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Exclusive: Failures in breast cancer screening at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Confidential data obtained by Granada Reports shows 12 cases of cancer were missed by one radiologist at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary prior to 2011.

Two women have since died and and the Trust which runs the hospital says although the deaths can't be directly linked they can't rule out that women may have come to harm as a result of not being diagnosed at the first opportunity.

All the data has now been released by Public Health England and comes just months after a damning report into mother and baby deaths at the same Hospital Trust.

Our correspondent Amy Welch reports.


Queen enjoys Shakespeare and sheep-shearing in Lancaster visit

The Queen has been visiting Lancaster today Credit: Granada

The Queen was treated to Shakespeare and sheep-shearing on a visit to Lancaster today.

She travelled to the city on the Royal Train and was welcomed by hundreds of flag-waving well-wishers.

After a short journey from the railway station, along a route lined by representatives of the Army, Navy and RAF, the Queen arrived at the city's historic castle to be greeted with more enthusiastic cheers and applause - and a torrential downpour.

Wearing a turquoise outfit by Angela Kelly and a silver Duchy of Lancaster brooch, the Queen reached the castle's John O'Gaunt gate as the heavens opened, but the atrocious weather did not dampen the enthusiasm of the crowds who crammed the narrow streets as a band from the Royal Corps of Signals played the National Anthem.

After the ceremonial handing over of the castle keys to the monarch, Nancy Weedy, an eight-year-old chorister at Lancaster Priory, presented the Queen with a posy of red roses, a symbol of Lancashire, the "Red Rose county".

Inside the castle's Chapel Yard, a group of excited girls from the 5th Lancaster, Bowerham Brownies and boys from the 35th Lancaster, Skerton Cubs, by now drenched by the rain, waited to be presented to the Queen.

The royal visitor was then invited to take a seat under a canopy for a short performance from Shakespeare's Richard II, the speech given by John O'Gaunt, an evocation of England's past glories, including the famous lines: "This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle ...This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

After visiting the castle, the royal moved on to the village of Bilsborrow, home to Myerscough College.

In the college's Livery Yard, Phoebe Colton, 26, from Lancaster, and Nicol Coulter, 29, from Preston, who are farriery apprentices, gave a demonstration in the art of shoeing horses.

The Queen watched as they worked on a skewbald horse called Guild and a bay horse called Gisburn - two giant, 17-hand horses with the mounted section of Lancashire Police.

Mounted Police Sergeant Christine Driver, who rides Guild, said: "She said how big he was, how he must be a mountain to climb to get on."

"The horses were very well behaved, they are used to people and crowds."

The Queen was then shown a display of cattle, with one beast in particular keen to get a closer look at the royal visitor.

Apparently unperturbed by the animal's curiosity, it was pulled back into line by its handlers before it could get any closer to the 89-year-old monarch.

Finally, 17-year-old Alex Kiriakos, from Todmorden, had the daunting task of shearing a sheep live in front of the Queen, watched by his fellow students and a large gathering of press and TV cameras.

Afterwards, the teenager said: "She said, 'Have you ever done shearing before? How do you control the sheep?"

"I was a bit nervous, but it's an experience that's a once in a lifetime opportunity."

Jimmy Anderson takes 400th wicket

James Anderson is the first English player to reach 400 test wickets Credit: PA Images

James Anderson has become the first Englishman to take 400 test wickets.

The Lancashire bowler dismissed Martin Guptill early in the first innings of the Second Test against New Zealand at Headingley.

With his eighth ball, and with rain closing in, Anderson had Kiwi opener caught by Ian Bell at second slip.

Earlier this year he became England's record wicket-taker, moving ahead of Ian Botham, during a tour of the West Indies.


Young Lancashire story contest winner congratulated by Duchess of Cambridge

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A girl from Lancashire who won a national story contest was among young writers praised by the Duchess of Cornwall for their "brilliant" efforts.

10-year-old Amabel Smith from Chorley won gold in the older age category of the 500 Words competition with a futuristic tale about a society where people are not allowed to leave home and live their lives through computers.

The finalists were invited to a prize-giving ceremony staged at St James's Palace.

In Amabel's winning entry, a girl breaks convention and goes for a run, watched by a boy who has also defied the state by hacking into a government satellite, and he sees her on the streets.

The 10-year-old winner said:

'I got in the top 50 last year and I thought I might come third.'

"I really wanted to write a story where there are two people telling their own story from their own point of view.'

"The election was coming up and I thought what would happen if a government was elected and did something bad with the country - they might want more power.'

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The Duchess Camilla told the winners, who were gathered with their parents at the St James' Palace: 'Like climbing through the wardrobe into Narnia, stories open doors into different worlds. They stretch imagination and get our brains buzzing.'

'We fall in love with heroes and heroines and can't turn the pages fast enough to find out what happens. We meet impossible people, travel to remote places and make hundreds of new friends.'

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