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UK is 55 million years too late for fracking to work, says expert

The geology of the UK is unsuitable for fracking and the opportunity of the new energy source has been "overhyped", a geoscience expert has claimed.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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The swan, recovered from the lake off Gerards Lane, is now recovering at an RSPCA hospital

Petrol-soaked swan rescued from lake by RSPCA officers

A swan which was left soaked in petrol in St Helens is now recovering at an RSPCA wildlife hospital after being rescued by inspectors.
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Victoria Park

St Helens park wins Green Flag award

Victoria Park in St Helens has been recognised by the Green Flag Award Scheme as one of the very best green spaces in the world.

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Discovering St Helens’ curious creatures

Discovering St Helens’ curious creatures

St Helens Council’s Ranger Service is inviting residents to a series of peculiar events this month, on the hunt for a variety of curious creatures.

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Protest group draws a line under row with councillors

Protest group draws a line under row with councillors

The leader of a protest group in St Helens at the centre of an increasingly bitter dispute with councillors has sought to put the row behind him.

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TiksPac stations, which hold sufficient 100 percent compostable and biodegradable dog waste bags, have been installed at a number of locations across borough

Free dog muck bag dispensers installed in St Helens parks

A series of station dispensing free dog waste bag have been installed in parks across St Helens.

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‘Once in a lifetime’ garden village plan approved

‘Once in a lifetime’ garden village plan approved

Council chiefs plans for a garden village in Whiston has been approved by cabinet members.

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Probe into traffic problems at Burtonhead Road tip

Probe into traffic problems at Burtonhead Road tip

Council chiefs are investigating complaints a newly-design recycling centre is causing traffic tailbacks at a major borough road.

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Theresa May, Secretary of State James Brokenshire, and Arlene Foster at the Balmoral Show last month

A deal for every vote: How the DUP will support Theresa May

The DUP and the Conservatives are working towards an arrangement which would allow the DUP to negotiate a fresh deal every time the government needs its support in the Commons.

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Danny Sculthorpe, former Wigan Warriors Rugby League player, talks about his life and battle with depression

Rugby ace: ‘Asking for help is not a weakness’

Billinge-based rugby league ace and brother of Saints legend Paul, Danny Sculthorpe has told how attempted to end his own life with a bottle of gin and enough pills to “kill half of Wigan.

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How will scrapped green waste collections affect me?

How will scrapped green waste collections affect me?

Free garden waste collection by the council has been scrapped ... here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the move to paid-for recycling services in St Helens.

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18,000 households sign up to paid-for garden waste collection scheme

Council officials say more than 18,000 St Helens household have signed up for the new scheme to charge to have their garden waste taken away.

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Tennis club’s crowdfund equipment plan

Tennis club’s crowdfund equipment plan

A St Helens tennis club has launched a crowdfund bid to buy a ball machine.

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Theresa May's future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired.

Theresa May's future as Prime Minister is questioned after snap election backfires

Theresa May's future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired.

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Large rise in complaints about bees

Large rise in complaints about bees

Pest controllers have been inundated with requests to deal with bees in St Helens.

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Florida Farm North

Florida Farm battle over

Campaigners have called an end to their battle against a proposed £150m logistics hub.

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Gavin McWilliam and Andrew Wilson (right), gold medal winners at Chelsea for their Breaking Ground garden

St Helens garden designer’s Chelsea Flower Show gold award

St Helens-born garden designer Andrew Wilson has struck gold at Chelsea Flower Show.

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Coun Seve Gomez-Aspron

Councillor’s appointment branded ‘deliberately provocative’

A campaign group has branded the appointment of a controversial councillor to a key ecnonomic job as “deliberately provocative”.

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St Helens town hall

Seven planning applications given green light

Planning chiefs in St Helens have grant consent to a number of projects, including work on two trees with the grounds of a well-known property in Rainhill covered by a preservation order.

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