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  1. Top stories from Friday 22 July
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday

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    Rino Mazzafiore

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. You can still get in touch if there's something you want us to look at via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Pictures: Aftermath of Blackburn cash machine raid

    A search is continuing for a gang of masked men who used explosives to steal thousands of pounds from a cash machine in Blackburn. 

    The raid happened at about 02.45 at the post office on Whalley Old Road in Blackburn.

    Four men wearing balaclavas were seen driving away at speed in a 62 plate dark Volkswagen Golf, said detectives.     

    Damage at post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn
    post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn
    Police car outside post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn
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  4. Plans underway to slash number of councillors in Pendle by a third

    Lancashire Telegraph

    Lancashire Telegraph

    Plans are under way to slash the number of councillors in Pendle by a third in a bid to save cash.

    The number of elections could also be cut as the council adapts to shrinking resources and to the transfer of services to town and parish councils.  

  5. Weather: Sunny spells with showers

    BBC Weather

    Some sunny spells about this afternoon, though isolated heavy and possibly thundery showers may develop over the Pennines.

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    Video caption: A mixed afternoon with sunshine and showers
  6. Car thief suspect flags down unmarked police car

    A man who fled a suspected stolen car which crashed in Lancashire walked into the hands of police after trying to flag down an unmarked police car. 

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  7. Clitheroe traders say £9m market revamp is a 'disgrace'

    Traders have been giving their reaction to a planned £9m revamp of Clitheroe's outdoor market which will see the market moved indoors. 

    Tom Grewsker said: "I don't like it at all, it seems like they are pushing us into a corner right out of the way," 

    He added, it would "lose the whole heart and soul of the market".

    Artist Impression

    Another trader, Eileen Ansar, said plans for an enclosed hall would see the loss of  a "traditional market".

    "All of a sudden we are going to lose everything, our heritage. I think it's disgraceful."

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  9. Union says Blackburn council job cuts is 'terrible news'

    Union leaders in Blackburn have described the loss of 500 jobs at the council as "terrible news".  

    A plan to cut 500 jobs over the next three years were approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council last night.

    The Council Forum passed a series of measures which also included ending weekly bin collections and charging for green waste in a bid to save £13m.

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    Video caption: Images of Blackburn Town Hall
  10. Traders say market revamp will 'destroy' its character

    Market traders in Clitheroe say a planned £9m revamp of the town's market area will destroy its traditional character.

    Plans for the redevelopment  - which include a 60-bed hotel, retail units, an indoor market and a 56-space car park -  go on public display today.

    Artists’ impressions Clitheroe market redevelopment

    Some traders are angry at the plans and believe an indoor market isn’t right for the town.

    If the proposals are approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council, construction of the new market area will start next spring.

  11. Cricket: Follow live commentary as play gets under way

    England won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Pakistan.

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  12. Travel: Crash blocks M6 slip road

    BBC Travel

    The southbound M6 entry slip road at junction 34, Lancaster, is partially blocked and there is slow traffic, due to a crash In the roadworks area.

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  13. Masked raiders blow up cash machine in Blackburn

    Four men in balaclavas have stolen thousands of pounds after blowing up a cash machine.

    Post Office in Whalley Old Road

    The gang used an explosive device to break into the machine at the post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn, at about 02:45. 

    Police are trying to trace the men and the car and have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

    Masked raiders blow up cash machine

    The cash machine

    Four men in balaclavas steal thousands of pounds after blowing up a cash machine at a post office in Blackburn.

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  15. Blackburn council approves 500 job cuts to save £13m

    A plan to cut 500 jobs over the next three years has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

    The Council Forum passed the job losses on Thursday in a bid to save £13m over three years.

    Blackburn with Darwen Town Hall

    It also agreed to end weekly bin collections, and introduce charges for green waste and weekend parking.

    Councillor Andy Kay, executive member for resources, said making "major changes" was the only way to "reduce the financial demands on the council."

  16. Gang uses explosives in Blackburn cash machine raid

    A gang has stolen money from a cash machine at a Blackburn post office.

    They used an explosive device on the machine at the shop on Whalley Old Road in the early hours of this morning, said police. 

     It is not yet known how much was taken. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lancashire Constabulary.

  17. Cricket: James Anderson England selection a 'messy affair'

    England captain Alastair Cook said he was surprised by the row over the decision to omit Lancashire's James Anderson for the first Test against Pakistan.

    Anderson, 33, believed he was fit after a shoulder injury but the England selectors were unwilling to risk him.

    Alastair Cook

     "It happened, it was a slightly messy affair and an unimportant sideshow. We have to move on and play good cricket," added Cook.  

    Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 454 dismissals, returns to the side for the second Test, which starts this morning at Old Trafford.