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House sales "slower" in Liverpool

Selling your house in Liverpool will take longer than almost anywhere else in the UK. A new survey by the Post Office found that it takes almost three months to complete a house sale.

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The average house sale in the UK takes 96 days. In Liverpool its 112, with only Belfast taking longer for a sale to go through.

POST OFFICE MONEY'S TOP TIPS FOR HOUSE SELLERS :

    1. First impressions are key, so make sure the property looks well-maintained and cared for from the outside.
    1. Anything too personalised can be a turn-off, so keeping colours neutral can help.
  • 3. Clear your garden of any litter and make sure the lawn is mowed, leaves are raked away, weeds are removed and overgrown trees are cut back.

  • 4. Giving your kitchen a quick freshen-up is a cost-effective way to improve the appearance of your home.

Hospice visit for football stars

Stars from Bolton Wanderers took time off from training to visit sick children at a Lancashire hospice. The club has long been associated with Derian House in Chorley. Players and club members met staff and patients. Midfielder Karl Henry said it was a very moving experience.

Families in poverty hit by shortfall of thousands

The north west has more than 150 thousand families who're classed as fuel poor. The charity National Energy Action says many people will not have the cash to meet basic living expenses as winter begins to bite. It says that families in fuel poverty are facing an income shortfall of up to £9000 per year.

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The report also warns many low-income and vulnerable consumers who miss out on current support such as the Warm Home Discount will not currently benefit from the proposed safeguard price cap for vulnerable customers this winter.

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Labour says MP faces investigation

Bury South Labour MP Ivan Lewis Credit: pa

Labour former minister and Bury South MP Ivan Lewis is facing an investigation following a complaint about his conduct, the party has said. A party spokesman refused to discuss details of the allegation but said any complaint of sexual harassment was treated extremely seriously.

"The Labour Party takes all allegations of sexual harassment extremely seriously and all complaints are investigated in line with our robust procedures," the spokesman said. "Ivan Lewis is currently under investigation following the receipt of a complaint."

Police appeal to find wanted Chorley man

Joseph Lancaster from Chorley is wanted in connection with a burglary Credit: Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help to find a wanted man from Chorley.

Joseph Lancaster, 49, of no fixed address, is wanted in connection with a burglary at an address on Heapney Road, Chorley.

Det Con Warren Gibson, of Chorley Police, said:

We would like to speak to Joseph Lancaster and are asking anybody with information about his whereabouts to get in touch with us as soon as possible. Similarly we would urge Lancaster himself, if he sees this appeal, to hand himself in straight away.”

– Det Con Warren Gibson, Chorley Police

Lancaster is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, with short, greying hair and a scruffy beard. He speaks with a Chorley accent.

  • Anybody with information is asked to email 1864@lancashire.pnn.police.uk or call either 07939684096 or 101, quoting log number 405 of November 5th.
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