End of the road for iconic football pub?

The lingering death throes of the Sumners pub in Preston were being played out this weekend as bulldozers moved in to clear the grounds and car park ready for redevelopment.

A hosepipe ban is to be introduced in the North West

United Utilities prepares for multi-million payout to shareholders

Just days before the hosepipe ban, United Utilities is preparing to hand out its biggest shareholder dividend in a decade.

Firefighters allow the hay to burn itself out in the open

Fire crews battle huge barn blaze

Firefighters battling a huge barn blaze in Croston during the night advised residents to keep their doors and windows closed.

Missing: Iulian Dionisie

Concern grows for missing worker

Police say they are “extremely concerned” for the safety of a 34-year-old man who vanished a week ago.

The Lancashire Encounter arts festival in Preston

City of Culture bid plans underway in Lancashire

Lancashire could be putting together a City of Culture bid, it has been revealed.
The planning process for fracking at Little Plumpton began in Lancashire - but the government is considering changing that.

County to defend fracking planning powers

Lancashire County Council will tell the government that future decisions about fracking should be taken locally.

District councils are to be advised to keep fast food away from schools and areas of high childhood obesity.

Fast food limits could be coming to your corner of Lancashire

A councillor’s call to restrict the number of takeaways in areas with high childhood obesity and deprivation has won unanimous support.
Disruption on some routes are set to continue

When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September.
The Transpennine Express has been affected by the timetable chaos

Dozens of suspended train services will not be back until September

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September, it has been revealed.
The Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Chorley

Canal to close over water shortage fears

A 55-mile section of canal in Lancashire is to shut as the drought continues.

Sehr shows off her long locks before the scissors got to work

It’s hair-raising for charity chop

Little princess Sehr Ajaz showed she is a cut above the rest with her special gift to help a children’s cancer charity.

Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunny Khan and Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart in the new series of ITV's cop drama Unforgotten

Why Unforgotten is the police procedural with a warm heart

It’s been boiling hot hasn’t it? Muggy, close, even tropical on some days. So what do we do? We stay in and watch TV, that’s what. Especially as Unforgotten (ITV, Sundays, 9pm) is back on our screens.

Holiday club

School holiday clubs in Lancashire 2018

Still looking for holiday clubs to occupy your children over the six-week break? Try these:
Zac Hackett

All aboard for TramShed’s new Arts Awards offer to youngsters

Blackpool’s inclusive theatre group has received Arts Award status and is offering young people the chance to sign up for the qualification.

Emeli Sande plays tonights main stage at Lytham Festival.

Emeli brings her musical honesty to festival stage

Although she already had two number one singles under her belt, Emeli Sande’s breakout moment was performing at the London Olympics’ opening and closing ceremonies - which made her a household name.
She'll Come Back As Fire, by artist John Marc Allen

John’s Echoes set to sound in latest exhibition at art cafe

Blackpool artist John Marc Allen is preparing to launch his latest show of work next month.

Front, Gelston Manor Nursery owners Laura and Neil Ward with their daughters Freya, one, and Jessica, eight, and behind from left, room leader Fran Purdy, nursery practitioner Aksah Tahir, nursery practitioner Katerina Prakova and deputy room leader Miranda Holt

Family's best foot forward with little Freya for Preston hospital heroes

It is nearly a year since medical staff at the Royal Preston Hospital saved baby Freya May Ward’s life.
The Tempest

'Current and next generation Eurofighter will dominate for decades'

​The Lancashire-built Eurofighter will ​dominate the European skies for decades, air chiefs have predicted.
Saffies dad Andrew and brother Xander

Permanent rose garden tribute to Saffie Roussos

A flower show garden which features a rose dedicated to Leyland schoolgirl Saffie Roussos who was killed in the Manchester Arena bombing will go on permanent display to the public.

Lancashire County Council's underspent its budget for road repairs in 2017/18.

Pothole repair money will not slip through the cracks, council says

A backlog of road repairs caused by harsh winter weather will be cleared, the leader of Lancashire County Council has promised.
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