Accrington - It is with some relief that this reporter can confirm that the alien invasion of Accrington Lancs is finally over.
Following days of ray gun fire, death ray useage, light sabre duelling, golf club abuse and other related malarkey, the aliens finally gave up the ghost and retreated en masse back to where they came from.
The town of Accrington lies in ruins, but as I speak to you, relieved citizens are pouring out onto the streets embracing one another and wiping alien blood off various household implements.
The aliens, who encountered fierce resistance from the local populace are believed to have given up the fight because of a very earthly natural event - Rain.
During day 5 of the invasion, rain hammered down on Accrington with unrelenting ferocity.
It is thought that the aliens, who don't much care for rain decided that they'd be better off invading some other planet, probably off the shoulder of Orion - where the sun shines.
Black pudding availability has been unaffected, Accy market is expected to reopen this afternoon.
More as we get it.