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Is this Britain's happiest baby?

Baby Leo Credit: MEN Syndication

Is this Britain's happiest baby? A couple from Accrington have shared pictures of their baby boy smiling away at 31 weeks whilst still inside the womb.

And proud parents Amy Cregg and Leighton Hargreaves say baby Leo hasn't stopped beaming since he was born in June.

Amy, 24, told the Accrington Observer: “Leighton and I were absolutely shocked – even the people who did my scan were amazed! After he was born, he was always smiling. Even in his sleep!”

Amy, a rehabilitation support worker, has already had modelling companies approach her, trying to capture Leo’s smile.

Baby Leo still smiling Credit: MEN Syndication

Appeal for missing man in Accrington

Jonathan Black is missing from his home in Accrington Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Jonathan Black, 26, who was last seen at his home address on Nuttall Street in Accrington at about 8.30am on Thursday, October 30.

Jonathan is described as white, 6ft4 with short light brown hair, brown eyes and slim build. He was last seen wearing a black tracksuit with red stripes, a brown/green waterproof coat and blue trainers.

We are growing increasingly concerned for Jonathan and I would appeal to anyone who knows where he might be to get in touch with us.

I would also ask that if Jonathan himself sees this appeal then he call us to let us know he is OK.

– PC Ashleigh Maxwell, Blackburn Police

Anyone with information should contact police on 101


Accrington pays tribute to its fallen heroes

A Lancashire town came to a standstill today as thousands turned out to remember the legendary Accrington Pals.

On the anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in World War 1, when the Pals' suffered huge losses, the streets were packed as the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment marched through the town in memory of the Pals.

And in true Lancastrian fashion it wasn't a sombre affair as Paul Crone reports.

Gallery: Accrington honours its heroes of the Armed Forces

Service as Accrington honours soldiers past and present. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Crowds gather ahead of the parade. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Hundreds have gathered for today's events. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
1 Lancs parade through Accrington. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News
Duke of Lancaster's marching band. Credit: Paul Crone/ITV News

Soldiers parade in honour of Accrington Pals

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Duke of Lancaster's Regiment will march through Accrington today.

The regiment, known as the lions of England, will pay tribute to the Pals - who suffered significant losses on this day in 1916, at the start of the Battle of the Somme.

It's also eight years today that the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment was formed.

The history of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment importantly includes the Accrington Pals so it is fitting that they have chosen this the centenary year of the outbreak of the first World War to exercise the Freedom of the Borough.

"The Regiment already has the Freedom of the Borough of Hyndburn and we want to demonstrate our pride and thanks to our soldiers who risk their lives both at home and abroad to serve our country.

"The parade will give the people of Hyndburn the opportunity to show their appreciation on behalf of the Borough for their gallant and courageous service."

– Leader of the Council, Cllr Miles Parkinson

It is a tremendous honour for the Regiment and its soldiers to exercise the Freedom of Hyndburn, and it is fitting that we will do so in the home town of the Accrington Pals on the anniversary of their great sacrifice.

"Parades such as this give us an opportunity to publicly express our gratitude to the communities our soldiers come from."

– Colonel Chris Owen, of The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment

The annual Accrington Pals Memorial service at the Pals Memorial on Church St Accrington will also take place on July 1 at 11.30am.

The time of the march and the parade route are available on the Council's website.


Teen dies after falling from car park in Accrington

Arndale Shopping Centre in Accrington Credit: Google

A teenage girl has died after falling from a multi-storey car park in Accrington.

Police were called to the Accrington Arndale in Union Street at around 10.30am after receiving reports of a ‘young female’ on the top of the car park.

Shortly afterwards, it was confirmed that the woman had fallen and it was confirmed that she had died.

Lancashire marathon legend Ron Hill ready to run on the street named after him

Marathon legend Ron Hill Credit: ITV Granada

A road in the Lancashire town of Accrington is to be named after one of its most famous sons - the marathon runner Ron Hill.

Ron is in his home town today to officially open Ron Hill Way - part of a £55m regeneration project in Accrington.

Accrington has every reason to be proud of MBE Ron:

He was the first Brit to win the Boston Marathon;

He was also only the second man in the world to break 2 hours 10 mins in the marathon;

He won gold medals for England in the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the European Championshipswas born in Accrington in 1938;

Now 75, Ron is in his 50th year of a running streak having run at least a mile a day, without missing a single day, since December 1964.

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