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Anti AND pro-fracking protesters gather in Blackpool as energy firm appeals decision not to frack

Protesters gather in Blackpool

Pro and anti-fracking protesters have gathered outside Blackpool Football club where the five-week hearing is taking place.

Energy firm Cuadrilla is appealing against the decision not to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire.

The company wants to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, on the Fylde Coast.

In June 2015 Lancashire County Council rejected both planning applications.

The hearing is being chaired by a planning inspector but the final decision will be made by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark.

A public inquiry looking into the decision not to allow fracking in Lancashire has got underway.

Watch: Blackpool Zoo celebrates the Chinese year of the Monkey

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey by releasing some stunning pictures and footage of some of its most popular primates.

Blackpool Zoo is celebrating the start of the Chinese Year of the Monkey Credit: Blackpool Zoo

All these cheeky monkeys call Blackpool home and are looking forward to welcoming visitors this year.

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Lancashire Police investigating confession and apology for Blackpool School threat

Montgomery High School, Blackpool Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Lancashire police are investigating an apparent apology by someone claiming they made online threats to kill pupils at a school in Blackpool.

More than a thousand pupils did not attend Montgomery High in Blackpool yesterday and police have been patrolling the area.

The apparent confession was posted on a newspaper website and describes the threats as incredibly stupid. Police don't believe the threats were credible.

The apology, which was sent to The Blackpool Gazette, read:

"Please just forget about the threats. I am a bullied student at Montgomery, I did start the threats but they are NOT genuine; I simply wanted to shock the school into handling the bullies.

"It was the stupidest decision I’ve ever made, I’ve wasted time, money, and panicked people for no reason. I’ll always regret this and now I genuinely feel like I’m worse than the bullies. I’ve been having such a tough time with the school ignoring me when I tell them I’m being bullied, especially considering it first started about 2 years ago and I’ve been reporting it around once a month since."

– Alleged anonymous confession
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