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Part of Blackpool Promenade closed after fire

Part of Blackpool Promenade is closed as fire crews deal with the aftermath of a fire in a block of flats.

Forty firefighters were at the scene this morning and a total of 19 breathing apparatus sets were in use at the height of the fire, together with four hosereel jets.

There are no reports of injuries and the cause of the fire is to be established.


Foodbank use on the rise in North West

The Trussell Trust says there's been an increase in foodbank use Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

Use of foodbanks in the region has continued to grow according to new figures.

The Trussell Trust says that more than a hundred and seventy four thousand three day emergency food supplies were given in the last year.

That is up from in excess of a hundred and sixty thousand the previous year.

Sixty six thousand of them were given to children.

The report also links the increase to the rollout of Universal Credit.

The move to simplify an often complex welfare system is a welcome one but any large reform can have unforeseen consequences. Foodbanks see first-hand how changes to the welfare system affect people on the ground, and so can offer an early warning to decision-makers. We are sharing our early observations with the Department for Work and Pensions to ensure any adverse side effects Universal Credit can have on people are addressed before full rollout is completed. We have been heartened by Secretary of State Damian Green's willingness to engage, his department's work to pilot improvements, and the recent changes to the Universal Credit taper rate which mean people moving into work will keep more of their earnings. We hope our insights can inform efforts to make sure the values on which Universal Credit is built are delivered in practice. To stop UK hunger we must make sure the welfare system really does work UK Map - regional breakdown 2016-2017for everyone.

– David McAuley, The Trussell Trust


Swinton Lions celebrate Challenge Cup Giant-killing

Swinton Lions star Chris Atkin and chairman John Roddy have been reflecting on the club's Challenge Cup giant-killing away at Huddersfield.

The Lions, sitting 10th in the Kingstone Press Championship, beat the Super League side 28-24 to secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.

Swinton have won the Challenge Cup on three occasions, the last in 1928.

The draw for Round Six takes place on Tuesday evening.

'Letter to Brezhnev' stars reunite in Liverpool

It was the low-budget Liverpool film that became an unlikely hit and helped create a new industry in the city.

'Letter to Brezhnev' is being re-released by the British Film Institute.

To celebrate, its stars Peter Firth, Alexandra Pigg and Margi Clarke have been reunited in the city - more than 30 years after it was first released.

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