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Clarke Carlisle hospitalised with life threatening injuries

Clarke Carlisle Credit: PA

The former Burnley captain Clarke Carlisle is said to be fighting for his life after being hit by a lorry in York. Carlisle, who was born in Preston, and started his career at Blackpool, was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary this morning with life threatening injuries. In the last few minutes, Burnley have released a statement, saying the thoughts of all at the club are with him and his family.

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Blackpool chairman Oyston apologises for abusive fan text messages

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston Credit: Mark Robinson/PA Wire

Karl Oyston has apologised for branding a Blackpool fan "a retard".

Oyston has come in for strong criticism over the last 36 hours after a series of texts he sent to supporter Stephen Smith were published on the Tangerine Knights' website.

The Blackpool chairman became embroiled in a furious row with Smith, branding him "a retard" and telling him to "enjoy the rest of your special needs day out".

After being criticised by Blackpool fans and a number of organisations, Oyston responded by issuing an apology on the Blackpool website on Monday afternoon.

"I would like to unreservedly apologise for any offence or distress caused by my text responses reported in the media recently," Oyston said in a statement.

Appeal after unprovoked assault on Afghanistan veteran in Morecambe

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POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after an army reservist was punched in the face during an unprovoked attack in Morecambe.

The victim, a 31-year-old local man, was on a night out after returning from a six month tour in Afghanistan.

He was approached and then punched near to The King’s Arms Hotel on Marine Road Central between 2 to 3am on Thursday 11 December.

The victim suffered a broken jaw on both sides.

CCTV Images Credit: CCTV Images

DC Jill Neil from Lancaster CID said: “This was a despicable act on a man who had just been enjoying his first night out after returning back from serving his country in Afghanistan.

“After the attack, the victim had to be operated on as a result of the severity of his injuries.

“I appeal to anyone who may have any information about this incident to get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information should contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting incident reference LC-20141217-0723 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.

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