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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: Heavy rain expected during the evening

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Mostly cloudy tonight with patches of hill fog. A band of persistent rain will move south-east across the region during the first part of the night, largely clearing by dawn. 

Tomorrow will start unsettled with blustery westerly winds and occasional showery outbreaks.

Highs of 8C.

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Football: Birmingham sign striker Jutkiewicz

BBC Sport

Championship side Birmingham City have signed on-loan Burnley striker Lukas Jutkiewicz for £1m.

Lukas Jutkiewicz
Empics

Jutkiewicz has scored six goals in 17 games for Blues since signing on loan on 31 August.

The 27-year-old had failed to score in 35 appearances for Burnley, who he joined from Middlesbrough in a £1.5m deal in July 2014.

Jutkiewicz has agreed a contract until 2020 at St Andrew's, and will become a full-time Blues player on 3 January.

Shire horse help for brewery

A brewery is after a new apprentice - but one with a difference.

The job is to help look after Thwaites' famous shire horses which have been part of the Blackburn business for 200 years. 

BBC North West Tonight's Stuart Pollitt has been to find out what skills are needed.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Three people are pulled to safety from the sea near North Pier in Blackpool
  • A road improvement on the A56 near Haslingden is set for completion before Christmas
  • Birmingham sign Burnley striker Lukas Jutkiewicz for £1m

Road improvement scheme set for completion

Work on a section of the A56 near Haslingden is set to be completed by Christmas, Highways England says.

A56
Google

Improvements have been made to the embankments around Rising Bridge roundabout.

New fencing, traffic signals and cycle way construction formed part of the four-mile scheme.

We’re helping drivers with their journeys this Christmas by ensuring as many schemes as possible are completed by the holiday break.

Our traffic officers will also be on patrol and working with partners as always to help clear any incidents; the vast majority of which will be dealt with in under an hour.

Andy WithingtonHighways England

Chicken lorry overturns on road

A lorry carrying 9,000 chickens has overturned on a Cumbrian road.  

The lorry on its side
Cumbria Police

The crash happened on the A65 at Lupton, in South Lakeland, shortly before 02:00.

A vet and RSPCA inspectors were called in to assist emergency services. Most of the birds were in crates, but it is understood some escaped.

The driver of the vehicle was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Cycling: Team Sky 'confident' of no wrongdoing

BBC Sport

Team Sky are "confident" no wrongdoing will be found when UK Anti-Doping produces a report into a mystery package given to Chorley-based cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.  

Sir Dave Brailsford
PA

Team boss Sir Dave Brailsford told the culture, media and sport committee on Monday the package contained an over-the-counter decongestant, Fluimucil.

Ukad launched the investigation following a Daily Mail allegation.

We are continuing to co-operate fully with Ukad and we look forward to their report. As we have always said, we believe what is most important is for Ukad to establish the truth independently.

Team SkyStatement

Developing an aeroplane that can fly itself

British defence company BAE Systems is researching the feasibility of an autonomous aircraft that could not only take off and land without any human intervention but also plot a safe flight path avoiding bad weather and other planes in the sky.  

Developing an aeroplane that can fly itself

BBC Click's Marc Cieslak went to Warton in Lancashire where the company is using a Jetstream 31 aircraft as a flying test bed for technology.

He joins the crew on board the plane as they hand control of the plane to a shed on the ground.

Weather: Dry for most parts of Lancashire

Dry for many, although some areas may see outbreaks of rain or drizzle.

A mostly cloudy night with some hill fog. A band of persistent rain will also move south-east across the region during the first part of the night.

Lows tonight of 5C.

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Football: Jutkiewicz set for permanent switch from Burnley

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley striker Lukas Jutkiewicz will join Birmingham on a permanent basis when the January transfer window opens.

Lukas Jutkiewicz
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Jutkiewicz has been on loan with the Championship club since August.

The 27-year-old move to Turf Moor in 2014 from Middlesbrough.

Blackburn man, 33, missing

A man has been reported missing in Blackburn.

Yves Tempels
Lancashire Police

Yves Tempels, 33, was last seen in Darwen Street about 10:30 on Monday.

He is 5ft 6in (1.70m) tall and was last seen wearing a black shirt, black jeans, black leather jacket and black shoes.

It is thought that he could have travelled to Blackpool and may be staying in a B&B. If you have seen him or have any information on his whereabouts then please get in touch.

PC Neil OgdenBlackburn Police

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man from Blackpool describes a scene of "pandemonium" after a lorry was driven into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, in a suspected terrorist attack
  • CCTV images are released of a man wanted in connection with an assault on a council worker in Burnley
  • The Met Office issues a yellow warning of wind for this weekend

Football: Dyche bemoans luck with refereeing decisions

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley manager Sean Dyche says he is frustrated with the number of decisions he feels are going against his side.

Dyche made his comments after seeing Burnley lose to a controversial Danny Rose goal against Tottenham on Sunday.

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.  

Met Office issues weather warnings

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning of wind for 23 and 24 December.

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Appeal following Burnley council worker assault

Police have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a council worker was assaulted in Burnley.

CCTV image
Burnley Police

A 37-year-old road sweeper was approached by three men on St James’ Road at about 10:30 on 12 November - one of them then took his hat and made him chase them around the town centre. 

After getting his hat back, one of the men punched him in the face a number of times.

He suffered a fractured eye socket, which resulted in him needing metal plates.  

This was a nasty attack on the victim who was simply doing his job when he was targeted by these three men, who stole his hat before one of them punched him.

PC Mohammed BhaiLancashire Police

Overturned lorry blocks A65

BBC Travel

The A65 in Crooklands is closed in both directions between Crooklands Roundabout and the Jubilee Lane junction, because of an overturned lorry and recovery work.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after a council worker was assaulted in Burnley is released
  • Three people are rescued from the sea near to the North Pier in Blackpool
  • Improvement work on the A56 near Haslingden is set to be completed by Christmas

People rescued from sea in Blackpool

Three people have been pulled from the sea in Blackpool in the early hours of this morning.

North Pier
Google

Two RNLI D-class boats were called to North Pier about 03:00. They were joined in the search by a coast rescue team from Lytham..

Two people were taken to hospital suffering from the effects of cold. 

Away fan 'saves' man's life before match

A man who collapsed at the bar of his local pub had his "life saved" by a visiting football fan.  

Keith King
Zena King

Keith King, 73, was at the Thatched House pub in Poulton, near Blackpool, with Luton fans when he collapsed on Saturday.

Matthew Davies stepped in to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) having stopped for a pre-match pint before an away game against Blackpool.

Mr King's daughter Zena said "his quick reaction... saved Dad's life".

Blackpool man describes 'pandemonium' after Berlin lorry attack

A man from Blackpool who witnessed a "probable terrorist attack" at a Christmas market in Germany has described the "pandemonium" caused by the incident.

A lorry ploughed into the market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48.

Dave Richmond said he and his wife ran from the scene when they knew what was happening.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A tourist from Blackpool who witnessed a suspected terrorist attack at a Christmas market in Berlin describes the aftermath as "pandemonium"
  • Police are searching for a man who failed to appear at Burnley Crown Court to stand trial for assaulting a nurse
  • A man who collapsed at the bar of his local pub in Poulton had his life saved by a visiting football fan

Weather: Chilly with sunny spells

BBC Weather

It will start with some misty patches in places along with plenty of cloud. The cloud will break to allow for some sunny spells this afternoon.

Highs of only 6C.

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