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  1. Updates on Thursday 27 October
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Friday

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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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Weather: Overcast conditions expected

BBC Weather

Staying mild but rain likely to spread across the region overnight.

Lows of 12C.

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Ancient church bells rung ahead of replacement

Bell ringers in Lancashire have completed a final quarter peal to commemorate the life of eight ancient church bells, which are due to be replaced.

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BBC

The 170-year-old bells of St Michael's church in Kirkham have become discordant in note and difficult to ring and will be coming down next month. 

The bells were rung for 45 minutes this morning - ahead of the final ring on Sunday.

The peal was dedicated to the 7th Battalion of the Royal North Lancashire Regiment, whose sacrifice on the fields of battle is commemorated in the church. 

Doctor 'astounded' to be sacked by MoD

A doctor who claims he was sacked by the Ministry of Defence for whistleblowing has told an employment tribunal he was "astounded" he was dismissed with "no reason" given.

Dr Stephen Frost
BBC

Dr Stephen Frost was working at Weeton Army Barracks, near Blackpool, when he was dismissed in September 2013.

He had raised concerns about a wrong prescription given to an Army veteran.

The MoD claims Dr Frost, 69, from North Wales, was dismissed for failing to highlight the error to the patient.

Eight abscond from prison in four months

Eight offenders have absconded from an open prison in Lancashire in the past four months, with two still at large.

Thomas Henderson
Lancashire Police

Four prisoners have absconded from HMP Kirkham in October alone.

Police have issued wanted appeals for the offenders who either walked out or failed to return to the Category D training prison.

William Tams, 55, and Thomas Henderson, 44, who were jailed for five years and three years are still on the run.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police in Brierfield are investigating after a car was set on fire by an apparent 'petrol bomb'
  • Eight offenders have gone on the run from an open prison in Lancashire in the past four months and two are still at large
  • A government survey has found support for fracking has fallen to a new low 

Support for fracking falls to a new low, survey finds

A government survey has found support for fracking has fallen to a new low just three weeks after it was given the go-ahead at Little Plumpton

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The latest survey of 2,000 people by the Department for Business and Energy found 17% of people support fracking - with a further 48% stating they had no opinion. 

It is the lowest level of support for fracking since the public attitudes study started asking about shale gas.

Labour leader visits Lancashire college

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn visited Blackburn College earlier to have a look around their Regional Automotive Technology Hub.

Jeremy Corbyn
BBC

The £5.5m centre opened in August 2014, and Mr Corbyn was given a tour of the workshop and spoke to students and apprentices.

Representatives from the college as well as party members, including the Blackburn MP Kate Hollern, were there to greet him.    

He is due to speak at the Lancaster University Politics Society later this evening. 

Local pub named as finalist in national awards

The Dog Inn at Belthorn has made it to the finals in the Community Ownership Awards 2016.

Dog Inn Belthorn
Google

The pub was closed in November 2014, but the community raised the money to buy their pub and re-open it under community ownership in November 2015.

The awards, run by the Plunkett Foundation, recognise community co-operation around the UK.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on 28 November.

Car 'petrol-bombed' in Brierfield

Police in Brierfield are investigating after a car was set on fire by what people in the town have claimed was a "petrol bomb".

Quaker Rise
BBC

The BMW was parked on Quaker Rise when it was deliberately set on fire at 20:15 on Saturday night.

Police say they are investigating to establish what was used to start the fire.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police in Brierfield are investigating after a car was set on fire by an apparent 'petrol bomb'
  • Public support for fracking has fallen to a new low, a government survey has revealed
  • Blackpool has one of the best shorelines in the world, according to a study which used an equation involving the quality of the sand, water and weather to rank resorts

Cricket: Barker's journey from Blackburn Rovers to the Caribbean

BBC Sport

As a Lancastrian son of a West Indian, Keith Barker Jr admits he was born to play cricket - but his route to the game has not been the most conventional one.

Keith Barker
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Growing up in Accrington, he had to decide - 'should he play football, or cricket?'

He chose professional football, first on the books of Blackburn Rovers, then on loan at Rochdale, in Belgium with Cercle Bruges, and Northwich Victoria.

Then, when he gave up football to play first-class cricket, it was 'should he play for Warwickshire or his native Lancashire?'

As Red Rose legend Clive Lloyd's godson, it looked like he would be headed to Old Trafford, but instead he chose the Bears.

Now, after eight increasingly successful years, the left-arm all-rounder could have another big decision to make. England or West Indies?

He spoke to BBC Sport about his journey and that crucial decision.

Police step up patrols of bridges in West Lancashire

Lancashire Police say there has been an increase in the number of incidents involving people throwing items off bridges into the carriageway in West Lancashire.

M58
Google

Patrols of bridges in the area have been increased after recent incidents of youths throwing rocks into the carriageway on the M58.

The constabulary is working in partnership with West Lancashire Borough Council, West Lancashire Community Safety Partnership and Lancashire Fire and Rescue to remove any debris.

Police are asking anyone with any information to get in touch.

Blackpool's shoreline one of the best in the world

A scientific formula has concluded that Blackpool has the second best shoreline in the world - just behind Dubai.

The study lead by psychologist Dr David Holmes, travel blogger Laila Swann and Royal Caribbean, used factors such as sand, sea colour and views to work out which shores were best.

Though it finished behind Dubai, Blackpool beat shorelines in Australia, Mexico and Thailand.  

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Blackpool has one of the best shorelines in the world, according to a study which used an equation involving the quality of the sand, water and weather to rank resorts
  • Lights will go out on a number of Lancashire buildings next month to raise awareness of the need for more foster carers
  • The Royal British Legion launches its annual Poppy Appeal with a fundraising target of £4m for the North West

Lights out for Lancashire buildings next month

The lights will go out on a number of buildings across Lancashire next month to raise awareness of the need for foster carers.

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The tower of Blackburn Cathedral and the Blackpool Tower are among the buildings in the county which will turn off the lights for a minute at 20:30 on 24 November. 

The children's charity Child Action North West says over 1,000 foster families are needed in the region, more than any other area in the country.

Nightclub closes doors after nearly 50 years

Lancashire Evening Post

Preston nightclub Cameo and Vinyl, formally known as Squires, is to close its doors on Monday after nearly 50 years.

Annual Poppy Appeal launches today

The Royal British Legion launches its annual Poppy Appeal today.

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The charity which supports soldiers, veterans and their families, has a fundraising target of more than £4m for the North West this year.   

The organisation is working to attract more younger volunteers.

For the North West, we're looking to raise more than £4m.

Alison BunnArea Manager for Greater Manchester and Lancashire

Police crackdown on uninsured drivers

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Police have seized almost 100 vehicles in a crackdown on uninsured drivers.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lights will go out on a number of buildings including Blackburn Cathedral and Blackpool Tower next month to raise awareness of the need for foster carers
  • Councillors in Burnley will decide next week on a series of measures designed to bring empty properties back into use
  • The Royal British Legion launches its annual poppy appeal with a fundraising target of £4m for the North West

Weather: Grey day with isolated showers

BBC Weather

A cloudy and breezy day with scattered showers, but staying mild. Highs of 14C.

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