Tuesday across the NW

Patchy light showers expected from the NW on Tuesday, but hopefully a fine evening in prospect

All downhill from midweek onwards

A fine weekend, certainly a memorable one in Liverpool with the Giants! Not sure that the heatwave will continue into August though...

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Police looking for man after sexual assault

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The man approached a 13-year-old girl before sexually assaulting her. Credit: Lancashire Police

Police have released an artist's impression of a man they would like to speak to after a sexual assault was reported in Walton-le-Dale near Preston.

Officers say a 13-year-old girl was approached by a man in the Severn Drive and Duddle Drive area. He tried to speak to the young girl before sexually assaulting her.


Blackpool sign Jacob Mellis and Tomasz Cywka

Sky Bet Championship club Blackpool now have 10 professionals on their books following the double signing of Jacob Mellis and Tomasz Cywka on Monday afternoon.

The Seasiders announced that the midfield pair, who were both out of contract after leaving Barnsley, had penned one-year deals subject to medicals to swell their depleted numbers by 25 per cent in the space of an hour.

However, Jose Riga's side still need one player to even field a full 11 in their season opener against Nottingham Forest in 12 days' time and they remain without a goalkeeper.


Police warning over 'tombstoning' in Cumbria

People caught jumping from a 40ft bridge in Cumbria could face prosecution, according to police.

A man died in 2012 and last year several others were injured after tombstoning off Devil's Bridge in Kirkby Londsdale.

This video shows people jumping off from the bridge last year.

Police say landing in the river from that height was like hitting concrete.

Swimming Silver for Stephanie Slater from Preston

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Stephanie Slater with her silver medal after coming second in the Women's Para-Sport 100m Freestyle S8 Credit: Press Association

Preston swimmer Stephanie Slater produced a superb performance at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Friday night to win Silver in the pool.

The 24-year old took second place in S8 100m freestyle behind Australia's Maddison Elliott who posted a new world record of 1:05.32.


Still speechless after last night!! Commonwealth Games Sliver Medalist along with a European,British record & a PB!? @werengland So Proud!

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Slater on her way to Commonwealth Games Silver in the pool on Friday evening Credit: Press Association

Stephanie will now begin preparations for the European Championships in Eindhoven, Holland which begin next month.

Preston's Palestine support prompts protest

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The Palestinian flag flown at Preston Town Hall earlier

Preston's council has faced protest over a decision to fly the flag of Palestine at the town hall earlier. Council leader Peter Rankin had announced the Town Hall would fly the Palestinian flag “in solidarity with the people of Gaza who are locked in a bitter and long lasting conflict with Israel.” After protests he tweeted this evening that it only happened briefly


In view of public response re flags, have reflected: Palestinian flag displayed only for 4 mins this pm..1/2


Main pole showing union flag at half mast to remember ALL dead and wounded in Gaza. On Monday will fly flag of peace.

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