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  1. Updates from Thursday 20 October
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Friday 21 October

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

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Darwen nightclub attack victim making 'great' recovery

The father of a man who was critically injured in a nightclub attack says he is making a "great" recovery. 

Ben Pennington
Mark Pennington

Ben Pennington, 29, from Walton Le Dale, was out with a friend in Darwen at the weekend when he was punched. 

He fell and smashed his head on the bar. 

After emergency surgery at the Royal Preston hospital to remove part of his skull, Ben's father Mark says he is now "conscious and interacting with people around him".   

BBC man takes on challenge for Children in Need

BBC Radio Lancashire's Graham Liver is planning to pull a four poster bed from Pudsey in Yorkshire to Bare in Morecambe, to raise money for Children in Need.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The father of a man left critically injured after being attacked in a nightclub in Darwen says he is recovering well
  • Plans to demolish the former health centre building in Colne town centre are put forward by Pendle Council
  • A new project in Blackburn headed by designer Patrick Grant aims to bring jobs to the area

Plans put forward to demolish building in Colne

Plans to demolish a former health centre building in Colne town centre have been put forward by Pendle Council. 

Artist's impression of new building in Colne
Campbell Driver Partnership

Pendle Council bought the building in January and has proposed that a new retail area is created on the ground floor, with two floors of accommodation above.

A public consultation will be launched on 24 October.    

We believe there is a demand for more shopping space in the town centre.

Councillor Tony GreavesDeputy Leader of Pendle Council

Project celebrates Blackburn's textile manufacturing heritage

A project called Community Clothing, headed up by designer Patrick Grant, aims to bring jobs to areas of traditional textile manufacturing such as Blackburn.  

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Call for shops to stop selling the Sun

A motion calling on shops in West Lancashire to stop selling the Sun newspaper has been passed by councillors.

The Sun
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The newspaper has been widely boycotted in Merseyside because of its accusations following the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.  

The motion put forward at a council meeting last night condemned the paper for its "blatant lies" about the tragedy, in which Liverpool 96 fans were killed.

It was passed by ten votes.

Last month, Liverpool city councillors unanimous backed a similar motion.

The Society of Editors said that motion was "stretching towards censorship".

The Sun and the editor at the time of the disaster have previously apologised for the coverage.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • West Lancashire councillors vote in favour of calling on local shops to stop selling the Sun newspaper
  • Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman dismisses rumours about him leaving the club
  • An investigation is taking place into a burglary at a Blackburn store in which £5,000 worth of toys were stolen

Football: Accrington manager dismisses rumours

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman says he has "no interest" in leaving the club.

Accrington Stanley manager John Coleman

Coleman, who is in his second spell as Stanley manager, dismissed reports linking him with League One club Shrewsbury Town. 

Speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire earlier, he said there's

Absolutely no truth.

Grandfather dedicates spare time to tackle fly-tipping

Lancashire Evening Post

Kenny Deverson from Preston has spent his free time cleaning and revamping the alley behind his house, and is encouraging others to do the same.

Toys worth £5k stolen from Blackburn store

More than £5,000 worth of Christmas toys were stolen from The Range in Blackburn on Sunday night.

Toys
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It is thought the thieves broke into a container behind the store on Greenbank Retail Park and stole five pallets containing the toys before making off. 

Police are now investigating.

Burnley presented with European Flag of Honour

Burnley has been presented with the European Flag of Honour for its strong links with Europe.

European flag of honour
BBC

The announcement that the town was to receive the honour, was made in May.  

It represents the work of the borough's twinning association and the connection businesses in the area have in Europe. 

Baroness Massey of Darwen who presented the flag to the Mayor of Burnley at the weekend, says she hopes the links continue to grow.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An investigation is taking place into a burglary at a Blackburn store in which £5,000 worth of toys were stolen
  • Police name a man wanted for questioning in relation to recent burglaries at three schools in Burnley
  • Burnley is presented with the European Flag of Honour for its strong links with Europe 

Accrington students complete year-long project to tackle bullying

A project to combat bullying has been undertaken by a group of Accrington students. 

Beyond Labels team
Beyond Labels

Students at Hollins Technology College worked with local artists over the past year to produce a short film, carry out spoken word performances and hold a photography exhibition. 

It comes as new research carried out by anti-bullying charity Ditch the Label, reveals that half of young people say they have experienced bullying. 

Liam Hackett, founder and CEO of the charity, says it is a particular issue for boys.  

Major junction in Blackpool closes for roadworks

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

The works are part of a £13m, three-year project to improve tap water for 50,000 homes across the Fylde coast.

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Campaigners to fight fracking decision

The decision to allow fracking for shale gas in Lancashire is being challenged by an anti-fracking group.

Campaigners against fracking
BBC

The Preston New Road Action Group has written to the government saying the decision was unlawful.  

Plans for horizontal fracking in Little Plumpton were approved earlier this month. 

The county council rejected Cuadrilla's fracking application but it was overruled by the communities secretary.

School burglaries suspect wanted by police

Lancashire Police have named a man wanted for questioning after three schools in Burnley were recently broken into. 

Cy Holt
Lancashire Police

Cy Holt, 25, lives in Sandhurst Street in the town. 

The burglaries happened at three primary schools within the past week, with several laptops being taken. 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police name a man wanted for questioning in relation to recent burglaries at three schools in Burnley
  • A group of Accrington students undertake a year long project with local artists to combat bullying
  • Burnley is presented with the European Flag of Honour for its strong links with Europe

Weather: Mostly dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Any fog patches will clear through the morning to leave another largely dry day with sunny spells and light winds. Highs of 13C.

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