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World's oldest fishing club casts out into the city

Dozens of anglers will soon be a familiar sight on the Rochdale Canal through Manchester city centre, thanks to a new fishing agreement between the Canal & River Trust and the world’s oldest angling club, the Salford Friendly Anglers Society.

Salford Friendly Anglers Society dates back to the 19th century Credit: Canal & River Trust

The club, which can trace its roots back to 1817, currently has fishing rights on the River Irwell and a few small lakes and reservoirs around Greater Manchester. However from the end of this April, their members will be able to extend their angling activities to a 12 mile stretch of the Rochdale Canal, from the canal’s start in Castlefield, through Manchester city centre to Middleton, near Rochdale.

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What a load of rubbish! Fly-tippers in court after dumping waste in Blackpool alley

The damning video said it all - capturing the moment a gang of fly tippers were caught in the act, blatantly littering an alleyway in Blackpool.

The offenders don't even bother to stop as debris spills from the back of their moving vehicle.

It is a well- rehearsed procedure - for months Daniel Ashworth, 22, and friend Rick Taylor, 40, had been using their tipper truck for a spate of similar drops - making money by taking their customers' waste and simply dumping it around the corner.

The town's magistrates heard that Ashworth, of The Strand, Fleetwood, had already been handed a lifetime ban from collecting waste because of his previous fly tipping antics.

Ashworth has now pleaded guilty to 10 charges under Environmental Protections laws. Taylor, of Whinfield Avenue, Fleetwood, admitted four similar offences. He was made the subject of a three year CRIMBO - a criminal behaviour order.

Ashworth was given a 39 weeks jail suspended for 12 months and 100 hours of unpaid work, a four year CRIMBO and told to pay £1,000 compensation towards the clean-up operation.

The Northern Lights - as seen from Lancashire

The Northern Lights Credit: Picture: Stephen Cheatley

Photographer Stephen Cheatley of Blackpool said: ''We had an amazing aurora display in the UK last night. I had to get away from the bright lights of Blackpool though to get a good chance of seeing them, so I went to Oakenclough near Scorton, in the Forest of Bowland Lancashire.

''I did not see anything at all straight away, but soon the whole northern sky lit up. I thought it would be a good idea to take a selfie with a stunning aurora as a backdrop!''

Stephen's selfie against a spectacular backdrop Credit: Picture: Stephen Cheatley

Watch water birds 'courtship dance' in Lancashire

A Wildlife Trust volunteer has captured the 'courtship dance' of great crested grebes at Brockholes nature reserve in Lancashire.

André Bisson produced this video after four hours of filming and said: "This is an extremely rare act and I feel very fortunate to have witnessed it."

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Video courtesy of André Bisson and Marcelo Fernandez

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What lies beneath the lock

A major overhaul of locks along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal in Wigan is underway. The Canal & River Trust is in the middle of a huge maintenance programme across England and Wales. Members of the public are invited to come and take a behind-the-scenes look at the work that's being carried out.

£100,000 is being spent on vital repairs to the lock Credit: Canal River Trust

To walk along the bed of the lock and see all the craftsmanship that went into building these locks around 200 years ago is a real privilege. Lock gate making and fitting is an extremely skilled and traditional trade and one that remains essential to the waterways.

– Chantelle Seaborn, Canal & River Trust

Drivers warned about motorway closure at airport

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Drivers heading for Manchester Airport are being urged to leave extra time for journeys when the M56 is closed for the whole weekend at the end of February. The Highways Agency says a new bridge is being installed between junction 6 at Hale and junction 5 at Manchester Airport. It means the total closure of the motorway in both directions between these junctions between 10pm on Friday 27 February and 5am on Monday 2 March.

“It is vital for everyone to understand you should only be using this part of the M56 over this particular weekend if you are travelling to the airport – and you should leave extra time to get to the airport to make your flight.

– Mark Mosley, Highways Agency

Fracking 'funeral march' in Lancashire

Cuardrilla wants to drill for shale gas Credit: PA

Anti-fracking campaigners are staging a 'funeral march' for Lancashire saying that a go ahead for the controversial procedure would amount to death for the Fylde countryside.

The fracking firm Cuadrilla has applied to explore two sites at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas.

Councillors are due to make a final decision on the planning application but a report earlier this week by Lancashire County Council recommended rejecting it.

Organisers say the march will be from the stocks in the centre of Poulton Le Fylde at 10am walking to Blackpool.

Cuadrilla has said any issues raised in the report can be resolved.

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