the act.

This chunk of suspected palm oil washed up on St Annes beach yesterday

Test results reveal what’s washing up on Fylde coast beaches

The stinking, yellow substance washing up on the beaches across the Fylde coast has been confirmed as ‘palm oil’, officials said this afternoon.

Union members voted by 84% in favour of strikes

Driving examiners to stage 48-hour strike on day new test is launched

Driving examiners are to stage a 48-hour strike from December 4, the day a new driving test is launched, in a dispute over working conditions.


Earth-sized planet discovered with 'mild' climate and peaceful parent star

A newly discovered planet orbiting a nearby star could be the closest world to Earth providing a comfortable home for life.
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Trish Arlott, Joy Mather, Debbie Holden and Chris Mathews from Helping Hand

Charity needs its own 'helping hand'

A charity which has been supporting vulnerable people in Blackpool for more than two decades is now appealing for assistance itself.

Coun Gina Dowding and Coun Miranda Cox embrace outside court

Barrels and pipes used in 10-hour fracking demonstration

Anti-fracking campaigners used barrels and pipes during a lock-on protest at the entrance to Cuadrilla’s site, a court was told.
Blackpool South beach has retained its 'excellent' water quality rating while all others on the Fylde coast were named 'good'

Blackpool's blue flag looks safe as water quality on Fylde coast beaches gets seal of approval

The sea off the Fylde coast is cleaner than ever, it has been revealed.


Delays hit trial of 12 anti-frack protesters

Three Lancashire councillors are standing trial alleged to have been involved in an anti-fracking protest.

This huge chunk of suspected palm oil was collected from the beach at Blackpool, and is part of a massive haul taken off the sand by council workers.
Around 1,200kg (around a ton) of the fatty, yellow, foul-smelling grease balls are being stored until test results come back, telling officials exactly what it is.

A ton of toxic ‘palm oil’ is removed - with health warnings still in place

This huge chunk of suspected palm oil was collected from the beach at Blackpool – and is part of a massive haul taken off the sand by council workers.

Planet Earth photographed on December 7, 1972 during the Apollo 17 moon mission

Scientists issue grave 'warning to humanity' 25 years on from landmark alert

A prophetic "Warning to Humanity" giving notice of perils facing the Earth has been issued by more than 15,000 scientists from around the world.

Ashton Memorial

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Venus (left) and Jupiter in the skies over Brighton Pier

Jupiter and Venus put on a show for early-morning stargazers

Early risers witnessed a cosmic event on Monday morning as Venus and Jupiter appeared side by side in the sky.

Rough sea's along Tynemouth Longsands on the North East coast

Temperatures drop below freezing - but more prolonged cold spell still to come

Temperatures dropped as low as minus 3C (26.6F) across large swathes of the UK last night - but it was not the chilliest night of the autumn so far.

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