Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


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

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

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.

Weather: Dry with a chance of showers later

BBC Weather

Remaining mainly dry but with the possibility of showers.

It is likely to get cold into the evening and overnight, with frost and a few mist patches possible. Lows of 3C.

More from BBC Weather

Girl, 17, injured after moped crash in Morecambe

A 17-year-old moped rider has been injured after crashing with a van in Morecambe.

Torrisholme Rd, Morecambe

The girl suffered minor injuries when she was struck while travelling towards Torrisholme Road at about 21:40 yesterday.

The van failed to stop at the scene and made off in the direction of Torrisholme Road.

Police are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Your pictures: Preston city centre looking festive

Recycling shop to sell items sent to landfill sites

A recycling shop is to open in the new year to reuse goods that usually end up at landfill sites.

Preston Recycling Centre

Lancashire County Council is appealing for good quality items for the shop, which will be based at Preston Household Waste Recycling Centre and be open from mid-January.

The development will see potentially useful things saved from being thrown in the skips at the Tom Benson Way facility in a bid to reduce the amount of landfill waste. 

Items will be checked, cleaned up and repaired if necessary before being put on sale.

The county council is appealing for items such as armchairs, beds, bookcases, and games.

"We're opening the shop to increase the amount of waste we re-use in Lancashire. It's great to recycle, but it's even better to reduce the amount we throw away in the first place.

Marcus JohnstoneCabinet member for environment, planning, and cultural services

Blackburn woman finds bugs in bag of rice

A woman has been left "horrified" after finding at least 30 insects inside a bag of Tesco's own-brand rice.

Bugs in rice
Jade Whittaker

Jade Whittaker found the bugs, some of which were hatching eggs, in the sealed bag on Monday after buying it from the Hill Street store in Blackburn.

Ms Whittaker, 21, who is eight months pregnant, said: "It was grim... They were crawling everywhere."

Tesco apologised and suggested they were "harmless" household pests. She was offered a £5 "goodwill" voucher.

New helm at Fleetwood RNLI goes out on first call

The first female to steer Fleetwood RNLI's lifeboat went out on her first call out yesterday following a request by the UK Coastguard.

RNLI Lifeboat

Angela Sanderson, whose job it is to be at the helm of boat, took the lifeboat along with other volunteers to help two fishing vessels. 

Both were taken back to shore safely.

LCC announces 500k fund to ease hospital winter pressures

Lancashire County Council has announced that it will make up to £500,000 available to ease winter pressures on the county's hospitals.

Lancashire County Council

The fund is part of a series of measures introduced by the county council to tackle winter pressures, which include increased staff capacity over Christmas and the New Year.

Lancashire's hospitals will be monitored on a regular basis by a social care team to identify immediate actions that can speed up the discharges of patients from hospital.

Where these actions require additional funding, trusts will have immediate access to money the county council has set aside.

It's a measure of how seriously we take this issue that we have identified this funding at a time when the county council is facing an unprecedented financial challenge.

Tony MartinCabinet Member for Adult and Community Services,

Gale warning for Heysham to Isle of Man boat crossings

Lancaster Guardian

Football: Morecambe director resigns over owner's 'lack of contact'

BBC Sport

Morecambe director Nigel Adams has resigned from his role at the League Two club, citing a lack of communication from owner Diego Lemos.

Getty Images

"I do not feel I have been given sufficient financial information from the majority shareholder to allow me to perform my duties," Adams said.

Chairman Peter McGuigan has told the BBC he is "very concerned about the situation at the club and he has tried to contact the owner without success".

The Shrimps are 19th in the table.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Morecambe FC director Nigel Adams resigns from his role at the club citing lack of communication with owner Diego Lemos as the reason
  • Lancashire County Council announces a £500,000 fund to ease hospital winter presssures
  • Lancashire one of a number of areas in the country to receive funding to help prevent homelessness

Fylde coast set for £4.2m healthcare funding boost

Organisations on the Fylde coast are set to benefit from £4.32m to help improve healthcare.

fylde coast

The aim of the funding, announced by NHS England in May, is to improve the care people receive, prevent ill health and save funds to safeguard services. 

On the Fylde coast this is happening through providing services that support people to manage their conditions better in the community, reducing the risk of a hospital admission.

We’ve made substantial progress to date in transforming how local people, who often need the most help to stay well, receive the care they need. This investment is a significant endorsement of that progress and in the potential of our future intentions.

Peter TinsonChief Operating Officer at NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG

Woman's bank cards stolen during tree seeing request

A 65-year-old woman's bank cards have been stolen while she was asked about a tree in her back garden in Lancaster.

Shakespeare Rd, Lancaster

She opened the door to a woman who asked to see the tree in Shakespeare Road at about 16:00 yesterday.

While distracted, another person went into the house and stole credit and bank cards.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police.  

Funding to reduce homelessness in the county

Lancashire has been chosen as one of a number of areas to receive money to prevent young people from becoming homeless.

Getty Images

Prime Minister Theresa May and Communities Secretary Sajid Javid announced the county will receive £735,000 as part of a £50m pilot programme for 28 areas across the country.

The programme will trial new approaches to identify young people at the greatest risk of homelessness and improve support for teenagers.

As well as this funding, Blackpool will also receive more than £600,000 to join up homelessness services across the Fylde Coast with a new partnership that will help people accessing housing make an easier transition into employment support.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J31A for B6242 and J31 for A59 Preston New Road.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J31a, B6242 (Longridge) and J31, A59 (Samlesbury), because of a broken down vehicle.

Check local traffic and travel reports for:

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire-based charity The Silver Line, which offers a free helpline for older people, says it will get 30% more calls during Christmas as more people will feel isolated
  • Morecambe FC director Nigel Adams steps down saying his position has become "untenable" due to lack of financial information from the Shrimps' new owner  
  • Lancashire is chosen as one of a number of areas in the country to receive money to help prevent homelessness

Investigation into fire at derelict school in Padiham

An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire at a derelict school in Padiham. 

Byron St, Padiham

Four fire engines and crews were sent to the former Ivy Bank High School on Byron Street at about 20:00 last night. 

They found the blaze on the second floor of the four storey building. 

No one was injured

Lancashire smokers encouraged to make 'smoke-free pledge'

Christmas smokers in the county are being urged to think about the risks that secondhand smoke can have on young children.

Getty Images

The Quit Squad, delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council, is encouraging households this Christmas to ensure that their homes are safe from smoke.

The organisation is highlighting the dangers of secondhand smoke for children, who have less well-developed airways, lungs and immune systems.

It says passive smoking also places adults at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer, and suggests households make a 'smoke free pledge' this Christmas.

Morecambe FC director steps down

Charity expecting a rise in calls for help over Christmas

The Fylde-based charity The Silver Line is bracing itself for its busiest period on the longest night of the year.


The charity, which offers a free helpline for older people, says elderly people feel more isolated during the night than at any other time. 

They believe tonight will be the start of their busiest ever time in the charity's three year history, with the organisation expecting 30% more calls during the Christmas period. 

So many older people tell us that night-times are when they feel most alone, worried and needing support.

The longer nights make it even worse - that's why it's vital we are there when no other helpline is available for older people who may be lonely, isolated or confused.

Sophie AndrewsCEO of The Silver Line

Elderly woman seriously injured after car park collision

An elderly woman is in a serious condition after being knocked over in a car park in Clitheroe.

Lowergate short stay car park in Clitheroe

A Ford Kuga hit a 79-year-old woman from Clitheroe at Lowergate short stay car park at about 11:00 on Tuesday, police said.

The woman was taken to Royal Preston Hospital with a head injury, a punctured lung, a fractured pelvis and an injury to her hand.

The driver of the Kuga, a 53-year-old woman from Whalley, was treated at the scene for shock. 

No arrests have been made and police are appealing for witnesses.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire-based charity The Silver Line, a free helpline for older people, says it will get 30% more calls at Christmas due to people feeling more isolated this time of year
  • An investigation is under way into the cause of a fire at a derelict school in Padiham last night
  • Smokers in Lancashire have been encouraged to make their homes smoke-free this Christmas because of health risks to children and other adults

Weather: Dry start but rain later

BBC Weather

Many places will start dry but there will be a spell of heavy rain through the late morning and into the early afternoon.


Generally a bright and breezy day. Highs of 8C.

More from BBC Weather

Good morning: Join us for today's coverage

Versha Nayee

Reporter, BBC News Online

Welcome to Lancashire Live. We're here until 16:00 with the latest local news, sport, travel and weather updates from across the county.

You can get in touch with all your photographs and snippets of news by emailFacebook or Twitter.