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Britney Spears announces Blackpool gig

Britney Spears will appear at Blackpool's Tower in August. Credit: PA

Pop goddess Britney Spears is bringing her ''Britney: Piece of Me" show to Blackpool this summer.

The international pop icon will appear at Blackpool's Tower Festival Headland on Saturday September 1.

She'll be joined on the tour by Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Pitbull.

The Blackpool date marks the end of Britney's US and European tour which already includes a sold-out date in Manchester.

Tickets for the Blackpool show will go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 13 via

Jimmy Armfield's funeral: saying goodbye to a football legend

Jimmy Armfield passed away last month. Credit: PA Photos/PA Wire/PA Images

The funeral is taking place later for Blackpool legend Jimmy Armfield who died last month at the age of 82.

He played for the Tangerines a record six hundred and twenty seven times and captained England fifteen times, including at the World Cup in 1962.

The cortege will pass through the club's Bloomfield Road ground for fans to pay their respects, before a private family service.

Fan tributes at Jimmy Armfield's statue Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport


Shark seeks romance: will Boris find love?

Boris the shark is off to London in the hope of meeting the love of his life Credit: Sealife, Blackpool

Boris a 10 foot shark from Blackpool Sealife centre is travelling 3- hundred miles to seek romance in London.

Experts hope the rare bowmouth guitar shark will breed with Betty at a similar aquarium in the capital to help maintain the threatened species.

Witness appeal after man seriously injured in 'hammer attack'

Detectives believe the man had been attacked using a hammer. Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured after an assault in Blackpool.

Officers were called to reports of a fight in Bright Street at around 9.30pm on Tuesday January 9.

They found a 30-year-old man at the scene with serious injuries. The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment to a head injury, as well as broken ribs and a fractured back.

Detectives believe the man had been attacked using a hammer.

We believe a number of people were in the street at the time of the incident and may have seen what happened.

– Det Con Chris Hammond, of Blackpool CID

Two men were later arrested on suspicion of assault and have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

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Two men arrested in Kent after 44 year old woman is found dead at a flat in Blackpool

It's believed the 44 year old woman was assaulted. She died at the scene. Credit: PA

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the death of a woman in Blackpool.

Police were called by the Ambulance Service following reports a woman had been assaulted at a flat on Topping Street.

She was found with a number of injuries.

Lisa Chadderton, who was 44 and from Blackpool died at the scene.

Two men were later arrested by police in the Kent area in connection with her death.

A 56-year-old man from Blackpool and a 24-year-old man from Kent have both been arrested on suspicion of murder.

These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with the woman's family at this incredibly sad and difficult time..

They are currently being supported by specially trained officers.

We are in the very early stages of our investigation and have made two arrests.

We believe this was an isolated incident and are not looking for anyone else at this time.

– Det Supt Jill Johnston, of Lancashire Police
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