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Six in hospital after derelict building collapses in Blackburn

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Lancashire Fire Service say six people were taken to hospital after a derelict building collapsed in Blackburn.

It's believed a group of children had been playing at the former Duke of Edinburgh pub on the corner of Hill Street and Crabtree Street.

Firefighters from Blackburn, Great Harwood, Darwen, Bamber Bridge and Chorley were called to the incident as well as specialist rescue equipment and search and rescue dogs from Lancashire and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

A multi-agency investigation is underway into the cause of the collapse.


Blackburn girl, 17, dies after suffering fractured skull

A 17 year old girl from Blackburn who suffered a fractured skull has died

Shannon Aspin was taken by paramedics to Royal Preston Hospital from an address on St Gabriels Avenue at around 8.20pm on Thursday, July 28.

She remained in hospital but passed away last night. A post mortem examination will take place in due course to try to establish the exact cause of death.

She was thought to have been on Rutland Close on the evening of Thursday, July 28 where she was seen arguing with a man on the street.

A 21 year old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been released on bail pending further enquiries until October 21.

Shannon Aspin Credit: Lancashire Police

Shannon was a generous person who was full of life and brought joy and happiness to everyone that knew her. She was like Tigger, she never sat still, full of life and laughter and energy. Shannon was looking forward to starting a new job and apprenticeship.

– Family tribute

Bolton student tells of the devastation she saw at the scene of Istanbul terror attack

Three suicide bombers blew themselves up at the airport.

A student from Bolton caught up in the Istanbul terrorist attack said if her flight from Manchester hadn't been delayed she could have been killed.

Heather Nelson was just leaving her plane at Ataturk airport, when three attackers opened fire and blew themselves up, killing 41 people and injuring several hundred more.

She told her family she saw blood everywhere in a scene of devastation.


Paul Lambert to leave Blackburn Rovers

Manager Paul Lambert will leave Blackburn Rovers after the club's last match of the season. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Blackburn Rovers says the club's manager Paul Lambert is to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

The club says Lambert has decided to activate a release clause in his contract and will step down after Rovers' final game of the season against Reading on May 7.

The club has thanked Lambert for his efforts since joining in November and says the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

I would like to place on record my thanks to the Owners, and especially the players, staff and fans for the tremendous backing and support I have received since I arrived.

It’s a brilliant club, with great people, and I wish it every success in the future. For now, I remain fully focused and determined to try to win the final two games of the season, starting this Saturday against Rotherham.

– Paul Lambert
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