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Summary

  1. Stopped van driver 'attacks PC with knife' in Cleveleys
  2. Family of botched leg op patient not told about hospital probe
  3. Man dies and passenger injured as car hits wall in Whitworth
  4. Updates on Wednesday 2 November

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'No excuse' for attack on Cleveleys officer, police and crime commissioner says

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw says there can be "no excuse" for the attack on an officer in Cleveleys this morning

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The officer was slashed after stopping a Peugeot van on a routine check in Westmorland Avenue at about 10:00.

A 39-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. 

Woman sexually assaulted in St Annes

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted in St Annes on Monday.

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A 35-year-old woman was grabbed by a man near the junction of Church Road and St Annes Road East, where she was inappropriately touched.

The man is described as white, aged 18 to 19, 5ft 6in tall, of slim build with a pale complexion. He was clean shaven and had flat, unstyled short dark hair.  

We believe the woman was followed before being grabbed close to the Victoria Hotel pub. This assault has left the victim very shaken and upset and we need to find the person responsible.

Sgt Chris SandersonBlackpool CID

'Forgotten dialects' poetry uncovered

Poems written in "forgotten" Lancashire dialects have been uncovered by researchers at the University of Exeter.

Manchester-based ballad singer Jennifer Reid performs one of the poems depicting the tough life of workers in an 19th Century Lancashire mill town.

Lancashire pharmacies could close, claims research

Planned cuts to local pharmacies could result in up to 460 chemists closing in the North West, research seen by the Labour Party claims.

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The analysis, produced by the House of Commons Libraries, says four parts of Lancashire - Blackburn, Preston, Hyndburn and Blackpool South - feature in a list of top ten constituencies that could be at risk.

The Department of Health announced in October that it wanted to reduce the £2.8bn a year pharmacy bill by more than £200m over the next two years.

Campaign group Pharmacy Voice says it believes thousands of local pharmacies are now at risk of closure.

PC injured in Cleveleys attack was airlifted to hospital

A police officer who was slashed with a knife while carrying out a routine vehicle check was airlifted to hospital, North West Ambulance Service has confirmed.

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Lancashire Police say the officer was carrying out the stop check on a van on Westmorland Avenue at about 10:00 when he was attacked by the driver.  

A 39-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Weather: Mostly dry and sunny

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Bright and sunny this afternoon, although the sunshine could turn a little hazy in places. It will feel chilly with highs of 10C.

Another cold night, with widespread frost, particularly in rural areas. 

Although it will initially start with clear skies, it will become cloudier from the north-west later, with perhaps a little light rain by dawn.  

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A police officer was slashed with a knife after stopping a driver in a routine vehicle check in Cleveleys this morning
  • Planned cuts could see a number of pharmacies in Blackburn, Preston, Hyndburn and Blackpool South close, research seen by the Labour Party claims 
  •  A 35-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man as she was walking in St Annes on Monday night, police say  

Stopped driver 'attacks PC with knife'

A police officer was slashed with a knife after stopping a driver in a routine vehicle check.

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The officer was attacked after stopping a Peugeot van in Westmorland Avenue, Cleveleys, at 10:00, Lancashire Constabulary said.

He suffered injuries to his abdomen and face and is being treated in hospital, the force said.

A 39-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.

The officer's injuries are not though to be life threatening, the BBC understands.  

Police Federation chairman says 'more must be done' to protect officers

The chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales has said "more must be done" to protect officers on duty, following the attack on a PC in Cleveleys this morning.

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The Lancashire officer was "slashed" with a knife while carrying out a routine stop check on a vehicle in Cleveleys at about 10:00.

He is recovering in hospital - a 39-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

PC 'slashed' with knife during routine stop check

Police say the PC seriously injured while carrying out a routine stop check in Cleveleys this morning was "slashed" with a knife and suffered torso and facial injuries.

A 39-year-old man from Blackpool remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

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Man arrested over attack on PC in Cleveleys

A PC is in hospital after being seriously injured in an attack by a van driver in Cleveleys this morning.

Lancashire Police say the officer was carrying out a routine stop check on a van on Westmorland Avenue at about 10:00 when he was attacked by the driver.

He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital - it is thought his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A 39-year-old man from Blackpool was arrested in the Poulton area a short time later on suspicion of attempted murder.

BreakingPolice officer seriously injured by van driver

A police officer has been seriously injured after being attacked by a van driver in Cleveleys this morning.

MPs call for major reform of flood risk management

A "radical" overhaul of the system for managing flood risk is needed, MPs have said.  

There should be a UK floods supremo, new flooding and coastal boards and a rivers and coastal authority, said the report from the Environment and Rural Affairs committee.

MPs said floodwater should be stored on agricultural land, urged tougher rules on house builders and stricter standards on repairing flooded homes.

It is the latest in a number of reports triggered by last winter's devastating floods across parts of Lancashire and Greater Manchester.  

The government said it it saw no need for organisational change.

Football: Liverpool striker Danny Ings to miss rest of season

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Liverpool striker Danny Ings will be out for up to nine months with a knee injury that requires surgery.

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The former Burnley forward, 24, sustained the injury to his right knee during last week's EFL Cup fourth-round win over Tottenham.

It is not the same knee in which he suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in October 2015 that sidelined him for seven months.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "To say we are gutted would be an understatement".

Man dies after crashing car into wall

A man has died after his car crashed into a wall on a rural lane.  

The 38-year-old hit a wall while driving down the single track lane near Lobden Golf Club in Whitworth, Lancashire, at about 04:00 GMT. He later died in hospital.

A 35-year-old passenger is in a stable condition in hospital. Lancashire Police said her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

The force wants to hear from anyone with information about the crash.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A woman has been sexually assaulted in St Annes - police are investigating
  • A 'radical' reform of the system for managing flooding risk is needed, a Commons report says
  • Plans for a revamp of Preston market will go before councillors next week

Charity to offer youngsters seafaring skills

A national maritime charity which aims to pass on seafaring skills to a new generation opens in Fleetwood later. 

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The Maritime Volunteer Service, which works with youth groups and port authorities around the country, says the the decline in the fishing industry in the town means necessary skills are no longer being passed on.

The official launch takes place tonight at Fleetwood Harbour Yacht Club.  

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

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M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A5209 and J28 for B5256.

M6 Lancashire - Broken down vehicle on M6 northbound between J27, A5209 (Standish) and J28, B5256 (Leyland).

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Family not told of NHS botched op probe

The family of a man who died following a botched operation on a broken leg was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months afterwards.  

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Stuart Brunst, 67, died following complications three weeks after the routine procedure at Southport District General Hospital in Merseyside.

A coroner concluded "neglect" contributed to Mr Brunst's death, in October 2015.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has apologised to the family.

Train-hit footballer 'intended to die'

A teenage footballer who was hit by a train told her sister she loved her and "everything would be ok" an hour before she died, an inquest heard.  

Zoe Tynan
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Zoe Tynan, 18, who played for England Women's Under-19s, spoke to her sister Beth before leaving their home in Mossley Hill, Liverpool.

She was seen on CCTV "calmly" climbing down onto the tracks at West Allerton station about 40 minutes later.

Coroner Anita Bhardwaj concluded Ms Tynan had taken her own life.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The family of a man who died following a botched leg operation was not told about an investigation into his death until 10 months later
  • Police are appealing for information after a cyclist was seriously injured in a crash in Scorton on Monday
  • Plans for a revamp of Preston market will go before councillors next week

Weather: Cold with sunny spells

This morning has started cold and frosty in most areas of the county.

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It will bright and chilly as the day goes on with highs of 10C.

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