New flood defences on the Fylde Coast have received the final seal of approval from the government.
Defra and the Environment Agency have formally approved £86million of funding and given the green light for work to start on a series of major new coastal defences.
Blackpool and Wyre Councils are working in partnership to improve and replace sea defences between Rossall Hospital and Rossall Point and from Kingsway to Little Bispham at Anchorsholme, protecting 12,000 properties from the risk of coastal flooding.
A series of public engagement events detailing the programme of work will be held later this year before construction starts at both sites in the new year.
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 6-year-old girl from Pilling was knocked over as she crossed the road in Preesall yesterday afternoon.
The family of Sgt. Nigel Coupe, who was killed along with five other soldiers when their Warrior armoured vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb, has been described as 'simply the best husband and father'.
Our correspondent Rob Smith is with those paying tribute to Sgt Coupe in St Annes.
The funeral will be held today of Sgt Nigel Coupe from St Annes, who was killed along with five others when their Warrior armoured vehicle was caught in an explosion in Afghanistan.