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Government promises to protect "Salford's rainforest"

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The government's announced a commitment to restoring peatlands in Greater Manchester. The Lancashire Wildlife Trust has almost £1 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore "Salford's rainforest" and provide habitats for bog mosses which in turn support other species like carnivorous plants and crickets as well as vulnerable bird species like the curlew and short eared owl.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey is making the announcement on a visit to Chat Moss in Salford, an area of peatland that makes up around 30 per cent of the city of Salford.

The exciting work here in Salford is seeing birds and wildlife returning to the area and is an important part of realising that vision.

– Environment Minister, Therese Coffey

Our peatlands are amazing places for wildlife, as places to visit, and for the carbon they store. Sadly they have been mistreated, and have become badly damaged. But here at Chat Moss we are showing that we can turn the clocks back, and re-create a thriving living landscape bursting with life. With this new funding for peatland we will be able to do more of this valuable work.

– Dr Chris Miller, Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Wanted: Patrick Robb

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Police in Lancashire are appealing for help to find a man who is wanted in connection with a burglary in Silverdale.

Patrick Robb, 43, from Heysham, is wanted after a house was broken into on Red Bridge Lane overnight between January 10 and January 11. He is also wanted for failing to attend Lancaster Magistrates Court on December 14 after he was charged with assault and criminal damage.

He is described as white, 5ft 11in, with a bald head and a beard. He is thought to have links to the Heysham, Morecambe and Lancaster areas.

If anyone has seen Patrick Robb or has any information on his whereabouts they can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference WB1700316.

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Wymott Prison rated 'good' by inspectors

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The Chief Inspector of Prisons says that HMP Wymott near Preston remained reasonably safe and was doing good work to rehabilitate prisoners and to reduce the risk of reoffending.

Peter Clarke has published the report of an unannounced inspection of the training prison in Lancashire.

It found that the jail is doing good work in reducing reoffending and rehabilitating prisoners.

Inspectors also found that Wymott remains a reasonably safe prison.

But the report says that health care needs to be improved and better facilities for disabled prisoners be provided.

HMP Wymott was weathering similar pressures and challenges to other prisons, but was doing so with a proactive 'can do' approach, with an emphasis on finding solutions to problems and maintaining reasonably good outcomes for prisoners. This was underpinned by strong leadership that prioritised decency and provided men with opportunities to address their risks and work towards a successful rehabilitation. We commend the work being done and support the leadership team's efforts to improve further.

– Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons.

Police concerned for missing 15-year-old

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Police in Lancashire are appealing for information after a teenager went missing from Burnley.

Macey Durkin, 15, was last seen around 12.45pm on February 9 in Towneley Holmes Road.

While Macey has made contact with friends since, officers are concerned for her welfare.

She is described as white, 5ft 7in tall, of stocky build with shoulder-length dark brown hair. It is believed she was wearing a white school shirt, school skirt, black shoes and Unity College blazer at the time of her disappearance.

Officers are appealing for information leading to her whereabouts.

Inspector Steve Rides, of Burnley Police, said:

We are concerned for Macey’s welfare and would ask anyone who knows where she is to contact us.

We are appealing to anybody who has seen her to contact us as soon as possible.

Similarly we would urge Macey herself, if she sees this appeal, to get in touch to let us know he is safe.

– Inspector Steve Rides
  • Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log reference 0233 of February 9.

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