Lancashire round-up - 03/04/07

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News in brief from around the county.

LOSTOCK HALL: Rail inspectors closed two railway tracks near Preston last night after concrete blocks were left on the line.

The blocks, each stone around the size of a small fist, was flying off the local line after being hit by the train wheels at around 10pm.

A Network Rail manager was called to the scene after complaints of loud banging and the lines were closed at Farington Curve, near Flag Lane, for 15 minutes.

A British Transport Police spokesman said: "We believe youths were responsible and although there was no risk of a train derailment they would have put themselves in serious risk.

" There are two sets of tracks there for high-speed Virgin trains and the local route."

He said trespassing there was a criminal offence and those responsible would be prosecuted.

LEYLAND: Detectives have arrested a teenager in connection with a glassing attack in a pub following an appeal in the Evening Post.

The incident at the Fox and Lion Inn, Towngate, left a 21-year-old man with cuts to his face.

A Wigan man, 19, has been arrested and released on police bail until May 14.

PRESTON: Coun John Collins has resumed his leadership of Preston Council following surgery.

The Labour man had been out of action since mid-January when he had an operation on his left knee.

His deputy, Coun Jonathan Saksena, took the reins in the meantime.

DEEPDALE: A taxi driver has been convicted of assault and criminal damage after a trial at Preston Magistrates Court. Black cab driver Zaheer Hussain, 30, of Deepdale Road, will be sentenced for the offences on April 20. Mike Thorpe, head of licensing and electoral services at Preston Council, said: "It is council procedure to review drivers' licences when they are given this type of criminal conviction and the Taxi and Miscellaneous Sub Committee will decide what to do on Thursday April 19."

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