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Man killed in Rossendale car crash named

A man who died after a car crash in Rossendale has been named as Christopher James.

The 29-year-old was in a Citroen C2 that collided with a stone wall on Haslingden Road in the early hours of Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A second man sustained wrist and back injuries, but his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Sgt Oliver Jones said: “This is an incredibly sad incident and my thoughts are with Christopher's family who are being supported by our officers.“If you saw a Citroen C2 being driven along Haslingden Road around that time or you have any information you think can help, please get in touch. I am particularly asking people to come forward with any dash cam or CCTV footage.

“You can call 101 quoting incident reference 193 of October 21st.”

Credit: Lancashire Police

Christopher's family have paid the following tribute to him:

"Christopher James was 29 years old and a much loved husband, father, son, brother and grandson. He was a lovable rogue with a cheeky smile and a mischievous sense of humour. He would do anything for his wide circle of friends and family, especially his five year old son, Logan, to who he was entirely devoted. He was passionate about sports cars and he was a regular visitor to cruise events at Trafford Park and the Drag Strip at Santa Pod. Most of all, he was a light in our lives and he will be very sorely missed."

Fracking protest following earth tremors

More than a thousand people have taken part in a protest march against fracking in Lancashire.

It comes after minor earthquakes were reported near the site at Preston New Road on Friday.

Cuadrilla say they were not fracking at the time the tremors were felt.

Adam McClean reports.

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Anti-fracking freed greeted by supporters

Three anti-fracking activists have been greeted by supporters as they left prison after six weeks.

Simon Blevins, Richard Roberts and Rich Loizou were jailed at Preston Crown Court in September after being found guilty of public nuisance over a protest last July at Cuadrilla's fracking site in Lancashire.

But they were freed on Wednesday by Court of Appeal judges, who said their original sentences were "manifestly excessive".

They were greeted by more than 30 supporters, as well as a number of camera crews and journalists, as they left HMP Preston shortly after 4pm.

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