Press Association 2014 LATEST

2.6% rise in loans and overdrafts

This Is Lancashire: Net borrowing using personal loans and overdrafts has seen a 2.6% increase over the last year, data shows

11:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Consumers are regaining their appetite to take out personal loans in signs of growing optimism about their own financial situation, banks have reported.

Train strike deaths 'suspicious'

This Is Lancashire: Two people have died after being struck by a train

11:03am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Two people have died after being hit by a train in "suspicious" circumstances, British Transport Police (BTP) have said.

Jimmy Choo in stock market move

This Is Lancashire: The eponymous luxury shoe company founded by Jimmy Choo is to float on the stock market

11:03am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Designer shoe brand Jimmy Choo is to join the London stock market in a move reportedly set to value the business at more than £600 million.

Man held in IED manufacturing probe

This Is Lancashire: Metropolitan Police officers are questioning a man suspected of being involved in making IEDs

11:03am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices in Iraq in 2007, Scotland Yard said.

Passengers unhappy with delay info

This Is Lancashire: Rail passengers are frustrated at the way information about delays is dealt with, a survey has found

9:58am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Only a third of rail passengers are happy with the way their train company deals with delays or cancellations, according to a customer watchdog survey.

Ora joins The Voice judges line-up

This Is Lancashire: Rita Ora who has been signed up to replace Kylie Minogue as a coach on The Voice

9:52am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Rita Ora has been signed up to replace Kylie Minogue as a coach on BBC One series The Voice.

Big Yin: Robin was saying goodbye

This Is Lancashire: Billy Connolly jokes with his friend Robin Williams after the late star ran the hill race at the Lonach Highland Games in Strathdon, near Balmoral

9:51am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Robin Williams regularly phoned Billy Connolly for advice on coping with Parkinson's disease days before taking his own life, the Scottish comedian has said.

Mothercare chief steps up closures

This Is Lancashire: New Mothercase chief Mark Newton-Jones is to step up his programme of closing loss-making stores

9:51am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Mothercare's new boss is to step up the retailer's closure of loss-making stores as part of a £100 million strategy to revive the UK business.

Murray 'no regrets' over vote tweet

This Is Lancashire: Andy Murray was subjected to online abuse following his Twitter post on the Scottish independence referendum

9:33am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Andy Murray has said he has no regrets about declaring his support for a Yes vote on the eve of the Scottish independence referendum but does have reservations about the way he did it.

Ora joins The Voice judges line-up

This Is Lancashire: Rita Ora says she is looking forward to joining the show

9:22am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Chart-topping singer Rita Ora has been signed up to replace Kylie Minogue as a coach on BBC1 series The Voice.

Murray 'no regrets' over vote tweet

This Is Lancashire: Andy Murray said he has no regrets about declaring his support for a Yes vote on the eve of the Scottish independence referendum

9:17am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Andy Murray has said he has no regrets about declaring his support for a Yes vote on the eve of the Scottish independence referendum but does have reservations about the way he did it.

McIlroy and McDowell kept apart

This Is Lancashire: Graeme McDowell, left, and Rory McIlroy may not be paired together at Gleneagles

8:24am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were kept apart on Tuesday as Europe's players prepared for their first official practice rounds ahead of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Regulator fines Barclays £37.7m

This Is Lancashire: Barclays failed to protect customers' funds adequately

8:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Barclays has been fined £37.7 million in a record punishment from the City regulator for failing to provide adequate protection for its clients' funds.

M&S man joins troubled Tesco early

This Is Lancashire: New Tesco finance chief Alan Stewart is to start work immediately

8:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Tesco's new finance director is to begin work immediately after the troubled grocery chain struck a deal for his early release from Marks & Spencer.

US launches first air strikes on IS

This Is Lancashire: Air strikes are targeting the Islamic State group in Syria  (AP)

8:23am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The United States - backed by Arab allies - has carried out its first wave of air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria.

Neville: Utd must spend £100m more

This Is Lancashire: Phil Neville foresees further spending at Manchester United

8:06am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville believes this summer's big spending by the Red Devils will need to be repeated in future transfer windows before the club can again be seen as title contenders.

Big Yin: Robin was saying goodbye

This Is Lancashire: Billy Connolly jokes with his friend Robin Williams after the late star ran the hill race at the Lonach Highland Games in Strathdon, near Balmoral

6:58am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Robin Williams regularly phoned Billy Connolly for advice on coping with Parkinson's disease days before taking his own life, the Scottish comedian has said.

FA considering Rio for FIFA role

This Is Lancashire: Rio Ferdinand is under consideration to be the Football Association's candidate for Britain's FIFA vice-presidential position

6:16am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Rio Ferdinand has emerged as a surprise possible choice to be the Football Association's candidate for Britain's FIFA vice-presidential position.

US scarred by Medinah - Torrance

This Is Lancashire: Sam Torrance, pictured right, thinks the manner of the United States' 2012 Ryder Cup defeat will have a negative effect on them

6:10am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

European vice-captain Sam Torrance believes the American team will be plagued by doubts when they contest the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Alice: Divers continue river search

This Is Lancashire: Alice Gross was last seen walking alongside the Grand Union Canal in west London on August 28

5:41am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Police frogmen are continuing to search a river near to where missing teenager Alice Gross was last seen as a knife found in the water is sent for forensic analysis.

Web trolls 'threaten' actress Emma

This Is Lancashire: Internet trolls have targeted actress Emma Watson hours after she made a speech to the United Nations

5:41am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Internet trolls on the site which hosted naked celebrity photos have made what appears to be a threat to film star Emma Watson just hours after she addressed the United Nations on gender equality.

Web trolls 'threaten' actress Emma

This Is Lancashire: Internet trolls have targeted actress Emma Watson hours after she made a speech to the United Nations

5:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Internet trolls on the site which hosted naked celebrity photos have made what appears to be a threat to film star Emma Watson just hours after she addressed the United Nations on gender equality.

Army in 'biggest laser quest game'

This Is Lancashire: British Army soldiers on a training exercise in Canada

3:19am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Thousands of soldiers have begun the world's biggest game of laser quest as they take part in a simulated battle.

Kardashians matriarch seeks divorce

This Is Lancashire: Kris Jenner is divorcing her husband Bruce

2:41am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Keeping Up With The Kardashians matriarch Kris Jenner is ending her 22-year year marriage to her Olympic decathlete husband.

Salmond to call for teenage votes

This Is Lancashire: First Minister Alex Salmond is returning to Holyrood for the first time since losing his bid for Scottish independence

1:27am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Alex Salmond is expected to call for 16 and 17-year-olds to be given the vote at future elections as MSPs return to Holyrood for the first time since Scotland voted to reject independence.

Miliband: 10 years to a new Britain

This Is Lancashire: Labour leader Ed Miliband is laying out a 10-year plan to rebuild Britain

12:51am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Ed Miliband is expected to pledge more funding to bolster the health service today as he unveils a 10-year plan to rebuild Britain.

Cut sugary drinks and TV, says Nice

This Is Lancashire: Even people of a normal weight should be urged to avoid fizzy drinks, sports drinks, squashes and other hot or cold drinks that contain added sugar, Nice said

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

People should be told to limit their time in front of the TV and cut out sugary drinks to stave off obesity, health officials have said.

Lorraine's concern over thin stars

This Is Lancashire: Lorraine Kelly said she finds it 'scary' to see how skinny celebrities are when she meets them

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TV star Lorraine Kelly has voiced concern about the thin appearance of today's celebrities and the pressure on young girls to look like them.

Young fan greets Harry with hug

This Is Lancashire: Prince Harry meets Carson Hartley, four, one of the winners at the WellChild Awards ceremony in London.

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Prince Harry was won over by a young boy who greeted him with a hug at an awards ceremony to recognise the courage of seriously ill children and their families.

Judy Murray 'struggles' in Strictly

This Is Lancashire: Judy Murray says she struggles to let her partner take control in BBC's Strictly Come Dancing

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Judy Murray has said she is "struggling" to let her Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton Du Beke take control on the dance floor.

Search to resume for missing man

This Is Lancashire: An RNLI lifeboat on a training exercise.

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A search for a man believed to have disappeared in the sea after attempting to save his dog will resume this morning.

Stephen's cancer signs ignored: Mum

This Is Lancashire: Stephen Sutton, who died in May.

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The mother of "bucket list" cancer patient Stephen Sutton has said signs of her son's illness were "ignored".

Phones 4u to axe 1,700 jobs

This Is Lancashire: The Phones 4u mobile phone shop on London's Oxford Street.

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Beleaguered mobile phone retailer Phones 4u is to close 362 stores, with the loss of nearly 1,700 jobs, administrators have said.

Child early development 'failing'

This Is Lancashire: Just over half of five-year-olds in England  have reached a 'good' level of development, new figures show

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Half of children have not attained their expected level of development when they move on from reception to their first year of school, new figures suggest.

Connolly warns PM over pledges

This Is Lancashire: Billy Connolly and his wife Pamela at the premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday at the Odeon West End, London.

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Comedy star Billy Connolly says there will be "hell to pay" if David Cameron doesn't honour concessions made to Scotland over last week's independence referendum.

Cameron to meet Iran president

This Is Lancashire: Prime Minister David Cameron is attending a United Nations summit in New York

12:29am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

David Cameron is to meet the president of Iran to urge him to join an international effort to tackle the Islamic State (IS) terror group and drop his country's support for the Assad regime in Syria.

Connolly warns PM over pledges

This Is Lancashire: Billy and Pamela Connolly attending the premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday at the Odeon West End, London.

12:20am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Comedy star Billy Connolly says there will be "hell to pay" if David Cameron doesn't honour concessions made to Scotland over last week's independence referendum.

Dawn French in Chancellor role

This Is Lancashire: Dawn French has a new university role

12:05am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Dawn French is to become the new Chancellor of Falmouth University.

Bawdy Bake Off banter defended

This Is Lancashire: Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins present The Great British Bake Off

12:05am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The Great British Bake Off's Sue Perkins has laughed off complaints about her saucy presenting style after viewers protested a bout "the constant smutty remarks" on the hit show.

Murphy condemns filming in theatre

This Is Lancashire: Cillian Murphy says he doesn't think theatres should allow their productions to be screened in cinemas

12:05am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Cillian Murphy has criticised the decision by theatre bosses to screen performances of their productions live.

Lorraine's concern over thin stars

This Is Lancashire: Lorraine Kelly says many stars are scarily thin

12:05am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

TV star Lorraine Kelly has voiced concern about the thin appearance of today's celebrities and the pressure on young girls to look like them.

Judy Murray's Strictly 'struggles'

This Is Lancashire: Judy Murray says it's difficult for her to let Anton Du Beke take control on the dancefloor

12:05am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Judy Murray has said she is "struggling" to let her Strictly Come Dancing partner Anton Du Beke take control on the dance floor.

Stephen's cancer signs ignored: Mum

This Is Lancashire: Stephen Sutton's mother says signs of her son's cancer were ignored

11:59pm Monday 22nd September 2014

The mother of "bucket list" cancer patient Stephen Sutton has said signs of her son's illness were "ignored".

Tyson helps injured motorcyclist

This Is Lancashire: Mike Tyson has been thanked after coming to the rescue of an motorcyclist injured in a crash in Las Vegas

11:05pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Boxing legend Mike Tyson has been thanked after coming to the rescue of an motorcyclist injured in a crash in Las Vegas.

Schneiderlin seeks silverware

This Is Lancashire: Morgan Schneiderlin has been instrumental in Southampton's strong start to the season

10:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin insists the club can back up their impressive start to the campaign by winning silverware this season.

Monk relishes Martinez meeting

This Is Lancashire: Garry Monk, right, and Roberto Martinez remain close friends

10:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Swansea boss Garry Monk has often said that his former manager Roberto Martinez is always at the other end of a telephone if he ever wants a catch-up or chat about the pitfalls of management.

Kompany: Lampard goal may be vital

This Is Lancashire: Manchester City's Vincent Kompany, pictured, believes Frank Lampard's goal against Chelsea could prove important in the title race

10:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany believes Frank Lampard's dramatic equaliser against former club Chelsea could prove to be a pivotal moment in the title race.

Wenger hails Diaby character

This Is Lancashire: Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has slowly fought his way back to fitness following a string of injury problems

10:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Manager Arsene Wenger is confident the "giant" character of fit-again midfielder Abou Diaby can help Arsenal see off the challenge of Southampton in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night.

No worries over Gerrard - Rodgers

This Is Lancashire: Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, pictured right, looked somewhat off the pace against West Ham on Saturday

10:41pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers insists he has "no concerns whatsoever" about Reds captain Steven Gerrard's performance level.

Connolly hails child co-stars

This Is Lancashire: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly at the premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday

9:59pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Billy Connolly and Rosamund Pike stepped into London's Leicester Square tonight for the premiere of What We Did On Our Holiday.

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