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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 21 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

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Weather: Becoming showery overnight

BBC Weather

Rain will become more showery overnight, with some hill snow likely in the north of the region.

Overnight lows of 5C.

Tuesday will start grey and cloudy with further showers expected. They will become lighter through the day but it will be windy along the coast.  

Football: Coyle confident on Blackburn survival

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle says he is confident his club will avoid relegation this season.

Coyle, who took over at Ewood Park in the summer, has seen his side spend just one week outside the Championship bottom three this campaign.

Blackburn beat Brentford 3-2 on Saturday.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Military honour for 'Heroes of Chorley'

Two Lancashire veterans of the Normandy landings have received France's highest military honour.  

George Clarke and Stanley Dickinson were described as "heroes of Chorley" as they were received the Legion d'Honneur for their part in the liberation of France during World War Two.

Both described themselves as humbled during the presentation by the French Consul at Chorley Town Hall.

Hospital issues 'avoid A&E' plea

A Lancashire hospital has issued a warning to avoid its accident and emergency unit due to "exceptional pressure".  

Royal Lancaster Infirmary
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The Royal Lancaster Infirmary said some patients were "having to wait five-and-a-half hours to be assessed".

It is the latest in a number of alerts it has issued this year due to demand on services.

The NHS has appealed for off-duty hospital staff to work if they can "to support patients awaiting admission or discharge home".  

Man airlifted to Blackburn Hospital after crash on Pendle Hill

Burnley Express

Burnley Express

A man in his 40s was involved in a two-car collision yesterday.

Cricket: Lancashire bring in wicketkeeper Guest

BBC Sport

Lancashire have signed Australia Under-19 wicketkeeper Brooke Guest on a summer contract for the 2017 season.  

Old Trafford
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The 19-year-old played for Sale CC as well as the Red Rose second team last summer but has now signed a new deal.

Guest moved to Australia aged six after being born in Manchester, but has now committed his future to representing England in the future.

"I'm looking forward to continuing my development with the club next summer," he told the club website.

Weather: Yellow warning of wind

The Met Office has issued a warning of wind for the North West this afternoon.

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Restoring 24-hour A&E unit 'unrealistic'

A hospital trust has ruled out reinstating a 24-hour service at an Accident and Emergency unit closed for eight months due to a staff shortage.  

Chorley Hospital
BBC

Chorley Hospital's A&E department was shut and downgraded to an urgent care centre in April, prompting protests.

In a report to Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust has now recommended reopening it for 12 hours per day from 18 January.

But it said a 24-hour service was "not currently realistic" or feasible.

Weather: Heavy rain, with snow over higher ground

BBC Weather

Heavy rain and wind will continue to move northwards across the region with snow over higher ground for a time. Gales likely over coasts and hills.  

Weather

Winds will gradually ease this evening although there will be further outbreaks of rain. Lows tonight around 5C.

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Man in serious condition after Morecambe collision

A man remains in a serious condition in hospital after a collision in Morecambe on Thursday, police have said.

Mellishaw Lane, Morecambe
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Lancashire Police said the 53-year-old lost control of his car on Mellishaw Lane before hitting another vehicle. 

His car then rolled back and collided with a third car which had stopped after witnessing the crash. 

The drivers of the other vehicles suffered minor injuries.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Cycling: Wiggins unsure on future after win

BBC Sport

Sir Bradley Wiggins refused to confirm whether he plans to retire after winning the Ghent Six Day event alongside fellow Briton Mark Cavendish.  

Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins
PA

Chorley-based Wiggins, 36, had hinted the race in the city of his birth could be his last, but afterwards said he was "not sure yet" what his plans are.

I don't know, I've still got really good legs. This might not be my last race. This for sure is my last ever race with Mark Cavendish, though.

Comedian Peter Kay accused of homophobia on Strictly

BBC Newsbeat

Peter Kay's being accused of making homophobic jokes on Strictly Come Dancing.

Strictly Come Dancing
Twitter/Strictly

The comedian made a surprise appearance on Saturday night's Blackpool special to read out the terms and conditions with host Claudia Winkleman.

He came on dressed up as one of the show's security staff and stood next to Judge Rinder.

Jumping away from the celebrity dancer, Kay said: "Hey steady, watch it m'lud, watch it m'lud."

He then went on to say: "This case is firmly closed."

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man remains in a serious condition in hospital after a collision in Morecambe on Thursday
  • Lancashire Police "make contact with the BBC" over reports a Strictly Come Dancing performer was assaulted in the street after filming the show's special in Blackpool
  • Chorley-based Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins is refusing to confirm whether he plans to retire

Police 'make contact' with BBC over reported attack on Strictly dancer

Lancashire Police say they have "made contact with the BBC" over reports that Strictly Come Dancing's Gorka Marquez was assaulted in the street after filming the show's annual special in Blackpool.

Gorka Marquez
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The 26-year-old dancer is reported to have been attacked by a group of youths on Saturday as he walked to a nightclub with colleagues from the BBC series.

He is undergoing dental surgery after two of his front teeth in his lower jaw were badly chipped.

A spokesman for the Lancashire force said that though the incident had not been reported to police, officers had contacted the broadcaster to "try and establish details... which would allow us to investigate further".

Tributes continue to pour in for Lancaster City legend

Lancaster Guardian

Lancaster Guardian

The city of Lancaster and the wider football community paid tribute to Neil Marshall over the weekend.  

Weather Watchers: In the not so bleak midwinter

BBC Weather Watchers

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have snow. 

Pendle Hill
Outside my window
Gillibrand Lake
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Pendle Hill
Darren house
Arnside
Windowontheeast

A selection of photos sent in by some of the BBC's Weather Watchers over the weekend.

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Boxing: Whiteside secures European Championships medal

BBC Lancashire Sport

Preston boxer Lisa Whiteside is guaranteed at least a bronze medal in the European Women's Boxing Championships in Sofia.

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World number two Whiteside took a unanimous decision against Greece's Aikaterini Koutsogeorgopo in her 51kg class quarter-final.  

The 31-year-old will fight in the semi-final in the Bulgarian capital tomorrow.

Nightclub attack victim making 'fantastic' recovery

A man critically injured in an attack at a Darwen nightclub is making a "fantastic" recovery, his father says.

Ben Pennington
Mark Pennington

Ben Pennington, from Preston, smashed his head on a bar after being punched in October, with doctors saying at the time he would probably be left with brain damage.

His father Mark told BBC Radio Lancashire his physical recovery is going well. The 29-year-old returned home last week.

A man who was arrested in connection with the attack has been bailed until 9 January.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Bumble for Lancashire mayor?

BBC Lancashire Sport

Former Lancashire and England cricketer David Lloyd, who is famed for his tongue-in-cheek comments, has tweeted his thoughts on the proposed devolution deal which could see the county have its own elected mayor from 2019.

And it seems like the commentator popularly known as Bumble may fancy the role himself and even has some thoughts on how he would wield his power... if you live in London - look away now.

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It remains to be seen if Bumble actually will run (or keep up his joking manifesto of sending everyone he's not keen on to London), but which other famous Lancastrians would you like to see throwing their hat in the mayoral ring? Let us know by emailFacebook or Twitter.  

Lancashire 'could get elected mayor'

Lancashire could have its own elected mayor from 2019 in a proposed devolution deal, a council leader has said.

Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said she was "hopeful" after talks with the government.

It comes after 14 of the 15 councils in the county formed a shadow combined authority this summer.

Wyre Council leader Peter Gibson said it opted out due to uncertainty over "benefits" and "costs" of the deal.

Football: Dyche heaps praise on Burnley keeper

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says goalkeeper Tom Heaton deserves massive credit for the way he has rebuilt his career.   

Sean Dyche praises Burnley keeper Tom Heaton

Heaton was awarded with his second international call-up for England last week after an impressive season in the Premier League with Burnley.

After being released by Manchester United in 2010, Heaton suffered relegation with Bristol City three years later.

You can listen to commentary from Burnley's game against West Brom from 19:00 this evening.

Strictly dancer 'attacked by youths' in Blackpool

Strictly Come Dancing professional Gorka Marquez has been assaulted in the street after taking part in filming of the show's special in Blackpool, it has been reported.

Gorka Marquez
BBC

The 26-year-old dancer is said to have been attacked by a group of youths on Saturday as he walked to a nightclub with colleagues from the BBC series.

He is due to have dental surgery after two of his teeth were knocked out.

The BBC said Marquez had been "sadly the victim of an unprovoked incident" but would appear on the next programme.

Cancer girl, 4, who touched hearts dies

A four-year-old cancer sufferer whose struggle was highlighted in a heartbreaking photograph has died.  

Jessica Whelan
Facebook/Andrew Whelan

Jessica Whelan's illness was brought to public attention when her father Andy published an image showing her in pain as she battled her terminal condition.

The four-year-old, from Oswaldtwistle, was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma in September 2015.

Her death on Sunday was announced by Mr Whelan on Facebook.

I feel both sadness and relief in informing you all that Jessica finally found peace at seven o'clock this morning.

Andy WhelanPosting on the "Jessica Whelan - A fight against Neuroblastoma" page

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Strictly Come Dancing performer is assaulted 'by a group of youths' after taking part in filming in Blackpool, reports say
  • A Preston man critically injured in an attack in a Darwen nightclub in October is said to be making a "fantastic" recovery
  • A four-year-old girl from Oswaldtwistle whose struggle with cancer was highlighted in a heartbreaking photograph has died

Severe accident: M61 Lancashire northbound

BBC Travel

M61 Lancashire northbound severe accident, between J9 for M65 and M6 J30 affecting J8 for A674.

M61 Lancashire - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M61 northbound between J9, M65 (Clayton Brook) and M6 J30, because of an accident. Congestion to J8, A674 (Chorley).

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Weather: Wet and very windy

BBC Weather

Heavy rain will move slowly northwards today with snow over higher ground for a time. Strong winds are likely, with gales likely over coasts and hills.  

Highs today of 9C.

The winds will gradually ease this evening although there will be further outbreaks of rain.

Good morning: Join us for today's coverage

Jon Lowe

Reporter, BBC News Online

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