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Calls for Lancashire Trust to 'urgently hire more staff' as it's labelled 'chaotic'

It is claimed that the impact of closing the Chorley A&E has left the department in 'chaos' and patients are being put at risk.

That's the view of councillors who are calling for the Lancashire Trust which runs it to prove it's taking action by urgently recruiting more staff.

This weekend campaigners protested at hospitals across Lancashire and Greater Manchester because their services are being hit by the closure.

Our correspondent Elaine Willcox has this report:

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Police search for wanted man after woman assaulted

Police in Lancashire want to find a man after a woman was assaulted.

Police want to trace Matthew Penny Credit: Lancashire Police

Officers want to trace Matthew Penny, 34, after an alleged incident on August 13th in which a 24-year-old woman was assaulted and property damaged.

Penny is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with short dark hair.

A Lancashire Police spokesman, said:

“We are keen to find Penny.

“If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please contact us.

“Similarly if Penny himself sees this appeal I would urge him to hand himself in at the nearest police station.”

– Lancashire Police spokesman

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1610667.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Pizza delivery driver shot in the head with air rifle

Derwent Road, Chorley Credit: Granada Reports

Police are appealing for witnesses after a pizza delivery driver was shot in the head with an air rifle in Chorley.

The woman was delivering a Domino’s pizza to a house on Derwent road at around 7.30pm on Friday when she felt a pellet strike her in the back of the head. It is believed the pellet came from an air rifle or air gun.

The woman, who has not been named, was taken to hospital for a check up but was allowed home and is now recovering.

Watch headteacher get a flashmob style dance as she retires

A headteacher who was leaving her job after 34 years was treated to a surprise dance routine by pupils and staff.

Mrs Julie Heaton joined St Michaels CE Academy in Chorley in 1982 as a teacher of PE. She retires this year after being headteacher for 5 years.

Pupils of the school suggested organising a surprise dance routine to show their appreciation of Mrs Heaton's dedication to the school.

All pupils (over 1200 of them) and members of staff were taught the routine to Simply the Best by Tina Turner and on Thursday 21st July everyone gathered to surprise the Head.

Preston MP calls on the government to intervene in Chorley A&E crisis

The Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called on the government to intervene in the closure of Chorley's Accident and Emergency department.

Chorley A&E closed in April due to a lack of doctors. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust says it won't re-open until April 2017 as it would be unsafe to do otherwise without the correct number of staff.

The latest figures from the North West Ambulance Service show the number of patients waiting over an hour to be handed over from an ambulance to hospital staff at the Royal Preston trebled in May from 43 to 141, the month after Chorley's closure. The number waiting over 30 minutes went from 166 to 313.

The Trust says Chorley is not the main factor for the increase. Year-on-year there are 40 more patients attending the Royal Preston each day, 13 of those are from the Chorley area. The Trust instead says it is facing greater demand from the local population, an issue facing hospitals across the UK.

Mark Hendrick says the government needs to 'get a grip' of Chorley's staffing problem, as well as the wider 'national problem'.

Watch: Lancashire Hospital Teaching Trust crisis deepens

New figures reveal that in the month after the closure of Chorley A&E, the number of people kept waiting in ambulances outside the Royal Preston Hospital trebled.

The MP for Wigan Lisa Nandy says her local emergency unit is also under significant pressure.

But Lancashire Hospital Teaching Trust maintains the closure of Chorley is not to blame. ITV Granada's Political Correspondent Daniel Hewitt has more:

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