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Aviation enthusiasts flock to Southport airshow

Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock

Hundreds of people are watching the skies above Southport this weekend as the annual air show takes place.

The highlights include the Red Arrows display team and a Second World War Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock from ITV Granada has photographed the spectacular in previous years. Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock
Credit: Rodrigo Alarcon-Cielock

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Troubled Morecambe Bay Trust appoints new head

Morecambe Bay Trust appoints new Chair Credit: PA

The troubled University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has appointed a new Chair. Pearse Butler has eighteen years’ experience as an NHS Chief Executive in a variety of organisations including Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital (Alder Hey), the former Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority, and Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals. He'll join the Trust by the end of Autumn. He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed to the role of Chair, at a time when the Trust is clearly on a road to improvement, with so many exciting developments happening. The hospitals have had some well-documented problems, and the recent CQC report must have been very disappointing for everyone, but the way staff, governors and leaders have responded really is admirable and I look forward to working with them all.”

Downton is back.

The waiting is almost over for fans of Downton Abbey. The drama about life in a big country manor is back on our screens on Sunday 21st of September. Now a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, Downton is watched by millions. Granada's Entertainment Correspondent Caroline Whitmore met the cast to see if she could get some clues as to what viewers can expect in this latest series.

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New campaign to encourage responsible drinking

Lancashire police are warning of the dangers of excess alcohol Credit: PA

POLICE across Lancashire are highlighting the dangers of irresponsible drinking as part of a week of action. They're asking people to think about drinking responsibly and consider the impact excessive drinking has on police resources. Drink related anti-social behaviour is the most common form that people experience and the force says 72% of assaults requiring treatment are alcohol related.

People often ‘pre-load’ before drinking in towns and cities Credit: ITV Granada

“Nearly half of all violent crime in the UK is alcohol related, every weekend the emergency services have resources diverted to our town centres dealing with people who have consumed alcohol in such a way as to cause themselves or others real harm.

“Drunkenness is a big problem and we all need to do more to address this issue, one thing that would really help is people taking responsibility for themselves on a night out."

– Superintendent Samuel Mackenzie, Lancashire Police

400 knives handed in across Lancashire

More than 400 knives have been handed in so far as part of an amnesty in Lancashire. Preston has seen the most, among the weapons given up are machetes and swords. Bins have been placed across the county for people to drop them off anonymously. The amnesty runs until the 29th of September.

In total, 210 knives have been handed in across Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Skelmersdale. Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde, as well as North Lancashire, have seen a total of 120 weapons handed in, while 75 knives have been handed in in East Lancashire. Preston has seen the most knives handed in, with a total of 142 deposited in the bins so far.

Some of the amnesty bins have now changed location; they are now located outside of the following stations and continue to be accessible 24 hours a day:

  • Blackpool
  • Lancaster
  • Fleetwood
  • Morecambe
  • Burnley
  • Darwen
  • Nelson
  • Preston
  • Chorley
  • Skelmersdale

We’ve been really pleased with the response so far, but we want to take even more knives of Lancashire’s streets. With that in mind, you can now hand any knife in at any police station with a front counter, as well dropping them into the bins.

A significant number of weapons, which are capable of doing serious damage, have already been handed in, which shows it was the right thing to do this amnesty. Who knows what could have happened if these knives had remained on Lancashire’s streets.”

– Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson
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