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New look fire engine to the rescue in Lancashire

New look fire engine for Blackburn and Burnley Credit: LFRS

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has new weapon to help them deal with emergencies.

It'll be used as a normal firefighting pump at Blackburn and Burnley fire stations for 6 months as part of a trial.

Parts of the vehicle were designed with aircraft fire-fighting in mind.

It includes the Stinger piercing tool designed to hammer its way through aircraft fuselages to jet water inside. But in Lancashire it'll be used to penetrate roofs so the water jet can reach maximum effectiveness inside.

The water output is 2½ times that provided by the usual fire appliance, delivering up to 5 ½ thousand litres per minute.

New weapon in fire-fighting Credit: LFRS


Can you help police after attack on council worker who was 'simply doing his job'

Lancashire Police have have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to after a council worker was assaulted in Burnley.

It happened at around 10.30am on Saturday, November 12 when the 37-year-old victim, who works as a road sweeper, was working on St James’ Road near to Costa Coffee.

He was approached by three men who took his hat from him and made him chase them around the town centre.

The victim managed to get his hat back before one of the three men ran up to him and punched him a number of times in the face.

Credit: Lancashire Police

“This was a nasty attack on the victim who was simply doing his job when he was targeted by these three men who stole his hat before being punched by one of them.

We are keen to speak to the man pictured in connection with the incident and would urge anyone who recognises him or who has any information that could assist us to come forward.”

– PC Mohammed Bhai
Credit: Lancashire Police

The victim suffered a fractured eye socket which resulted in him needing metal plates.

  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 629 of 16th November.

  • Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111 or online at

Burnley's number one is a fan favourite

Meet the man whose 11 saves against Manchester United last weekend earned him praise from the great Peter Schmeichel.

Burnley's Tom Heaton meets a young fan Credit: ITV Granada

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton is in the form of his life at the moment and is even being tipped to start for England in next week's World Cup qualifier against Scotland.

David Chisnall caught up with him along with his growing army of fans.


Hammer throw bronze medallist has ballet dancer past

The mother of Olympic medallist Sophie Hitchon has revealed she started out as a ballet dancer.

The athlete from Burnley won a bronze medal in the women's hammer throw at the Rio Olympics and became the first British woman to win an Olympic medal in the discipline.

She recorded a distance of 74.54m at the Olympic Stadium on Monday.

More: Burnley's Sophie Hitchon claims bronze in the hammer

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