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Burnley fans offered chance to check for prostate cancer

Turf Moor will host its second prostate cancer blood testing event Credit: PA Images

Burnley FC is to host another prostate cancer blood testing event, a year after a similar event that helped to save two lives.

Last year, Burnley became the first Premier League club to host such an event, which saw 273 men undertake the simple prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test.

As a result, 29 men were advised to see their GPs and two found to be extremely serious, ultimately leading to life-saving treatment.

This year’s screening programme will take place in the James Hargreaves Stand, between 10am and 1pm on Saturday, 13th February.

The club is subsidising the £40 private treatment cost of the blood testing day, which will cost £5 to anyone who turns up on the day.

Prostate Cancer is the most common form of male cancer, affecting one in eight men. The test is recommended for men over the age of 50, or over 45 if there is a history of cancer in the family.

Watch: Special constable given criminal record made 'split second' mistake

A special constable from Lancashire is calling for more protection and support for volunteer officers after he was convicted of dangerous driving for trying to protect a colleague.

Andrew Blades said he made a 'split second' mistake after using his police car to block a road as he tried to stop unlicensed bikers from running over his colleague. As a result he's lost his job as a driving instructor and been forced to resign from the force.

Mel Barham reports.


Anti AND pro-fracking protesters gather in Blackpool as energy firm appeals decision not to frack

Protesters gather in Blackpool

Pro and anti-fracking protesters have gathered outside Blackpool Football club where the five-week hearing is taking place.

Energy firm Cuadrilla is appealing against the decision not to allow fracking at two sites in Lancashire.

The company wants to extract shale gas at Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, on the Fylde Coast.

In June 2015 Lancashire County Council rejected both planning applications.

The hearing is being chaired by a planning inspector but the final decision will be made by the Communities and Local Government Secretary, Greg Clark.

A public inquiry looking into the decision not to allow fracking in Lancashire has got underway.

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