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  1. Updates on Thursday 9 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Friday

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

    You can contact us via emailFacebook or Twitter.

  2. Weather: Cold with chance of wintry showers

    BBC Weather

    Remaining cold and cloudy, with further sleet and snow showers mainly over the hills in the east.

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    Video caption: A cold and cloudy afternoon with the chance of wintry showers later. Highs of 3C.

    Lows of 0C.

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  3. Man assaulted at railway station after trying to defend guard

    A man is receiving treatment in hospital after being assaulted when he tried to stop a female guard from being abused at Accrington station.

    Accrington Railway Station

    The incident happened at about 20:45 on Tuesday when a group of men on the platform started verbally abusing the female guard.

    The 67-year-old victim tried to defend the guard but was violently assaulted and knocked unconscious, suffering a fractured cheekbone, two black eyes and head injuries.

    A 17-year-old boy from Rossendale, and three men, aged 18, 19, and 22, from Accrington were arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

    Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the attack or have any information regarding it to contact them.

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    Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J32 for M55 and J33 for A6.

    M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J32, M55 (Broughton Interchange) and J33, A6 (Galgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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  5. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A 67-year-old man is assaulted by group of men at Accrington station while trying to protect female guard from abuse 
    • Lancashire councillors meet to decide on the county's next budget
    • A man is jailed for eight years for breaking into two houses in Chorley and threatening the residents with a knife
  6. County council to make decision on budget

    Lancashire councillors are meeting this afternoon to decide on the county's next budget. 

    Lancashire County Council

    They are being asked to vote on whether council tax in Lancashire should be raised by almost 4% from April.

    For people living in an average Band D property, this will mean paying an extra £47 each year.

    The council's deputy leader David Borrow said the authority does not want to increase council tax, but because of their "dire financial situation", they have no choice.

  7. Lancashire health district leading holistic approach to health care

    Blackpool and Fylde health district is pioneering a new model of working, which could become a blueprint for the rest of the NHS.

    Lily Greenwood

    Rather than providing temporary fixes every time a patient is in hospital, the Fylde Coast, an NHS Vanguard area, is pioneering a new model which takes a more holistic approach, where patients are given support they require outside of the hospital.

    Every neighbourhood has received its own dedicated team of therapists, nurses and welfare workers, who could treat patients at home in order to reduce the pressures on GP surgeries. 

  8. Appeal for help in finding missing teenager

    Police are appealing for help in finding a teenager who is missing from Carnforth.

    Guss Goulding

    Guss Goulding was last seen at an address in the town at about 20:15 on 2 February.

    He is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, slim build with short dark brown hair, and was last seen wearing a dark grey Adidas jacket and tracksuit bottoms with black stripes and black trainers.

    Lancashire Police believe he could be in the Doncaster area and are asking anyone with information to contact them.  

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    Severe accident: A586 Lancashire both ways

    BBC Travel

    A586 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Hall Lane and White House Lane.

    A586 Lancashire - A586 Garstang Road closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Hall Lane junction and the White House Lane junction, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Police directing traffic.

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  10. Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust in 'remarkable turnaround'

    A hospital trust placed in special measures three years ago has made a "truly remarkable turnaround", a health watchdog has found.

    Royal Lancaster Hospital

    After a recent inspection, the Care Quality Commission has now rated the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Royal Lancaster Hospital and Morecambe's Queen Victoria Hospital, as good.

    Some areas, including aspects of a once heavily-criticised maternity unit, were found to be outstanding.

    The trust put the improvement down to the "sheer hard work" of staff.

  11. Man who threatened residents during break-ins jailed

    A man who broke into two houses in Chorley and threatened the residents with a knife has been jailed.

    Leon Martin

    Police said Leon Martin, 27, of Ennerdale in Skelmersdale, broke in to a 92-year-old woman's home on Glamis Drive at about 10:15 on 23 December last year. He threatened her with a knife, but left soon after when he was unable to find anything of value.

    He broke in to a nearby property on Southport Road minutes later, where he threatened two men and demanded money and car keys, putting a knife to the throat of one of the men. He again made off without taking anything.

    Officers arrived at the scene and found Martin hiding in a nearby garden where he was arrested. 

    He admitted two counts of aggravated burglary at Preston Crown Court on Monday and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

  12. Weather Watchers snap Lancashire scenes

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been out and about today.

    Thanks to Bigdave for his picture of snowdrops in Burnley and Richardwatch for a snap of St Annes

    Snowdrops
    St Annes

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  13. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • A man who broke into two houses in Chorley and threatened the residents with a knife is jailed
    • A Blackpool company and its director are found guilty of copyright offences over what the local council calls the UK's biggest haul of counterfeit toys
    • Thousands of historical photographs and postcards of Lancashire are to be made available on a new council website
  14. Thousands of historical Lancashire photographs to be made available online

    Over 30,000 historical photographs and postcards of Lancashire will be available on a new website from later this month.

    Train accident, Acrrington, 1899

    Lancashire County Council will launch The Red Rose Collections website on 14 February.

    It will replace the Lancashire Lantern site.

    Councillor Marcus Johnstone said the new site will have a wealth of historical documents:

    Quote Message: It also includes information such as the details of over 45,000 people listed in the 27 surviving Preston Guild Rolls from 1397 to 1992, the Lancashire Police index of police officers who served from 1840 onwards, and an index of local newspapers archives held in libraries around Lancashire.
  15. Snooker: Mark Selby loses to Martin Gould in Preston

    BBC Sport

    World champion Mark Selby suffered a shock first-round defeat by world number 18 Martin Gould at the World Grand Prix in Preston.

    Mark Selby

    Gould, who beat Selby on his way to the semi-finals two years ago, came through a tense final frame to win 4-3.

    The 35-year-old from Middlesex made a career-high break of 142 in the fourth frame and goes on to face Joe Perry.

    Australian Neil Robertson beat Ricky Walden of England 3-2 to set up a last-16 clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

  16. Blackpool firm behind UK's biggest counterfeit toy operation

    A firm in Blackpool is behind the UK's biggest haul of counterfeit toys, the town council has revealed.

    Counterfeit toys

    About 270,000 counterfeit character toys, including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Spiderman figurines, were confiscated from Amazing Savings Ltd, the wholesaler behind the illegal operation.

    The firm and its director Jacob Kahn, 64 and from London, were each found guilty of 17 offences relating mostly to trademark regulations at Preston Crown Court yesterday.

    The council said the investigation took trading standards officers to factories in London and Salford, adding that it took three articulated lorries to move all the seized figures to a secure location in Blackpool. 

  17. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Blackpool firm and director found guilty of copyright breaches over what local council calls the UK's biggest haul of counterfeit toys
    • The University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust is given a good rating after the latest inspection reveals improvements
    • Accrington company to continue to supply Team GB with clothing for Olympic Games in 2018