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Sir Tom condolence books presented to Finney family

Books of condolence in honour of Sir Tom Finney have been leather bound and presented to his family.

Sir Tom, who made 472 appearances for Preston North End and played 76 times for England, died in February at the age of 91.

Brian Finney, son of Sir Tom, collected the five books from the Mayor of Preston, Cllr Nick Promfret.

Sir Tom's family accept the Books of Condolence.
Sir Tom's family accept the Books of Condolence.

“The books of condolence represent the great sadness that enveloped not only this city, but the footballing world, when the news came through that Sir Tom had passed away. “Now those wonderful comments, memories and tributes to Sir Tom can be treasured by his family forever."

– Cllr Nick Promfret, Mayor of Preston.

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Jury told of injuries to dead Oldham baby

A jury's heard a man killed his housemate's seven-week-old baby, by causing serious head injuries to the child.

Thomas Gacek, from Oldham, died on 27 January this year.

The prosecution say he suffered "non-accidental injuries."

Tributes outside the house on Hillside Avenue.

David Mokzranowski, 26, is charged with manslaughter.

He shared a house with the baby's mother, Katarzyna Gacek, 24, on the town's Hillside Avenue.

The court was told she left the youngster in Mokrzanowski's "frequent sole care".

Both Gacek, and her boyfriend Darren Butterfield, 35, are accused of allowing or causing the death of a child.

All three defendants deny the charges.

Preston cancer patient runs 6 marathons

A man from Preston is tackling 6 marathons in 6 months while undergoing chemotherapy for incurable Bowel Cancer.

Ben Ashworth was diagnosed 2 years ago and has since been told the disease is incurable.

The father of three wants to give his girls as many memories as possible and has already completed 3 of his 6 marathons.

Our Lancashire reporter Amy Welch has been to meet him:-

And you can find out more about Ben's charity marathons by clicking on the following links:-

http://www.bensbowelmovements.com/

http://www.facebook.com/6marathons6months

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/BensBowelMovements

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City Deal "will create the jobs and housing that we need"

We reached this landmark deal because central government had confidence in our economic potential and our ability to deliver major projects, so it is great to have justified that confidence by being the first of the second wave of City Deals to physically start work.

By freeing Preston and the surrounding area from the shackles of the existing infrastructure we will enable the local economy to really take off and create the jobs and housing that we need.

This is a very exciting time for the Lancashire economy my as a whole."

– Edwin Booth, Chair of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership

We know that developers and businesses want to invest in Preston and we also know that there is demand for houses from families and professionals but we have been held back because of the lack of infrastructure required to give developments the go ahead.

City Deal will change all that and developments in North West Preston and East Preston are already moving forward.

This is the biggest thing to happen to Preston in decades and will ensure that we establish long term sustainable growth which will deliver, jobs, housing and higher living standards for local people.”

– Councillor Peter Rankin, Leader of Preston City Council

We already knew South Ribble was going places, and had great ambitions for the future.

Working with our friends and neighbours in this way makes us much greater than the sum of our parts, and the City Deal is a wonderful opportunity for us to accelerate our existing aspirations for the growth of our borough.

We will be delighted to welcome new employers and residents, and crucially, we have a plan in place for doing so while maintaining South Ribble’s rural nature.”

– Councillor Margaret Smith, Leader of South Ribble Borough Council

Multi-million growth plan for Lancashire aims to deliver 20,000 new jobs

Preston city centre. Credit: Preston City Council

A £430m scheme to deliver economic growth, new jobs and homes in Lancashire was launched today.

The City Deal is a decade-long plan to create more than 20,000 new jobs and more than 17,000 new homes.

It aims to boost the local economy by £1bn and attract £2.3bn in commercial investment.

Road improvements are at the heart of the City Deal scheme. Credit: Preston City Council

Work has already started on an £8m scheme to cut congestion on the A582, a key route into Preston.

This first phase will widen the road at its junction with Chain House Lane, to provide more lanes for traffic and make it easier for cyclists to use.

Later this month sees an upgrade for the A582 north of Cop Lane to a dual carriageway with improvements to the junction with Leyland Road.

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