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Reformed addicts: How a woman turned to drink after she was raped in the army

Addiction can take hold of anyone at any time. At the age of 18, Penny* was looking forward to the next stage of her life. She had worked hard at school and college and was ready to join the army. But shortly after she joined, she was raped and she...

35 min. ago in Regional North West

Coughing your way through Harry Potter World

Columnist Di Wade writes about her month of coughing fits, Harry Potter and La La Land. It’s a lonely old business coughing. It’s not that people don’t care exactly (I think). It’s just that their appreciation of your plight tends to be inextricably...

Saturday, 11:45 in Regional North West

Bamber Bridge care home to close with job losses

A care home is shutting down after inspectors twice criticised the way it looked after its elderly residents. Efforts are now being made to re-locate more than 30 occupants of Withy Grove House in Bamber Bridge. And the company which owns the home has...

Friday, 16:37 in Regional North West

Lancashire's nightclubs shutting down as revellers favour nights in

Nightclubs are struggling to survive in Lancashire as party-goers abandon the dancefloor in search of new nights out, data reveals. Industry experts say the night-time economy is under pressure as cheap alcohol prices in supermarkets have encouraged...

Friday, 16:27 in Regional North West

Gulf War veteran from Lostock Hall battles the weather in aid of fellow PTSD sufferers

Former soldier Ian Wright had to battle strong winds and driving rain to cycle 300 miles in aid of fellow sufferers of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And after winning his fight against the elements he confessed: “It was the biggest individual thing...

Friday, 16:27 in Regional North West

Country music legend Charlie to start his farewell tour in Preston

Fans of country music legend Charlie Landsborough have just one chance to catch him in concert in Lancashire before he retires from touring later this year. The Liverpool-born singer will launch his ‘Farewell Tour’ of England and Wales in 11 days time...

Friday, 16:14 in Regional North West

Preston Markets Quarter scheme is shortlisted for a national award

Preston Council has been shortlisted for a national award for the way it has revitalised the city’s Markets Quarter. The renovation of the two Grade II Listed Victorian canopies and the building of the new market hall have caught the eye of the judges...

Friday, 16:14 in Regional North West

Longridge's world champ John does keepy-uppy all the way across the Sahara

Freestyle football king John Farnworth has juggled a ball up Everest . . . but his latest test was his toughest yet. Freestyle football king John Farnworth has juggled a ball up Everest . . . but his latest test was his toughest yet. The World...

Friday, 15:57 in Regional North West

These are the Thomas Cook branches to be axed in Lancashire as the travel agent reveals plans to close 21...

Travel giant Thomas Cook will close 21 branches as it plans to "streamline" its operations - and Lancashire will not be spared. The travel agent confirmed it will close its Accrington branch in the Arndale Centre as part of an nationwide...

Friday, 15:46 in Regional North West

Lancashire growth body has to show government that county is an area to invest in

The organisation responsible for helping to grow Lancashire’s economy must not be seen to be “paying lip service” to a government-ordered review of how it operates, one of its members has warned. The Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) - and its...

Friday, 12:23 in Regional North West

Hate crime suspects escaping justice in Lancashire

Lancashire Police closes almost one third of hate crime investigations into racially and religiously aggravated offences without identifying a suspect, figures show. The Equality and Human Rights Commission described the figures as “disappointing”,...

Friday, 12:23 in Regional North West

Here is what to buy your mum for Mother's Day

Katie Wright selects the prettiest pampering presents for Mother's Day. Mothering Sunday is just around the corner - it's March 31 in case you haven't got it in you diary - the day when we say thank you to the women who mean so much to us. In reality,...

Friday, 11:21 in Regional North West

Liberal Democrats call for end to term time holiday fines in the North West

The Liberal Democrats will allow families to take term-time holiday as figures reveal that fines for absences in the North West have reached record levels. Statistics from the Department for Education (DfE) reveal more than more than 45,000 fines were...

Friday, 11:14 in Regional North West

Don't be a Gavin....

Columnist Darryl Morris writes about 'that annoying bloke in the office' and how we are all a little bit like Gavin. I am on a train and the whole carriage is angry with Gavin. Gavin is the man on the seat opposite. We all know he’s called Gavin...

Friday, 11:01 in Regional North West

It's Ella's fundraising Mammoth Marathon Macmillan Quiz tonight in Longridge

An extraordinary pub quiz will be held in Longridge tonight to help boost a special London Marathon attempt. Ella Green has joined local business Skiddle’s mega fundraising effort for Macmillan Cancer Support by signing up for the April marathon....

Friday, 10:58 in Regional North West

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