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  1. Updates on Thursday 25 August
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Rino Mazzafiore

Reporter, BBC News Online

Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel. You can still get in touch if there's something you want us to look at via emailFacebook or Twitter.

Weather: Showery and thundery night possible

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

A few showers possible this evening and the odd rumble of thunder is also likely overnight. Temperatures down to 12C.

Weather forecast for Thursday 25 August 2016

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Football: Preston pair sign new contracts

BBC Sport

Defender Paul Huntington and midfielder Daniel Johnson have signed new contracts with Preston North End that will run until the summers of 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Paul Huntington and Daniel Johnson
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Huntington, 28, has 15 goals in 166 games for the club since moving to Deepdale from Yeovil in July 2012.

Johnson, 23, moved to North End from Aston Villa in January 2015 and has made 71 appearances, scoring 16 goals.

"It's nice that we've got these two sorted," boss Simon Grayson said.

100% GCSE pass rate at Rossall School

Rossall School pupils jump for joy after passing their GCSEs.

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Heartbroken families in cemetery row with Preston Council

Lancashire Evening Post

Families have been left heartbroken after council bosses asked them to remove memorials from graves of their loved ones at Preston Cemetery.

'I'll buy jaffa cakes next time', says pastor booted out of Great British Bake Off

Church minister Lee Banfield has spoken of his disappointment at being the first person to leave BBC One's Great British Bake Off.

Lee Banfield

The 67-year-old who does baking demonstrations at Cornerstone Church in Bromley Cross, Bolton, was booted out after his trio of bakes failed to impress judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry. 

The bakers were asked to create drizzle cakes, jaffa cakes and a genoise sponge for their final bakes.

Following his exit, the pastor said the worst moment in the competition was when Hollywood said "that isn't a jaffa cake" when judging his technical bake.

l'll not show the congregation how to make them. I'll buy them a pack instead

Lee Banfield

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Lancashire fly-tipping incidents reach 27,000

About 27,000 incidents of fly-tipping have been recorded in Lancashire during the last year, government figures show.

Litter and rubbish

Local authorities in the county collectively spend £1.8m a year dealing with the issue, with most incidents being recorded in Burnley.

Blackburn with Darwen Councillor Jane Oates condemned the "selfish behaviour" of those responsible for fly-tipping, including the dumping of asbestos.

Campaigners Keep Britain Tidy described fly-tipping as a "growing problem".

Travel: M65 vehicle on fire

BBC Travel

The M65 entry slip road westbound at junction 5, Guide, is closed because of a vehicle fire.

Cricket: Day three of Surrey v Lancashire

BBC Sport

Surrey resumed their first innings against Lancashire on 354 for 6 heading into the third day at the Oval.

Kumar Sangakkara

Kumar Sangakkara was one of four batsmen to hit fifties as Surrey ended day two 67 runs ahead of Lancashire at The Oval.  

Keep up with all the action as it happens: Scorecard

Blackpool academy pupils excitement on GCSE results day

Excitement at Blackpool Aspire Academy for pupils collecting their GCSE results today.

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Football: Blackburn Rovers sign West Ham United winger on loan

BBC Sport

West Ham United have loaned Norway international winger Martin Samuelsen to Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the 2016-17 Championship season.

Martin Samuelsen
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Samuelsen, 19, has made two substitute appearances for the Hammers in Europa League fixtures, making his debut in the July 2015 win against Birkirkara.

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.

The Northern Lights

A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was withdrawn after sensor readings were found to be "spurious".

An investigation revealed a lawnmower had got too close to one sensor, triggering a "massive spike" in data.

The bogus alert was issued during the afternoon of 23 August, after a magnetometer at the University of Lancaster recorded a surge in geomagnetic activity. Aurora Watch said it was looking into ways to avoid the incident being repeated.

Football: Burnley 'missed golden chances', manager Dyche says

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Sean Dyche credits Accrington for staying resolute and strong but said Burnley had done more than enough to win the game but missed golden chances.

He talks to BBC Radio Lancashire's sport reporter Dan Jewell.

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Happy Haslingden High School students

All smiles at Haslingden High School's GCSE results day.

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Man stabbed in the head in Blackpool assault

A man has been stabbed in the head during an assault in Blackpool.

The 58-year-old was found with stab wounds to the head after police were called to York Street at about 19:00 last night.

Google maps image York St Blackpool

He was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 28-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and remains in custody.

Visiting 62 stations in one day for Lancaster hospice

Lancaster Guardian

A Morecambe man is aiming to travel to all 62 train stations in the county in under 24 hours. David Chandler is taking part in the “Lancashire Challenge” to raise funds for Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice.

African crowned crane chicks hatch at Burscough nature reserve

Three African crowned crane chicks have hatched at a nature reserve in Burscough.

It is the fourth time Martin Mere Wetland Centre has successfully reared them since it was established in 1975.

Two African Crane Chicks
Martin Mere Wetland Centre

The chicks are doing really well and will soon be going for their first paddle in shallow water.

Grounds manager Steve Nasir said: "These two adults have only been together for two years and they raised one chick last September, showing that it really was love at first sight."

Crane Family
Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Latest headlines from Lancashire

Football: 'Take your hat off to the lads' - Stanley manager

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Accrington boss John Coleman gave his reaction after their win over Premier League club Burnley. Coleman said it was a "great battling performance".

He talks to BBC Radio Lancashire's sport reporter Dan Jewell.

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Boy injured after being hit by police car

A nine-year-old boy has been injured after being hit by a police car in Blackpool last night.

Dickson Rd Blackpool

The boy is believed to have suffered minor injuries when he was struck in Dickson Road at about 19:00.

Lancashire Police said: "At this point it appears the incident does not need to be referred Independent Police Complaints Commission."

Fleetwood's fishing future 'at risk' from wind farm plans

Fishermen in Fleetwood say plans to extend an offshore wind farm threaten the future of the town's fishing business and are demanding fair compensation.


Burnley fan shares Accrington celebrations picture

His team might have lost but this Burnley fan knows a good picture when he sees it.

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Do you have any great images from last night's clash that you can share with us? If you do, send them to us by emailFacebook or Twitter.

Latest headlines from Lancashire

  • Accrington Stanley knock Burnley out of the EFL Cup - it is the first time the fourth tier side has beaten a Premier League club
  • Around £1.8m is being spent in Lancashire to clear up rubbish that has been dumped
  • Three African crowned crane chicks hatch at a Lancashire nature reserve

Football: Accrington Stanley 1-0 Burnley

Matty Pearson scored a winner late in extra time for League Two's Accrington as they knocked out Premier League Burnley in the EFL Cup second round.  

Accrington celebrate
Rex Features

In a first competitive meeting between the two since 1893, fourth-tier Stanley beat a Premier League club for the first time in their history.

Pearson drilled home when the Clarets failed to clear a long cross.

Clarets substitutes Andre Gray and Scott Arfield both saw efforts well saved in extra time.

Stanley will now travel to West Ham's new Olympic Stadium home in the third round.

Weather: Early showers

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Showers are possible first thing this morning but these will clear ahead of a mainly dry day.

Charlie Slater BBC breakfast weather 25 August 2016

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Rino Mazzafiore

Reporter, BBC News Online

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