Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Updates from Wednesday 10 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 11 August

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Outbreaks of rain, some heavy

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    Outbreaks of rain will continue through the most of the night, turning heavy at times in the west of the county.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 July

    It will feel milder than recent nights.

    More from BBC Weather   

  3. Football: Morecambe boss 'emotionally drained' after League Cup win

    Derek Quinn

    BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

    Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has admitted he is "emotionally drained" following last night's dramatic League Cup victory over Rotherham.

    Video content

    Video caption: Morecambe manager Jim Bentley

    Morecambe overcame the Championship club 5-4, with recent loan signing from Liverpool Jack Dunn scoring a hat-trick.

  4. Lancashire museum to show life during Battle of the Somme

    A textile museum in East Lancashire is to give a rare screening to one of the most famous films ever made.

    Queen Street Mill

    The Battle of the Somme, a Unesco-listed documentary, was filmed in the build-up to and first day of the battle, and subsequently viewed by 20 million people across the UK desperate for a glimpse of their loved ones.

    The film, which was released in 1916 and is believed to have received its first Lancashire screening in Lancaster, gave an unprecedented insight into the realities of trench warfare.

    It will be shown at Queen Street Mill in Burnley on 20 August - 100 hundred years after it was filmed.

  5. MP demands answers over cryptosporidium outbreak

    A Lancashire MP has called on the Drinking Water Inspectorate to provide answers over the cause of last year’s outbreak of cryptosporidium.

    Image caption: Cryptosporidium

    Thousands of homes in Lancashire were left without clean water for a month, and water company United Utilities is continuing an investigation.

    Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “I am still being contacted regularly about this situation and everyone is wondering what is happening with this investigation.

    “The fact we still have no answers leads to trust issues for people surrounding the security of their water supply and the capability of those institutions set up to protect it."

  6. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Three Southport and Ormskirk hospital chiefs face disciplinary hearings after being suspended over whistleblowing claims
    • The restoration of Lytham Hall suffers a blow after a £1.7m lottery grant was withdrawn by the Lottery Heritage Fund
    • The MP for Fylde Mark Menzies demands answers over last year's cryptosporidium outbreak
  7. Football: 'No bitterness' towards Leeds over sacking - new Fleetwood boss

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    The new Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler says he harbours no bitterness or regret over his sacking by Leeds United last year.

    Video content

    Video caption: Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler

    Rosler faces his former employers this evening in the EFL Cup having lasted just 12 games at Elland Road, before being axed by Leeds owner Massimo Cellino.

    "We move on and it's not personal," he said.

  8. Lottery grant withdrawal halts Lytham Hall restoration work

    The Lottery Heritage Fund has withdrawn a grant of £1.7m from the historic Lytham Hall.


    The grant has been turned down by the Lottery after reviewing a revised application to develop the Grade I listed hall, the former ancestral home of the Clifton family.

    Simon Thorpe, from the Heritage Trust North West, said: “The withdrawal of the Lottery Fund support for this project is massively disappointing. 

    "We did not secure all the match funding that was envisaged for the original scheme, and this has been compounded by the changes in the economic climate."

  9. Weather: Rain turning heavy overnight

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather

    We can expect further outbreaks of rain later, turning heavy over western hills, interspersed with dry spells.

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 10 August

    Feeling milder than recent nights.

    More from BBC Weather

  10. Southport and Ormskirk hospital chiefs face disciplinary hearings

    Three senior staff at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are to face disciplinary hearings after being suspended over whistleblowing claims.

    Ormskirk and District General Hospital

    Southport and Ormskirk Hospital chief executive Jonathan Parry and three others were suspended a year ago.

    The trust would not confirm which staff would faced the action, but said one person had no case to answer and would return to work.

    It said an independent probe had looked at "serious conduct issues".

  11. For sale: A Hobbit's home from home

    A house that played a central role in an outdoor play is being sold for £1,000.

    Dukes Theatre play

    But there is a catch - it's only big enough for a hobbit.

    The house was a built as part of the set for the recent play Lancaster-based Dukes Theatre in Williamson Park, which was seen by about 20,000 people.

    The theatre has now decided to put the unusual property up for sale.

  12. Who is the new Duke of Westminster?

    The sudden death of billionaire landowner and philanthropist the Duke of Westminster means his 25-year-old son Hugh has now inherited an estate worth £9bn.  

    Hugh Grosvenor

    Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, previously known by the honorary title Earl Grosvenor, has so far kept out of the glare of publicity.

    But he attracted headlines after throwing a lavish 21st birthday party for 800 guests - dress code "black tie and neon" - which was estimated at costing £5m.

  13. Man, 78, injured in Preston attempted robbery

    An elderly man has been injured after he was attacked in a robbery attempt in Preston.

    Princess Street

    The 78-year-old was thrown to the ground after a man approached him and tried to steal an envelope containing cash in Princess Street yesterday morning.

    The attacker then fled towards Carr Street empty handed.

    Police are appealing for information. Officers said the man suffered minor injuries.

  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Three senior members of staff at the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust are to face disciplinary hearings following whistleblowing complaints made over a year ago
    • The Royal family pays tribute to the Duke of Westminster who has died at the age of 64
    • A 78-year-old Preston man is injured after he was attacked in an attempted robbery in Preston
  15. Staff to face disciplinary hearings following hospital investigation

    A disciplinary investigation following whistleblowing complaints at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has found three people do have a case to answer.

    Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust

    The nature of the complaints has not yet been revealed, but the trust said it does not relate to patient care or safety.

    The trust said three of four people who were suspended last year will now face disciplinary hearings, although their identities or job titles have not been revealed.

    The investigation found a fourth person had no case to answer and will now return to work.

  16. 'Difficult decision' sending troops to Iraq - Duke of Westminster

    An interview with the Duke of Westminster in 2010 revealed it was the "most difficult thing in the world" sending British troops fight in Iraq.

    Video content

    Video caption: The Duke of Westminster

    The billionaire landowner, 64, died at the Royal Preston Hospital yesterday after being taken ill yesterday at his Abbeystead estate, near Lancaster.

    The Duke served as a General in the Territorial Army and in an interview with Forces TV he said: "In my career it's been the most difficult thing in the world...especially when I know what they were going to."

  17. Football: Accrington 'must continue to build' after League Cup win

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    Accrington Stanley "must continue to build" following their commendable first round EFL Cup win over Bradford, manager John Coleman says.

    Video content

    Video caption: Accrington manager John Coleman

    Stanley beat the League One side 11-10 on penalties, after the game had finished goalless. 

    "I can't knock the lads for the spirit they've shown," said Coleman. "To be able to keep the shutout is testament to their character and we've got to build on it."

  18. Mystery haul of watches uncovered by police in Blackpool

    An unexplained haul of 150 watches has been recovered by police in Blackpool - complete with price tags.


    The items were found by patrols in the Hull Road area of the resort last month, according to a Facebook post from police.

    Officers are appealing for information to find the owner.