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Special house in Lee Rigby's honour

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The final touches are being put to a special house in memory of Lee Rigby. The soldier from Middleton was killed by extremists close to his barracks in London in 2013.

The Foundation set up in his name has funded the project which aims to give respite to veterans and their families.

It comes ahead of a fundraising concert for the Lee Rigby Foundation at the weekend.

For more information on the concert and how to buy tickets click here.


Mother calls for law change to encourage more organ donations

Natalie Kerr who had double lung transplant Credit: ITV Granada

A mum from Lancashire who had double lung transplant has launched a campaign for UK residents to be all automatically signed up to the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Natalie Kerr had her life saving operation in 2012 and wants to change the law, so that people who do not want to donate have to opt out of the scheme.

So far her petition has almost almost 13, 500 signatures but must reach 100,000 in six months to trigger a debate in Parliament.

Natalie Kerr who had life saving transplant Credit: ITV Granada

Obviously this is something very close to my heart because I was lucky enough to have my life saved.

But many people aren’t as lucky and three people a day are dying while waiting for an organ transplant in the UK.

“That could have been me and would have meant I would not be here today with my children.”

– Natalie Kerr, who had life saving double lung transplant

You can find out more about Natalie's petition here.


Father appeals for witnesses after his son is left in coma

A father has released shocking images of his son fighting for his life after a vicious attack at a nightclub in Lancashire.

Mark Pennington made the difficult decision to reveal pictures of 28-year-old Ben to encourage witnesses to come forward.

He said Ben was with his best friend at the club in Darwen when he was punched just once. The attack has left him in a coma after he suffered a bleed on the brain.

Victoria Grimes has his father's appeal.

Eric Morecambe's widow targeted by thieves, says son

Created by sculptor Graham Ibbeson, the statue was commissioned to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Morecambe and Wise first appearing on stage together. Credit: ITV Granada

The son of late comedian Eric Morecambe said thieves who targeted his mother's home must have gleaned from social media that she was out at the time.

Joan Bartholomew had travelled to Blackpool, more than 200 miles away from her home in Hertfordshire, for the unveiling of a statue in memory of her husband and his comic partner Ernie Wise.

Hertfordshire Police said it is investigating a burglary at an address in Harpenden between Thursday morning and Saturday evening, and a spokeswoman confirmed a number of items of jewellery were taken.

Morecambe's son Gary, who was also at the unveiling at Blackpool's Winter Gardens, told Lancashire newspaper The Visitor: "There wasn't masses of damage.

"My mum is a very realistic person, she doesn't like to make herself into a victim. It's just the way it is.

"I guess that's the power of social media, they must have known she was away."

Man charged with attempted murder after Colne stabbing

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Colne.

Philip Gale, who's 50 and from Foulridge, was arrested at the scene.

A 52-year-old man was found with injuries to his back and torso at a property on Station Road in Foulridge on Sunday evening. Police say the man is in a critical but stable condition in hospital.

Gale, of Station Road, will appear at Burnley Magistrates Court today.

Steven Woolfe to sit as independent MEP

Ukip leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe has announced he is to sit as an independent MEP for the North West after resigning from the party.

Mr Woolfe said he has "come to the conclusion that UKIP is ungovernable without Nigel Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite it".

The party's former spokesman on Immigration said the UKIP is "riddled with infighting, proxy wars between rival camps and is run by an NEC that is not fit for purpose".

His resignation comes just just weeks after collapsing in the EU parliament following an altercation with a fellow MEP.

Mr Woolfe says his collapse has has a lasting effect.

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