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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates on Monday 12 September

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Weather: Showers clearing to leave dry night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Dry and breezy this evening, although there could be light rain showers during the early part of the night.

Weather forecast for Monday 12 September

It will become increasingly clear later and will feel mild. Temperatures down to 16C overnight. 

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Lancashire Police 'striving to make improvements' for stalking victims

Lancashire Police said it is "striving to make improvements" for victims of stalking, as well as how they investigate reported complaints.

Jane's mother Penny speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire

It comes as the latest figures show the number of reported incidents in the North West is increasing. 

In 2010, Blackpool nurse Jane Clough was murdered after being stalked by her violent ex-boyfriend Jonathan Vass.

He would turn up to check where she was and who she was with.

Penny CloughJane's mother

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The family of a Blackpool nurse murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend back the expected creation of new stalking protection orders
  • A review carried out into South Ribble Council's taxi licensing investigation finds a "major corporate governance failure"
  • Preston North End boss Simon Grayson vows to "do what is necessary" to improve the club's league fortunes

More GPs needed in Lancashire, patient group says

More GPs are needed in the county, the chairman of the patient's watchdog Healthwatch Lancashire has said.

GP Surgery

Figures from NHS Digital show local doctors in the county are likely to have 220 more patients than the national average and 340 more than practices in the south of England.

The government is promising a huge amount of money to go into general practice - £2.4bn by 2020

Mike WedgeworthHealthwatch Lancashire

Hopefully some of the problems will begin to be solved, but the top and bottom of it is we need more doctor time.

View from an ambulance during emergency call-out

You have probably been the motorist trying to get out of the way...but what does it look like from inside the ambulance?

View from an ambulance in the north west

This year marks 10 years of the North West Ambulance Service.

The service has admitted it is struggling to hit national response targets due to a rise in the number of threat-to-life calls.

A statement from the service said the number of 999 calls it has received increased by 25% this year.

Football: PNE manager vows to do 'what is necessary' for progression

Phil Cunliffe

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

The Preston manager, Simon Grayson, has said he will do "what is necessary to make sure the football club progresses".

Preston manager Simon Grayson

North End are second bottom of the Championship after they were beaten 2-1 by Barnsley on Saturday - their fifth defeat in six league games.

A number of supporters have been critical of the side's current form.

Preston host Cardiff at Deepdale on Tuesday.

Stalking victim's family back new law

Prime Minister Theresa May is soon expected to announce the creation of new stalking protection orders.

Jane Clough

These would give police greater powers to tackle perpetrators and support victims.

John and Penny Clough, the parents of Blackpool nurse Jane Clough, who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend Jonathan Vass in 2010, have long campaigned for such legislation.

Weather: Largely dry with hazy sunshine

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It should stay dry with some hazy sunshine, but there may be a few showers across the north of the region later.

Weather forecast for Monday 12 September

A largely dry and breezy evening, although there could be some light rain at times through the first part of the night.

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Rio Paralympics 2016: Rawtenstall swimmer secures silver with personal best

BBC Sport

A swimmer from Rawtenstall has won silver for Paralympics GB in the Men's S14 200m freestyle final in Rio.

Tom Hamer

Tom Hamer, 18, narrowly missed out on gold but recorded his personal best in his first Paralympics.

Taxi licensing 'governance failure' at council

Mike Stevens

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

A review into how an investigation into taxi licensing was handled by South Ribble Council has found there was "a major corporate governance failure".

South Ribble Borough Council

The draft report, carried out by a group of councillors, outlines 20 specific findings - including a complete lack of disregard for the council's safeguarding policies.  

It also found members of the council had broken its constitution on numerous occasions and also asked why the former leader and chief executive were excluded from the investigation and were happy to be so.  

Councillors also asked why cabinet meetings were arranged behind closed doors, with no formal record of decisions being made.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A review into the handling of a taxi licensing investigation by South Ribble Borough Council finds there was "a major corporate governance failure"
  • The North West Ambulance Service says it is struggling to hit national targets for response times due to an increase in life-threatening calls 
  •  A combination of holidays and staff shortages leads to the cancellation of a significant number of Preston Bus services

Holidays and staff shortages lead to Preston Bus service cancellations

A combination of holidays and staff shortages has led to the cancellation of a significant number Preston Bus services.

Preston Bus

Managers replaced drivers to ensure school services were given priority.

The service disruption comes after driver numbers were significantly reduced because of changes to bus subsidies.   

Operations manager John Asquith apologised and said there may be further disruption later today.

Four people rescued from Blackburn flat blaze

Four people have been rescued following a fire at a flat in Blackburn.

Revidge Road in Blackburn

Three of them were treated in hospital after the blaze broke out in a bedroom at the flat in Revidge Road on Saturday morning. 

Fire crews spent about three hours at the scene.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Hospital's third avoid A&E plea in 2016

A hospital has urged people to avoid going to its accident and emergency unit for the third time in six months.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

The Royal Lancaster Infirmary has again blamed "a significant surge in demand" for the problem.

It comes three weeks after a similar appeal was issued over a lack of beds.

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust said: "Yet again we are experiencing increased pressure in our A&E department at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary."

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • There is confusion over delays to Preston Bus routes after the company announced last night that priority would be given to school services
  • The North West Ambulance Service admits it is struggling to hit national response targets
  • Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan signs a new two-year contract with the club

Confusion over Preston bus disruption

There is confusion as to why bus passengers are experiencing disruption on all Preston Bus services today.

Preston Bus

The company announced yesterday that there would be priority given to school services.

It is not yet clear why it has taken this step.

Cricket: Kerrigan agrees new Lancashire contract

BBC Sport

Lancashire left-arm spin bowler Simon Kerrigan has signed a new two-year contract with the Red Rose county.

Simon Kerrigan
Simon Kerrigan

The 27-year-old has spent his whole career with the Red Rose county and has taken over 100 first-class wickets in the past three seasons.

He made his only England appearance in the last Test of the 2013 Ashes series.

Girl, 6, rescued after hand trapped in supermarket travelator

A six-year-old girl was rescued from a Blackpool supermarket travelator on Saturday.


The girl was airlifted to hospital following the incident at the Sainsbury store on Talbot Road.

It took firefighters more than an hour to free her from the machine. 

Sainsbury's says it is now investigating what happened.

North West ambulance service 'not hitting targets'

The North West Ambulance Service has admitted it is struggling to hit national response targets due to a rise in the number of threat-to-life calls.  


A statement from the service (NWAS) said the number of 999 calls it has received increased by 25% this year.

In 2015, the service was 6% below the national target for services to respond to an emergency within eight minutes.

Cricket: Kerrigan signs new Lancashire deal

Scott Read

BBC North West cricket commentator

Lancashire bowler Simon Kerrigan has signed a new two-year deal with the county.

Simon Kerrigan
Getty Images

The left-arm spinner has taken more than 100 first class wickets in the last three seasons with 24 of those coming in the current campaign.

I really want to find the form that got me an England call-up in 2013 and put in match-winning performances for the Red Rose - not only in our last two games this season, but in the future.

Simon KerriganLancashire bowler

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The North West Ambulance Service admits it is struggling to hit national response targets  due to a rise in the number of 999 calls
  • Lancashire has "fewer doctors than its fair share", says patient watchdog Healthwatch
  • A six-year-old girl is recovering after trapping her hand in a travelator at a Blackpool supermarket

Travel: Accident blocks eastbound M65

BBC Travel

The eastbound M65 is blocked after junction 2, Clayton Brook, because of an accident. 

Congestion stretches back to junction 1 Lostock Hall, and on M61 to M6 J30.

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Weather: Breezy with hazy sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a breezy day with a little more cloud around than yesterday, but with some hazy sunshine.

Weather forecast for Monday 12 September

It should stay dry, but there may be a few showers across the north of the region later. Highs of 22C.  

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