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An official thank you from Russia for a Lancashire War Veteran's efforts

James Martin was 17 when he left his home in Chorley

In this week of commemorations for the men and women who've fought for our freedom across the decades, we're meeting a soldier who's finally been honoured - 70 years after his service.

James Martin, from Chorley, was part of the Arctic Convoys which supplied Russia with weapons and food.

He's been awarded the Ushakov Medal by the Russians but was not able to travel to London to receive it at the Embassy.

His MP came up with a solution, and Granada Reports was invited to attend the ceremony - our correspondent Daniel Hewitt was there:

New bride appears in court charged with solicitor husband's murder

David Edwards

A new bride from Lancashire accused of murdering her solicitor husband has made her first appearance in court. 42-year-old Sharon Edwards from Chorley appeared at Preston Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of 51-year-old David Edwards. No pleas were entered and the court was told the case would be heard at crown court. Her solicitor Mr Sephton Lee told the short hearing that a bail application would be made on Friday at Preston Crown Court.

Wearing a grey T-shirt, Edwards confirmed her name and gave her address from the glassed dock where she was flanked by two officers. After giving her name, she told the court: "David's not dead." During the five minute hearing, Edwards told the deputy district judge that she understood proceedings, before saying again: "But he's not dead." As she looked to her two family members who were sitting in the public gallery she shook her head and mouthed: "No he isn't."

Deputy District Judge Maggie McCormack said the charge was one that had to be sent to crown court. As she was handcuffed and led away, Edwards waved and blew kisses to the man and woman in the gallery who kissed and hugged each other.

Mr Edwards, a criminal defence solicitor for 26 years, was found with a stab wound to his chest at their £300,000 four-bedroom home on Sunday evening. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Edwards - who had recently been made redundant from local law firm Kevills, based in Chorley, where he was a partner - had recently returned home from honeymooning with his new wife following their marriage in June.

Sharon Edwards was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on Friday August 28.


Dead solicitor had 'just returned from honeymoon'

Police at the scene of stabbing in Chorley Credit: Granada Reports

Police have launched a murder investigation after a solicitor was stabbed to death in Chorley.

David Mark Edwards was 51 and was found with a stab wound to his chest at a house on Parkers Wood Close.

A 42- year- old woman from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

It's believed Mr Edwards had just returned from Honeymoon in Las Vegas.

Murder investigation launched after stabbing in Chorley

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man died in Chorley on Sunday night.

Officers were called to an address on Parkers Wood Close at around 8.20pm where a 51-year-old man was found with a stab wound to his chest. He died at the scene.

A 42-year-old woman from Chorley has been arrested on suspicion of murder. She remains in police custody.

Officers believe that the incident is domestic related.

Biker dies after crash in Chorley

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a crash in Chorley.

It is thought that the 21 year old man was riding his Yamaha Fazzer heading towards junction 3 of the M65 when he was involved in a collision with a Volvo yesterday afternoon.

He was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital where he later died.

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Chorley - Labour Hold.
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Watch: the wonder-goal that took Chorley FC to the Conference North play-off final

Chorley FC are on their way to the Conference North play-off final after this sensational overhead kick in the fifth minute of injury time kept them alive in their semi-final against Boston United.

Adam Roscoe delivered the moment of sheer genius to equalise before Chorley were able to win the game on penalties.

And a family promotion double could be on the cards - the Chorley manager is Garry Flitcroft, the brother of newly-promoted Bury manager David Flitcroft.

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