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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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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 Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

  2. Weather: Wind and rain likely again

    BBC Weather

    Strong winds arriving in the afternoon. Overnight it will remain cloudy and very wet though it will also be quite mild, with no frost expected. Lows of 8C.

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    Video caption: Rain will disappear later this afternoon but it will start pouring again tonight.

    More from BBC Weather

  3. Baby-friendly award for Lancashire's children's centres

    Lancashire's children's centres have been given an award for the standard of care they provide to new mums and children.

    Award presentation to volunteers

    Local peer support teams, who are volunteer mothers trained to support others with breastfeeding, were included in the award.  

    The accolade recognises positive comments from mothers who use the facilities in Lancashire, with 94% of them being happy with the service.

  4. Teachers strike at Blackburn school

    Teachers at Pleckgate High School in Blackburn have been on strike today and plan to do so again tomorrow.

    Pleckgate school

    Members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are involved in a dispute over pay and conditions. 

    The teachers are planning another three days of industrial action next week, if the situation is not resolved before then.

  5. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire is to face a judicial review
    • A student from Ormskirk has spoken of his experiences in Calais helping refugees
    • Teachers at Pleckgate High School in Blackburn are due to go on strike again tomorrow
  6. Northern Powerhouse project is a 'marathon'

    The Northern Powerhouse project is a "marathon" where change could happen "over many years", the former head of the civil service has said.

    Liverpool Liver birds building, Blackpool Tower and Manchester Town Hall

    Lord Kerslake said that the leadership that was needed to drive the initiative had to come from the region itself in a keynote speech opening the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference in Manchester.

    As chairman of the UK Northern Powerhouse Advisory board, he said that there was a need for a "major shift" of power away from London.

    He added it had become "increasingly clear that a successful Northern Powerhouse is essential to the country if it is going to tackle the deep structural economic problems we face and create a more unified country".

  7. Workshop for faith charities held in Blackburn

    More than 40 people from various faith groups have taken part in a two-hour workshop offering information and guidance about charity law, fundraising and safeguarding. 

    Blackburn Central Library

    Lancashire Police and the Charity Commission held the event at Blackburn Central Library.

    Quote Message: After this year’s very successful Children in Need campaign, the event was an opportunity to highlight the huge generosity of the public and to remind donors to give to legitimate, registered charities. from Nick Donaldson Outreach Manager for the Charity Commission
    Nick DonaldsonOutreach Manager for the Charity Commission
  8. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire will face a judicial review
    • The Northern Powerhouse project could see change happen "over many years", according to the former head of the civil service 
    • A student from Blackpool is taking part in internatinal sports photography as part of a placement to cover the World Junior Curling Championships 
  9. Legal challenge to fracking green light

    The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire is to face a judicial review.

    Protestor's brolly

    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid approved plans for shale gas extraction at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in October 2016.

    The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) said that decision was "fundamentally flawed" and a "top-down abuse of power".

    PNRAG will have their legal opposition heard in Manchester in March.

  10. Weather: More rain and wind ahead

    BBC Weather Watchers

    Heavy rain and strong winds arriving in the afternoon.  

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    Video caption: Rain will disappear later this afternoon but it will start pouring again tonight.

    Highs of 11C. More from BBC Weather.

    Here's what some of our BBC Weather Watchers have been taking photographs of this afternoon...

    Whitworth
    Image caption: Odie in Whitworth
    St Anne's
    Image caption: Richardwatch in St Annes
  11. Hollywood actor visits locations in Lancaster

    Lancaster Guardian

    Sir Ian McKellen was said to be relaxed and “generous with his time” as he was given a tour of a coffee house, had lunch at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe and then took in a show at The Dukes Theatre.

  12. Blackpool photographer turns to the ice

    A student from Blackpool has begun working as an international sports photographer, as part of a university placement. 

    Tom Rowland photographing curling

    Tom Rowland, a second year student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has travelled to South Korea to cover the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017.

    The 19-year-old had no experience of curling before he started the two-week placement, but started sport photography when he worked with Blackpool BMX Club.

  13. Preston rated one of the most congested cities in the country

    Lancashire Post

    Drivers battling congestion in Preston face a 20% increase in travel times compared with journeys on free flow roads, according to a traffic study. 

  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • An 18-year-old social work student from Ormskirk has been over to refugee camps in Calais to teach refugees English
    • Lancashire's children's centres have won an award for the standard of care that is provided to new mums and their children
    • The first ever "flight tower" in Europe opens at Salt Ayre leisure centre in Lancaster, standing at 21m (69ft) tall
  15. First jump off Lancaster Flight Tower

    Europe's first ever "flight tower" has opened at Salt Ayre leisure centre in Lancaster, standing at 21m (69ft) high.

    A jump from the flight tower

    There are five possible ways of venturing from the tower- including freefall, zip wire or by bungee.

    Councillor Darren Clifford was one of the first people to leap from the structure, while raising funds to help develop a diabetes hub in Lancaster and the veterans' mental health charity, Combat Stress.

    Quote Message: Having experienced it myself today I can now say with hand on a rapidly beating heart that adventure enthusiasts and thrill seekers will certainly not be disappointed." from Councillor Darren Clifford Cabinet member for leisure, Lancaster City Council
    Councillor Darren CliffordCabinet member for leisure, Lancaster City Council
  16. Pendle students given leadership advice

    Students from Marsden Heights Community College have been given tips on how to become leaders from the Pendle-based company Businesswise Solutions. 

    Marsden Heights
    Image caption: Marsden Heights Communuty College

    It is part of a programme, funded by Pendle Council, that enables young people to leave school and go on to build successful working lives. 

    The three-year project known as Pendle Business Class is being run by charity Business in the Community. 

    The pilot scheme which is part-funded by the council's Gearing Up for Growth Fund, aims to give young people more confidence, greater motivation at school and a better understanding of the range of careers available. 

  17. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J29 for M65 and J30 for M61.

    M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J29, M65 (Lostock Hall) and J30 M61, because of medical emergency. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  18. Student teaches English to refugees in Calais

    A student has been splitting his time between university and helping refugees in France.

    Dan Chapman

    Dan Chapman, from Ormskirk, volunteers with the charity Care4Calais and has spent around seven weeks teaching English to refugees who are still living in the area of the former Jungle Camp.

    The 18-year-old, who studies social work at Edge Hill University, was inspired to help out after hearing about volunteering during a talk at his former school.