A world-renowned Islamic preacher is visiting three East Lancashire towns in a bid to "challenge extremist agendas".

Shaykh Hisham Kabbani visited a spiritual centre in Pringle Street, Blackburn yesterday as part of a whistle-stop 10-day tour of England which also includes a trip to Burnley and Nelson on Friday.

Shaykh Hisham, who has advised two previous United States' governments on issues regarding Islam, religious tolerance and terrorism, said there was a "real issue of young people being influenced by extremists" in this area.

And he said East Lancashire was vulnerable to extremists looking to infiltrate mosques.

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