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Price rise for basket of groceries

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The cost of a basket of groceries has gone up

10:47am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The cost of a basket of popular grocery items has risen slightly for the first time in more than six months, in what has been suggested could signal the end of supermarket price wars.

Over-65s 'owed £3,000 by children'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Millions of over-65s are helping out their grown up children with loans, a survey has found

10:37am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Nearly one in four people aged over 65 years old are owed money by their adult children, a study has found.

Bill Joel steals fellow Piano Man Elton John's performance record

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Bill Joel steals fellow Piano Man Elton John's performance record

10:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Billy Joel has set a new record for most performances by a single artist at Madison Square Garden with his 65th show – besting Elton John.

Government sells £500m Lloyds stake

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Government has now recouped around £12 billion of the £20.5 billion spent bailing out Lloyds

10:28am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The taxpayers' stake in Lloyds Banking Group has fallen to below 16% after the Government sold off another tranche of shares.

Virgin West Coast 'least punctual'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Less than three-quarters of Virgin West Coast trains arrive within five minutes of their scheduled time, figures show

10:25am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Virgin West Coast is the least punctual rail company in the country, with just under three-quarters (73.6%) of their trains arriving within five minutes of their scheduled time, according to new statistics.

Kelly Brook sizzles in new shoot as she's covered in gold paint

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Kelly Brook sizzles in new shoot as she's covered in gold paint

10:10am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Kelly’s new dress is made of gold paint, a whopping 440 litres of it.

Corbisiero: Olympics can inspire us

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Alex Corbisiero is currently part of an extended England training squad being put through some gruelling paces at their Surrey base

10:08am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Alex Corbisiero believes that England's rugby players can use spectacular British success at the London 2012 Olympics as an inspirational template for their World Cup campaign.

Laurence Fishburne to play writer Alex Haley in new Roots TV drama

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Laurence Fishburne to play writer Alex Haley in new Roots TV drama

10:01am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The Oscar-nominated actor will play writer Alex Haley, whose novel about his African-American ancestry was the basis of the original TV miniseries.

Dixons Carphone plans US tie-up

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Dixons Carphone's Connected World Services arm has agreed a deal with Sprint - America's third largest mobile phone group

9:55am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The newly created company behind Carphone Warehouse and Currys PC World has announced plans to launch up to 500 stores across the US under a tie-up with one of America's biggest telecoms firms.

Greek No vote would 'test' defences

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Greek pensioners line up as they wait to be allowed into a bank (AP)

9:55am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A No vote in Sunday's referendum in Greece would "test" the defences established in the UK and Europe against financial instability spreading, the deputy governor of the Bank of England has said.

David Suchet reveals why playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance Of Being Earnest made him sweat

Preston and Leyland Citizen: David Suchet reveals why playing Lady Bracknell in The Important Of Being Earnest made him sweat

9:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The Poirot star, 69, takes on the famous Oscar Wilde role in the new West End production which opened on the hottest day of the year.

Lineker: England were terrific

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Gary Lineker paid tribute to the Lionesses after their World Cup semi-final defeat to Japan

9:03am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker insists England's women "should hold their heads high" after Laura Bassett's injury-time own goal saw them slip to a World Cup semi-final defeat against Japan in the early hours of Thursday morning.

US requests FIFA extraditions

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Former CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb is one of seven FIFA officials facing potential extradition to the United States.

8:47am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials who were arrested in May as part of an investigation into alleged corruption, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice has announced.

Ant-Man star Paul Rudd can't believe he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ant-Man star Paul Rudd can't believe he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

8:17am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The comedy actor, best known for his work in the Anchorman films and buddy movies such as Role Models and I Love You, Man, makes the transition to superhero to play the title role in the new Marvel blockbuster.

Warning on housing debt levels

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Bank of England took action last year to damp down rising property prices

8:14am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Levels of debt being taken on by British households to fund increasingly expensive homes are creating a "risk" to financial stability, the Bank of England's deputy governor has warned.

Fallon urging air strikes in Syria

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Michael Fallon says it is "illogical" that RAF planes can hit extremists in Iraq but not in Syria

7:50am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is expected to tell MPs that Britain must reconsider the question of whether military air strikes against the Islamic State terror group should be extended into Syria.

Man dies in river rescue bid

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Police divers were joined by the coastguard, mountain rescue teams, fire and ambulance services and an RAF Sea King helicopter

7:44am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A fire chief has warned about the dangers of swimming in open water after a man died after going to the aid of a young girl who got into trouble in a river.

House price rises slowing - survey

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Government has now recouped around £12 billion of the £20.5 billion spent bailing out Lloyds

7:30am Thursday 2nd July 2015

House prices increased at their slowest annual pace in two years in June, with property values in Northern Ireland rising at a faster rate than those in London, Nationwide Building Society has reported.

Murray taking nothing for granted

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Andy Murray, pictured, is expecting another tough test against Robin Haase

7:18am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Andy Murray admits past battles with Robin Haase prove he cannot afford to take the Dutchman lightly when they meet in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday.

Amanda Seyfried is desperate to have a child

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Amanda Seyfried is desperate to have a child

7:06am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The 29-year-old Ted 2 star, who has been dating actor Justin Long since October 2013, told the new issue of Marie Claire UK how desperate she is to have a baby.

Big Brother 2015: James Jordan vows to cause chaos

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Big Brother 2015: James Jordan vows to cause chaos

7:06am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Watch out housemates! James is back in the house – and he’s going to stir up trouble.

Sampson: Bassett 'an inspiration'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Mark Sampson, left, had only praise for Laura Bassett, centre, after her late own goal condemned England to defeat

6:57am Thursday 2nd July 2015

England Women's coach Mark Sampson has hailed Laura Bassett as an inspiration after her stoppage-time own goal condemned the Lionesses to a heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat to Japan.

Heartbreak for England Women

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Laura Bassett, right, is distraught after her own goal saw England beaten in the World Cup semi-final

6:29am Thursday 2nd July 2015

England Women went out of the World Cup in desperately unlucky fashion as Laura Bassett's stoppage-time own goal gave Japan a 2-1 win.

Goldfinger murder probe 'a joke'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Notorious criminal John Palmer pictured in 2001

5:59am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A former Flying Squad commander has criticised police for taking six days to launch a murder investigation after notorious British criminal John "Goldfinger" Palmer was shot dead.

Hundreds cut off by lightning storm

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Andy Murray is aiming for his second Wimbledon title in three years

2:39am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Engineers are enduring the searing temperatures today to reconnect hundreds of householders hit by a power cut during a lightning storm.

Family of 12 feared to be in Syria

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The family is feared to have travelled to Syria (Bedfordshire Police/PA)

12:43am Thursday 2nd July 2015

A family of 12 including two grandparents with health problems and a baby are feared to have travelled to Syria.

Why James Norton looked so angry with you that time you saw him in the street

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Why James Norton looked so angry with you that time you saw him in the street

12:11am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The Happy Valley star has been testing out his look that could kill on innocent passers by.

Amy Schumer hits out at Hollywood double standards

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Amy Schumer hits out at Hollywood double standards

12:11am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Amy Schumer feels the dice are still loaded against women in Hollywood.

Whitworth named Museum of the Year

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Whitworth Gallery.

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Manchester's Whitworth has been named as Museum of the Year 2015 and won the £100,000 Art Fund Prize - the largest arts award in Britain.

Average home has 18 smart devices

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The average UK household now owns 18 smart devices, such as tablets, a survey has found

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The average UK household now owns 18 smart devices such as mobile phones and tablets and spends more than £100 a year on downloads, according to a new survey.

Minister call to end housing crisis

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Ending the housing crisis is the "defining test" of the present generation of politicians, Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell town hall chiefs.

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Ending the housing crisis is the "defining test" of the present generation of politicians, Communities Secretary Greg Clark will tell town hall chiefs.

Murray targets burning ambition

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Property values across the UK increased by 3.3% in the 12 months to June, Nationwide said

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Britain's top tennis star Andy Murray will continue his bid to reclaim the Wimbledon crown today as the All England Club prepares to welcome a royal visitor to SW19.

MPs slam costs of NHS IT system

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Meg Hillier pointed out that the taxpayer was "picking up the tab" for a "failure"

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The cost of a delayed NHS IT system has risen to £40 million, has only delivered data to one customer , and is unlikely to have a long-term future, according to a damning report .

May set for Calais crisis talks

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lorries parked on the M20 in Harrietsham, Kent during Operation Stack.

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to hold talks in Paris amid the deepening crisis of migrants camped in Calais looking to cross the Channel to Britain.

Lung disease misdiagnosis fears

Preston and Leyland Citizen: There are fears of misdiagnosis of lung diseases

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Thousands of people are being misdiagnosed with chronic lung disease, health experts have warned.

Poor police record on child cases

Preston and Leyland Citizen: A report has criticised how police not handle cases involving vulnerable children

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Only a third of police cases involving vulnerable children are handled to a good standard, inspectors have found.

Relatives await more Tunisia bodies

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The coffin of Charles Evans is taken from the RAF C-17 carrying the bodies of eight British nationals killed in the Tunisia terror attack at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire

12:09am Thursday 2nd July 2015

The bodies of more Britons killed in the Tunisian beach massacre will be flown back to the UK today.

Commuting 'ideal time for shoppers'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Commuters are spending more travel time doing online shopping, a report has said

12:05am Thursday 2nd July 2015

Commuting is now one of the most popular times of day to do online shopping, with more than £9 billion being spent by those travelling to and from work, claims the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

Whitworth named Museum of the Year

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Whitworth in Manchester has been named Museum of the Year 2015

10:53pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Manchester's Whitworth has been named as Museum of the Year 2015 and won the £100,000 Art Fund Prize - the largest arts award in Britain.

Fire threat passes off at SW19

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Fire engines were seen following an evacuation of Wimbledon's Centre Court

9:24pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Firefighters extinguished a small blaze within Centre Court at Wimbledon shortly after play ended on the third day of the championships.

Charles hails 'very best' Gurkhas

Preston and Leyland Citizen: The Prince of Wales has paid tribute to the Gurkhas

8:02pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

The Prince of Wales hailed Gurkhas as "the very best of soldiers" as he helped mark the 21st anniversary of one of their regiments during a visit to their barracks tonight.

Blondie's Debbie Harry is famed for her youthful looks - but who else is hitting 70 in style?

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Blondie's Debbie Harry is famed for her youthful looks - but who else is hitting 70 in style?

10:17pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Blondie’s beautiful lead singer celebrates her 70th birthday today, but other actors and musicians of her generation are looking pretty youthful too.

'Britain's Schindler' dies at 106

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Sir Nicholas Winton after being knighted by the Queen in 2003

7:00pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Tributes have poured in for Sir Nicholas Winton, who was called "Britain's Schindler" for saving the lives of Jewish children during the Holocaust, after he died aged 106.

No time wasted for Yorkshire

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Jack Brooks was the pick of Yorkshire's bowlers

6:51pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Yorkshire needed only 82 minutes to wrap up victory by an innings and 47 runs against Durham and leapfrog their hosts to move 11 points clear at the top of the LV= County Championship with a game in hand.

Duke wishes women footballers luck

Preston and Leyland Citizen: England celebrate victory after the final whistle of the quarter final match against Canada

6:51pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

The Duke of Cambridge made a surprise phone call to the England women's football team to wish them luck ahead of their semi-final match against Japan in the World Cup.

7 unanswered questions from season one of Extant we are simply dying to find out about

Preston and Leyland Citizen: 7 unanswered questions from season one of Extant we are simply dying to find out about

12:31am Thursday 2nd July 2015

As the new season begins, here’s hoping that the show’s producers will tie up the loose ends.

Marsh stakes Ashes claim

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Mitchell Marsh put forward his case for selection with a powerful century at Essex

6:25pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh staked his claim for an Ashes berth with an unbeaten 136 against Essex in Chelmsford, where captain Michael Clarke was out for a golden duck.

Lupita Nyong'o supports fight against ivory trade

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Lupita Nyong'o supports fight against ivory trade

6:01pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

The Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave actress spoke out about saving elephants at a Nairobi press conference.

Watson anger at Twitter trolls

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Heather Watson has reached the third round at Wimbledon for the second time in her career

5:50pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Heather Watson has branded online trolls "cowards" for levelling death threats against her on Twitter, ahead of a first-ever meeting with Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Army rules for under-18s 'unlawful'

Preston and Leyland Citizen: Those recruited to the Army as minors have to serve a longer minimum period of service

5:45pm Wednesday 1st July 2015

Army regulations are unlawfully requiring soldiers who join up before their 18th birthday to serve a longer minimum period than those who enlist as adults, it has been claimed in the High Court.

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