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Weather: Warning of heavy rain overnight

Lucy Martin

BBC Weather

Rain will spread south-eastwards overnight, turning heavy at times, especially over high ground.

Weather forecast for Friday 9 September

It will clear through the early hours, with winds easing. Overnight temperatures down to 12C.

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Teens prepare for Great North Run

Ian Haslam

Reporter, BBC North West Tonight

The Great North Run is the biggest half marathon in the world with more than 57,000 runners set to take part this weekend. 

Great North Run competitors with Ian Haslam

Among them will be Jonathon and Sarah - two 18-year-olds from Morecambe - who both have cerebral palsy. 

They have been training for months to achieve their dream of completing the 13.1 mile course, helped by a team of supporters from the local community.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Blackpool has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in England and Wales, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics
  • A cystic fibrosis sufferer from Chorley is urging more people to become organ donors
  • There is a warning of heavy wind and rain across parts of Lancashire this evening

Blackburn hospital porter wins national award recognition

A porter from the Royal Blackburn Hospital has been recognised for his efforts after winning a national award.

Dave Guest has been speaking to John Jackson

John Jackson has always believed his job involves far more than simply wheeling anonymous patients from A to B. 

He takes time to talk - and listen, and has always ready to help colleagues who are under emotional stress.

Mr Jackson was given a compassionate care award.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer urges people to become organ donors

A cystic fibrosis sufferer is urging more people to become organ donors.

Dane Pollard is urging people to become donors

Dane Pollard, from Chorley, was born with the condition which affects the lungs and digestive system.

He underwent a double lung transplant eight years ago.

Football: Cunningham deal delights Preston boss Grayson

BBC Lancashire Sport

Preston North End boss Simon Grayson believes defender Greg Cunningham deserves his new contract.

Simon Grayson says Cunningham is an integral part of the current squad

The 25-year-old is the fourth Preston player to extend his current deal in recent weeks.

The Republic of Ireland international joined the Championship club from Bristol City in 2015.

Sisters set for Last Night of the Proms performance

Two musical sisters will perform together this weekend despite being more than 200 miles apart.

Virtual Orchestra
BBC

Lancaster-based Ruth Mackenzie and her sister Margaret in Cambridge will be taking part in the BBC's Virtual Orchestra which makes its debut in the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday.

For months, the BBC has been asking musicians to film themselves playing along to Bizet's Toreador Song so they can be involved. 

Light art festival receives National Lottery grant

A Blackpool arts festival has been given £48,000 funding from the Arts Council’s National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts programme.

Cie Bilbobasso Polar
Savannah Hoskins

The grant is for the new LightPool Festival, a free light art festival that will see 20 art works placed along a walking route between the different venues.

The show in Blackpool town centre is inspired by the buildings, history and people of the resort and is due to begin on 28 October.  

New chemotherapy unit at Chorley Hospital to 'reduce waiting times'

The new £2m chemotherapy unit planned for Chorley Hospital is expected to reduce waiting times and treat more patients.

Plans for new £2m chemotherapy unit at Chorley Hospital

Patients in Lancashire and South Cumbria will be treated there as well as at Royal Preston Hospital's cancer centre.

The project has been partly funded by the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.

The unit is expected to treat its first patients by the end of the year.

Red Arrows return to 25th Southport Air Show

The Red Arrows will return to the skies above the Sefton coastline this weekend for the 25th Southport Air Show.

Red Arrows
BBC

The show will  get under way on Saturday after bad weather forecast for tonight forced the cancellation of the 'Friday Night Flying' event.

Weather: Rain and strong winds

BBC Weather

Heavy rain and strong winds will spread across the north and west during the late afternoon.  

Weather forecast for Friday 9 September

Rain will continue to spreading south-eastwards tonight, turning heavy at times, especially over high ground, before clearing through the early hours. 

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Pupils sent home amid ‘battery fumes’ alert

Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette

Hundreds of children in Layton have been sent home after their school was evacuated earlier this morning.

Police concerned for welfare of Waterfoot man

Police have made a fresh appeal for information about a missing man from Waterfoot.

Stephen Walker
Lancashire Police

Stephen Walker, 49, was last seen more than a month ago on Burnley Road East and police say they're concerned for his welfare.

He is known to have links to St Annes and Blackpool.

“Clearly we are concerned .. His family are also understandably very worried and keen to get him home.

PC Linda BibbyBurnley Police

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Drug-related death rates in Blackpool are the highest in England and Wales, figures show
  • Police are concerned for the welfare of missing a Waterfoot man who disappeared more than a month ago
  • Bad weather forces the cancellation of this evening's display at the Southport Air Show

Drug death rate in Blackpool highest in England and Wales

Blackpool has the highest rate of drug-related deaths in England and Wales, figures from the Office for National Statistics show. 

Syringe
Science Photo Library

The report says there were 76 drug-related deaths between 2013 and 2015.

The death rate of 19 fatalities per 100,000 people during that period is almost double anywhere else in England and Wales.

Nationally, fatalities involving heroin and cocaine are both at their highest since comparable records began in 1993.

Archbishop of York answers questions from youngsters

Joe Wilson

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, answered questions from hundreds of youngsters at Bowley Scout Camp last night as part of a four-day Crossroads mission.

Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

The event was one of more than 400 taking place across the county to better engage the Blackburn Diocese with Lancashire. 

Many of the youngsters wanted to now what the Archbishop likes to eat.

New manufacturing facility opens in Blackburn

A new £1.2m manufacturing and engineering facility has been officially opened in Blackburn.

Training 2000
Google

The Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Centre at Training 2000's headquarters on Harwood Street will enable more than 250 people to study for Higher Engineering Apprenticeships. 

Lancashire Enterprise Partnership contributed £800,000 to the facility as part of a multi-million investment programme.

Angel festival set for Lancashire village

More than 40 angels have gone on display in the village of Altham near Accrington.

Altham's Angel Festival takes place this weekend

It is the village's first ever Angel Festival.

A number of life-sized figures and activities have been created - including an online game similar to Pokemon Go!

Football: Morecambe's Bentley wins manager accolade

Tim Padfield

Assistant editor, BBC Radio Lancashire

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has won League Two's Manager of the Month award. 

Jim Bentley

The Shrimps topped the table at the end of last month after four wins from five league games.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A teenager is arrested after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed close to Blackburn Cathedral yesterday 
  • Police are growing increasingly concerned over the disappearance of a man from Waterfoot who was last seen more than a month ago
  • Morecambe manager Jim Bentley wins the League Two Manager of the Month award for August

Police get tough on yobs in trouble hit areas by handing out dispersal orders

Lancashire Telegraph

Teen no-go zones have been created by police in Burnley and Pendle after growing problems with anti-social behaviour.

MP concerned over government grammar school plan

There is criticism in Lancashire over government plans to expand the number of grammar schools in England.

Graham Jones

The Labour MP for Hyndburn Graham Jones says it would create a culture of "winners and losers".

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, set out the plans which would allow all secondary schools to select some pupils based on ability. 

Mr Jones believes the government does not seem to have a clear plan for education.

Boy, 17, held after boy stabbed in Blackburn

A 17-year-old has been arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Blackburn.

Blackburn Cathedral
BBC

The 15-year-old boy was attacked near to the Cathedral grounds yesterday afternoon. 

He was taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital but has since been discharged. 

A boy, 17, from Blackburn has been arrested over the incident. 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An expansion of grammar schools will create a "winners and losers culture" for children, warns the Hyndburn MP Graham Jones
  • A final interview will take place today as part of Blackpool's bid to host the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018
  • Morecambe boss Jim Bentley has won the League Two Manager of the Month award

Football: Sibling rivalry between Keane brothers

BBC Sport

Burnley defender Michael Keane reveals what it is like to play against his brother and former Preston player, Will.

Michael Keane
Rex Features

The pair will meet at Turf Moor on Saturday where Burnley host Will's current club, Hull City.  

Watch the full interview on Football Focus, 12:00pm, Saturday 10 September on BBC ONE.

Weather: Heavy rain and strong winds this afternoon

BBC Weather

There are occasional showers for some to start with, though many will see a mostly dry morning with spells of sunshine.

Weather forecast for Friday 9 September

Heavy rain and strong winds will spread across the north and west during the late afternoon. Highs of 21C.

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