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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


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


Greenpeace: LCC decision 'Waterloo defeat' for fracking industry

This decision is a Waterloo for the fracking industry and a triumph for local democracy. It's also a huge boost for efforts to kick the UK’s addiction to dangerous fossil fuels.

Lancashire councillors deserve huge praise for standing up to the relentless pressure from the fracking lobby and their minister friends. Their decision sends a powerful signal to other councils that the fracking juggernaut can indeed be stopped.

Cuadrilla's defeat should trigger a reality-check from a government that has staked so much of Britain’s energy future on this controversial industry.

In the year where the world is coming together to find a solution to our fossil fuel problem, we should be trying to harness the potential of clean energy and efficiency instead of deploying risky techniques to squeeze more polluting gas from under our feet.

– Daisy Sands, Greenpeace campaigner

Chamber of Commerce 'disappointed' by fracking decision

The North and Western Lancashire Chamber Of Commerce have expressed disappointment at the decision made by Lancashire County Council to reject a bid by the energy firm Cuadrilla to explore for Shale Gas at the preston New Road site.

Although it is disappointing that councillors have gone against the recommendation of planning officers, we hope this is not the death knell for this industry in Lancashire.

In turning down this proposal, councillors appear to have ruled with their hearts, rather than their heads, and ignored the reasoned arguments of those with genuine expertise in this industry.

Our hope is that this decision will be appealed and that the appeal will be successful, otherwise what is certain is that fracking will go ahead elsewhere in the UK and Lancashire will miss out on thousands of jobs and massive economic benefits.

– NWLCC chief executive Babs Murphy

Lancashire County Council rejects fracking bid

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Lancashire County Council have rejected a bid by Energy giant Cuadrilla to start exploration work at a site in Little Plumpton.

Last week officials rejected a bid for Rosacre. Lancashire County Council voted unanimously in favour of rejecting the proposal by Cuadrilla because of the impact of increased traffic particularly of HGVs on local roads.

£1m project to improve Preston's Winckley Square

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£1.2m funding has been approved for the regeneration of Winckley Square Gardens in Preston.

The improvements to the Gardens include the restoration of the Robert Peel statue, work to resolve the current flooding issues, new lighting, creating a social space, historical reference points and more.

It has been described as a 'big day in the history of Preston' and comes four years after a campaign to renovate the gardens was launched by the Winckley Square Community Interest Company (WSCIC). The money comes from The Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund long with extra cash from a local businesses fund. . The project is due to start next year. Find out more here.

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"We're delighted to see so much hard work come to fruition. We started this campaign because we felt Winckley Square was in danger of permanent decline. By the community coming together we have managed to create and fund an exciting new future for everyone connected with the Square.

"A huge thanks must go to all our partners for making this happen.

"I'm sure everyone connected with Preston can't wait to see this sympathetic, yet transformational restoration come alive."

– David Gill, Winckley Square Community Interest Company
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