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  1. North West sees biggest monthly petrol price rise, says RAC
  2. Burnley to host Todmorden's agricultural show due to flood risk works
  3. New academy opens at Burnley College to train textile workers
  4. Updates on Friday 3 March

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Weather: Rain for most parts

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Rain will spread to most parts by the afternoon and continue into the evening.

Highs of 7C.

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Many first-time buyers rely on parents, estate agent says

A Lancashire estate agent says many first time buyers are relying on their parents to help them get on the property ladder. 

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Bill Honeywell, director of Honeywells Estate Agents in Clitheroe, spoke to BBC Radio Lancashire after research from the Office for National Statistics estimates that first time buyers now need more than £23,000 in savings to afford a deposit. 

Many are now finding themselves having to move back in with their parents to try and get the money together.   

Mr Honeywell said:

You've got to try and save. If mum and dad will help you by lending you some money, that will help.

But the banks want to know where you've got your money from, and if it's come from mum and dad, they won't always treat that the same as if you've saved it yourself, so you do have to save.

Boy, 5, injured after dog attack in Skelmersdale

A five-year-old boy suffered injuries to his face and body during a dog attack in Skelmersdale.


It happened on Firbeck at about 17:30 on Thursday.

Emergency services treated the boy for his injuries at the scene before he was taken to Alder Hey Hospital where he is in a stable condition.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A five-year-old boy is in a "stable condition" after being attacked by a dog in Skelmersdale yesterday
  • A man is airlifted to hospital after being freed from a lorry which crashed into a wall in Colne
  • Students in Lancaster use internet streaming to learn about the life cycle of chicks

Students use internet streaming to learn about life cycles

A primary school in Lancaster is using internet streaming as an educational tool for pupils to learn about life cycles and the outdoor environment.

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Christ Church CoE Primary School has been live streaming the cycle of chicks since Monday. 

The pupils have watched as the eggs have hatched into little yellow chicks. 

Head teacher Lesley Brookbanks says the chicks will be with the students for another week and then they will be rehomed.

Boy in 'stable condition' after dog attack

A five-year-old boy is in a "stable condition" after being attacked by a dog in Skelmersdale.


The ambulance service and police attended the scene of the incident at about 17:30 yesterday at an address in Firbeck, and treated the boy for injuries before he was taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

The dog, described by police as an American Bulldog, was put down.

Police have launched an investigation and say the dog owner is fully co-operating.

Football: Burnley striker hopes for better prospects when playing for Wales

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Burnley striker Sam Vokes hopes Wales can turn their World Cup qualifying fortunes around when they visit the Republic of Ireland on 24 March.

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The Welsh beat Moldova 4-0 in their first qualifier, but drew against Austria, Georgia and Serbia.

Chris Coleman's side are third in Group D, four points behind the Republic, who are top.

"We've been unlucky where we've drawn a few games we felt we should have won," the Welsh forward told BBC Radio Wales.

Council tax rise for Wyre

Council tax is set to rise in Wyre.

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It was agreed at a full council meeting last night to increase the tax by the equivalent of £5 per year on a band D home (valued between £68,000 and £88,000), which amounts to an overall cost for all Wyre's services of about 52p per day.

The council says that because government grants are being cut by over £600,000 for the coming year, it is making extra savings to offset them.   

Our council tax is the lowest on the Fylde coast and one of the lowest in Lancashire. I believe that 52p a day for the wide range of services we provide is extremely good value for money.

Councillor Peter Gibson Leader of Wyre Council

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Over 100 homes in Burnley are hit by a power cut due to an underground cable fault
  • A man is airlifted to hospital after being freed from a lorry which crashed into a wall in Colne
  • A council tax rise for Wyre residents was agreed at a meeting last night

Football: Preston North End goalkeeper agrees new deal

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Preston North End goalkeeper Chris Maxwell has signed a contract extension to keep him at the Championship club until 2020.

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The 26-year-old  joined  from Fleetwood Town last summer, but has agreed a 12-month extension to that deal.

The Welshman made Lilywhites debut in September and has played 29 games so far this season.

"He has been a big part of the team since he earned his place," boss Simon Grayson told the  club website.

More than 100 homes in Burnley hit by power cut

An underground cable fault has resulted in more than 100 homes in Burnley being left without power.

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Customers who live on Danes House Road and Travis Street reported the issues at about 06:00 this morning.

Engineers are hoping to have the issue fixed by 13:00 at the latest.

Man airlifted to hospital after lorry crash

A man has been airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital after the lorry he was driving crashed into a dry stone wall in Colne.

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The incident happened on Smithy Lane at about 06:40 this morning.

Fire crews helped to free the casualty who was left trapped in the cab after the accident, and he was then taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man is taken to hospital after being freed from a lorry which crashed into a wall in Colne
  • Todmorden's agricultural show to be held in Burnley this summer due to flood risk works at the current site
  • The North West sees the biggest petrol price hike in the country over the past year, according to RAC figures

Todmorden's Agricultural show goes on the road

Todmorden's Agricultural Show is to be held out of town this year for the time in more than a century - and what's more, it'll be in the land of the Red Rose.

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Work to stop flooding at the current site in Centre Vale Park means it will now be held in Cliviger, near Burnley, in June.

It's the first time in the West Yorkshire show's 103-year history that it will move over the border to Lancashire.

In 2006 we did have to cancel the show after the restrictions were placed on the use of the park after extensive flood alleviation works, which meant that we couldn't disturb the ground and we would be liable if the ground and the drainage system were damaged. So it left us with very few options. The new site was an absolute lifeline for us.

Fiona ButlerOrganiser

North West sees biggest hike in petrol prices

The North West has seen the UK's biggest increase in petrol prices over the past year, according to the RAC.

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The organisation says the hike has been due to factors including the limiting of oil production worldwide.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A683 and J33 for A6.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J34, A683 (Lancaster) and J33, A6 (Galgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The North West sees the biggest petrol price hike in the country, according to figures released by the RAC
  • Burnley is to host Todmorden's agricultural show due to flood risk works at historic site
  • New academy opens at Burnley College offering courses to train workers in the textile industry

Weather: Dry start but heavy rain later

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A mixture of rain and dry spells across the county.

Highs of 8C.

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