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Astonishing talent of Leyland's World Champ freestyle footballer

An 18 year old from Leyland has become the youngest women to be crowned World Champion in Freestyle Football.

Liv Cook took up the sport after becoming injured in conventional football.

She's become so skilled...she's now an ambassador and role model for others

Hundreds release balloons in memory of Saffie Roussos

Hundreds of people have turned out in Leyland, Lancashire, to release balloons in memory of the youngest victim of the Manchester attack.

Saffie Roussos was one of 22 people who died in the arena bombing six weeks ago. She had been at the Ariana Grande concert with her mum and older sister. The balloons were released earlier tonight to mark what would have been her ninth birthday.


Watch: Fixers help young people who face mental health struggles

Around three children in every classroom here in the North West are struggling with a mental health problem, according to government figures, and yet most won't seek help.

Now a young woman from Leyland - who struggled with anxiety, depression and other issues since very young - is determined to help her generation and to break down stigma.

With the help of Fixers - the campaign that gives young people a voice - she's made an animation telling the truth behind many young lives.

Crash victim wants roller coaster ride to stay closed

Vicky Balch, from Leyland, was one of four people seriously injured on the Smiler ride in June when their carriage smashed into an empty test vehicle.

Despite five operations, the 25-year-old had her leg amputated as a result of the crash.

Speaking to Good Morning Britain on ITV, Vicky said the theme park should delay the opening of the ride out of respect for both herself and other victims.


Boys in court over major school fire in Lancashire

St Mary's Catholic Technology College Credit: ITV

Five boys are due to stand trial following a fire at a school in Lancashire. Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland had to be demolished last September after the fire broke out. The building, which was built in 1957, had no sprinklers. The boys, all between the ages of 11 and 15, have pleaded not guilty to charges of arson.

Five boys deny arson after huge fire at Lancashire school

Five boys have denied arson after a huge fire at a Lancashire school Credit: ITV

Five boys aged between 11 and 15 have denied charges of arson with intent to danger life after a huge fire at a Lancashire school.

Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland have had to be demolished and extensive re-building is still needed following the blaze last September.

The boys all pleaded not guilty at Preston Crown Court and were bailed ahead of a trial on 27th October.

Read: Five in court over school fire

Parts of St Mary's Catholic Technology College in Leyland have had to be demolished Credit: ITV
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