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Farbrace welcomes pressure

This Is Lancashire: England assistant coach Paul Farbrace welcomes the pressure of a must-win match against India

8:15am Tuesday 27th January 2015

England are relishing the pressure of a Tri-Series shootout against India, according to assistant coach Paul Farbrace.

Apple set to beat expectations

This Is Lancashire: Record iPhone sales have boosted Apple profits

8:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Apple will exceed expectations when it announces its quarterly results for the final three months of 2014 today, according to industry analysts.

Ali Smith tipped to win Costa Prize

This Is Lancashire: Alis Smith's novel How to be Both is tipped to win the Costa Prize (Costa Book Awards/PA)

8:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Ali Smith is expected to make up for her Booker Prize disappointment and carry off the Costa Prize tonight for her novel How To Be Both.

Debut for Martin Luther King biopic

This Is Lancashire: David Oyelowo stars in a new film about Martin Luther King and the US civil rights battles of the 1960s

8:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The critically acclaimed Martin Luther King biopic Selma will make its European debut at a screening in London tonight .

Rare tiger cub triplets leave den

This Is Lancashire: One of the three as-yet-unnamed Sumatran tiger cubs born at Chester Zoo

7:47am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Three of the world's littlest big cats have taken their first steps into the spotlight at a UK zoo.

Aer Lingus backs £1bn takeover deal

This Is Lancashire: Aer Lingus has backed a 1 billion pounds takeover offer from British Airways parent company IAG

7:47am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A £1 billion takeover of Aer Lingus by the owner of British Airways has moved a step closer after the Dublin-based carrier gave its backing to a deal.

New big freeze poised to blast UK

This Is Lancashire: Another wintry blast is set to hit Britain

7:47am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The mercury is set to nosedive again, ushering in up to several inches of snow and frost in some parts of the UK.

BBC boss Lord Hall defends Top Gear

This Is Lancashire: BBC boss Lord Hall defends Top Gear

7:35am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Director-general Tony Hall has defended BBC show Top Gear after a difficult year.

Gers agree £10m Sports Direct loan

This Is Lancashire: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct firm has handed Rangers a £10million loan

7:29am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The cash-strapped Rangers board has agreed a £10million emergency loan deal with Mike Ashley's Sports Direct firm, it has announced to the Stock Exchange.

Lancaster waiting on trio

This Is Lancashire: Brad Barritt, pictured, is among a host of injury concerns in England's back division

7:11am Tuesday 27th January 2015

England boss Stuart Lancaster will discover on Tuesday whether he must rebuild his RBS 6 Nations backline.

Facebook, Instagram back in service

This Is Lancashire: Trying to use Facebook and Instagram was met with error messages

7:08am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Social media sites Facebook and Instagram appear to available for UK users again after being down briefly.

Van Praag ready to tackle FIFA

This Is Lancashire: Michael van Praag has put himself in the race to challenge Sepp Blatter's, pictured, FIFA presidency

6:50am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Dutch Football Association president Michael van Praag has announced he will stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency, bidding to address the "deteriorating situation" at the world governing body.

Carver set top-half challenge

This Is Lancashire: John Carver has been appointed Newcastle head coach until the end of the season

6:45am Tuesday 27th January 2015

John Carver must secure the minimum target of a top-10 finish if he is to stand any chance of extending his role as Newcastle's new head coach beyond the end of the season.

Fletcher can leave for nothing

This Is Lancashire: Darren Fletcher has only started four Barclays Premier League games this season

6:36am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Manchester United have told vice-captain Darren Fletcher he can leave on a free transfer.

Sharapova faces all-Russian clash

This Is Lancashire: Maria Sharapova, pictured, cheers after seeing off the challenge of Eugenie Bouchard at the Australian Open (AP)

6:27am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Maria Sharapova will face fellow Russian Eka terina Makarova in the last four of the Australian Open after the pair enjoyed surprisingly one-sided quarter-final victories on Tuesday.

Berdych stuns Nadal in three sets

This Is Lancashire: Rafael Nadal, pictured, lost in straight sets to Tomas Berdych

6:27am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Tomas Berdych ended his incredible losing streak against Rafael Nadal in brilliant style to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Fear inspired Potters to victory

This Is Lancashire: Mark Hughes, centre, saw his Stoke side ease into the fifth round

6:11am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Mark Hughes said the fear of falling victim to another FA Cup upset inspired his Stoke team to a 4-1 victory over Rochdale.

PM congratulates new Greek premier

This Is Lancashire: New Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras (AP)

2:58am Tuesday 27th January 2015

David Cameron has given his congratulations to new Greek leader Alexis Tsipras amid fears over the possible economic impact on the UK of the far-left, anti-austerity party leader's policies.

Social services investigation urged

This Is Lancashire: The calls come after Norfolk County Council's children's services department suspended a team manager over allegations he removed a child from a foster carer without evidence of deliberate harm

2:56am Tuesday 27th January 2015

MPs and foster carers have called for an investigation into claims a social services department wrongly removed vulnerable children.

Ruling due on 'Hamza conspirator'

This Is Lancashire: Haroon Aswat will learn if British authorities breached his human rights

2:56am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A terror suspect accused of conspiring with hook-handed extremist Abu Hamza will learn today if British authorities breached his human rights by extraditing him to the United States.

Thousands remember Holocaust dead

This Is Lancashire: More than a million people were murdered at Auschwitz

2:56am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Thousands of people will gather across the country today to remember the millions killed in the Holocaust on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.

Poisoned spy inquiry set to open

This Is Lancashire: Marina Litvinenko, the widow of murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko

2:56am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A long-awaited public inquiry into the death of poisoned spy Alexander Litvinenko is finally set to open today, more than eight years after his death.

Tories to slash benefits cap by £3k

This Is Lancashire: David Cameron says the Tories will reduce the benefits cap to £23,000 within days of regaining power

12:22am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A fresh squeeze on benefits will be introduced "within the first few days" of a Tory general election victory, David Cameron has promised in the latest round of campaigning ahead of May's poll.

'More evidence needed on academies'

This Is Lancashire: There is currently no evidence to suggest academies improve standards for schoolchildren, according to MPs

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

There is no current evidence to prove that academies raise standards for all schoolchildren, according to a cross-party group of MPs.

New teachers 'think about leaving'

This Is Lancashire: Half of trainee and newly-qualified teachers do not think they will be in the profession in ten years time, a survey claims

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Three in four trainee and newly-qualified teachers have already considered leaving the profession, according to a poll.

Hall acknowledges Archers concerns

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12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

BBC director-general Tony Hall has acknowledged disquiet over The Archers, saying that he hopes that the rural soap does not "lose what is precious".

Victims 'feel ignored and confused'

This Is Lancashire: Baroness Newlove said agencies must do more to response to victims and their families with compassion

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Victims' commissioner Baroness Newlove, whose husband Garry was killed by a gang vandalising his car, has hit out at police, prosecutors and courts for failing to show compassion when dealing with victims' complaints.

Lung cancer death rate is rising

This Is Lancashire: Smoking was seen as a key factor in increased lung cancer deaths in the UK compared to other European countries

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Lung cancer death rates among European women are expected to overtake those of breast cancer for the first time this year.

Free Holocaust courses launched

This Is Lancashire: Free online courses will help people learn about the history and lasting legacy of the Holocaust

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Two free online courses about the history and lasting legacy of the Holocaust are being launched today.

UK economy 'to show 2.6% growth'

This Is Lancashire: The UK economy has been growing at the same level as in 2007

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The UK is expected to post its best annual growth since before the recession when official gross domestic product (GDP) figures are published today.

100 days to go to general election

This Is Lancashire: File photo dated 06/05/10 of a voter placing a ballot paper in the ballot box at a polling station.

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The countdown has begun on the final 100 days to a general election which is shaping up to be unlike any other in recent history.

Home health checks plan for elderly

This Is Lancashire: Labour says its new safety checks would help older people keep out of hospital

12:18am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Vulnerable elderly people in England could be offered safety checks to identify health risks in their homes, under a Labour plan to cut the cost of unnecessary admissions to hospitals.

Hall acknowledges Archers concerns

This Is Lancashire: Hall acknowledges Archers concerns

12:11am Tuesday 27th January 2015

The BBC director-general has addressed listener worries about changes to The Archers, saying he hopes it doesn’t “lose what is precious”.

Foy 'emotional' over Wolf Hall death scene

This Is Lancashire: Foy 'emotional' over Wolf Hall death scene

12:11am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Claire Foy has said she found filming her Wolf Hall death scene emotional.

Boom in construction jobs predicted

This Is Lancashire: Over 40,000 new jobs will be needed every year, 8,000 more than previously predicted, according to the Construction Industry Training Board

12:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A boom in construction is set to create over 200,000 new jobs by 2019, according to a new report.

'Havoc' fear over taxman IT switch

This Is Lancashire: Tax collection yielded more than £500 billion in the last completed financial year

12:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

Ordinary taxpayers and the government finances could face "havoc" due to HM Revenue & Customs' complacent approach to IT systems, MPs have warned.

Poorest 'worst hit by reforms'

This Is Lancashire: The poorest have been hit hardest by tax and benefit reforms, research suggests

12:03am Tuesday 27th January 2015

A major academic study has found that the poorest in society have been worst affected by the Government's tax and benefits changes.

Finger horror kidnappers are jailed

This Is Lancashire: Kidnappers who cut off their victim's finger in a ransom bid are behind bars

11:42pm Monday 26th January 2015

Kidnappers who sliced off a man's finger in a ransom plot have been jailed.

1D's Liam Payne's cousin to audition on The Voice

This Is Lancashire: 1D's Liam Payne's cousin to audition on The Voice

11:35pm Monday 26th January 2015

This guy might look a bit familiar.

French couple banned from calling kid Nutella, but what about these stupid celeb baby names?

This Is Lancashire: French couple banned from calling kid Nutella, but what about these stupid celeb baby names?

11:25pm Monday 26th January 2015

After a court banned a couple from calling their kid Nutella, we remember the stupid celebrity kids’ names that shouldn’t have been allowed to happen.

Now CBB really has become 'The Perez Show' - and fans aren't happy

This Is Lancashire: Now CBB really has become 'The Perez Show' - and fans aren't happy

11:05pm Monday 26th January 2015

In a night of surprising nominations (Nadia for Patsy, anyone?!) Perez still managed to monopolise the CBB airtime.

19 reasons everyone totally loves Daniel from the Undateables

This Is Lancashire: 19 reasons everyone totally loves Daniel from the Undateables

10:48pm Monday 26th January 2015

“Do you want a kiss with that?”

Microsoft profit slips slightly

This Is Lancashire: Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the company is continuing to transform

10:39pm Monday 26th January 2015

Technology giant Microsoft saw its operating profit fall slightly in the final quarter of 2014.

Home health checks plan for elderly

This Is Lancashire:  Labour says its new safety checks would help older people keep out of hospital

10:38pm Monday 26th January 2015

Vulnerable elderly people in England could be offered safety checks to identify health risks in their homes, under a Labour plan to cut the cost of unnecessary admissions to hospitals.

Has Blink-182's Tom DeLonge quit the band?!

This Is Lancashire: Has Blink-182's Tom DeLonge quit the band?!

10:36pm Monday 26th January 2015

With rumours circulating Tom was forced to release a statement on Instagram.

Fracking ban in national parks

This Is Lancashire: Energy minister Amber Rudd said there would be an "outright ban" on fracking in national parks

10:28pm Monday 26th January 2015

Ministers have agreed an outright ban on fracking in national parks and accepted Labour proposals for tougher regulation but blocked backbench calls for a moratorium on shale gas extraction.

Potters put four past Rochdale

This Is Lancashire: Bojan Krkic, right, celebrates his stunning opener

10:09pm Monday 26th January 2015

Bojan Krkic and Victor Moses scored breathtaking goals at Rochdale as Stoke avoided joining the long list of Barclays Premier League teams to exit the FA Cup at the fourth-round stage.

She has 2.7 million YouTube subscribers and now a debut book - but who IS Tanya Burr?!

This Is Lancashire: She has 2.7 million YouTube subscribers and now a debut book - but who IS Tanya Burr?!

9:56pm Monday 26th January 2015

Move over Zoella, there’s a new vblogger girl of the moment.

The FA Cup draw was on the One Show - and football was not happy

This Is Lancashire: The FA Cup draw was on the One Show - and football was not happy

8:56pm Monday 26th January 2015

Still, at least it wasn’t as awkward as THAT Bruce Willis interview. Or a press conference with Dave Whelan…

Emma Watson will play Belle in Beauty And The Beast

This Is Lancashire: Emma Watson will play Belle in Beauty And The Beast

8:37pm Monday 26th January 2015

Your favourite childhood film AND the oh-so-perfect Emma Watson? Say Whaaaat…?

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