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Prime Minister weighs in on row over World Cup flags

Theresa May has said she hopes that a way can be found for all England football fans to be able to show their support for the team by flying flags during the World Cup.
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Batman, looking extra fetching

The story of how this Batman got a crochet costume

Superhero action figures normally don't wear crochet costumes but one Batman toy is getting a lot of attention for the right reasons.

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WATCH: Thousand turtles etched onto Blackpool beach in fight against plastic pollution

A team of artists stencilled 1,000 turtles on the sand in Blackpool to help tackle the problem of plastic pollution.
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Swearing is good for you

Talk to your children about swearing, urges sweary scientist

Parents should talk to their children about swearing rather than pretend it does not happen, according to a leading scientist.

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Worldwide, sales of drones reached a peak of 13.1 billion US dollars (9.69 billion) in 2016

UK drone regulation 'in chaos' as flying gadget technology takes off

Regulation of privately owned drones is in a state of "chaos" as authorities belatedly wake up to the impact of the flying gadgets, according to a leading UK robotics expert.

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The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings

D-Day veterans asked to register to attend 75th Normandy Landings commemorations

D-Day veterans are being asked to register their intention to attend the 75th commemorations of the Normandy Landings next year.
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Could Devon disco idea lead the way for Preston phone boxes?

A Devon town has turned its traditional red phone box into a tiny nightclub - complete with a music system, glitter ball and lighting, but could it work in Preston?
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The Eifelzoo in Luenebach, western Germany

Escaped big cats scare at flood-hit German zoo

A flood at a zoo in western Germany sparked fears that two lions, two tigers and a jaguar had escaped their enclosures, sparking a massive search by police and warnings to residents to stay indoors.
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Comedian Mark Grimshaw

You have to laugh: Rail problems gives Blackpool comedian a train of thought

As rail misery continues for Lancashire commuters a video clip of Blackpool comedian Mark Grimshaw having a go at rail operator Northern is going viral on social media.
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WATCH: Hero climbs Paris building to save dangling toddler

A migrant from Mali living illegally in France is being honoured by President Emmanuel Macron for scaling an apartment building to save a four-year-old child dangling from a fifth-floor balcony.
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Firefighters' 7,500m climb for fellow life-savers

Preesall firefighters are putting their fitness to the test today as they embark on a 7,500m ladder climb to support their fellow life-savers.
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Severed dog’s head left on door handle

Severed dog’s head left on door handle

Police are urging the public to help them catch a sadistic thug who left a severed dog’s head on the door handle of a house.

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Willow's Force Free Grooming, in Blackpool

The best dog grooming salons in Lancashire

Dogs and their owners have been voting.

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KFC's limited edition commemorative bucket

Royal chicken bucket or Meghan swimsuit? Souvenirs aplenty as big day approaches

A chicken bucket, a transatlantic biscuit and swimsuits adorned with pictures of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are among mementos created to mark the royal wedding.
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WhatsApp

Opening this WhatsApp 'text bomb' could crash your phone

An urgent warning has been issued over a WhatsApp message which could destroy your entire phone.
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Do you know your Mikes from your Charlies? Test your phonetic alphabet knowledge

Have you ever had to make your own alphabet up when you try to spell out your name or post code to someone on the phone?

Crime

Asian elephant taking a dip caught on camera at Blackpool Zoo

Tara the elephant packed her trunks and said goodbye to the heat-wave by taking a dip in Blackpool Zoo’s outdoor pool this weekend.

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They will eavesdrop on millions of stars

Millions of stars to be scanned in search for ET

Radio astronomers have started scanning millions of stars in the biggest hunt yet for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence.

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Jump! Spider trained to take a leap forward for science

A spider called Kim has been trained to jump on demand by scientists keen to learn the secrets of her acrobatic ability.

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Narrow escape for marshal in Tour De Yorkshire car crash

A pro-cycling team has apologised after a support car following the Tour de Yorkshire narrowly avoided a marshal as it crashed into street bollards.

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