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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 February
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Owen Coyle

Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle leaves the Championship side by mutual consent with the club in relegation trouble.

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Weather: Wind and rain likely again

BBC Weather

Strong winds arriving in the afternoon. Overnight it will remain cloudy and very wet though it will also be quite mild, with no frost expected. Lows of 8C.

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Baby-friendly award for Lancashire's children's centres

Lancashire's children's centres have been given an award for the standard of care they provide to new mums and children.

Award presentation to volunteers
Lancashire County Council

Local peer support teams, who are volunteer mothers trained to support others with breastfeeding, were included in the award.  

The accolade recognises positive comments from mothers who use the facilities in Lancashire, with 94% of them being happy with the service.

Teachers strike at Blackburn school

Teachers at Pleckgate High School in Blackburn have been on strike today and plan to do so again tomorrow.

Pleckgate school

Members of the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) are involved in a dispute over pay and conditions. 

The teachers are planning another three days of industrial action next week, if the situation is not resolved before then.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire is to face a judicial review
  • A student from Ormskirk has spoken of his experiences in Calais helping refugees
  • Teachers at Pleckgate High School in Blackburn are due to go on strike again tomorrow

Northern Powerhouse project is a 'marathon'

The Northern Powerhouse project is a "marathon" where change could happen "over many years", the former head of the civil service has said.

Liverpool Liver birds building, Blackpool Tower and Manchester Town Hall
Getty Images

Lord Kerslake said that the leadership that was needed to drive the initiative had to come from the region itself in a keynote speech opening the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference in Manchester.

As chairman of the UK Northern Powerhouse Advisory board, he said that there was a need for a "major shift" of power away from London.

He added it had become "increasingly clear that a successful Northern Powerhouse is essential to the country if it is going to tackle the deep structural economic problems we face and create a more unified country".

Workshop for faith charities held in Blackburn

More than 40 people from various faith groups have taken part in a two-hour workshop offering information and guidance about charity law, fundraising and safeguarding. 

Blackburn Central Library

Lancashire Police and the Charity Commission held the event at Blackburn Central Library.

After this year’s very successful Children in Need campaign, the event was an opportunity to highlight the huge generosity of the public and to remind donors to give to legitimate, registered charities.

Nick DonaldsonOutreach Manager for the Charity Commission

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire will face a judicial review
  • The Northern Powerhouse project could see change happen "over many years", according to the former head of the civil service 
  • A student from Blackpool is taking part in internatinal sports photography as part of a placement to cover the World Junior Curling Championships 

Legal challenge to fracking green light

The government decision to allow fracking to take place in Lancashire is to face a judicial review.

Protestor's brolly
AFP/Getty Images

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid approved plans for shale gas extraction at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site at Little Plumpton in October 2016.

The Preston New Road Action Group (PNRAG) said that decision was "fundamentally flawed" and a "top-down abuse of power".

PNRAG will have their legal opposition heard in Manchester in March.

Weather: More rain and wind ahead

BBC Weather Watchers

Heavy rain and strong winds arriving in the afternoon.  

Highs of 11C. More from BBC Weather.

Here's what some of our BBC Weather Watchers have been taking photographs of this afternoon...

Odie in Whitworth
St Anne's
Richardwatch in St Annes

Hollywood actor visits locations in Lancaster

Lancaster Guardian

Sir Ian McKellen was said to be relaxed and “generous with his time” as he was given a tour of a coffee house, had lunch at The Midland Hotel in Morecambe and then took in a show at The Dukes Theatre.

Blackpool photographer turns to the ice

A student from Blackpool has begun working as an international sports photographer, as part of a university placement. 

Tom Rowland photographing curling

Tom Rowland, a second year student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has travelled to South Korea to cover the VoIP Defender World Junior Curling Championships 2017.

The 19-year-old had no experience of curling before he started the two-week placement, but started sport photography when he worked with Blackpool BMX Club.

Preston rated one of the most congested cities in the country

Lancashire Post

Drivers battling congestion in Preston face a 20% increase in travel times compared with journeys on free flow roads, according to a traffic study. 

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An 18-year-old social work student from Ormskirk has been over to refugee camps in Calais to teach refugees English
  • Lancashire's children's centres have won an award for the standard of care that is provided to new mums and their children
  • The first ever "flight tower" in Europe opens at Salt Ayre leisure centre in Lancaster, standing at 21m (69ft) tall

First jump off Lancaster Flight Tower

Europe's first ever "flight tower" has opened at Salt Ayre leisure centre in Lancaster, standing at 21m (69ft) high.

A jump from the flight tower
Lancaster City Council

There are five possible ways of venturing from the tower- including freefall, zip wire or by bungee.

Councillor Darren Clifford was one of the first people to leap from the structure, while raising funds to help develop a diabetes hub in Lancaster and the veterans' mental health charity, Combat Stress.

Having experienced it myself today I can now say with hand on a rapidly beating heart that adventure enthusiasts and thrill seekers will certainly not be disappointed."

Councillor Darren CliffordCabinet member for leisure, Lancaster City Council

Pendle students given leadership advice

Students from Marsden Heights Community College have been given tips on how to become leaders from the Pendle-based company Businesswise Solutions. 

Marsden Heights
Marsden Heights Communuty College

It is part of a programme, funded by Pendle Council, that enables young people to leave school and go on to build successful working lives. 

The three-year project known as Pendle Business Class is being run by charity Business in the Community. 

The pilot scheme which is part-funded by the council's Gearing Up for Growth Fund, aims to give young people more confidence, greater motivation at school and a better understanding of the range of careers available. 

Campaigners call for dog fighting penalty increase in Lancashire

Blackpool Gazette

Dozens of reports of dog fighting in Lancashire have been made to the authorities, it has been revealed.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, between J29 for M65 and J30 for M61.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 northbound between J29, M65 (Lostock Hall) and J30 M61, because of medical emergency. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Student teaches English to refugees in Calais

A student has been splitting his time between university and helping refugees in France.

Dan Chapman
Edge Hill University

Dan Chapman, from Ormskirk, volunteers with the charity Care4Calais and has spent around seven weeks teaching English to refugees who are still living in the area of the former Jungle Camp.

The 18-year-old, who studies social work at Edge Hill University, was inspired to help out after hearing about volunteering during a talk at his former school.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A student at Edge Hill University volunteers in Calais to teach young refugees English 
  • Cash is offered to residents in Hyndburn as a reward for spotting dog owners who do not pick up after their pets
  • Students in Pendle are given business leadership tips from a Lancashire-based company

'Business as usual' for theft victim and Burnley market trader

Burnley Express

One of Burnley’s well-known traders has vowed it is “business as usual” after a thief broke into his shop and made off with the safe.

Cash reward offered to Hyndburn residents over dog fouling

A cash reward will be offered to Hyndburn residents who report dog fouling.

Dog fouling sign

Hyndburn Council said it was part of a drive across the borough to tackle the issue. 

If the information provided leads to a successful prosecution, or the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice, then the authority will give the resident who reported it £50.  

The borough has 300 bins available and free bags are available to owners.

Lancashire re-sign Junaid for T20 Blast

BBC Sport

Lancashire Lightning have signed left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan for this summer's Twenty20 Blast.  

Junaid Khan
Getty Images

The Pakistan international helped the Red Rose county reach Finals Day during two previous spells at Old Trafford, in 2011 and 2014.

"It would be great to get back there again this year and win some more silverware," the 27-year-old said.

Junaid has played 22 Tests, 56 one-day internationals and nine T20 games since making his Pakistan debut in 2011.

Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire northbound

BBC News Travel

M61 Lancashire northbound severe disruption, at J9 for M65.

M61 Lancashire - M61 lane closed on exit slip road and heavy traffic northbound at J9, M65 (Clayton Brook), because of a broken down vehicle.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Ormskirk student volunteers to help refugees in and around the area of the former Jungle refugee camp near Calais
  • Hyndburn Council is offering a reward to people who successfully report dog owners who do not clean up after their pets 
  • Lancashire Lightning have re-signed left-arm pace bowler Junaid Khan for this summer's Twenty20 Blast 

Weather: A cold start to the day

BBC Weather

It will be a chilly, though mainly bright start to the day.

It will quickly become cloudier and milder from the west with heavy rain and strong winds arriving in the afternoon.  

Highs of 11C. More from BBC Weather. 

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Katy Booth

Reporter, BBC News Online

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