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Man arrested over murder of Lancaster man

John Houston, 41, was found dead inside a house on Laburnum Grove on Monday afternoon. Credit: Google Maps

Police investigating the death of a man from Lancaster have arrested a man on suspicion of murder.

A man, believed to be John Houston, 41, was found dead inside a house on Laburnum Grove on Monday afternoon, April 4. Formal identification is yet to take place.

A man, 43, also from Lancaster, is in police custody.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting incident reference number 686.

Detectives say they are interested in John Houston's movements between Saturday, April 2, and his death.

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Crews say they have major fire in Lancaster under control

Firefighters were called from across Lancashire and from Cumbria to help deal with the fire in the city centre.

It's believed to have started in a sauna at a health and fitness centre on Penny Street.

Around 40 firefighters were involved in the operation.

The fire service says the sauna and gym are on the third floor of a six-storey building, which was evacuated with no casualties reported.

Video by Adam Greenwood of events in Lancaster today:

Fire breaks out in centre of Lancaster

Around 40 firefighters have been dealing with a fire in Lancaster city centre.

The operation's centred on a gym on Penny Street, after the alarm was rasied at around 10:15 today.

Part of the area's been cordoned off and several buildings are understood to have been evacuated.

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Watch: Moment James Anderson receives OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to cricket

This is the moment Lancastrian cricketer James Anderson received an OBE from the Prince of Wales for services to cricket.

The so-called "Burnley Express" became England's leading Test wicket-taker last year, surpassing Sir Ian Botham's milestone of 383.

Anderson has more than 430 test wickets and received the honour from Prince Charles during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

55,000 homes could be without power for days

Engineers have been working around the clock to repair damage to overhead power lines and electricity substations caused by severe gales and flooding in Lancaster and Cumbria.

55,000 properties in Lancaster, Morecambe, Carnforth and the surrounding area could be without power for a number of days following flooding to a major electricity substation.

Engineers from the power company are working with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to determine when it is safe to access the flooded substation.

Lancaster University: Zero-tolerance drugs policy at our venues

Lancaster University and its Students' Union have released a statement after two students were admitted to hospital suffering the effects of taking drugs.

A spokesperson said:

"We are committed to being proactive in providing students with information about the risks of taking drugs. Information is shared through all our channels and there is a zero-tolerance drugs policy at our venues.

Police alerted us to a drug circulating in Lancaster at the weekend causing people to be treated in hospital and we have issued a warning and advice to students.Fortunately it appears that none of the individuals involved were seriously affected.

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