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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 18 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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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.

Before we go, a bit of BBC Children in Need news - Graham Liver and the team have reached their final destination in challenge to pull a bed from Pudsey in West Yorkshire to Bare in Morecambe.

The team have raised more than £27,000 over the past seven days.

Well done to everyone involved. For more BBC Children in Need fun, tune in to BBC One tonight at 19:30.

Pudsey bear
BBC

Weather: Showery with a warning for ice

Showers will continue through the evening and overnight, but will become less widespread by dawn.

Another cold night, with widespread frost, and ice where surfaces are wet. Lows of 3C.

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BBC Strictly Come Dancing heading for Blackpool

There is a buzz around Blackpool, as the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing gets ready to broadcast from the resort this weekend. 

Strictly Come Dancing in Blackpool
BBC

Rehearsals are taking place today and the show will be broadcast live from the Tower Ballroom tomorrow night.

Everyone is talking about it, you can see on social media people wondering if they're going to see anyone famous. Blackpool is the home of ballroom and the home of dance, so it's fantastic that they want to keep maintaining that

Vicky DobsonPrincipal, The Mullin Theatre School

And it looks like the show's dancers are having a good time too.

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Lancashire Police issue warning to drivers about hazardous roads

Lancashire Police have issued a warning about roads in the east of the county that could become hazardous in wintry conditions.

The Grane Road is extremely icy and the driving conditions are very difficult. The worst conditions are after Belthorn Road heading towards Haslingden. We'd strongly advise drivers to avoid this section of the road for the time being until the weather improves.

There are also problems on Green Lane close to Cherry Tree station in Blackburn, where the two small bridges over the railway and the canal are impassable at this time. Please avoid and find an alternative route.

Here's some of the photographs the BBC Weather Watchers have been taking today.

Snow in Colne
BBC
Snow in Colne by Smiley D Man
Padiham snow
BBC
Snow in Padiham taken by Oldgirl

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A legal challenge is launched by the Preston New Road Action Group against the government's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire
  • Lancashire Police warn drivers to take care on roads in the east of the county because of hazardous conditions
  • The West Pennine Moors are given legal protection and declared a Site of Specific Interest by natural England

Jewellery containing ashes of woman's son stolen in Burnley

Jewellery containing the ashes of a woman's son has been stolen in a break-in in Burnley.

Stolen jewelry
Lancashire Police
Stolen jewelry
BBC
stolen jewelry
Lancashire Police

Thieves took the jewellery, along with a handmade ruby pendant, a number of wedding rings, cash and various electrical items, in a raid on a property on Lowerhouse Lane on Monday afternoon.

Lancashire Police said the theft had left the woman "devastated".

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Campaigners are launching a legal challenge to the government's decision to allow the process of fracking in Lancashire 
  • The West Pennine Moors are given legal protection and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest
  • A feasibility study suggest the dilapidated Burnley Empire Theatre could be saved and restored

West Pennine Moors declared Site of Special Scientific Interest

The West Pennine Moors has been given special legal protection.

West Pennine Moors
John Tustin/Geograph

The area has been been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest by Natural England.

The move reflects the biological and geological significance of the area and its upland habitats, grasslands, woodlands and bird populations. 

In total, the site covers 30 sq miles (76 sq km) between Chorley, Blackburn and Haslingden. 

Pensioner robbed in Lytham

A man has been arrested after an 81-year-old woman was robbed in the Ansdell area of Lytham last Saturday, police have said.

View of the road
Google

Lancashire Police said the woman was walking with her husband behind The Friends of St Paul’s shop towards Oxford Court when a man approached them and grabbed her handbag.

The man, described as white and wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and trainers, then ran off towards steps at the end of the alleyway, leading back to Woodlands Road.

The woman suffered minor head injuries and has been recovering in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

A police spokesman said officers were "keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the offence".

Severe disruption: A671 Lancashire both ways

BBC Travel

A671 Lancashire both ways severe disruption, between B6238 Burnley Road and Bacup Old Road.

A671 Lancashire - A671 Bacup Road in Burnley closed in both directions between the B6238 Burnley Road junction and the Bacup Old Road junction, because of snow.

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Accrington carer on how BBC Children in Need helped him

An Accrington man has spoken about how BBC Children in Need helped him when he was caring for his dad.

Twenty-one-year-old Eddy O'Brien - who cared for his father, who had multiple sclerosis - has been speaking to Sara Cox on BBC Radio 2 about the impact the Carers Link service had on his life.

It is one of more than 300 services that receive funding from the charity.

Strictly stars arrive in Blackpool

The stars of BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing have arrived in Blackpool, ahead of this weekend's live shows from the Tower Ballroom, and it's safe to say they have been met by bracing weather and a fair few fans.

Anton du Beke and Brendan Cole
PA
Ed Balls
PA
Danny Mac and his partner Oti Mabuse and Ore Oduba and partner Joanne Clifton
PA

Campaigners challenge government decision to allow fracking in Lancashire

Campaigners have launched a legal challenge against the government's decision to grant permission to frack for shale gas in Lancashire.

Diagram of fracking process
BBC

In October, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid approved plans for fracking at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton.  

A legal challenge to that decision has been issued by the Preston New Road Action Group, who are being represented by law firm Leigh Day.

The group say the government’s decision to overrule Lancashire County Council’s refusal of planning permission is unlawful because it failed to properly apply relevant planning laws and policy.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The Preston New Road Action Group launch formal legal proceedings against the government's decision to grant permission to frack in Lancashire 
  • Jewellery containing the ashes of a woman's son are stolen in a burglary in Burnley
  • A man is arrested over the theft of a woman's handbag in Lytham

Severe accident: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe accident, between J34 for A683 and J33 for A6.

M6 Lancashire - One lane blocked on M6 southbound between J34, A683 (Lancaster) and J33, A6 (Galgate), because of an accident.

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BBC Weather Watchers share their photos of snow

BBC Weather Watchers

Contributors to the BBC Weather Watchers website have been recording the wintry conditions near them.

From the images that have been uploaded this morning, it looks like the east of the county had the heaviest covering.

Snow in Bacup
BBC
Taken by Catherine in Bacup
Snow in Rossendale
BBC
Taken Beverley in Rossendale
Weir in Bacup
BBC
Taken by Weir in Bacup

Interactive flood map launched

An interactive map showing flood repair work in Lancashire has been launched by the Environment Agency.

Lancashire Flood Map
Google

Each pin on the online map represents a place where the organisation has been working to repair damage from storms Desmond and Eva.

The idea is to show the progress of the repairs to defences and the preparations for this winter.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A report shows that more than 18,000 extra days behind bars were given as punishment to inmates at Lancashire prisons over the last two years
  • Two more children's centres have closed in Lancashire, as part of the county council's plans to make £200m of cuts by 2020
  • Burnley Empire Theatre has the "potential to be saved", a study commissioned by the trust in charge of it shows

Over 18,000 extra 'punishment' days given to Lancashire prisoners

More than 18,000 extra days behind bars were given to inmates at Lancashire's prisons in the last two year as a punishment, a report has shown.

HMP Wymott
Ann Cook/Geograph

The Howard League for Penal Reform's report found in 2014 and 2015:

  • HMP Garth - 795 inmates received 1,151 extra days
  • HMP Kirkham - 606 inmates received 1,753 extra days
  • HMP Lancaster Farms - 535 inmates received 9,262 extra days
  • HMP Preston - 707 inmates received 3,839 extra days
  • HMP Wymott - 1,130 inmates received 2,139 extra days

The organisation's chief executive Frances Crook said prisons are "failing" and that "punishing your way out of a prison problem is not going to work".  

Concern as more children's centres close in the county

The leader of a toddler group in Nelson says closing children's centres in Lancashire is going to leave families lacking support.

County Hall in Preston
BBC
County Hall in Preston

Maxine Denee is anxious for the future: "Parents need that support. I was panicking when I was a new mum and I had other services to go to. We do need them."

Two more centres will close today as part of the county council cuts, which are part of  £200m of cuts it needs to make by 2020. 

Leader of Lancashire County Council, Jennifer Mein, says services will continue in the centres that remain.

Snow hits parts of Lancashire

Drivers in this morning's commute had to deal with tricky conditions on roads around the county.

Lancashire Road Police tweeted about the stormy conditions they were dealing with earlier. 

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Final day of the bed-pull challenge

Graham Liver and the team are entering the final stretch of their bed-pull challenge.

The team have been pulling a bed from Pudsey in West Yorkshire to Bare in Morecambe.

Friday's route
BBC

On the last leg of the route, the team are in north Lancashire and will finish in Happy Mount Park this afternoon.

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Dilapidated Burnley Empire Theatre has 'potential to be saved'

The dilapidated Grade-II listed Burnley Empire Theatre has the "potential to be saved", it has emerged.

Inside Burnley Empire Theatre
Mark Salmon

The building was originally opened in the town as a music hall in 1894 and has been disused since the mid-90s, when it operated as a bingo hall.

The Burnley Empire Theatre Trust commissioned a study to see if it was worth trying to restore the building.

It has revealed the building has the potential to be repaired.

Outside Burnley Empire Theatre
Google

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The dilapidated Grade II listed Burnley Empire Theatre has the "potential to be saved", it emerges
  • An interactive map showing flood repair work is launched by the Environment Agency
  • People in Blackpool at getting ready to welcome the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing show at the Tower Ballroom

Weather: Cold with frequent showers

BBC Weather

A colder day than yesterday, with frequent showers.

Showers at times heavy, with hail and thunder, and wintry over high ground. Breezy, particularly near the coast. Highs of 5C.

More from BBC Weather.

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Reporter, BBC News Online

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Knott End Ferry
BBC

Remember yesterday, when it was touch and go whether Graham Liver would make the Knott End ferry crossing, as part of his Children in Need challenge to pull a bed from Pudsey in West Yorkshire to Bare in Morecambe?

Well, the team made it after the ferry captain held the crossing for them! 

It's now the final day of the bed-pull, you can see updates throughout the day here on Lancashire Live.

Graham Liver
BBC