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Football: Tranmere sign Fleetwood midfielder Osborne

BBC Sport

Tranmere Rovers have signed midfielder Elliot Osborne on a one-month loan from Fleetwood Town. 

Elliot Osborne
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The 20-year-old moved to the Cod Army from non-league side Nantwich Town in the summer but has yet to feature this season.  

Elliot is a player we have watched closely and will bring good quality to the squad.

Paul CardenInterim Tranmere manager

Weather: Heavy overnight showers

BBC Weather

Showers should ease for a time this evening allowing some clear spells to develop.

Weather forecast for Friday 30 September

However, more persistent heavy, showery rain will arrive from the southwest later.

The overnight low will drop to 9C.

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Man bailed over Preston sexual assault

A 20-year-old man has been bailed pending further enquiries over the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl in Preston.

Wilbraham Street in Preston

The incident happened about 01:00 on 18 September in an alleyway near Wilbraham Street.

This was an extremely traumatic ordeal for the victim and she is being supported by specially trained officers

Det Con Ian ZanelliPreston CID

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police release images of a man they wish to speak to over a sexual assault on a 16-year-old girl in Preston
  • A Lancashire county councillor says the closure of a number of museums and libraries in the county is due to the "financial challenge" facing the authority
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche rules himself out of contention for the vacant England manager's job

Weather: Risk of thundery showers

BBC Weather

Chance of heavy showers this afternoon, with the risk of hail and thunder.

Weather forecast for 30 September

It will be breezy, with the best of any brighter spells towards the end of the afternoon.

Highs of 14C this afternoon.

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WWI bomb crater find could be from Zeppelin strike

One hundred years ago this week, parts of East Lancashire were hit by  what is believed to have been the first bombing raid of World War One to hit the area. 

Could this be one of the few surviving World War One Zeppelin bomb craters?

A Zeppelin airship dropped bombs on the Rossendale valley on 25 September 1916.

Scientists have now tested soil samples at a crater which leads them to believe it was one of the sites targeted. 

It seems more evidence of the attack is coming to light - but only if you know where to look.

Historic buildings closures down to 'financial challenge' facing county council

The closure of a number of museums and libraries in Lancashire is due to the "financial challenge" facing the local authority, a Lancashire county councillor says. 

Judges' Lodgings in Lancaster

The first phase of closures include five museums shutting their doors today - including Helmshore Mills Museum and the Judges' Lodgings in Lancaster, with the council looking to save £65m by 2018.

Marcus Johnstone, cabinet member for environment, planning and cultural services, says the authority is left with little option in the current financial climate.

Closing museums is the last thing we want to do but the scale of the county council's financial challenge means we have to take these difficult decisions in order to safeguard services for the most vulnerable people in our communities

Marcus JohnstoneLancashire County Council

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Dyche rules himself out of England contention

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, says he is honoured to be linked with the vacant England managerial job - but has ruled himself out of the running.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche

The Football Association has begun its search for Sam Allardyce's replacement after the former Blackpool and Blackburn boss stepped down over allegations of improper conduct.

A number of names have been linked with the job - but Dyche says it is not a role he is ready for at the moment.

Pendle at 'forefront' of rehousing Lancashire's first Syrian refugees

The leader of Pendle Council says he is delighted the local authority is at the "forefront" of rehousing the first group of Syrian refugees in the county.

Mohammed Iqbal has been speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire

Eight families arrived in Lancashire yesterday from the conflict in Syria.

Mr Iqbal says there is a need for more local authorities to take responsibility.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A former cotton mill that featured in the film The King's Speech is one of five Lancashire museums closing its doors due to budget cuts
  • The first group of eight Syrian refugee families arrive in Lancashire
  • Burnley boss Sean Dyche rules himself out of the running for the vacant England managerial role

Councillors oppose boundary change plans

Councillors in the Ribble Valley are opposing plans for a parliamentary constituency boundary change. 


The Boundary Commission wants to divide the Ribble Valley into two new constituencies called Clitheroe and Colne, and North Lancashire. 

The idea is part of an effort to reduce the total number of MPs from 650 to 600.

Syrian refugees arrive in Lancashire

The first group of about 20 Syrian refugees to come to Lancashire have arrived.

Syrian family

The refugees arrived yesterday and are being housed in the Pendle area.

The Leader of Pendle Council, Mohammed Iqbal, told BBC Radio Lancashire the council will now be helping them settle into their new lives.

WWI Zeppelin strike 'cause' of Rossendale crater

A crater in a hillside in east Lancashire is now thought to have been caused by a Zeppelin air strike a century ago.

Rossendale Valley

On 25 September 1916, an airship dropped bombs on the Rossendale Valley, in what is believed to have been the first raid on east Lancashire in the First World War. 

Scientists used soil samples near the village of Lumb to draw the conclusion.

Local historian Richard Bowden says it is a significant discovery.

Find out more: World War One at Home: Zeppelin attack

Chip shop workers held by immigration officials in Blackburn

Three Chinese men have been detained by immigration officials on suspicion of working illegally at a chip shop in Blackburn.


It's claimed that two of the men had outstayed their visas - the other had entered the country illegally. 

They were detained at Brownhill Chippy on Whalley New Road.

Football: Former Blackburn coach named in corruption claims

BBC Sport

Southampton assistant manager Eric Black gave undercover reporters advice on how to bribe officials at other clubs, the Daily Telegraph has claimed.

Eric Black
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Black was filmed apparently naming staff at other clubs who could be induced to pass on information about players to a company for money.

The 52-year-old - a former caretaker manager of Blackburn Rovers - denies any wrongdoing.

Such payments are against Football Association rules.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Football: Preston's Robinson relishing Villa fixture

BBC Lancashire Sport

Preston North End forward Callum Robinson is relishing a meeting with his former club tomorrow.

Callum Robinson

The 21-year-old faces his boyhood club, Aston Villa, for the first time since a permanent move to Deepdale in the summer.

Museum used in King's Speech to close

A cotton mill museum that appeared in the Oscar-winning film The King's Speech will close to the public later due to council budget cuts.

Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter
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Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter filmed at Queen Street Mill for The King's Speech

Queen Street Mill Museum in Burnley is among five museums owned by Lancashire County Council that will shut although they will open for school visits.

Along with Helmshore Mills Museum, which will also close, the Burnley museum is the last working example of Lancashire cotton spinning and weaving.

The council plans to save £65m by 2018.

Murder plot arrests after death of Accrington man

Two further people have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder after a 65-year-old man was found dead.

Mohammed Yousaf
Lancashire Police
Police ask Granville Road residents to check their gardens.

Mohammed Yousaf died after suffering head injuries at a flat in Granville Road, Accrington, Lancashire, on 21 September.

A 45-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, both from the town, remain in police custody.

Muhammed Arif, 44, of Washington Street, Accrington, has been charged with murder.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Two further people are arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder after the death of a man in Accrington
  • Five Lancashire museums and 21 libraries are closing their doors to the public today as a result of budget cuts
  • Immigration officials have detained three Chinese men suspected of working illegally at a chip shop in Blackburn

Weather: Mix of sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunshine and showers will move across the region today.


Some of the showers may turn heavy with the risk of hail and thunder. 

The best of the brightness will be around towards the end of the afternoon. Highs of 16C.

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