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Fracking 'funeral march' in Lancashire

Cuardrilla wants to drill for shale gas Credit: PA

Anti-fracking campaigners are staging a 'funeral march' for Lancashire saying that a go ahead for the controversial procedure would amount to death for the Fylde countryside.

The fracking firm Cuadrilla has applied to explore two sites at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood for shale gas.

Councillors are due to make a final decision on the planning application but a report earlier this week by Lancashire County Council recommended rejecting it.

Organisers say the march will be from the stocks in the centre of Poulton Le Fylde at 10am walking to Blackpool.

Cuadrilla has said any issues raised in the report can be resolved.

Alleged victim tells court Fred Talbot assaulted him on canal barge trip

The trial of the TV weatherman Fred Talbot has heard from a third man who claims that he was sexually assaulted by him.

The alleged victim, who's being called C for legal reasons, said he was forced to sleep in the same bed as Mr Talbot on a canal barge trip.

Mr Talbot denies all the charges against him.

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Defence cross examine 'witness C' at Fred Talbot trial

The lawyer for former ITV weatherman Fred Talbot is cross-examining witness 'C' at Manchester's Minshull Street Court.

The prosecution has claimed a 'drunk' Mr Talbot performed a 'sex act' on a school trip on a canal barge.

Our correspondent Rob Smith is in court.

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