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'Tough Mudder' raises thousands for charity

Mark in training for the event Credit: Mark Holloway

A soldier who was injured in Afghanistan has raised thousands of pounds for the Help For Heroes charity by competing in one of the most gruelling races there is. The Tough Mudder challenge in Cheshire this weekend involves battling through obstacles designed by the special forces. And Mark Holloway completed it not once but twice, raising £5000 for the charity. His next goal is an even longer circuit in the US to double that amount.

The Lancashire soldier training for the world's toughest obstacle course

If you're settling on the couch looking forward to a lazy weekend, this next story may make you feel guilty.

Because injured serviceman Mark Holloway, from Burscough in Lancashire, is going to take on a challenge that would leave many of us in bits.

It's one thing doing an assault course, but another completing the world's toughest Tough Mudder.

Tim Scott reports:

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Chemical firm fined after Burscough explosion

The aftermath of the blast which injured three workers Credit: HSE

A chemical firm has been ordered to fined £150,000 over a major explosion at a waste management site in Lancashire in which three workers suffered serious burns.

Huge damage at the site in Burscough Credit: HSE

Personnel Hygiene Services (PHS) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the blast at Burscough Industrial Estate in Burscough in October 2010, which happened when aerosol cans were put into an industrial shredder.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that three employees working near the shredder were caught in a fireball, and surrounding buildings had to be evacuated while firefighters dealt with the resulting blaze.

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