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Blackpool's donkeys go digital

Blackpool donkey rides
Blackpool donkey rides Credit: PA

Blackpool's donkey troupe are heading into the digital age by becoming 'cashless.' From today holidaymakers don't need to hunt for change, they can instead pay for a donkey ride with a tap of the saddle.

Barclays say with UK consumers expected to spend £2 billion using contactless payments this year they've been investigating ways to help some of the UK's traditional cash businesses embrace contactless payment systems.

Charity climb for brain tumour research

Katy Holmes
Katy Holmes

A mother from Lancashire who lost her daughter to a brain tumour will take on the gruelling task of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro over the next 10 days. 10 year old Katy Holmes died two and a half years ago. Paula Holmes and her family are raising money to fund research to saving other children from the disease.

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Toddler's death caused by drowning

Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes
Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes Credit: ITV Granada Reports

A post mortem examination has revealed that a three-year-old girl who died after she was pulled from a hotel swimming pool in Lancashire drowned.

The girl, who is from Galashiels in the Scottish borders, was believed to be on holiday with her parents at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Annes.

A 40-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect remains on bail.

Woman being questioned over fatal assault in Blackburn

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

A 19 year old woman's been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man suffered fatal injuries in Blackburn on Monday night.

The 29-year-old man died after being assaulted at around 8pm in Revidge Road in Blackburn.

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

Police said they were called to the incident by the ambulance service.

The victim was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but later died.

Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn
Police cordon on Revidge Road in Blackburn Credit: ITV Granada

Police are appealing for witnesses after crash in Belmont

Police are appealing for witnesses after a road accident on the A675 at Belmont.

The accident happened at shortly before 8.30am today when a Vauxhall Astra being driven along Belmont Road from Abbey Village towards Bolton tried to overtake a car but was met by an on-coming vehicle.

As the vehicle pulled back to the correct side of the road the driver lost control of the car and collided with a tree before spinning down an embankment and hitting another tree.

The driver, a 25 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered bruising and the front seat passenger, a 20 year old woman from Blackburn, suffered head, stomach and groin injuries.

Enquiries are on-going to trace the on-coming vehicle which is being traced as a possible witness.

Police investigated over 'bad behaviour' online

Social media apps Credit: PA

A number of police employees across the region are among those investigated for breaking social media rules. Some of the behaviour reported nationally included 'threatening and racist' comments on social networking sites.

New figures over a 5 year period show Greater Manchester Police reported the most investigations (88). In Lancashire, a member of civilian staff received a written warning over derogatory remarks posted on their Facebook page about a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) who had issued the staff member with a fine for dog fouling. A Pc with the same force also received management action after it was alleged they made inappropriate remarks on Facebook regarding someone's wife.

A fellow constable resigned over their "excessive and inappropriate use of the internet during working hours", in particular the Pc's use of online auction sites, internet banking and social networking sites.

A colleague received counselling after an investigation into a Facebook photo of the staff member asleep whilst on duty in the Control Room.


Drivers criticised for going WRONG way on sliproad

Drivers blasted for 'dangerous actions' Credit: Peter Belsten/MEN SYNDICATION

The Highways Agency has criticised the 'dangerous actions' of motorists who drove the wrong way up a motorway slip road to avoid traffic.

Motorists were caught on camera spinning their vehicles around and exiting the M67 via the entry slip road after a three-car smash near Denton at around 3pm yesterday.

A pedestrian could also be seen walking up the on ramp at Junction 1A as cars and vans weaved around the gridlocked traffic around him.

Witness Peter Belsten, who shot these pictures from a bridge overhead, said: “No one told them to do it. Once one started, they all turned around in the motorway and headed up the on ramp.

Drivers head WRONG way on sliproad Credit: Peter Belsten/MEN SYNDICATION

Traffic officers eventually brought the free-for-all to an end by blocking the sliproad. The Highways Agency condemned the drivers’ actions and said nobody should ever drive in the wrong direction unless directed to do so. The offence is punishable by three penalty points and a fine.

Drivers criticise 'silly' road sign

Motorway sign Credit: Craig Weatherby/MEN Syndication

A bizarre motorway sign which tells drivers to beware the next ‘16,500 yards’ has been blasted by drivers.

The metal stand sign on a grass verge of the M61 motorway near Farnworth in Bolton advises motorists that there isn’t a hard shoulder - for 16,500 yards.

Driver Craig Weatherby told the Manchester Evening News he was left scratching his head over the Highways Agency sign and why they didn’t recalculate the sum into mileage. The distance equates to 9.3 miles.

Craig blasted: “It is just silly and ridiculous. If it was in miles then at least drivers would be able to measure it via their milometers. It looks like someone has just measured it out and ordered a sign without thinking. Who has a yardometer in their car!”

No one was available for comment from the Highways Agency.

Woman charged over teen stab death

Police have charged a woman with assisting an offender after an 18 year old man was stabbed to death in Greater Manchester. Officers were called to Urmston on Saturday following reports of a fight. Rhyan Wilson died from multiple stab wounds. Donna McLaren from Winchester Road, Urmston will appear in court later.

Another 18-year-old was taken to hospital with stab wounds but has since been discharged Detectives are continuing to investigate.

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