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

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

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Becoming wet and windy

    BBC Weather

    Drier and brighter this afternoon, with sunny spells in the south of the region. Feeling mild, especially in any sunshine.  

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    Video caption: Weather

    It will become windy overnight, especially in coastal areas as a band of rain arrives from the southwest, extending across all parts by dawn. 

    Temperatures of around 11C are expected.

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  3. Football: Fleetwood fined for anti-doping breach

    BBC Sport

    League One side Fleetwood Town have been fined £4,000 by the Football Association after they admitted breaching anti-doping rules.  

    Fleetwood Town logo

    They failed to comply with regulation 14(d) which relates to them being unable to ensure their 'club whereabouts' information was accurate.

    Clubs are required to provide accurate details of player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.

    Manchester City were charged for a similar offence in January.

  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A methodist minister arrested for trying to disarm warplanes at BAE Systems in Warton says he has "no regrets"
    • Two men have threatened staff with a handgun during a robbery at a petrol station in Heysham 
    • Fleetwood Town are fined £4,000 by the Football Association after admitting breaching anti-doping rules
  5. 'No regrets' over BAE Warton break-in, says minister

    A methodist minister says he has "no regrets" after he was arrested for allegedly trying to disarm warplanes at BAE Systems in Warton.

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    Rev Dan Woodhouse and Sam Walton, a Quaker, have been bailed to return for further questioning in April after they arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

    Mr Woodhouse says he hopes his congregation will remain supportive.

  6. New book looks to educate youngsters about fire safety

    Claire Ashmore

    Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

    A group of teenage entrepreneurs from Burnley are hoping their new business venture about fire safety will save lives.

    Hazardous Harry

    Members of the Young Enterprise Team at Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College have written and published a book featuring a character called Hazardous Harry to help young children understand fire safety. 

    They believe there is a gap in the market for engaging ways to get the information across to children from the age of three. 

    The teenagers have published the book through their own company and are preparing to pitch it at a Lancashire version of Dragons' Den.

  7. Nissan boss denies death crash 'malfunction'

    A senior manager at Nissan has told a court it was "impossible" that a malfunction caused a Qashqai vehicle to surge forward and kill a pedestrian.


    Julie Dean, 53, died after she was hit by a Qashqai in Leyland, in July 2014.

    Driver Ann Diggles, now 82, was trying to park and denies causing the death by dangerous or careless driving.

    At Preston Crown Court, she said the car "took off" because, her lawyers said, of a fault with the vehicle.

    Her lawyers suggested there was a problem with the electronic throttle system, which resulted in an "uncommanded acceleration".

    But prosecutors argued that no problem was found with the throttle.

  8. Lancashire towns and villages nominated for prestigious bloom awards

    Four Lancashire towns and villages have been selected to represent the North West in this year's Britain in Bloom competition.

    Flowers and butterfly

    Elswick has been nominated for the Champions of Champions category, alongside Oldham in Greater Manchester.

    Blackburn town centre is in the Business Improvement District category, Barnoldswick will vie for success in the Town category, with Croston competing for the Large Village title. 

    In August the finalists will lead Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of their areas before winners are announced at an awards ceremony in Llandudno on 27 October.

    Organisers from the RHS said the finalists were chosen "for their commitment to environmental responsibility, high levels of community participation and their outstanding gardening achievements".

  9. Football: Ambrose's Blackburn deal in balance

    BBC Sport

    Efe Ambrose's proposed loan move from Celtic to Blackburn Rovers is awaiting an English FA ruling over a work permit for the Nigeria defender.

    Celtic defender Efe Ambrose

    The Scottish FA says the paperwork for the player who joined Celtic from Ashdod in 2012 was completed in time before the 23:00 GMT deadline.

    But their English counterparts have different rules regarding work permits.

    And the 28-year-old, who has played 51 times for his country, does not automatically meet the FA's criteria.

  10. Ron Hill: The Olympian who kept running

    Former Olympian Ron Hill has ended a 52-year streak of running at least one mile every single day after experiencing chest pains.  

    Ron Hill

    Accrington-born Hill, 78, has run every day since 20 December 1964, clocking up 52 years and 39 days.

    Here is a look at how some of the running community including Jo Pavey have reacted to the news.  

    Ron Hill and Jo Pavey

    Pavey, 43, five times Olympian and 10,000m gold medal winner, said: "He is such a great man and his determination is so inspirational. Running every day for 52 years and 39 days is such an amazing achievement.

    "His performances in the marathon are also incredible."

  11. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The parents of a 14-year-old boy who died in a barn fire pay tribute to him as their "beautiful, beautiful boy"
    • Four people are charged with breaching public order after protesters locked themselves to each other near a fracking site in Little Plumpton
    • Players and some staff at Morecambe Football Club have still not been paid, the club's manager confirms to BBC Radio Lancashire
  12. Football: Burnley 'deserved their luck' in Leicester win

    BBC Sport

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says his side "deserved their luck" after they beat Premier League champions Leicester City. 

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    Video caption: Burnley 1-0 Leicester City: Sean Dyche feels his side deserves some good fortune

    Sam Vokes appeared to control the ball with his hand before scoring the late winner at Turf Moor.

    The win moved the Clarets upto ninth.

  13. Football: Morecambe players not paid again

    BBC Sport

    Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has confirmed that players and most staff have not been paid again as a takeover deal has yet to be completed.

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    US-based Italian businessman Joseph Cala has agreed to buy Abdulrahman Al-Hashemi's stake in G50, the company that owns the League Two club.

    Cala, 56, had told the board he expected wages and bills to creditors to be paid no later than Tuesday. But Bentley says there is still no indication on when people will be paid.

    In November, wages were received late because of financial problems.

    Quote Message: It's not the first time and you can only lean on people's good will for so long. It's very much a mess in regards to who owns the club, there just seems to be that many people in the picture in regards to Diego Lemos, Joseph Cala, Abdulrahman Al-Hashemi, G50, the old regime, Peter McGuigan - it's not ideal. from Jim Bentley Morecambe manager
    Jim BentleyMorecambe manager
  14. Charges over Little Plumpton lock-in fracking protest

    Four people have been charged with breaching public order after demonstrators locked themselves to each other at the first horizontal fracking site in the UK.


    The campaigners were protesting after work started at the Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton.

    Three men and a woman were charged with failing to comply with "a prohibited assembly police direction".

    They are due to appear at Blackpool Magistrates' Court.

  15. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • There is growing concern for a 27-year-old man who has been missing from his home in Burnley for more than a week
    • Four people are charged with breaching public order after demonstrators locked themselves to each other near a fracking site in Little Plumpton 
    • Visitor numbers to the East Lancashire Railway have risen by 25% - partly due to the return of Flying Scotsman
  16. Flying Scotsman return boosts railway visitor numbers

    Phil Cunliffe

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    The East Lancashire Railway has achieved its highest number of visitors since the tracks reopened as a tourist attraction 30 years ago.

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    Video caption: Flying Scotsman

    The restored heritage line, which runs between Rawtenstall and Heywood, saw visitor numbers rise by 25% in 2016, compared to the previous year.

    The success is partly being put down to the return of Flying Scotsman. 

  17. Football: Burnley break club record for Brady

    BBC Sport

    Burnley have broken their transfer record to sign midfielder Robbie Brady from Norwich City for a fee that could reach £13m.  

    Robbie Brady

    The Republic of Ireland international, 25, has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League side.

    The Clarets' previous club record was the £10.5m deal for midfielder Jeff Hendrick from Derby County in August.

    Burnley also completed a deal to sign midfielder Ashley Westwood from Aston Villa.

  18. Man missing from Burnley

    A 27-year-old man has been reported missing from Burnley for more than a week.

    Ashley Allwood

    Ashley Allwood was last seen in Elizabeth Street on 23 January.

    He is described as white, 6ft 2in (1.88m), with short, dark-brown hair and has tattoos of musical notes behind one of his ears.

    Mr Allwood was last seen wearing a black and red tracksuit and has links to Milton Keynes. 

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

    Quote Message: This is extremely out of character for Ashley and we are becoming extremely worried. from PC Cat Horner
    PC Cat Horner