Firefighters and police divers have been carrying out a mock rescue and body recovery in the Piccadilly Basin, Manchester to show how dangerous canals can be.
The exercise comes after a spate of incidents in the city centre, with crews attending five water incidents in the last month.
Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of driving in severe weather after two women were seriously hurt in a motorway crash. The pair had to be cut from their car by firefighters after it skidded on standing water near Junction 20 of the M62 early this morning.
Two women have been seriously injured after their car hit standing water on the M62. Firefighters cut the women from the wreckage after their car ended on an embankment. The women are being treated for suspected spinal injuries.
More than 35 firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the old Bingo Hall in Darwen overnight. The blaze took hold in the roof. Its causing delays around the Church Street area.
A man has been charged with the murder of a pensioner in Blackburn.
The body of 88 year- old Christopher Proctor was found after a fire at his bungalow in Pleckgate.
38 year -old Anthony Curry from Blackburn is due before magistrates in the town in the morning. He also accused of arson, theft and burglary.
A 30 year old woman Clare Randall is also appearing charged with theft.
Lancashire Police investigating the murder of an 88-year-old man in Blackburn believe he was dead before a fire at his home.
Christopher Proctor's bungalow on Pleckgate Road was destroyed by flames in the early hours of Saturday, November 10.
Police today re-issued their appeal for more information about what happened to him.
A bank card belonging to a man who is believed to have been killed in a house fire was used on the same morning he died, police have said.
Although the victim hasn't been identified, Lancashire Police believe he was 88-year-old Christopher Proctor, who lived alone at the house on Pleckgate Road in Blackburn.
The fire happened shortly before 4am last Saturday, November 10.
Detective Superinendent Paul Withers, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that Christopher Proctor may have been targeted over several years by people taking advantage of his vulnerability."
He said someone tried to use the card at two cash points between 2.15am and 2.25am.
Officers are reviewing hundreds of hours of CCTV but Det Supt Withers also appealed for anyone in Blackburn with CCTV covering the areas between Pleckgate Road and Whalley New Road at Roe Lee to urgently get in touch.
Anyone with information or CCTV should call police on the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting log number 1020 of November 15th.
An 87-year-old woman was forced to flee her home after someone set fire to a wheelie bin at the front door of her home in Little Hulton.
The fire spread to the house while the woman was still inside. A neighbour spotted the flames and she was able to escape unharmed. Police are investigating.