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  1. Updates on Friday 19 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

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  2. Weather: Strengthening winds overnight

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    An early yellow warning is in place for wind tomorrow.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Friday 19 August

    Gusts will continue to increase overnight, especially around exposed coasts.

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  3. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A teenager who fired a laser beam in the eyes of a police helicopter pilot over Poulton is handed a six-month referral order
    • There is an early yellow warning for wind - especially around exposed coasts - for Saturday
    • A Lancashire company has created the outfits to be worn by Team GB at the Olympics closing ceremony in Rio on Sunday
  4. Boy given criminal behaviour order for damage to new housing development

    A 15-year-old who used heavy machinery to try and tear down partly-built houses in Blackpool has been handed a 12-month criminal behaviour order.

    Lewis Benit and his friends started up two excavators and a road roller in July at the £50m Foxhall Village development.

    He then used a five-tonne digger to attack brickwork, masonry and scaffold at the site.

    Benit was also given a 12-month rehabilitation order and a three-month curfew and is not allowed to go into Blackpool Town Centre and must not associate with five other named people.

  5. Lancashire company create Team GB closing ceremony outfits

    The outfits being worn by Team GB at the Rio Olympics closing ceremony have been created by a Lancashire firm.

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    Video caption: Team GB athletes

    Altham-based Simon Jersey based have produced the clothes including some very special shoes that light up red, white and blue.

  6. Boy, 9, critical after two-car smash

    A nine-year-old boy is in a critical condition in hospital after two cars crashed in Scarisbrick.

    The road was closed for four hours while investigators attended the scene
    Image caption: The road was closed for four hours while investigators attended the scene

    He suffered head injuries and a neck fracture in the crash near to Hurlstone Hall in Southport Road, Scarisbrick, at about 19:40 on Thursday.

    The boy was a passenger in a car that was being driven in opposite direction to another when the collision happened.

    He was airlifted to hospital and the 32-year-old female driver of the other car suffered serious internal injuries.

  7. Weather: Yellow warning with strengthening winds

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    The Met Office have issued an early yellow weather warning for wind on Saturday.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Friday 19 August

    There may be gusts of 40-45mph which have the potential to cause disruption to travel and outdoor activities. It will start to turn breezy this afternoon. 

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  8. Homeless man writes 'sorry' note to Preston shop

    A homeless man has left a note on the shutters of a shop apologising and thanking staff for allowing him to sleep there.

    Note from homeless man

    The note was found in Preston, where a crackdown on antisocial begging has been launched.

    Beginning with "Sorry", the note was left outside Scotts designer clothes store and signed by a man named Chris.

    Handwritten on a ripped piece of cardboard, he says he had been "moved on from everywhere" he had slept.

  9. Famous names who have switched on Blackpool illuminations

    Actress Dame Barbara Windsor has been announced as the celebrity who will turn on this year's Blackpool illuminations, but who has been given the honour previously?

    Dame Barbara Windsor
    Image caption: Barbara Windsor in The Meter Maids

    Lord Derby, most notable for twice serving as Secretary of State for War, was the first person to switch on the annual light show in 1934.

    The Earl of Derby
    Image caption: The Earl of Derby

    Others include Blackpool legend Stanley Matthews, George Formby and iconic former Manchester United boss Sir Matt Busby.

    More recently Grand National treble winner Red Rum, Sir Terry Wogan and Robbie Williams have headlined the world-famous event.

    Red Rum
    Image caption: Red Rum achieved an unmatched historic treble to win the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977
  10. Football: Manager Dyche believes team spirit key to Burnley success

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes the financial differences between his side and Liverpool are more than compensated by the Clarets' team spirit.

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    Video caption: Burnley manager Sean Dyche

    Belgian international Steven Defour became Burnley's record signing this week for an undisclosed fee, believed to be about £7m.

    In contrast, Liverpool paid more than £34m for Southampton's Saido Mane this summer.

    The two sides are set to meet at Turf Moor tomorrow.

  11. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • One of the men who beat a woman to death because she was a Goth loses his appeal to have his sentence reduced
    • A nine-year-old boy remains in critical condition after suffering serious head and neck injuries in a crash near Scarsbrick
    • A teenager is given a six-month referral order after firing a laser beam into the eyes of a police helicopter pilot over Poulton
  12. Colne man's weight loss highlighted on billboard

    A man from east Lancashire who lost 12st (168lbs) and dropped almost 30ins (76.2cm) from his waistline says he is thrilled to have his new figure on a new billboard. 

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    Video caption: Alwyn Beckles' image will appear on a billboard

    Alwyn Beckles from Pendle used to have a 60ins (152.4cm) waist. 

    He is now down to a 32ins and will show off his new figure in Colne after getting help from the Pendle Leisure Trust.

  13. Goth attack killer's appeal thrown out

    A killer who beat a woman to death because she was a Goth has failed to get his sentence reduced.

    Sophie Lancaster

    Ryan Herbert, who murdered Sophie Lancaster in 2007, was ordered to serve a minimum 15-year jail term.

    His lawyers told the High Court his "unexpected and substantial progress" in prison justified a cut in the amount of time he should serve.

    But a judge rejected his plea on Thursday, saying nothing he had done would justify an early release.

  14. Teen handed referral order over laser incident

    A teenager who fired a laser beam into the eyes of a police helicopter pilot as it flew over Poulton-le-Fylde has been handed a six-month referral order.


    The 17-year-old admitted recklessly endangering the safety of an aircraft and its crew when he appeared before the youth court in Blackpool. 

    The court heard that he had fired the beam at the helicopter for up to 12 seconds at a time in February this year. 

    He will be monitored by probation officers during the length of the order and will also pay costs and a victim surcharge.