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  1. Updates on Monday 18 July

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By Lynette Horsburgh

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

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Weather: Warm and muggy night

BBC Weather

A warm and muggy night across the region, with patchy cloud around in places.

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There may even be the odd patch of mist or fog forming in some areas. 

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New store to create 80 jobs

Home, garden and leisure retailer The Range said 80 new jobs will be created when it opens a new store in Blackpool. 

It will be on the site of the former Homebase store on Waterloo Road, South Shore and is due to open in September.

Football: Burnley's £5.5m Hendrick offer rejected

Andy Bayes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Burnley have had a third offer for Derby midfielder Jeff Hendrick turned down. 

Jeff Hendrick
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I understand the Clarets' offer totalled £5.5m. 

England v Pakistan: Lancashire's James Anderson selected

BBC Sport

England have added Lancashire's James Anderson, Ben Stokes and Adil Rashid to their squad for the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, which begins on Friday.  

James Anderson
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Man rescued from sea near North Pier

A man has been rescued by coastguards in Blackpool.

Blackpool's North Pier

Lancashire Police said it received a report a male was in the sea close to North Pier and needed to be pulled to safety at 06:30. 

He was taken to a waiting ambulance for medical treatment.

'Son of Satan' killer Robert Kay jailed for life

Tom Mullen

Reporter, BBC News Online

A schizophrenic who claimed he was "the son of Satan" as he stabbed a businessman to death in front of his family has been jailed for life

Robert Kay

Robert Kay, 48, knifed Ian Dollery, 51, at least 30 times in an unprovoked attack in the garage of his home in St Annes, Lancashire, in June 2015. 

Mr Dollery's wife, Andrea, and daughter, Grace, managed to fight off the killer but Mr Dollery later died. Kay was found guilty of murder and sentenced at Preston Crown Court.    

Cricket: Lancashire v Durham

BBC Sport

Live text and radio commentary on the third day of Lancashire's County Championship clash with Durham at Southport.  

Haseeb Hameed of Lancashire bats during day three of the Specsavers County Championship Division One match between Lancashire and Durham
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Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A man has been convicted of murdering a 51-year-old businessman in Lytham St Annes
  • A boy of 10 has been injured in Burnley after being hit by a car, which drove off without stopping
  • Blackburn with Darwen Council is looking to cut around 500 jobs.

New island 'claimed' by BBC Radio Lancashire

Graham Liver

Presenter, BBC Radio Lancashire

A new island off of the coast of Fleetwood has been claimed by BBC Radio Lancashire presenters Graham Liver, John Barnes and Mike Stevens.


King Scar Bank is about 1.5 miles (2.5 kms) north of Fleetwood drone surveyors said it was 638m (2093ft) long and up to 15m (49ft) wide. It is made up of pebbles.   

Tony Cowell - skipper of the Fleetwood to Knott End ferry - has been watching the island for ten years and said it has got "higher and higher" recently.

Thousands apply for jobs at Promenade chippy

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

A massive 2,500 people applied for just 100 jobs at a new £2.4m Harry Ramsden’s restaurant on Blackpool’s Golden Mile.

Blackpool promenade

Archbishop of York opens £8m Cathedral Court

Blackburn Cathedral's £8m Cathedral Court development has been unveiled and blessed by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu.

Archbishop Sentamu at the dedication of Cathedral Court
Clive Lawrence Blackburn Cathedral

The cathedral said the development is the first cloisters to be built at a UK cathedral for over 500 years and also marked the final portion of the town centre regeneration nearby. 

Cathedral Court includes residences for the clergy and staff, a hall of residence for organ and choral scholars, new public gardens, a library, conference facilities, offices, parking and the Temple Gallery linking the original Cathedral building to the new cloisters as well as Cafe Northcote.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “Creating change to enhance our ministry is a joyous moment to celebrate.”

Man convicted of murdering businessman in Lytham St Annes

A man has been convicted of murdering a 51-year-old businessman in Lytham St Annes in June of last year.

Ian Dollery and his wife
Lancashire Police

Ian Dollery (pictured) was stabbed outside his home close to the Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club.

Robert Kay, 48, had denied murder - but admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. He was found guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court and is due to be sentenced later. 

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • South Ribble Council has been left in a position of no overall control after four Tory councillors resigned from the controlling group  
  • Boys in Lancashire are nearly twice as likely to fall behind girls by the time they start school, according to a new report
  • Up to 500 jobs could be lost at Blackburn with Darwen Council as part of £48m of savings the authority has to make

Boy, 10, seriously injured in hit-and-run in Burnley

A boy of 10 has been seriously injured when a car crashed into his bike in Burnley.

Police said he was hit by a small red Peugeot or old-style Citroen Saxo on Springhill Road at about 19:30 on Sunday.

He was taken to Manchester Children’s Hospital with a head injury and a fractured collar bone.

Police want to speak to the driver who failed to stop at the scene or anyone who witnessed the incident.

South Ribble Council under no overall control after resignations

Paul O'Gorman

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

A council criticised for failing to carry out proper background checks when licensing taxi drivers has been left in a position of no overall control - after four Tory councillors resigned from the controlling group.

Margaret Smith
South Ribble Council

South Ribble councillors Paul Wharton, Barbara Nathan, Michael Nathan and Andrea Ball will now sit as independent Conservatives.

Mr Wharton had previously led a vote of no confidence in council leader Margaret Smith. 

The four are calling for fundamental changes at the council and have reiterated calls for Margaret Smith to resign.

Four Tory councillors quit group in leadership row

Lancashire Evening Post

South Ribble Council has been left with no party having overall control, following the resignation of four Tory councillors from the group.  

South Ribble Council leader Margaret Smith
South Ribble Council

Five hundred council jobs set to go

A proposal to cut 500 jobs at Blackburn with Darwen Council is expected to be passed on Thursday, the authority has revealed.

Councillor Andy Kay
Blackburn with Darwen Council

The council is expected to rubber stamp the job losses and cut weekly bin collections and free weekend parking at the council forum meeting.

Councillor Andy Kay, the executive member for resources, said: "We have reached the point where the only way to reduce the financial demands on our resources is to make those major changes included in our proposals."

Weather: Hottest day of the year expected

BBC Weather

After a cloudy and murky start to the day, the cloud will break later and it should be largely dry.

Temperatures up to 26C this afternoon making it the hottest day of the year for Manchester so far.

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Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • Almost 2,500 boys under five in Lancashire are lagging behind girls in reading, writing and speaking according to a new report by charity Save the Children
  • Blackburn Cathedral's new Cathedral Court development has been officially opened by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu 
  • Police appeal for information over claims of human slavery in Blackburn following a 55-year-old man's arrest last week

Cricket: Lancashire v Durham

BBC Radio Lancashire

Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan says their County Championship Division One match against Durham at Southport is evenly poised.

Simon Kerrigan
Rex Features

The Red Rose side head into the third day trailing by 28 runs, they will resume their second innings on 59-1 at 11:00.  

Kerrigan, who picked up one wicket, as the visitors were bowled out for 291 on the second day said: "Our first task is getting level but you never know with this pitch.

"We saw it last year it deteriorated quite quickly... so 150 could be a tough chase if you get wickets early on."

Match scorecard

'Simply scandalous': Reaction to Blackburn with Darwen Council cuts

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

Weekly bin collections, free weekend car parking and 500 jobs are all to be axed in the latest round of cuts by Blackburn with Darwen Council.  

Blackburn Town Hall
Robert Wade

Cricket: James Anderson impresses for Lancashire against Durham

BBC Sport

England paceman James Anderson ended a two-day spell playing for Lancashire with figures of 3-58 in an evenly-poised match against Durham.

James Anderson
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Anderson dismissed Paul Collingwood (50) and Adam Hickey (0) on day two as he recovers from a shoulder injury.  

Pre-school boys lag behind girls, says report

Boys in Lancashire are nearly twice as likely to fall behind girls by the time they start school, according to a new report by charity Save the Children.

Young children colouring in

It shows that last year almost 2,500 boys under five are lagging behind girls in reading, writing and speaking. 

Jamilla Hinds-Brough from the charity said the most decisive action is sending boys to "good quality childcare" where staff understand early speech and language development so they can catch up by the time they go to school.

Rovers boss ponders entering U21 team in the English Football League Trophy

BBC Radio Lancashire

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle says he would give serious thought to Rovers entering an U21 team into the English Football League Trophy if they are invited to play in it next season. 

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle

Sixteen Premier League clubs with Category One Academies have been asked to join the competition - formerly called as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - but four have declined the invitation.   

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police appeal for information over claims of human slavery in Blackburn following a 55-year-old man's arrest last week
  • Nearly 2,500 boys in Lancashire under five are lagging behind girls at speaking, reading and writing, a Save the Children report says
  • Blackburn Cathedral's new Cathedral Court development is officially opened by Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu

Weather: A cloudy start with the sunny spells later

BBC Weather

A foggy or cloudy start for many, perhaps even with the odd spot of rain in places.


  It will clear up through the day though with sunny spells developing later. It'll be feeling very warm in the sunshine.    

Good morning - Join us for today's coverage

Lynette Horsburgh

Reporter, BBC News Online

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