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Tesco to freeze online transactions after hacking

Tesco Bank will freeze customers' online transactions after falling victim to a hacking attack, its chief executive has said.

Benny Higgins said the bank would halt online transactions for current account customers on Monday, in an emergency security measure.

Some current accounts were subjected to "online criminal activity" over the weekend, with "some cases" resulting in money being withdrawn fraudulently, he said.

Kevin Smith from Blackpool had more than £500 taken out of his account:

Labour to pledge £30bn investment in the North West

The shadow chancellor will speak at the party's North West regional conference in Blackpool on Saturday. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire/PA Images

Labour's Shadow Chancellor, John McDonnell MP, will today pledge that the party could invest up to £30 billion in the North West when he addresses Labour's North West Regional Conference in Blackpool.

The package forms part of Labour's proposals for a £500 billion investment, and a lending boost for the whole country, bringing jobs and growth to every region and backed up with a new National Investment Bank and network of regional banks, including a 'Bank of the North'.


New images in hunt for murdered teenager Charlene Downes from Blackpool

Charlene Downes 14 disappeared from Blackpool 13 years ago Credit: PA

Police have released new footage of the murdered Lancashire teenager Charlene Downes on the anniversary of her disappearance.

It shows the 14 year old , to the right of the picture, with her sister on the afternoon of 1st November 2003 in Blackpool.

No one has ever been brought to justice for her killing

Charlene's mum Karen on today's anniversary:

Detective Chief Inspector Richard McCutcheon from Lancashire Police made this appeal.

CCTV plea after woman punched in the face on bus

Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives want help from the public after a 19-year-old woman was punched in the face on a bus in Blackpool.

Police were called at 5pm on Sunday, October 23, following reports of an assault in Talbot Road.

Around 4.45pm, a man sat next to a woman on the Number 14 bus and tried talking to her.

As the bus approached the Wilko store, the man then punched the victim in the face before making off.

Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim, a 19-year-old woman from Thornton, suffered minor facial injuries and went to hospital for treatment.

The offender is described as black and was wearing a black hoodie and black jogging pants.

“The attack seems to be random and unprovoked and the victim has received facial injuries as a result.

“We are particularly keen to speak to this connection with the incident.”

– PC Dave Watson
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WA1616547.
  • Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at
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