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Dave Mackay dies, aged 80

This Is Lancashire: Dave Mackay has died, aged 80

12:24am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Former Tottenham and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay has died aged 80, the Barclays Premier League side have announced.

Security strategy 'needs experts'

This Is Lancashire: The National Security Strategy joint committee, chaired by Margaret Beckett, said the NSS needs a new blueprint

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

New strategies for dealing with the threats Britain faces will be damaged by the coalition's failure to carry out the necessary groundwork for the plans, MPs and peers have warned.

Immigration centre probe ordered

This Is Lancashire: A Channel 4 News investigation revealed questions over standards of care and guards showing contempt for detainees at Yarl's Wood

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Service company Serco has suspended one member of staff and been asked to carry out an immediate investigation after a TV programme went undercover at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre.

O'Leary in dance marathon training

This Is Lancashire: Dermot O'Leary visits a physiotherapist ahead of his day of dance for Comic Relief (Comic Relief/PA)

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

X Factor host Dermot O'Leary has admitted that "reality has set in" over his 24-hour dance marathon.

UK-China partnerships announced

This Is Lancashire: The Duke of Cambridge has announced partnerships between the UK and China worth 150 million pounds at a creativity festival in Shanghai

The Great Festival of Creativity is a partnership between the UK Government and the private sector to create jobs and

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Partnerships between the UK and China expected to be worth £150 million over the next five years have been announced at a creativity festival launched in Shanghai by the Duke of Cambridge.

'Careful' use of paracetamol urged

This Is Lancashire: There is no need for "mass panic" over the latest findings on paracetamol, a professor said

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Long-term use of paracetamol has been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, researchers have found.

Johnson bailed in child sex probe

This Is Lancashire: Adam Johnson was arrested and interviewed by officers with Durham Constabulary

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

England footballer Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Coffee 'prevents clogged arteries'

This Is Lancashire: The effects of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health have led to much debate

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

People who drink a three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown.

Jail threat for abuse case neglect

This Is Lancashire: The scandal in Rotherham exposed widespread inaction by agencies

12:12am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Senior public officials and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation will face up to five years in jail under a new criminal offence being considered by the Government.

Dermot O'Leary finds his Comic Relief dance-athon training tough

This Is Lancashire: Dermot O'Leary finds his Comic Relief dance-athon training tough

12:11am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The TV presenter is aiming to keep his toes tapping for 24 hours.

James Bond star Daniel Craig gets new mission for Comic Relief

This Is Lancashire: Spectre script leaked in Sony hack

12:11am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The 007 actor will take part in a “special one-off sketch” to be broadcast on Red Nose Day.

Dental costs: crunching the numbers

This Is Lancashire: Research has revealed that the pain is not spread equally when it comes to paying dental charges

12:04am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

There are huge variations in how much private dentists charge for check-ups, research has found.

Outsourcing 'affects job contracts'

This Is Lancashire: Outsourcing has a negative effect on the morale and working conditions of staff, the TUC said

12:04am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Outsourcing public services leads to staff working longer hours for less pay and worse contracts, according to a new study.

One in ten have a smart meter

This Is Lancashire: Smart meters give instant readings on energy use (Energy Retail Association/PA)

12:04am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Consumers who have had smart meters fitted in their home are more likely to trust the accuracy of their energy bills and have enough information to chose the right tariff, according to a new study.

Social care 'crisis' over low pay

This Is Lancashire: Care in the UK is provided by 1.4 million workers

12:04am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

Social care in the UK will reach "crisis point" if nothing is done to improve pay and conditions for workers, a new report has warned.

'Careful' use of paracetamol urged

This Is Lancashire: There is no need for "mass panic" over the latest findings on paracetamol, a professor said

11:58pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Long-term use of paracetamol has been linked to an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems, high blood pressure and stroke, researchers have found.

Coffee 'prevents clogged arteries'

This Is Lancashire: The effects of coffee consumption on cardiovascular health have led to much debate

11:53pm Monday 2nd March 2015

People who drink a three to five coffees a day are less likely to develop clogged arteries that could lead to heart attacks, a study has shown.

Plane spotters arrested in Dubai

This Is Lancashire: The Britons have been detained by Dubai authorities since February 21 after plane spotting

11:04pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Three British plane spotters have been arrested in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being accused of breaching "national security".

FA lining up GB teams for Rio 2016

This Is Lancashire: The FA intends to enter men's and women's GB teams for the Rio Games in 2016

10:43pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The Football Association intends to enter men's and women's Great Britain teams for the Rio Olympics next year, it can be disclosed.

Kelly in Crimewatch medals appeal

This Is Lancashire: Commonwealth heptathlon champion Kelly Sotherton

10:15pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A Commonwealth Games gold medal winner has made an appeal on BBC1's Crimewatch after her medals were stolen from her home.

Immigration centre probe ordered

This Is Lancashire: A Channel 4 News investigation revealed questions over standards of care and guards showing contempt for detainees at Yarl's Wood

9:28pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Service company Serco has suspended one member of staff and been asked to carry out an immediate investigation after a TV programme went undercover at the Yarl's Wood immigration removal centre.

Tories blast Labour 'wrecking ball'

This Is Lancashire: The Conservative Party's new election campaign poster

9:27pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A new Conservative poster is go ing up on billboards across the country tonight and tomorrow morning which shows a wrecking ball with "Don't Let Labour Wreck It" slamming into the slogan "A Recovering Economy".

PM: Walliams is Sam Cam's favourite

This Is Lancashire: David Walliams is the funniest man Samantha Cameron has met, according to the Prime Minister

8:26pm Monday 2nd March 2015

David Cameron joked that his wife's favourite David is one of the stars of Little Britain as he hosted a Downing Street reception to celebrate Wales's national day.

13 reasons we're still in love with Julia Stiles

This Is Lancashire: 13 reasons we're still in love with Julia Stiles

8:26pm Monday 2nd March 2015

We’re celebrating as Julia Stiles returns to our screens in Blue.

20 very different reactions to this weekend's House of Cards binge

This Is Lancashire: 20 very different reactions to this weekend's House of Cards binge

7:36pm Monday 2nd March 2015

We caught up with 20 binge watchers on the other side. Most were muttering paraphrased quotes from Machiavelli.

Headliners named for V Festival

This Is Lancashire: Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian hailed the band's choice to headline the V Festival

7:19pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Kasabian and Calvin Harris are sharing headlining honours at this year's V Festival.

Drug-accused economist speaks out

This Is Lancashire: A newspaper reported that Professor Douglas McWilliams was seen smoking crack cocaine in a north London drug den

7:18pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A leading economist has spoken about his hopes to "try to live a better life", after newspaper allegations that he was seen smoking crack cocaine in a north London drug den.

We may abandon Parliament - Bercow

This Is Lancashire: The cost of repairing the Houses of Parliament could top £3 billion, according to an expert

7:14pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The Palace of Westminster may have to be abandoned within 20 years unless an extensive programme of repairs and modernisation is agreed, John Bercow has warned.

Disabled woman wins care costs case

This Is Lancashire: Mr Justice Gilbart was sitting at the High Court in London

7:12pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A disabled woman has won a High Court challenge over how much she should contribute to her local council care services.

Warburton expected to face Ireland

This Is Lancashire: Wales captain Sam Warburton should be fit to lead his country in the crunch RBS 6 Nations game against Ireland on March 14

7:09pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Wales captain Sam Warburton is expected to be fit for the vital RBS 6 Nations clash with Ireland on March 14.

Harrington ends barren run

This Is Lancashire: Padraig Harrington has won the Honda Classic (AP)

6:31pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Padraig Harrington won his first PGA Tour event since the 2008 US PGA Championship with a play-off victory over Daniel Berger at the Honda Classic.

Violent conduct charge for Jedinak

This Is Lancashire: Mile Jedinak, pictured, has been charged with violent conduct

6:15pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been charged with violent conduct for elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho, the Football Association has announced.

Johnson bailed in child sex probe

This Is Lancashire: Midfielder Adam Johnson has been suspended by Sunderland

6:13pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Johnson bailed in child sex probe

This Is Lancashire: Adam Johnson was arrested and interviewed by officers with Durham Constabulary

5:47pm Monday 2nd March 2015

England footballer Adam Johnson has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

Clive Owen to make Broadway debut

This Is Lancashire: Clive Owen to make Broadway debut

5:41pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The Brit actor will star in the Harold Pinter play Old Times for his first Broadway outing.

Which film has overtaken Fifty Shades Of Grey at the UK box office?

This Is Lancashire: Which film has overtaken Fifty Shades Of Grey at the UK box office?

5:40pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has stolen the UK’s number one spot from Fifty Shades Of Grey.

British billionaire numbers rise

This Is Lancashire: GP Hinduja and his brother were named the top UK billionaires

5:35pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The number of British billionaires on the Forbes rich list has risen to 53, up six from last year.

Kylie Minogue doesn't regret these bold outfit choices

This Is Lancashire: Kylie Minogue doesn't regret these bold outfit choices

5:08pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Unlike her sister, Kylie looks back fondly on her fashion faux pas.

Nuts 'reduce heart disease risk'

This Is Lancashire: The study suggests that eating nuts is a cheap way of improving cardiovascular health

4:11pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Eating nuts reduces the chance of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD), according to research.

Killer's jail term for child images

This Is Lancashire: Vincent Tabak's lawyers said he would not get a fair trial

4:10pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Joanna Yeates's killer is now a convicted sex offender after admitting four charges of possessing indecent images of children.

Call for immigration detention cap

This Is Lancashire: Sarah Teather chaired the panel

3:48pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Immigration detention should be capped at 28 days, a cross-party group of MPs and peers has recommended.

Rodgers hails Coutinho contribution

This Is Lancashire: Philippe Coutinho has been outstanding in Liverpool's recent resurgence

3:43pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes the form of Philippe Coutinho should put him in contention for player of the season prizes.

Marigold dominates Fifty Shades

This Is Lancashire: Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith at the premiere of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel in Leicester Square

3:34pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Dames Judi Dench and Maggie Smith have more pulling power than Christian Grey's saucy bedroom antics after The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel knocked Fifty Shades Of Grey off the top spot at the UK box office.

Lauren Crace knew Mr Selfridge death was coming

This Is Lancashire: Lauren Crace knew Mr Selfridge death was coming

3:28pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The actress just needed to find out how she would meet her end in the ITV drama.

Poyet no fan of video technology

This Is Lancashire: Wes Brown was wrongfully sent off against Manchester United on Saturday

3:24pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet fears video technology would make football "boring" despite seeing defender Wes Brown cleared of a red card offence.

Monthly rise in mortgage approvals

This Is Lancashire: The number of mortgage approvals has risen for the second month

2:36pm Monday 2nd March 2015

More signs of recovery have emerged in the mortgage market after figures showed a rise in the number of approvals for the second month in a row.

Watchdog collars This Morning over bondage

This Is Lancashire: Watchdog collars This Morning over bondage

2:16pm Monday 2nd March 2015

A Fifty Shades Of Grey-inspired feature on the ITV show is being investigated by Ofcom.

Froome to face Tour rivals in Italy

This Is Lancashire: Team Sky's Chris Froome will race against three of his main rivals at Tirreno-Adriatico later this month

2:12pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Chris Froome is scheduled for an early-season duel with his three main rivals for the 2015 Tour de France title - Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali - at the Tirreno-Adriatico stage race later this month.

Leonardo DiCaprio will have 24 personalities in The Crowded Room

This Is Lancashire: Leonardo DiCaprio will have 24 personalities in The Crowded Room

2:07pm Monday 2nd March 2015

The Wolf Of Wall Street actor is to take on another real-life role.

Celebrity Big Brother spared watchdog probe

This Is Lancashire: Celebrity Big Brother spared watchdog probe

1:58pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Channel 5 will not have its knuckles rapped over the most recent series of its reality show.

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