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Former England footballer rescued after falling in freezing temperatures

A former football star says he owes his life to the dedication and local knowledge of his local PCSO.

Tommy Banks, a former England and Bolton defender, became trapped in freezing temperatures after a fall walking his dog in Farnworth.

Police Community Support officer Derek Thomas knew the area well and found him. Now he's being honoured with a top award.

Sarah Rogers has the story.


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Campaign seeks to open up the Lakes to people with disabilities

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A campaign is being launched to try to make areas like the Lake District more accessible for people with disabilities.

It's organised by the charity, "Tourism for All", and is being welcomed by the Calvert Trust, which works with people with physical or learning difficulties:

I think it's absolutely fantastic. Obviously the Lake District Calvert Trust has been here for 40 years so we have great experience in helping make outdoor activities accessible for all, whether that's learning difficulties, physical disabilities or a combination of both so it's an absolutely fantastic initiative and we're fully behind it.

– Justin Farnan, The Calvert Trust

Blackpool man gets surprise leap year proposal

Louise pops the question Credit: GTV

An unsuspecting man from Blackpool got a big surprise this morning when his partner made a leap year proposal at the top of Blackpool Tower. Louise Forder and Robert Green have been together for 14 years but Louise has finally taken the initiative and popped the question to Robert. And just to make sure he got the message she wrote her proposal in the sand too .... and of course he said yes.

..and just to avoid confusion she left a message in the sand Credit: GTV


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