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Jailed paedophile who abused 2,000 children dies in hospital bed

A pervert who sexually assaulted 2,000 boys and girls has died in hospital with prison officers by his bedside.

Wealthy caravan park owner Harold Burnett, 83, was two years into a 12 year jail sentence imposed by Judge Robert Altham at Preston Crown Court.

He had been found guilty by ...

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Belokon v Oystons: Judge sets out schedule for £25m payments

Owen Oyston and his son Karl were ordered to hand over £31.27 million to the Latvian millionaire after losing a court battle in London in November.

The Oystons were ordered to buy out Belokon's shares after operating an "illegitimate stripping" of the club following its promotion to the ...

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Man rescued after car ends up on roof in 'terrible' conditions

The car ended up on its roof after a potentially deadly combination of low sun, fog and black ice created a perfect storm of dangerous driving conditions on Lancaster Road near to the Valiants Barn at around 8am on Monday, December 18.

Crews from Preesall, Garstang and Bispham were forced ...

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Former Blackpool man Jason Puncheon charged with assault after street fight

Former Blackpool player Jason Puncheon has been charged with assault and having a weapon after a fight erupted in the street near a nightclub.

Puncheon was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and taken into custody after officers were called to the disturbance on Church Street, ...

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Blackpool: From the courts 18-12-17

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

READ MORE: Friday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 15-12-17

Jake Pickering-Cockell, 19, failing to comply with a community order

A teenager failed to do a session of unpaid ...

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Festive challenges of a supermarket worker: ‘One man brought back a turkey he’d already eaten’

It’s that time of year again - shops shelves start to fill with overpriced and even smaller boxes of Quality Street and the queues at the till reach round the store.

If you ask someone in customer services what their least favourite part about Christmas is, it’s definitely their ...

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Would you give up your organs to save a life?

To donate or not to donate - that is the question.

READ MORE: Opt-out organ donation system moves closer

Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that the Government will shift towards an organ donation system in England which presumes consent.

But how do you feel about ...

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Blackpool: From the courts 18-12-17

Here is the latest round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

READ MORE: Friday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 15-12-17

Jake Pickering-Cockell, 19, failing to comply with a community order

A teenager failed to do a session of unpaid ...

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Bowyer baffled as Blackpool are denied precious penalty

Gary Bowyer was left to rue a game-changing refereeing decision after his Blackpool side slumped to their third straight defeat in League One.

Jon Nolan’s second-half strike was enough for second-placed Shrewsbury Town to beat Blackpool 1-0 at New Measow.

Just 90 seconds before ...

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Root demands response after Ashes debacle

Joe Root admitted England have been outclassed by Australia as they surrendered the Ashes before Christmas following a comprehensive innings-and-41-run defeat in Perth.

England needed to bat for most, if not all, of the final day to keep the series alive.

But Josh Hazlewood hastened ...

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Farah still far from finished after award

Four Olympic gold medals, six world titles – and now, for the first time, BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

At the end of his final year as a track athlete, in which he took his tally of global crowns into double figures at the World Championships in London, Sir Mo Farah landed an ...

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Would you give up your organs to save a life?

To donate or not to donate - that is the question.

READ MORE: Opt-out organ donation system moves closer

Prime Minister Theresa May announced in October that the Government will shift towards an organ donation system in England which presumes consent.

But how do you feel about ...

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Ken Townley’s generous gift to 12 North West charities

A millionaire philanthropist has handed out early Christmas presents to a raft of charities through his Blackpool foundation.

A total of 12 North West charities will be receiving an early Christmas gift this week when a cheque drops through their door from the Kentown Wizard ...

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Bemused police in marked police car watch driver 'jump lights'

A police patrol was making its way along Clifton Road near to the new West Division Police Headquarters just before 5am this morning when it came to a pedestrian crossing.

And while the police car, which was marked with full Lancashire Police livery, patiently waited for the lights to ...

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‘I didn’t feel connected to baby while I was pregnant’

Rebecca was in such a bad place when she was pregnant with her son that she unable even to find the will to cook for herself or her family.

The 29-year-old and her newborn were taken into Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester where they were cared for. However it meant that ...

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Bus boss banned for 'harassing inspector'

A Blackpool bus firm has been ordered to cease operations after a tribunal ruled its owner had harassed a government inspector.

Catch 22 Bus Ltd, which stepped in to run services axed by cash-strapped Lancashire Council, will have its operating licence revoked on February 18.

And ...

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Ex-Blackpool star due in court

Former Blackpool footballer Trevor Sinclair is due back before magistrates on Tuesday.

Sinclair, 44, of Victory Boulevard, Lytham, is due in court charged with drink driving, assaulting a police officer, racially aggravated public order, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, criminal ...

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Brother’s thanks as community rallies after death of Lisa Chadderton

The brother of a woman found dead in a Blackpool flat has today paid glowing tribute to the community that has rallied round his family.

READ MORE: Murder probe woman was looking forward to new life

An evening of entertainment at the Duke of York pub raised more than £1,400 in ...

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Rosler calls on Fleetwood to regroup fast after stunning defeat

Fleetwood Town head coach Uwe Rosler admitted Sunday’s loss to Peterborough United was tough to take.

Fleetwood Town head coach Uwe Rosler admitted yesterday’s loss to Peterborough United was tough to take.

With two minutes of normal time left, Town were 2-1 up at Highbury ...

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Match report: Fleetwood Town 2 Peterborough United 3

Two goals in the last three minutes of normal time saw Town turn three points into none at Highbury.

Uwe Rosler’s players looked set for victory when Cian Bolger fired them into an 82nd minute lead, following on from Amari’i Bell’s first-half opener.

However, an increasingly ...

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Shock as indoor play area announces it will be 'closed until further notice' and put up for sale

An indoor play area has announced it will be 'closed until further notice' and placed up for sale.

In an announcement posted to Facebook, Knuckleheads in Cleveleys blamed the sudden closure on 'family health issues'.

"Due to this we have decided to put the business up for sale," it ...

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