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Alexandra Park to reopen after £5.5m transformation

Credit: Jason Lock / Manchester Evening News

Alexandra Park in Manchester is reopening this weekend, after a £5.5 million transformation.

Hundreds of people are expected there today and Sunday to celebrate the makeover and explore the new facilities.

The park now has four new tennis courts and a new children’s play area, along with a restored pavilion and lake.

Credit: Jason Lock / Manchester Evening News

Jason Lock / Manchester Evening News

Party in re-vamped Alexandra Park

Family feeding ducks in Alexandra Park
Family feeding ducks in Alexandra Park Credit: ITV Granada

Hundreds of people are expected at the green space in Moss Side this weekend to celebrate the re-vamped Alexandra Park.

Characters in period costume will bring the past to life on the restored walkways and terrace, and the lodge have information on the park's 144 year history.

Alexandra Park now has four new tennis courts and a new children's play area, along with a restored pavilion and lake.

The Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Sue Cooley will mark the rejuvenation with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 2pm on Sunday.

People enjoying the green space in Alexandra Park
People enjoying the green space in Alexandra Park Credit: ITV Granada

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Stars come out for Blackpool's illuminations

Union J on stage at Blackpool Illuminations
Union J on stage at Blackpool Illuminations Credit: Dave Brown / ITV Granada

The stars have come out on stage for the famous Blackpool Illuminations big switch on.

Little Mix, Texas, Union J, Pixie Lott and Mat Cardle are just some of the acts appearing tonight at the Headland Arena.

Bolton Comedian Peter Kay has been given the honour of flicking the switch, to turn on the 5 miles of lights.

Pixie Lott
Pixie Lott on stage at Blackpool Illuminations 2014 Credit: Dave Brown /ITV Granada
Little Mix
Little Mix at the Headland Arena Credit: Sarah Rogers

Police appeal for wanted man in Blackpool

Samuel Thomas
Samuel Thomas wanted by police Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for help to trace wanted man from Blackpool who absconded from Preston Crown Court earlier this week.

Sam Thomas, who's 17, was due to appear at court in relation to burglary offences, car thefts, driving without insurance and a bicycle theft.

He has been on the run from police since and it's believed he may have been involved in another vehicle theft in Blackpool today, where a Citroen car was stolen from an address on Condor Drive.

Insp Jason Richardson from Blackpool Police said: “Thomas has been sighted in the Blackpool area yesterday and today, so we do believe he could still be in the local area.

“I would like to remind anyone who may be harbouring Thomas that they are indeed committing an offence themselves and could leave themselves open to prosecution.”

Police appeal to help trace missing sex offender

Wanted sex offender Byrom Cross
Wanted sex offender Byrom Cross Credit: Lancashire Police

Twenty four year old Byrom Cross, also known as Biaron, is wanted after failing to tell police about a change of address.

Cross was living at an address in Darwen but has now left the address. He also has connections to the Preston area.

He was sentenced to 32 months in prison in July 2010 after being convicted of sexual activity with a girl under 16. He was ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register and disqualified from working with children.

He's subject to regular monitoring and checks but has failed to tell police about the change of address.

“We take any breach of notification requirements very seriously and I would urge anyone with information on where he might be to contact us. I would also urge Cross himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in to the police.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Claire McEnery, Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit,

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Police appeal for witnesses after death of a pedestrian

A man has died following a collision two months ago in Lancashire.

The accident happened at about 10.15pm on Saturday, June 21st on Whalley Road at Clayton le Moors near to the Albion Pub when a grey Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, 69 year old William Hart, from Clayton le Moors, received head and pelvic injuries and was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but died two days ago.

“This was a tragic incident and I would appeal for anyone who witnessed this collision or who has any information, and who has not yet spoken to police, to contact us.”

– Sgt Lee Campbell, Road Policing Unit

Under threat: the sport with a long history, and growing problems

Is one of the most popular sports in the North West under threat from housing developments? Bowling green clubs say they're suffering because of private landlords selling to developers as well as a lack of council funding.

Will Straw, Labour Party candidate for Rossendale and Darwen, invited John Woodcock to the constituency to help highlight the problem. The Labour MP Barrow has been campaigning for three years to help 'Save Our Bowling Greens' across the region.

Our reporter Daniel Hewitt has been to one club caught in the middle of a land row as their old green lies derelict.

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