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PICTURES: Horse rescued from ditch

These heart-warming pictures taken by Lancashire firefighter Phil Whittaker show the moment a horse was rescued from a ditch in Darwen.

Firefighters from Blackburn and Darwen rushed to the rescue to a farm off Private Road, Hoghton, at 2.30pm today.

Children playing in a nearby field noticed the horse, who is named Rosie, stuck in the ditch and called the emergency services.

Credit: Phil Whittaker‏
Credit: Phil Whittaker‏
Credit: Phil Whittaker‏
Credit: Phil Whittaker‏

Photo of married couple killed in Hoghton

Nigel and Judith Maude Credit: Family photo

The family of a couple who were killed in Hoghton have said they were "devoted to their family and will be sadly missed".

Lancashire Police launched a murder investigation after Judith Maude's body was found at her home.

Post-mortem results showed she died from multiple injuries and stab wounds.

Her husband Nigel's body was found on a nearby railway track, he had been hit by a train.

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Second person killed by a train this weekend

A person has been hit by a train at the Station Road automatic level crossing in Hoghton, near Preston. They died at the scene at around 8:30am this morning, after colliding with the 8:16am Preston to Colne service.

It is the second railway death in the region this weekend, after a man died near Chorley yesterday. Rail replacement buses are in operation between Preston and Blackburn.