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Weather: Cool and dry

BBC Weather

Occasional light showers possible overnight and staying cool with isolated mist and fog patches forming by dawn. Overnight lows of 10C.

Weather forecast for Friday 7 October and the weekend

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Traffic changes to tackle congestion in Preston city centre

New proposals to tackle congestion in Preston city centre ahead of the busy Christmas shopping period have been announced.

Fishergate, Preston

The city's £3.4m shared space scheme on Fishergate has been criticised by drivers, pedestrians and businesses who say it causes traffic to build up in the area.

Lancashire County Council will introduce new "no right turn" signs from Butler Street on to Fishergate on 17 October.

It will also trial a bus-only section between the junctions with Butler Street and Corporation Street. 

The changes will be initially introduced for six months, followed by a consultation.

"Traffic congestion in and around Preston city centre has been a regular occurrence for some years, but we're working hard to tackle it.

County Councillor John Fillis

Appeal after man attacked on Lancaster Canal

An appeal has been launched after a man who had been fishing was attacked in Lancaster.

British Waterways

The 37-year-old man, from Morecambe, was knocked to ground and fell unconscious on the Lancaster Canal tow path near Caton Road at about 12:35 on 2 October.

He had been fishing with a relative and was attacked as he spoke to his wife on his phone.

He was treated for a neck injury in hospital. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An appeal is launched after a man was attacked on Lancaster Canal
  • New changes are being introduced to Preston's £3.4m shared space scheme
  • A family from Lancashire holidaying in Orlando say that the storm caused by Hurricane Matthew has left them feeling terrified

Fracking is 'good for business', university lecturer says

Fracking would be beneficial to the economy, a lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire believes.

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Robin Carey, a principle lecturer in Business, said he thinks the landscape for Britain has changed since the decision to leave the EU.

Mr Carey believes the cost of importing fuel will rise, and the solution should be to produce home-grown energy, which would have a positive impact on the overall economy.

His comments come after the government gave fracking the go-ahead yesterday in Little Plumpton near Blackpool.

Scheme aims to help children and young people with learning disabilities

Lancashire Telegraph

A "Health and Wellbeing Passport" has been introduced in hospitals in Lancashire to help children and young people with a learning disability communicate better with doctors.

Lancashire MEP to lead investigation into UKIP 'altercation'

European Parliament has launched an inquiry led by MEP Sajjad Karim into an altercation that left a member of UKIP in hospital.

Sajjad Karim
Sajjad Karim

The Lancashire-based politician, who chairs the European Parliament's Conduct Advisory Committee, has "promised to move swiftly" to investigate after North West MEP Steven Woolfe required emergency medical treatment.

The incident involving another UKIP MEP Mike Hookem occurred at the party's delegation meeting in Strasbourg yesterday.

The investigation will involve reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to witnesses.

Mr Karim said:

This was a very serious incident and of course we send our best wishes to Mr Woolfe and his family and hope he makes a fast and full recovery.

UKIP MEP Mike Hookem denies assaulting Steven Woolfe

The UKIP MEP involved in an altercation with Steven Woolfe has said he "categorically" did not throw a punch at his colleague.

Mike Hookem

Mike Hookem acknowledged he and the North West MEP had a "scuffle" in the European Parliament but insisted that he did not hit him.

"I am innocent," he told the BBC. "I never threw a punch. I never assaulted him. I will stand my corner."

UKIP's Steven Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours.

Lancashire detective receives international award

A detective from East Lancashire who led an inquiry into a £100k stolen vehicle scam, has been given an international award.

Martyn Leigh receiving award
Lancashire Police

DC Martyn Leigh received the prestigious award from the International Association of Auto Theft Investigators for exposing the activities of three men who stole high value plant machinery and camper vans from across Lancashire.

The men went to great lengths to cover up the original identities of the stolen vehicles, which were then sold on to unsuspecting buyers right across the UK.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

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M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J31 for A59 Preston New Road and J32 for M55.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J31, A59 (Samlesbury) and J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange), because of a broken down lorry.

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North West MEP to stay in hospital further 48 hours

UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe will be kept in hospital for a further 48 hours following an altercation with a colleague in the European Parliament.  

UKIP: 'Police won't be involved in Woolfe altercation'

Fellow MEP Nathan Gill said Mr Woolfe would remain under observation in Strasbourg "as a precaution".

He also said Mr Woolfe had "reached out a hand of friendship" to the other MEP involved in the incident, Mike Hookem.

Officials at the Parliament have launched an inquiry into what they said were "extremely serious" events.

Speaking outside the hospital on Friday, Mr Gill said the police have not been contacted and Mr Woolfe did not want them involved.

Fracking decision a 'disgrace', says Blackpool South MP

The decision to allow fracking to begin in Lancashire is a "disgrace", the MP for Blackpool South has said.

The Blackpool South MP said more focus should be placed on renewable energy

Gordon Marsden reacted to the decision by Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, to give the go ahead to Cuadrilla's plans to test drill at Preston New Road at Little Plumpton yesterday. 

Mr Javid said he needs more time to make a final decision about the other site at Roseacre Wood.

Mr Marsden said more focus should be placed on renewable energy.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Changes are being introduced to a £3.4m shared space scheme in Preston city centre to solve "chronic congestion"
  • An appeal for witnesses is launched after a suspected arson attack on a shop in Rishton
  • A detective from East Lancashire who led an inquiry into a stolen vehicle scam is given an international award

Man injured after being hit by car in Blackpool

A 22-year-old man has been left with serious injuries to his leg and foot after he was hit by a car in Blackpool.

Topping Street Blackpool

He was struck by a grey Renault Megane in Topping Street near to Talbot Road at about 11:00 yesterday.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment. The driver, a 36-year-old man from Blackpool, was uninjured.

No arrests have been made. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Is this the fastest goal in women’s football?

BBC Radio 5 live

A budding footballer from Blackburn has scored a record-breaking goal that could be the fastest ever in women's football at just three seconds into the game.

A girl from Lancashire has scored a record-breaking goal

Megan Searson scored during a college soccer match in America, where she has gone to study and play football.

She scored from a distance of 55-yards for her team, the University of Mary Marauders said.

The ball was going so fast, the coach said it could have been up to 50 miles an hour.

Megan Searson

Investigation into fire in Blackpool

A fire at a building in Blackpool is under investigation.

Cocker street Blackpool

People were reported to have been inside the property when the fire broke out in Cocker Street at about 16:40 yesterday.

Smoke spread throughout the building, which is believed to be a house of multiple occupancy with a workshop on the ground floor.

No-one was injured and an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 22-year-old pedestrian has suffered serious leg injuries after being hit by a car in Blackpool
  • A detective from East Lancashire who led an inquiry into a £100k stolen vehicle scam, is to be honoured with an international award
  •  A building fire which happened in Blackpool overnight is being investigated

Football: Why ex-Rovers player Howard Gayle turned down MBE

Howard Gayle, who played for Blackburn Rovers between 1987-1992, has been telling the Victoria Derbyshire programme about turning down the MBE he was given earlier this year. 

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Gayle, who was offered the award because of his work in combating racism in football, turned down the MBE saying it was 'against his values'.

UKIP probe North West MEP Steven Woolfe hurt in 'altercation'

UKIP has started an investigation after one of its MEPs Steven Woolfe was taken to hospital following an altercation with a colleague in Strasbourg.

Steven woolfe
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Mr Woolfe, 49, who is among the favourites to be the party's next leader, collapsed after the incident at a meeting in the European Parliament.

He had a precautionary brain scan and is expected to be released from hospital later today.

UKIP chairman Paul Oakden said there would be a full investigation and "appropriate action" if necessary.

Hindu festival of Navratri celebrated in Lancashire

Nishma Hindocha

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Hindus across Lancashire are celebrating the festival of Navratri.

Navratri celebrations

The colourful festival lasts nine days and focuses on the worship of Hindu goddesses.

The Gujarat Hindu Society in Preston is one of the many venues across the county hosting the event.

The celebrations come to an end on Monday.

Alton Towers crash victim 'not angry'

Victoria Derbyshire

A woman who lost a leg in a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has said she does not "see the point of being angry" about what happened.

Alton Towers crash victim Vicky Balch 'not angry'

Vicky Balch from Leyland, one of 16 people hurt on the Smiler ride in June last year, told the BBC Victoria Derbyshire show things "could have turned out worse".

She said her self-confidence over wearing a prosthetic leg had improved but she might never get "closure".

Alton Towers' operator was fined £5m over the collision.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The decision to allow fracking to begin in the county is a "disgrace", the MP for Blackpool South says
  • An investigation will take place into the cause of a building fire in Blackpool overnight
  • Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says they've got to keep believing despite a run of one win in six games

Weather: Mostly dry with scattered showers

BBC Weather

Some isolated showers but turning drier through the morning, with sunny spells developing during the afternoon. Highs of 15C.

Weather forcast for the North West on Friday 7 October

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