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Boil water notice lifted for further 86,000 homes

Water notice lifted Credit: PA Images

United Utilities has lifted the boiled water advice in further parts of Lancashire. People in Chorley, Preston and South Ribble no longer need to boil their tap water. A further 86,000 properties are included in the latest lift, bringing the total number of homes and businesses now able to use their water as normal to half of the original area.

To check which postcodes are now lifted, click here.

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Burnham urges Labour to listen to Blair's warning

Labour leadership hopeful Andy Burnham,who has previously criticised Tony Blair for making "dire predictions" about the prospect of a victory for rival Jeremy Corbyn, has said the party would be mad not to listen to the former prime minister now.

Mr Blair has issued a final warning to Labour supporters to reject the "Alice in Wonderland" appeal of Jeremy Corbyn or risk driving the party into an abyss.

Andy Burnham said Labour will have 'lost the plot' if they do not listen to their former leader. Credit: PA

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Burnham said: "Tony Blair won three general elections for Labour. If we have got to a point now where the Labour Party says it doesn't want to listen to him then I would think we have lost the plot.

"We have got to listen to people who have been there in the past and seen Labour when it had difficulties in times gone by. People like Neil Kinnock who were there in the mid-1980s when Labour did start fighting itself and left the pitch clear for Margaret Thatcher to bulldoze her way through communities."

"We don't want to go back to that and let the heirs to Thatcher, Cameron and Osborne, do the same", he said.

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Gretna crash victims confirmed as two men

Police have confirmed that two people who died in a crash on the A74(M) near Gretna were both men from the Oldham area.

The two men, aged 21 and 22, were travelling in a car which crashed into a bridge column on the southbound carriageway close to junction 21. It happened at around 6am on Sunday. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene and formal identification is yet to take place.

The road was closed at junction 21 to allow for police enquiry and recovery of the vehicle. Local diversions were in place and the road was reopened by police at around 12:30pm.

Police Sergeant Leigh McCulloch from the Dumfries and Galloway Trunk Road Policing Unit, said today:

This was a serious road traffic incident which has resulted in the death of two men.

Specialist officers continue to progress the enquiry to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed the crash contact the Road Policing Unit at Lockerbie via the 101 number with any information they may have.

– Sergeant Leigh McCulloch, Police Scotland

Any witnesses are being asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

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De Bruyne signs for City

Manchester City's new signing Kevin de Bruyne Credit: MCFC

Manchester City have confirmed the signing of midfielder Kevin de Bruyne for a club-record fee reported to be 58 million pounds.

The 24-year-old Belgian has agreed a six-year deal at the Etihad Stadium.

He won last season's German Cup with Wolfsburg, having joined them from Chelsea in January 2014.

De Bruyne becomes City's fourth high-profile summer signing after Raheem Sterling, Fabian Delph and Nicolas Otamendi.

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