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Weather: Dry and mild overnight

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will stay dry with clear spells and patchy cloud. It should be milder than last night, with any cloud cover keeping temperatures higher than normal. Overnight lows of 12C.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 4 October

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Chorley Hospital A&E should reopen part-time, says review

An emergency department in Lancashire that closed due to staff shortages should reopen in January, an independent review has said.

Ward at Chorley hospital
In April, Chorley Hospital had eight of the 14 doctors it needed

Chorley Hospital's A&E unit was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April.

An independent review commissioned by NHS England said it could reopen "on part-time basis".

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust said a 24-hour urgent care centre would free up staff to work in a 12-hour A&E.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Chorley Hospital's A&E department should reopen on a part-time basis from January 
  • Police identify a 74-year-old motorcyclist from Lancaster who died in hospital following a crash in Scotland on Saturday
  • Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says the player selection process for the EFL Trophy is "restrictive"

Football: EFL chief defends new trophy format

BBC Sport

English Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has defended the new format of the Checkatrade Trophy.  

Fleetwood Town
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For the first time since its inception in 1983, top-flight clubs with Category One academies were invited to enter a competition which has largely been for League One and League Two teams.

 Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham did not enter because of fixture clashes.  

And three of the first round of matches were watched by fewer than 600 fans - with fewer than 400 people watching Fleetwood against Blackburn Rovers at Highbury.

M61 crash vehicle found

A car that was involved in a crash with a police vehicle on the M61 last night has been found in Westhoughton.

M61 accident

Police had been pursuing a silver Vauxhall Vectra suspected of being in an earlier crash with a Bentley in Alfred Street, Blackpool, at 16:50 yesterday.

The officer hit the central reservation and overturned as he tried to get the Vectra to stop on the M61 southbound near Bolton.

He was taken to hospital and has since been released with minor neck and shoulder injuries.

Plans to save Burnley Empire Theatre

The dilapidated Grade-II listed Burnley Empire Theatre, which is to be sold at auction, has been offered to a campaign group.

Sophie Gibson has been talking to BBC Radio Lancashire

The building dates back to the late 1800s and has been disused since the mid-90s. 

It is currently owned by the Duchy of Lancaster.

Sophie Gibson from the Burnley Empire Theatre Trust has said the building has been offered to the campaign group but it cannot accept until it has listed as a registered charity.

Football: Burnley's Keane gets England call-up

BBC Sport

Burnley defender Michael Keane has been handed his first international call-up after Stoke's Glen Johnson withdrew from the England squad through injury.

Michael Keane

Keane, 23, who has played for England at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels, will report to St George's Park on Tuesday with the rest of the squad.

Gareth Southgate called him up after Johnson was ruled out of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Malta.

On Monday, Andros Townsend replaced the injured Raheem Sterling in the squad.

Burnley woman who faced deportation can stay

Mark Edwardson

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A woman from Burnley who was told to leave the country after living here for 50 years has won her battle to remain in the UK.

Celebrating winning her battle to stay in the UK

Winnie Birkenhead came to Burnley, Lancashire as a young girl from Malaysia in the 1960s but was told she had to leave by the Home Office last year.

She has now received a letter to confirming she can stay, as BBC North West Tonight's Mark Edwardson reports.

Commemorative park bench's on offer for Preston park restoration project

Paul O'Gorman

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Commemorative benches are available to buy in a park in Preston as part of a restoration project.

Moor Park in Preston

The initiative is part of plans to restore the Moor Park to its Victorian glory.

A £1.7m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund has already been received to start the restoration.

Football: EFL Trophy selection rules 'restrictive' - Blackpool boss

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer believes the player selection process for the EFL Trophy is "restrictive".

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer

Bowyer has criticised the rules governing which players he can and cannot play.

The team play their second group fixture against League One Bolton Wanderers tonight.

Weather: Warm and sunny this afternoon

BBC Weather

Generally a fine and dry day, with warm and sunny spells. Highs of 17C this afternoon.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 4 October

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Owners in talks to sell Blackpool Airport

Talks are under way to sell Blackpool Airport, 18 months after commercial passenger flights resumed across the Irish Sea.

Blackpool Airport

Owners Balfour Beatty, which bought the Squires Gate site eight years ago, closed the airport in October 2014 with the loss of 100 jobs.

Daily passenger flights to the Isle of Man and Belfast resumed in April 2015.

A spokesman confirmed the company was in talks to sell the site as part of an investments portfolio review.

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Run-down Burnley theatre to be sold at auction

A dilapidated Grade-II listed theatre, which has stood empty for more than 20 years, is to be sold at auction.

Burnley Empire Theatre
Mark Salmon

Burnley Empire Theatre defaulted to the care of the Duchy of Lancaster as an "owner of last resort" after the ownership could not be established.

Last used as a bingo hall in 1995, the Cow Lane venue was recently named the fifth most at risk theatre in the UK.

Campaigners who want to restore the building to its former glory said the decision was a blow to their plans.

Chorley Hospital's A&E should 'reopen on part-time basis'

A hospital's accident and emergency department should reopen on a part-time basis, an independent review has found.

Chorley Hospital

The review, jointly commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement, said the emergency department at Chorley Hospital should reopen for 12-hours per day.

The unit was shut and downgraded to an urgent care centre in April, and the closure was later extended to 2017 due to staffing issues. 

A date is still being finalised in order to "ensure safe and high quality patient care" but reopening is likely to be in mid-January 2017.


Lindsay Hoyle, MP for Chorley, said: "I want the trust management and the Clinical Commissioning Group to get behind by this decision."

The review recommended having the emergency department reopened at the same time as a new 24-hour urgent care centre to "provide additional resilience".

Karen Partington, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The new provider taking over the urgent care centre from January gives us the opportunity to redeploy our staff and work in a different way so that we can safely reinstate the emergency department part-time."

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A car involved in a crash on the M61 in which a police officer was injured has been traced
  • The Grade II listed Burnley Empire Theatre is to be sold at auction
  • Burnley defender Michael Keane is called up for the England World Cup qualifying squad

Motorbike crash death man identified

Police have identified a 74-year-old motorcyclist from Lancaster who died in hospital following a crash on the A712 north of Newton Stewart.  

Crash site

Ronald Barret was seriously injured when his Honda 1300 left the road at 15:30 on Saturday near Glenamour Farm.

He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow for treatment but died on Monday morning.

Police Scotland said investigations into the cause of the crash were still ongoing.

Burnley woman celebrates victory in battle to stay in the UK

A Lancashire woman who was told she could no longer live in the UK has now been told she can can remain in the country.

Celebrating winning her battle to stay in the UK

Winnie Birkenhead from Burnley has lived in the town since 1967 after arriving on her mother's passport from Malaysia. 

Last year, her employers received a letter from the Home Office saying her permission to be in the UK had expired. 

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, at J35 for A601.

M6 Lancashire - M6 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J35 A601(M) Carnforth, because of an accident.

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Boxing: Fury 'here to stay' after 'retirement'

BBC Sport

World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury says he is "here to stay" after earlier suggesting he had retired from boxing.  

Tyson Fury's turbulent 12 months

The Morecambe-based fighter, who withdrew from his 29 October rematch with Wladimir Klitschko because of reported mental health issues, had tweeted: "I'm the greatest, and I'm also retired."

But three hours later, Fury, 28, was back on social media to suggest his earlier claim had been a joke.

"Hahahaha, you think you will get rid of the Gypsy King that easy?" he said.

PC hurt in hit-and-run pursuit crash

A police officer has been injured in a motorway crash chasing a suspected  hit-and-run driver.

The scene of the crash
Henna Sheth
The officer's injuries are not thought to life-threatening

He had been following a silver Vauxhall Vectra suspected of being in an earlier collision with a Bentley on Alfred Street, Blackpool, at 16:50 BST.

The officer hit the central reservation and overturned as he tried to get the Vectra to stop on the M61 southbound near Bolton, Lancashire Police said.

His injuries are not thought to life-threatening, the force said.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 54-year-old campaigner from Appley Bridge has died from terminal prostate cancer a year after he was refused a cancer test 
  • A police officer is hurt in a motorway crash while pursuing a suspected hit-and-run driver
  • Vandals have caused "extensive criminal damage" to Preston North End's Deepdale stadium by starting fires, said the club

Weather: Sunny and feeling warm

BBC Weather

Any early mist or fog will clear through the morning to leave a fine and dry day. 

Weather forecast

There will be some cloud around and it should feel quite warm in sunny spells. It will be breezy at times, though.

Highs during the afternoon will be 17C.

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