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  1. Updates on Wednesday 8 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return 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: Cold night with temperatures below freezing

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will turn cold overnight with clear spells developing, allowing a more widespread frost to form. Snow showers could still fall over higher ground in the east.  

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    Video caption: Cold overnight with clear spells and frost. Snow showers likely over higher ground.

    Thursday will be another cold and largely cloudy day with occasional snow flurries, again most likely over higher ground.

    Highs tomorrow of 4C.

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  3. Lancashire Police pay out over £900,000 to informants in five years

    Lancashire Police spent £906,961 on informants from 2011-16, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

    Policeman talking to informant

    Police forces across the UK paid out at least £22m to informants over the last five years, the data showed.

    One critic said it did not stop the "cycle of crime", however, the National Police Chiefs' Council said it was "a cost-effective tactic".

    A Home Office spokesman said it was "an operational matter for police".

  4. Bird flu confirmed at nature reserve

    A single case of bird flu has been confirmed at the popular tourist attraction Martin Mere.  

    Greylag geese

    The H5N8 strain was detected in a greylag goose at the nature reserve near Ormskirk, in Lancashire on Friday.

    Peter Morris, who works for the site, said it is "not a strain... that has ever transmitted to humans" and the centre remains open to visitors.

    He said it had spread from Europe, adding: "This isn't a case of anyone closing or culling anything.

    "We get up to 60,000 wildfowl - wild ducks, swans, geese, waders - a day on peak days in winter, of which one has died of avian influenza."  

  5. Cricket: Anderson tips Joe Root for England captaincy

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire and England pace bowler James Anderson has said Joe Root is the "obvious candidate" to be named the country's new Test captain - but the role must not affect his batting.  

    Joe Root
  6. Councillor demands response over effectiveness of police informants

    The leader of the Conservative group on Lancashire County Council has called on Lancashire Police to say how effective the use of informants is to the constabulary.

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    Video caption: Geoff Driver

    Lancashire Police spent £906,961 on informants from 2011-16, making it the fifth highest in England and Wales.

    Informants can get anything from a few pounds for basic information, up to several thousand pounds for helping break up organised crime.  

    Geoff Driver said police needed to reveal "how much of these payments actually led to successful, meaningful convictions".

    There are no statistics available nationally to show how many convictions have come as a result of paying informants.  

  7. Preston could return to snooker circuit

    Preston's Guild Hall could become a permanent venue for the snooker tour again if there is enough interest, says World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn.  

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    The World Grand Prix, which pits the top 32 players against each other, is currently being played there.

    The UK Championship was held at the venue for 20 years but left in 1997.

  8. Stolen vehicle found floating under Blackpool pier

    A stolen car has been found floating under North Pier in Blackpool.

    North Pier

    Police and the RNLI were called out about 06:00 to the blue Toyota, which had earlier been stolen from outside a house on North Shore.

    It is believed the vehicle had been left abandoned on the beach and taken out by the tide.

  9. Hamster 'fed LSD-spiked Tizer and weed'

    A man has been jailed after a hamster was fed cannabis and a soft drink spiked with LSD was poured into its water bottle.

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    Video caption: Hamster 'fed LSD-spiked Tizer and cannabis' in Heysham

    Footage showed LSD being added to Tizer and the Class B drug being given to the rodent named Mr Chow at a property in Heysham, last year.

    Nchinumya Ntembe, 22, admitted five animal cruelty offences, including failing to meet the needs of two dogs.

    He was jailed for four months at Lancaster Magistrates' Court on Monday. The animals survived and were rehomed.

  10. Weather: Scattered wintry showers and feeling cold

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy this afternoon with scattered wintry showers, mainly over higher ground. The best of any sunshine will be along western coasts.  

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    It will turn cold overnight with clear spells developing, allowing widespread frost to form.

    Lows around -1C are expected.

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  11. Football: Southport appoint Preece as new boss

    BBC Sport

    National League strugglers Southport have appointed Andy Preece as their new manager, replacing Steve Burr.

    Andy Preece

    Former Bury, Blackpool and Stockport striker Preece, 49, is the third manager at the Sandgrounders this season after Burr and Andy Bishop.

    Director of football Liam Watson took temporary charge after Burr's four-month stint, as Southport sit a point above the relegation places.

  12. Campaigners to continue anti-fracking protests despite intimidation claims

    Anti-fracking campaigners say they will continue to try and disrupt work at Cuadrilla's site at Little Plumpton.

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    Video caption: Barbara Richardson

    Protesters were accused by Cuadrilla's chief executive Francis Egan of intimidating workers after concrete firm Moore Readymix terminated a contract with the company to supply the Preston New Road site following a "blockade" at its depot. 

    Barbara Richardson - a member of the Roseacre Awareness group - says they will continue demonstrating.

  13. BreakingAvian flu found at Martin Mere

    Bird flu has been confirmed at a wetland centre in Lancashire.

    Greylag geese

    Government inspectors confirmed the virus had been discovered in a single greylag goose at Martin Mere, near Southport.

  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The opposition leader on Lancashire County Council is asking Lancashire Police to reveal how effective the use of informants is after they spent more than £906,000 from 2011-16
    • A man who fed LSD and cannabis to a hamster is jailed for four months
    • A scrapyard in Great Harwood, which was the subject of complaints from residents about fires being started at the site, is being wound-up
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  16. Morecambe players paid after delay

    BBC Sport

    League Two side Morecambe have confirmed that player and staff wages have now been paid, amid their continuing takeover discussions.  

    Globe Arena

    It is the second time the Shrimps have paid their players late this season.

    Italian businessman Joseph Cala's purchase of the club has been delayed by a court order from Brazilian Diego Lemos, who says he still owns the club through holding company G50 Holdings.

    Former co-chairman Abdulrahman Al-Hashemi has financed the wages payment.

  17. Man jailed for feeding LSD and cannabis to hamster

    A man from Lancaster has been jailed for feeding LSD and cannabis to his hamster.

    Mr Chow

    Footage played to Lancaster Magistrates Court showed Nchinumya Ntembe, 22, adding LSD to the soft drink Tizer at a property in Heysham last year. 

    He then filled Mr Chow the hamster's water bottle before feeding the animal with cannabis leaves. 

    Ntembe, who is serving a sentence for another offence, pleaded guilty to five offences under the Animal Welfare Act, including causing a poisonous or injurious drug to be given to a hamster and causing unnecessary suffering to his two dogs.

    Two other people have previously been sentenced for their part in the offences.

    Ntembe was jailed for four months, which will run concurrently with his previous sentence, and disqualified from keeping animals for eight years. 

    Mr Chow and the dogs have since been rehomed.

    Quote Message: It’s clear that Ntembe and the other man involved with the hamster incident are aware that what they are doing could cause Mr Chow suffering. They can be heard saying things like 'this could be the end for Mr Chow' and egging each other on to give him more drugs. from Sarah Hayland RSPCA inspector
    Sarah HaylandRSPCA inspector
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