NATIONAL: Anti-fracking protesters rescued from 60ft high platform

The operators of a controversial fracking site have rescued two protesters who broke in and climbed 60ft on to a platform.

A parked car at Salthill in Galway as Waves crash over the promenade, as Storm Brian hits Ireland with winds of up to 70mph battering coastal areas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday October 21, 2017. See PA story WEATHER Brian. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Floods alert as Storm Brian hits Lancashire

Flash flooding posed a hazard for Lancashire drivers today as Storm Brian battered the North West.

Police were called after protesters locked-on outside the site PIC: Ros Wills

Protesters lock-on at Preston New Road

A lock-on protest is being staged outside the fracking site on Preston New Road, say police.

Take a look at the amazing images competing for Wildlife Photographer of Year

A photojournalist's image of a black rhino with its horns hacked off has seen him named Wildlife Photographer of Year.
The scout and guide hut in Kepple Lane, Garstang

Ex-Garstang Mayor's scouts HQ proposals scrapped

Controversial plans unveiled by a former Garstang mayor to transform the town's scout and guide headquarters into a new state-of-the-art community facility, have been dumped - just days after the idea became public.
Red Arrows  PHOTO: PA

MPs' Red Arrows demand to save BAE jobs

Jets flown by the Red Arrows are likely to be built overseas unless the Government intervenes, a cross-party group has warned.
The tropical storm was named a hurricane overnight

Britain set to be lashed by Ophelia's tail on anniversary of great storm

Hurricane Ophelia is crossing the Atlantic Ocean and could bring wet weather and gusts of up to 70mph when it hits Britain's shores.

Fly-tipping at Preston Cemetery

SPECIAL REPORT: Councils taking on the fight against fly-tippers

New powers given to councils across Lancashire have seen fines of hundreds of pounds issued to flytippers.

Michael Fish giving his infamous weather forecast in 1987

Michael Fish would not have got 1987 storm spot-on, even with supercomputer

Modern forecasting technology would have seen the Great Storm of 1987 coming but is unlikely to have got Michael Fish completely off the hook, a study has shown.

Across the UK, 35 million plastic bottles and 20 million aluminium cans are sold every day

Councils could save £35m from cashback schemes for bottles and cans

Cash-strapped councils could save up to £35 million a year from the introduction of a "deposit refund system" for drinks bottles and cans in England, a report suggests.

Council officers are monitoring river levels

Flood alert issued in Garstang

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for Garstang.
Coun Graham Jolliffe, Chairman of Barton Parish Council, is campaigning for a reduction in the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph on the A6 through  the village of Barton, near Preston

Urgent plea to cut speed limit on A6 through Barton

How can a council give the go-head for traffic to drive through Broughton village at 20mph and neighbouring Barton at 40 mph?

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Traffic pollution - HGV on Golden Hill Lane, Leyland.

Pollution fears for Leyland as HGVs rumble on

A councillor fears his attempts to tackle air pollution and HGV disturbance in Leyland have been blocked.

Plan to shake-up Preston’s bin services announced

Plan to shake-up Preston’s bin services announced

Preston residents may have a deadline on reporting missed bin collections if proposed reforms are adopted by the council.

A clownfish as seen in Finding Nemo.

Lancaster University research finds that ‘Hollywood effect’ helps wildlife

How did Finding Nemo affect clownfish? Was Jaws bad for sharks? Did the remake of the Jungle Book help pangolins?

Rain will also be heavy at times especially over north-west England

Forecasters warn of travel disruption amid high winds and heavy rain

Winds of more than 60mph are forecast to reach parts of England and Wales overnight.

MP David Morris
Celebrations at the opening of the Bay Gateway, the new M6 link road, Heysham, developed by Costain. Local delegates were invited onto the road before it opened to traffic.

£400m boost for the north’s transport links

The Heysham to M6 link road was highlighted at the Conservative Party Conference as an example of what can be achieved if investment is targeted.

Fracking appeals: A pillar of the legal system or complete waste of our taxes?

Fracking appeals: A pillar of the legal system or complete waste of our taxes?

A judge has called for the end of state aid to anti-fracking protesters fighting their cases in court in a bid to save tax-payers’ money.

Part of plans for new Preston Western Distributor, Cottam Link and East West link roads, showing new motorway link to M55

Green light for Preston Western Distributor and link roads

Major new roads for north Preston were given planning approval today, despite an eleventh hour appeal by local residents.
Cuadrilla's fracking drill rig at Preston New Road

Shale gas industry's surprise at "poor" Scottish decision to ban fracking.

The shale gas industry has reacted with surprise to the news that Scotland has banned fracking.

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