- Updates on Wednesday 8 February
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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.
Thursday will be another cold and largely cloudy day with occasional snow flurries, again most likely over higher ground.
Highs tomorrow of 4C.
Lancashire Police spent £906,961 on informants from 2011-16, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.Copyright: Met Police
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".
- A single case of the H5N8 strain of bird flu has been confirmed at Martin Mere wetland reserve, near Southport
- A man who fed cannabis and a soft drink spiked with LSD to his hamster is jailed
- Fleetwood head coach Uwe Rosler is nominated for the League One manager of the month for January
A single case of bird flu has been confirmed at the popular tourist attraction Martin Mere.Copyright: Getty Images
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."
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.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
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.
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.
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.
A stolen car has been found floating under North Pier in Blackpool.Copyright: Google
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.
A man has been jailed after a hamster was fed cannabis and a soft drink spiked with LSD was poured into its water bottle.
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.
Mostly cloudy this afternoon with scattered wintry showers, mainly over higher ground. The best of any sunshine will be along western coasts.
It will turn cold overnight with clear spells developing, allowing widespread frost to form.
Lows around -1C are expected.
National League strugglers Southport have appointed Andy Preece as their new manager, replacing Steve Burr.Copyright: Empics
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.
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.
Bird flu has been confirmed at a wetland centre in Lancashire.Copyright: Thinkstock
Government inspectors confirmed the virus had been discovered in a single greylag goose at Martin Mere, near Southport.
- 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
League Two side Morecambe have confirmed that player and staff wages have now been paid, amid their continuing takeover discussions.Copyright: Empics
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.
Accrington are set to have a big screen installed at their ground after reaching their fundraising campaign target.
A man from Lancaster has been jailed for feeding LSD and cannabis to his hamster.Copyright: RSPCA
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
- A 22-year-old man from Lancaster is jailed for four months for feeding LSD and cannabis to a hamster and for causing unnecessary suffering to two dogs
- Lancashire Police spent more than £906,000 on informants between 2011 and 2016, the fifth highest of any police force in England and Wales
- Former Blackpool forward Andy Preece is appointed as the new manager of National League side Southport