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REGIONAL: Predatory rapist who 'stroked victim's face' after sickening attack jailed for life

A man who prowled the streets of East Lancashire has been jailed for the rape of a woman after climbing through a window into her home last October.

North West
Bringing Rosemere Cancer Foundations work to the fore is Hilary Powell (left) with the Rosemere Charity Amy Hilton at Shaw Hill Golf Club

Shaw Hill Golf Club lady captain Hilary's £16,000 charity donation

When it comes to raising money for charity, Shaw Hill Golf Club member Hilary Powell has it off to a tee

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Bash Street Kids

Tributes to Lancashire cartoonist Leo Baxendale

Cartoonist Leo Baxendale, who brought youngsters delight with the likes of Minnie the Minx and Bash Street Kids, has died.
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Waiting for the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 trainers

Fever for Kanye West trainers sees fans brave chill to sleep in queue

Trainer addicts have been queuing up and braving the unseasonably chilly April nights in hopes of bagging a pair of shoes designed by American rapper Kanye West.

Offbeat
Oscar and Sid Clark

Oscar Clark to take on Walk in the Dark in memory of dad

A brave youngster will step into his late father’s shoes this weekend for a charity walk to help his family’s fundraising legacy

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Two men aged 23 and 33 and a woman aged 36, all from Prestonwere arrested after the Vauxhall Corsa was stopped on New Hall Lane.
Pic: Lancs Police

Police arrest three for human trafficking after girl, 17, found in car in Preston

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of human trafficking after a car transporting a 17-year-old girl was stopped in Preston, say police.

Crime
Leyland woman charged with murder after baby death

Leyland woman charged with murder after baby death

A Lancashire woman has been charged with murder following the death of a baby girl.

Crime
The Sparling in Barton

REVIEW: Catching the early bird at The Sparling Barton is highly recommended

Everyone loves an early bird tea special right?

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Fewer homes are for sale

Estate agents report dwindling number of homes for sale

The number of homes on estate agents' books dwindled to a record low in March - meaning there are now around 10 house hunters for every available property.

Offbeat
Discovery and adventure in our wonderful world

Book reviews: Discovery and adventure in our wonderful world

See the world in a whole new way, and discover adventure at every turn, in an exciting new selection of books for all aspiring young explorers.
Arts
Amazon will open this year

1,200 jobs in store at new Amazon warehouse in Warrington

Online retail giant Amazon is to create 1,200 permanent jobs at a new warehouse.

Offbeat
A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

Book review: A New Map of Love by Abi Oliver

When middle-aged antiques dealer George Baxter loses his wife of 26 years, his comfortable, if predictable, life is suddenly torn apart.

Arts
Are you confident in spotting a scam?

How to spot an email phishing scam

How do you spot a phishing scam when the email looks entirely legitimate?

Crime 1
Eagles experience, Talon

Eagles tribute swoops into Viva Blackpool

The award-winning Eagles experience band Talon bring their 20th Anniversary Tour to Viva Blackpool this Saturday.

Music
Apology: Orlando Bloom

Radio 1 apology over Orlando Bloom 'pikey' comment

BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has apologised after Orlando Bloom used the word "pikey" on his breakfast show.

Offbeat
The bill is not as big as once claimed by the Leave campaign

How much money does the UK pay to the EU?

The UK makes a net contribution to the EU of around £199 million a week, according to the latest official estimates.

Offbeat
The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images - The Zombies with Scott B. Bomar and Cindy da Silva

Book review: The Odessey: The Zombies in Words and Images - The Zombies with Scott B. Bomar and Cindy da Silva

Intentionally or otherwise, the misspelling of Odyssey as Odessey half a century ago has led to eternal life for one group of zombies.
Arts
Last year's Thirsty Magpie Beer festival

Wing your way to Chorley’s Thirsty Magpie Beer Festival

A football club’s annual beer festival is back.

Arts
Experts have claimed link between saturated fat and heart disease is just 'plain wrong'

Controversial claims that saturated fats do not cause heart disease condemned by specialists

Three experts have argued that there is little evidence linking saturated fat consumption with heart disease.

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Faltyny Rebels perform with the flame throwing car

Canadian Circus Show to visit Leyland

Optimus Prime will be dropping in at Worden Park this week as part of a never-been-seen circus act.

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