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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: Outbreaks of rain possible

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

After a fine and dry evening, cloud will thicken from the west bringing some outbreaks of light rain overnight. 

Weather forecast for Tuesday 30 August

It will be breezy around the coast. Temperatures overnight 16C.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An air ambulance has visited the scene of a serious crash which closed the M6 southbound
  • A woman is punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Blackpool
  • Preston City Council releases a statement to outline why it asked families who have left large numbers of memorials on graves to remove them

Video: Air ambulance leaves scene of M6 crash

An air ambulance has left the scene of a serious accident on the M6 southbound in Lancashire.

A video on social media shows the helicopter taking off following the crash near junction 27, Standish, at about 14:00 this afternoon.  

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Long queues after M6 accident

There are lengthy queues on the southbound M6 after a serious accident between junction 28, Leyland, and junction 27, Standish.

M6 queues
Highways England

An air ambulance has visited the scene and the southbound carriageway remains closed.

Highways England say northbound M6 has reopened and is clearing slowly. 

M6 closed near Leyland after crash

The air ambulance has arrived at the scene of a crash on the M6.

The southbound motorway is closed between junction 28, Leyland, and junction 27, Standish.  

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The northbound carriageway is also affected to allow the air ambulance to land.

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Travel: Rolling road block after M6 crash

BBC Travel

A rolling road block is in operation on the southbound M6 between junction 28, Leyland, and junction 27, Standish, because of a crash.

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Seminar to discuss church role in local health care

Faith groups in north Lancashire are being urged to play a greater role in the health care of their communities.

A seminar on the issue is to take place at the end of September.

It follows news that the local health trust is planning to place much more emphasis on community care.

Reverend Ian Dewer - the chaplin at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary - has organised the seminar and says faith groups have a strong role to play.

Weather: Dry with sunny spells

BBC Weather

Any lingering cloud should thin and break to give some bright or warm sunny spells for most during the afternoon.

Weather forecast for Tuesday 30 August

After a fine and dry evening, cloud will thicken again from the west, which will bring some outbreaks of light rain overnight.

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First improvements to M65 corridor completed

Burnley Express

Burnley Express

The first major highway scheme of improvements to boost access to employment areas and future housing sites along the M65 corridor between Blackburn and Colne has been completed.

Football: Coleman 'expects' Stanley to surpass Morecambe

BBC Sport

Accrington manager John Coleman "fully expects" his side to finish above Lancashire rivals Morecambe this season.

John Coleman
Rex Features

Stanley are currently eight points behind Jim Bentley's leaders and were beaten 3-2 by the Shrimps on Saturday.

I would fully expect to finish above Morecambe this year.

We've got to improve defensively, but we're not a million miles away from being a good team, and being a team that can compete.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Preston City Council releases a statement to outline why it asked families who have left large numbers of memorials on graves to remove them
  • A campaigner says it is not feasible for community groups to take over the running of a number of libraries and children's centres after Lancashire County Council announced plans to close a number of facilities
  • Burnley complete the season-long loan signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford

Pilot sets new take off and landing world record

A Lancashire pilot has set a new world record for the most take offs and landings in an hour.

Mark Hanson sets new world record

Mark Hanson from Padiham, who was fundraising for Pendleside Hospice in Burnley, climbed to 1,000ft before descending 39 times.

Burnley sign Chelsea's Bamford on loan

BBC Sport

Burnley have signed Chelsea's England Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan.

Patrick Bamford
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The 22-year-old has not played a first-team game for Chelsea in his four-and-a-half years with the club following his move from Nottingham Forest.  

Library closure plan criticised by councillor

A councillor has criticised plans to close a number of libraries and children's centres in Lancashire.

Ribble Valley councillor Ged Mirfin says despite the promise of £5,000 grants to community groups looking to take them over, organisations will not be able to raise enough extra money needed to keep them open.

Lancashire County Council made the announcement on Friday that the buildings were to close as part of efforts to save £200m.

Football: Bowyer unhappy with EFL Trophy rules

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer believes the rules around the revamped Football League Trophy put unnecessary restrictions on clubs in League One and Two.

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer

Blackpool must field at least five players from Saturday's defeat against Plymouth in tonight's opening group game with Cheltenham.

The rules are different for Championship clubs who must field six players under the age of 21.

Council issues statement over item removal from graves in Preston

Preston City Council has released a statement following criticism over plans to remove large numbers of memorials from graves in the city.

Preston Cemetery
Ian Greig

The local authority said they had advised people that memorials need to be kept within agreed limitations.

We understand that tending the grave of a loved one can be a treasured and sensitive time. At the same time, this is a lawned cemetery and we need to maintain the cemetery for the benefit of all users.

Where there are a large number of memorials on a grave, this causes difficulties for people attending burials at adjacent graves and also makes it difficult to carry out maintenance tasks, such as grass cutting.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Families who have left large numbers of memorials on graves in Preston are asked to remove them by the city council
  • A councillor criticises Lancashire County Council plans to close a number of libraries and children's centres in the county
  • Burnley sign Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan

Football: Burnley secure Bamford loan signing

BBC Lancashire Sport

Burnley have completed the season-long loan signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

Patrick Bamford
Getty Images

The 22-year-old has not featured for Chelsea after joining them from Nottingham Forest in January 2012.

The England Under-21 man has had loans with MK Dons, Derby, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Police log hundreds of Pokemon incidents

Tom Mullen

Reporter, BBC News Online

Pokemon Go players have been involved in hundreds of police incidents since the gaming app phenomenon launched, the BBC has learned.

Pokemon Go
EPA

Robberies, thefts, assaults and driving offences were among 290 incidents recorded across England and Wales throughout July.

Lancashire Constabulary logged 39 incidents - the highest figure from 29 forces that provided data.

The force has reiterated safety advice for fans of the monster-hunting game.

World Gravy Wrestling Championship held in Stacksteads

Wrestlers in fancy dress have grappled for a world title in 1,000 litres of gravy.

World Gravy Wrestling Championship
Jessica Holt

Sixteen men and eight women competed in the World Gravy Wrestling Championships at the Rose 'N' Bowl pub in Stacksteads.

Hundreds of people turned out to watch wrestlers from all over the country take part in the tenth event, held in aid of East Lancashire Hospice.

Concern over plans to remove memorial items from Preston graves

Families in Preston who have left large numbers of memorials on graves of loved ones have been asked to remove them.

Preston Cemetery
Google

Letters from the city council have been sent to the relatives of those buried in Preston Cemetery reminding them to keep memorials within agreed limitations.

The local authority said items placed outside a certain area would need to be moved or could be taken away. 

Patricia Varty from Ribbleton said: "It's made me extremely upset. I don't want anybody disrespecting my mother's memorial because we've bought personal things for it."

Travel: Lane closed in Haslingden due to accident

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the northbound A56 in Haslingden between Rising Bridge roundabout and the A679 junction, because of an accident.

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Driver arrested over pedestrian death

A pedestrian who was struck by a car that mounted a grass verge has died. 

Whitestake
Google

Police said a red Peugeot close to a taxi on Pope Lane, Whitestake, Preston drove up on the verge and hit the victim shortly before 01:00 yesterday morning.

A 35-year-old man from Bamber Bridge, suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene, said police.

A 32-year-old man from Preston was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man has died after being hit by a car in Whitestake near Preston yesterday morning - a man is arrested
  • Families in Preston who leave large numbers of memorials on graves of loved ones are asked to remove them
  • A Ribble Valley councillor criticises plans by Lancashire County Council to close 28 libraries and 31 children's centres in the county

Weather: Bright and warm later

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to the day in some areas, with patchy light rain and drizzle possible around some coasts and hills. 

Weather forecast for Tuesday 30 August

However, the cloud should thin and break to give some bright or warm sunny spells for most during the afternoon. Highs of 21C.

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