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The Lancashire hideaway of an Italian mafia boss

Gennaro Panzuto, Naples and Lancashire holiday park
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How did Naples criminal Gennaro Panzuto end up living in a quiet caravan park north of Preston?

Read his story.

Dashcam footage of M61 crash
Dashcam footage has captured the moment a motorist ploughed into another vehicle at almost 70mph on a dark stretch of the M61.

Fury as towns hit again

Residents in Lancashire towns hit again by flooding tell why they are so angry to have fallen victim.

A children's graveyard affected by flooding in Blackpool
Alison Wilkinson
A children's graveyard affected by flooding in Blackpool
The Lancashire make-up artist wanting to inspire other people with disabilities
Make-up artist Fatima, 20, wants to inspire people with disabilities to follow their dreams.

New clinic opens for families who lose a baby

A new service at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary is starting to help families who are expecting another baby, after losing one through miscarriage or because it died close to birth.

Staff say it aims to provide extra care "in what will be a stressful and anxious new pregnancy".

Room in new clinic
Bay Hospitals Charity

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary cares for patients from a wide area of South Cumbria and North Lancashire, and will provide what is described as individualised care away from other busy antenatal clinics.

The new Rainbow Clinic has been paid for by charity and voluntary fundraising, including a local couple who entered a team of 25 into an endurance event at Lowther Castle and raised more than £3,000.

8% of urgent ambulance calls in the North West take more than an hour

A BBC investigation has found that thousands of patients who've had strokes, heart attacks and fits are being made to wait over an hour for an ambulance.

Across the North West, 84,548 out of 1,044,119 calls led to waits of more than an hour. That's a higher proportion than in many other English regions that responded to a request for their data. Only the East Midlands and South West were higher.

BBC News obtained the data under the Freedom of Information Act covering the period from the start of 2018 to September 2019.

The North West Ambulance Service has been invited to respond.

Close up of side panel of large ambulance
NWAS

Railway could make Fleetwood 'major tourist destination'

Today Programme

BBC Radio 4

Boris Johnson visits the disused Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Fylde line
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Boris Johnson visited the disused Fleetwood and Poulton-le-Fylde line during the general election campaign

The restoration of the disused railway line to Fleetwood from Poulton-le-Fylde could make the coastal town a "major tourist destination", according to a local enthusiast.

Brian Crawford, chairman of the Poulton & Wyre Railway Society, tells the BBC's Today programme: "Small teams of volunteers have used cutters and chainsaws to cut trees down and clear gravel. Now there are seven miles of clear track ready to put rolling stock on.

"The line from Euston to Fleetwood opened up in 1840 and was the first railway to connect any coastal resort at that time.

"There are two aims - one of commuters going to work and the other one is to make Fleetwood a major tourist destination. It has a fantastic seafront but without a railway, we don't seem to get that many visitors."

Unifinished business: £3m spent so far on emergency base

Bob Cooper

Political reporter, BBC Cumbria

More than £3m has been spent on an emergency services base in Cumbria, that still stands half-built when it should should have been finished two years ago, BBC Cumbria has established.

Half-finished building
BBC

Work on the base for the police, fire and ambulance services in Ulverston, called the Blue Light Hub, was held up by a contractual dispute.

Cumbria County Council has refused to release details of any pay-out to its former contractor.

The authority says it's now got a new builder in place and hopes soon to say more about when work will re-start.