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  1. Updates on Tuesday 13 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 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 scattered showers

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

It will a cloudy, damp and mild night, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle. There will also be a lot of low cloud and hill fog.  

Cloudy and murky at first tomorrow morning, with patchy light rain and drizzle at times. It will become drier and brighter during the afternoon, with some sunny spells.

Highs tomorrow of 11C.

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Police appeal after boy injured in crash

A boy remains in hospital after being hit by a car in Rossendale last Wednesday.

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The 15-year-old suffered head, face, ankle and wrist injuries after he was hit on Newchurch Road.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Blackburn wins national high street award

Blackburn town centre has scooped the main prize in the Great British High Street Awards.

The town won the overall Great British High Street category, along with the Best Town Centre award

Blackburn's Business Improvement District picked up a £10,000 cheque at a ceremony in London.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The M6 should fully reopen in time for this afternoon's rush hour, Highways England say
  • A 15-year-old boy remains in hospital after being hit by a car in Rossendale last Wednesday
  • An RAF serviceman who was diagnosed with terminal cancer has been praised for raising thousands of pounds for a Lancashire hospice   

Chorley bank deposits linked to international criminal investigation

A BBC programme has triggered an international criminal investigation that has broken up the infrastructure used by scam mail fraudsters.

The pensioner, identified as Elizabeth
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The investigation was sparked by the story of a 74-year-old widow from Northern Ireland who lost thousands of pounds. 

In one example, 38 of the woman's cheques - all crossed and made payable to 32 different names - were deposited into a single bank account in Chorley.

The pensioner, identified as Elizabeth, told BBC Spotlight how she was scammed out of £180,000 in one year.

Most of that money went on telephone scams, but more than £5,000 went to mail fraudsters.

Former serviceman praised for charity efforts

An RAF serviceman with terminal bowel cancer has been praised for raising thousands of pounds for a hospice in Lancashire.

Shahbaz Saleem, 27, from Reedley, has been recognised for his efforts in raising money for Pendleside Hospice by the MP for Pendle, Andrew Stephenson.

Football: Bans will stamp out diving, says Dyche

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes diving would be eradicated from football "in six months" with retrospective bans.

Sean Dyche
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His comments come after two recent incidents in Premier League matches.

Robert Snodgrass apologised for going down without contact to earn a penalty for Hull against Crystal Palace, while Dele Alli won a debated spot-kick in Tottenham's 5-0 win over Swansea.

Introduce retrospective bans and it will be gone. I'm stunned it's not been introduced.

Certain teams would have three or four players done immediately, from a warning in private to the manager up to a three-game ban. It's simple to officiate. You have a panel of experts and give out bans.

Sean DycheBurnley manager

Three lanes reopen after M6 lorry fire

Three lanes have reopened on the northbound M6 after last night's lorry fire.

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Four of the five lanes between junction 31, Salmesbury, and junction 32, Broughton Interchange, were closed to allow resurfacing work to take place.

We appreciate the frustration this sort of incident can cause motorists and we appreciate the understanding and co-operation of those who are caught up in it. Our partner agencies are working hard with our assistance to get the motorway open again as soon as possible.

Ch Insp Damian KitchenLancashire Police

Appeal made after girl hit by car

Police are appealing for information after a girl was hit by a car in Preston.

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The 15-year-old was walking home from school about 15:20 on 30 November when she was hit by the vehicle on Ribbleton Lane. She suffered injuries to her shoulder and leg.

The female driver of the car failed to stop and police are searching for witnesses to what happened.

Weather: Outbreaks of light rain later

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Brighter spells for many this afternoon, before patchy rain moves in from the south later.

A cloudy, damp and mild night, with outbreaks of patchy light rain and drizzle.

Lows around 10C.

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Jailed music teacher 'showed utter disregard' for victim

The Crown Prosecution Service has said a music teacher jailed for sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl "showed utter disregard for any long term impact" to his victim.

Lloyd Garratt, 32, of Buckshaw Village, was jailed for 14 months for sexual offences against the girl at Preston Crown Court.

In a victim statement read in court, the girl’s mother said her daughter had always been a happy, carefree, child, but after the offences came to light, she had become withdrawn and had been prescribed medication for anxiety.

Speaking after the hearing, Senior Crown Prosecutor Claire Hilton said Garratt "would have been well aware that his actions were wholly unacceptable".

“He took advantage of a young and impressionable girl by trying to make her feel special. 

"He showed utter disregard for any long term impact his actions could have on her.

"The impact his actions have had on the victim and her family have been devastating."

Jailed music teacher 'encouraged relationship' with girl

The judge who jailed a music teacher for sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl told him he had "encouraged the relationship to develop".

Lloyd Garratt, 32, of Buckshaw Village, admitted causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing or inciting a child to send indecent images and sexual activity with a child.

Jailing him for 14 months, Judge Jacqueline Beech dismissed Garratt's defence that his sexual messages were "pure fantasy", adding: “You insist she was the one who started sending images, although you accept you were the adult in the relationship.

“Whatever the position... you encouraged this relationship to develop in the way it did.”

Music teacher jailed over sexual activity with girl, 15

A music teacher has been jailed after admitting sexual activity with a child.

Lloyd Garratt
Lancashire Police

Preston Crown Court heard Lloyd Garratt, 32, embarked on an “wholly inappropriate relationship” with the 15-year-old girl, encouraging her to send him naked selfies and sending her images of his naked body.

The father-of-two from Buckshaw Village, Chorley, who was head of creative arts at Garstang Community Academy, was caught after a friend of the victim saw the messages he sent her on her mobile.

He was jailed for 14 months after pleading guilty to causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, causing or inciting a child to send indecent images and sexual activity with a child.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A music teacher from Buckshaw Village near Chorley is jailed after admitting sexual activity with a child
  • A clean up operation is continuing on the northbound M6 after a lorry fire last night
  • Police appeal for information after a girl was hit by a car in Preston

Severe disruption: M55 Lancashire eastbound

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M55 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, between J3 for A585 and J1 for A6.

M55 Lancashire - One lane closed on M55 eastbound between J3, A585 (Kirkham) and J1, A6 (Fulwood), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Hearing for Blackpool president's claim against club's owner begins

Stuart Flinders

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A hearing has begun in Manchester in a case brought by the president of Blackpool against the football club's owner, Owen Oyston.

Valeri Belokon
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Valeri Belokon is making a civil claim against Segesta Ltd - Mr Oyston's operating company that owns the club's ground Bloomfield Road - following construction of two stands at the stadium.

He claims he invested about £5m to support construction work and agreed in 2008 with Segesta that any future income from the stands would be split 50/50 between the two companies. 

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Mr Belekon says Oyston has failed to keep agreements made when he bought a stake in the club 10 years ago.

Early questioning from Mr Oyston's lawyers has centred on whether Belekon is claiming entitlement to half the revenue from the new hotel under the south stand.  

Belokon is bringing the case to recover monies that he believes his company, VB Football Assets, is now owed.

Cancer sufferer recognised in Parliament

An MP has praised the courage of an RAF serviceman who has raised thousands of pounds for charity since being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer.

Andrew Stephenson, the MP for Pendle, recognised the efforts of Shahbaz Saleem, 27, in the Commons.

The 27-year-old from Reedley, near Burnley, served spells in Afghanistan and Libya.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Emergency resurfacing work is expected to continue on the northbound M6 until 13:00 after a lorry fire last night
  • A legal battle between the president of Blackpool and the football club's owner is set to begin later
  • A 15-year-old boy remains in hospital with head, face and ankle injuries after being hit by a car in Rossendale on Wednesday

Emergency resurfacing work continues on M6

Nishma Hindocha

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Resurfacing work is continuing on the M6 after a lorry fire caused damage to the northbound carriageway.

M6
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Three lanes remain closed between junction 31, Salmesbury, and junction 32, Broughton Interchange. 

The lorry was carrying aerosols and car wax which spilled onto the road surface.

Listen to BBC Radio Lancashire for more details.

Blackpool president taking legal action against club owner

A legal battle is set to begin later involving Owen Oyston, the owner of Blackpool and the football club's president, Valeri Belokon.

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Mr Belokon is making a civil claim against Segesta Ltd - Mr Oyston's operating company that owns the club's ground Bloomfield Road - following the construction of two stands at the stadium.

He claims he invested about £5m to support the construction work and agreed in 2008 with Segesta that any future income from the stands would be split 50/50 between the two companies. 

He is bringing the case to recover monies that he believes his company, VB Football Assets, is now owed. 

The case will be heard at the High Court in Manchester.

BT creates 500 new customer service jobs

A telecommunications giant is creating 500 new customer service jobs across England and Wales.  

BT
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BT said the new roles would be based at its contact centres in Accrington, Swansea, Warrington and Doncaster.

In January the conglomerate announced 1,000 new posts promising more of its consumer customer calls to be dealt with in the UK and Ireland.

A spokesman said the recruitment process for the 500 extra jobs would start this month.

Travel: M6 resurfacing work after lorry fire

There are severe delays on the northbound M6 after an lorry fire overnight.

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Three lanes are closed for resurfacing work and emergency repairs between junction 31a, Longridge, and junction 32, M55 (Broughton Interchange).

Congestion stretches back to junction 28, Leyland, and on the M61 to junction 9, Clayton Brook.

Listen to BBC Radio Lancashire for more details.

Long delays on M6 after lorry fire

Emergency resurfacing work is being carried out on a section of the M6 after a lorry fire last night.

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The lorry was carrying aerosols and car wax, which spilled on to the road.

Three out of four lanes on the northbound carriageway are affected between junction 31, Salmesbury, and junction 32, M55.

There are diversions and delays on routes around Preston.

Highways England expect resurfacing work to continue until 13:00. 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Emergency resurfacing work is currently being carried out on part of the M6 after a lorry fire last night
  • A legal battle is set to begin later between Blackpool Football Club's owner, Owen Oyston, and the club's president, Valeri Belokon
  • Blackburn has won the Best Town Centre category at the national Great British High Street Awards

Weather: Mild with outbreaks of patchy rain

BBC Weather

It will feel mild this morning with a few spots of light rain and drizzle, as well as patchy fog in places.

There will be some brighter spells during the afternoon, with further. patchy rain arriving from the south later.

Highs of 10C.

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