Caribbean Carnival returns to Preston – Lancashire Headline News

It’s one of the largest and longest running cultural celebrations in Preston and now in it’s 43rd year the city’s Caribbean Carnival is back to it’s original glory and most importantly…back on the road!

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It’s Officially 20 Years Since The Most Annoying Sound Ever Heard Was Created

“A ring ding ding ding ding a ring ding ding dingdemgdemg a ring ding ding ding ding ring ding baa-baa ring ding ding ding ding a ring ding ding dingdemgdemg a ring ding ding ding ding a bram ba am baba weeeeeee.”

Oh the eternal sound, how it echoes through the ages, how decades later we still hear its call.

It was recorded by student Daniel Malmedahl in 1997 when he was trying to make the sound of an internal combustion engine.

You know what I’m talking about…

Daniel uploaded the crazy frog noise to his website, it was discovered by a Swedish TV channel and he was asked to perform it on air.

Then in 2003 the noise was used by Erik Wernquist, who animated it using a little blue frog which he titled ‘The Annoying Thing’.

 The animation received attention through file sharing and word of mouth, and ringtone marketers renamed it the ‘Crazy Frog’ and started to market it in mid-2004.

In an interview with HitQuarters, Wernquist expressed his displeasure at the choice of name, as he said: “If I had known that this was going to be such a big thing I would not have allowed them to use that stupid name. It has nothing to do with the character. It’s not a frog and it’s not particularly crazy either.”

Whatever he thought about it, It turned into two video games and became a viral sensation before ‘going viral’ was a thing.

Crazy Frog was later remixed by Axel F and became one of the most successful singles of 2005, staying at the top of the UK charts for four weeks

It also reached number one in Sweden, Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, New Zealand, and Switzerland.

Listening back, it’s hard not to think that the record-buying public was swept up in some kind of trance.

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Man assaulted by group after night out in Preston

Police are appealing for information following an assault and attempted robbery in Preston.

The incident occurred at around 2.30am on February 18th, as the 32-year-old walked along Maitland Street after a night out.

Three or four men approached the victim and punched him several times in the face while looking through his pockets. They made off without stealing anything.

The victim sustained cuts to his face and was treated at Royal Preston Hospital.

One of the men has been described as being of Asian appearance, aged in his mid-20s and around 5ft 9ins in height. He was clean-shaven with short, dark hair and wearing a dark green jacket with fur around the hood.

Police would now like to speak to anyone who saw the incident, or who has any information about who the assailants may be.

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Delays on southbound M6 after 4-vehicle crash

Two lanes are closed and traffic is queuing on the southbound M6 after a four-vehicle smash.

Lanes two and three have been closed between junctions 33 and 32 after a Vauxhall Insignia crashed into the central reservation, say police.

It is then believed that further vehicles then collided with the first car, they added.

Drivers have been suffering long delays following the accident which happened at around 5.30am.

Police have confirmed that a woman was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with non-life changing injuries.

A spokesman for NW Motorway Police said: “Four vehicles were involved [in the crash] they will be moved as soon as fire and ambulance services have finished working in the area.”

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JAILED: Pervert drugged and sexually abused two schoolgirls

A pervert who drugged and sexually abused two schoolgirls has been jailed for 13 years.

Michael Hudson, 55, dressed the youngsters up in sexy clothing and got them to pose for indecent photos at his home in Kirkham, a court heard.

‘Sex abuser made me feel like Madonna’

One of the girls said she “felt like Madonna” when Hudson groomed her and took pictures of her posing and dancing for the camera.

The girls – now in their 30s and 40s – described Hudson as “a fun guy” who would take them out on day trips and treat them to sweets and pocket money.

But Preston Crown Court heard between 1985 and 1997, Hudson preyed on the little girls so he could sexually abuse them.

He plied them with booze and amyl nitrate, or poppers, to relax them and enable sexual activity.

They each also described being given a pill, which he told them was “like Ecstasy” and would relax them.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty to indecent assault, administering a drug to enable sexual intercourse, making indecent images and rape.

The court heard the predatory sex beast manipulated situations where he could indecently assault the girls, showing them pornography to normalise sexualise activity.

He even assaulted one of the girls in a lift on a trip to the crisp factory where he worked, while she was visiting with a group of children, the court heard.

Mr Justice Fraser, sentencing, said: “Such a trip should have been something a child that age could look forward to and enjoy.

“As it is you used it as a further opportunity to abuse her.

“Their victim impact statements make harrowing reading. You have caused both these ladies significant harm.”

Hudson’s first victim – who was a teenager when she was abused by Hudson in the 1980s – said she had lost everything as a result of what had happened to her.

She said: “It feels like my life has never begun and at the same time it feels like it is over.”

His other victim – who was aged between eight and 11 years old when she was assaulted and raped by Hudson, said she has struggled to form adult relationships and is overprotective of her own children as a result of the abuse she endured.

Mr Justice Fraser said: “You engineered situations where you could take advantage of them being in your company to abuse them.

“You were a grown adult male when you committed these offences.”

The judge gave Hudson, of Queen’s Crescent, Kirkham, credit for his guilty plea and put him on the Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely.

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Preston mum fears for two-year-old son after her house is infested with rats and mice

The mother of a two-year-old boy says she fears for his safety after a year of living in a “rat and mice-infested” home.

Sarah Stables lives with son Joesph on Tennyson Road in Ribbleton, Preston, and says she’s seen hundreds of mice and rats throughout her property in the last year.

The 23-year-old says she’s even found rat droppings in his bed and on the sofa and despite several visits from Preston Council’s pest control admits the problem is only getting worse.

Sarah Stables lives with son Joesph

“We have no idea where they’re coming from but they’re absolutely everywhere,” said unemployed Sarah.

“It makes me depressed, I can’t sleep and I can’t eat because I’m always worried where they’ll be.

“They’ve definitely been breeding because more and more keep coming. I’ve lost count of the amount of times pest control have come round and they do kill some of them but they always come back.”

Sarah rents the house but says she may be forced to move out if they can’t find a way to get rid of the vermin.

Mice and Rats at the property

Pest control are next scheduled to visit on March 17 but she fears that might be too late.

“There’s been easily more than 100 rats and mice in my house and I’ve already had to take my son to the doctors because he’s been ill,” Sarah said.

“I don’t know if it’s caused by the rats but it definitely isn’t helping and I just want it sorting as soon as possible.”

Mice and Rats at the property

A Preston Council spokesman said: “We appreciate no-one wants to find mice in their house. Our pest control technicians have visited the property on a number of occasions to try to eradicate the problem, but unfortunately haven’t been able to find the source of entry. Consequently, this hampers the steps our officers can take to resolve the situation.

“Our advice to anyone with a pest control issue would be to remove food spillages as they occur; don’t leave uncovered food out overnight; place food in rodent proof containers; empty waste bins regularly; and leave food meant for birds on a bird table rather than directly on the ground.”

PANEL
Michael Flynn, from Alpha Pest Control, based in Penwortham, says mice and rat infested homes is becoming a growing problem throughout Lancashire.

“There has been a marked increase in mice and rats throughout the county,” he said.

“We’re putting it down to milder winters and a lack of baiting in the sewers which mean the numbers of rats can build up and up before they come to the surface.

“The first thing to do is find out how the mice and rats are getting in and block it.

“It often comes from house repairs which weren’t finished properly because mice can get through a gap of 6mm and rats 12mm and can come up through toilets and drains.

“Block their entry and the problem will stop.”

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