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Robert Ewing jailed for life for Paige Chivers murder

A man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.

Paige Chivers has been missing since 2007 Credit: Granada Reports

Robert Ewing has been given a life sentence, and will serve a minimum of 33 years, for murdering the 15-year-old.

Ewing has been sentenced to life Credit: Lancashire Police

Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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March in Blackpool against plans to close nurseries

A march will take place in Blackpool over proposals to close two Sure Start nurseries in the town due to budget cuts.

Grange Park and Talbot & Brunswick are two nurseries which are under threat.

Last week's protest in Blackpool Credit: ITV Granada

Parents and children staged a protest last week against the proposals.

97 children attend the nurseries which are in one of the most deprived areas in the UK.

The council says there is adequate provision in the private sector and in other areas in Blackpool, but parents say it is not accessible and demand will be too high.


Blackpool tattoo parlours to be rated like restaurants

New tattoo ratings for Blackpool parlours Credit: PA Images

Tattoo and piercing parlours in Blackpool are to get hygiene ratings just like restaurants.

The scheme is thought to be one of the first of it's kind in the UK.

It's being brought in after the council was alerted to a number of people who suffered health problems after visiting certain establishments.

The Blackpool Tattoo Hygiene Rating Scheme will allow consumers to check the rating of premises online at on their computer, tablet or smartphone.

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