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  1. Updates on Tuesday 23 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Weather: Muggy night with heavy showers possible

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

This evening will be warm and sunny for most, with a muggy night.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 23 August

There may be heavy showers in the far north, and fog and cloud on western hills.

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Blackpool records biggest reduction in carbon emissions

A reduction in carbon emissions in Blackpool has been put down to work to insulate homes in the town.


New figures from the government show the resort has reduced its emissions by about 250,000 tonnes over the last 10 years - a reduction of around 30%.

The local council says the drop is the biggest across the United Kingdom.

Memorial unveiled for police officer killed in Blackpool

A memorial for a police officer killed in the line of duty in Blackpool has been unveiled.

Memorial to Supt Gerry Richardson

Supt Gerry Richardson was shot while attending an armed robbery in the resort on 23 August 1971.

He was shot twice in the stomach at point-blank range and died of his injuries later that day.

The memorial was unveiled at his former grammar school, which is now Aspire Academy.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 35-year-old man is seriously ill in hospital after being stabbed in Blackburn
  • A memorial is unveiled in Blackpool to a police officer killed in the line of duty 45 years ago
  • Officials at Garstang Cricket Club are assessing damage to the sports ground after it was flooded in yesterday's heavy rain  

Coping with brain injury 'extremely difficult', says victim of swimming lesson accident

A woman who was left severely brain damaged after she nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson says "living with a brain injury is extremely difficult".

Annie Woodland

Annie Woodland, 26, who now lives in Blackpool, was 10 when the accident happened Whitmore Primary School in Basildon, Essex.

She has received £2m compensation.

Wiggins confirms Tour of Britain inclusion

Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed he will take part in this year's Tour of Britain cycle race.

Sir Bradley Wiggins

The Chorley-based rider, 36, will compete in the annual event, which gets under way on 4 September.

Wiggins claimed his fifth Olympic gold medal in Rio, and his eighth overall, alongside Colne's Steven Burke in the men's team pursuit.

Weather: Dry and warm this afternoon

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

It will be dry this afternoon with increasingly warm and hazy sunshine.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 23 August

This evening will be warm and sunny for most, with a muggy night, but there may be heavy showers in the far north, and fog and cloud on western hills.

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Man suffers stab wounds in Blackburn attack

A man has been arrested after another man was found with stab wounds in Blackburn.

Oban Drive in Blackburn

The 35-year-old victim, who was found at an address near Oban Drive at about 15:50 yesterday afternoon, suffered a chest injury and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

A woman has also been arrested in connection with the incident, while a second man was released without charge.

Silver Line caller speaks about reasons for using service

A man who phoned Kirkham-based Silver Line, a national charity for older people, has been explaining why he uses the service.

Tommy Walsh speaks about being lonely

Tommy Walsh says he thinks Christmas is the "worst time" to be lonely.

Silver Line was set up by Dame Esther Rantzen in 2012 and needs more than £1m to keep its phone lines open out of hours, after taking its millionth call.

Football: Transfer speculation 'not helping' Blackburn's Duffy

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle says speculation about Shane Duffy's future at the club is not helping the player.

Coyle hopes Duffy will be able to concentrate on playing instead of transfer speculation

Duffy scored two own goals and was sent off against Cardiff last week.

He is back from suspension and available for tonight's League Cup game against Crewe.

Council keen to reduce recycling rejection rates

A Blackburn with Darwen councillor says work is being done to improve recycling rates in the borough.

Councillor Jim Smith responds to government figures over recycling

Government figures show the area is one of the worst for rejecting waste sent for recycling. 

Last year, the council rejected more than 14% of the rubbish put in bins in the town. 

But councillor Jim Smith says they are actively looking at ways to reduce that figure.

Blackpool woman who nearly drowned wins compensation

A woman who was left severely brain damaged after almost drowning during a school swimming lesson has received £2m in compensation.

Annie Woodland, pictured with her two brothers, says she suffered "years of depression"

It happened at a council-run swimming pool in Basildon in Essex 16 years ago, when Annie Woodland, who now lives in Blackpool, was just 10. 

A High Court trial last year concluded the lifeguards and swimming teachers responsible for Ms Woodland had breached their duty of care.

Ms Woodland says the payout will enable her family to move on.

Craig Stanley

Southport sign midfielder Craig Stanley on a one-month loan deal from National League rivals Lincoln City.

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Firefighters rescue man from Nelson waterway

A man has been rescued from a river bank in Nelson.


He became stranded on the stretch near to New Scotland Road. 

Firefighters helped him to safety at about 21:00 last night.

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Football: Palace cup tie gives Blackpool 'chance to grab the headlines'

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer believes his side have the "chance to grab the headlines" in this evening's League Cup tie with Crystal Palace.

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer

The Seasiders face the Premier League outfit at Selhurst Park.

You can hear commentary from 19:45 on BBC Radio Lancashire.

The mystery of the ‘Preston Puma’

Lancashire Evening Post

A big cat could be roaming the streets of Preston after a feline tracker released pictures of a giant paw print.

Lancashire athletes return home after Rio success

BBC Lancashire Sport

Team GB athletes have arrived back in the UK after their most successful overseas Olympics.

Team GB
Getty Images

Among them were Burnley hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon, who won a bronze medal, and Euxton pole vaulter Holly Bradshaw.

Lancashire athletes won a number of golds, with Colne's Steven Burke and Chorley-based Sir Bradley Wiggins in the men's team pursuit and Lancaster rower Scott Durant all enjoying success in Rio. 

Lancashire-based charity reaches major landmark

A national charity for older people which is based in Lancashire has taken its one millionth call.

Dame Esther Rantzen

Silver Line - which is based in Kirkham and was set up by Dame Esther Rantzen - is now appealing for more donations as it looks to raise more than £1m to keep its phone lines open out of hours.

The charity was founded in 2012.

Cricket: Smith ruled out with injury

Lancashire batsman Tom Smith has been ruled out with a hamstring injury for their county championship match against Surrey at the Oval.

Tom Smith
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Academy players Rob Jones and Danny Lamb have been named in the squad.

Stolen puppies reunited with owner

Six puppies stolen from a garden in Padiham have been reunited with their owner.

Lakeland terrier puppy

The Lakeland terriers were taken from a specialist breeder in the town last week.

Blackburn councillor rejects government recycling claims

A Blackburn with Darwen councillor has disputed government figures that show the authority is one of the worst for rejecting waste sent for recycling.

Councillor Jim Smith disputes government figures over recycling

Last year, the council rejected more than 14% of the rubbish put in bins in the town. 

Councillor Jim Smith says work is being carried out to improve recycling levels.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Government figures reveal Blackburn with Darwen Council is one of the worst authorities for rejecting waste sent for recycling
  • A memorial to a Blackpool police officer killed on duty 45 years ago is unveiled today
  • Flood warnings along the River Wyre following yesterday's heavy rain are lifted

Football: Morecambe 'must keep feet on the ground', says boss Bentley

BBC Sport

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley says his side must not get carried away despite sitting top of League Two.

Jim Bentley
Rex Features

The Shrimps lost their opening game of the season at newly-promoted Grimsby but then knocked Championship side Rotherham out of the EFL Cup 5-4 and have won three straight league games. 

They host Premier League side Bournemouth in the EFL Cup at the Globe Arena tomorrow night.

£2m payout for nearly-drowned pupil

A woman who nearly drowned during a school swimming lesson when she was 10 years old has won a compensation battle at the High Court.  

Ian Woodland and Alison Morris
Brendan Pittaway/Pannone Solicitors

Annie Woodland, 24, who now lives in Blackpool, suffered brain damage in the incident at Gloucester Park Pool in Basildon, Essex.

A teacher and a pool life guard both failed to realise she was in trouble.

The family has successfully sued Essex County Council who said it did not comment on individual cases but had noted the High Court judgement.

Memorial for police officer killed on duty in Blackpool 45 years ago

A memorial to a Blackpool police officer killed on duty 45 years ago will be unveiled today.

Supt Richardson's widow, Maureen, hopes the memorial will be a legacy

Supt Gerry Richardson was shot as he tackled a gunman following an armed robbery on a jewellery shop in the resort. 

The memorial will be unveiled later this afternoon at his former grammar school which is now Aspire Academy.

Supt Richardson's widow, Maureen, hopes the memorial will be a tribute to his legacy.

Football: Accrington's Donacien signs new deal as Shaw leaves

BBC Sport

Janoi Donacien has signed a new deal with Accrington Stanley but Frazer Shaw has had his contracted terminated.

Janoi Donacien
Rex Features

Donacien, 22, has extended his stay until the end of the season after joining on an initial short-term deal.

Left-back Shaw, 21, joined on a two-year deal in June after he left Leyton Orient in the summer.

Flood warnings remain on River Wyre

There are seven flood warnings in place for the River Wyre.

Garstang Cricket Club
Garstang CC

A number of people had to leave their homes near Churchtown - an area badly affected by Storm Desmond last Christmas. 

Garstang Cricket Club - which was also flooded in December - is under water again.

Some roads in the county are still affected by floodwater this morning.

Travel: Flooding closes road in Garstang

BBC Travel

The Avenue in Garstang is closed in both directions between the Lancaster New Road junction and the Rawcliffe Road junction, because of flooding.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A million calls are taken by the Lancashire-based Silverline charity which helps older people
  • Seven flood warnings remain in place for parts of the River Wyre
  • A police officer who was shot and killed on duty in Blackpool 45 years ago will be remembered today

Weather: Rain easing to leave warm day

Kay Crewdson

BBC weather presenter

Any rain this morning will clear away to the north, leaving dry weather with light winds behind it, and increasingly warm hazy sunshine.

BBC Weather for north-west England on Tuesday 23 August 2016

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Reporter, BBC News Online

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