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Chief fire officer faces rape trial

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Sean Frayne is facing court charged with raping a woman

8:05am Monday 26th January 2015

A chief fire officer is due to stand trial today accused of raping a woman.

Aer Lingus mulls £1bn takeover bid

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Aer Lingus is considering a takeover offer worth £1bn from British Airways parent company IAG

8:05am Monday 26th January 2015

Aer Lingus has confirmed it is considering a sweetened takeover offer worth £1 billion from the owner of British Airways.

Wawrinka into the last eight

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Stan Wawrinka, pictured, makes a return during his win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (AP)

7:59am Monday 26th January 2015

Defending champion Stan Wawrinka breathed a sigh of relief after claiming his place in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Monday.

Lancaster waits on Farrell news

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Owen Farrell has suffered a worrying knee injury

7:49am Monday 26th January 2015

Owen Farrell has given Stuart Lancaster an injury scare heading into England's RBS 6 Nations get-together.

SSE cuts gas prices, extends freeze

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Big Six energy giant SSE is cutting its gas tariffs and extending its price freeze

7:22am Monday 26th January 2015

Energy supplier SSE is to reduce household gas prices by 4.1% on April 30 before extending its energy price freeze until at least July 2016.

Jessica Chastain: Older actresses get forgotten

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jessica Chastain: Older actresses get forgotten

7:15am Monday 26th January 2015

Jessica Chastain believes it is harder for women to be cast in movies as they get older.

Drogba eager to stay with Chelsea

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Chelsea's Didier Drogba was feted at a gala dinner

7:13am Monday 26th January 2015

Didier Drogba wants to remain part of the Chelsea "family" beyond the end of the season.

Blatter: UEFA lacks courage

Preston and Leyland Citizen: FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said UEFA lacks the courage to present a challenger to him

7:13am Monday 26th January 2015

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused UEFA of lacking the "courage" to provide a challenge to his leadership, and called on the European governing body to be "respectful" of his wish to continue in the role.

Murder suspect found dead in cell

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Leo Barnes, who was on trial for the murder of Cynthia Beamond (pictured), has been found dead in his cell

6:47am Monday 26th January 2015

An alleged killer accused of murdering two pensioners has been found dead in his prison cell in a suspected suicide.

Serena strikes back to advance

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Dominika Cibulkova, pictured, celebrates after ousting Victoria Azarenka at the Australian Open (AP)

6:37am Monday 26th January 2015

Top seed Serena Williams had some help from her fans to thank for overcoming another slow start - and a coughing fit - to advance to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open.

Murray relishing Kyrgios clash

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Andy Murray was pleased by his fitness in Melbourne

6:37am Monday 26th January 2015

Andy Murray looked back with satisfaction on a near-perfect first week of the Australian Open as he prepared to end home hopes of glory in Melbourne.

Redmayne win may mean Oscar success

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Eddie Redmayne poses with his award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role (AP)

6:08am Monday 26th January 2015

Eddie Redmayne has beaten favourite Michael Keaton at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, a ceremony widely thought to herald Oscar success.

Abbott defends Philip knighthood

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott defended his decision to honour the Duke of Edinburgh with a knighthood

4:41am Monday 26th January 2015

The Australian prime minister has defended his decision to honour the Duke of Edinburgh with a knighthood, despite a social media backlash in which many said they thought the news was a joke.

C of E greets first woman bishop

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Church of England's first female bishop, the Rev Libby Lane, will be consecrated

3:13am Monday 26th January 2015

The Church of England's first female bishop will be consecrated today.

Abuse level revealed by Clare's Law

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Clare's Law is named after Clare Wood who was murdered in 2009 by her ex-boyfriend

3:13am Monday 26th January 2015

The abusive pasts of more than 1,300 violent partners have been revealed under a scheme rolled out nationally less than a year ago, figures obtained by the Press Association have shown.

Smoke in cockpit on easyJet flight

Preston and Leyland Citizen: EasyJet confirmed that the pilot had reported smoke in the cockpit

12:40am Monday 26th January 2015

An easyJet flight on route to Bristol had to be diverted after smoke was reported in the cockpit.

Lib Dems hail tax gain for millions

Preston and Leyland Citizen:  Danny Alexander said the policy amounted to a "tax revolution" for working people

12:16am Monday 26th January 2015

More than eight million households will be £1,330 better off on average next year as a result of increases to the amount of money people can earn before paying income tax, according to Treasury analysis released by Danny Alexander.

'Moratorium needed' over fracking

Preston and Leyland Citizen: MPs have called for a 'moratorium' over shale gas exploration

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

A moratorium on fracking is needed amid concerns over local environmental risks and climate change, a committee of MPs has demanded.

Labour could sell judges' lodgings

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Sadiq Khan said Labour would look at selling judges' lodgings

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

Labour could sell off properties including luxury penthouse flats and Georgian townhouses used by senior judges and instead force them to use cheaper hotels as part of a drive to save £70 million a year from the courts budget.

Brand among top influential people

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Comedian Russell Brand features on a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

The Prince of Wales, comedian Russell Brand and v logger-turned-author Zoella all feature on a list of the 500 most influential people in Britain today.

Stars press PM over Syrian refugees

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Actress Emma Thompson is one of a number of celebrities who has written to the Prime Minister.

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

A host of celebrities have written an open letter to David Cameron calling on Britain to do more to help Syria's refugees find safety in the UK.

£10m plan aims to recruit more GPs

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Funding has been pledged to recruit and retain GPs

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

Health leaders have announced a £10 million investment as part of a plan to recruit and retain more doctors.

Hoax calls target PM and GCHQ boss

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Downing Street said the PM ended the call when it became clear it was a hoax

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

A hoax caller who rang GCHQ just hours before a prank call was put through to the Prime Minister has claimed he was high on drink and drugs at the time, described the situation as "hilarious" and said he was going to do it again.

Osborne call over Greek poll result

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Leader of the Syriza party Alexis Tsipras speaks to supporters outside Athens University Headquarters (AP)

12:15am Monday 26th January 2015

George Osborne has urged Greece's new leaders to act "responsibly" after anti-austerity party Syriza triumphed in elections.

Cameron pushes tax cuts as 'reward'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: David Cameron will try to gain voters's support with his promise of tax cuts after the election

12:04am Monday 26th January 2015

The British people "deserve a reward" after enduring years of austerity, David Cameron will say today as he attempts to woo voters with his promise of tax cuts after the election.

Thousands make pothole damage claim

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Almost 50,000 drivers made claims against councils across Britain for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes

12:04am Monday 26th January 2015

Almost 50,000 drivers made claims against councils across Britain for damage caused to their vehicles by potholes in the last financial year.

Finance confidence hit by Christmas

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Lloyds Bank Spending Power Report found November's record high reading of 191 points fell to 188 points in December

12:04am Monday 26th January 2015

Consumers' confidence in their finances fell back from its highest levels in four years in December as Christmas put a squeeze put on people's budgets, a report has found.

Debt charity reveals budget issues

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A charity has urged people to set up a household budget

12:04am Monday 26th January 2015

More than half of Britons either do not have a household budget or do not stick to it, research from StepChange Debt Charity has found.

Health talks resume to avert strike

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Talks to avert a health workers strike are to resume, just days before the walkout is due

12:03am Monday 26th January 2015

Talks aimed at averting a strike by health workers over pay are to resume, just days before the walkout is due to go ahead.

Clyne cool on contract situation

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Nathaniel Clyne, whose contract expires in summer 2016, remains in negotiations with Saints

10:52pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Nathaniel Clyne appears in no rush to sign the contract extension offered to him by Southampton.

Allardyce relieved to advance

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Sam Allardyce admitted West Ham did not play to their full potential against Bristol City

10:44pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Sam Allardyce admitted he was relieved after West Ham beat Bristol City 1-0 to avoid joining the list of big-name FA Cup fourth-round casualties.

Lambert: Delph is irreplaceable

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Fabian Delph has become an England international at Aston Villa this season

10:44pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Paul Lambert insisted Fabian Delph is irreplaceable at Aston Villa after the England star penned a new deal.

Wenger acknowledges favourites tag

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal are among the favourites to win the FA Cup

10:44pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal are "one of the favourites" to win the FA Cup after the Gunners bucked the trend of fourth-round shocks at Brighton.

Ford hails 'great achievement'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Mike Ford's Bath finished top of Pool Four

10:41pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Bath boss Mike Ford was relieved that his team "found a way to win" after they beat Glasgow and clinched a place in this season's European Champions Cup quarter-finals.

Fears for Farrell over knee injury

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Owen Farrell was injured in Saracens' defeat to Clermont Auvergne

10:41pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Owen Farrell gave Stuart Lancaster an injury scare on the eve of England's RBS 6 Nations get together as he hobbled off in the first half of Saracens' defeat to Clermont Auvergne.

The Perez Show continues on Celebrity Big Brother

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Perez Show continues on Celebrity Big Brother

10:26pm Sunday 25th January 2015

There was shouting, there was swearing, and there was some serious voicing of opinions. It can only be the latest from the Celebrity Big Brother house.

Review into PM and GCHQ hoax calls

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A hoax caller was put through to Prime Minister David Cameron

8:46pm Sunday 25th January 2015

A review of security procedures has been launched after a hoax caller pretending to be the director of the Government's eavesdropping agency was put through to David Cameron.

Lawn and Parkinson eye United tie

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Bradford City co-chairman Mark Lawn wants Manchester United in the next round of the FA Cup

7:59pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Bradford co-chairman Mark Lawn is dreaming of being paired with Manchester United after his Bantams dumped Chelsea out of the FA Cup on a day of shocks on Saturday.

Warnings issued about heavy snow

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Forecasters have warned of snow showers hitting the UK from Wednesday

6:53pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Severe weather warnings have been issued as forecasters predict heavy snow will fall in large parts of the UK in the coming days.

Moscow warned over Ukraine violence

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has warned of worsening EU-Moscow relations over violence in Ukraine

6:53pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Further violence by Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine will lead to a "grave deterioration" in relations between the European Union and Moscow, Philip Hammond warned.

English clubs handed away quarters

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Bath, Northampton, Wasps and Saracens have all qualified for the European Champions Cup quarter-finals

6:44pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Four English clubs have booked places in this season's European Champions Cup quarter-finals - but all of them will be away from home.

Christie delivers in Dordrecht

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Elise Christie was crowned European champion in Dordrecht

6:30pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Elise Christie was crowned European short track speed skating champion for the first time in Dordrecht after finishing second in the 3,000 metres super final.

Rosicky leads Arsenal past Brighton

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Tomas Rosicky celebrates scoring Arsenal's third goal

6:06pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Tomas Rosicky scored one and set up another as Arsenal held off a second-half rally from Brighton to win 3-2 and book their place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Villa see off Bournemouth challenge

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Carles Gil celebrates scoring the opening goal

5:38pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Carles Gil helped fire Aston Villa into the FA Cup fifth round as they avoided an upset to beat Bournemouth 2-1.

Hammers heading for last 16

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Bristol City's Luke Freeman, left, and West Ham's Alex Song battle for the ball

4:22pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Substitute Diafra Sakho headed West Ham into the fifth round of the FA Cup, breaking the hearts of brave Bristol City with an 81st-minute winner in a 1-0 victory at Ashton Gate.

Bath secure quarter-final spot

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Anthony Watson, centre, helped Bath secure a 20-15 win over Glasgow

3:34pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Bath secured a place in the European Champions Cup quarter-finals after their forwards built the platform for a tense 20-15 Recreation Ground victory over Glasgow.

Delph commits future to Villa

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Fabian Delph has signed a new contract

3:18pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Aston Villa star Fabian Delph has committed his future to the club after signing a new four-and-a-half-year deal.

Tory hints at inheritance tax cut

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Conservative Party chairman Grant Shapps said the party's instincts are for lower taxes

2:56pm Sunday 25th January 2015

The Conservative Party chairman has hinted at a possible future cut in inheritance tax

14 young stars who have broken into Debrett's 500 most influential people in Britain

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 14 young stars who have broken into Debrett's 500 most influential people in Britain

7:15am Monday 26th January 2015

We look at the big names in the world of sport, music, fashion, TV and film that most influence these islands.

Murray marches on in Melbourne

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Andy Murray, pictured, celebrates after defeating Grigor Dimitrov to make the Australian Open quarter-finals (AP)

2:01pm Sunday 25th January 2015

Andy Murray extended one impressive streak and will need to maintain another to keep his bid for a third grand slam title on course in the Australian Open.

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