Bank announces shock closure of 14 branches

A raft of local Natwest branches are set to close after a shock announcement from the bank.

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Tom Morris of Furniture Village has teamed-up with Brian Lomax of local pet adoption charity, Lancashire Cat Rescue  to create a British charity-retail first in which life-size images of adoptable cats needing homes will appear throughout the store.

Would you like a cat with that sofa?

A pet is for life not just for Christmas – but one Preston retailer and a local cat charity have come up with a way to help find new homes for some furry four-legged friends.

Guests at Rainbow House's Las Vagas Ball. Photos by Gareth Edwards

Raising the stakes when Rainbow House held a Las Vegas casino ball

When in Vegas... the cash comes flooding in. Staff at Rainbow House were delighted with their Las Vegas Ball at Guild Hall, Preston, which raised £50,000 for its conductive education services.

TalkTalk headquaters in west London

TalkTalk hit by massive cyber attack

TalkTalk has said it has been affected by the same cyber attack that left Post Office broadband customers without an internet connection.

The academy will also offer education sessions for five to 14-year-old schoolchildren.

Aerospace giant opens new training academy in Samlesbury

Aerospace giant BAE Systems has opened a new £15 million training academy in a huge boost for the skills of current and future employees.

Leyland Motors South Works maintenance department around 1963. John Brunskill, Len Seddon, Fred Elcock, Peter Hill, Maurice Miller, Colin Pass, Michael Bowles, Ivan Hosker, John Nelson, Fred Shorrock. One name missing

Apprentices learning the metal ropes

Can anyone complete the identifications of the Leyland Motors workers on this

Pic by Martin Birchall

Black Friday bargains, then civilised Saturday shopping

Shoppers stepping out for retail therapy in Chorley this Black Friday were greeted with some winning deals.

First time buyers are still relying on mum and dad

‘Bank of Mum and Dad’ still being used by first time buyers

The Bank of Mum and Dad is still playing an important role in the property market according to new research from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks.

Croston Velo is one of the many cycling clubs that regularly visits Twin Lakes Velo Cafe

Bikes, dogs and even horses are welcome at Twin Lakes Cafe Velo

Croston is a popular cycling spot, with its rural roads.

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Two lanes are currently closed on the M6

Delays on the M6 between junctions 18 and 17 southbound due to serious accident

The accident, which involved two lorries and one car, happened at around 11.30am this morning (28, November).

Services are expected to be disrupted until 1pm today.

UPDATE: Line reopened but major delays still affecting train services to Manchester

Some train services to Manchester are delayed or have been cancelled following an earlier train derailment in Eccles.
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Football coach Barry Bennell whose abuse of young men in his care has prompted Crewe Alexandria to launch a review of how the allegations were handled

Overnight news digest - More than 20 ex-footballers report abuse, prisoner suicide hits epidemic levels and May to host summit ahead of Article 50

Catch up with all the latest overnight national news with our morning roundup

The accident happened at around 7.15am this morning

Motorcyclist taken to Royal Preston Hospital following collision with car

The accident happened at the junction of Ribbleton Lane and Geoffrey Street in Preston at around 7.15am this morning.

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A man was rescued by fire services yesterday evening

UPDATE: Fire crews rescue man trapped under his own car in Preston

An elderly man became trapped under the door of his car on Fairways in Preston at around 18.45 yesterday evening (Wednesday, 23).
'Hidden workforce' key to growth of 5m small businesses in the UK

'Hidden workforce' key to growth of 5m small businesses in the UK

A hidden workforce of stay at home mums and dads could hold the key to small business growth and provide a huge boost the UK economy.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond reads through his Autumn Statement in his office in 11 Downing Street, London

Overnight news digest - Hammond to help workers and NHS labs at 'tipping point'

Catch up with all the latest news with our quick round-up of this morning's headlines

Philip Hammond will promise new money for broadband

UPDATED: Autumn Statement 2016

The National Living Wage is to increase by 30p an hour to £7.50 next year, but unions will continue to campaign for the rate to be extended to younger workers.

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Remaining power supplies being restored

Remaining power supplies being restored

Engineers from Electricity North West have been working around the clock to repair damage and restore power to the remaining customers affected by the severe weather which hit the region yesterday.

Drivers are experiencing delays on the M6

Delays on M6 Northbound after vehicle breakdown

Drivers are experiencing delays on the M6

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Emily Potts outside her newly opened lingerie shop, Bella Unique, Hough Lane, Leyland

Emily intends to bring sexy back with her classy and unique store

Balancing a university course and a new business is not easy, but Emily Potts is making a success of it – all before the age of 21.

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