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  1. Top stories from Friday 22 July
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday

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Rino Mazzafiore

Reporter, BBC News Online

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. You can still get in touch if there's something you want us to look at via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Pictures: Aftermath of Blackburn cash machine raid

A search is continuing for a gang of masked men who used explosives to steal thousands of pounds from a cash machine in Blackburn. 

The raid happened at about 02.45 at the post office on Whalley Old Road in Blackburn.

Four men wearing balaclavas were seen driving away at speed in a 62 plate dark Volkswagen Golf, said detectives.     

Damage at post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn
post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn
Police car outside post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn

BreakingSam Allardyce is new England manager

Former Blackpool and Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce is confirmed as the new England manager.

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Plans underway to slash number of councillors in Pendle by a third

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

Plans are under way to slash the number of councillors in Pendle by a third in a bid to save cash.

The number of elections could also be cut as the council adapts to shrinking resources and to the transfer of services to town and parish councils.  

Weather: Sunny spells with showers

BBC Weather

Some sunny spells about this afternoon, though isolated heavy and possibly thundery showers may develop over the Pennines.

A mixed afternoon with sunshine and showers

Car thief suspect flags down unmarked police car

A man who fled a suspected stolen car which crashed in Lancashire walked into the hands of police after trying to flag down an unmarked police car. 

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Cricket: England make strong start at Old Trafford

BBC Sport

England have built up a steady lead of 123/1 in the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

England cricketer Joe Root

Woman cleared of contempt of court after camera flash seen during trial

Burnley Express

Burnley Express

Kieley McKenzie, 24, had been sitting in the public gallery at Burnley Crown Court as her sister Nicole McKenzie gave evidence when the judge saw a flash go off and halted the trial.

Clitheroe traders say £9m market revamp is a 'disgrace'

Traders have been giving their reaction to a planned £9m revamp of Clitheroe's outdoor market which will see the market moved indoors. 

Tom Grewsker said: "I don't like it at all, it seems like they are pushing us into a corner right out of the way," 

He added, it would "lose the whole heart and soul of the market".

Artist Impression
Ribble Valley Borough Council

Another trader, Eileen Ansar, said plans for an enclosed hall would see the loss of  a "traditional market".

"All of a sudden we are going to lose everything, our heritage. I think it's disgraceful."

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Union says Blackburn council job cuts is 'terrible news'

Union leaders in Blackburn have described the loss of 500 jobs at the council as "terrible news".  

A plan to cut 500 jobs over the next three years were approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council last night.

The Council Forum passed a series of measures which also included ending weekly bin collections and charging for green waste in a bid to save £13m.

Blackburn with Darwen Council has to save £13m over three years

Traders say market revamp will 'destroy' its character

Market traders in Clitheroe say a planned £9m revamp of the town's market area will destroy its traditional character.

Plans for the redevelopment  - which include a 60-bed hotel, retail units, an indoor market and a 56-space car park -  go on public display today.

Artists’ impressions Clitheroe market redevelopment
Ribble Valley Borough Council

Some traders are angry at the plans and believe an indoor market isn’t right for the town.

If the proposals are approved by Ribble Valley Borough Council, construction of the new market area will start next spring.

Cricket: Follow live commentary as play gets under way

England won the toss and elected to bat in the second Test against Pakistan.

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Travel: Crash blocks M6 slip road

BBC Travel

The southbound M6 entry slip road at junction 34, Lancaster, is partially blocked and there is slow traffic, due to a crash In the roadworks area.

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Masked raiders blow up cash machine in Blackburn

Four men in balaclavas have stolen thousands of pounds after blowing up a cash machine.

Post Office in Whalley Old Road

The gang used an explosive device to break into the machine at the post office in Whalley Old Road, Blackburn, at about 02:45. 

Police are trying to trace the men and the car and have asked for any witnesses to contact them.

The cash machine

Masked raiders blow up cash machine

Four men in balaclavas steal thousands of pounds after blowing up a cash machine at a post office in Blackburn.

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Blackburn council approves 500 job cuts to save £13m

A plan to cut 500 jobs over the next three years has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The Council Forum passed the job losses on Thursday in a bid to save £13m over three years.

Blackburn with Darwen Town Hall

It also agreed to end weekly bin collections, and introduce charges for green waste and weekend parking.

Councillor Andy Kay, executive member for resources, said making "major changes" was the only way to "reduce the financial demands on the council."

Gang uses explosives in Blackburn cash machine raid

A gang has stolen money from a cash machine at a Blackburn post office.

They used an explosive device on the machine at the shop on Whalley Old Road in the early hours of this morning, said police. 

 It is not yet known how much was taken. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Lancashire Constabulary.

Cricket: James Anderson England selection a 'messy affair'

England captain Alastair Cook said he was surprised by the row over the decision to omit Lancashire's James Anderson for the first Test against Pakistan.

Anderson, 33, believed he was fit after a shoulder injury but the England selectors were unwilling to risk him.

Alastair Cook
BBC Sport

 "It happened, it was a slightly messy affair and an unimportant sideshow. We have to move on and play good cricket," added Cook.  

Anderson, England's all-time leading Test wicket-taker with 454 dismissals, returns to the side for the second Test, which starts this morning at Old Trafford.

Fleetwood caravan park death girl named by police

A 12-year-old girl who died at a caravan site in Fleetwood has been named.

Paige Daughtry
Lancashire Police

Paige Daughtry, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was found "unresponsive" by paramedics at the Cala Gran Holiday Park on Monday.

Lancashire Police said although the precise cause of death had not been determined, there were not thought to be any suspicious circumstances.

Paige Daughtry

Caravan park death girl identified

A 12-year-old girl who died at a caravan site in Lancashire is identified by police.

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Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • Blackburn with Darwen Council approves plans to cut 500 jobs over the next three years
  • A 12-year-old girl who died at a caravan site in Fleetwood is named 
  • Market traders in Clitheroe say they've not been consulted enough over a planned £9m revamp of the town's outdoor market area

Travel: Traffic light failures

BBC Travel

There are traffic light failures in two parts of the county this morning. The first in the Leyland area on Wigan Road at the Woodsman traffic lights.

The second is causing slow traffic on Marine Road West in Morecambe at the Central Drive junction.

Motorists are advised to approach both areas with care.

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Weather: Chance of heavy showers

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy with isolated showers possible throughout the day, some may be heavy at times.

Alexandra Hamilton presents the breakfast weather forecast on Friday 22 July 2016

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Rino Mazzafiore

Reporter, BBC News Online

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