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Wednesday, 2 October, 2002, 17:02 GMT 18:02 UK
Murder victim's mother testifies
The mother of a murder victim from Darwen has told a jury in London she thought the man accused of the killing was suffering from depression.

Charlotte Flanagan was stabbed to death at her flat, above the pub where she worked, in London.

Gareth Horton, 29, is alleged to have murdered Miss Flanagan because she had started a relationship with another man.

Mr Horton, who denies the murder charge, had been Miss Flanagan's lodger at the flat above the Barley Mow pub in Duke Street, Mayfair.


Job threat at council

Up to 30 jobs are reported to be under threat at Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The authority says redundancies are likely in the building division of the direct services department because of a reduction in work.

The department currently employs 130 people and talks are underway with the unions.

The council says it will do what it can to seek alternative work for those affected.


Teen drinkers sold alcohol by shops

A series of off-licences in Nelson that have been under police surveillance have all been found selling alcohol to under-age drinkers.

Eight shops were watched by police during the operation.

The surveillance began after officers received complaints from residents about drunken youngsters causing a nuisance in various districts of the town.

Co-ordinating sergeant Karen Edwards said licensees could lose their livelihoods.


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