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  1. Updates on Monday 8 August
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday 9 August

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Weather: Showers clearing to leave dry night

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

Any showers should die away this afternoon to leave a dry night with clear spells.

Weather forecast for Monday 8 August

However, temperatures will fall, leading to a somewhat cooler night across the region.

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Call for more action on drink-driving as fatality figures show no change

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

Road safety charities and motoring groups have called on the Government to do more to address drink-driving after the latest figures showed that drink-related fatalities have not fallen since 2010.

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Travel: Delays on Clifton Drive North in Blackpool

BBC Travel

Traffic is very slow on Clifton Drive North in Blackpool, travelling northbound between the Highbury Road West junction and Starr Gate.

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Cricket: Lancashire coach Giles doubts return for Buttler this season

Lancashire head coach Ashley Giles says it is unlikely Jos Buttler will play for the Red Rose again this season.

The England wicketkeeper is recovering from a fractured thumb and has not played since sustaining the injury in a T20 Blast game against Worcestershire in July.

Olympics: Lancaster rower qualifys for men's eight final

Hannah Lupton

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport reporter

Lancaster rower Scott Durant has secured a place in his first Olympic final.

Supporters watching rowing regatta
BBC Sport
Supporters watching rowing regatta

Racing as part of the Great British men’s eight crew, they comfortably won their heat to qualify automatically for Saturday’s final at Rio 2016.

Lorry ban idea to ease congestion

Large lorries could be banned from parts of north Lancashire a part of proposals to reduce congestion.

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The county council is proposing bringing in a weight limit for many local roads in the Lancaster district.

Councillor John Fillis, who is responsible for highways and transport, said: "What we're trying to do is get vehicles over 7.5 tonnes to start using the Bay Gateway which is a more suitable route."

Murder accused denies 'devious' prosecution claims

Dave Guest

Chief reporter, BBC North West Tonight

A woman accused of killing Lancashire businesswoman Sadie Hartley has denied claims she is "devious".

Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley
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Ian Johnston and Sadie Hartley

Ms Hartley was attacked with a 500,000-volt stun gun and stabbed 40 times on 14 January.

Sarah Williams and 56-year-old Katrina Walsh deny murder.  

The prosecution claims Ms Williams was driven by a jealous desire to "get rid of" mother-of-two Ms Hartley, so she could be with her partner Ian Johnston.

Under cross  examination, Ms Williams was told: "You're a very devious woman aren't you?". She replied "No".

She was then asked why her car was caught on CCTV four times in five days in the Helmshore area. 

The prosecution claims she was trying to find out where Mr Johnston was living, but Ms Williams said she was seeking a property to rent.

Campaigner slams government fracking proposal as 'bribe'

An anti-fracking campaigner has described government proposals to pay households affected by fracking as a bribe, saying "it's not about money, it's about communities".

Roseacre
BBC

The government is set to announce more details of a scheme which could see areas such as Roseacre, near Blackpool, receive payments if the controversial process is given the green light.

Campaigner Mike Hill said: "To offer individuals or communities up to £13,000, it wouldn't be worth it if it was £13m."

Winckley Square revamp 'will complement' Preston city centre

The £1.2m revamp of Winckley Square Gardens in Preston will "complement" the rest of the city centre, the chairman of a community group has said.

£1.2m works underway on Preston Winckly Square

David Gill, chairman of Winckley Square Community Interest Group, said: "The area is tired and is not used to its full potential.

"What we want to do is bring back the vibrancy and also link the work that's gone on along Fishtergate."

Work gets underway today and is due to be completed in October.

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Lancashire's Muslim community urged to donate blood

A campaign is calling from more people from Lancashire's Muslim community to donate blood.

The scheme, run in conjunction with the NHS Blood and Transfusion Service, has come about after it emerged only a small proportion from ethnic minorities currently donate.

Lancashire FA calls for initiatives to boost amateur football

Amateur football needs to be more flexible to attract players and teams, the chief executive of the Lancashire FA has said.

Amateur football
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The Accrington and District Combination League - which has been running since 1918 - is having to close because there are not enough teams signing up.

Roger DeNobrega said there are initiatives which could benefit the game.

"We've seen big growth in veterans football and summer football where leagues maybe want to move their football and play when the pitches are obviously a lot better."

Watch: How a community near Blackpool sees the potential offer of cash for fracking

Yunus Mulla

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The government has suggested local communities affected by fracking could be paid some of the proceeds of shale gas projects.

Yunus Mulla reports from Roseacre, near Blackpool

A fund to set aside up to 10% of the tax proceeds from fracking was unveiled in 2014.

Fleetwood result encourages new boss Rosler

BBC Lancashire Sport

The new Fleetwood manager Uwe Rosler says he is encouraged by what he has seen so far at the club.

Fleetwood boss Uwe Rosler

Rosler was confirmed as Steven Pressley's replacement last week and oversaw Town's 1-1 draw with Northampton on Saturday.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The government will announce more details of a scheme that could see communities in Lancashire affected by fracking paid some of the proceeds
  • The chairman of a community group in Preston backs the revamp of Winckley Square Gardens to boost the rest of the city
  • The organisers of the Lytham Festival say they will be offering a full refund after the final event was cut short due to strong winds

Households could get fracking payments under government plans

Residents affected by fracking could be paid some of the proceeds of shale gas projects, the government has suggested.

Fracking
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A shale wealth fund was unveiled in 2014 to set aside up to 10% of the tax proceeds from fracking to benefit communities in the UK hosting wells.

The PM is considering paying the money directly to individual households but green campaigners said fracking carries environmental risks and people will not accept "bribes".

Energy firm Cuadrilla has applied to extract shale gas at its sites in Little Plumpton and Roseacre Wood, near Blackpool.

Bad weather cuts short Lytham Festival

High winds cut short the final event of the Lytham Festival last night.

Lytham Festival
BBC

The show had to be cancelled at the end of the first half after high winds made the site unsafe.

The organisers apologised saying they will be offering a full refund, but have asked for 48 hours to publish the details of how they can be obtained.

Winckley Square revamp gets under way

A £1.2m project to transform Winckley Square Gardens in Preston gets under way today.

Winckley Square
Winckley Square Community Interest Group

The scheme will see the railings being restored, along with new lighting and footpaths.  

The gardens will be closed until the work is completed in October.  

It is being funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as cash from Preston's Business Improvement District.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A £1.2m project to restore Winckley Square Gardens in Preston gets under way
  • The finale of the Lytham Festival is cut short because of high winds
  • There is mixed reaction in Lancashire to a scheme that could see some of the proceeds of fracking paid to the communities affected

Weather: Cooler with sunny intervals

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather

A fresher day with sunny intervals, especially during the afternoon. 

Weather forecast for Monday 8 August

Some may see the odd shower but it will remain dry for the majority throughout the day.

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