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  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume 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: Becoming breezy with chance of light rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Light outbreaks of rain or drizzle are possible during the night, although it should stay largely dry. Winds will strengthen as milder air moves in.

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It will stay breezy on Wednesday with some further light outbreaks of rain, mainly through the afternoon.

Temperatures will be higher than normal around 13C.

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Brother's dying wish reunites family

A man has been reunited with his family after 72 years apart after they fulfiled his brother's dying wish to find him.  

When Terry Cassidy found out he was dying of cancer, he wanted to be reunited with his brother Charlie, who he hadn't seen since childhood.

At two-years-old, Charlie Kershaw was taken to Yorkshire to live with his father during the Second World War.

Sadly Terry died before they found Charlie.

But Terry's daughters carried on the search and Charlie finally met up with the rest of his long-lost family in Chorley.

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Leyland girl has pioneering treatment for rare brain disease

A seven-year-old girl from Leyland is the first in the UK to undergo a medical treatment for a rare brain disease. 

Matilda Moffatt has Batten disease - a life-limiting neurodegenerative condition - and has been taking part in a medical trial at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London for the past two years. 

The treatment involves an injection of enzymes in to her brain.

BBC North West Tonight's Mark Edwardson reports.

National living wage 'to drive up' social care costs by £1.2m

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The introduction of the national living wage is set to drive up the cost of adult social care in Blackburn by £1.2m, a report has said.

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The forecast was detailed in a budget report to Blackburn with Darwen Council which has agreed to cover the increased costs faced by companies that supply care on the authority's behalf. 

The council will also spend £250,000 replacing pay and display parking machines and £330,000 on new bins. The money will come from the council's reserves. 

The reserves are forecast to be £2m lower by next March than the £13.5m predicted four months ago.

Tributes paid to Blackpool Sunday Football stalwart

Blackpool Gazette

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a lifelong Blackpool fan described as “Mr Football” and the “heartbeat” of Sunday football on the Fylde coast.

Boy, 10, dies of suspected meningitis

A 10-year-old boy has died from suspected meningitis, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed.

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The child's school said they were "saddened" by his death

The immediate family of the unnamed child, from St Annes, has been offered antibiotics as a precautionary measure.

Rachel Legge, head teacher at Clifton Primary School, said it was "incredibly saddened" after the death of one of its pupils.

"We are supporting the children through this very difficult time," she added.

Mark McGivern, a consultant from PHE, added there was "no cause for alarm".

Former Blackburn title winner honoured for charity work

Former England and Blackburn striker Alan Shearer has been honoured for his charity work.  

The Premier League's all-time top scorer was made a CBE by FA president the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.

Shearer launched the Alan Shearer Foundation in 2012 to provide support for disabled people.

The 46-year-old, now a pundit on the BBC's Match of the Day, said he was "honoured and delighted".

The foundation aims to raise £250,000 a year to provide free sensory and leisure activities and respite breaks for profoundly disabled children and adults at a centre in Newcastle.

Weather: Cloudy, but feeling less cold

BBC Weather

Cloud will slowly move northwards, with limited brightness in sheltered areas. Milder than of late.  

Light outbreaks of rain or drizzle are likely through the night, but it should stay largely dry. Winds will strengthen and as milder air moves in keeping temperatures above freezing.  

Lows of 9C.

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Man punched and stabbed in Blackpool over cigarette

A man has been punched and stabbed after refusing to hand over a cigarette to a group of youths in Blackpool.

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A 26-year-old man was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen in Lytham Road about 01:40 on Saturday.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with head injuries and a stab wound. His condition is not thought to be life-threatening. 

A 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, both from Blackpool, have been arrested on suspicion of wounding. They have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Travel: Slow traffic on M6 due to police incident

BBC Travel

There is slow traffic on the M6 northbound at junction 31, Samlesbury, because of a police incident.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 10-year-old boy dies from suspected meningitis in St Annes
  • A man is punched and stabbed after refusing to hand over a cigarette to a group of youths in Blackpool
  • A seven-year-old girl, from Leyland, undergoes pioneering medical treatment for a neurodegenerative brain disease

Football: Bowyer nominated for managerial accolade

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has been nominated for the League Two manager of the month award for November.

Gary Bowyer
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The Seasiders won three of their four league games, scoring 10 goals.

He is up against Doncaster's Darren Ferguson, Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth and Stevenage boss Darren Sarll.

The winner will be announced on Friday.

Rantzen appeals for more charity helpline volunteers

A national charity set up by Dame Esther Rantzen has moved to larger premises in Blackpool because of the number of calls it receives.

Silverline, which helps to combat loneliness and isolation in older people, is now appealing for more volunteers to help keep its phone lines open.

The free 24-hour helpline receives 10,000 calls every week. 

Rail delays after vehicle strikes bridge

Football: Penalty masterclass

Here's one to try next time you take a spot-kick. 

Former Chorley and Preston striker Lee Trundle, 40, scored an outrageously cheeky penalty during a charity game.

Maybe England could try it at the next major championships.      

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 10-year-old boy from St Annes has died from suspected meningitis
  • Blackpool-based older persons' charity Silverline moves to larger premises due to growing demand
  • A man from Chorley fulfils his brother's dying wish after reuniting with his family after 72 years

Boy, 10, dies from suspected meningitis

A 10-year-old boy from St Annes has died from suspected meningitis.

Clifton Primary School
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The youngster was a pupil at Clifton Primary School and died over the weekend. 

The school has written to parents to inform them with a notice of advice from Public Health England.

Computer equipment stolen from Preston student

Thousands of pounds worth of computer equipment have been stolen from a student in Preston.

The 28-year-old had stopped to tie a shoelace when she was approached from behind by a man on Williams Lane in Fulwood.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A5209 and J28 for B5256.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J27, A5209 (Standish) and J28, B5256 (Leyland), because of a broken down lorry.

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Football: Preston paired with Arsenal in FA Cup

BBC Lancashire Sport

Preston North End have been drawn against Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup.

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The sides last met in the competition in January 1999 when Arsenal won 4-2 at Deepdale.

Burnley will meet Premier League opponents Sunderland, with Blackburn away to QPR.

Full draw details here

Police ponder citywide drug testing plan

A scheme which would allow night-clubbers to check the ingredients of illegal drugs is being considered in Preston.  

Ecstasy tablets
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Lancashire Police said they had discussed the idea of setting up a "pilot drug-testing scheme" in the city with drug safety organisation The Loop.

The organisation has previously provided the service at festivals.

Ch Insp Jon Clegg said it was important as users were "often in the dark about what they are actually taking".

He said the force were "exploring alternative methods to highlight the risks and harms associated with taking illegal drugs and psychoactive substances".

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A seven-year-old girl from Lancashire is the first in the UK to undergo a medical treatment for a rare brain disease 
  • A national charity for older people which is based in Blackpool is moving to larger premises because of the number of calls it receives
  • Preston North End have drawn Arsenal in the third round of the FA Cup

Weather: Dull and grey start to today

BBC Weather

This morning it will start grey and cloudy but it should stay dry. The cloud will slowly creep northwards, with limited brightness to the lee of high ground.

Highs of 8C.

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