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  1. Updates on Friday 16 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Monday

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

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  2. Weather: Dry and cloudy afternoon with risk of odd shower

    BBC Weather

    A clear and frosty night, once cloud has dispersed, with some fog over the hills.

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    Video caption: A dry and cloudy afternoon with the risk of the odd light shower. Highs of 11C.

    Lows of 7C.

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  3. Council appoints builder for Great Harwood development

    Hyndburn Council has appointed the builder for a residential development on the Lyndon Playing Fields.

    Plans for 216 homes on the site at Great Harwood are set to be submitted before Christmas. 

    Keepmoat Homes Ltd will begin building next spring, subject to planning consent. 

    Arrangements are being finalised to relocate Great Harwood Rovers FC to the nearby newly-constructed football pitches on the land off Harwood Lane.  

  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A woman is left "extremely shaken" after being robbed outside her house in Banks
    • A 15-year-old trombone player from Rossendale is awarded a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain
    • Police advise Lancashire's partygoers to drink responsibly during tonight's "Mad Friday" pre-christmas celebrations
  5. £1.1m renovation for ski centre in Rossendale

    Rossendale Free Press

    Improvement to Ski Rossendale worth up to £1.1 million and putting the Valley on the map have won approval.

  6. Council tax increase for social care costs leaves LCC in 'no better position'

    Increasing council tax to cover the rising costs of social care will leave Lancashire County Council in "no better position".

    Lancashire County Council

    Councils can currently apply a 2% social care precept to council tax to help towards the cost of care. 

    Rather than a total of 6% increases in council tax over three years, ring-fenced for social care, English local authorities will be permitted to impose 6% over two years so bringing forward revenue.

    Central government will top up the pot with £240m for next year funded from savings elsewhere in Whitehall.

    David Borrow, deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, said the measures would not help to address the ongoing funding gap for adult social care.

    Quote Message: This week's announcement leaves Lancashire in no better position than we have been forecasting, and actually by 2020/21 we could have an additional gap of more than £8m. from David Borrow Deputy leader of Lancashire County Council
    David BorrowDeputy leader of Lancashire County Council
  7. Woman left 'extremely shaken' after robbery

    A woman has been left "extremely shaken" after being robbed outside her house in Banks.

    Woodvale Court

    It happened as the 52-year-old got out of a taxi in Woodvale Court in the early hours of 11 December after a night out. 

    She was hit from behind and knocked to the floor where she was kicked and punched before losing consciousness. 

    The attacker stole £40.

    Police have launched an appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

  8. Local musician awarded place in national orchestra

    A musician who has played the trombone since the age of eight has been awarded a place in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.


    Carl,15, from Rossendale and is a student at Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School, officially joins next year and will play alongside more than 100 young musicians from around the UK.

    He said:

    Quote Message: There's something like 700 people [who] audition for the orchestra overall but there's only eight places in the trombone section so it's absolutely huge.
  9. Partygoers advised to drink responsibly over 'Mad Friday'

    Lancashire's partygoers are being urged to drink responsibly tonight.

    Christmas party

    The Friday before Christmas is traditionally known as Mad Friday, however, it is expected that tonight will also be very busy, with people out on their work's Christmas parties.

    The North West Ambulance Service is expecting a spike in emergency calls during this period and is urging people to think twice before dialing 999 so that paramedics are able to deal with life threatening incidents.

  10. Latest headlines from Lancashire

    • Motorcyclist is airlifted to hospital after a crash in Darwen this morning
    • Lancashire's partygoers are advised to drink responsibly during tonight's "Mad Friday"
    • Blackburn with Darwen council is rated best local authority in England for the quality of life given by its adult social care services
  11. Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after a crash in Darwen

    A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a crash in Darwen this morning.

    Pole Lane

    The crash involving a motorcycle and a car took place at the junction of Pole Lane and Thorncliffe Drive at about 08:00.

    He suffered leg injuries and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.

    Pole Lane remains closed in both directions.

  12. Council rated best local authority in England

    Blackburn with Darwen Council has been rated the best local authority in England for the quality of life given by its adult social care services.

    Blackburn with Darwen Council

    The council topped the league of more than 150 authorities in a survey of residents who receive adult social care support. 

    It is the only area in the North West not to have any care homes rated as "inadequate" by the Care Quality Commission. 

    Steve Kindle is the Director of Adult Social care at Blackburn with Darwen Council and is pleased with the results.

    Quote Message: It's a tribute to the 350 incredibly dedicated and hard working staff we have at the council. from Steve Kindle Director of Adult Social Care
    Steve KindleDirector of Adult Social Care
  13. Motorcyclist seriously injured after being hit by car

    A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Thornton.

    Lawsons Road

    The 18-year-old rider, from Weeton, was struck by a car on a bend in Lawsons Road at about 17:40 yesterday.

    He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment for a broken shoulder, upper arm, forearm, femur and vertebrae.

    A 37-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He has been bailed until 10 February pending further inquiries.

    Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A motorcyclist is left seriously injured following a crash in Thornton yesterday, prompting a police appeal
    • Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust has the highest bed occupancy rate in the county at nearly 98%
    • Blackburn with Darwen Council is rated the best local authority in England for the quality of life given by its adult social care services
  15. Preston newsagents urged to boycott the Sun over Hillsborough coverage

    Newsagents in Preston are being urged to stop selling the Sun newspaper over its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

    The Sun

    Preston City Council voted in favour of a motion to support a campaign called The Total Eclipse of the S*n, which aims to take the paper out of shops.

    Two of the victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster were from Preston. 

    The Sun reported Liverpool fans had "picked the pockets of victims" and "urinated" on police officers.

    In 2012, the former Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie apologised to the people of Liverpool for The Truth headline, saying he had been "misled".  

    Councillors voted 30 to 18 with one abstaining and the area becomes the fifth in the North West to support such a motion. 

    The Society of Editors has earlier said the motion is "stretching towards censorship".

    Labour Councillor John Browne said:

    Quote Message: We're not as a council able to say what people can and can't read, what we're trying to do, as has happened in Liverpool, is to dissuade people.
  16. Travel: Jack-knifed lorry blocks Ringway in Preston

    BBC Travel

    Ringway in Preston is blocked and there is queuing traffic southbound at the Church Street junction because of a jack-knifed lorry.

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