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  1. Updates on Friday 3 February
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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Weather: Heavy rain at first, easing later

BBC Weather

Staying windy with further outbreaks of heavy rain into the evening and early part of the night. Wind and rain easing towards dawn, before it turns cold with patchy frost.  

A few showers are possible for some during tomorrow morning, but otherwise it'll be a dry day.

Highs of 7C.

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Northern schools need 'urgent attention'

"Urgent attention" must be given to improving education in the North of England, says George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse Partnership think tank.


In its first report since being set up last year, the think tank identifies what needs to be done to "build a Northern Powerhouse".

"Many issues have been raised with us," said the authors, "but one challenge stood out: education."

Mr Osborne said the region was "at a turning point".

He set up the think tank last September to champion the ideas he had pursued as chancellor.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • One of Poland's most wanted men, a convicted sex offender, is arrested as he disembarks a ferry in Heysham
  • The proposed takeover of Morecambe FC takes a new twist with a tax consultant from the North East saying he is the owner
  • An NHS trust in Lancashire secures funding to purchase a retinal imaging machine for babies who are born prematurely 

One of Poland's most wanted arrested at Heysham

One of Poland's most wanted criminals has been arrested as he disembarked from a ferry in Heysham.

Marian Dorobek being arrested
Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police received a tip that Marian Dorobek was travelling on a ferry from the Isle of Man yesterday morning, which was due to dock at the Lancashire port at lunchtime.

The 68-year-old was wanted in Poland after failing to turn himself in following his conviction for rape and child sex offences last year.

Using Section 5 of the Extradition Act 2003, Dorobek was arrested as he left the ferry and has since been tranferred to HMP Wandsworth, while his extradition is arranged.

The act was used as no European Arrest Warrant had arrived by the time Dorobek disembarked. Lancashire Police said it is the first time they have taken such a step.

A force spokesman said the Polish government had sent an email of thanks, praising them for their "swift intervention and support".

Charity to fund new retinal imaging machine for premature babies

An NHS trust in Lancashire has secured funding to purchase a retinal imaging machine to help premature babies.


The £47,750 funding was obtained by consultant ophthalmologist Shveta Bansal for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from the Preston-based charity Baby Beat.

The machine, called a Retcam, takes digital images of the retina in premature babies who are at risk of developing a sight-threatening condition known as retinopathy of prematurity.

How can families help relatives with an addiction?

How can families intervene when a loved one is living with an addiction?

Former heroin addict Paul Husband and his cartoonist father Tony, who is from Blackpool, have written a book about Paul's struggle to overcome his heroin addiction.

He was treated with the help of Red Rose Recovery - a Lancashire-based charity that helps people with addictions.

The number of deaths from heroin and morphine have more than doubled since 2012, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics. They show 1,201 users died in that period, up from 579.

Football: Proposed Morecambe FC sale takes new twist

A tax consultant from the North East says he is the owner of Morecambe FC.

Graham Burnard says he is working to make sure overdue wages at the Globe Arena are paid within the next week. 

Mr Burnard is in a dispute over the ownership of G50 Holdings - the company which owns the League Two club.

Earlier today, Brazllian businessman Diego Lemos insisted he was still the owner and says he had taken court action to prevent any sale without him being "engaged with". 

But Mr Burnard has told BBC Radio Lancashire as far as he is concerned he owns the club. He says he wants to sort the finances out. 

He says he is not selling the club to anyone at this present moment and that includes the Italian-American businessman Joseph Cala. 

Mr Burnard says he hopes to have the wages issue resolved within the week.

Sean Dyche will 'park' his attachment to Hornets

Katy Lewis

BBC Local Live

At the end of an emotional week for the Hornets, former Watford player and manager Sean Dyche said he must leave his sense of attachment to the club "parked" when his Burnley side play at Vicarage Road on Saturday.

The match takes place three days after the funeral of Graham Taylor, who was Watford's chairman when the former Hornets centre-back Dyche was promoted from coaching staff to his first managerial job in 2011.

Sean Dyche

He has already stressed the respect he has for Watford, even after being dismissed as manager by the new Italian owners after one season.

He said: "The fact is I had some very good years at that club, including with Graham for a year when I was manager.

"So there is a lot of attachment - but it is parked before we play them on Saturday, I can assure you."

Dyche, who attended the funeral, said of Wednesday's service: "They are not easy affairs, of course, for anyone, and not when you have got someone who is so big for what he has done in the game.

"I thought it was handled fantastically well by all."

Football: Court order delays Morecambe takeover

BBC Sport

Morecambe's takeover by businessman Joseph Cala has been delayed, after businessman Diego Lemos obtained a court order preventing the sale.  

Morecambe's Globe Arena

Cala is waiting for EFL clearance to purchase Abdulrahman Al-Hashemi's stake in the club's owners, G50 Holdings.

However, Brazilian Lemos, who bought a controlling stake in the club in September, claims he owns G50.

Lemos says the order means he has to be "engaged with" by the relevant parties before any shares are sold.

Players and staff at the League Two club are yet to be paid, with the takeover incomplete.

Weather: Becoming wet and windy

BBC Weather

Rain will begin to push in during the afternoon, with some heavy bursts likely. It will also become increasingly windy.  

Staying windy with further outbreaks of heavy rain into the evening and early part of the night.

Lows of 4C during the early hours.

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Severe accident: M58 Lancashire eastbound

BBC Travel

M58 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, between J3 for A570 and J4 for A5068.

M58 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M58 eastbound between J3, A570 (Bickerstaffe) and J4, A5068 (Skelmersdale), because of an accident.

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Higgins backs calls for snooker's permanent return to Preston's Guild Hall

Phil Cunliffe

BBC Radio Lancashire

Former world snooker champion John Higgins is calling for Preston’s Guild Hall to be reinstated as a regular venue on the professional circuit.

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Higgins will be playing in the World Grand Prix in Preston, which gets under way on Monday.

The tournament features the world’s best 32 players, with the winner set to win £100,000. 

The Guild Hall was synonymous with snooker after hosting the UK Championship for 20 years before the event moved in 1998.

Ribble Valley binman retires after 44 years

A binman from the Ribble Valley is retiring today after 44 years on the rounds.

It is estimated Dave Bradshaw has walked 200,000 miles and emptied 1,000,000 bins in that time.

Mr Bradshaw started working for Ribble Valley Borough Council in 1974, having previously worked for Clitheroe Borough Council.

Town's railway station site is revealed

The preferred site for a new railway station in Skelmersdale has been revealed.

merseyrail train
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Lancashire County Council has earmarked land on the former Glenburn Sports College and Skelmersdale College.

The decision follows a comparative study by Network Rail of both sites and one near the Concourse shopping centre.

The council - which owns Glenburn Sports College - said Skelmersdale could get two direct trains to Liverpool per hour under the plans it has made in partnership with Merseytravel and West Lancashire Borough Council.

Skelmersdale is currently the largest town in north-west England without a railway station. The previous one closed in 1956.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Brazilian businessman Diego Lemos obtains a court order to prevent the sale of G50 Holdings' shares in Morecambe FC
  • A Lancashire NHS trust secures funding for a new retinal imaging machine to help premature babies
  • Burnley's Joey Barton accepts an FA charge that he placed 1,260 bets on matches between 2006 and 2016

Football: Businessman obtains court order to delay Morecambe takeover

BBC Lancashire Sport

A Brazilian businessman has obtained a court order preventing the sale of G50 Holdings' shares in Morecambe FC.

Diego Lemos

Diego Lemos says the order means he has to be "engaged with" before any shares are sold.

Lemos released a statement through his lawyer to say he is now returning to the UK to resolve matters. It also says he is the owner of G50 and the club.    

Italian-American businessman Joseph Cala is hoping to complete a takeover and is waiting for clearance from the Football League.

Football: Barton accepts FA betting charge

BBC Sport

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has accepted a Football Association charge that he placed 1,260 bets on matches over the past 10 years.  

Joey Barton
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Barton, who was charged in December, has requested a personal hearing before being sanctioned for breaking FA rules by betting on "matches or competitions" between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

It is expected Barton will offer mitigation for the breaches.

Players in England's top eight tiers are banned from betting on football.

Barton, 34, rejoined Burnley last month, having left Rangers in November.

Football: Prospective Morecambe owner offers assurances over next home game

An Italian-American businessman who wants to buy Morecambe says he has taken steps to make sure the club's next home game against Cambridge United can go ahead.

Joseph Cala is waiting for approval for his takeover from the Football League. He says he cannot pay any wages until then.

However, he said he had resolved a problem with access to adjoining land, which was operated by a separate company - PMG Leisure - which is now in administration. The land includes the matchday control area.

However, the sale to Mr Cala could be delayed due to legal action.

Brazilian businessman Diego Lemos is contesting the ownership of G50 Holdings, which owns the League Two club, and is set to go to court to temporarily block any deal.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The proposed takeover of Morecambe FC is facing a delay due to legal action 
  • Land between Skelmersdale College and former Glenburn Sports College has been earmarked as the preferred site for a new railway station in Skelmersdale  
  • The think tank chaired by former Chancellor George Osborne has used its first report to warn that schools in the north of England need "urgent attention" 

Schools need "urgent attention", Northern Powerhouse report finds

Schools in the North West need "urgent attention", according to the first report by George Osborne's Northern Powerhouse Partnership.   

George Osborne
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The think tank - launched by the former chancellor in September - says the northern economy has the potential to generate an extra £100bn over 30 years. 

But it says there's an urgent need to improve transport infrastructure, broadband provision and the performance and aspiration of schools.

Crash death driver denies pedal mistake

A driver whose car surged forward and killed a pedestrian has insisted she did not mistake her accelerator for the brake.  

Ann Diggles

Ann Diggles was trying to park her Nissan Qashqai when it hit Julie Dean, 53, in Leyland, in 2014.

The 82-year-old denies causing death by dangerous or careless driving and claims a vehicle fault was to blame.

She told Preston Crown Court: "There is quite a gap between the two pedals. There is no way of mistaking them."

Football: Morecambe FC takeover set for legal delay

Tim Padfield

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Lancashire

The sale of Morecambe Football Club is set to be delayed due to legal action.

Italian-American businessman Joseph Cala is waiting for clearance from the English Football League before completing his proposed takeover. 

But the Brazilian Diego Lemos is contesting the ownership of G50 Holdings, which owns the League Two club, and is set to go to court to temporarily block any deal.

Morecambe director Rod Taylor says they are still to fully understand the implications of the court order.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The sale of Morecambe Football Club could be delayed due to court action 
  • The preferred site for a new railway station in Skelmersdale has been identified by Lancashire County Council
  • A 15-year-old boy from Burnley who has ADHD is offering support to other students with the condition

Weather: Dry start before rain moves in

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

This morning should be largely dry with some sunny spells.

Rain will begin to push in during the afternoon, with some heavy bursts likely, and it will become increasingly windy again.

Highs of 9C.

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