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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: Mostly dry night with clear spells

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It will be a fine and mostly dry night with clear spells.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 7 September

However, thickening cloud will bring some outbreaks of rain into western parts by dawn.

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Football: Preston skipper Clarke had no hesitation in signing new deal

Phil Cunliffe

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

The Preston North End captain, Tom Clarke, says it was always his intention to sign a new contract and had been in talks over a new deal since pre-season.

Tom Clarke
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Clarke has signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at the Championship club until 2019.

The 28-year-old moved to Deepdale in 2013 from Huddersfield after he progressed through their youth system.

Blackpool hopes for Great Exhibition boost

Blackpool's bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 reaches a crucial stage on Friday.

Blackpool Tower

The bid committee will have a final interview with a panel of experts having last week hosted a group from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The three-month exhibition will showcase art, design and culture and Blackpool is competing with three other areas for the right to host it.

Plane returns to airport after technical fault reported

A plane carrying holiday makers from Manchester Airport to the Greek Island of Rhodes has returned to the airport after reporting a technical fault.


The Jet2 aircraft spent more than an hour circling Lancashire before landing safely back just after midday.

The airline said it was diverted back as a precautionary measure.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The former Lancashire cricketer Ken Higgs dies aged 79
  • A plane that spent more than an hour circling over Lancashire after reporting a technical fault returns safely to Manchester Airport
  • Police are increasing patrols in central Blackpool after an 18-year-old woman was robbed near the Grand Theatre in the early hours of Tuesday morning

Cricket: Tributes paid to former Lancashire player Ken Higgs

Former Lancashire and England cricketer Ken Higgs has died, aged 79.

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The right-arm fast bowler played 15 Tests and took 71 wickets in an international career between 1965 and 1968.

He made his Lancashire debut in 1958, taking more than 1,000 first-class wickets.

Flags will fly at half-mast at Old Trafford ahead of tonight's T20 International between England and Pakistan.

Travel: Queuing traffic in Esprick due to temporary traffic lights

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic in both directions on Fleetwood Road in Esprick between  theMile Road junction and Kirkham, because of temporary traffic lights.

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Weather: Dry and humid afternoon

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Sunny spells will continue to develop during the afternoon and it will feel warm and humid in the sunshine.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 7 September

After a fine evening, it will be a mostly dry night with clear spells.

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New nature reserves to be created in Hyndburn

Hyndburn is to receive national recognition for two local beauty spots.

Plantation Road

The two new local nature reserves being created by Hyndburn Borough Council are Peel Park, including the Coppice, Arden Hall and the Plantation Road area in Accrington.

The second is at Woodnook Vale which encompasses parts of Bullough Park and the hillside to Rothwell Heights at Willows Lane.

The council says the reserves have been made possible after years of hard work by local groups and residents. They will be officially created next summer.

Lancaster cancer patient 'frustrated' treatment are not yet available on NHS

A man who is suffering from kidney cancer has said he is "frustrated" to know treatment drugs that could help him are not yet available on the NHS.

David says it is "frustrating" knowing treatment drugs are not available

David, 70, from Lancaster, was diagnosed with the disease nine years ago.

The NHS medicine governing body NICE will meet later today to decide whether to give Nivolumab - which is already being used to treat skin cancer - the go ahead.

There are fears it could be too expensive.

Boxing: Fury v Klitschko rematch date confirmed

BBC Sport

Morecambe-based Tyson Fury's world heavyweight title rematch with Wladimir Klitschko has been confirmed for 29 October.

Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko
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The British world champion Fury, 28, claimed the WBO, WBA and IBF belts from the 40-year-old Ukrainian in November 2015, but pulled out of a July rematch with an ankle injury.

The fight is at Manchester Arena.

I'm delighted that we can finally get the fight back on. We can now focus on giving the fans what they deserve

Peter FuryTyson Fury's manager and uncle

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A man from Lancaster who was diagnosed with kidney cancer nine years ago says he is frustrated drugs that could help him are not yet available on the NHS
  • Burnley Council announces plans to save more than £2m from its budget over the next three years
  • Two new nature reserves are to be created by Hyndburn Borough Council

Lancashire Police officer sacked for leaking incidents

A Lancashire Police officer has been sacked for gross misconduct after leaking details of incidents.

Police sign on jacket

PC Jayson Lobo, from Blackburn, faced nine allegations of sending electronic communications with details of police incidents to third parties.

Each allegation was proven at a Special Case hearing in Leyland and the former UK middle distance athlete was dismissed without notice.

In an unrelated case, Mr Lobo is due to stand trial for voyeurism offences.

The former Commonwealth Games runner has denied 18 offences of sexual spying against eight women allegedly committed between December 2011 and May 2015.

The former Preston-based officer is on bail ahead of a trial at Liverpool Crown Court on 16 January.

Four years of four per cent council tax rises predicted

Lancashire Evening Post

Lancashire County Council is predicting it will raise its council tax by 3.99% for each of the next four years.

Police officer to face misconduct hearing

A Lancashire police officer will face a misconduct hearing next week. 

It is alleged that PC Iain Norton breached the standards of professional behaviour by driving a police vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit and being unfit to perform his duties. 

The hearing is taking place at Leyland Police Station on 13 September. 

Lancashire Police said it will not be making any comment before the hearing.

Football: Preston captain Clarke signs new deal

BBC Sport

Preston North End captain Tom Clarke has signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2019.

Tom Clarke
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The 28-year-old moved to North End in 2013 from Huddersfield after he progressed through their youth system.

The former England Under-19 international joins Paul Huntington and Daniel Johnson, who recently agreed new deals with the Championship side.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Cuts of more than £2m have been put forward by Burnley Council in the latest round of planned savings
  • A Lancashire police officer will face a misconduct hearing next week
  • Five Lancashire athletes are set to compete at the Paralympics in Rio, which get under way tonight

Burnley Council plans to make further £2m cuts

Further cuts are being planned at Burnley Council to save more than £2m.

Burnley Council

The savings would be made over the next three years and would include cuts to grants paid to Burnley Leisure, the police and crime commissioner's officer, citizen's advice and to the council for voluntary services.

Under the plans there will also be increases of more than 8% to cemetery and crematorium fees and a rise in council tax year-on-year.

The council has cut £11.6m since 2010.

Travel: Broken down vehicle closes lane on M6

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on the southbound M6 between junction 31 and junction 29, Lostock Hall, because of a broken down vehicle.

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PC sacked for leaking incidents as nine counts ‘amounted to gross misconduct’

Lancashire Telegraph

A police officer has been sacked for leaking details of police incidents.

Rio Paralympics: Towers set for competition

BBC Lancashire Sport

The Paralympics get under way this evening with the opening ceremony taking place in Rio.

Isaac Towers

Five athletes from Lancashire are competing in Brazil over the next 11 days, including wheelchair racer Isaac Towers.

The 17-year-old from Catterall near Preston is to compete in the T34 category.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Lancashire police officer will go before a misconduct hearing next week for allegedly driving a police vehicle while over the legal alcohol limit
  • A walk-in centre in Skelmersdale reopens after it was temporarily closed yesterday afternoon with managers saying it was down to shortage of staff
  • The opening ceremony of the Paralympics gets under way in Rio tonight, with five athletes from Lancashire due to compete over the next 11 days

Weather: Warm and humid day

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

It is a cloudy start for many, with some patchy mist and fog in places.

Weather forecast for Wednesday 7 September

These will gradually lift and clear to allow bright or sunny spells to develop during the afternoon. It will feel warm and humid in the sunshine.

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