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  1. Updates on Friday 5 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 8 August

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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Monday to kick off another week of news, sport, weather and travel.

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Have a great weekend.

Weather: Sunny spells but turning windy, and a settled week ahead

BBC Weather

Any daytime showers will ease to leave a dry night, with clear spells for many. Winds are expected to be light.

It will be a fine, dry and bright start to Saturday, although it may turn increasingly cloudy and windy from western parts such as Blackpool, with outbreaks of rain arriving into the evening.

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Police hunt Lostock Hall shop robbers

Detectives are appealing for information after two men robbed a shop in Lostock Hall.

The men entered the Kwik Stop Shop in Linden Drive around 21:00 yesterday.

One of the offenders jumped behind the till and took some cash while the second man waited in the doorway, before fleeing.

Company fined after dead mice discovered in Preston shop

Lancashire Evening Post

A company has been ordered to pay more than £90,000 after dead mice were discovered in a Preston shop.

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Helmshore murder accused's 'error of judgement'

A woman accused of murdering Lancashire businesswoman Sadie Hartley has told a jury that lying to the police was "a chronic error of judgement." 

Sarah Williams denies killing Ms Hartley at her home in Helmshore earlier this year. 

She's spent the morning being cross examined by the QC representing her co-defendant Katrina Walsh, who also denies murder.

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Chorley A&E closure: Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust requests review

A hospital trust has called for an independent review of the decision not to reopen an emergency department. 

Ward at Chorley hospital
BBC
In April, Chorley Hospital had eight of the 14 doctors it needed

Chorley Hospital's emergency unit was shut and downgraded to an urgent care centre in April. 

It was due to reopen, but after staff levels were found to be too low to be "safe and sustainable", it was decided it will remain closed until April 2017. 

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust said a review would find if that was the "safest option".

Smaller homes plan for former Camelot site in Chorley

Developers looking to build new homes on the site of the former Camelot Theme Park in Chorley have reduced the size of their plans. 

Camelot Theme Park
Ann Cook/Geograph

Story Homes wanted to build 420 houses - but those plans were rejected by Chorley Council. 

Now it's looking to submit revised plans for 200 houses after holding public consultation events. 

Camelot closed down in 2012 after being open for nearly 30 years.

Weather: Mostly fine and dry, with warm sunny spells

It will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells and light winds this afternoon. 

However, there is the chance of a few light showers developing. It will feel quite pleasant in the sunshine.

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Blackpool air show returns to the resort this weekend

The Red Arrows will fly above Blackpool again for the annual air show on Sunday and Monday

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Travel: Accident causing delays on the M6 near Galgate

BBC Travel

There are reports of queueing traffic and two lanes blocked due to multi-vehicle accident on the M6, travelling northbound between Lancaster Services and junction 33 at Galgate.

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Car crashes into front room of Preston house

This was the scene after a car crashed through a wall and into the front room of a house.

Fire crews were called to the incident in Sandygate Lane in Preston, Lancashire.

The car in the house
Lancashire USAR

They used a winch to haul the Suzuki from the house. No-one was injured.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue said the building needed shoring up to prevent structural damage.

The damaged house
Lancashire USAR

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A-nine-year old boy dies after being hit by a car in Blackburn
  • The trust which runs Chorley Hospital's A&E department calls for an independent review into the unit's temporary closure
  • A shop in Preston where inspectors found eight dead mice is fined £80,000 plus costs

Independent review into Chorley Hospital's A&E closure

The trust which runs Chorley Hospital's A&E department has asked for an independent review into the temporary closure of the unit.

Chorley Hospital
BBC

On Wednesday it was announced that it would remain closed for the rest of the year with a review to take place next April.

The chief executive of the trust, Karen Partington, says she has asked the NHS Improvement Commissions for a review of the risk assessment that resulted in the closure. 

Former Brighton captain Gordon Greer happy to be back at Blackburn

The 35-year-old has just completed a six-year stint with the Seagulls...

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No answers a year on from cryptosporidium outbreak

Tomorrow marks exactly one year since the cryptosporidium outbreak in Lancashire, but the cause is still not known.

Nine-year-old boy dies after being hit by a car as he crossed road

A nine-year-old boy who was hit by a car while crossing the road has died from his injuries, police said.

Whalley New Road, Blackburn
Google

The 25-year-old driver of a white BMW 4 Series has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The boy suffered multiple injuries and died later in hospital after being hit at 22.55 BST on Thursday as he crossed Whalley New Road in Blackburn.

Lancashire Police have appealed for witnesses to the collision to contact them.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A-nine-year old boy dies after being hit by a car in Blackburn
  • The Drinking Water Inspectorate is continuing to investigate an outbreak of cryptosporidium in Lancashire's water supply a year after it happened and says there are still no answers as to how it occurred

Nightclub noise complaints tackled with lollipops

A Lancaster nightclub is taking an unusual step to combat the amount of noise revellers are making as they leave its premises. 

lollipops
BBC

Hustle on Spring Garden Street was receiving complaints from nearby residents, so staff have started giving out lollipops.

The club's owner Sam Jones said it does seem to be making a difference. 

Michael Cain

League Two side Blackpool sign Leicester City midfielder Michael Cain on a season-long loan deal.

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Rental hotspots across England revealed

People spend more than a third of their disposable income on rent across large parts of England, a BBC investigation has found.

Terraced housing in Accrington
Bill Boaden/Geograph

Analysis shows the problem is most acute in London and the South East - but Hyndburn has been revealed as the cheapest place to rent a room.

Police searching for missing 19-year-old from Fleetwood

Sadie Hartley death: Love rival murder plot 'put in diary'

A plot to murder a woman's love rival was recorded in the diary of one of the accused, a court has heard.

SADIE HARTLEY
FAMILY OF SADIE HARTLEY

Sarah Williams, 35, told Preston Crown Court, she did not know why her friend Katrina Walsh, 56, wrote about a plot to murder Sadie Hartley, 60.

Ms Hartley, from Chester, was paralysed with a stun gun and stabbed 40 times in Helmshore on 14 January.

Both Ms Williams and Ms Walsh deny murdering the mother-of-two.

Cryptosporidium outbreak still being investigated

A year on from the water crisis that left 300,000 homes in Lancashire without drinkable tap water, investigators say they that are still no clearer about what caused the contamination.

cryptosporidium
Science Photo Library

The outbreak is still being investigated by the Drinking Water Inspectorate.  

For over 30 days, residents had to boil their water after traces of the parasite cryptosporidium were found at a water treatment works near Preston and United Utilities paid out £25m in compensation. 

The bug can cause diarrhoea and abdominal cramps.

Franklaw water treatment plant
BBC

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The Drinking Water Inspectorate is continuing to investigate the outbreak of cryptosporidium in Lancashire's water supply a year after it happened and says there are still no answers as to how it occured
  • A group of leading consultants are backing the decision to keep Chorley's A+E unit closed
  • A BBC investigation reveals Hyndburn as the cheapest place to rent a room in England

Football: Accrington Stanley manager and assistant sign new contracts

BBC Sport

Manager John Coleman and his assistant Jimmy Bell have signed new rolling two-year deals with Accrington Stanley.

John Coleman
Rex Features

Coleman, 53, began his second spell in charge in 2014 and led them to fourth in League Two in 2015-16, missing automatic promotion on the final day.

Working with Bell, he managed Stanley from 1999 to 2012, guiding them to the Football League from the eighth tier.

Weather: More settled with sunshine and showers later

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

It's going to be a better day today with a ridge of high pressure making things more settled.

Daytime temperatures a maximum of 20C, with a risk of showers during the afternoon.

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