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  1. Updates on Thursday 23 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Friday

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

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Weather: Wind and rain will clear

Wind will ease and rain will mostly clear, but a few showers may still linger.

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Ice may form in some parts overnight. Lows of 4C.

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Storm Doris: Platforms at Preston station 'blocked'

Northern Rail said several platforms are blocked at Preston railway station, as a result of debris falling from the roof.

Storm Doris: Man suffers head injuries in Blackpool

A man in his 70s has been treated for head injuries near Subway on Talbot road in Blackpool, as Storm Doris continues, North West Ambulance Service said. 

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A woman was also blown over by wind in Kirkham and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital. 

The storm has caused trees to be blown over in various parts of the county, as well as travel disruption and power outages in Preston.

Storm Doris: Trees being cleared in Euxton

Forty years of Pendle Heritage Centre

Happy Anniversary Pendle Heritage Centre. 

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The owners of Blackpool Football Club lose a court battle with Latvian investor Valeri Belokon after a dispute over finances
  • There are power outages, injuries and travel disruption across Lancashire as a result of Storm Doris
  • Police are concerned for the welfare of a Preston man who has been missing since Wednesday

Storm Doris: What is a weather bomb?

The severe gusts of winds are said to be caused by a "weather bomb" - a very intense area of low pressure which "explodes" when it travels underneath a powerful jet stream.  

Concern for Preston man who has been missing since yesterday

A Preston man who has been missing since last night "may be suffering with mental health problems", say police, who are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

Michael Hutchinson
Lancashire Constabulary

Michael Hutchinson, 34, was last seen at about 19:00 last night at an address in Towngate, Leyland and has not been seen or heard from since.

He is described as white, of slim build, with a ginger "skin head" hairstyle, and has a tattoo on the back of his neck. 

He was last seen wearing a tartan hooded shirt, faded blue jeans, a black puffa jacket with square stitching and black Adidas high-top trainers.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

Blackpool lose court battle with Latvian investor

The owners of Blackpool have lost a court battle with Latvian investor Valeri Belokon after a dispute over his share of the club's income and profits.

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The conflict between Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the club, and Vaeri Belokon, who invested £4.75m in July 2008 for development of the club's South Stand, arose after Mr Belokon believed he was owed money under a commercial agreement.

The case against Segesta Limited, the holding company for the football club's assets, first went before the Mercantile Court sitting in Manchester last December, and today, Judge Jane Moulder delivered her judgment in favour of Mr Belekon.

The exact amount that the club will have to pay will be worked out at a later date, but it is likely to be between £1m and £2m.

Storm Doris: Trees fall in Fylde

Many trees across Lancashire have been blown down amid high winds and police are urging people to drive carefully. 

This one (pictured below) has fallen on Heeley Road, Lytham St Annes. 

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Grayrigg train crash: 'The night that changed our lives'

A Preston man connected with the fatal train crash at Grayrigg has reflected on the tragedy on its ten year anniversary.

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On 23 February 2007, a 300-tonne Virgin Pendolino train was travelling at 95mph when it hit a "degraded" set of points on the West Coast Main Line and careered down an embankment.

An 84-year-old Glasgow woman, Margaret Masson, was killed and more than 80 other people injured, some seriously.

David Lewis, from Preston, told an inquest that he had previously flagged up safety concerns, telling his bosses that his team was under-staffed, with workers not given the right tools or enough time to carry out checks.  

Storm Doris: Severe gales and stormy seas

Storm Doris is battering Lancashire - with high winds and rain. 

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A number of trees have blown down across the county and police are urging people to drive carefully. 

Earlier part of the roof blew off the Lidl store on Devonshire Road in Blackpool - that road has been partially closed   

Storm Doris: What is affected in Lancashire

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  • The roof of a Lidl store in Blackpool, which is currently under construction, blew off in Blackpool, closing Devonshire road 
  • Electricity North West said 154 properties in Longridge were without supplies as of 12:00 GMT
  • Trees have blown down across the county and debris is flying around roads
  • There are two flood alerts in place, on the River Calder and Earby Beck

Lancashire MP 'concerned' about council spending

A Lancashire MP is calling for a government investigation into the way the council spends its cash.

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BBC

Leading a Commons debate on Wednesday, the Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale, David Morris, questioned whether money was being spent on what he called "vanity projects." 

I'm very concerned that Lancashire County Council have trouble in managing their budget. They talk about government cuts and I do not have the confidence that they understand how to manage a budget in its entirety.

Conservative MP for Morecambe and LunesdaleDavid Morris

But Deputy Leader and Labour Councillor David Borrow said Mr Morris had declined all invitations from the council to discuss its budget.  

We've been trying to engage with David Morris for the last four years and he has never accepted any of our invitations to discuss the finances of the county council.

David BorrowDeputy Leader, Lancashire County Council

Storm Doris: Power cuts affect 154 properties in Longridge

Storm Doris has caused power cuts in Lancashire. Electricity Northwest says engineers are on site but weather conditions are hampering attempts to find and fix the problem. 

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • More than 150 homes in Longridge are without power, trees have fallen on roads and a roof has blown off a supermarket in Blackpool, as Storm Doris continues to cause disruption across the county
  • There are two flood alerts in place for Lancashire although no flooding has been reported
  • A teenager is seriously injured after being hit by a car in Skelmersdale 

Storm Doris: Ferries and flights cancelled between Isle of Man and UK

Gale force winds have led to the cancellation of ferries and flights between the Isle of Man and the UK.

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The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company cancelled the 08:45 GMT Douglas to Heysham sailing and the 14:15 return.

Flights have been cancelled on routes to Liverpool, Manchester and Dublin after the island's airport was hit by gusts of over 70mph (110km/h).

The Manx Met Office said strong winds were expected to hit the island throughout the day.

Severe disruption: A565 Merseyside both ways

BBC News Travel

A565 Merseyside both ways severe disruption, between B5245 Manchester Road and Leyland Road.

A565 Merseyside - Slow traffic on A565 Albert Road in both directions in Southport between the B5245 Manchester Road junction and the Leyland Road junction, because of debris on the road and unsafe building.

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

Teenager seriously hurt in Skelmersdale crash

A teenager has been seriously injured after being hit by a car in Skelmersdale.

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The 17-year-old girl was hit by a Vauxhall Corsa as she crossed Church Road at about 20:00 on Wednesday. 

She is in intensive care at Aintree Hospital. 

Police said the driver was cooperating with the investigation and apperaled for witnesses.

Storm Doris: Wild waves in Blackpool

The sea is looking choppy in Blackpool as Storm Doris continues to hit Lancashire. 

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Severe accident: A5209 Lancashire both ways

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A5209 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between B5375 Appley Lane North and Moss Lane.

A5209 Lancashire - A5209 Hall Lane in Appley Bridge closed and slow traffic in both directions between the B5375 Appley Lane North junction and the Moss Lane junction, because of an accident and a fallen tree.

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

Storm Doris: Roof blows off Blackpool supermarket

Part of Devonshire Road in Blackpool is closed after the roof of a Lidl store, which is currently under construction, blew off due to bad weather conditions during Storm Doris.

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Trees have also been blown down across the county, including on the M6. 

Police are urging people to drive carefully.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Blackpool supermarket's roof blows off and trees fall on roads, as Storm Doris causes disruption
  • Taxpayers in Lancashire have paid nearly double the national average over the past three years to fund parish and town councils, BBC research reveals
  • A teenager is seriously injured after being hit by a car in Skelmersdale

Driver with 36 points still on road

A driver in Lancashire continues on the road despite having a total of 36 points on their licence, according to figures obtained by the BBC

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More than 300 drivers in Lancashire continue to use their vehicles despite having more than 12 points on their licence.  

The statistics were revealed under the Freedom of Information Act. 

Drivers may be able to keep their licence if they care for a sick relative or need a car to keep a business running. 

Campaigners want 12 points to mean a mandatory ban.

Storm Doris: Severe weather warnings

Storm Doris is starting to cause disruption in parts of Lancashire.

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Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, between J8 for A6068 and J7 for A6185 Rishton.

M65 Lancashire - One lane closed and slow traffic on M65 westbound between J8, A6068 (Accrington) and J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of an accident.

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

Lancashire taxpayers paying over national average to fund parish and town councils

Taxpayers in Lancashire have paid almost double the national average over the past three years to fund parish and town councils, BBC News has revealed.

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The bills of more than 8,500 town and parish councils were analysed from 2013-14 to 2016-17.

In Lancashire, the increase in taxes by double the national average is due to the parish and town councils in Pendle experiencing the largest combined increase in the country, with Colne Town Council seeing an increase of 872%.

The government said it expected parish councils to "demonstrate restraint", but councillors say they are being asked to take on more responsibilities as their larger local authority counterparts make cuts.

Lancashire devolution deal hits snag as Fylde Council withdraws backing

Fylde Council intends to withdraw its support for proposed devolution in Lancashire, its leader said.

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Susan Fazackerley said the ruling Conservative group had decided there was not enough to be gained from the mooted deal.

All of Lancashire's councils, apart from Wyre, threw their support behind the bid to gain more powers last year.

A government spokesman said that while Fylde Council's decision does not make a deal impossible, it makes it harder.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Taxpayers in Lancashire have paid nearly double the national average over the past three years to fund parish and town councils, BBC research reveals
  • The Conservative MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale David Morris calls for a government investigation into the way Lancashire County Council spends its cash
  • According to BBC figures, more than 300 drivers in Lancashire continue to use their vehicles, despite having over 12 points on their licence 

Weather: Wet and very windy day

BBC Weather

Severe gales will blow across the North West today, with gusts of 60 to 80mph possible.

Highs of 7C.

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Reporter, BBC News Online

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