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  1. Updates from Thursday 22 September
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Katy Booth

Reporter, BBC News Online

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

Weather: A clear but cooler evening ahead

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a clear evening, causing the temperatures to drop rapidly once the sun goes down.

A few heavy showers could affect the north of the county in the early hours. Maximum temperatures of 15C.

More from BBC Weather. 

Latest headlines from Lancashire

Council to debate building closure plans

A meeting will take place at Lancashire County Council later regarding plans to sell off buildings to make savings.

County Hall in Preston

The decision is now being looked at by a scrutiny committee after several county councilors, from various parties, raised concerns. 

The council has drawn up a strategy to sell some buildings as they try to find savings of around £150m by 2021. Services such as libraries and children's centres could be affected.

PCs hit head on by suspected stolen car in Stacksteads

Two police officers have been injured after a suspected stolen car they were tracking drove head on into them.  

Police said the PCs had been pursuing the car after a burglary was reported at about 04:30 BST in New Church Road, Stacksteads, near Bacup.   

damaged vehicles

They had traced the red Audi RS6 to Green Haworth Golf Club on Willows Lane, Green Haworth, Accrington. 

Two men aged 19 and 22 from Accrington, and one aged 24 from Blackburn, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

As the officers approached the car it was driven straight at them, Lancashire Police said. 

The two police officers were taken to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment, where one remains with suspected spinal injuries. 

Family’s boost to new lifeboat appeal fund

Blackpool Gazette

A cheque for £1,135 was presented to the RNLI by the Rowse family of St Annes, who have long been supporters of the charity. 

The money, which has taken the appeal total so far over the £11,000 mark, is the proceeds of a series of raffles held last year during whisky tasting events held locally by the family business.

Vintage rebrand of Accrington's late night market after 'disappointing response'.

Accrington Observer

Accrington Observer

Those behind the Thursday late night market in Accrington say they are suffering from a "lack of support from traders."

The new weekly evening market, set up in a bid to revitalise the town centre market trade, is coming to the end of its five-week trial.

The market's founders said that they have decided to give tonight’s market a 60s retro theme after a lacklustre response from regular market traders.  

Weather: Sunny spells, staying dry

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells are expected this afternoon and most places will be staying dry.

Weather forecast for Thursday 22 September 2016

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Football: Stanley boss bemoans team's last-gasp exit from EFL cup

BBC Lancashire Sport

Accrington boss John Coleman says his team "went to sleep" in a last-gasp moment that sealed a win for West Ham and saw Stanley's league cup run come to an end. 

Dimitri Payet scored the 0-1 winner from a free-kick for the Hammers in the 96th minute.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet

People will throw bouquets at us for our spirit today but we don't want to be seen as plucky. We came here to win and we matched them for most of the game. Unfortunately we've gone to sleep in the 96th minute and you give a player of Payet's quality a free-kick on the edge of the box and it's tantamount to a penalty."

John ColemanAccrington Stanley manager

Preston North End are the only Lancashire side still in this season's league cup competition.

Rare goslings hatch at Lancashire wetland centre

Four spur-winged goose goslings have hatched at Martin Mere Wetland Centre in Burscough.

Four goslings
Martin Mere Wetland Centre

The species is one of the rarest birds in captivity. Originating from Africa, they are not rare in the wild but there are only two sites where the geese can be seen of the UK.

Grounds manager Steve Nasir said he was "delighted" to be breeding the birds - which have a slightly reptilian look about them.

"Not only do we get comments that they look like dinosaurs but the male has sharp spurs that are over an inch long on their wings," he said. 

"They use these spurs in defense. It is the only bird that has a risk assessment."

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A 55-year-old cyclist dies after a being hit by a truck in Colne
  • Two police officers are injured after a head-on crash with a suspected stolen car they were following
  • The University of Central Lancashire's vice-chancellor says staff take mental health support for students "seriously", following a report which claims a third of students across the country experience depression or loneliness

Two police officers injured in 'stolen car' crash

Two police officers have been injured in a head-on crash with a suspected stolen car.

Willows Lane

The officers had been pursuing a car after a burglary was reported in New Church Road, Stacksteads, at about 04:30.  

They tracked the Red Audio RS6 to Green Howarth Golf Club in Willows Lane, Oswaldtwistle, and as they approached, the vehicle was driven straight at them and crashed head-on before overturning.

Some men from inside the car ran off and the two officers needed hospital treatment.

Their injuries aren't thought to be life threatening.

Three men, two aged 19 to 22 from Accrington and one aged 24 from Blackburn, have been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Lancashire university boss reacts to report on student mental health

The vice chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire has said staff take student's mental health "very seriously" following a report revealing a third of students across the country experience feelings of depression and loneliness.


The report, released by The Higher Education Education Policy Institute, also said the number of student suicides is rising.   

Professor Mike Thomas said the university has a dedicated team of seven staff who specialise in mental health support for their students.

It is currently Freshers Week and around 4,000 new students are being welcomed to campus.

When [the students have] just done their A Levels, they're waiting for their results. They're then moved away from home, now starting to do a degree, probably looking at getting a part-time job and making new friends. We take [mental health] very seriously."

Professor Mike ThomasUCLan Vice-Chancellor

End of the line for struggling Accrington bus firm after 40 years

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

An East Lancashire bus company is taking its last journey today.

The interior of a generic bus

Staff at M&M Coaches say charges at bus stations, cuts to fuel rebates and bus subsidies mean they cannot keep running their services anymore.

After operating for 40 years, 30 members of staff will be out of a job by the end of the week. 

Four bus routes in the area will be taken over by the Pilkington Bus company.

Cyclist killed after being hit by truck in Colne

A cyclist has died after being hit by a truck in Colne.

Skipton Road

The 55-year-old woman suffered serious injuries after being struck at the junction of Skipton Road and Langroyd Road at about 14:25 yesterday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was not injured and no arrests have been made.   

We are appealing for information and would be keen to speak to anyone who saw either the cyclist or truck prior to the collision.

Sgt Claire PearsonLancashire Police

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • Two police officers are injured after being involved in a crash, with what is believed to have been a stolen car
  • A murder investigation is continuing in Accrington after a man was found dead yesterday
  • In cricket, Lancashire are battling to survive relegation in their Division One match against Warwickshire

£5m plans unveiled for iconic Blackburn town centre building

Lancashire Telegraph

Plans to transform one of Blackburn’s most iconic buildings from a derelict shell into a cinema, bar, coffee shop and theatre space have gone on display for the first time.

Cricket: Lancashire buckle under pressure

BBC Sport

Keith Barker took 4-30 against his native Lancashire as Warwickshire seized control on day two in the potential Division One relegation tussle at Edgbaston.

Steven Croft
Getty Images

In a game that would see the losers go down if Hampshire win, Lancs could only make 152 in reply to the Bears' 219.

Resuming on 12-0, the visitors quickly slumped to 39-4 as four wickets went down for four runs inside 35 balls. 

Having carved a 67-run first-innings lead, Warwickshire then reached 12-0.

Football: Stanley lose to the Hammers

BBC Sport

Dimitri Payet scored a free-kick deep into injury time to earn West Ham a dramatic win against League Two Accrington Stanley in the EFL Cup.

Dimitri Payet

The tie seemed to be heading for extra time before the France midfielder struck in the 96th minute.

Payet, who started on the bench, lashed the ball over the wall to beat keeper Elliot Parish.

West Ham, who finished with 10 men after Arthur Masuaku went off injured, will host Chelsea in the fourth round.

Travel: Crash closes two lanes of M65

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there is slow traffic on M65 eastbound between junction 2, Clayton Brook, and junction 3, Blackburn west, because of a crash involving two cars and a van.

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Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A murder investigation is continuing after a man was found dead in Accrington
  • A bus firm in Accrington will make its last journey today after 40 years in the business  
  • A man from Preston together with 59 colleagues cycles from London to Pudsey for BBC's Children in Need

Weather: Cloudy start but brighter later

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a rather cloudy start with the odd spot of rain it will start to brighten up. Highs of 16C.

Weather forecast on Thursday 22 September 2016

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