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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region. 

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Weather: Blustery conditions continue

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC weather presenter

Scattered, blustery showers will continue overnight, with some snow accumulating in places, mainly over high ground. Winds will remain strong at first, but ease towards dawn.

Sleet and snow showers will continue on Thursday with some occasional sunny intervals. It will feel cold in breezy north-westerly winds. Highs of 4C.

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Council to object over phone box removal

A council is set to raise objections over proposals to close 42 phone boxes in Lancashire.

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BT wants to remove 50 public payphones, including the iconic "centre of the United Kingdom" phone box in Dunsop Bridge.

Ribble Valley councillors are set to meet tomorrow to discuss the plans.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A motorcyclist is jailed for 18 months for causing the death of a former international cyclist near Belmont 
  • Police reopen a road that was blocked by protesters opposed to the extraction of shale gas in Little Plumpton
  • A campaign is launched to name a new academy in Blackpool after World Cup winner Jimmy Armfield

Road scheme improvements 'causing delays' for motorists

Motorists say they are facing long delays because of temporary traffic lights at the junction of the M65 in Nelson.

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Work started on a roundabout which is designed to ease congestion almost 12 months ago.

New lights were installed on Monday to allow construction to start on extra lanes.

Lancashire County Council has apologised for the inconvenience and says the lights will be in place for another month.

Care trust rated 'good' by inspectors

A care trust that was told to improve its services has now been classed as "good" overall by health inspectors.

Chief executive Heather Tierney Moore
LANCASHIRE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

The Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust was given the rating following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission in September.

Chief Executive Heather Tierney Moore said she was "proud" of the progress made since its previous inspection.

The trust was told to focus on issues including staff training, safety and risk assessments in mental health.

Football: Super-computer predicts Burnley's Premier League survival hopes

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A super-computer has predicted Burnley's final position in this season's Premier League.  

Sean Dyche
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SAM (Sports Analytics Machine) predicts the Clarets will finish 14th - nine points above the relegation zone.

Where do you think Sean Dyche's side will finish?

Travel: Protest partially blocks Blackpool road

BBC Travel

The A583 Preston New Road in Blackpool is partially blocked with heavy traffic in both directions between the Whitehill Road junction and the B5260 Fox Lane Ends junction, because of a demonstration.

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Weather: Snow likely over higher ground

BBC Weather

Scattered wintry showers will increasingly turn to snow, especially over the hills. Gusty winds will also make it feel cold.  

Scattered, blustery showers will continue overnight, with some snow accumulating in places, mainly over high ground. Winds will remain strong at first, but ease towards dawn.

Lows of 3C.

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Biker jailed over GB cyclist's death

A motorcyclist has been jailed for causing the death of a former international cyclist.

David Hitchin
lancashire police

Leighton Santos, 22, of Tonge Moor Road in Bolton, Greater Manchester, admitted causing David Hitchen's death by careless driving near Belmont in 2014.

Mr Hitchen, 42, from St Helens in Merseyside, rode for Great Britain in the 1990s, winning national and international races, before illness cut his career short.

Santos was jailed for a total of 18 months at Preston Crown Court.

Blackpool man, 21, arrested over right-wing extremism comments

A Blackpool man has been arrested over comments relating to right-wing extremism in the resort.

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The comments were allegedly made at an event in the resort in March last year and in posts on social media. 

The 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of two public order offences in relation to using threatening or insulting words or displaying written material with intent to stir up racial hatred.

Officers from the North West Counter-Terrorism Unit and Lancashire police carried out the arrest and the man will be interviewed at a police station later.

Fracking protest closes road near shale gas extraction site

A protest against fracking has led to a road being closed at a site in which shale gas will be extracted.

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The government approved energy firm Cuadrilla's plans to frack at the Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in October last year. 

About 30 protesters opposed to the plans are demonstrating near to where work is under way to prepare the first horizontal fracking site in the UK.

Police have stopped traffic along the section of road between Blackpool to Preston.

Cuadrilla said it started site construction work after Lancashire County Council agreed planning conditions had been met.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man from Blackpool is arrested on suspicion of making comments and social media posts relating to "right wing extremism"
  • A demonstration by protesters opposed to fracking closes part of the Preston New Road in Little Plumpton
  • Tributes are paid to a Lancashire climber who died after falling on a mountain near Fort William

Pic of the day: The tide is high

BBC Weather Watchers

It looks like snow but one of the BBC's Weather Watchers has sent in this image of the tide rolling in in Cleveleys.

Cleveleys
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Drivers fined £1.3m over new bus lane

More than £1.3m in fines were issued in the two months after a new bus lane was introduced in Preston city centre.  

Fishergate
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Restrictions are in place between 11:00 and 18:00 on two sections of Fishergate and were introduced on a trial basis on 31 October 2016 to reduce congestion.

Misuse of the lane has seen over 23,000 drivers receive £60 penalty notices.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said almost 16,000 had already paid their fines and the restrictions would continue until a review in April.

Roger Lawson, from the Association of British Drivers, said bus lanes were "discriminatory" and without any actual benefits.

Watch: Accrington stunner voted goal of FA Cup third round

BBC Sport

A goal from Accrington's Sean McConville has been voted the best of the FA Cup third round by the BBC Sport audience.  

McConville took 26% of the vote, with Darren Bent's goal for Derby in their 2-1 win at West Brom second with 15%.

Strong winds cancel ferry sailings

Strong winds have led to the cancellation of two ferry crossings between the Isle of Man and Lancashire.  

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The Isle of Man Met Office predicts wind speeds could reach up to 55mph (88km/h) later and on Thursday.

The 08:45 sailing between Douglas and Heysham and the 14:15 are affected, the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company said.

A spokesman said the 19:45 and overnight service could also face disruption or cancellation.

Affected passengers have been asked to contact the company.

Man arrested over 'right wing' comments

A man has been arrested on suspicion of making comments and social media posts relating to "right wing extremism", police have said.  

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GMP

The 21-year-old from Blackpool is alleged to have made comments at an event in the town in March 2016 and posted similar content on social media.

He is being held on suspicion of displaying material likely to incite racial hatred and using abusive words.

He has been taken to a Lancashire police station for questioning.

The arrest was made by officers from both Lancashire Police and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Blackpool man is arrested over comments relating to right-wing extremism in the resort
  • Ferry crossings between Heysham and the Isle of Man are affected by strong winds
  • Objections are set to be raised by Ribble Valley Council over the proposed closure of 42 phone boxes in the borough

NHS trust rated 'good' by health inspectors

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust has been rated "good" following improvements in services such as sexual health and its leadership, inspectors found.

Hospital
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The Care Quality Commission said improvements were made despite underlying staffing issues. 

The trust, which "required improvement" following its last inspection, provides health care in the community and some mental health services for young people and adults.

However, it was criticised for not ensuring all safeguarding cases were supervised, with a lack of communication in referrals made to children's social care.

Cricket: England players will back Cook's captaincy decision, says Hameed

BBC Sport

Lancashire's Haseeb Hameed says the England players will support whatever decision Alastair Cook makes, as he considers whether to continue as captain.  

Cook, 32, will reportedly meet England director of cricket Andrew Strauss this week to discuss his position.

Hameed, 19, opened alongside Cook during the Test tour of India before he had to return home with a broken hand.

Everyone in the changing room backs him and will back whatever decision he makes.

MP to fight 'barmy' rail fares to London

An MP has vowed to fight a rail firm's "barmy" price structure which has seen people charged more than three times as much to travel a shorter route.  

Virgin train
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Fylde MP Mark Menzies claims Virgin Trains is "stinging" passengers between Preston and London by charging more than those leaving Lancaster on the same trains.

Preston tickets cost up to £145 for a standard single in peak hours, while the longer journey can cost £42.50.

Virgin said the costs reflect the high number of Preston business travellers.

The company said for "many years" it had "relaxed" pricing structures on some of its longer distance routes, which serve more "leisure travellers".

Family of fallen climber 'heartbroken'

The family of a climber who died falling during a climb on one of the UK's highest mountains have told of their heartbreak at his death.  

Mark Bowling
Police Scotland

Mark Bowling, 52, from Lancashire, fell while descending from the summit of the 1.234m (4,048ft) Aonach Beag near Fort William on 5 January.

In a statement, his family said: "We are all completely heartbroken and in shock over the tragic loss of Mark."

The father-of-four had a "great love" for the outdoors, his family said.

The statement said: "He was a loving husband and father who had a great love for the outdoors, mountaineering and photography.

Severe disruption: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe disruption, at J7 for A6185 Rishton.

M65 Lancashire - M65 exit slip road to as you come off and up towards the roundabout partially blocked and heavy traffic westbound at J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of a broken down vehicle.

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Weather: Very windy, with a chance of snow

BBC Weather

It will turn colder through the day with strong winds and local gales.  

Scattered wintry showers are possible, which will turn increasingly to snow later on, especially over the hills.

Highs of 7C.

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