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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 November
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 1 December

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

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Weather: Milder evening, with a chance of rain

It's looking like a cloudy evening with a chance of rain and temperatures up on recent nights. Most places will be frost free, although a light frost is likely in rural spots.  

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman's body was found at a house in Brierfield is released without charge
  • Police release a CCTV image of a man they are searching for after a 71-year-old woman was attacked in an attempted robbery in Accrington
  • Improvement work on the railway line between Preston and Blackpool North and South will get under way in January

Rail improvement work planned for Preston-Blackpool line

The railway line between Preston and Blackpool will be closed for 10 weekends as part of a £1bn programme to improve services.

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Work is due to get under way in January with trains between Preston and Blackpool North and South replaced by buses. 

The upgrade includes drainage work and track maintenance between Poulton and Salwick. Preparation for electrification of the line will also take place.

Network Rail say they are working closely with Northern Rail to minimise disruption.

Cricket: Hameed replaced by Jennings in England squad

England have called up uncapped Durham opener Jennings to replace Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed for the remaining two Tests in India.

Haseeb Hameed
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Hameed, 19, will have a metal plate inserted in his left hand after being struck by India pace bowler Umesh Yadav on the first morning of the third Test.

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Weather: Milder with increasing cloud

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It will become breezier this afternoon, although it will still feel a little warmer than yesterday.

Cloud will increase overnight, with many places frost free. Lows around 8C.

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Water bug probe 'taking too long'

A former health chief is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into why an investigation into a bug in Lancashire tap water is taking so long.  

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United Utilities found the bug in water in August last year resulting in 300,000 households and businesses having to boil drinking water.

The Drinking Water Inspectorate is investigating the source but is yet to publish its findings.

Professor John Ashton said the lack of answers on the cause was unacceptable.

Man released without charge after body find

A man who was arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman’s body was found at a house in Brierfield has been released without charge. 

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The woman, thought to have been aged in her 50s, was found in Every Street on Monday night.

Lancashire Police said a post mortem examination had not fully ascertained the cause of death but there are no suspicious circumstances.

CCTV captures man wanted over Accrington assault

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they are searching for after a 71-year-old woman was attacked in an attempted robbery.

CCTV image
Lancashire Police

The woman was attacked by a man who had initially appeared unconscious in the foyer area of a Tesco store in Eagle Street, Accrington, on 7 October.

She attempted to wake the man, who then rose, grabbing her in a headlock before demanding her handbag.

He then ran off after a member of the public tried to help the woman.

The suspect is described as white, aged 18, slim, with short dark hair and wearing dark clothing.

North West ambulance A&E wait times double since 2014

The number of hours ambulances spent waiting at A&E in the North West has more than doubled in the past two years, the BBChas found. 

Aintree Hospital A&E
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Freedom of Information data show a rise from 17,413 hours in 2013-14 to 46,160 in 2015-16 beyond the 15-minute handover period. 

All the region's trusts bar one have seen increases with wait times up 450% at Blackpool Victoria Hospital and 405% Chorley District Hospital.

Ambulance bosses say the service faces growing medical emergency calls.

We are seeing more and more people in need of our services, especially for Red incidents for patients with serious and life-threatening conditions."

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The Blackpool coroner raises concerns over the quality of investigations at Blackpool Victoria Hospital following an inquest for a woman who died after routine surgery
  • A man arrested on suspicion of murdering a woman in Brierfield is released without charge 
  • Police appeal for information about a missing sex offender from Burnley who is wanted on recall to prison   

Sex offender wanted after breaching terms of jail release

Police are searching for a convicted sex offender who has failed to inform authorities of his address.

Kyle Killian
Lancashire Police

Kyle Killian, who has links to Burnley, was jailed in January 2015 for sexual activity with a child under 16 and released from prison earlier this month.

But the 22-year-old failed to register his address, breaching the terms of his release.

We are urging anyone with information leading to his whereabouts to contact us immediately. Likewise, if Killian sees this appeal, I would urge him to hand himself in.

Det Sgt Steve MunroLancashire Police

Coroner 'fears more deaths' unless hospital addresses concerns

A coroner has raised concerns over the quality of investigations into serious incidents at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after a woman suffered a heart attack and died following routine surgery.

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Blackpool Coroner Alan Wilson spoke out following an inquest into the death of 69-year-old Pamela Briggs, from Leyland, who died following a routine heart valve replacement operation.

He said he is worried more people could die if Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust does not learn lessons from the case.

The inquest heard Ms Briggs did not receive potentially life-saving treatment after the surgery because a routine ECG test may have been read incorrectly.

She then suffered a second heart attack on her birthday. 

In his report to the trust, Mr Wilson also said the manner in which the Sudden Untoward Incident Review process is operated minimises the chances of "meaningful and effective" lessons being learned.

The trust said it had begun a review of the serious incident process and will respond to the coroner.

Co-op Energy to take on GB Energy customers

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Co-operative Energy will take on all 160,000 customers of collapsed Preston-based firm GB Energy on their existing price tariff.  

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Energy regulator Ofgem said if customers wished to change energy provider they would be able to do so without any exit charge.

Ofgem said it had chosen Co-operative Energy after "a competitive process to get the best deal possible".

GB Energy's staff will also be transferred on the same terms to Co-operative Energy.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Burnley man convicted of raping a girl aged under 15 is being recalled to prison in connection with allegations of assault
  • A national energy firm agrees to take over all 160,000 customers from the collapsed Preston-based firm GB energy
  • The revamped Winckley Square Gardens in Preston will officially open to the public later following a £1.2m restoration project

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Travel: Delays on Todmorden Road in Burnley

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There is queuing traffic on the northbound Todmorden Road at the A6114 Belvedere Road junction, because of an accident. Congestion to the Parliament Street junction.

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Cricket: Opener Jennings set to replace Hameed in England squad

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England are expected to call up Durham opener Keaton Jennings as replacement for Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed.  

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Hameed, 19, will miss the remaining two Tests of the tour of India after breaking his left hand.  

Hameed will have a metal plate inserted in his hand after being struck by India pace bowler Umesh Yadav on the first morning of the third Test.

England captain Alastair Cook said: "It's devastating for him. He'll come back again. To change his grip so he doesn't use that part of his hand shows how good he is.

Major restoration project reaches completion

The £1.2m restoration project of Winckley Square Gardens in Preston will be officially opened later.

£1m works underway on Preston Winckly Square

The gardens have undergone a five-month sympathetic restoration with refurbished railings and paths, along with new benches bins and lighting. Drainage has also been improved and an event area created made of reinforced grass.

The project has been led by a community interest company based in the square. 

Prison recall for 'dangerous' sex offender from Burnley

Police are appealing for information about a missing sex offender who is wanted on recall to prison.

David Taylor
Lancashire Police

David Taylor, 26, from Burnley, was convicted of raping a girl under 15 and has been recalled in connection with allegations of assault.

He is known to have links to the Burnley area.

David Taylor is a dangerous individual who is wanted on prison recall following allegations of assault. We are urging anyone who sees him not to approach him but instead call police immediately.

Det Sgt Steve MunroLancashire Police

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Burnley man who was convicted of raping a girl under 15 is being recalled to prison in connection with allegations of assault
  • Ambulance crews have lost around 4,000 hours waiting outside the Royal Blackburn Hospital, according to a BBC investigation
  • One of Lancashire's most famous and historic gardens reopens later after a £1.2m restoration

Weather: Becoming breezy, with bright spells

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After a cold and frosty start, today will largely be a cloudy day, with the odd bright spell possible.

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It will turn breezier as the day goes on. Highs of 8C are expected.

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