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Remaining cold and cloudy, with further sleet and snow showers mainly over the hills in the east.
Lows of 0C.
A man is receiving treatment in hospital after being assaulted when he tried to stop a female guard from being abused at Accrington station.Copyright: BBC
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.
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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- 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
Lancashire councillors are meeting this afternoon to decide on the county's next budget.Copyright: BBC
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.
Blackpool and Fylde health district is pioneering a new model of working, which could become a blueprint for the rest of the NHS.Copyright: BBC
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.
Police are appealing for help in finding a teenager who is missing from Carnforth.Copyright: Lancashire Constabulary
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.
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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A hospital trust placed in special measures three years ago has made a "truly remarkable turnaround", a health watchdog has found.Copyright: Google
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.
Planning permission has been submitted for a major retail site that is set to bring stores including Ikea to the outskirts of Preston.
A man who broke into two houses in Chorley and threatened the residents with a knife has been jailed.Copyright: Lancashire Constabulary
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.
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Railway revivalists are to launch a campaign which could see part of an almost forgotten rail route restored.
- 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
Over 30,000 historical photographs and postcards of Lancashire will be available on a new website from later this month.Copyright: Lancashire County Council
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.
World champion Mark Selby suffered a shock first-round defeat by world number 18 Martin Gould at the World Grand Prix in Preston.Copyright: Getty Images
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.
The organisers of the Todmorden Show have confirmed that this year’s event is to be held in Cliviger.
A firm in Blackpool is behind the UK's biggest haul of counterfeit toys, the town council has revealed.Copyright: BBC
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.
- 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