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Tomorrow will see people around the world hail the start of the Year of the Horse

Leading article: Still deeper

The shadow of fracking continues to loom over Lancashire. Cuadrilla Resources has suspended its search for shale gas in the rocks beneath Blackpool after a series of local earthquakes. But the company is now planning to drill in Southport.

Confidential files found in street

An inquiry has been launched after a confidential police file containing the personal details of a teenage rape victim was found in the street.

Not the end of the pier show

From fires to neglect, British pleasure piers have had a tough few years. But will a boom in UK tourism help restore their past glory? Jack Watkins finds out

Armstrong's delayed strike derails Halifax

Halifax 16 Leigh 20

Championship clubs to introduce financial fair play system

Championship clubs are set to introduce their own financial fair play system where teams can only spend what they earn.

Small earthquake in Blackpool, major shock for UK's energy policy

Controversial shale gas drilling halted pending investigation into possible connection with tremors

The greatest relegation escapes

As we head into the final day of the Premier League season, five teams remain under threat from relegation.

Blackpool uneasy at prospect of 'fracking' boom on its coastline

The allure of Blackpool rock and the rejuvenating effects of its sand and water once made it a magnet for the toiling classes as they took a break from the drudgery of the Lancashire cotton mills.

Earthquake shakes Blackpool area

An earthquake shook homes in north-west England today, according to police.

Man held after stand-off at house

Armed police helped arrest a man wanted in Scotland for attempted murder.

Sporting insults that offended the masses

A Labour politician has found himself at the centre of controversy after brandishing Blackpool fans as 'Donkey botherers'.

Campbell dreams of England chance

Blackpool striker D J Campbell retains hopes of an England call-up after scoring eight goals in his club's first season in the Premier League.

Giant crabs close in on Blackpool

The world's biggest species of crab will take centre stage in a new £200,000 Blackpool attraction called Claws.

Shoesmith faces threats over Baby P

Former children's services director Sharon Shoesmith said yesterday she was still struggling to live with the aftermath of the Baby P tragedy.

UK joins 'gas rush' despite pollution fears

As New York bans drilling after concerns about water contamination, Blackpool is to start tapping underground energy source
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