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  1. Updates on Monday 19 December
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

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Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A mostly cloudy night, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times and mist and hill fog also developing. Most places should avoid a frost.

A dull start, with some mist or fog patches possible. It will stay cloudy, with further occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

Highs of 7C.

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Football: Bentley concerned over Morecambe future

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is concerned about the future of the club over the next month.  

Jim Bentley
Rex Features

Bentley was sent from the touchline as his side lost 2-1 at home to Cheltenham in a game for which he was only able to name five substitutes.

The defeat means the Shrimps have won just one of their last eight games in League Two.

We've got problems in the squad, we've got problems off the field.

This is the worst it has been - in my opinion the next month is going to be the biggest in the club's history. We've got that much going on and there are things that need looking at on and off the field.

Jim BentleyMorecambe manager

Headliners of Lytham Festival announced

The headline acts at next year's Lytham Festival have been announced. 

Suggs from Madness

Olly Murs, Madness and the Human League will all feature in the five-day event.

The festival runs between 2 and 6 August.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An appeal is launched after an 87-year-old man suffers multiple chest injuries in a crash in Longton
  • The Dean of Chorley dies after suffering a serious stroke last week
  • A £6.6m contract is awarded to a national charity to provide support for victims of sexual violence, domestic abuse and hate crime in Lancashire

Dean of Chorley dies after stroke

The Dean of Chorley and Vicar of St George's Church has died following a serious stroke last week.     

Rev Tim Wilby
Blackburn diocese

The Reverend Tim Wilby, 57, spent more than 30 years in the Diocese of Blackburn.

He was ordained in 1983 after studying at University College, Durham and trained for the Anglican priesthood in Oxford.

We give thanks to God for Tim and remember his dedicated service in our Diocese since 1983.

The Diocese will do everything it can to provide support to Tim's family and to his congregation at this distressing time.

The Right Reverend Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburn

Cricket: Buttler retained for IPL

BBC Sport

Lancashire and England's Jos Buttler has been retained by his Indian Premier League franchise for 2017.  

Jos Buttler
Getty Images

Buttler played 14 times for Mumbai Indians last season.

The Twenty20 tournament will run from 5 April to 21 May next year.

Witness appeal after Longton collision

Police have appealed for information after an 87-year-old man suffered multiple chest injuries in a crash in Longton.


The incident happened about 14:30 on Thursday when the man's Citreon Relay collided with a Nissan on Brownhill Lane. His vehicle spun off the road and landed in a ditch.

He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where his condition is described as stable.

Weather: Patches of light rain or drizzle developing

BBC Weather

Staying cloudy for much of the day, with light winds. Occasional outbreaks of light rain or drizzle are possible towards the end of the afternoon.  

Mostly cloudy tonight, with further outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times and mist and hill fog also developing.

Lows around 7C.

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Lancashire lags behind in flood protection spending

Half of all the money earmarked for new flood defences in England will be spent on protecting London and areas around the Thames, official figures show.  

Environment Agency

Analysis by BBC News has found £1.8bn will be spent on the Thames Estuary out of a £3.7bn national flood spending programme.

About 16,000 homes were flooded across the North of England a year ago - including Lancashire.

The Environment Agency said it invested money "where it will have the most benefit".

The disparity in regional flood defence spending comes as many flood victims remain homeless, 12 months after storms Desmond and Eva devastated parts of Yorkshire, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Football: 'Cruel' defeat disappoints Burnley boss

BBC Sport

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has described yesterday's 2-1 defeat by Tottenham as "cruel".

Danny Rose scored the winner as Spurs came from behind to beat Burnley in controversial circumstances.

Substitute Moussa Sissoko was given only a yellow card for a high, late tackle on Stephen Ward, before putting Rose through on goal in the next move, as the full-back smashed home at the near post.

Charity wins multimillion-pound victim support contract

A multimillion-pound contract to provide support for victims of sexual violence, domestic abuse and hate crime in Lancashire has been awarded to a national charity.


Victim Support - which currently provides a countywide service for crime victims on behalf of the Police and Crime Commissioner - has been offered the £6.6m contract from April next year. 

It follows a tender process undertaken earlier this year. 

The new contract also includes domestic abuse services for the Lancashire county administrative area for the first time - a decision that has allowed Lancashire County Council to make savings to their budget.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

People treated after car found in ditch

Two people have been cut from a car in Whitestake near Preston.

Penwortham Way

Firefighters found the vehicle in a ditch on Penwortham Way at about 06:20.

The pair were treated by paramedics.

Fylde Ladies footballer included in SPOTY tribute

Former Fylde Ladies player Zoe Tynan was included in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year's tribute to sporting stars and broadcasters who have passed away this year.  

Tynan, 18, who also played for England Women's Under-19s, Everton Ladies and Manchester City Women, died when she was hit by a train in August.  

Appeal made after Skelmersdale assault

Police have appealed for information after an assault in Skelmersdale.

Anthony McNair
Lancashire Police

Anthony McNair, 24, is wanted in connection with the incident on Saturday.

He is described as white, about 5ft 10ins (1.55m), brown eyes, medium build, short shaven hair, with a tattoo of a rose and the name Amelia on his left arm and a tattoo on his back with the name Connor.

Football: Bentley fears Morecambe problems are 'worst yet'

BBC Lancashire Sport

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley says the next month "could be the biggest in the club's history" after acknowledging there are serious problems on and off the pitch.

The Shrimps have won just one of their last eight league games and face a selection dilemma with a number of squad members unavailable through injury or suspension.

Bentley feels the current situation is the "worst it's been".

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Two people have been treated by paramedics in Penwortham after their car was found in a ditch this morning
  • Police want to speak to a man in connection with an assault in Skelmersdale 
  • A Blackburn supermarket apologises after a girl finds a scorpion in a pack of tangerines

Woman airlifted to hospital after Cleveleys crash

A woman is in hospital with serious injuries after she was hit by a car in Cleveleys on Friday.


The 71-year-old was walking her two dogs about 10:00 on West Drive when she was hit by a Mercedes.

She was freed from underneath the vehicle and was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital with injuries to her pelvis and arm.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Supermarket apologises after scorpion find

A Blackburn supermarket has apologised after a scorpion was found in a pack of tangerines.


The highly venomous deathstalker scorpion was discovered by a schoolgirl from Shadsworth last week. 

A spokesman for Morrisons on Railway Road said:

We have a number of measures to remove or screen for pests on farms and in this rare case, one managed to get through. We apologise to our customer and are investigating this incident with our supplier

Severe accident: A586 Lancashire both ways

BBC Travel

A586 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between A585 Garstang New Road and B5293 Raikes Road.

A586 Lancashire - A586 Garstang Road in Whin Lane End closed in both directions between Windy Harbour Traffic Lights and the B5293 Raikes Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A woman was airlifted to hospital with serious pelvis and arm injuries after being hit by a car in Cleveleys on Friday  
  • Police issue an appeal to speak to a man in connection with an assault in Skelmersdale on Saturday
  • A Blackburn supermarket apologises after a scorpion was found in a pack of tangerines

Weather: Dry and mild day for most

BBC Weather

A misty and foggy start for some areas ahead of a dull and cloudy day, with some light rain possible later.

Highs of 8C.

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