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Man cleared of leaving explosive device at Preston shopping centre

Police sealed off the shopping centre last December. Credit: ITV News.

A man has been cleared of leaving an explosive device in a shopping centre last Christmas.

The discovery of the crude home-made "bomb" led to a police evacuation of the Fishergate Centre in Preston, Lancashire, on December 17 last year.

The device ignited in toilets at the shopping mall but did not explode and no-one was injured.

On Thursday, David Rutherford, 25, of Ingol, Preston, was cleared by a jury at Preston Crown Court of making an improvised incendiary device, or doing an act with intent to cause an explosion, with intent to endanger life or cause serious damage to property.

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Lancashire crews to continue tackling fire

Lancashire fire and rescue crews will continue at the scene of a wood mill fire "well into the evening".

Nine homes near the Whitfire wood mill in Farington Moss, Preston have been temporarily evacuated.

Crews will start to be replaced by others from across Lancashire to deal with the blaze, with some coming from as far away as Morecambe.

Tributes to 'loving father and grandfather' killed in crash

The family of a man killed in a car crash have paid tribute to a "loving father and grandfather".

Brian Carroll Credit: Lancashire Police

The incident happened at around 0940 on Monday 20th June on Blackpool Road in Kirkham, Preston.

A statement read:

"The family of Brian Carroll would like to express their grief at the loss of a loving father and grandfather who died in a road traffic collision on Blackpool Road, Kirkham yesterday.

"Brian was well known locally as he was the previous landlord of both 'The Top House' in Kirkham and 'The Highgate' in Newton.

"He will be sorely missed by all who knew him and Brian's family would like to pass on their thanks to friends and neighbours for their support at this difficult time."

– Family of Brian Carroll

No casualties at Preston mill fire

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service say there are no casualties following a fire at a wood mill in Preston, but that locals should keep their doors and windows shut.

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Reports of fire at Lancashire wood plant

Emergency services are at the scene of a reported fire at a Lancashire wood plant.

The smoke over the site near Preston Credit: @LancsLawn

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Smoke can be seen for miles around and there are reports that local roads are closed near the site at Farington Moss.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service say they were called just after 0900 and there are ten appliances at the scene.

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It's all going swimmingly for Preston's 'little mermaid' Evie

Evie is nicknamed the 'Little Mermaid' for her fundraising. Credit: ITV News

A schoolgirl from Preston has been nicknamed 'The Little Mermaid' for her swimming skills.

Evie Ball has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair provided by the charity Cash for Kids.

And to say thank you Evie decided to raise money for them.

She's been swimming a very long way for charity, as Victoria Grimes reports.

Police appeal for missing Preston woman

Ania Knowles Credit: Lancashire Constabulary

Lancashire Police is appealing for information about a 21-year-old woman who is missing from Preston.

Ania Knowles last made contact with friends at around 10.35pm on Tuesday and was believed to be in the Preston area at the time.

She is described as white, of thin build, 5ft 2in tall, with shoulder-length blonde hair and brown eyes.

She has links to the Devon area.

Police are growing increasingly concerned about her whereabouts and are appealing for information.

Sgt Neil McLaughlin, of Lancashire Police, said:

“Ania’s disappearance is worrying and we are appealing for the public’s help in finding her.“If anyone has seen her or knows where she is then please contact us as soon as possible.“I would also urge Ania, if she sees this appeal, to contact us to let us know she is safe.”

– Sgt Neil McLaughlin
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