Removal man 'staged kidnapping and demanded ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with pals'

A removal man from Blackpool staged his own kidnap and demanded a ransom from his pregnant girlfriend so he could get drunk with his mates, a court has heard.
Sean is 2nd from right
Photo: ITV

'My strange Oxo cube habit cost me a date on Take Me Out!'

He never got to enjoy the island of Fernando’s with the woman of his dreams, but Sean Smith wouldn’t swap his appearance on TV’s Take Me Out for anything.


Old romantic: Meet the Yorkshireman who has sent the same Valentine's card to his wife for the last 39 years

A devoted husband is celebrating St Valentine's Day by sending his beloved wife the same card he has posted to her - for the last 39 YEARS.
The collection of charming and sentimental Valentine's cards

Lessons in love: Victorian Valentine's cards unearthed in shoebox give modern day bachelors lessons in romance

A collection of Victorian Valentine's cards have fetched £100 at auction after being found lying in a dusty shoebox.
Picture from @AlfretonTownSNT on Twitter

Woman found hiding from police with a washing basket on her head

A woman who failed to appear at court was found by police trying to hide with a washing basket on her head.
The Quire in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle reveal royal wedding plans

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have revealed eagerly-awaited details of their forthcoming wedding.

Photo Neil Cross Jeff McGinty on the empty grit bin.

‘Our new grit bin is no use if it’s empty’

The Winter Olympics have just got underway in South Korea, but they’ve been going on for weeks in South Ribble.

Azaleas can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and even blindness and comas in cats and dogs. Image: Pixabay

Which plants are dangerous for your cats and dogs?

Lancashire’s pet owners are being warned about the hidden dangers of common plants and flowers that may deal fatal blows to furry companions.

Rebecca Cliffe, sloth biologist, holding sloth wearing sloth backpack while traveling in boat to release site  at Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica

Dr Rebecca Cliffe of Penwortham reveals all about working in the jungle in her book Sloths: Life in the Slow Lane

Zoologist Dr Rebecca Cliffe has had mouldy hair and been stranded on a desert island for three days. But she won’t give up working in the jungle and looking after what has fast become her favourite animals - sloths.


X Factor star Wagner to appear at Walton Arms in Bamber Bridge

Former X Factor star Wagner will be making women swoon at a ladies night in Lancashire.

6 alternative Valentine’s activities in Lancashire

If you are looking for alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day, click on the gallery to find some inspiration.

Amy jokes with Blind Date host Paul O'Grady

‘Witch’ Amy casts Blind Date spell

Self-confessed white witch Amy Masterson is flying off to the South of France today hoping to cast a spell over a total stranger.


Drivers told ‘look out for the roundabout’

As roundabouts go, it’s a pretty big one . . . not something you can easily miss.

The term snowflake has taken on a less than complimentary meaning

New Oxford English Dictionary words are a BFP (big fat positive, apparently)

Mansplaining, ransomware and snowflake along with more than one hundred parenting terms have been entered into the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).
Kate Bullen sporting her 'Vegan' tattoo

Kate faces trolls for ‘vegan’ tattoo

​A Preston woman has been attacked by internet trolls for having the word ‘Vegan’ tattooed on her face.

James Chilvers was found with multiple stab wounds when police were called to a domestic incident

Mum charged with murder of toddler in Manchester

A woman has been charged with the murder of a 23-month-old boy.


Monkey clones said to be a 'stepping stone' to copied humans

Scientists have been accused of paving the way to living human clones after creating two genetically identical monkeys.

Ursula Keogh, fromHalifax

Police searching for missing schoolgirl from Halifax find body in river

Police looking for a missing 11-year-old schoolgirl have found a body in a river.


Tesco swings axe on supermarket staff in jobs cull

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive at Britain's biggest retailer.

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