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Lytham RNLI launches £275,000 appeal for new lifeboat

RNLI Shannon class lifeboat in action Credit: RNLI

The RNLI is launching an appeal to raise £275,000 towards the cost of Lytham’s new RNLI Shannon class lifeboat.

In 2018, the crew's current all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Her Majesty The Queen, will be nearing the end of her operational life and is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a Shannon class lifeboat.

The first modern RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, the Shannon has a top speed of 25 knots, is highly manoeuvrable and well-suited to the shallow conditions of the Fylde coast.

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Lytham RNLI Coxswain Gary Bird said: ‘We are very attached to our Mersey and she’s served us well for many years, but everyone at the station is very excited at the prospect of receiving a Shannon. It’s an incredible lifeboat and the advanced technology means we’ll be able to reach people in trouble at sea a lot more quickly than we can at the moment.

‘We know £275,000 is a lot of money to raise but people in Lancashire and across the north west have always been very supportive of the RNLI. I’m confident they will get behind the appeal and help us fund our new lifeboat, which will be saving lives off the Lancashire coast for many years to come.’

The Shannon will cost around 2 million pounds in total.

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Investigation after death of man in Wigan

Police are investigating after the unexplained death of a man from Wigan.

At around 9:30pm on Sunday 17 June, police were called after a 46-year-old man died at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The man had injuries which were reported to have been sustained during an altercation on Leigh Road, Leigh earlier that day.

Post mortem results were inconclusive and further tests are currently on-going to determine whether or not the injuries are linked to his death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

A 38-year-old woman and a 24-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

They remain in custody for questioning.

Detective Inspector Paul Rollinson of GMP’s Wigan borough said: “The investigation is at a very early stage and our enquiries are on-going.

“If anybody has any information that they think may assist us, particularly about an altercation on Leigh Road earlier that day, then I would urge them to please come forward.”

MPs approve plans for four new Trident nuclear submarines

HMS Vanguard Credit: PA

MPs have voted to approve a motion to renew Trident, the UK's nuclear deterrent.

472 MPs voted in favour of the plans while 117 voted against the motion to replace the four Vanguard class submarines with four new submarines which have been codenamed 'Successor'.

Production of the £40 billion fleet of submarines will take place in Cumbria at the BAE Systems plant in Barrow where 8,000 people are employed.

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MPs vote on the future of Trident - 8,000 Barrow jobs depend on it

The previous generation of Trident, HMS Vengeance, being rolled out at Barrow Shipyard in 1998. Credit: Press Association.

Barrow is waiting for a vote in Parliament to decide its future as part of the UK's nuclear defence programme.

Almost 8,000 people work at the BAe plant in Cumbria - most of them on the Vanguard-class submarines which carry Trident nuclear missiles.

MPs will vote on whether the UK Government goes ahead with spending up to £50bn on a fleet of new subs codenamed Successor.

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May: Some MPs 'the first to defend our enemies'

Theresa May accused Green MP Caroline Lucas and some Labour MPs of defending the country's enemies, as MPs prepare to vote on renewing Trident.

The MP for Brighton Pavilion had said the UK's nuclear weapons are "driving proliferation - not the opposite", before the prime minister rejected the suggestion, saying: "I have to say to you that sadly you and some members of the Labour Party seem to be the first to defend the country's enemies and the last to actually accept the capabilities that we need."

Mrs May said it is "a great pity" that members of the Labour front bench "fail to see the necessity" of Britain's nuclear deterrent "given that the Labour party in the past has put the British national interest first in looking at this issue."

Speaking in the Commons, the prime minister added that we "cannot afford to relax our guard" and "need to be prepared to deter threats to our lives and our livelihoods."

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Corbyn questions the effectiveness of nuclear deterrent

Jeremy Corbyn

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has questioned the effectiveness of Trident, as MPs prepare to vote on renewal of Britain's nuclear deterrent.

Speaking in the Commons, he said: "What is the threat that we are facing that over a million people's deaths actually deters?

"It's not from the so-called Islamic State - their poisonous death cult glories in killing as many people as possible, as we've seen brutally in Syria, to east Africa, from France to Turkey.

"It hasn't deterred our ally, Saudi Arabia, from committing dreadful acts in the Yemen. It didn't stop Saddam Hussein's atrocities in the 1980s or the invasion of Kuwait in 1990. It didn't deter the war crimes in the Balkans in the 1990s, nor the genocide in Rwanda.

"I do not believe the threat of mass murder is a legitimate to go about dealing with international relations."

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