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Watch: David Chisnall visits Wigan, Preston and talks to Blackburn Rovers' newest signing

Blackburn Rovers' latest signing Wes Brown insists he can play a big part at the club this season.

The 36 year old former Manchester United defender has joined on a free transfer and will also take on a coaching role at Ewood Park.

It's been a disappointing start to the season for Rovers and also for the region's other Championship sides Wigan and Preston who play each other tomorrow.

David Chisnall has paid a visit to all three clubs.


Investigation after man's body found in Preston Docks

Police are investigating after the body of a man was recovered from Preston Docks. Credit: ITV Granada

Police are investigating after the body of a man was recovered from Preston Docks.

The man was pulled from the water earlier today, close to Navigation Way. He is yet to be identified, police say the death is not thought to be suspicious.

Police search for wanted man after woman assaulted

Police in Lancashire want to find a man after a woman was assaulted.

Police want to trace Matthew Penny Credit: Lancashire Police

Officers want to trace Matthew Penny, 34, after an alleged incident on August 13th in which a 24-year-old woman was assaulted and property damaged.

Penny is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build with short dark hair.

A Lancashire Police spokesman, said:

“We are keen to find Penny.

“If you have seen him or know of his whereabouts, please contact us.

“Similarly if Penny himself sees this appeal I would urge him to hand himself in at the nearest police station.”

– Lancashire Police spokesman

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting crime reference SA1610667.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at

Preston MP calls on the government to intervene in Chorley A&E crisis

The Preston MP Mark Hendrick has called on the government to intervene in the closure of Chorley's Accident and Emergency department.

Chorley A&E closed in April due to a lack of doctors. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust says it won't re-open until April 2017 as it would be unsafe to do otherwise without the correct number of staff.

The latest figures from the North West Ambulance Service show the number of patients waiting over an hour to be handed over from an ambulance to hospital staff at the Royal Preston trebled in May from 43 to 141, the month after Chorley's closure. The number waiting over 30 minutes went from 166 to 313.

The Trust says Chorley is not the main factor for the increase. Year-on-year there are 40 more patients attending the Royal Preston each day, 13 of those are from the Chorley area. The Trust instead says it is facing greater demand from the local population, an issue facing hospitals across the UK.

Mark Hendrick says the government needs to 'get a grip' of Chorley's staffing problem, as well as the wider 'national problem'.


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