Live updates

Hay fever sufferers warned not to visit GP's

Doctors across Blackpool Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre are warning people not to visit their GP with hay fever.

Dr Amanda Doyle, chief clinical officer at NHS Blackpool CCG said:

“Antihistamines can be bought over the counter and are very cheap. They are used to treat a range of allergies that are common in the summer including bee stings and insect bites as well as hay fever. Your pharmacist can give advice on which antihistamines are best for you, your children or others who may need them.

“There’s no need to visit your GP unless it is causing complications to other conditions or if over the counter medication isn’t working.”

Credit: PA Images

What is Hay Fever?

  • Hay fever is actually an allergy to pollen, usually grass pollen which is more prominent in June and July.
  • Symptoms include sneezing, a running or blocked nose, itchy or watery eyes and in some cases can include loss of smell.
  • It can have severe effects on sufferers causing complications to plenty of conditions, particularly those living with asthma.

Search for man wanted on gun offences

Kevin McAteer

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man wanted for gun offences.

Kevin McAteer from Manchester is wanted for an assault with a firearm that took place on Friday 2 June, on Blain Street, Salford.

He has links to the Salford, Eccles and Stockport of Greater Manchester, as well as Bacup in Lancashire. It is believed that he now has a beard.

Anyone who sees McAteer is asked not to approach him but to contact police.


Man arrested over Walton shooting

A 28 year old man has been arrested following a shooting close to HMP Liverpool this morning.

The man from Walton is being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm. The shooting happened on Hornby Road today, no one was injured.


Brexit: One year on

It's one year since a vote that changed the nation. But what happens now?

With Brexit negotiations are due to start on Monday our Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt revisits local businesses in the region to see if they stand by the decision they made 12 months ago:

Hugh Grant offers £1000 for safe return of veteran's war medals

Film star Hugh Grant has offered £1000 for the safe return of a Stockport war veteran's medals.

Hugh Grant Credit: PA Images

Charity Blind Veterans UK made an appeal to locate Alfred Barlow's Second World War medals.

The 95 year old was returning home from a pilgrimage to Normandy, France, where he fought on the beaches more than 70 years ago. They were lost at Norton Canes Services on the M6 Toll on June 8th.

Running with George: The journey to save children's lives

A 10-year-old boy from Merseyside has run the distance of almost three marathons to raise funds for the children's hospital that saved his baby brother.

George Mathias is aiming to run 100 miles in support of Alder Hey. His brother James was premature and spent days in a coma at the hospital.

And he's been rounding up celebrities to run with him. Ann O'Connor has this report:

Load more updates Back to top