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Superbike legend opens road named in his honour

Carl Fogarty has said it was a "huge honour" to officially open a road named after him in the racer's home town.

Carl Fogarty officially opens Carl Fogarty Way

Carl Fogarty Way forms the last section of a new £5m link road connecting the M65 Whitebirk junction to Blackburn town centre.

The four-time World Superbike Champion joked: "I usually get cats and dogs named after me - so it is a step up from that."

Blackburn with Darwen councillor Phil Riley said the authority wanted to pay tribute to one of the town's "local heroes".

Blackburn with Darwen gets £300,000 to tackle child obesity

Blackburn with Darwen is one of five areas of the country to receive a share of £1.5m government funding to tackle childhood obesity.

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The council will get £100,000-a-year over three years to help it work with takeaways and restaurants to sell healthier food.

The plan will be to offer health, food and nutrition apprenticeships to teenagers aged 15 to 19.

Other areas benefiting from the cash include Bradford, Nottinghamshire, Lewisham and Birmingham.

The moves comes amid claims that the drive to tackle child obesity has stalled with a raft of measures stuck in Brexit backlog.

Football fan jailed for assaulting Blackburn stewards

A fan who assaulted two stewards at a football match has been sentenced to 23 weeks in a young offenders institution.

Ewan Corbett
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Ewan Corbett, 20, punched one steward and pushed another one over at a match between Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough in February, police said.

Security staff were attempting to remove a supporter from Ewood Park's away end when Corbett attacked them.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at Preston Magistrates Court on 17 June.

Corbett, of Albermarie Drive, Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire, was also given an eight-year football banning order.

North West weather: Humid day with rain

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A humid day with chance of heavy rain. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning.

It could be heavy at times. Cloudy with highs of 19C or 20C.

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Lawnmower man pushes for 24-hour record
The fastest person to travel from John O'Groats to Land's End on a lawnmower claims another record.

North West weather: Some rain but staying warm

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Lingering rain will clear to the north to leave it dry and cloudy for much of the night.

However, further rain will start to spread from the south during the early hours.

Lows of 13C.

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Teenager dies after taking MDMA and cannabis

A 17-year-old boy has died after taking MDMA and cannabis in Preston.

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Police were called to a house in Garstang Road, Preston, at about 04:00 on Sunday after the boy fell ill.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Officers believe he had taken both drugs before becoming unwell.

Lancashire Police has issued a warning after the teenager's death, which it said was currently being treated as unexplained.

North West weather: Unsettled start to week

While the weather is expected to remain warm on Monday, rain is predicted from lunchtime.

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North West weather: Plenty of sunshine

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A good deal of dry weather with sunny spells this afternoon, with just a small chance of one or two light showers.

Highs of 18C.

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Man arrested after teenager stabbed in Preston

A woman and a 16-year-old girl have been injured in a stabbing in Preston.

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The woman, in her 30s, was stabbed in the arm and face at a house on Derry Road at 21:25 on Thursday.

Thee teenager suffered an injury to her head when she tried to intervene, police said.

None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

A 33-year-old a man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Man hurt by 'substance' in street attack

A man has had an "unknown substance" thrown at him during a street attack, which also saw him suffer a suspected cheekbone fracture, police have said.

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The 42-year-old man was found by officers called to Burnley's Harold Street at about 19:30 BST on Thursday.

It is believed a substance similar to pepper spray was used in the attack.

The man and emergency service personnel were given treatment in hospital for the effects of the substance, Lancashire Police said.

North West weather: Dry and bright

Scattered showers are predicted for the north west this morning but the weather will start to settle as the day progresses.

Temperatures are expected to reach 18C.

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Boy, seven, injured in car crash

A seven-year-old boy needed hospital treatment after a crash involving a Nissan Juke in Bacup.

The young boy suffered a fractured collarbone and eye socket after the crash on Pennine Road at about 16:45 BST on 18 June.

He was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Lancashire Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Pennine Road

Weather: Dry and bright

A few showers this morning but dry and bright conditions to look forward to later.

Temperatures set to rise to 18C.

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Weather: Dry clear night with a gentle breeze

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One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with clear periods. Just a gentle breeze. Lows of 11C.

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Anderson and Onions for England?

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone says England could do worse than having not just one 36-year-old but two spearheading the Test attack against Australia this summer.

England's all-time top Test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson is, of course, a shoo-in for the Ashes series. He now has 28 scalps in five Division Two matches in 2019.

But former Durham paceman Graham Onions, 42 days his junior and not used by England since June 2012, is not far behind with 25 wickets, after the pair finished off Derbyshire.

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions have taken 53 Division Two wickets between them this summer
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"Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions are bowling as well as I've seen," Livingstone told BBC Radio Lancashire. "The way they bowled in this game was outstanding.

"They were unplayable at times on that pitch. Certainly, fielding at second slip you feel you are in the game every ball. If they went into the first Test as an opening bowling pair I'm sure Australia would struggle."

Boy in hospital after being run over

A seven-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and fractured eye socket after being knocked down by a car in Bacup, said Lancashire Police.

The child was hit by a Nissan Juke on Pennine Road at 16:45 on Tuesday and taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

Pennine Road, Bacup

Police have appealed for witnesses and motorists with dashcam footage to contact them.

Onions spell puts Lancashire in control

A late burst of wickets by former England pace bowler Graham Onions ensured Lancashire kept the upper hand in their County Championship Division Two game at Derbyshire.

Onions took three wickets after tea before bad light forced the players off early with the hosts 19-4, trailing by 64 runs and needing a fine batting display to rescue this match.

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Earlier, former skipper Steven Croft registered the only half-century of the game so far (53 not out) as he helped Lancs to a total of 236.

North West weather: A damp start but brighter later

After a damp start, things will brighten up in the afternoon with sunny spells likely in most places.

Temperatures will climb to highs of 19C.

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

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Northern parts of the region will hang onto sunshine into the evening, while cloud is starting to build further south.

Rain will move in overnight with temperatures falling as low as 9C.

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

Fatal Lancashire crash: Driver released by police

A driver arrested over a fatal crash in Bacup has been released pending further inquiries, said Lancashire police.

The victim, a 24-year-old pedestrian, was knocked down by a white Suzuki Alto on Market Street at 01:10 BST on Monday.

Market Street, Bacup

A woman, 19, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Brexit referendum aftermath sees 'rise in extremism'

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Political extremism has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the head of terrorism investigations in the North West has told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Det Supt Will Chatterton said dealing with far-right extremism was a real challenge, with "open hostility" towards politicians.

He said the unit's cases included "horrific sentiments" posted online.

The Home Office said it was "committed to stamping out extremism in all its forms".

Weather: Bright spells break through showers

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This afternoon will have bright spells together with a few showers although these should tend to fade away later on.

BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

Blustery, with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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Weather: Showers and brisk winds

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Cloudy today with some scattered showers at times.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The showers should become isolated in the afternoon. Windy with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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