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Former soldier finishes final leg of 8,000-mile trek

Christian Nock has walked 8000 miles Credit: Christian Around Britain support page

A former soldier will complete the very last leg of an 8,000 mile walk around the UK coastline today.

Christian Nock has slept rough throughout the trek to highlight the plight of many ex servicemen who face homelessness and unemployment.

Today, he will set off on the last part of his epic journey from North Pier in Fleetwood at 10:30. He will walk 500m to the South Pier along the promenade, before declaring the trip complete.

He has raised £2500 for charity.

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Former soldier speaks of joy at end of 8000-mile trek

A former soldier says he "cried" at seeing Blackpool Tower at the end of a 8000-mile trek around the UK coast.

Christian Nock started his journey from the resort in August 2012. His walk has raised £200,000 for the charity Help for Heroes.

The ex-serviceman slept rough on every stage of his journey, to raise awareness of the plight of homeless war veterans.

Blackpool teen injured in drunken fall, not gay attack

Richard Kennedy

It has been revealed a Blackpool teenager, who claimed he was injured in a homophobic attack, was hurt after falling down stairs at a Preston night club.

CCTV reviewed by police show 18-year-old Richard Kennedy plummeting to the pavement head-first after a night out.

Richard posted a picture on Facebook saying 'Here is my face after a homophobic attack: four of my teeth are gone, not fallen out but deep inside my gums and cheek...."

Lancashire police say they will not prosecute, as they believe the assault was reported in 'good faith' at the time."

Detective Inspector Paddy O’Neill said:

"Lancashire Constabulary is committed to ensuring that all forms of hate crime are investigated thoroughly; any reports made to the police will be taken seriously.

"I am conscious that the initial reports into this incident will have been very upsetting for a number of people, and Preston city centre was portrayed in a very negative light.

"Thankfully, there was no homophobic assault or any other assault on this occasion.”

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Murder victim’s sister leads protest in bid to ‘change attitudes’

Gemma Aitchison Credit: Facebook

The sister of a teenager from Blackpool, who was brutally murdered, is leading a protest today in a bid to change men’s attitudes to women.

Sasha Marsden, 16, was stabbed to death and then set on fire in an alleyway. Her killer, hotel worker David Minto, who police described as “evil”, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Sasha Marsden Credit: Lancashire Police

Her sister, Gemma Aitchison, from Westhoughton, near Bolton, wants to see schools teach pupils sex and relationship education, including consent and the influence of technology, as part of the mandatory national curriculum.

There will be a nationwide protest in London, Portsmouth, Manchester, Bolton and Newcastle.

Click here to find more details of the protests

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