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Council agrees £250,000 backing for Eden Project North

Local Democracy Reporting Service

The plan to build the Eden Project North in Morecambe has taken a step forward after Lancashire County Council agreed to pay £250,000 towards developing the proposal.

Eden Project North plan
Eden Project

Cabinet members approved the funding request from education charity The Eden Project, which runs a venue of the same name in Cornwall.

Lancaster City Council has already decided to match the funding with Lancaster University and Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnership yet to reveal their own plans.

The Eden Project intends to match that combined £1m and work towards developing a business case.

The planned buildings would focus on water life, in a similar way to how the Cornish attraction specialises in rainforests.

Frosty start and staying cold all day

Rich Davis

BBC Weather presenter

A cold and frosty start with hazy sunshine. It will then be a cold day with cloud thickening and outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow pushing eastwards.

A lot of snow will fall on the hills. Top temperatures 3C.

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Weather: Cold with clear spells

BBC Weather

The wind will ease this afternoon leading to a dry night with clear spells and areas of high cloud.

Tonight a widespread frost will develop leading to lows of -2C.

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Weather: Cold and dry with some sun

BBC Weather

It will be dry and fine but cold his afternoon with winter sunshine.

The sunshine will turn hazy later as high cloud increases and brisk winds ease.

Highs of 6C.

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'Most famous banned book' up for sale

A 19th Century copy of a work described as "the most famous banned book in the country" is to be sold at auction.

Fanny Hill
Hansons Auctioneers

Fanny Hill, by John Cleland, was first published in 1748 and has been described as the first example of "pornographic prose" in English.

The work was still banned in the UK up to the 1960s, but a copy dating from about 1880 was found by antiquarian book expert Jim Spencer and will go under the hammer on 22 January.

Fanny Hill - also known as Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure - tells the story of a young woman from Lancashire who moves to London and becomes a prostitute.

How did your MP vote on Brexit deal?

BBC Politics

After days of debate MPs have decisively rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal by 432 votes to 202.

Nearly 120 Conservative MPs voted against their leader. To find out how your MP voted click on this link.

Parliament votes on Brexit
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Turning very chilly with wintry showers

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

This morning will be largely cloudy with outbreaks of rain.

The rain will move away by early afternoon, leaving it brighter.

While there will be some sunny spells, you can also expect a few showers - possibly wintry over higher ground.

Either way, wrap up warm!

Winter is back

Good morning

Welcome to the BBC's live news coverage across the North West.

We are here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

North West weather: Cloudy night with some drizzle

BBC Weather

Lots of cloud is expected to linger in to tonight, thick enough to give a spot or two of light rain or drizzle. Fairly mild but it will be breezy.

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Weather: Cloudy start but brighter later

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Lots of cloud this morning and there will be a few patches of light rain or drizzle.

This afternoon skies will remain overcast, with the odd spot of drizzle still possible.

Alex Hamilton
BBC

Good morning

Welcome to the BBC's live news coverage across the North West.

We are here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

North West weather: Light cloud and odd patch of drizzle

BBC Weather

Any clear spells are expected to give way to growing amounts of cloud through tonight.

Most areas will be dry but the cloud could thicken enough to give the odd patch of drizzle.

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Weather: Cloudy, windy and brighter later

Alex Hamilton

BBC Weather

Large areas of cloud this morning but for most, it will be dry and there should be some sunny intervals as well.

This afternoon, it will be dry with areas of cloud but equally, some sunshine too.

Sunny spells expected in the afternoon

Good morning

Welcome to the BBC's live news coverage across the North West.

We are here until 18:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Football

Exeter fail to break down Morecambe's stubborn resistance and had to settle for a point in a goalless draw at St James Park.

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North West weather: Cloudy with some patchy rain

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy with some patchy light rain and drizzle expected as we move into tonight, and especially during the early hours.

A windy night ahead and into Saturday, which will be a mainly cloudy day.

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Dianne Oxberry: Gordon Burns remembers 'outstanding broadcaster'

Throughout the day we have been sharing tributes to BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died following a short illness aged 51.

Gordon Burns and Dianne Oxberry
BBC

In a tweet, her former co-presenter Gordon Burns, who was the face of North West Tonight for almost 15 years, said he is "heartbroken" as he paid tribute to "an outstanding broadcaster" and "brilliant colleague".

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BBC Weather team 'saddened' by Dianne Oxberry's death

The BBC Weather team say they are "saddened" by the news of the death of "friend and colleague" Dianne Oxberry who has died aged 51.

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Tributes have been pouring in on social media to the TV presenter who was a familiar face in the North West, after first joining North West Tonight in 1994.

Books of condolence have been opened for staff and visitors to sign at:-

  • Quay House, MediaCity in Salford Quays
  • BBC Radio Merseyside in Liverpool
  • BBC Lancashire in Blackburn

Some of Dianne Oxberry's best TV moments

Tributes have been pouring in for BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died yesterday.

The 51-year-old became a much-loved broadcasting institution in northwest England, where she presented the weather forecast from 1994 until December last year.

We look back at some of her best TV moments.

The BBC television and radio presenter died from cancer
Tributes have been pouring in for the BBC weather presenter who has died from cancer aged of 51.

'Always smiling': Manchester singer remembers Dianne Oxberry

Manchester singer Rowetta has tweeted a tribute to BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry who died yesterday aged 51.

The singer, best known for her recordings with the Happy Mondays, described the radio and TV presenter as "always so lovely to me, always smiling".

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Dianne Oxberry 'will be truly missed': Your tributes

Tributes have been pouring in for BBC weather presenter Dianne Oxberry who has died from cancer at the age of 51.

Viewers and listeners have been giving their reaction and remembering her warm personality

Dianne Oxberry and Gordon Burns
BBC

Steven Brown, via Facebook

I did cry this morning for some strange reason. I guess Dianne had more of an effect on me than I thought. Her warmth transmitted through the TV and radio. That is a gift that can't be taught... Thank you for being there.

Adrian Long, Freckleton, Lancashire

For @BBCNWT viewers this genuinely feels like the sudden loss of a dear friend. A graceful, professional, witty and warm presence in our homes for over 20 years.

Phillipa Brazendale, via Facebook

Sat here in tears. Met Dianne through walking the dogs. Never too important to stop and chat, to make a fuss over everyone's dogs. Will be truly missed by so, so many people. God speed xx.

Book of condolence for Dianne Oxberry
BBC

A book of condolence has been opened in Quay House reception at Media City in Salford for staff and visitors to sign.

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BBC colleagues remember 'funny and talented' Dianne Oxberry

TV presenters have been paying tribute to their former colleague Dianne Oxberry, who died yesterday aged 51.

Dianne Oxberry's first appearance on North West Tonight in 1994
BBC

In a tweet, Good Morning Britain presenter Ranvir Singh described Dianne as "gorgeous, funny, honest. And that was just off-screen."

ITV presenter Ross King paid tribute to a "very talented and lovely lady".

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And Dianne's former North West Tonight colleague Dan Walker said he was "privileged" to work with her, adding she was "as loved and admired in the office as she was by the viewers".

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Dianne Oxberry death leaves BBC colleagues 'devastated'

BBC colleagues have been paying tribute to presenter Dianne Oxberry, who has died from cancer aged 51, and remembering some of her most famous TV moments.

In an emotional interview on BBC Radio Manchester, North West Tonight presenter Roger Johnson quoted comedian Peter Kay who invaded one of her weather forecasts by hugging her and telling her:

"God love Dianne Oxberry - you made the sun shine for everybody!"

Johnson said: "For me, those words are Dianne's epitaph.

Oxberry was well-known nationally on Radio 1, where she worked alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright.

In a tweet her former Radio 1 colleague Simon Mayo said he was "devastated" at the news.

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Dianne Oxberry: 'She made the sun shine for everybody'

Celebrities from across television and radio have been paying their own tributes to Dianne Oxberry on Twitter since her death was announced.

Dianne Oxberry
BBC

Former Liverpool footballer and Match of the Day pundit, Mark Lawrenson, and ITV presenter Ranvir Singh, who previously worked alongside Dianne at Northwest Tonight, have tweeted their shock at the news.

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Tributes flood in for Dianne Oxberry

Tributes have been pouring in from viewers, listeners, celebrities and other well-wishers since the sad news broke about the death of BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry.

Dianne Oxberry
BBC
Dianne, centre, alongside fellow presenters Roger Johnson and Annabel Tiffin

The BBC has been inundated with calls and messages this morning from people keen to describe how about much she will be missed.

Former colleagues and Manchester poet Lemn Sissay are among those who have expressed their shock and left kind words.

Former Radio One breakfast presenter, who worked with Dianne in the 80s, tweeted: "Devastated to hear this news.She was a wonderful, joyous part of our breakfast team at Radio 1. I loved working with her. My condolences to her family.…"

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BBC presenter Dianne Oxberry dies aged 51

We start with some extremely sad news this morning. Award-winning BBC television and radio presenter Dianne Oxberry has died aged 51 following a short illness.

Diane Oxberry
BBC

She died at the Christie hospital in Manchester on Thursday morning, her family has said.

Oxberry became well-known nationally on Radio 1, working alongside Simon Mayo and Steve Wright.

After studying meteorology she became the North West's weather presenter in 1994 and also fronted the Inside Out North West current affairs programme.

Weather: A chilly evening

BBC Weather

This evening and through tonight is expected to be mainly dry with clear spells breaking through and slow-moving banks of cloud.

It will be a chilly night with lows of 4C.

Alex Hamilton
BBC

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Weather: Patchy rain

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy this afternoon with some patchy light rain or drizzle possible at times.

Chance of a few bright or sunny spells later. Feeling milder.

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Cumbrian paramedic pioneers new training role

One of the county's paramedics is the first in the country to take on a new role to help train the next generation of life-savers.

Vinnie Romano is already one of eight consultant paramedics, and he now has an expanded role to improve education and training.

Side of ambulance
NWAS

Pupils so hungry they search bins for food, says head

BBC News Education

The headteacher of a school in Morecambe says some children are so hungry they search in bins for food.

Siobhan Collingwood
BBC

Siobhan Collingwood said some pupils were desperately hungry, as a cross-party group of MPs called on the government to appoint a Minister for Hunger to respond to a growth in "food insecurity" in the UK - especially among children.

The Environmental Audit Committee highlighted 2017 Unicef figures showing 19% of children under 15 in the UK live with adults who struggle to buy food.

The committee said ministers had failed to recognise and respond to the problem.

Man calls 999 over 'cheating' partner

A man phoned 999 to request a DNA test because he feared his partner was "sleeping around".

During the call to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), the spurned lover asks for an ambulance to be sent to his home to perform the test on his "cheating" partner.

An exasperated operator can be heard informing him that the number should only be used for emergencies.

The NWAS released the recording to remind people to use the number to report life-threatening situations and not domestic disputes.

Weather: Cloudy with some light rain

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy today with some patchy light rain or drizzle possible for a time.

However, there could be some bright or sunny spells breaking through later on. Feeling milder.

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Weather: A chilly night with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

Tonight will be mostly dry with a few clear spells, allowing it to become quite cold again.

BBC Weather forecast
BBC

However, cloud will thicken later, bringing the chance of the odd spot of rain.

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Man calls 999 over 'cheating' partner
The man got a furious response when he tried to report his "cheating partner" to the emergency number.

Weather: Chilly but sunny afternoon ahead

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry and fairly sunny for much of the time, although it will be chilly.

BBC Weather forecast on 9 January

A little more cloud will move in later this afternoon.

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