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

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  2. Weather: Dry and cool overnight

    Alexandra Hamilton

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry and settled tonight, although cloud will increase a little in places.Feeling cooler tonight than last night. Overnight lows of 8C.

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 5 October

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  3. Armed robbery attempt at Blackburn petrol station

    Two men armed with a crowbar and a sledgehammer attempted to rob a cash machine at a petrol station in Blackburn.

    Preston Old Road

    They targeted the Three Arches Service Station in Preston Old Road at about 07:30.

    Police believe the men attempted to gain access to a cash machine as it was being filled by security guards.

    They left empty handed in a car that was being driven by another man.

    Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

  4. Official resigns after twitter trolling probe

    An official from London's City Hall has resigned after being questioned by police over alleged Twitter trolling of MPs. 


    Police said the tweets have been traced to an account in Penwortham. 

    Principal government relations officer Greg Taylor quit with immediate effect after he was interviewed under caution by Lancashire Police and suspended from his job.

    Officers are investigating following a complaint by Barrow MP John Woodcock.

  5. Football: Weller backs Burnley to keep England duo

    BBC Lancashire Sport

    The former Burnley midfielder, Paul Weller, believes the club will retain the services of Michael Keane and Tom Heaton during the next transfer window.

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    Video caption: Paul Weller believes Burnley will keep hold of Keane and Heaton in January

    Heaton will be joined in the England squad by Keane, who received his first senior call-up yesterday.

    It is the first time since 1974 the club have had two players in the same England squad.

    Weller is confident the pair will remain at Turf Moor beyond January.

  6. Latest Headlines for Lancashire

    • The Crown Prosecution Service is being asked to look again at the death of a newborn baby at a Freckleton vicarage in 2014
    • A number of tweets allegedly trolling MPs is traced to an account in Penwortham - a London City Hall official has resigned after being questioned by police
    • Campaigners opposed to plans for a landfill site near Skelmersdale have had their hopes of blocking the project boosted by a judge
  7. 'More information' needed for parents expecting child with Down's Syndrome

    A father from Helmshore says "more information" needs to be given to parents expecting a child with Down's Syndrome.

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    Video caption: Phil Shatliff says more information needs to be given to parents

    The UK National Screening Committee has recommended rolling out a test on the NHS for pregnant women which checks for several conditions including Down's Syndrome. 

    Non Invasive Pre-Natal testing works by analysing the fetal DNA that circulates in the mother's blood.

    Phil Shatliff wants the message parents receive to be a fair representation of what life living with the condition can be like.

  8. Coroner asks CPS to probe baby death

    The Crown Prosecution Service is being asked to look again at the death of a baby boy at a vicarage in the village of Freckleton.

    Police search at Freckleton vicarage

    The Blackpool coroner says new evidence has come to light which suggests a criminal offence may have taken place.

    In April the CPS decided to take no action against Rev James Percival, 66, and daughter Ruth, 29 after they were previously held on suspicion of murder.

    The inquest into the baby's death has been adjourned.

  9. Judge grants judicial review over landfill site plans

    Campaigners opposed to plans for a huge hazardous waste landfill site near Skelmersdale have had their hopes of blocking the project boosted by a judge.

    Landfill site

    Greg Clark granted planning permission in May last year during his brief tenure as Communities and Local Government Secretary, but that has now been challenged in the appeal court.

    Appeal Court judge, Lord Justice Lindblom said the case raised issues of potentially national importance. 

    He said complaints made by Arthur Scarisbrick, a member of local campaign group, ARROW, were "properly arguable" and warranted a full judicial review to challenge the plans.

    The facility would have a planned capacity of 150,000 tonnes of waste per year.

  10. Arrests over M61 police pursuit crash

    Two men have been arrested after a police officer was hurt in a motorway crash while pursuing a car. 

    M61 crash

    The officer's vehicle overturned on the M61 in Bolton as he tried to stop a car suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run in Blackpool on Monday.

    The PC was taken to hospital with minor injures and has since been discharged.

    The men, aged 35 and 22, both from Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, were arrested and bailed until 29 November.

  11. Weather: Staying dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    It will remain dry, with sunny spells throughout the rest of the afternoon. Highs of 17C

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    Video caption: Weather forecast for Wednesday 5 September

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  12. New evidence in vicarage baby death, says coroner

    The Crown Prosecution Service has been asked to look again at the death of a newborn baby at a vicarage in Freckleton in December 2014.

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    Video caption: Police searching Freckleton vicarage in 2014

    At an inquest into the infant's death, the coroner in Blackpool said new evidence suggesting a criminal offence may have occurred.

    The CPS decided to take no action earlier this year against former vicar Rev Jim Percival, and his daughter Ruth. 

    They both attended today's inquest, which has now been adjourned.

  13. MP welcomes funding increase for social mobility projects

    The MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys has welcomed substantial funding for the town's education system. 

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    Video caption: Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard

    Blackpool was named as one of six "opportunity areas" who will receive a slice of £60m to promote social mobility, supporting schools and links with employers.

    All of Blackpool's secondary schools have been converted to Academies in the past five years.

    Paul Maynard has said the area is in need of the grant.

  14. Boxing: Fury 'took cocaine to deal with depression'

    BBC Sport

    World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury says he has been taking cocaine to help him deal with depression.

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    Video caption: Tyson Fury's turbulent 12 months

    The Morecambe-based fighter said he has suffered mental health issues for years and has not trained since May.

    "I've been out drinking, Monday to Friday to Sunday, and taking cocaine," Fury, 28, told Rolling Stone magazine.

    It comes two days after Fury claimed on social media to have retired, before retracting the comment three hours later, saying it was a joke.

  15. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Two men are arrested after a police officer was hurt in a crash on the M61 while pursuing a car
    • Heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury says he has been taking cocaine to deal with depression
    • Blackpool is named as one of six "opportunity areas" that will receive a slice of £60m for disadvantaged areas
  16. Police appeal for horses to loan

    Lancashire Mounted Police are looking for horses to loan as part of training for new officers.


    The horses will be used to train staff with no previous experience, and they will be taught all about horse care, stable management and how to ride.

    Training starts on 17 October, and the horses will remain with the force until the end of March 2017.

  17. Tribues paid to Pendle politician

    Tributes are being paid for a former Pendle councillor who has died, aged 80.

    John David

    John David served for 28 years until stepping down in May 2014 due to poor health. 

    He was also the borough's former mayor.

    Quote Message: He was a wonderful man who worked for everyone from Lord Tony Greaves Former Pendle councillor
    Lord Tony GreavesFormer Pendle councillor
  18. Two men arrested over police chase crash on M61

    Two men have been arrested after a police officer was hurt in a motorway crash while pursuing a car suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run.

    M61 crash

    The officer had been following a silver Vauxhall Vectra suspected of being in a crash in Blackpool on Monday.

    His vehicle overturned on the M61 southbound near Bolton and hit the central reservation leaving him with non life-threatening injuries.

    A 35-year-old man, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, dangerous driving and drink/drug driving.

    The second man, aged 22, also from Ashton-under-Lyne, was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

    They have been bailed until 29 November.

  19. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, Paul Maynard, welcomes funding for the town's education system
    • A father from Helmshore says more information needs to be given to parents expecting a child with Down's Syndrome
    • Tributes are being paid for the former Pendle councillor John David who has died