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A group in Blackpool is doing everything it can to try and help people across Lancashire with mental health.
Star Blackpool set up in 2018 and is a peer-to-peer mental health support group where people can come without fear of judgment.
Anyone over the age of 18 can simply tun up and seek support, friendships and take part in activities to promote recovery and wellness - whatever you might be going through.
Jess Johnson set up the group in 2018 after seeking help with the NHS for mental health and being told ‘there is nothing else we can do for you, you’re on your own’.
Being completely self funded through donations, the group meets twice a week to help support each other, socialise, complete activities and help with overall mindfulness.
Both directions of traffic are partially blocked near Bonfire Hill Road and travel time is slow as a result.
Police have confirmed that the cordon has been lifted on Blackpool beach at 5.10pm after a suspected bomb was discovered earlier.
Children and community groups proudly marched through the streets of Rishton for the village’s annual festival.
They donned wonderful art creations, inspired by Piet Mondrian, the Mona Lisa and giant sunflowers, for the procession from Rishton Station to Hyndburn Academy.
Participants included Rotarians and Soroptimists, Rainbows, Beavers and Scouts, Churches Together In Rishton, Toppers Day Nursery, Rockmount NW and St Peter and St Paul’s Junior Church.
The march was started by Town Crier Rawden Kerr and led by Hyndburn Mayor June Harrison and the Blackburn Festival of Light Street Band.
Police were called to the farm on Well Head Road, Newchurch-in-Pendle around 11.15am on Monday (July 8) to reports that a four-year-old had been seriously injured after a collision with a small telehandler-type vehicle.
The boy, who can now be named as Harry Lee, suffered a serious head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.
An Akita dog was attacked so severely before being left for dead in woodland that vets initially thought he had been hit by a car.
Alfie lost his eyesight in the horrific attack, and was also left with a fractured skull, broken jaw and a spinal injury.
But staff at the RSPCA Southport, Ormskirk & District centre in Halsall, Lancashire, have since spent a long time nursing the injured animal back to health - and are delighted to say that he is now “doing amazingly well in his new home”.
Southport RSPCA branch manager Paul Gibson said: “Alfie the Akita was found in an awful way; left for dead in the woodland area of Wigan after being given a severe beating.
“So severe he was unable to stand, his face was so swollen we could not see his eyes and vets were unsure whether he had been hit by a car at first.
“He really was in a sorry state when he came to us and we were a little worried about how he would react to us, after being so betrayed by humans.
“However, Alfie surprised us all; he was the most gentle and forgiving dog, wanting nothing more than a cuddle and really captured all of our hearts.”
Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a man who has gone missing from hospital.
The last confirmed sighting of Samuel Haughton was at 4.15am this morning (July 11) at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
At the time of his disappearance, Samuel was wearing a grey stone island jacket, white t-shirt, black shorts and grey Adidas trainers with blue stripes.
The incident took place at Sainsbury’s supermarket, on Inglewhite Road, at around 2am on Thursday (July 11).
Crews used breathing apparatus, one hose reel, a ventilation unit and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the fire.
One of East Lancashire’s most prolific burglars who stole £500,000 worth of cars from more than 50 properties has been jailed.
Kevin King Yates smashed his way into homes in the ‘more affluent’ parts of the county during a three-month spree, including Whalley, Colne, Higham, Barnoldswick, Simonstone, Read, Fence and Accrington.
The 25-year-old was paid up to £1,500 to steal high value vehicles, including Audi’s, Mercedes and Volkswagens, and also made off with expensive watches, computer equipment, jewellery and mountain bikes, a court heard.
After wanted appeals were circulated by Lancashire Police for ‘Burnley’s most wanted man’ he was eventually tracked down to the Hilton Hotel in Blackpool.
Officers seized a knuckleduster and a small mobile phone wrapped in cling film during the ‘violent arrest’.
Two arrests have been made in Rossendale by detectives who launched a murder probe after a man’s naked body was found in a street.
Mohammed Feazan Ayaz’s body was found with a number of injuries in Saffron Drive, Allerton, Bradford in the early hours of Monday, July 1.
Three men have been charged with murder, while more arrests have been made in Stacksteads as well as West Yorkshire.
The firm is the first to take up a place along the highway linking Blackburn’s £12m ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ to the town centre.
The scale of the proposed development backs town hall bosses’ hopes that the Freckleton Street link road, now dubbed Wainwright Way, would attract jobs and businesses when it finally opened in February 2017.
Planning permission for the store was granted last year and now the development is finally set to get underway.
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