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Hugs and hi-fives for Harry from Lancashire tot

Prince Harry was won over by a young boy from Lancashire who greeted him with a hug at an awards ceremony to recognise the courage of seriously ill children and their families. The Prince met with winners of the 10th annual WellChild Awards at the Hilton in Park Lane, central London.

Four-year-old Carson Hartley from Oswaldtwistle, who has a heart defect and is fitted with a portable ventilator, wasted no time in running straight up to the Prince and wrapping his arms around his legs.

The pair then exchanged a number of high fives while the Prince chatted to Carson's parents about his complex heart condition.

Prince Harry meets Carson Hartley aged four, Inspirational child winner 3-6, with his mum Kirsty and dad Damian during the WellChild Awards ceremony.

His mother Kirsty said: "We were worried he was going to high-five Prince Harry in the face he was so excited.

"Harry got down on his knees and had a big smile on his face while he was chatting to Carson, he couldn't believe how active he was despite all the conditions he has.

"He said he thought he was inspirational for still being so happy, but he also said that parents must be recognised too for how hard they work, which was really nice to hear."

The awards recognise the courage of children and young people living with serious illnesses as well as the dedicated families, nurses and doctors who care for them.

Burglar steals puppy to sell it

Sniff the puppy was stolen in a burglary Credit: Lancashire Police

A burglar is trying to sell a puppy, which was stolen in Oswaldtwistle.

13-week-old Sniff was all that was taken during a break-in at a house on Union Road last Saturday.

The dog's owners were asleep when the burglar took the pup at 1.50am. He carried it away down the road.

Police believe the thief has since attempted to sell the puppy to "a number of people".

Sniff, who is black and white, was wearing a lilac collar with several bone-shaped metal pendants.

Police want to speak to this man, spotted on CCTV Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives believe the burglar was in a nearby takeaway before the crime. They think he got into a taxi behind an Aldi supermarket.

Officers have released CCTV footage of a man they want to find.

PC Mark Nutter said: “We believe the person responsible for taking Sniff has tried to sell the puppy. I would appeal to anybody that has been offered Sniff for sale or knows where she is to contact police."


Environment Agency: Companies will bear cost of clean up

Officers from the Environment Agency and Hyndburn Borough Council will be onsite to monitor the removal of the waste and the work to eradicate the infestation of flies.

We understand that this issue has been distressing for the local residents and business. However, we wish to ask the local residents to remain patient while the waste is removed.

The Environment Agency will always seek to get the company or individual involved to organise clean up. We don’t feel it is appropriate to use taxpayers' money to pay for removal and clean up of illegal waste sites.

– Steve Molyneux, Environment Manager for the Environment Agency in Lancashire


Flies infest town in Lancashire

Pictures of waste in the town of Oswaldtwistle

The Environment Agency is advising people who may have been bitten by flies in Oswaldtwistle to seek medical attention.

The Lancashire town has been overwhelmed by a large numbers of flies attracted by thousands of tons of waste, which appears to be dumped illegally.

Residents are calling it an environmental disaster and say it's causing serious problems for people living in parts of the town.

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