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  1. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Light rain overnight

    Outbreaks of light rain and low cloud will slowly move south-eastwards through the night to affect most areas by dawn. Winds will remain light and it will stay mild.  

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    Tomorrow will start largely cloudy with outbreaks of rain or drizzle, although the rain should clear eastwards by lunchtime.

    Highs of 10C are expected.

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  3. Weather Watchers: Sun and moon

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    People continue to send in some fantastic images to the BBC's Weather Watchers scheme.

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    You can do the same via this link.

  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A CCTV image is released of two men wanted in connection with a violent assault in Preston
    • A police probe into the alleged assault of a Strictly Coming Dancing professional is dropped
    • Lancashire will need a total of £900m over the next 30 years if it is to have an elected mayor, Blackburn's council leader claims
  5. Millions needed to fund Lancashire elected mayor role

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    Lancashire will need £30m every year for the next 30 years if it is to have an elected mayor, the leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council has claimed.

    Lancashire County Council

    Councillor Mohammed Khan said the devolution deal needs to be good enough if it is to get support from the county's councillors.

    Councillor Khan believes council leaders in Lancashire are receptive to the idea of an elected mayo but said the government need to offer enough money to make it attractive.

    Thirty-year deals have been offered to combined authorities in Greater Manchester and the Liverpool City Region as part of their devolution packages.

    Both areas are due to elect mayors next year.

  6. Two men wanted in connection with Preston assault

    Police have released a CCTV image of two men they wish to speak to after a man was assaulted outside a nightclub in Preston. 

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    A 22-year-old man was punched in the face several times outside Blitz nightclub on Church Row between 03:00 and 05:00 on 2 December.

    He suffered severe bruising to his face and a fractured eye socket.

    Quote Message: This was a nasty attack on the victim who was punched after he had been trying to calm down an argument between his friends and the offenders. from PC Mark Brady Preston Police
    PC Mark BradyPreston Police
  7. Tributes paid to 'devoted' husband

    Tributes have been paid to an elderly pedestrian who died after being hit by a car in Cumbria.  

    Peter Hunt

    Peter Hunt, 83, was hit by a car at 20:45 on the A6 near Levens Hall, on 6 December. He died in hospital on Friday.

    The driver of the Kia Picanto was uninjured.

    Mr Hunt's family said the retired Cumbria County Council caretaker was a "devoted" husband to his wife Joyce who would be "greatly missed".

    Mr Hunt would travel from his home in Kendal to Lancaster every day to see his wife Joyce who went into a care home after a sudden change in her health, his family said.

  8. Weather: Staying dry with light breeze

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    Rain will slowly edge into north-western parts this afternoon, but it should remain mostly dry with some sunshine elsewhere. Staying mild with gentle southerly winds.  

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    Outbreaks of light rain and low cloud will slowly move south-eastwards through the night to affect most areas by dawn. Winds will remain light and it will stay mild.  

    Lows of 7C.

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  9. Football: Dyche hails Burnley squad depth

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    Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes his current squad is better equipped to avoid relegation than two years ago.

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    The Clarets travel to West Ham tonight looking to end a run of five defeats in six Premier League away games.

    Dyche has changed teams and formations in recent weeks and says that shows just how flexible his side are.

    You can hear commentary from 19:45 on BBC Radio Lancashire.

  10. Fylde ice cream parlour facing closure

    An ice cream parlour is set to close next week after 70 years in operation.

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    The owners of Bonds of Elswick are retiring and have failed to find a buyer for the business.

    Twenty members of staff are set to lose their jobs in the closure.

  11. Police drop Strictly's Gorka Marquez Blackpool attack probe

    A police probe into an alleged assault by a gang on a Strictly Come Dancing star has been dropped.

    Marquez partnered EastEnders star Tameka Empson

    Gorka Marquez needed dental surgery after two of his lower jaw front teeth were badly chipped when he was attacked by a gang of youths in November, a Strictly spokesman said at the time.

    Mr Marquez did not make a formal complaint to police about the incident.

    Lancashire Police said the force had checked CCTV from the area in Blackpool and found nothing.

    A spokesman said the force had "carried out a proportionate investigation which is now closed" and "no arrests" were made.

  12. Patients urged to avoid A&E for second time

    Patients have been asked to avoid going to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary A&E unit for the second time this week.

    Royal Lancaster Infirmary

    Hospital bosses say they are currently under extreme pressure and experiencing high numbers attending the unit. 

    A similar plea was made on Monday and patients are being asked to consider using other healthcare services where appropriate.

  13. Latest headlines for Lancashire

  14. Cricket: Hameed in England Lions squad

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    Lancashire and England opener Haseeb Hameed has been included in the Lions squad to tour Sri Lanka in February and March.  

    Haseeb Hameed

    Hameed played three Tests in India before suffering a hand injury and is in the four-day squad. 

    The Lions will play two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A and a five-match one-day series, though the schedule is yet to be finalised. 

  15. Appeal after armed robber threatens betting shop staff

    Police are hunting an armed robber who held up a betting shop in Cleveleys.

    Coral bookmakers

    The man threatened a member of staff with a knife at Coral bookmakers on Victoria Road West about 20:00 on Monday.

    He demanded cash from the till before making off with the money, say police.

    The man is described as white, about 5ft 9ins (1.8m) tall, wearing a blue hooded top, light-coloured trousers, trainers and a black balaclava. 

  16. Gorka Marquez: Strictly dancer assault probe dropped by police

    An investigation into an alleged assault on a Strictly Come Dancing star has been dropped after a check of CCTV footage showed no evidence.  

    Gorka Marquez

    Gorka Marquez, 26, needed dental surgery after two of his front teeth were badly chipped following an incident in Blackpool last month.

    The 26-year-old Spaniard was in the resort for a live edition of the show from the Tower Ballroom when he was assaulted by a "random group of lads", said a Strictly spokesman.

    Lancashire Police said it had contacted the BBC to "establish the details of the incident" but said no complaint had been received from the victim.

    Police said they have "carried out a proportionate investigation which is now closed" and "no arrests" were made.