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Arsonist torches animal pen in Poulton

An animal pen was deliberately set alight in Poulton earlier this afternoon. No animals were in the outbuilding, in Holts Lane, at the time, and investigators have now been brought in to catch the arsonist responsible. A spokesman for the Lancashire Fire

yesterday, 19:30 in Regional North West

McDonnell in Fleetwood to spell out plans for Bank of North

Fleetwood’s port and fishing industry could stand to benefit significantly under ambitious plans from Labour, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell stated in a visit to the town. Mr McDonnell, accompanied by Fleetwood’s Labour MP Cat Smith, was at the town’s

yesterday, 18:13 in Regional North West

Swallowdale cash can make real difference in resort

Entries have flooded in for a share in a £25,000 charity pot. The Gazette has once again teamed up with the Swallowdale Childrens’ Trust, which is giving away a massive £25,000 worth of grants to help young people across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre The gra

yesterday, 17:18 in Regional North West

'Muggers paradise' warning as rail strike row rumbles on

Union bosses have warned removing guards from trains will lead to a rise in crime. Guards on Northern staged a third one-day walkout yesterday, causing problems for travellers between Blackpool and Preston. Less than half of the normal number of services

yesterday, 17:12 in Regional North West

Chick this out!

Nobody could call this unusual science lesson ‘cheep’! Reception pupils at Revoe Academy on Grasmere Roadhatched and held adorable chicks this week as part of an ongoing science project exploring the life cycles of different creatures. Reception teacher

yesterday, 16:57 in Regional North West

Elderly man found dead in public toilet

The body of an elderly man has been found in a Blackpool public toilet. Police ambulance services were called at around 3pm to reports that a man, believed to be in his 60s, had been found dead inside the public toilets at Gynn Square. The cause of death

yesterday, 16:57 in Regional North West

Mum's desperate plea as police launch fresh appeal for missing Shane

Detectives have launched a renewed appeal for information to help find a missing Fylde man – a year on from when he was last seen. Shane Graham, 26, from Ansdell, disappeared around 9.15am on April 29 last year. He was seen walking towards Inner Promenad

yesterday, 16:42 in Regional North West

Blackpool is 'Spice capital' of Lancashire

New figures show police in Blackpool are handling more cases involving the drug Spice than in any other town in Lancashire. Figures obtained by The Gazette under the Freedom of Information Act show a sharp increase in incidents across the county with the

yesterday, 16:42 in Regional North West

Hundreds oppose new homes scheme

Planners will next week decide whether to approve plans for nearly 100 homes in a Wyre village. Residents are angry at the scale of the development in Great Eccleston, which would see developer Metacre build 93 new houses off Copp Lane. Among the signifi

yesterday, 16:34 in Regional North West

Woman’s tears after police bid to destroy dog is rejected by court

A woman wept as she left court knowing that the life of her dog has been saved. An application by Lancashire Police that Poppy – a banned pit bull terrier – be put down was rejected by magistrates at Blackpool. But the dog will remain on ‘death row’ unti

yesterday, 16:34 in Regional North West

Wife’s moving tribute to husband killed cycling home

A dad-of-two who was killed in a crash as he cycled home from work will be remembered as a ‘fantastic husband and father’, his wife has said. Jonathan Lee, 36, was travelling from BrightRED Digital – the company he founded – in Preston to his St Annes ho

yesterday, 15:51 in Regional North West

Fundraiser for Trinity ready to run in Fleetwood

A fund-raiser inspired by the tragic death of a much-loved Fleetwood mum is ready to run this weekend. Mother-of-four Paula Young, of Calder Avenue, died from cancer at the tragically early age of 41 in January and is the inspiration behind a fund-raiser

yesterday, 15:35 in Regional North West

The Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny and Santa Claus cost parents in the north-west £2,470 per child

A visit from the Tooth Fairy costs parents £5 per visit, totalling to £100 per child From cash gifts for Easter to decorating the house as though the Tooth Fairy has paid a visit, new research reveals how much money parents in the north-west are spending

yesterday, 15:35 in Regional North West

Lancaster man still missing after walking into River Lune

A 39-year-old man is still missing after he is believed to have walked into the water at Conder Green. Police were initially called shortly before 2pm on Wednesday to reports Ben Heron, from the Lancaster area, had gone into the water close to the Stork

yesterday, 15:35 in Regional North West

Dance music guru to open Fylde coast bar

One of Blackpool’s best known dance night promoters is set to open a new bar and nightspot in Poulton. Alex Huckerby, who is one of the driving forces behind Blackpool Rocks at the Winter Gardens, is transforming the former Stocks German restaurant build

yesterday, 15:30 in Regional North West

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