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Protest at public enquiry into fracking in Blackpool

Anti-fracking protest Credit: ITV

A public inquiry has resumed into proposals to frack for shale gas at a second site Lancashire. It's not examining the arguments for and against fracking, but road safety issues around the area of Roseacre Wood.

A protest was held outside, the Government have so far refused energy firm Cuadrilla permission for the site.

Protestors in Blackpool Credit: ITV

Transport also affects health, the quality of your sleep, the quality of the air you breathe and the quality of the life you're leading.

It's about that direct impact on human lives.

– Tina Rothery - anti-fracking campaigner

WATCH: Blackpool has highest rates of death from heroin

Blackpool has the highest rates of death from heroin and morphine, figures show. The rate in Blackpool, which topped the list, is twice as high as anywhere else in England and Wales, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Public Health England (PHE) has suggested a link between areas of social deprivation and drug misuse.

Matt O'Donoghue has this report:


The Hulk brings Blackpool to a standstill

There were reports of trouble on the tram network in Blackpool today.

A large green gentleman was spotted holding up a tram on the promenade.. Clearly someone made him angry!

It is of course The Incredible Hulk! The stunt was promoting a new Marvel Comic exhibition at Madame Tussauds.

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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