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  1. Updates on Friday 11 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Wet and windy overnight

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    There's rain on the way, with a damp weekend in store. 

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    Video caption: A bright afternoon but rain on the way and a drizzly, damp weekend in store. Highs of 9C.

    Highs of 9C.  

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  3. Pendle Council names and shames offending taxi firms

    Taxi firms whose vehicles are persistently failing spot checks on safety have been named by Pendle Council.

    Taxi sign

    The latest check on 21 September led to 81% of vehicles being taken off the road and their drivers' licences suspended. At a previous spot check, 71% of vehicles failed the test.

    The companies with a high failure rate have been named as: ACE, A-Line/Local, BCN, Crown/Greenline, Kings, Matrix, Metro, Street Cars, Superline, UK, Union and VIP.  

    Those taxi firms have been called to a meeting arranged by Pendle Council on 22 November.

    Taxi companies that passed the test and have taken care of their vehicles are A1, C & E, SD Cars and Victors.

  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Pendle Council calls a meeting with taxi companies after over 80% of local taxis fail the latest spot check
    • Work is under way to prevent a repeat of flooding which hit a main road underneath a railway bridge at Euxton last December
    • Boxer Amir Khan visits staff and young people at Lancashire Barnado's project after becoming an ambassador for the charity
  5. Eight out of ten Pendle taxis fail latest spot check

    Pendle Council has called a meeting with local taxi companies whose cars are persistently failing spot checks.


    The meeting has been called after the latest spot check on 21 September resulted in 81% of vehicles being taken off the road and the drivers' taxi licences suspended.

    Pendle Council said it carries out routine checks on taxis to make sure they are roadworthy and safe for residents to use.  

    At a previous spot check, 71% of vehicles failed the test.

    Quote Message: We are very concerned at the continual failure of vehicles associated with these companies. from David Clegg Pendle Councillor and Chairperson of the Taxi Licensing Committee
    David CleggPendle Councillor and Chairperson of the Taxi Licensing Committee
  6. Amir Khan becomes Barnardo's ambassador

    Former world champion boxer Amir Khan has become a Barnardo's ambassador as the charity marks its 150th anniversary and said it was a "great honour".

    Amir Khan

    Khan visited Barnardo's Bay6 service in Leyland to meet staff and talk to young people about their experiences.

    Bay6 is a supported accommodation project for young people aged 16 to 25 who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the South Ribble area. 

    Quote Message: The charity's staff and volunteers make a real difference every day to the lives of so many vulnerable children that would otherwise have no one to support or stand up for them. from Amir Khan Boxer and Barnardo's ambassador
    Amir KhanBoxer and Barnardo's ambassador
  7. Preston tram network moves step closer

    Preston has moved a step closer to having its own network of trams after planners gave the go ahead to a £1m pilot project.

    Tramway map

    Trampower will run one tram along 0.7miles (1.2km) of the old Longridge railway line, which closed in the 1970s. 

    The company says there would be no fee-paying passengers and the idea would be to train drivers while using the equipment. 

  8. Weather: Dry afternoon, turning wet and windy overnight

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    A dry afternoon leading to wet and windy conditions overnight.

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    Some areas may experience strong to gale force winds overnight, particularly along some coasts. Lows of 6C.

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  9. Cash for councils to help home building

    Government funding totalling £18m is being offered to councils in England to speed up building up to 800,000 new homes on large developments.

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    Authorities can bid for a share of the "capacity fund" to tackle planning issues that can hold up projects.

    The creation of six new housing zones, including one in Blackburn and Burnley, to support developing 10,000 new homes on brownfield sites was also announced.

  10. County's health care system could face multimillion-pound deficit

    Lancashire's health care system could face a multimillion-pound deficit if action is not taken, according to a health authority report.

    NHS sign

    A year-long study by Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria looked into the state of local health and care services. 

    It says the gap between cost and available funding will reach over £570m by 2021 if nothing is done to manage demand and service provision more effectively.

    Dr Amanda Doyle from the initiative says that generally, unhealthy lifestyles in Lancashire and Cumbria, which lead to long term conditions such as obesity and diabetes, are increasing demand on services.

  11. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Planners in Preston give the go ahead to a £1m pilot project, which could lead to the city having its own network of trams
    • Blackburn and Burnley are named as one of six new housing zones set up by the government to speed up the building of new homes
    • Lancashire's first Ikea store could be built in South Ribble as part of a new development at Cuerden
  12. Blackpool man arrested over historical sexual offence

    A Blackpool man has been arrested on suspicion of a historical sexual offence.

    Police say the offence allegedly took place in 2003 when the female victim was 14.

    The 67-year-old was arrested by officers investigating the disappearance of Charlene Downes, although there is no suggestion of a direct link to that case.  

  13. Teen passenger injured as car pursued by police hits wall in Oswaldtwistle

    A car being pursued by police crashed into a wall in Oswaldtwistle in the early hours of this morning, leaving a 16-year-old passenger hospitalised with a leg injury.

    blackburn road

    Lancashire Police said the crash happened at about 01:35 after two patrol officers followed a Hyundai Coupe travelling at high speed in a 30mph section of the A697 Blackburn Road.

    The car hit a brick wall on a bend at Church. 

    The 16-year-old, who was in the front passenger seat, was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital, while the driver and another passenger suffered lesser injuries, but were also taken to hospital to be treated.

    Police are appealing to anyone with more information. 

  14. War memorials in Lancashire given listed status

    Fifty war memorials, including a number in Lancashire, have been listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England to mark Armistice Day.


    The public were asked to nominate memorials ahead of Armistice Day.

    The listings, which happened in October, form part of the organisation's pledge to protect 2,500 memorials by 2018, marking the centenary of World War One.  

    The listed Lancashire memorials are:

  15. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Lancashire's health care system to face a multimillion-pound deficit if action is not taken, according to a health authority report
    • Blackburn and Burnley named as part of six new housing zones set up by the government to build new homes
    • A major development near Preston, which will include an Ikea store, 'could create 4,500 jobs, says Lancashire County Council 
  16. New development 'could create thousands of jobs'

    A major development near Preston, which could include a new Ikea store, will create thousands of new jobs, according to the county council.

    Cuerdon strategic site

    The furniture giant would bring 350 part-time and full-time jobs to the site in Cuerden at the start of the M65.

    Lancashire County Council says the scheme as a whole could create 4,500 new roles. 

    A consultation for the plans has been launched, with public exhibitions next week, ahead of a planning application for the site being submitted.  

  17. New housing zone to be set up in Blackburn and Burnley

    Sites in Blackburn and Burnley are part of six new housing zones set up by the government to support the development of more homes.


    It will form part of an initiative to speed up the construction of new homes on large developments.

    Councils in England are being offered £18m in government funding, and Housing Minister Gavin Barwell says the designation of the zones means that these areas will have priority in bidding for funding.

    Quote Message: If we're going to make this a country that works for everyone, we need these homes in place. from Gavin Barwell Housing Minister
    Gavin BarwellHousing Minister