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Police appeal for missing teen

Police in Lancashire are appealing for the public's help to find a missing teenager. Daniel Smith, 14, was last seen in the Edmund Street area around midday on May 24.

He is described as white, 5ft 3in tall of slim build. He has short light brown hair and speaks with a regional accent.

Police are appealing for information and are urging anyone who can assist with their enquiries to come forward.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said:

Daniel has been missing for some time now and it is clearly very concerning.

We would ask anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police immediately.

Furthermore, we would urge Daniel, if he sees this appeal, to call officers and let us know he is safe.

– Lancashire Police
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0904 of July 28.

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War memorial gets upgraded listed status

Westfield memorial, Lancaster

The Passchendaele memorial in Lancaster has had its listing status upgraded by Historic England.

The Westfield war Memorial Village was built after the First World War for disabled veterans and their families.

Lancastrians decided on a novel way to pay testament to the sacrifice made by members of the local community; they built a memorial village to provide accommodation and employment for disabled veterans.

Westfield Memorial Village in Lancaster was formally opened by General Haig on 24 November 1924 and still operates as a charity and home for ex-servicemen to this day.

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Drilling rig arrives at fracking site in Lancashire

Energy firm Cuadrilla has announced the drilling rig that will be used for fracking in Lancashire has been delivered at the Preston New Road site.

Archive photo of fracking site in Lancashire Credit: Press Association

The rig will be used to drill the first two horizontal wells into UK shale rock.

Protesters have blockaded the entrance to the fracking site as part of a month of action to resist the controversial drilling process.

The site, run by developer Cuadrilla, was refused planning permission by Lancashire County Council in 2015, but permission was later granted following an appeal and a planning inquiry.

In April, campaign groups lost a High Court action to overturn the decision.

HMP Preston - "good - could be better"

HMP Preston Credit: itv granada

Inspectors have found that HMP Preston is better than many other local prisons. But the report from the Chief Inspector of Prisons also says that Preston could improve still further, especially in terms of promoting equality and some poor staff practices.

AREAS WHERE THE PRISON DID WELL ACCORDING TO INSPECTORS:

Prisoners received a positive induction when they arrived, despite the poor environment of the reception area;

Violence was not increasing, unlike in many similar prisons, but there was the potential for more effective work in this area;

Prisoners in crisis said they felt supported by staff and mental health input was good;

The management of security was generally sound, with an improving approach to reducing the supply of illegal drugs;

Prisoners were very positive about the value of the incentives and privileges scheme to promote good behaviour.

AREAS THAT NEED IMPROVEMENT ACCORDING TO INSPECTORS:

There had been four self-inflicted deaths since the last inspection, although levels of self-harm were lower than inspectors usually see at similar prisoners;

Living conditions were variable and access to basic amenities needed to be better;

Not enough in the prison was being done to promote equality;

Staff were generally experienced and treated prisoners decently, there was some poor practice and culture that needed to be challenged;

Health care provision had deteriorated.

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