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  1. Updates on Friday 29 July
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Cricket: Lancashire need 'act of God' to qualify in T20, says coach Giles

BBC Lancashire Sport

The Lancashire head coach, Ashley Giles, says his side need an "act of God" if they are to progress to the quarter-finals of the T20 Blast competition.

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles

The Red Rose are second from bottom heading into their final group game at Old Trafford this evening, where they face Birmingham Bears.

"It'll be very difficult for us to qualify," said Giles. "But we're playing for a lot of pride and every time we go out we're trying to play our best cricket."

Listen to commentary from 18:00, on BBC Radio Lancashire. 

Weather: Showers clearing to leave dry night

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

Any showers will ease this evening to leave a dry and quiet night.

North West weather forecast for Friday 29 July

Clear spells will develop and it will feel cooler than recent nights.

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Football: Rovers boss keen to avoid more departures

Hannah Lupton

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport reporter

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle has admitted he is reluctant to lose any more players during this summer's transfer window.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle

Grant Hanley joined Newcastle last week, while Rovers turned down a bid from Brighton for central defender Shane Duffy.

"I want to add to the squad, not to be losing players that I feel can have an impact for us," Coyle said.

Artificial eye service celebrates centenary

Maria Felix Vas

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

The Blackpool-based National Artificial Eye Service has marked its centenary.

False eyes and glasses

The NHS department initially offered support and advice to servicemen during the First and Second World Wars.

The Lancashire team now make up to 10 different eyes a week, which go to people across England.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A senior nurse at a hospital trust in Lancashire denies allegations she tried to cover up incidents, a hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council is told
  • A Fylde-based paramedic says lives are being put at risk after figures revealed the North West Ambulance Service attended more than 1,100 hoax incidents in the first six months of this year
  • Lancashire's cricketers play their final group game in this season's T20 Blast competition this evening

Lancashire nurse denies claim she covered up incidents

Amy Cole

BBC Midlands Today

A senior nurse at a hospital trust in Lancashire has denied allegations she tried to persuade colleagues to cover up incidents and not discuss issues outside her department.

Listen to Amy Cole's report

Rachel Sansbury is head of nursing for the surgical division at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 

She underwent an hour's cross examination at her hearing at the Nursing and Midwifery Council in central London this morning.

Listen to Amy Cole's report from the hearing.

Preparations under way for Chorley Flower Show

The second Chorley Flower Show is set to take place in Astley Park this weekend.

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Miss England raises awareness for Preston hospice

The Preston woman who has been crowned Miss England will use the title to help the Lancashire hospice where her sister died.

Miss England Elizabeth Grant

Elizabeth Grant, 20, from Ribbleton has been raising money for the Derian House Children's Hospice where her 12-year-old sister Melanie was cared for before dying of a brain tumour in 2001.

"Derian House was there to help me through my grieving process," Ms Grant told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"They followed me through school and made sure I was ok and they made sure that the last two to three weeks of Melanie's life was amazing."

Lancashire woman suing government in bereavement row

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

A Lancashire woman is suing the government for “symbolic recognition” of her bereavement after the death of her partner of 16 years.

Baby alpaca born at Lancashire farm

A family-run farm in Fleetwood is celebrating the birth of a baby alpaca.

Cria the baby alpaca

The farm is putting out an appeal to name the young animal, which was born this week.

Police and crime commissioner's concern over impact of hoax calls

Lancashire's police and crime commissioner has warned of the dangers of people making hoax calls to emergency services.

Lancashire police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw

In the past month, police in Lancashire received about 700 calls to their 999 number. 

"We've worked out that one man was responsible for hundreds of calls over a four-month period and that cost £35,000 in dealing with those calls," said Mr Grunshaw.  

Weather: Rain easing through the day

BBC Weather

This rain will ease through the afternoon with sunny spells developing, but with the risk of an isolated shower or two.


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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner says hoax callers are a serious problem after almost 700 calls were made to police in the county this month
  • The earliest example of cancer in humans has been identified by a team of scientists, including one from the University of Central Lancashire
  • The Preston woman who was crowned Miss England will use the title to help the Lancashire hospice where her sister died

Two-thirds of north west businesses concerned about weaker demand prospects post-Brexit

Confidence among manufacturers has slumped since the UK's vote to leave the European Union, a report indicates.

Manufacturing business
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Manufacturers' average confidence score dropped to 5.24 after the referendum from 6.37 before the vote, the report from EEF, a manufacturing lobby group,and accountancy firm BDO showed. 

The report said that 25% of companies in the North West had yet to find any business opportunities from Brexit, while 59% were concerned about weaker demand prospects.

Pope turns ex-Preston church into Indian Catholic cathedral

The pope has declared a formerly closed church in Lancashire a new cathedral for Indian Catholics, making it one of only three worldwide.

Pope creates Indian Cathedral in Preston, one of three in the world

The Grade II listed St Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Preston closed in 2014, before reopening as a parish church serving the Syro Malabar community. 

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

New arrival at Fleetwood-based farm

A baby alpaca has been born at a farm in Fleetwood.

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'I am getting flashbacks' - Blackburn shop owner slashed with knife labels attackers ‘plain evil’

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Telegraph

A shop owner who was slashed across the chest with a knife has described his attackers as ‘plain evil’.  

Cancer found in ancient human ancestor's foot

The earliest evidence of cancer has been detected in a fossil in South Africa by a team of scientists, including one from the University of Central Lancashire.

The earliest evidence of cancer in the human fossil

The fossil is of an early human who walked the Earth approximately 1.7m years ago.

Dr Patrick Randolph-Quinney from Uclan said: "We used the latest high-resolution techniques to look inside the bone... and we realised we were looking at a primary bone cancer. It's a cancer that starts deep in the bone and expands out." 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • More than 1,100 hoax calls were made to the North West Ambulance Service in the first six months of this year, compared to just over 1,000 in the same period last year
  • Chorley Hospital's A&E department is to remain closed because of doctor shortages
  • Three Blackpool tower blocks are set to be demolished on Sunday as part of a £22m redevelopment

Fear over number of hoax calls received by emergency services

The emergency services are warning that lives are being put at risk by hoax callers in Lancashire.

Dave Rigby says hoax calls divert crews from emergencies

The police have received more than 700 calls this month, with the North West Ambulance Service attending more than 1,100 incidents in the first six months of this year.

Paramedic and sector manager for the Fylde Dave Rigby says it is diverting crews which could be needed elsewhere.

"I've been to one incident in which someone couldn't open a tin of pineapples," he said. "You're putting other peoples lives at risk."

Murder suspect told police 'it looks bad'

A woman accused of murdering her love rival told police "it looks really bad" as she was questioned about her movements by murder squad detectives, a court hears.

Sadie Hartley
Family of Sadie Hartley
Sadie Hartley

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

Sarah Williams, 35, and her friend, Katrina Walsh, 56, are said to have spent 17 months plotting to kill Ms Hartley, Preston Crown Court heard.

The pair, both from Chester, deny murdering the mother-of-two.

Olympics: Lancashire athletes flying out to Rio

BBC Lancashire Sport

There is just one week to go before this summer's Olympics gets under way in Rio.

British Olympic team

A number of Lancashire athletes are flying out to the games today, including rowers Scott Durant from Lancaster and Preston's Graeme Thomas.

Graeme's brother Alistair says his boat has a very good chance of finishing on the podium.

"He missed out on going to the London Olympics and I think that has spurred him on to go there and get the job done."

Broken down bus causes motorway headache

Lancashire Evening Post

Commuters are being warned of congestion on the M6 northbound between J34 and J35 at Lancaster this morning.  

Chorley Hospital A&E to remain closed

A hospital A&E department closed temporarily over "unacceptable" safety risks is to remain closed because of doctor shortages.

Chorley Hospital
The downgraded urgent care centre at Chorley had been seeing more than 100 patients a day

Chorley Hospital in Lancashire was downgraded to an urgent care centre in April but was due to reopen in August.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said there had been a "small improvement" in doctor numbers, but staffing levels were still too low.

Campaigners fear the unit "could be closed permanently".

Blackpool tower blocks set to be demolished

Three iconic tower blocks are set to be demolished in Blackpool this weekend.

Tower blocks
Blackpool Council

Residents living close to Walter Robinson Court, Elizabeth Court and Churchill Court on Queens Park will be evacuated on Sunday morning as demolition crews blow up the towers. 

It is part of a £22m redevelopment for the area, which will provide about 200 affordable new family homes.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Almost 700 hoax calls have been made to police in Lancashire this month
  • Chorley Hospital says its A&E department will remain closed for the foreseeable future because of continued low staffing levels
  • Three iconic towers blocks in Blackpool will be demolished this weekend

Travel: Broken-down bus closes one lane of M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the northbound M6 between junction 34, Lancaster, and junction 35, Carnforth, because of a broken-down bus.

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Weather: Showers clearing to leave sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be scattered cloud with some bright and at times sunny spells.

Weather forecast on Friday 29 July 2016

A band of showery rain this morning will clear southwards leaving a mostly dry afternoon.

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