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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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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: Rain in the south, drier in the north

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Rain will spread across southern parts of the region this evening, with northern areas staying dry.

Rain, sometimes heavy, will clear southern parts during the morning, leaving cloudy skies with outbreaks of drizzle. In contrast, drier and brighter in the north.

It will feel mild with temperatures of 13C.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Heysham man is found guilty of murdering his baby son by deliberately smothering him
  • Firefighters with specialist equipment are continuing to tackle a blaze at a scrapyard in Altham
  • Work is under way on a new £23m police headquarters in Blackpool

Scrapyard fire damage captured on film

The extent of the damage caused by a fire at a scrapyard on an industrial estate in Altham this morning has been captured by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Heysham man killed son by putting hand over his mouth, police say

A man has been found guilty of murder after deliberately smothering his baby son in Morecambe last October.

Kane Kennedy
Lancashire Police

Kane Kennedy, of Harewood Avenue, Heysham, was found guilty after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Lancashire Police said Kennedy had pushed his fingers into seven-month-old Oskar Jobey-Kennedy’s mouth, "possibly in a bid to silence him, and put his hand over his mouth deliberately smothering the child".

Paramedics went to the house after a report that Oskar had been found unresponsive. 

The baby was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but was sadly pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

BreakingMan found guilty of murdering baby son

A Heysham man has been found guilty of murdering his baby son.

Construction of new Blackpool Police HQ under way

Work has begun on new police headquarters in Blackpool.

The base is being built on the former Progress House site on Clifton Road and will house local policing and immediate response teams. 

The £23m development will replace Bonny Street police station, which was built in the 1970s.

Chorley man wanted on prison recall

A man involved in the theft of a doctor's car and bag is wanted on recall to prison.

Callum McAllister
Lancashire Police

Callum McAllister, 19, from Chorley, was originally sentenced to 24 weeks in custody in July over the theft, which took place in June. 

McAllister has failed to attend regular probation meetings under the terms of his release.

Callum knows he is wanted and is actively trying to avoid us as he does not want to be in custody over Christmas. We know that he stays in local hotels and anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts is asked to ring us as soon as possible.

Det Sgt Graeme SimpsonChorley Police

Drone shows estate scrapyard blaze

About 400 cars are on fire at an industrial estate scrapyard in Altham.

The blaze began at about 04:40 GMT.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service have been filming the fire with a drone.

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Blackpool Council set to axe 150 jobs for £18m cuts

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Blackpool Council is set to cut 150 jobs as it tries to save £18m from next year's budget.

The council also wants to increase council tax and transfer the running of some services to wholly owned companies.

Council leader Simon Blackburn said the town has been one of the hardest hit in the country by government funding cuts.

Firefighters continue to tackle site blaze

Weather: Mild and breezy this afternoon

BBC Weather

Patchy rain will clear towards the end of the afternoon, although it will remain breezy.

Largely dry at first this evening, before rain turns heavy in southern parts of the region. It will stay cloudy but mostly dry in the north.

It will feel mild with temperatures around 13C.

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Bowyer 'happy' with Blackpool fine

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer says he is unconcerned about any potential fine for the number of changes he made in their EFL Trophy game at Doncaster.  

Gary Bowyer
Rex Features

The 45-year-old made 10 changes as the Seasiders beat Doncaster in a 17-penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

Blackpool were fined £3,000, along with 12 other clubs, over changes they made in previous rounds.

I have no problem with getting fined this time because we broke the rules. We didn't break the rules last time and got fined, so I'm quite happy with the fine that comes our way because we've made 10 changes.

Gary BowyerBlackpool manager

Councillor concerned about safety issues on new multimillion-pound bypass

A councillor says safety concerns about the new M6 Link Road need to be addressed.

There have been seven accidents on the Beaumont roundabout, which lies in the middle of the new bypass.

Councillor Carla Brayshaw told BBC Radio Lancashire she understands the concerns of some motorists.

The route opened in October at a cost of £140m.  

New Blackpool Police HQ construction under way

The first soil has been cut on new police headquarters in Blackpool.

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The facility on the former Progress House site in Clifton Road will cost more than £20m.

The building replaces the former Bonny Street station, which was built in the 1970s.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of an industrial site blaze in Altham for the rest of the day
  • A 24-year-old man is placed in a medically-induced coma with a fractured skull after being hit by a car in Blackpool
  • Work is under way on Blackpool's new multimillion-pound police headquarters

Drone footage shows Altham scrapyard fire

Firefighters are expected to remain at the scene of a large blaze at an industrial estate for the rest of the day and overnight.

About 80 firefighters are currently on site at the scrapyard in Altham.

Drone footage from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service shows the scene where 400 cars are currently on fire.

Football: Chorley progress in FA Trophy

BBC Lancashire Sport

Chorley are through to the first round of the FA Trophy after beating Stafford Rangers 1-0 in last night's final qualifying round tie.

Chorley manager Matt Jansen after FA Trophy win

They will host Guiseley on Saturday - the side that beat them in the National League North play-offs last year.

'Little donkey' brings cheer to hospice

Patients at a hospice in Lancashire have been visited by Father Christmas and the "little donkey".

Rusty, from Manchester Donkey Sanctuary, and Santa went to see children and adults at Trinity Hospice and Brian House in Blackpool on Tuesday.

Man in serious condition after being hit by car

A man has been left with a fractured skull after being hit by a car in Blackpool.

George Street in Blackpool
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The 24-year-old also suffered internal bleeding after being struck in George Street about 14:45 on Monday.

He was taken to hospital and he has been placed in a medically induced coma.

Police have spoken to several witnesses and the driver is assisting officers with inquiries.

Motorists and residents near Altham fire advised to keep windows closed

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • About 80 firefighters are tackling a blaze at a scrapyard in Altham near Accrington
  • A man is in a medically-induced coma after being hit by a car in Blackpool
  • A councillor for Heysham says safety concerns about the new £140m M6 Link Road need to be addressed quickly

Firefighters 'slowly making an impact' on Altham blaze

Fire crews to be at scrapyard blaze 'for some time yet'

Fire crews from Blackpool have joined colleagues already on site to tackle the blaze at an industrial estate in Altham. 

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Drone assessing Altham fire

More firefighters join crews at scrapyard blaze

More firefighters have now joined crews battling the blaze at a scrapyard in Altham.

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Lancashire Fire Service say 16 crews are currently at the scene.

Hundreds of cars on fire at scrapyard blaze

About 400 cars are on fire at a scrapyard in Altham near Accrington.

The blaze started about 04:30 this morning on Moorfield Drive Industrial Estate, with 60 firefighters currently on site.

A huge plume of smoke can be seen from the Padiham bypass.

Video, shot by BBC Radio Lancashire's David Saville while he was being driven to work, shows the scale of the fire.

Fire crews at scene of scrapyard blaze

About 60 firefighters are continuing to tackle a large fire at a scrapyard in Altham.

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They are at Moorfield Drive Industrial Estate where a number of vehicles are on fire. 

Smoke is drifting across the M65 and nearby residents are being urged to keep windows closed.

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FBI's 'most wanted' abused girl, 13

One of the FBI's "most wanted" men has been jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in Lancashire.  

Gerard Zalewski
LANCASHIRE POLICE/FBI

Gerard Zalewski, 33, of Dartford, Kent, sexually abused the girl over several hours in June after taping her mouth shut and taking pictures of her on his phone, police said.

Zalewski is wanted in the US after being sentenced in absentia 10 years ago for abusing another girl aged 13.

He was jailed for eight years plus four years on licence.

He had groomed his victim over the internet and got her to send indecent images of herself before arranging to meet her in a park in Bamber Bridge, police said.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • One of the FBI's "most wanted" is jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl from Bamber Bridge
  • Blackpool Council is set to cut 150 jobs as it tries to save £18m from its budget

Weather: Mild with occasional showers

BBC Weather

A mild day, with plenty of cloud around and a couple of showers possible this afternoon. The breeze will also strengthen.

Highs of 14C.

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Huge blaze at estate scrapyard

A huge blaze has ripped through a scrapyard, sending plumes of smoke across a nearby motorway.  

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Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Several vehicles are on fire at the Moorfield Drive Industrial estate in Altham, near Accrington, with more than 60 firefighters at the yard.

Lancashire Police said smoke was drifting across the M65 between Rishton and Accrington. Two lanes have been closed eastbound.

Residents are being asked to keep their windows closed and avoid the area.

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, between J4 for A666 Blackburn Road Darwen and J3 for A674.

M65 Lancashire - Slow traffic and one lane closed on M65 westbound between J4, A666 (Darwen) and J3, A674 (Blackburn West), because of an accident.

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