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  1. Updates on Friday 10 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates to resume at 07:00 on Monday

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Emre Can's fourth goal of the season ends Burnley's resistance as a below-par Liverpool strengthen their place in the top four.

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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 07:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

Weather: Staying cloudy with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

Overnight it's going to remain mostly cloudy however there will be a few cloud breaks around at times.  

By dawn thicker cloud along with some rain will move towards the north of the county. Lows of 9C.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police in Lancashire have revealed that 77 drivers have been caught using their phone behind the wheel since new penalties were introduced
  • Lancashire County Council are to hand over more buildings to community groups in an attempt to save money due to government cuts
  • The  Found in Blackburn  project features a series of artworks exhibited throughout the coming month and will begin on 11 March

Fond farewell to Lancaster Footlights member

Lancaster Guardian

A long-serving amateur drama group member will be moving on to pastures new after 35 years of loyal service.

'Found in Blackburn' exhibition launches across the town

The Found in Blackburn project features a series of artworks exhibited throughout the coming month and will begin on 11 March.

Images on The Mall in Blackburn

The project takes a look at some of the Blackburn's empty buildings and hidden treasures, alongside memories of people who used to, and continue to, inhabit these spaces.

Their memories form a starting point for considering what the future of these buildings could be and what local people want for future of their town. 

Found in Blackburn is curated and managed by Sophie Skellern.

Bridges in Lancashire 'substandard'

Analysis of data received from local highway authorities showed that Lancashire was the seventh worst area for having substandard bridges. 

Table of figures
RAC Foundation

The RAC Foundation discovered that, of 1,476 bridges around the county, 93 bridges in total - equivalent to 6% - are unsuitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

According to figures, 66 of those bridges will be returned to full load capacity in the next five years.

Blackpool came out worst in Lancashire with five out of its 21 bridges classed as unsuitable for HGVs.

Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for M65 and J8 for A674.

M61 Lancashire - One lane closed on M61 southbound between J9, M65 (Clayton Brook) and J8, A674 (Chorley), because of large plastic pipping on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police are appealing for witnesses of an attack in Preston city centre where a 26-year-old man was injured
  • Lancashire County Council will  hand over three libraries and three council buildings to community organisations 
  • The Found in Blackburn project launches in the town, exploring the history and future of the area through a series of specially commissioned artworks

Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

BBC Weather

A cloudy day with some rain and drizzle towards the west of the county. 

The sun will break through periodically, making the temperature feel quite mild. Highs of 12C. 

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Bishop of Blackburn wants answers over women priests row

The Bishop of Blackburn has said Church of England has questions to answer about its arrangements to deal with Bishops who will not ordain women.

The Right Reverend Julian Henderson

The Right Reverend Julian Henderson was speaking after the Bishop of Burnley turned down a promotion after fellow clergy in his new diocese objected to his stance against ordaining women priests.

Philip North said he had withdrawn for "personal reasons" but added the "attacks" against him were "extremely hard".

The Archbishop of York urged members to "disagree Christianly".

A lot of us are very anxious and saddened by what has happened because the campaign gathered momentum.

Rt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburn

Police appeal to find 'callous' Preston attacker

Officers are appealing for witnesses after a 26-year-old man was attacked in Preston city centre.

Queen Street in Preston

The man was walking along the pavement of Queen Street near to the junction with Manchester Road when he passed two men at about 15:00 on Tuesday, 7 March.

It is believed that one of the men struck the victim over the head with a bottle leaving him with a two-inch cut.

A 19-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of wounding. He has been released on bail, pending further enquiries. 

A second man, who has not been traced, is described as white, skinny build, wearing a grey jumper and blue jeans. He is about 5ft 3in (1.6m) tall and has short hair.

This was an unprovoked and callous attack on a defenceless individual. The offenders have approached the victim before carrying out a cowardly assault from behind. We are particularly keen to identify the second male.

Det Sgt Jerry SturgessPreston CID

A new chapter for Lancashire libraries

Three more libraries are to be handed to the community with financial support  from Lancashire County Council in a move to save money.

County Hall in Preston

Under the latest plans, Silverdale Library will be transferred to the parish council and Pike Hill Library in Burnley given to the Veterans Association as part of a move to develop independent community-run libraries.

And Kirkham Library is being passed to Kirkham Town Council.

Meanwhile, three other council buildings are to be handed over to community groups to help the authority make savings.

Thornton Youth and Community Centre will be transferred to Wyre District Scouts to use as its headquarters; Belmont Community Association will take on the community centre and Burscough parish council is setting up a trust to run the former interchange building.

Last year, the council reduced the number of buildings it owns and rents  because of government cuts.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire will receive an extra £63.5m pounds in social care funding over the next three years from government 
  • Burnley has been identified as Lancashire's fly-tipping hotspot with the highest number of incidents  from 2015 to 2016
  • The government is to look into why a report into the contamination of water supplies in Lancashire 18 months ago has still not been published

Government to look into Lancashire water bug report delay

The government is to look into why a report into the contamination of water supplies in Lancashire 18 months ago has still not been published.

Franklaw water treatment works

Around 300,000 homes in Blackpool, Preston, and Chorley had to boil drinking water for three weeks in August 2015 after supplies were contaminated with the microbe Cryptosporidium.

The Conservative MP for Fylde Mark Menzies told the Commons the delay was unacceptable. 

Leader of the Commons, David Lidington, said he was "surprised" and promised to raise the issue with Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

Burnley identified as Lancashire's fly-tipping hotspot

Fly-tipping in Lancashire is costing councils around the county more than £2m.

The highest number of incidents of waste being left on the streets was recorded in Burnley,  according to official figures.

Litter on street

Across the borough, there were 5,962 incidents costing the council £317,602 to clear up. 

South Ribble saw the lowest amount of fly-tipping with just 476 incidents.

We take a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping which has seen Burnley become one of the leading areas in the country for prosecuting offenders. We encourage residents to tell us about fly-tipping so that we can go out and clear it as quickly as possible.

Unfortunately, it’s the vast majority of people who get rid of their rubbish responsibly that have to pay for the actions of the mindless minority.

Spokesperson for Burnley Council

Darwen pedal car Grand Prix scrapped

Lancashire Telegraph

A major event which has been running in Darwen for the past seven years will no longer be staged due to poor attendance last year, according to the Town Council.

Blackburn sex trafficking trio jailed

Three men have been jailed for human trafficking and sexual exploitation despite their victims refusing to make complaints against them.

Cristian Vasile, Cristian Stan and Ionut Stan
Lancashire Police

Two Romanian women, aged in their 20s, were found in a house in Accrington Road, Blackburn in May last year

Christian Vasile, 34, Christian Stan, 31, and Ionut Stan, 32, (pictured l-r)  admitted trafficking the women and using them in brothels around Lancashire. 

Lancashire Police said Vasile was the ringleader, setting up adverts on websites, arranging the wording and photographs and dealing with the payments.

Accrington Road in Blackburn

Sentences in full

  • Cristian Vasile, 34, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited, keeping a brothel used for prostitution, and causing prostitution for gain and was sentenced to five years
  • Ionut Stan, 32, of Accrington Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited and was sentenced to two years and four months
  • Cristian Stan, 31, of Accrington Road, Blackburn pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited and was sentenced to three years and two months

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Lancashire musician helps children in Kenya

A musician from Lancashire has been working with underprivileged children in Africa. 

Jess and Joy

Joy Becker visited schools and orphanages with Music for Kenya.  The charity has been founded by Joy's friend Jessica Hall.

Joy's dad, BBC Radio Lancashire's Steve Becker, reported from Kenya eight years ago. 

Steve died a year ago this month.  Joy says it was exciting to follow in his footsteps to Africa.  

High Court overturns Preston bus lane fines

Six motorists have had their fines for driving in bus lanes in Fishergate in Preston  overturned in the High Court  because of inadequate signs.

Fishergate in Preston

The drivers went to court to challenge the  £60 fines handed out . The ruling said the signage was not adequate to warn motorists of a bus lane restriction.

More than £1.3m in fines were issued to 23,000 drivers in two months after the new bus lane was introduced in Preston city centre.  

After the ruling, Lancashire county councillor John Fillis said the authority was "looking into the implications for this scheme".  

Labour and Lib Dems 'made deal with BNP'

Mike Stevens

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been accused of striking a "deal" with the British National Party (BNP) to stay in control of a Lancashire council.  

Councillor Brian Parker
Pendle Council

The BNP's only UK district councillor Brian Parker (pictured) holds the balance of power on the hung authority in Pendle.

Its Conservative MP Andrew Stephenson told the Commons the parties' deal had turned "a blind eye to racism".

Labour and the Lib Dems have denied striking any such arrangement.

Four children found in Leyland house with faeces on walls

A couple have admitted letting their four children live in a "squalid" house with faeces smeared on the walls.

          A child's room with faeces on the wall and dirty nappies strewn across the floor
Lancashire Police

Lancashire Police found the children, all aged under three, in "a zombie-like state" in the "feral, dangerous" house.

They were surrounded by dirty nappies and had no food in the Leyland property, Preston Crown Court heard.

The father was jailed for 14 months while the mother was given the same term, suspended for two years. Both pleaded guilty to neglect.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Three men are jailed for human trafficking and sexual exploitation offences despite their victims refusing to make complaints against them
  • A couple admit letting their four children live in a "squalid house" in Leyland with faeces was smeared on the walls
  • Flytipping in Lancashire cost councils more than £2m in 2015 and 2016

Weather: Mild with some sunshine

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy day with some rain and drizzle, particularly over hills in the west.

The sun will break through from time to time across Lancashire though and it will feel rather mild. Highs of 12C.

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