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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Pictures reveal damage caused by Accrington house blaze

Accrington Observer

Accrington Observer

A 73-year-old woman has been taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after a “serious” house fire in Accrington this morning. 

Football Gossip: Could a move to Newcastle for Blackburn's Hanley boost Crewe's coffers?

Graham McGarry

Crewe Alexandra commentator, BBC Radio Stoke

Crewe Alexandra are set to get an unexpected cash windfall - believed to about £500,000 - if Blackburn's Grant Hanley completes a move to Newcastle United.

Grant Hanley
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BBC Radio Stoke's Graham McGarry reports a fee of about £6m could see the Scotland international sign for the Championship club.

Crewe inserted a sell-on clause when Hanley left the Alex aged 16 to join Blackburn's academy.

Cricket: Mahmood and Livingstone receive England Lions call

Lancashire’s Liam Livingstone and Saqib Mahmood have been called up to the England Lions squad for the tri-series tournament against Pakistan 'A' and Sri Lanka 'A'.

Liam Livingstone
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Saqib Mahmood
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The series gets under way on 18 July.

Lytham hotel charged with health and safety offences after girl drowned in pool

A hotel where a three-year-old girl drowned in a swimming pool has been charged with two health and safety offences.

Dalmeny Hotel

Jane Bell had been staying at the Dalmeny Hotel, Lytham, with her family in August 2014.

No plea has been given and the case will be heard at Preston Crown Court in August.

Travel: Three vehicle accident blocks one lane of M6

BBC Travel

An accident involving three vehicles has blocked one lane of the northbound M6 between junction 33, Galgate, and junction 34, Lancaster.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A heart consultant based at the Lancashire Cardiac Centre says day-to-day procedures will not be affected by a review of heart services by NHS England 
  • A Lytham hotel where a three-year-old girl drowned has been charged with health and safety offences
  • Young people are being asked to take part in a new project about health and social care by Blackburn with Darwen Council

Llewelyn-Bowen: New Blackpool Illuminations 'will blow your socks off'

Paul O'Gorman

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Details of a new set of illuminations for Blackpool have been unveiled by designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

Blackpool illuminations designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

The show will include features showing Star Wars with new animations projected onto the Tower Ballroom.

"I absolutely guarantee the 2016 illuminations will blow your socks off," he said.

Communtiy pitches open at Fleetwood Town's training base

A £400,000 complex of community football pitches has been officially opened today at Fleetwood Town's training centre.

Poolfoot Farm
Fleetwood Town

It is the latest part of its £9m Poolfoot Farm training base and sports complex to be completed. 

Weather: Sunny spells and showers

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Sunny spells and perhaps a few showers are likely during the afternoon.

Weather forecast for the north west on Friday 8 July

Breezy for many, but it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine.

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Health project aims to gather views of young people

A new project which aims to put forward the views of young people on health and social care in Blackburn with Darwen is about to be launched.

School classroom

Volunteers for the Amplify project - which is run by Healthwatch - have been getting the views of children at high schools about their experience of using services.

Blackpool owner Oyston 'won't be left in any doubt' about fans' feelings in meeting with supporters' group

BBC Lancashire Sport

The deputy chairwoman of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust hopes a planned meeting with the club's owner Owen Oyston will show "how exactly the fans feel".

Blackpool owner Owen Oyston

Mr Oyston is due to meet the group on Saturday to discuss fans' anger over the way they say the club has been run.

Christine Seddon from the trust said: "I don't think he'll be left in any doubt as to what the fans' feel and then maybe he will actually act and do the right thing,"

Renowned designer anticipates visitors will be 'willing to pay' for illuminations display

Designer Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen says he expects visitors to Blackpool will be more "willing to pay" to see this year's illuminations.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

The TV personality was in the resort to reveal some of its new features which he co-created with his daughter, Cerise.

Lancashire drugs and money laundering gang jailed

Six men involved in a drugs and money laundering network across Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Leicester have been jailed.

Top left to right: Zahid Khan, Nadeem Hussain, Mohammed Wasim Akhtar Bottom left to right: Mohammed Miah, Wajid Hussain, Mahmoud Jaber
Lancashire Police

They were sentenced at Preston Crown Court for offences including conspiring to supply Class A drugs and money laundering.

Gang leader Zahid Khan, 40, carried out the drug deals and used couriers to transport heroin, cocaine and cash.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Blackpool woman says she is still in the dark about what happened to her baby almost three decades after her son died
  • The trust which runs the Lancashire Cardiac Centre says it will remain open following a review of heart services by NHS England
  • Work to remove a carpet of duck weed from a section of the Lancaster Canal is expected to take most of the summer

Police release images of woman in bank card fraud

Police are looking to trace a woman after money was fraudulently withdrawn from a bank account in Preston.

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Football: Burnley's Gray not coming 'just to survive' in Premier League

Phil Cunliffe

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Burnley forward Andre Gray says there is a strong belief at the club that they can retain their Premier League status.

Burnley forward Andre Gray

Gray top-scored for the Clarets in their Championship winning campaign last season.

"There's no easy fixtures in the Premier League but we're not coming here just to survive," said Gray.

"Hopefully I can score goals in the Premier League," said Gray. "That's what I came here for."

DNA kits link burglars to break-ins

Claire Ashmore

Report, BBC Radio Lancashire

Burglars in an east Lancashire town face getting 'shopped' in a new crime prevention scheme.

Butcher Kevin Schofield

Retailers in Nelson are being offered free DNA marking kits which will link criminals to break-ins.  

Items are coated with an invisible substance which, if they are stolen, police can use to track down where they were taken from and by whom.

Local butcher Kevin Schofield, whose shop was recently broken into, said: "To be quite honest, any deterrent helps and it's free so anybody can take it up."

A tiger walked into a dentist...

An 18-stone tiger has undergone root canal treatment at Blackpool Zoo.

Blackpool Zoo

A specialist team of ten vets treated the zoo's Tiger, Alyona, in a two-stage operation to repair four damaged canine teeth.

Veterinary dentist Dr Alex Smithson said: “With a procedure like this there’s a lot of work involved, with days of organisation, planning, equipment preparation and then operating in testing conditions, so it is essential the team functions together well.”

Devastated girlfriend pays tribute to man killed on M6

Lancashire Evening Post

The grieving girlfriend of a young man who was killed in an incident on the M6 has paid tribute to him.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Lancashire cardiac consultant is reassuring patients over the future of a Blackpool-based heart centre 
  • A mother from Blackpool whose baby died prematurely more than 25 years ago says she never got to see her son
  • Burglars in east Lancashire face getting 'shopped' in a new crime prevention scheme

Cricket: Lancashire have to 'win, win, win' in T20 Blast, says head coach Giles

BBC Lancashire Sport

Head coach Ashley Giles believes Lancashire cannot afford any more setbacks if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of T20 Blast.

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles

"We now have to just win, win, win," said Giles. "It's a tough challenge because we've got some tough T20 sides still to play."

Lancashire are seventh in their group and face Worcestershire this evening in their latest round-robin match.

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Lancashire man jailed for conspiracy to supply drugs

Two men, one of them from Lancashire, who were involved in a conspiracy to supply drugs worth £5m have been jailed.  

James Rushe and Mark Fishwick
Merseyside Police
James Rushe and Mark Fishwick

Mark Fishwick, 47, of Penwortham, Preston, and James Rushe, 55, of Moore, Cheshire, were both sentenced to six years at Liverpool Crown Court for conspiracy to supply a controlled drug. 

Rushe is a former director of Northwich Victoria Football Club and Fishwick owns Penwortham MOT Centre.

Cardiac consultant offers reassurance over future Blackpool-based heart centre

A consultant from Lancashire Cardiac Centre has tried to "reassure patients" over the future of a Blackpool-based heart centre.

A number of hospitals in England are being told they should no longer carry out complicated heart disease surgery or treatments.

It follows a review by NHS England which has looked in detail at the care given to children and adults born with heart diseases. 

Consultant Russel Milner from Blackpool Victoria Hospital and Divisional Director for scheduled care at the hospital said: "It does not mean the closure of the Lancashire Cardiac Centre. For us it's looking at a very small group of patients and these are patients who've got heart disease they were born with."  

Blackpool woman who was denied her baby's ashes 'never given a reason'

A woman from Blackpool says she still has no idea what happened to her son - nearly three decades after he died.

Some of the babies whose ashes were not returned to their families in Shrewsbury

The government is to introduce a new statutory definition of 'ashes' to prevent future cases of infant remains not being returned to parents following a cremation. 

It follows a BBC investigation which discovered that 60 families had been denied their child's ashes in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Beverley, who was just 21 years old when her baby died, said: "I was was never given a reason or found what happened to him. It's only as you get older you think how badly they handled things."

Duck weed threat to Lancaster Canal

A specialist boat is being used to remove a carpet of green weed engulfing the Lancaster Canal.

Duck weed

The Canal and River Trust has hired contractors to help remove the duck weed which has multiplied in the humid and damp weather. 

They will be using a boat that has special cutting equipment to get rid of the weed - which can cause problems for other aquatic wildlife - before it spreads further.

Travel: Accident closes two lanes of M65

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed on the westbound M65 between junction 8, Accrington, and junction 7, Rishton, because of an accident involving a car and a spillage on the road.

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Police dog attack victim 'called thief' by officers

A man attacked by a police dog in a hotel car park claims officers initially accused him of being a thief rather than helping him.

Chorley man injured after police dog bite

Dominic Pemberton alleges he was left for "a good hour" before being taken to hospital after the attack by the dog which was in training in Charnock Richard last Friday.

 "I had all these injuries and all [the police] were doing was throwing these accusations at me. They weren't concerned about my welfare."

The 23-year-old was held on suspicion of going equipped to steal before being de-arrested and taken for treatment.

Greater Manchester Police said an inquiry had begun after a dog "unexpectedly detained" a man.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The trust which runs the Lancashire Cardiac Centre says it will remain open following a review of heart services by NHS England
  • An arsonist from Burnley who set fire to a house while a mother and two children slept inside has had his jail term cut
  • The F-35 Lightning II fighter plane which is partly made in Lancashire makes its UK debut today 

Weather: Showery at first with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Cloudy with showery rain at first becoming drier and brighter through the morning.

Weather forecast for the north west on Friday 8 July

Breezy for many, but it will feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Highs of 20C.

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