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Parish council punch up over sheep row

This is the moment a parish council meeting turned into a punch up - all over where sheep were allowed to graze. The allotments committee meeting of Briercliffe Parish Council, near Burnley, descended into a brawl on Monday night when talks broke down.

It's believed to have started over a year long dispute concerning former parish councillor Sarah Seed and the grazing rights of her sheep Millie. Mrs Seed has been involved in protracted negotiations, along with fellow councillor Colin Meeks, who has a nine-strong flock. It's reported after they were told they can no longer use the village site Coun Seed stood down.

Discussions became heated over the issue and the meeting was adjourned when things turned physical. Lancashire Constabulary is now investigating possible public order offences and reviewing video footage.


Man arrested after five-hour 'armed siege' in Blackpool

A man has been arrested following a five-hour armed siege in Blackpool.

The 43-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, at around 9pm this evening in South Shore.

Armed police surrounded the flat on Alexandra Road and specialist officers had been negotiating with the man inside, who reportedly had a weapon.

He handed himself in after the stand off and is currently in custody.

A woman was taken to hospital with a minor head injury. A teenager and a toddler were also taken to hospital but were uninjured.

Heart transplant patient feels there is 'nothing' to hold onto in life, as she now needs new kidneys

A heart transplant patient, from Widnes, says there is "nothing" to hold onto in life after discovering she needs another transplant.

Jade Carr became a world-beating athlete after getting a new heart at age 3. Now, at age 21, she is on dialysis after anti-rejection drugs damaged her kidneys.

She is among 854 people, across the North West, waiting for donor organs to be found.

Rob Smith reports.

Police cleared of misconduct over abuse investigation at school in Cumbria

There's anger after police were cleared of misconduct in the way they investigated claims of sexual and physical abuse at a boarding school.

Allegations from a number of pupils were made to Cumbria Police in 1996 and 1997 about mistreatment at Underley Hall near Kirkby Lonsdale.

The Cumbria force carried out an internal investigation this year but reported back today, saying the claims had been investigated properly.

Ex-pupils say they have been let down.

Ashley Derricott reports.

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