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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday July 28
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 Friday 29 July

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Our live coverage across the day

Rino Mazzafiore

Reporter, BBC News Online

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

Football: PNE winger Chris Humphrey in pre-season training

Travel: Congestion in Lancashire

BBC Travel

There is very slow traffic on the A589 Morecambe Road eastbound in Lancaster between McDonald's junction and the A6 Owen Road junction.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A man has been jailed for five years and seven months for robbing a Darwen shop
  • A carer from St Annes is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing over £2,000 from a man with learning disabilities she was looking after
  • Almost 240 new call centre jobs are being created in Preston

Lancashire to get its third cathedral

A church which was closed two years ago has been designated as a cathedral by Pope Francis. 

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The Grade II listed St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Preston was shut in December 2014. 

But it reopened as a parish church serving an Indian branch of the Roman Catholic Church. 

A Vatican statement said the church will have its own bishop, serving a special diocese of Indian Catholics which is one of only three in the world.

Registered nurse struck off by watchdog after care home failings

Accrington Observer

Accrington Observer

A registered nurse who failed to administer appropriate treatments to a dying man and a woman with Parkinson’s Disease has been struck off.  

Weather: Rain easing in some places

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

The rain will ease through the afternoon, but could persist in the north.

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Drier and brighter conditions likely developing in the south with isolated heavy, possibly thundery, showers later.

July 28th ‘the best day to have a birthday’

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Today is the best date of the year to have a birthday, according to new research.

The study took into account the weather, the fact it’s payday and more people are likely to turn up to any birthday celebrations.

Ecological tour of Forest of Bowland

This Preston-based company has been showcasing the Lancashire countryside's area of natural beauty.

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Reports of 119 burglaries so far in Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool and the Fylde

There have been reports of 119 burglaries in homes across Lancaster, Morecambe, Blackpool and the Fylde this July, police say. 

Of these, 54 were because homes were left insecure. 

Police are now urging householders to make sure they keep their doors and windows secure - especially during warmer weather.

Best foot forward for Penwortham walkers

Lancashire Evening Post

Most people might nip to get a sandwich or read the paper on their lunch break, but Sue James has set up a walking group.

The healthcare assistant at St Fillans Medical Centre in Penwortham leads a 40 minute walk around nearby Hurst Grange Park every Wednesday for people who want to get fitter, or just socialise.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

This lunchtime's top stories: 

  • A woman accused of murdering her love rival in Rossendale told police she was ill in bed reading a book on the night of the killing, a court hears
  • A man has been jailed for five years and seven months for robbing a Darwen shop
  • A carer from St Annes is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing more than £2,000 from a man with learning disabilities she was looking after

Police release CCTV images of Blackpool assault

Lancashire police have released CCTV images of several men they want to speak to following an assault in Blackpool.

A 20-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries when he was attacked after walking close to a fight involving several people in the Talbot Road area.

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Lancashire Police

The victim was treated at Royal Preston Hospital for fractures to his jaw after the incident, on 10 April.

Heavy rain to ease throughout the afternoon

BBC Weather

Locally heavy rain moves east across all parts this morning. The rain then easing through the afternoon, but persisting in the north. 

Weather
BBC

However, drier and brighter conditions likely developing in the south with isolated heavy, possibly thundery, showers later.    

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North's 'national daily' newspaper 24 closes after six weeks

A regional newspaper, launched last month and described as the "North's national", is to cease publication.  

Cumbrian Newspapers said the daily, called 24, had been a calculated risk which had not come off.      

A dummy front page for the new daily newspaper called 24
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Darwen man jailed for robbery

A man has been jailed for robbing a shop in Darwen, stabbing a member of staff in the stomach with a knife.

Ian Potter was one of two men who carried out the robbery in January.

Ian Potter
Lancashire Police

He was caught after his DNA was left on a balaclava he was wearing, which was removed by the victim. 

Potter was jailed for five years and seven months, but the second offender is still wanted by police.

Mum fined for not having TV licence three months after her death

Accrington Observer

Accrington Observer

The family of a mother-of-five who died from a sudden heart attack have spoken of their heartbreak after discovering she has been prosecuted for not paying her TV licence three months after her death.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A woman accused of murdering her love rival in Rossendale told police she was ill in bed reading a book on the night of the killing, a court hears
  • Hyndburn MP Graham Jones writes to the Ministry of Defence highlighting the lack of Muslim army members in the UK
  • A man has been jailed for five years and seven months for robbing a Darwen shop

Crowdfunding appeal to save Burnley Empire Theatre

A group set up to try and save a dilapidated theatre in Burnley say they only have until tomorrow to raise £15,000.

The theatre is Grade II listed

Burnley Empire is a Grade II listed Victorian building.

Members of the Burnley Empire Theatre Trust want to fund a study which will tell them exactly how badly damaged the theatre is and whether restoration is financially viable.  

Murder accused 'ill' on night of killing

A woman accused of murdering her love rival told police she was ill in bed on the night of the killing.

Sadie Hartley, 60, was stunned with a cattle prod and stabbed at her home in Helmshore, Lancashire, on 14 January.

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley

The court heard Sarah Williams, 35, was sent home from her job at the Chill Factore in Manchester that afternoon.

'I have so much more energy' - woman sheds five stone - dropping four dress sizes

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

A woman who dropped four dress sizes and lost five stone, said her life has ‘changed forever’.

Emma Tye, from Longridge, weighed in at 18stones at Christmas 2012 and then transformed her diet and lifestyle. 

Lancaster farmer supplies London coffee shops

As dairy farmers in Lancashire look for ways to diversify their businesses, a farm in Hornby has started to supply bespoke milk to coffee shops in London.

Lancashire farmer sells milk to `trendy` London coffee shops

Lune Valley Dairy is one of a small but growing number of UK farmers refusing to be defeated by the dairy crisis.  

The milk from their Jersey cows contains a high level of protein which is essential in creating tiny bubbles, or microfoam, during heating.

Joe Towers said they had been struggling for more than a decade to make their business viable because of the falling price of milk, but this decision had saved the farm.

One-Day Cup: Liam Livingstone makes 98 as Lancashire beat Derbyshire

BBC Sport

Lancashire's Liam Livingstone hit a career-best 98 to help his side beat Derbyshire in the One-Day Cup.

Liam Livingstone
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Livingstone looked certain to reach a maiden century when he was out lbw to Alex Hughes as Lancashire made 281-8.

Skipper Steven Croft also chipped in with 68 while Ben Cotton took 3-62.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • A woman accused of murdering her love rival in Rossendale told police she was ill in bed reading a book on the night of the killing, a court hears
  • Hyndburn MP Graham Jones writes to the Ministry of Defence highlighting the lack of Muslim army members in the UK
  • People living near to a scrapyard in Great Harwood complain to Hyndburn Council and the Environment Agency over fumes coming from the site

Weather: Heavy rain, easing later

BBC Weather

Locally heavy rain moves east across all parts this morning.

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BBC

The rain then easing through the afternoon, but persisting in the north.

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