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  1. Updates on Tuesday 7 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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: Chance of rain and hill snow overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken across northern parts overnight, with some rain and snow over hills. Further south, there will be some clear spells, allowing some mist and fog patches to develop.

Wednesday will be mostly dry but cloudy, with hill fog slowly lifting through the day.

Highs tomorrow of 6C.

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Football: 'Spirit, passion and desire' key to Morecambe, says Bentley

BBC Lancashire Sport

Morecambe manager Jim Bentley says his side have "a good spirit, passion and desire" ahead of tonight's game against Leyton Orient.

Despite their off-field problems, The Shrimps could move 10 points clear of the League Two relegation zone with a win.

There will be commentary from 19:45 on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Fracking supplier quits in 'bullying' row

A supplier to the UK's first horizontal fracking site has pulled out amid claims of "bullying" by protesters.  

Fracking protest
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Concrete firm Moore Readymix terminated a contract with Cuadrilla to supply the Preston New Road site following an ongoing "blockade" at its depot.

Cuadrilla condemned "intimidation" of its suppliers by "hard line activists". Moore Readymix declined to comment.

Frack Free Lancashire denied any bullying saying its members had a right to protest "within the law".

The campaign group - which claims extracting shale gas is harmful to the environment - said Cuadrilla's allegations were "nonsense" and "completely unfounded".

Great-grandmother cleared after claiming car fault caused fatal crash

A great-grandmother whose car struck and killed a woman while she was trying to park in Leyland has been cleared of causing death by careless or dangerous driving.

Ann Diggles
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Ann Diggles, 82, told Preston Crown Court her Nissan Qashqai "took off" because of a fault with the vehicle.

Her legal team argued a malfunction in the car's electronic throttle due to an undercharged battery led to an "uncommanded acceleration" which knocked down and killed Julie Dean, 53, outside a charity shop in Leyland in 2014.

A senior manager at Nissan told the court it was "impossible" that a malfunction caused the vehicle to surge forward, but the jury heard from two drivers who said their cars also sped forward without them touching the accelerator.

Ms Diggles, of Dalehead Road, Leyland, sat in the dock in tears after the jury cleared her.

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Fracking supplier quits amid claims of "intimidation" by protesters

Energy firm Cuadrilla has condemned the "unrelenting intimidation" by some anti-fracking protesters after one of its suppliers pulled out.

Francis Egan, Cuadrilla
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Sub-contractor Moore Readymix ended its contract to supply the Preston New Road site after protesters blocked deliveries at its St Annes depot. 

The site is being prepared for horizontal fracking after Cuadrilla was given the go-ahead in a landmark ruling for the UK's shale gas industry.  

The enrgy firm's chief executive Francis Egan said the "bullying by hardline activists" of some its suppliers was "disgraceful".

Frack Free Lancashire disputed Cuadrilla's allegations and said its protests have been, and will continue to be, "peaceful".

They are preventing hardworking people from running their businesses and earning their living.

Whilst we empathise with suppliers who take the difficult decision to terminate contracts with us due to unrelenting intimidation we and our main contractors will not be brow beaten by a small group of irresponsible bullies.

Francis EganCEO, Cuadrilla

Boy with links to Blackpool is one of two missing

Police in Scotland are appealing for help in tracing two missing boys - one of them with links to Blackpool.

Dwayne Mawdsley
Police Scotland

Dwayne Mawdsley, 16, from Montrose in Angus was last seen about 22:40 on 4 February. He is known to have connections to Blackpool and Edinburgh. 

He is described as about 5ft 8in (1.76m) tall, slim build with short brown hair. He was wearing a grey sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and blue and black trainers.

His friend, Brad Kyle, also 16, was last seen about 18:10 the same evening.

They may have used public transport and they could be travelling together or separately.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

Football: Morecambe players with tongue-in-cheek reference to late salary payments

BBC Lancashire Sport

Morecambe's playing and coaching staff have posed in front of a pub sign to joke about their current situation.

They are still waiting to receive their latest salary - two weeks after it was due.

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The battle for ownership of the League Two club continues with Italian businessman Joseph Cala saying at the weekend he remains intent on buying the Shrimps, despite his takeover being delayed by a court order.

They face Leyton Orient this evening.

Weather: Largely dry and bright this afternoon

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry this afternoon with the odd shower in places.

Cloud will thicken across northern parts overnight, with some rain and snow over hills. Further south, there will be some clear spells, allowing some mist and fog patches to develop.

Lows of 2C are expected.

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'Times are very desperate' at hospital's A&E unit

The Royal Blackburn Hospital's A&E department receives more ambulances than any other in the North West.

BBC correspondent Ed Thomas has secured exclusive access to staff and patients.

Council to continue with social care provisions despite budget cuts

Lancashire County Council says it will transform adult social care in the county while saving about £18m a year.

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The service will aim to help people remain independent for as long as possible and to reduce the number of people going into long-term residential care.

The authority is working with a business management company to deliver the savings.

Manx government considers ID check proposals for Heysham ferry passengers

Plans to introduce ID checks for ferry passengers travelling to and from the Isle of Man from Heysham are being considered by the Manx government.

Ben-my-Chree ferry
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Identification is needed to travel to the island by air, but not currently by sea. 

A report has previously said it could leave the island vulnerable to criminals.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire County Council says it is working with a business management company to transform the provision of adult social care, despite needing to saving about £18m from its budget
  • Proposals to introduce ID checks on ferry crossings between the Isle of Man and Heysham are being put forward by the dependency's government
  • A man who needed four operations after he was attacked in Chorley remains in hospital  

Police share picture of car crash in Lancaster

Hopes raised for missing hen harrier

A hen harrier that was thought to have been shot dead may have been spotted alive in Bowland, an RSPB conservationist says.

It was believed that Highlander had died after its satellite tag stopped working, but conservationists say a bird matching its description was spotted in Bowland Forest last month.

James Bray from the RSPB says the data from the tag will now be analysed.

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Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J34 for A683.

M6 Lancashire - M6 exit slip road closed northbound at J34, A683 (Lancaster). Traffic is coping well.

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Football gossip: Sunderland linked with Blackburn loan striker

BBC Sport

Sunderland manager David Moyes has sent scouts to watch 21-year-old Southampton striker Sam Gallagher twice in one week.  

Sam Gallagher
Blackburn Rovers

The youngster is spending the season on loan at Blackburn and has impressed in the second tier, netting 11 goals so far for Owen Coyle’s side.

Man needed four operations after serious 'unprovoked' attack

A man was left needing a number of operations after he was assaulted in Chorley, police say.

High Street in Chorley
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The attack happened at about 04:00 on 29 January, close to the taxi rank on High Street.

A 27-year-old man from Leyland had been waiting for a taxi with his brother when they were approached by another man, who punched him unconscious. 

He also suffered a leg injury and has undergone four operations at Royal Preston Hospital for a broken tibia and ankle. He remains in hospital.

This was an entirely unprovoked attack on a man who had been on a night out with friends and was simply waiting for a taxi to take him home.

The taxi rank was busy at the time of the incident and we would like to speak to anyone who was in the area and who saw what happened.

PC Amanda ArmsonChorley Police

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

BBC Travel

M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, between J2 for M61 and J3 for A674.

M65 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M65 eastbound between J2, M61 (Clayton Brook) and J3, A674 (Blackburn West), because of an accident.

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Nissan cars 'sped' without pedal use

Two drivers have told a court their Nissan cars sped forward without them touching the accelerator

Ann Diggles
PA

They were speaking during the trial of Ann Diggles, who 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, claiming a vehicle fault was to blame.

Sharon Davies told Preston Crown Court her Nissan Juke automatic "completely demolished" a small wall at her home.

She said the car, which had her three-year-old son in the back, moved "incredibly quick" without her touching the accelerator as she was trying to park.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A person has been hit by a train in Leyland - delays are occurring to services between Preston and Wigan as well as on the Preston to Bolton line
  • Proposals are being considered by the Isle of Man government to introduce ID checks for ferry passengers travelling to and from Heysham 
  • Conservationists say a hen harrier that was initially thought to have been shot dead may have been spotted alive in Bowland

Weather: Becoming showery later in the day

BBC Weather

A dull and damp start with plenty of cloud, brightening up from the west during the morning to give some sunshine. Showers will move in from the west during the afternoon.

Highs today of 8C.

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