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  1. Updates from Wednesday 31 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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

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Weather: Mist patches developing by dawn

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be dry overnight with some clear periods at times and mainly light winds.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 31 August

It is possible the odd mist patch could develop around dawn.

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Football: Lyness joins Blackpool on free transfer

Goalkeeper Dean Lyness returns to League Two Blackpool on a free transfer after his release by Burton Albion.

Dean Lyness
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Dean Lyness

Goalkeeper Dean Lyness returns to League Two Blackpool on a free transfer after his release by Burton Albion.

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Fylde Ladies announce death of England youth player

Fylde Ladies have announced the death of England Women's U19s player Zoe Tynan.

Zoe Tynan
AFC Fylde

Tynan began her career at the age of six at Liverpool Feds, followed by six years at Everton’s Centre of Excellence. She also had a spell with Manchester City before switching to Fylde earlier this month.

She was part of the England youth set-up and involved in a training camp at St George’s Park earlier this month.

England youth coach Mo Marley said: “This is truly awful news and we were all so sad to hear of Zoe’s passing.

“Zoe has been involved in our squads for a number of years and was not only a very talented midfielder, but a hugely-liked and popular member of the team."

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The family of a man who died when a car struck him in Whitestake describe him as "wonderfully caring"
  • Police name a man whose body was found in Preston docks on Saturday
  • The BBC confirm the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool will once again host Strictly Come Dancing in November

Man named after body found in Preston docks

Police have named the man whose body was found in Preston docks on Saturday.

Preston Riversway

Martyn Cunliffe, 26, had been reported missing from his home in Preston last week. 

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Football: Fleetwood record lowest crowd in opening round of Checkatrade Trophy

BBC Sport

The revamped Checkatrade Trophy has begun with record low attendances, as changes to the tournament left fans unwilling to attend matches.

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The lowest crowd of the night came at Highbury, where only 392 fans watched Fleetwood beat Blackburn's development squad.

And things were similarly sparse at Accrington, where only 585 watched Stanley lose against Crewe.

BBC Sport contacted the EFL for its take on the competition's opening night of action, but it declined to comment.

Man fatally struck by car in Whitestake was 'wonderfully caring'

A pedestrian who died when a car mounted a grass verge and struck him was "wonderfully caring", his family has said.

Nicholas Farrimond, known as Nick, suffered multiple injuries after being hit in Pope Lane, Whitestake, Preston, shortly before 01:00 on Monday. The 35-year-old died at the scene. 

Nicholas Farrimond
Police handout

His family said: "There is a void in all our lives that will never be filled," adding he was "a kind and most especially funny young man". 

A 32-year-old man, from Preston, arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink-driving remains in custody. 

Football: Vyner completes Accrington loan move

Dan Jewell

BBC Radio Lancashire Sport

Accrington Stanley have added Bristol City defender Zak Vyner to their squad.

Accrington manager John Coleman

The 19-year-old has signed a loan deal until January with the League Two club.

Manager John Coleman believes he will be a great addition.

Parents held after four-month-old baby found with ‘significant head injuries’

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

The parents of a baby girl have been arrested and bailed after their four-month-old daughter was found with 'significant head injuries' at home.

Police 'increasingly concerned' about missing Nelson 13-year-old

Police are "increasingly concerned" about a 13-year-old girl who went missing from Nelson on Sunday.

Jessica Wallwork
Lancashire Police

Jessica Wallwork was last seen at about 20:45 on Sunday at an address on Railway Street in the town.

She is described as white with shoulder-length, light brown hair and was wearing a blue hooded top with "LEC" on the front, light blue skinny jeans.

Police added that she was carrying a cream-coloured handbag and may have been wearing trainers.

Both we and Jessica’s family are extremely concerned about her and we would ask anybody who knows where she might be to get in touch. Similarly we would urge Jessica, if she sees this appeal, to get in touch and let us know she is safe.

PC Fiona Hall

Football: Blackpool sign Lyness on permanent deal

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackpool have signed goalkeeper Dean Lyness on a one-year deal with the option of another year.

Dean Lyness
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Lyness, 25, who was a free agent after leaving Burton Albion, made nine appearances for Blackpool during two loan spells last season.

Weather: Dry and fairly warm

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a largely dry afternoon with any earlier showers clearing.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 31 August

Dry overnight with some clear periods at times and mainly light winds. 

The odd mist or fog patch could develop around dawn.

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Teenager starts blog to raise awareness of bowel cancer

A teenager from West Lancashire who was diagnosed with bowel cancer has started a blog to raise awareness of the symptoms in young people.

Hannah Lyson
Hannah Lyson

Hannah Lyson, 19, from Burscough near Ormskirk uses her website to share her experiences of diagnosis and treatment - as well as raising funds for the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.  

Council leader believes fines necessary to improve education standards

The leader of Lancashire County Council says she has sympathy for parents who have been fined for taking their children out of school during term time, but they have to understand why fines were introduced.

Jennifer Mein says fines are necessary to improve education funding

A Freedom of Information request has shown more than 5,500 fines were handed to parents over the past 12 months - more than were handed out in the previous year.

Jennifer Mein admits that while this is a high figure, County Hall also has to fund and run 600 schools.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A teenage boy who was critically injured on the M6 yesterday was hit by a vehicle after running on to the carriageway
  • There is increasing concern for a 13-year-old girl who has been missing from her home in Nelson since Sunday
  • Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden says he is concerned about the process involved in relocating the county's helicopter base from Warton

Boy critically injured after running onto M6 carriageway

A teenage boy who was hit on the M6 yesterday had been in a car which was parked at Charnock Richard services, it has emerged.

Charnock Richard services

The boy ran into the carriageway and is in a critical condition in hospital.

The southbound section of the motorway was closed for four hours.

Football: Derby's Hendrick close to Burnley move

BBC Sport

Burnley have agreed a club record fee to sign Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick from Derby County.  

Jeff Hendrick
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The 24-year-old is having a medical with the Premier League club and is expected to complete his move to Turf Moor on transfer deadline day.

The Clarets had a bid for Hendrick turned down earlier this summer.

For the latest on transfer deadine day, follow BBC Sport's coverage.  

Travel: Two vehicle crash closes A6068

BBC Travel

The A6068 Colne Road is closed in both directions between the Old Lane junction in Cowling and the School Lane junction in Laneshaw Bridge, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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Police concern for missing Nelson girl

Lancashire Police say there is growing concern for a missing 13-year-old girl from Nelson.

Railway Street in Nelson

Jessica Wallwork was last seen about 20:45 on 28 August after leaving an address on Railway Street.

She has not made contact with friends or family since.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire County Council has handed out more than 5,500 fines to parents for taking their children out of school over the last 12 months
  • Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden says he is concerned about the decision making process involved in relocating the county's police helicopter
  • A West Lancashire teenager who was diagnosed with bowel cancer is hoping to raise awareness of the disease after starting a blog

Helicopter base closure process concerns Lancashire MP

A Lancashire MP says he is concerned about the decision-making process involved in relocating the county's police helicopter.

Gordon Marsden
Labour Party

Its base in Warton will close in April with the aircraft due to be launched from Salford or Chester. 

There are concerns from the Lancashire Police Federation that this will affect response times. 

Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden said he was unhappy with how the decision was made because it was "an internal process with very little consultation outside".

MEP Twitter threat case dropped by CPS

A man accused of sending threats over Twitter to North West MEP Sajjad Karim will not face charges, the Crown Prosecution Service says.

North West MEP Sajjad Karim
Mr Karim has said he "cannot understand" the decision

A 55-year-old man from Harrogate was arrested on suspicion of sending alleged direct threats to Mr Karim on Twitter in June.

The Crown Prosecution Service announced the decision was due to a lack of evidence.

The Blackburn-born Conservative MEP, 46, has requested a review, which prosecutors said would be carried out.

Police Federation chairwoman concerned about 'devastating' helicopter base closure

The chairwoman of the Lancashire Police Federation has admitted she fears next year's closure of the Lancashire Police helicopter base in Warton will be "devastating" for local communities.

LPF chairwoman Rachel Baines is concerned over impact on communities

Officers are being redeployed to the airfield at Barton, Salford today, ahead of the closure of Warton in April.

Rachel Baines said there has been concern over the impact since the closure was confirmed last year.

Football: Accrington sign defender McKeown

League Two side Accrington Stanley have signed former Raith Rovers defender Rory McKeown on non-contract terms.

Rory McKeown

The 23-year-old former Northern Ireland Under-21 international was a free agent after leaving Scottish Championship side Raith Rovers.

The ex-Ipswich Town trainee made 87 appearances for Raith across two seasons and has also played for Kilmarnock and Cowdenbeath.

Headteacher fears impact of children missing key lessons

A Lancashire headteacher says children could be missing vital lessons if they go on holiday in term time.

Beverley Melvin is concerned over number of children missing vital lessons

Figures released by Lancashire County Council show more than 5,500 fines were handed to parents who took their children out of school over the past 12 months.

Beverly Melvin from Great Eccleston School says she has some sympathy with parents over the expense during the school holidays, but believes children could miss key classes.

Police helicopter services to transfer ahead of April closure

Concerns are being raised over the future of Lancashire's police helicopter service which is due to close next year.

Police helicopter

Campaigners say officers working at the base in Warton will today be redeployed to the airfield at Barton near Salford. 

The National Police Air Service says, while Warton will remain open until April, "it is possible that some of the services they currently provide will be delivered by other bases sooner than that, in order to most effectively manage the closure process." 

Teenager in critical condition after M6 crash

A teenager is in a critical condition in hospital after he was by a car on the M6 yesterday.


The accident happened on the southbound carriageway close to Charnock Richard services at about 14:00.

The southbound carriageway was closed for a number of hours to allow police to carry out investigation work.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A teenager who was airlifted to hospital is in a critical condition after he was hit by a car on the M6 yesterday
  • Figures from Lancashire County Council reveal more than 5,500 fines were handed to parents who took their children out of school in the last 12 months 
  • Concerns have been raised about the future of Lancashire's police helicopter service which is due to close next year

Weather: Rain clearing to leave a bright afternoon

BBC Weather

A cloudy start for most as a band of increasingly patchy rain moves south east.

BBC Weather for North West England on 31 August 2016

This rain is likely to be locally heavy at first over high ground. Into the afternoon rain cleared to leave a largely dry afternoon and evening. Highs of 18C.

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