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  1. Updates on Tuesday 29 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel resumes at 08:00 on Wednesday

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

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Weather: Cloudy, with a chance of rain

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Cloud will continue to become more widespread overnight, with the odd spot of light rain. It will feel a little warmer than last night.

Tomorrow will then be a largely cloudy day with only limited bright or sunny breaks. Despite the cloud it will be milder than of late, and should stay dry. 

Highs of 8C.

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HMP Hindley has one of 'worst daily routines ever seen'

A prison where inmates spent an "unjustifiable" amount of time in cells had one of the worst daily routines inspectors said they had ever seen.

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During their visit to HMP Hindley near Wigan, inspectors also found:

  • A high number of assaults and fights, which remained high despite the severely restricted regime
  • Easy access to drugs with 49% of prisoners saying they could obtain illegal drugs and 16% developing a drug problem since entering the prison
  • Poor prisoner-staff relationships with inadequate support for inmates at risk of self-harm
  • Dirty residential wings with filthy landings
  • Prisoners struggling to get showers, clean clothing, bedding and cleaning materials.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 45-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of murder following the "unexplained" death of a woman in Nelson 
  • More children are killed or seriously injured on Lancashire roads than anywhere else in the UK, a council report reveals
  • A man who absconded from HMP Kirkham last week is arrested in Blackburn 

Driving instructor jailed over car crash death

A driving instructor heading to teach a speed awareness class has been jailed for causing a five-car smash that killed an 83-year-old woman.  

Anita Corless
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Rita Wharton died when her car was hit after Anita Corless, who was employed by Lancashire County Council, tried to overtake traffic near Welshpool, Powys.  

Corless, 58, originally from Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire, admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

She was given a 16-month prison sentence at Mold Crown Court.

The driving instructor said she had no memory of the fatal manoeuvre on the A483 road between Welshpool and Pool Quay last March.  

Inquiry call over cryptosporidium report publication after Lancashire outbreak

The former Director of Public Health says there needs to be a Parliamentary inquiry into the publishing of a report into the contamination of drinking water with microbial parasite, cryptosporidium.

More than 300,000 households and businesses in Lancashire had to boil their drinking water during the outbreak after the bug was found by United Utilities in August 2015.

The Drinking Water Inspectorate has been investigating for 18 months.

Professor John Ashton said the public are being treated with "disdain".

The Drinking Water Inspectorate said: "The investigation is ongoing and the outcome will be published at the end of the process."

Darwen night time economy 'thrives' ahead of Blackburn's

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Darwen's night time economy is "thriving" ahead of Blackburn's due to investment and events being organised in the town centre.


Councillors at Blackburn with Darwen Council's Regeneration and Neighbourhoods Committee were told that the larger town (pictured above) had suffered from a lack of investment in its night time economy for nearly two decades.

Clare Turner, Economic Regeneration manager, said safety was a concern for visitors to Blackburn town centre during the evening after a rise in binge drinking, and calls were made for more restaurants at the meeting yesterday.

Neighbouring Darwen as "thriving", saying it had benefited from a strong events programme dating back to the millennium celebrations.


We are not helpless, but it is about how the council can make impacts without having large amounts of money. (Maybe we) judiciously need to support somebody whose ideas seem like they have got the best interests of the town at heart.

Councillor Phil RileyExecutive Member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council

Weather: Chance of rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Turning cloudier with temperatures increasing slightly during the afternoon.

The cloud will continue to become more widespread overnight, with the odd spot of light rain likely. It should also feel a little warmer than last night.

Lows of 0C during the early part of the night.

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Murder arrest after woman found dead in Nelson

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Nelson.

Every Street, Nelson

A body of a woman in her 50s was found in Every Street by the ambulance service last night.

Police were called and an investigation is under way to establish the cause of her death, which is being treated as unexplained.

A 45-year-old man is in custody for questioning.

Cricket: Hameed to miss final two Tests in India

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England opener Haseeb Hameed will miss the remaining two Tests of the tour of India with a hand injury.  

Haseeb Hameed

The 19-year-old Lancashire batsman was struck on the left hand by India pace bowler Umesh Yadav on the first morning of the third Test, which England lost by eight wickets.

He did not field in the rest of the Test, but batted at number eight in the second innings and made 59 not out.

England are yet to announce an addition to the squad, with the fourth Test starting on 8 December.

Complaints rise 50% as Lancashire social care services

Lancashire Evening Post

A dramatic rise in complaints about Lancashire’s social care services has been revealed in a shock new report.  

Mother 'feared' for baby, murder jury told

A mother feared for the safety of her baby at the hands of his father shortly before his death, a court has heard.

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Seven-month-old Oskar Kennedy-Jobey was pronounced dead in hospital after Kane Kennedy called paramedics to their home in Morecambe last October.

Appearing at Preston Crown Court, Mr Kennedy, 20, denies manslaughter and murder and blames Oskar's mother Tia Jobey, 19.

She admitted causing or allowing Oskar's death.

Jurors at Mr Kennedy's trial were read messages sent between the pair before Oskar's death in which Ms Jobey claims the father was abusing the boy.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Lancashire 'tops list for children killed or injured' on county roads

More children are killed or seriously injured on Lancashire's roads than anywhere else in the country, a Lancashire County Council report says.

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The analysis showed that 87 youngsters died or were seriously hurt in 2015.

The authority says it is improving better road safety education and cycle training for up to 10,000 children a year.

Weather Watchers: Jack Frost nipping at your nose

BBC Weather Watchers

Two wonderful views of Lancashire on a cold and frosty morning.


These are just some of the images sent in to the BBC Weather Watchers page.

You can do the same via this link.

HMP Hindley report slams 'unjustifiable' prison regime

A prison where inmates spent an "unjustifiable" amount of time in cells had one of the worst daily routines inspectors said they had ever seen.

Inmates at HMP Hindley, near Wigan, which serves Lancashire, were regularly locked in cells for more than 24 hours, leaving them unable to attend work or education.  

Inspectors said almost every aspect of prisoners' life was adversely affected by the regime at the jail.

"Fundamental change" was needed, Chief Inspector of Prisons Peter Clarke said.

During the visit to the category C prison in July, inspectors found "palpable" frustration among the prisoners who were often in their cells all day.  

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The former Director of Public Health says the public are being treated with "disdain" by water inspectors as a report into last summer's cryptosporidium outbreak has not yet been published
  • A man who disappeared from HMP Kirkham on Wednesday is arrested
  • Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles says he has held meetings over his future with the club's chairman amid links of a return to former club Warwickshire

MP's expenses assessed by investigators

Conservative MP David Morris's expenses claims are to be "assessed" by the Parliamentary watchdog.  

David Morris

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

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it was examining the claims after "several" complaints.

Mr Morris said: "No one from Ipsa has contacted me and [it] has not asked to 'quiz' me at all."

Cricket: Giles keen to resolve Lancashire future

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Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles says he has held meetings with chairman Michael Cairns in a bid to resolve his future at Old Trafford.

Ashley Giles says his future at Lancashire is a "sensitive issue".

Former England spinner Giles, 43, has a year left on his Old Trafford contract.  

He has been strongly linked with a move back to former club Warwickshire and says personal reasons would be behind any decision to leave.

Council criticised over new Darwen road plan

A councillor in Darwen has told the local authority to stop treating residents "like children" over plans to build a relief road in the town.

Marsh House Lane

Blackburn with Darwen Council is asking residents for their views on a new road designed to ease pressure on the A666 by linking Marsh House Lane with Ivinson Road.

The proposal is part of a wider plan to build up to 500 new homes in east Darwen.

Liberal Democrat councillor Roy Davies said the ruling Labour group needs to be more candid about the exact route the new road will take - and whether any houses will have to be demolished.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The former Director of Public Health calls for a Parliamentary inquiry into the delay in publishing a report into last year's cryptosporidium outbreak in Lancashire
  • Hindley prison near Wigan which serves Lancashire is severely criticised by the Chief Inspector of Prisons who says the jail is "one of the worst he's seen"
  • More children are killed or seriously injured on Lancashire's roads than anywhere else in the country, a report by Lancashire County Council says

Weather: Freezing fog slow to clear

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

It will be cold and frosty this morning, with any freezing fog patches taking some time to lift.

It will turn cloudier, and a little milder, as the day goes on.   

Highs during the afternoon will reach 4C.

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