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  1. Updates on Thursday 8 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Mild and cloudy evening

    Remaining mild and cloudy through the afternoon and into the evening.

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    Video caption: A mild and dry afternoon with the odd bright spell. Highs of 13C.

    Lows of 8C.

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  3. More support for Syrian families coming to Lancashire

    More Syrian families could resettle in Pendle from next year if a council proposal is approved.

    Pendle sign

    Executive councillors are being asked to make a commitment to take 10 more families by September 2017. 

    Pendle is one of four areas in Lancashire providing homes for Syrian families.   

    Ten families moved to the area in September and November this year as part of the Syrian Resettlement Programme to help people who have suffered as a result of the war. 

    Quote Message: We’re proud to be fulfilling an agreement made in Lancashire to accept our fair share of Syrian refugees. from Mohammed Iqbal Leader, Pendle Council
    Mohammed IqbalLeader, Pendle Council
  4. Plans to generate green energy from grass at fracking sites submitted

    Plans to generate green energy from grass on sites where fracking is planned have been submitted.

    Fracking site

    Renewable energy firm Ecotricity has put in applications for green gas mills at two sites in Lancashire - Preston New Road and Roseacre Wood. 

    Councillors originally turned down applications for the controversial process of fracking for shale gas at the sites, but the government has since approved fracking at Preston New Road.

    Ecotricity said its programme uses species-rich grass grown on farmland which is harvested and put through a process known as anaerobic digestion to produce renewable gas for heating homes and buildings.

    Quote Message: Green gas is the new option - this is something that local communities should be able to choose instead of fracking, and something the government should now consider. from Dale Vince Ecotricity founder
    Dale VinceEcotricity founder
  5. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A renewable energy firm submits planning applications for schemes in Lancashire to generate "green gas" on sites where fracking is planned 
    • Pendle councillors meet to discuss making a commitment to help 10 more Syrian families resettle in the area by September 2017 
    • Fire and rescue services continue to work to put out a fire which started yesterday at a scrapyard in Altham
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    Severe accident: A6 Lancashire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A6 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Nineteen Acre Lane and Waitholme Lane.

    A6 Lancashire - A6 closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Nineteen Acre Lane junction and the Waitholme Lane junction, because of a serious accident.

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  7. Waste collection petition to be considered by council

    A petition demanding a return to weekly waste collections in Blackburn and Darwen is due to be considered by councillors later.

    Bins

    It comes after Blackburn with Darwen introduced alternate weekly collections for general household waste in October to save about £200,000 a year. 

    The petition calls for a return to weekly collections to "ensure clean and tidy neighbourhoods and to control the growing problem of urban rats and other vermin".

    It will be considered by the council's cabinet this evening, however members have been advised to reject it.

  8. Football: Barton 'back in Burnley WhatsApp group'

    BBC Sport

    Joey Barton says Burnley's players have allowed him back into their WhatsApp group, after he began training with the club he left in last summer for Rangers, before his sudden Ibrox exit.

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    Video caption: Barton 'back in Burnley Whatsapp group'
  9. Altham fire: 'No significant impact' on canal

    The Environment Agency said there has been "no significant impact" on surrounding water after a vehicle scrapyard fire in Altham. 

    Fire

    About 400,000 litres were put on the fire yesterday and the main concern was water running into the nearby canal, but firefighters had used recycled water, which prevented this from happening, a spokesperson said. 

    The Environment Agency will work with the owner to move the burned cars to prevent pollution risks. he added. 

    Quote Message: Whenever you get smoke, you're always concerned about what was in it. We decided not to send out [air quality] monitoring, because the advice was that the fire would be out pretty soon and the sooner it is out, the less impact there is. from John Neville Environment Agency
    John NevilleEnvironment Agency
  10. Weather: Murky day in Lancashire

    BBC Weather Watchers

    It's a murky day in Lancashire today, but that has not stopped BBC Weather Watchers Nanjan and PottererPete getting out with their cameras and taking pictures of Blackpool and Poulton-le-Fylde.

    Blackpool mist
    Poulton-le-Fylde

    If you have a picture you'd like to share, find out how you can on the BBC Weather Watchers site.

  11. Graduation ceremony stops for mannequin challenge

    Students and staff at a University of Central Lancashire's graduation ceremony have participated in the mannequin challenge.

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    Video caption: Students at the University of Central Lancashire take on the mannequin challenge

    The worldwide internet phenomenon involves people remaining frozen while being filmed.

    The short film was made during the university's ceremony at Preston Guild Hall yesterday.

  12. Pendle taxi firm has licence revoked

    Pendle Council has revoked a local taxi operator's licence after its taxis failed further vehicle checks.

    Taxi sign

    The council said UK Cars vehicles had consistently failed spot checks and, in November, the Taxi Licensing Committee insisted that every vehicle in the fleet be tested again. 

    UK Cars are appealing the decision, with owner Mohammed Chaudhry insisting that his cars are fit for use.

    The law allows the company to continue to operate until the appeal is dealt with.  

    Quote Message: I've been in the business over 25 years. We are appealing the decision but my business has suffered - we're not getting any calls. from Mohammed Chaudhry Owner, UK Cars
    Mohammed ChaudhryOwner, UK Cars
  13. Altham fire: Investigators 'keep open mind' about cause

    Specialist fire investigators and police are trying to establish the cause of a scrapyard fire in Altham, involving about 400 vehicles. 

    Drone

    A Lancashire Fire spokesman said the service was keeping an open mind about how the blaze began, and did not know if it was suspicious.

    Police and fire investigators will now watch CCTV from the scrapyard and speak to witnesses, he added. 

    This was the biggest fire in Lancashire for at least 18 months.

    Quote Message: The destruction goes on for quite some distance and will take some time to work through that and come to a definite cause. from Julian Williams Lancashire Fire Incident Commander
    Julian WilliamsLancashire Fire Incident Commander
  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Blackpool Council says road accidents have reduced since a shared space scheme and speed limits were introduced, despite criticism from a local charity
    • An investigation is due to start into the cause of a blaze at a scrapyard in Altham yesterday where work is still continuing to put the fire out
    • Blackpool are drawn against Wycombe Wanderers in the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy
  15. Football: Blackpool draw Wycombe in Checkatrade Trophy

    On Tuesday, Blackpool beat League Two Doncaster Rovers in an 18-penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes  to go through to the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy - and the club has found out who they will be facing.

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  16. Preston firm named as one of the best places to work in the UK

    Lancashire Evening Post

    Homeserve, which has 2,900 employees at its contact centre in Fulwood, was awarded third place in a study of workplaces based solely on the input of employees voluntarily providing feedback.

  17. Shared space in Blackpool criticised by charity

    A shared scheme space in Blackpool, where pedestrians and vehicles are encouraged to use the same area, has been criticised by a local charity.

    Blackpool prom

    N-Vision, which provides support to people with reduced vision, says Blackpool's shared space along the promenade is a "no-go area" for many visually-impaired people in the resort. 

    The charity says it is difficult for people to know where the pavement ends and the road begins, despite measures being introduced on the prom to help. 

    Blackpool Council says road accidents have reduced since the shared space and a 20mph limit were introduced there.  

  18. Firefighters still at scene of scrapyard blaze

    Firefighters are still at the scene of a serious blaze involving hundreds of cars at a scrapyard near Accrington, more than 24 hours after it started.

    Altham fire

    Two thousand vehicles are kept at the site on Moorfield Drive Industrial Estate in Altham. 

    At its height, around 80 firefighters were tackling the blaze. An investigation is due to start into what caused the fire.

    Quote Message: One of our priorities is to get the industrial estate working for the people that work here and the businesses, so that they can carry on as quick as possible. from Julian Williams Incident commander, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
    Julian WilliamsIncident commander, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service
  19. Motorcyclist dies in crash with van

    A motorcyclist has died following a crash in Lostock Hall.

    Leyland Road

    The motorcyclist hit a van in Leyland Road at about 16:25 yesterday.

    The man, believed to be in his 30s, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

    Leyland Road was closed between Fir Trees and Coote Lane while investigations took place.

    Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

  20. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A local Blackpool charity says the town's shared space scheme is a "no-go area" for many visually-impaired people in the resort
    • Firefighters remain at the scene of a blaze at a scrapyard in Altham more than 24 hours after it started
    • A motorcyclist dies after a crash with a van in Lostock Hall yesterday