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Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust had the highest number of excess deaths between 2011 and 2016 , according to a BBC investigation.
"Significantly high" death rates have been recorded at 19 of England's 133 NHS trusts.
There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the five year period, with the figure for Blackpool being 1,878.
Any discussion figures must recognise a number of factors including the health of the local population. Although there are pockets of affluence, the population of Blackpool is one of the most deprived in England. Furthermore, levels of HIV infection, drug misuse, alcohol misuse and anti-depressant prescribing are amongst the highest in England and male life expectancy is the lowest in England
A Cabinet Minister has accused Labour and Liberal Democrat members of Pendle Council of doing a "deal" with the British National Party (BNP) in order to stay in control.
Conservative MP for Pendle, Andrew Stephenson, raised the issue in the Commons earlier.
Brian Parker of the BNP, the party's only councillor in the country, holds the balance of power on the "hung" authority, despite the Conservatives being the largest party.
Both the leader of the council, Labour's Mohammed Iqbal, and deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats' Tony Greaves, have "categorically denied" the claims, telling BBC Radio Lancashire that "no deal has been done".
- Six motorists who appealed against their £60 penalties for "being in a bus lane" in Fishergate, Preston have their appeals granted
- Labour and Liberal Democrat members of Pendle Council are accused in the Commons of doing a "deal" with the BNP in order to stay in control
- A BBC investigation finds Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust had the highest number of excess deaths in five years
Six motorists who appealed against a £60 penalty for "being in a bus lane" in Fishergate in Preston have had their fines revoked.
More than £1.3m in fines were issued in the two months after a new bus lane was introduced in the city centre in October 2016.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal considered the six appeals, all of which were made on different grounds, including insufficient signs and road markings.
The Adjudicator decided that the signing scheme on the approach to Fishergate from Lune Street, Chapel Street and Fox Street was "not adequate" to warn motorists of the bus lane restriction that operates from 11:00 TO 18:00.
Lancashire's Lisa Ashton will look to defend her title at the 32nd Isle of Man International Darts Festival , which begins in Douglas on Thursday.
She will join BDO world champion Glen Durrant who secured his first world title at Lakeside in January.
Amongst those trying to topple the women's world champion will be Lakeside runner-up Corrine Hammond from Australia and England's former world finalist Deta Hedman.
The four-day tournament also gives island-based players an opportunity to test themselves against world-class players in both singles and doubles.
"Significantly high" death rates have been recorded at 19 of England's 133 NHS trusts and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust recorded the highest number of excess deaths, a BBC investigation has established.
There were 15,396 more deaths than expected at the trusts in the period between 2011 and 2016.
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust recorded the highest number- 1,878 over the five years.
The analysis reveals a strong link between high mortality rates in England and lower than average doctor numbers.
A number of Lancashire organisations are trying to help improve Tawd Valley Park and surrounding area.
Lancashire County Council, The Environment Agency and the River Douglas Catchment Partnership are carrying out improvement work to the park as well as creating new family-friendly areas.
West Lancashire Borough Council has allocated £25,000 to produce a plan for the park which will include public consultation.
The Environment Agency is also contributing £15,000 to support the process and improve the water quality of the River Tawd.
This will be a really exciting scheme for Tawd Valley Park and the local community and we want everyone to get involved.
Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant Robert Mitchel Webb has become Lancashire's new High Sheriff.
The role is appointed by the Queen every year, a tradition dating back 1,000 years.
Robert was born and brought up in Belfast, but moved to Lancashire in 1976, where he now lives with his family.
Lancashire County Council says he will take up the voluntary role, which involves being the Queen’s representative in the county, in April after being sworn in at a special ceremony.
- The Environment Agency warns landowners about criminals trying to dump waste on their properties
- Robert Webb is named as Lancashire's new High Sheriff
- Police urge people to be vigilant after a man poses as a health worker in Blackpool
Businesses in Lancashire are being targeted by criminals looking to dispose of waste by dumping it in warehouses, mills and some open spaces, says the Environment Agency.
Landowners are being warned to be extra cautious after recent incidents of waste crime in Blackburn, Heysham, Rossendale and Oswaldtwistle.
The agency says dumped waste could cost hundreds or thousands of pounds to clear.
It’s crucial that all businesses understand their duty of care responsibilities for the waste they produce, who they allow to transport it and ultimately where it goes. Too often, when these responsibilities are misunderstood or ignored, we see the impact of waste crime where waste is deliberately dumped on land with no permit. This can cause serious pollution, put communities at risk and undermines legitimate businesses that are doing the right thing.
There will be a "limited service" in the audiology departments across Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust for the next few days.
The trust is upgrading the latest patient management system used to program all hearing aids.
Patients will still be able to collect batteries, have tubing replaced, and impressions can be taken if needed.
A full service will resume next Monday.
A Lancashire hairdresser is offering free haircuts to army veterans as a tribute to her partner, a year after he took his own life.
Andrea Tierney-Smith from Blackpool works at The Gents Room Barbershop in Preston.
Her partner Simon McGovern, suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military.
The free service is offered to veterans through social media and army welfare sites.
I haven't got a lot in life but I have got a skill and I can cut hair, and that for me is something that can make a difference. PTSD is massive. The army don't do enough-marriages breakdown, people turn to drugs and alcohol, they end up on the streets.
The mental health of our people is of the utmost importance, which is why we use an effective combination of initiatives ranging from health promotion, education, and treatments to help protect our Armed Forces. We encourage those that need help to come forward and get the assistance they deserve.
Residents are being urged to be vigilant after a man posed as a health visitor in Blackpool.
The man said he was due to carry out a check-up on a child in an attempt to get into a house in Bloomfield Road on 13 February.
Then a man claimed he was a health worker who needed to carry out a health check on a child when speaking to the neighbour of a house in Ansdell Road on 3 March.
The man is described as a white male, in his 50s, with grey hair, and police checks have found he is not a health worker.
Police are urging people to be cautious when answering the door, and appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
- Police urge people to be vigilant after a man poses as a health worker in Blackpool
- A hairdresser from Blackpool offers free haircuts to army veterans as a tribute to her partner who died
- A woman from Morecambe with a rare genetic disease says a drug which would improve the quality of her life should be made available on the NHS
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray says he has no problem with Corry Evans being included in the Northern Ireland squad despite being out for two months.
Evans is expected to be named on Friday in Michael O'Neill's squad for the World Cup qualifier with Norway in Belfast on 26 March.
The 26-year-old midfielder has been sidelined since 2 January because of a chronic groin problem.
Evans has started his country's last two World Cup qualifiers.
A 22-year-old woman has been left "very distressed" after being robbed on her way home from work in Accrington.
She was on a way to a bus stop in Whalley Road when a man on a bike snatched her phone and bank cards and pushed her to the ground about 17:50 on Tuesday.
The cyclist is described as white, in his late teens to early 20s and was wearing dark clothing.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
A Cardiff City fan has died after being taken ill at an away match at Blackburn Rovers.
Bluebirds supporter Mike Jones travelled to Ewood Park to watch the Championship match on Tuesday.
Mr Jones, from Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, fell ill near the end of the game. He was taken to hospital but later died.
Cardiff City FC said a tribute to his life would be put in the programme for Saturday's game with Birmingham City.
- A woman from Morecambe who has a rare genetic disease says a drug which would improve the quality of her life should be made available on the NHS
- A 22-year-old woman is robbed on her way home from work in Accrington
- A Cardiff City fan dies after being taken ill at an away match at Blackburn Rovers
Reporter, BBC News Online