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AFC Fylde end a run of seven National League games without a win with victory at home to fellow strugglers Eastleigh.

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Police and crime commissioner's plea for 340 new recruits

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Lancashire’s police and crime commissioner (PCC) said he has asked the government for an extra 340 police officers as the county's share of the 6,000 additional recruits promised for next year.

Clive Grunshaw Lancashire police and crime commissioner
Lancashire PCC

The Home Office has pledged to boost policing numbers with 20,000 new officers over the next three years.

Clive Grunshaw told a PCC panel meeting said he has a “massive concern” that the allocation of additional officers could be based on the size of a force’s budget rather than on where officers have been taken from.

He also fears the 14,000 officers to be recruited during the second and third years of the government’s recruitment drive could go to the National Crime Agency or counter-terror policing rather than local forces.

The Home Office has not responded to a request for comment about the issues raised at the meeting.

North West Air Ambulance called out to 200 incidents

The North West Air Ambulance Service responded to nearly 200 incidents in Cumbria in the last year.

The service, which has helicopters in Greater Manchester and Preston, covers the south of the county - but has been as far north as Carlisle in the last 12 months.

James, who's a helicopter pilot, says the aircraft make a big difference to patients in need.

If it's an hour-and-a-half or two-hour drive, we can be there in 20 minutes and that can make a real big difference to that patient."

National League

Yeovil climb to fourth in the National League after beating AFC Fylde 3-2 in an action-packed match at Huish Park.

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Police van incident leaves woman with life-changing injuries

Preston Crown Court has heard how a woman suffered life-changing injuries after being pinned against a wall by a police van in Kendal.

The van was being driven by Sgt John McCreadie, from Cumbria Police, who - along with colleagues - had been called to Beast Banks after members of the public reported a violent row involving the woman and her former partner.

Sgt McCreadie, 53, says he was using the van to try to block the path of her former partner.

He denies causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

Police say the man is wanted in connection with the murder of a woman in Accrington
Police release CCTV footage of a man they say is a suspect in the killing of Lindsay Birbeck.