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Weather: Staying cold, with patchy fog forming

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Temperatures will drop tonight with a widespread frost and patchy fog developing.

A cold and frosty start tomorrow with patchy fog slowly clearing. Later in the day there will be more sunshine, although it will remain cold.

Highs tomorrow of around 8C.

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Author shortlisted for debut novel award

A Lancaster-born author has been shortlisted for a national award.

Guinevere Glasfurd
Stefano Masse

Guinevere Glasfurd is up for the Costa First Novel Award for her book The Words in My Hand.

Blackburn-based poet Melissa Lee-Houghton, from Manchester, is also nominated for the Poetry Award for Sunshine.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in January.

Appeal over missing man from Ormskirk

A 41-year-old man from Ormskirk has been missing since Monday, prompting police to launch an appeal.

Neil Baines
Lancashire Police

Neil Baines, 41, was last seen at an address in Wigan Road about 20:30.

He has links to the Lancaster and Blackburn areas, and police believe he could have travelled to either Southport or Huddersfield.

He is described as white, 5ft 8in tall (1.76m), stocky build, with dark brown cropped hair. He was wearing a dark top, jeans and uses glasses.

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Top rating for 'compassionate' hospice

A hospice has been praised for going "the extra mile" for patients and showing them "outstanding kindness and compassion".  

East Lancashire Hospice exterior
East Lancashire Hospice

East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn was rated "outstanding" by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) after an inspection in September.

It reaches out to marginalised communities using "innovative methods" such as social media, the report said.

The CQC praised staff for treating people with "sensitivity and dignity".

Banned driver jailed for ramming police car

Lancashire Telegraph

A banned driver who tried to run over two police officers, threatened two others and rammed a police car has been jailed.

Football: Fleetwood 'camaraderie' delights Ball

Gary Hunt

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Fleetwood striker David Ball has suggested the current "camaraderie" at Highbury ranks among the best he has seen.

David Ball

Tuesday's 3-0 win over Shrewsbury moved the League One side to within a point of the play-off places.

Ball has scored eight goals this season, including two during the second half of last night's game.

Severe accident: A679 Lancashire both ways

BBC Travel

A679 Lancashire both ways severe accident, at A6199 Whitebirk Road.

A679 Lancashire - A679 Accrington Road in Blackburn closed in both directions at the A6199 Whitebirk Road junction, because of an accident.

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Weather: Cold with widespread overnight frost

BBC Weather

Becoming brighter this afternoon with plenty of sunshine, although it will feel chilly.

Turning colder overnight with a widespread frost developing under clear skies and light winds. Some patchy fog may develop towards dawn as well.

Lows of 2C.

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Travel: Road blocked after Blackpool crash

BBC Travel

Preston New Road in Blackpool is partially blocked westbound at the Clifton Road junction, because of a crash.

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Pendle Council loses final BNP councillor after defection

A councillor who represents the British National Party (BNP) on Pendle Council has defected.

Brian Parker
Pendle Council

Brian Parker was first elected to the Marsden ward in 2006 after gaining the seat from Labour.

He is now standing as an independent. 

The switch means the BNP has lost its final borough councillor.

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Pupils nail 'mannequin challenge'

Pupils at a Lancashire primary school have nailed the "mannequin challenge".  

The social media craze involves being videoed while staying as still as possible.

Youngsters at Flakefleet Primary School in Fleetwood have put paid to the idea children are unable to stay still for even a few seconds.

School’s flower power sees it win North West award

Lancashire Evening Post

A school is celebrating a blooming success after its spectacular gardens won a North West award.

Ex-England footballer Paul Stewart speaks of sexual abuse

Former England footballer Paul Stewart has spoken of being sexually abused as a youth player.

Paul Stewart

Mr Stewart, who played for Blackpool, Manchester City and Liverpool, told the Mirror an unnamed coach abused him for years.

He said his attacker threatened to kill his relatives if he told anyone.

It comes after two former Crewe players waived their anonymity to tell of being abused as boys by club coach Barry Bennell, who was jailed in 1998.

Council to discuss proposed boundary changes

A meeting to discuss proposed boundary changes in Burnley will take place later.

Burnley town hall

The full council meeting will decide how the authority should respond to Boundary Commission plans that would see Burnley gain eight wards and lose three. 

The government wants to save millions of pounds by reducing the number of UK MPs by 50 to 600.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A plan by the Boundary Commission that would see Burnley gain eight wards and lose three will be discussed at a council meeting later
  • A couple from Preston who fostered more than 240 children are set to retire after 37 years
  • Preston boxer Lisa Whiteside wins bronze at the Women's European Championships in Sofia

Boxing: Preston fighter claims Euro bronze

Preston boxer Lisa Whiteside has won bronze at the Women's European Championships in Bulgaria.

Lisa Whiteside
Getty Images

The 31-year-old lost her flyweight semi-final after being beaten by Russian fighter Elena Saveleva in Sofia

'Songaminute Man' Ted heads JustGiving awards

An 80-year-old 'carpool karaoke' star with Alzheimer's disease has been named the UK's "most creative" fundraiser. 

Ted McDermott - known as the Songaminute Man - helped raise £130,000 for charity after son Simon recorded videos of the pair singing in the car around Blackburn.

Mr McDermott is a former Butlin's Redcoat, who spent decades travelling the country singing in clubs. 

His son's video of them singing Quando, Quando, Quando in the car has been viewed two million times.

Tory MP denies expenses allegations

A Conservative MP has denied claiming expenses for driving in the UK whilst he was abroad on official visits.  

David Morris

Official records suggest David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale in Lancashire, claimed mileage 25 times while travelling on foreign trips.

Twelve of those claims relate to either the day he left the UK or arrived back.

Mr Morris said the information the records are based on is inaccurate. The dates on the system are those "the MPs give us," the expenses watchdog said.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The trust that runs Chorley Hospital confirms the hospital's A&E unit will not reopen on a full-time basis for the foreseeable future
  • Plans to reduce the number of MPs which include making boundary changes in Burnley will be discussed by councillors tonight
  • A man with Alzheimer's who became an internet sensation by singing 'carpool karaoke' is named the UK's "most creative fundraiser"

Weather: Cold and bright this afternoon

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy this morning, with the odd spot of light rain possible. Becoming brighter through the afternoon with plenty of sunshine and staying cold.  

Highs slightly up on yesterday to around 8C.

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