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Weather: Dry, clear night in store

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Showers should ease this evening, leaving a largely dry night with some clear spells developing.

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NHS bosses 'committed to reopen Chorley Hospital'

Senior managers at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust insist they do not plan to permanently shut the A&E unit at Chorley Hospital.

Mark Pugh

The department was closed earlier this year because of a shortage of doctors - and the trust last night announced it would remain closed until at least April 2017.

"We've always said we're committed to reopen Chorley emergency department," trust medical director Mark Pugh said. 

"The thing that's stopping us doing that at the moment is our ability to recruit the middle-grade staff we need to run the unit."

Former Blackburn and Blackpool player Coughlin dies

A former Blackpool and Blackburn midfielder has died at the age of 56.

Russell Coughlin

Russell Coughlin is believed to have collapsed at the wheel of his car yesterday, and died shortly afterwards.

Coughlin spent two years with Blackburn after joining them in 1978.

He later joined Blackpool, going on to make more than 100 appearances.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A woman accused of murdering a Lancashire businesswoman has told a court how her co-accused allegedly bought a 500,000-volt stun gun   
  • The medical director of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust says the trust has always been "committed" to reopening Chorley Hospital's A&E unit
  • Police are investigating after a 4x4 vehicle reportedly drove on to a cricket pitch near Preston, tearing up the turf  

Police investigating cricket pitch vandalism

Police are investigating after a 4x4 vehicle reportedly drove on to a cricket pitch near Preston, tearing up the turf.

Gregson Lane Cricket Club
Gregson Lane CC

The vehicle was seen by a member of Gregson Lane Cricket Club.

AFC Fylde close to new stadium completion

BBC Lancashire Sport

National League North club AFC Fylde are close to completing building work on their new multimillion-pound 6,000-seat Mill Farm stadium.

BBC Radio Lancashire was given a tour of the new facility, which will be used for the first time for their game against Brackley on 13 August.

Warning following Darwen landslip

United Utilities have reassured people that reservoirs near to the site of a landslide in Darwen remain safe, but to remain cautious in the surrounding area.


The landslip occurred when saturated ground slipped into river near Sunnyhurst Woods.

Engineer Carl Sanders said: "The service and another nearby reservoir are really stable. 

"The downside is that quite a few trees have come down, and although no-one was hurt when they did we do need people to stay in case a few more trees come down."

Colne's Burke targets more Olympic success

Andy Bayes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

The opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in Rio is set to take place tomorrow night.

Steven Burke
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Lancashire has a number of medals hopefuls, including Colne cyclist Steven Burke, who is looking for a medal in a third successive games.

"I've been lucky I've managed to peak at the right time," said Burke. "I've struggled at World Championships but then managed to get it right at the Olympics, so hopefully this'll follow the same pattern."

Council leader concerned over Chorley A&E future

The leader of Chorley Council says it is "unacceptable" the A&E department at Chorley Hospital may remain closed until at least April.

Protest at Chorley Hospital

Councillor Alistair Bradley said: "I've always gone out of my way to be fair to the hospital trust's management to say I accept your assurances that the A&E will be reopened as soon as possible.

"But to be told it could be another nine to 12 months is unacceptable."

Damage to playing area at cricket club in Preston

Some troubling news from Gregson Lane Cricket Club today....

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Olympics 2016: Burnley's Sophie Hitchon heading to Rio

Harry Poole

BBC Kick Off Reporter

From ballet beginnings to hammer heights.

That's the unusual sporting journey of Burnley's Sophie Hitchon, 25, has made on her way to competing in her second Olympics, in Rio, this summer.

Read more about her whirlwind rise

Sophie Hitchon
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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle calls for senior managers from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to resign over the continuing closure of Chorley Hospital's A&E department 
  • A group of travellers are evicted from a children's play area in St Annes
  • Preston North End full-back Calum Woods undergoes successful surgery after a cruciate ligament injury

Preston's Calum Woods undergoes surgery on cruciate

Hannah Lupton

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport reporter

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson says full-back Calum Woods has had a successful operation on his cruciate ligament. 

Calum Woods underwent successful surgery yesterday

The 29-year-old was ruled out of the season after suffering the injury in a pre-season friendly against Oldham last month.

MP calls for NHS resignations over A&E closure

The MP for Chorley believes people in the town have been "totally let down" by the continuing closure of Chorley Hospital's A&E unit.

Protests outside Chorley Hospital

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has said the department will remain closed until at least April 2017 amid a shortage of doctors.

MP Lindsay Hoyle said senior managers must accept responsibility and resign.

"Resign now and get somebody in who can deal with the problem and get the department reopened," he said.

"Let's get new management in because they're letting people down. Totally unacceptable."

Rob Kelly becomes assistant boss at Fleetwood

League One side Fleetwood Town have appointed Rob Kelly as assistant head coach to new manager Uwe Rosler.

Rob Kelly
Rob Kelly

Kelly becomes Fleetwood assistant boss

League One side Fleetwood Town appoint Rob Kelly as assistant head coach after he left Blackburn Rovers.

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Travellers evicted from children's play area in St Annes

A group of travellers have been evicted from a children's play area in St Annes after a council took legal action.

Frobisher Drive

Fylde Borough Council told Blackpool Magistrates Court the travellers had been behaving aggressively and using foul language to residents in nearby Frobisher Drive.

It was the second application granted in three days by the court after 12 travellers were told to leave playing fields on Blackpool Road North in the town.

Darwen woods landslide 'devastating', says community leader

Work is being carried out to make a huge landslip in a woodland in Darwen safe.

Darwen landslide
United Utilities

United Utilities engineers have been on site at Sunnyhurst Woods after it happened on Monday.

Hayley Kirkpatrick, chairwoman of Friends of Sunnyhurst Woods, says it is very upsetting.

"It's devastating. We already had issues at Christmas with the storms and we've been trying to rectify that and to see the damage that's been caused is horrific."

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Campaigners say they are angry the A&E department at Chorley Hospital will not reopen until at least April 2017
  • A landslide in Sunnyhurst Woods is "devastating" for the local area, a community leader says
  • Noel Gallagher is the headline act the Lytham Festival this evening 

Noel Gallagher to headline Lytham Festival

Former Oasis lead guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher is the headline act at the Lytham Festival this evening.

Lytham Festival

Gallagher will appear with his High Flying Birds band on the main Proms Arena stage.

X Factor winner Matt Cardle is also appearing at the event.

MP's fury over extended A&E closure

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle says he is "so angry" about the extended closure of the town's A&E department and has called for management to resign.

Mr Hoyle was responding to the announcement yesterday by the Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust that it will stay closed for the rest of this year with the situation to be reviewed next April.

Travel: Accident partially blocks Haslingden Road in Guide

BBC Travel

The A6077 Haslingden Road is partially blocked at Guide, because of an accident.

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Girl dies after skull fracture 'assault'

A 17-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull in a suspected assault in Lancashire has died.  

Shannon Aspin

Shannon Aspin died on Tuesday night, five days after emergency services found her at a home in St Gabriel's Avenue, Blackburn, on 28 July.

Lancashire Police said she was earlier seen arguing with a man on nearby Rutland Close that evening.

A 21-year-old man from Blackburn has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains on bail.

Darwen landslip leaves surrounding area unsafe

People have been warned to stay away from a landslide close to woods in Darwen.

Hundreds of tonnes of earth have slipped in Sunnyhurst Woods with nearby footpaths likely to be closed for some time

The incident happened close to a pumping station owned by United Utilities.

Chorley Hospital A&E to remain closed 'until April 2017'

A hospital A&E department closed temporarily over "unacceptable" safety risks is to remain closed until at least next year.

Chorley Hospital

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

However, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said staffing levels were still too low to operate a "safe and sustainable" A&E unit.

The closure in April prompted hundreds of people to protest.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

Lancashire edge Women's Super League thriller

Kalika Mehta

BBC Sport

Lancashire Thunder edged to a six-run victory over Loughborough Lightning at Haslegrave.  

Lancashire Thunder
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Thunder bowled the home side out for 158 having set the home side 165 to win.

Weather: Showery in places, but largely dry

BBC Weather

There could be a few showers, locally heavy and possibly thundery as the day goes on, but for many it will stay dry.  

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