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King's Royal Hussars march through Preston

The King's Royal Hussars regiment have been marking 300 years of its history by marching through Preston- one of its recruitment heartlands.

The Preston parade is one of a series marking the Tercentenary commemorations.

Preston North End drop Kevin Davies

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Preston North End have today confirmed that they are not offering Kevin Davies a further contract in either a playing or playing/coaching role.

Kevin joined us from Bolton Wanderers two years ago and his contribution both on and off the pitch over the last two seasons has been outstanding and his playing and leadership skills played a major part in us regaining our Championship status.

The current decision not to extend Kevin’s contract has been driven solely by budgetary constraints and we sincerely belief that Kevin can continue to contribute on the field if that is a route that he decides to pursue.

We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Kevin and his family for his contribution to Preston North End Football Club.

– Preston North End statement

Appeal for witnesses after Preston double fatal collision

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Officers investigating a double fatal collision are appealing for anyone who witnessed what happened to get in touch.

It is thought that shortly before 4pm on Monday 29 June the gold Ford Focus, containing three young men from Preston came off Lea Lane and collided with a tree.

Sadly the 25 year old driver and a 24 year old passenger were confirmed dead at the scene.

Another passenger, a 23 year old man, was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with serious injuries including a fractured pelvis and leg injuries, where he remains.

This is a tragic set of circumstances in which two young men have lost their lives and a third is recovering from his injuries in hospital. Specialist officers are supporting all three families at this difficult time.

I would urge anyone who saw the car in the area or who witnessed what happened to get in touch with us as soon as possible to help us establish exactly how this collision came to occur.

– Adam Dawson of the Road Policing Unit

Anyone who witnessed what happened is urged to contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting log number 824 of June 29th.

Lancashire MP defends decision not to allow fracking

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Following the decision of Lancashire County Council to reject the fracking planning application at the Little Plumpton site, West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says that they made the right decision:

Lancashire County Council members took a brave decision but ultimately the right decision for the residents and communities of Lancashire.

Being opposed to fracking and having voted for a moratorium I wholeheartedly support this decision.

No doubt this is not the end of the fight. It is important that residents’ voices continue to be heard over the interests of big business. I will continue to work to work with local residents and campaign groups opposed to fracking.

– West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper

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Watch: CCTV of men stealing from a parked car

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Police have released CCTV footage of two men who we would like to trace following a theft from a car in Fulwood, Preston.

The incident happened at around 4.15am on Tuesday June 9 on Kennington Road.

The video shows a Ford Galaxy car was parked outside an address on the street when two men approached the vehicle and smashes the passenger side window. One of the men reaches inside and took a wallet containing around £100 cash.

The two men try the doors of other vehicles in the street and look through windows, but no other items were taken.

In a similar incident on Beechway on the same day an orange Peugeot 207 was damaged after someone smashed the driver’s side window. Nothing was taken from inside the car.

If anyone recognises the men in the CCTV footage they are urged to call PC Paul Goulding of Preston Police on 01772 209784

Pro fracking advocate expresses disappointment

Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy and an outspoken international fracking advocate and proponent voiced disappointment at today’s decision by Lancashire Council, although only likely a temporary delay in the UK adopting fracking.

I'm truly amazed at Council's decision today, but I can see their dilemma. They have the facts from multiple sources that this could be done safely, yet they drive past well organised and very vocal protests on their way into the meeting and obviously emotion prevailed over fact.

Since last Thursday, when the councillors deferred to reflect on legal advice, fracking has continued on many wells in the U.S. without incident, yet here they were just considering two very highly-monitored situations...

Lancashire has for now passed on reaping the vast economic benefits of mineral development, as numerous communities in the U.S. have done in recent years, and is going against Government wishes to diversity the UK’s energy supply and reduce reliance on gas imports and dirty coal for electricity generation.

I am sure Cuadrilla will appeal both this and last week’s decisions and the Planning Inspector is bound to have a more pragmatic view of these applications, more in line with national policy and the national interest.

– Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy
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