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  1. Updates on Wednesday 24 August
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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Weather: Outbreaks of rain possible

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day, it will become rather cloudy with the risk of outbreaks of showery rain. It will be a warm and muggy night, though.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 24 August

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Burke to receive civic honour for Rio success

A civic reception will be held for Colne's Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Steven Burke.

Steven Burke
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Burke won gold at the Rio Olympics in the men's team pursuit, alongside Chorley-based Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The 28-year-old former Park High School pupil already has the Freedom of the Borough and the Cycling Hub at Swinden playing fields named after him. 

But Pendle Council wants to formally recognise his contribution towards Team GB's record haul of medals.

Football: Accrington boss praises Burnley counterpart

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

The Accrington manager John Coleman has praised his Burnley counterpart Sean Dyche for guiding the club back to the Premier League.

Accrington manager John Coleman

The two sides meet in the second round of the EFL Cup at the Crown Ground this evening,

Burnley go into the game on the back of a 2-0 win over Liverpool at the weekend.

You can hear commentary from 19:00 on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A woman dies after suffering serious head injuries in a car crash in Blackpool 
  • Parking charges are set to be introduced at three hospitals in East Lancashire
  • Olympic gold medalist Steven Burke is to be given a civic reception by Pendle Council

Deputy council leader 'very optimistic' for future of Lancashire museums

The deputy leader of Lancashire County Council has said he is "very optimistic" five museums earmarked for closure will find new operators.

The deputy leader of Lancashire County Council, David Borrow

The attractions - which include Fleetwood Museum, Queen Street Mill in Burnley and Helmshore Textile Museum - will be mouthballed while talks continue with four unnamed organisations about their future.

David Borrow is confident they will be saved.

Parking charges will boost frontline services, says hospital trust chief

The chief executive of the trust that runs hospitals in East Lancashire has been defending plans to introduce car parking charges at three of its hospitals.

Kevin McGee, chief executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, speaks to BBC Radio Lancashire

Kevin McGee, from East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said the charges will bring Accrington, Clitheroe and Pendle hospitals into line with those in Burnley and Blackburn.

Blue badge holders will also now be charged.

Mr McGee said it is a measure that will generate £200,000 which can be spent on frontline services and improving parking in the area.

Football: Preston continue EFL Cup progress

Andy Bayes

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson was relieved his side avoided a potential upset in the second round of the EFL Cup.

Preston manager Simon Grayson

North End beat League One Oldham 2-0 at Deepdale thanks to second-half strikes from Eoin Doyle and Jordan Hugill.

The draw for the third round will be made this evening.

Weather: Staying warm with chance of showers this evening

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It should feel pleasantly warm in the sunshine this afternoon, although slightly cooler compared to Tuesday.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 24 August

After a fine end to the day, it will become rather cloudy with the risk of outbreaks of showery rain. It will be a warm and muggy night.

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Cricket: Listen to day two of Surrey v Lancashire

Scott Read

BBC North West cricket commentator

Listen to commentary from the second day of Surrey v Lancashire in cricket's County Championship.

Surrey v Lancashire at the Oval

Surrey's Rory Burns reached his half century with the home side looking to close in on Lancashire's first innings 287.

Planned parking charges will 'penalise' people, says MP

The MP for Chorley, Lindsay Hoyle, says plans to introduce parking charges at three community hospitals will "penalise people".

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle

The charges are coming into force at Accrington Victoria, Clitheroe and Pendle Community hospitals to bring them into line with the Burnley General and Royal Blackburn Hospital.

The trust which runs them said it will generate an extra £200,000 for frontline services.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 60-year-old woman dies after crashing her car in Blackpool
  • Plans to introduce parking charges at three community hospitals will 'penalise people', the MP for Chorley says
  • More than £145,000 of grants are handed to community organisations in Lancashire affected by last winter's serious flooding

North west pastor to appear on Great British Bake Off

A pastor will appear as a contestant on The Great British Bake Off tonight.

Rev Banfield will appear on the show hosted by Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry

Rev Lee Banfield from Bromley Cross in Bolton will be taking to the bake off tent with 11 other amateur bakers

Mr Banfield took up baking as a hobby after injuring his back playing cricket with his young son.

Gold for Lancashire Olympian in hometown

Cyclist Steven Burke, from Colne, spotted gold in his hometown after arriving back from the Rio Olympics.

Burke claimed gold in the men's team pursuit alongside Ed Clancy, Owain Doull and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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Woman dies after car crash in Blackpool

A 60-year-old woman has died after a car crash in Blackpool.

Midgeland Road in Blackpool

The woman was driving a Ford Fiesta when she hit a parked car in Midgeland Road at about 11:30 on Saturday.

She suffered serious head injuries and died at the Royal Preston Hospital yesterday morning.

Sgt Adam Dawson said: “These are tragic circumstances and my thoughts are with this woman and her family."

Man fighting for his life after being stabbed on Blackburn estate

Lancashire Telegraph

A man was left fighting for his life after being stabbed on a Blackburn estate, police said.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The opposition leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver, says reserves should be used to keep the county's museums open
  • Parking charges are set to be introduced at three community hospitals
  • Fishermen in Fleetwood stage a protest against plans for a fishing exclusion zone

Grants offered to groups affected by December flooding

More than £145,000 of grants have been handed to organisations affected by last winter's serious flooding.


The money has been distributed to charities, community groups and residents associations by the Community Foundation for Lancashire to cover the cost of strengthening flood defences.

A second round of funding is now open and applications must be made by 7 October.

The Community Foundation has also awarded more than £500,000 to 237 families who were in the greatest need.

Fishermen stage protest against exclusion zone plans

A group of fishermen have staged a protest near Fleetwood against plans they claim would tie up their fleet with no fishing activity for the whole of next year.

Caught fish

There are now just nine commercial vessels fishing out of Fleetwood. 

They said they are already struggling to survive and that plans for an exclusion zone to allow the expansion of a windfarm could threaten their future.

Reserves 'should be used' to keep museums open

The opposition leader of Lancashire County Council believes there is no need for any of the county's museums or libraries to close.

County councillor Geoff Driver said there is money in reserve to keep services open

Geoff Driver said a proposal was put forward by his party to keep them open but it was rejected by the current administration.

He said there is money in reserve that could be used to keep all the services which are being cut.

'Robust' plans could save Lancashire museums

Five Lancashire museums under the threat of closure could survive after the local council received "robust" business plans for their futures.  

Lancashire County Museum Service

Lancashire County Council will close the five as part of budget cuts and said in March they would shut at the end of September.

The council said they could now reopen in 2017 after four organisations submitted "encouraging" plans for them.

However, councillor Marcus Johnstone said there was "a lot of work to do".

Three community hospitals to introduce parking charges

Parking charges are set to be introduced at three community hospitals in East Lancashire.

Accrington Victoria Community Hospital

The changes will see Accrington Victoria, Clitheroe Community Hospital and Pendle Community hospitals fall into line with other East Lancashire Hospitals Trust sites which already apply tariffs. 

The charges are expected to generate an extra £200,000 a year for frontline services.

There will also be charges for blue badge holders. 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Three East Lancashire hospitals are set to introduce parking charges - including for blue badge holders
  • Five Lancashire museums due to close next month because of budget cuts could reopen in 2017, a council report claims
  • More than £145,000 has been granted to organisations in Lancashire that were affected by last December's flooding

Travel: Accident partially blocks Amounderness Way in Cleveleys

BBC Travel

Amounderness Way in Cleveleys partially blocked in both directions at the Bourne Way junction, because of an accident.

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Weather: Dry with sunny intervals

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be fine and dry with sunny intervals throughout the day.

BBC Weather in the North West on 24 August.

In the sunshine it will feel pleasantly warm, although slightly fresher compared to yesterday. Top temperatures 21C.

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