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Weather: Mild and cloudy night

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Remaining mild and cloudy overnight, with further patchy rain and drizzle at times. Lows of 9C.

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Ribble Valley residents' view wanted over future of phone boxes

Residents in the Ribble Valley are being asked for their view on 50 phone boxes in the borough, which could be axed.

Phone box, Dunsop Bridge
Ribble Valley Borough Council

The public payphones, including the iconic "centre of the Kingdom" phone box in Dunsop Bridge, could disappear altogether. 

It comes after BT proposed to remove phone boxes where usage has declined by 90% or more.

Some people are maintaining that the pay phones offer a vital emergency lifeline and want them to stay put.

Ribble Valley Borough Council wants to hear residents' views before responding to the proposed closures.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A father, from Heysham, who smothered his seven-month-old son is given a life sentence for murder
  • A 77-year-old man seriously injured after being struck by a car
  • Chorley A&E is "on track" to reopen for 12 hours a day in January

Chorley A&E unit 'on track' for New Year reopening

The emergency department at Chorley Hospital, which closed due to staff shortages, is "on track" to reopen 12 hours a day in January, bosses have said.


The unit was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April and an independent review commissioned by NHS England said it could reopen "on part-time basis".

The department was alsoclosed due to concerns about the ability to provide a "safe service".

The trust said recruitment "continues to be a challenge", but it has successfully secured additional doctors and nurses to be able to open the unit for twelve hours a day as planned.

Man, 77, seriously injured after being hit by car

A 77-year-old man has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Preston, prompting police to launch an appeal.

Skeffington Road, Preston

He was crossing the road at the junction of Skeffington Road at about 15:45 yesterday when a car struck him.

He suffered a broken neck, fractured shoulder and fractured eye socket.

A man, aged 24, was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care, failing to stop at the scene of a collision and failing to report a collision. He has been bailed pending further inquires.

Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

Men wanted after student left with broken jaw

CCTV images have been released of two men wanted after a man was left with a fractured jaw in Preston.

CCTV preston assault
Lancashire Police

The 24-year-old student was punched and repeatedly kicked during an altercation outside Yates’ in Church Street on 1 December.

The assault left him needing surgery on his jaw after it was fractured in four places.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

Malicious callers face ASBOs for wasting ambulance services time

Malicious callers who contact the ambulance service have been warned they be handed Anti-Social Behaviour Orders.

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The North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) has said it would attend all genuine calls, but repeat malicious callers could be taken to court.

The service has employed staff dedicated to deal with frequent callers to investigate and offered help where needed. 

Graham Curry, NWAS sector manager, told Blackpool Council's Health Scrutiny Committee that there need to be tougher measures in place for malicious callers.

"It's not a crime to ring 999 for an ambulance [unnecessarily]...There is a crime of wasting police time, but there's no crime for wasting ambulance time.

Cricket: James Anderson ruled out of fifth Test in India

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Bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of England's fifth Test against India in Chennai.

James Anderson
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England's leading wicket-taker had been out since August with a shoulder injury before returning to play the second Test of the five-match series in India.  

Dad detained for life over baby murder

A father has been detained for life for the murder of his seven-month-old son.

Kane Kennedy
Lancashire Police

Kane Kennedy, 20, of Harewood Avenue, Heysham was found guilty at Preston Crown Court of killing Oskar Jobey-Kennedy by smothering him at a flat in Morecambe.

Oskar's mother Tia Jobey, 19, was sentenced to 30 months on 5 December after admitting causing or allowing the baby's death.

Kennedy will serve a minimum of 18 years before he is eligible for parole.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • CCTV images of two men wanted in connection with attack on a student in Preston are released
  • Future of eleven Pendle parks up for discussion later today following budget cuts
  • Cuts to clinical commissioning groups in the county could result in some NHS treatments no longer being available

Future of eleven Pendle parks up for discussion

The future of eleven parks in Pendle will be discussed by councillors at a meeting later.

Victoria Park, Pendle

Last Thursday the authority agreed to cut £90,000 from the budget for the maintenance of the parks.

Areas that could be affected include grass-cutting, flowerbeds, shrubs, sweeping and cleaning. 

Pendle Council is struggling to find the £1.5m of savings needed for its next annual budget.

CCTV issued of suspect wanted over Chorley assault

A CCTV picture has been released of a suspect wanted after a man was punched in his face at a pub in Chorley.

Lancashire Police

The 37-year-old was attacked at the Last Orders in Market Street, at about 22:30 on Saturday.

The attacker left the scene after punching him.

Police have released a picture of a man they want to trace, and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

Darwen bus company closes down

A bus company that ran services in Blackburn with Darwen has closed due to "operational errors" with eight drivers losing their jobs.

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Drivers at Darwen Coach Service learnt the firm had shut when they turned up for work and were subsequently sent home.

Owner Peter Graham told BBC Radio Lancashire said closure was due to "operational errors" and did not explain further.

The company ran eighteen bus routes.

Man left fractured skull after gang attack in Blackburn

A man has been left with a fractured skull and a bleed on the brain after being attacked by a gang in Blackburn.

Morrisons, Blackburn

The 18-year-old was punched and kicked by a group of 10 people, thought to be teenagers, in the Morrisons car park at about 20:00 on Saturday.

A girl, aged 15, tried to help but she was punched in the face.  

Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

This was an absolutely shocking incident that has seen a man with some pretty nasty injuries. To think that this group of both males and females, have violently targeted this man for no reason makes this all the more disturbing.

Det Con Mark Hutchinson

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Man is left with fractured skull and a bleed on the brain after being attacked by a gang in Blackburn
  • Some medical treatments may no longer be available to NHS patients in the county as a result of cuts proposed by Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Plans for 14,000 new homes in Lancaster are approved by council

Retired engineer makes Ferris wheel to 'spread festive cheer'

A man has gone the extra mile this Christmas by creating a Ferris wheel scratch to give away to charity.

Peter Ishwerwood, a retired engineer from Blackburn, designed and constructed the battery powered decoration. 

It has about 70 lights with 12 buckets each containing a mini snowman or santa. 

Mr Ishwerwood is hoping to give it to charity, and says it is his way of "spreading a little festive cheer".

New Youth Zone in Preston given go ahead

A new multimillion-pound Youth Zone in Preston has been given the go ahead by councillors.

Preston bus station
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Once completed, the centre will open seven days a week for youngsters aged eight to 19, or up to 25 for those with a disability, and will offer a wide range of activities. 

It is one aspect of the £24m redevelopment of the bus station complex.

Work on the new building, which is next to the bus station, is due to start in September.

Plans for 14,000 new homes in Lancaster

Plans to build 14,000 new homes in Lancaster have been unanimously backed by the city council. 


The houses were approved by the council last night following a consultation which took place at Morecambe Town Hall.

The proposals will be opened to a public consultation, and will also include plans for a new garden village being created in the city. 

It is expected that the homes would be built over the next 15 years.

Local clinical commissioning groups face cuts

People in Lancashire could find themselves unable to access some medical treatments under a countywide money-saving exercise by the organisations which fund GPs.

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The clinical commissioning groups, which fund primary health care, have all been told they have to save money, and some are already in debt. 

Public consultation exercises are being held to discuss what should be cut back or stopped altogether.  

Patient Audrey Saurin, from Lower Darwen, will be affected by the cuts and will now only receive two of the four injections she gets every year for back pain. 

Without these injections, I couldn't even get out of my house. I would be confined to my bed, they're essential.

Audrey SaurinPatient

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Some medical treatments could no longer be available to patients in Lancashire due to cutbacks for local clinical commissioning groups
  • Plans for 14,000 new homes in Lancaster are approved by the council
  • A new multimillion-pound youth zone in Preston is given green light by planners

Weather: Cloudy and mild

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A cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, but remaining mild.

Highs of 10C.

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