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  1. Updates on Friday 24 February
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates will return from 08:00 on Monday

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

Weather: Mild but staying wet and windy

BBC Weather

It will be another wet and windy day on Saturday with heavy and persistent rain continuing, especially over the hills. It should also feel mild.

Highs of around 10C.

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Football: Burton Albion v Blackburn Rovers preview

BBC Sport

Tony Mowbray should have striker Sam Gallagher back for his  first game as Blackburn Rovers manager.

Tony Mowbray
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Lucas Joao returns after being cup-tied against Manchester United, but Elliott Bennett and Hope Akpan are suspended.  

Match facts

  • In the reverse fixture, Burton came from behind twice to salvage a 2-2 draw with Blackburn at Ewood Park
  • Blackburn have won only one of their past 10 away league games (D2 L7) and none of the last six
  • Blackburn Rovers have won just two of their past 13 league games (W2 D4 L7) and this led to the departure of manager Owen Coyle on Tuesday

Thousands affected by unpaid overtime, union claims

Workers in the North West put in about £3bn worth of unpaid overtime a year, figures from the TUC say .


The figures reveal more than 500,000 people did on average more than seven hours a week in unpaid overtime - the equivalent of £5,519 a year on the average wage.

Few of us mind putting in some extra time when it's needed. But if it happens all the time and gets taken for granted, that's a problem.

Lynn Collins TUC Regional Secretary for the North West

Missing Colne woman thought to be in Preston area

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing woman who is thought to be in the Preston area.   

Kirsty Holt
Lancashire Police

Kirsty Holt, 28, from Colne, was last seen in Preston city centre on 18 January.

She is described as white, 5ft 3in (1.6m) tall, slim build with blonde shoulder length hair.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police.

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Burnley-born Lord Waddington dies

The former Conservative home secretary David Waddington has died at the age of 87.

Mrs Thatcher's goverment
Lord Waddington (back row, far left) became home secretary in 1989

Burnley-born Lord Waddington represented seats in Lancashire before being appointed to the House of Lords.

He was first elected as MP for Nelson and Colne in 1968 but lost the seat in 1974. He went on to become MP for Clitheroe and the Ribble Valley and was the last home secretary in Margaret Thatcher's government. 

In 1990 he was appointed to the House of Lords triggering a by-election, which the Conservatives lost to the Liberal Democrats' Michael Carr.

He became Leader of the House of Lords and then Governor of Bermuda in the early 90s, before retiring in March 2015.

Viagra Hotel name sparks 'weirdo' fears

Hoteliers in Blackpool have said they fear a guesthouse which has been renamed The Viagra Hotel will attract "weirdoes" to the seaside resort.  

Viagra Hotel

The Vidella Hotel's owners recently adopted the new moniker - along with the slogan "We will keep you up all night" - as part of a rebranding.

But the change has met with stiff opposition in some quarters.

Owner Neil Marshall said it was intended to reinforce the hotel's image as a budget destination.

Football: Blackburn's Akpan has ban extended

BBC Sport

Blackburn midfielder Hope Akpan has his three-match violent conduct ban extended by a game by an independent panel .  

Hope Akpan

Akpan, 25, was dismissed in the 87th minute of Rovers' 2-1 Championship defeat by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, 14 February.

The Nigeria international denied the charge, which was upheld by an independent regulatory commission.

Rovers were fined £5,000 for their players' response to the incident.

Weather: Increasingly wet and windy

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken overnight to bring wet and windy conditions. Rain will also become heavy and persistent, especially in more northern areas.

Lows of 6C are expected.

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Severe accident: A6114 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A6114 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Briercliffe Road and Ribble Avenue.

A6114 Lancashire - A6114 Eastern Avenue in Burnley closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Briercliffe Road junction and the Ribble Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

Council agrees new support plan for homeless people

New arrangements are being made to support young homeless people in Lancashire.

Homeless person

The joint protocol, which has been adopted at an event in Leyland, outlines the commitments and responsibilities expected of all professionals working with young people.

It has been agreed by Lancashire County Council and all 12 district partners. 

The aim is to make sure all 16 and 17-year-olds who need accommodation are dealt with "quickly and consistently".

Boys charged over Preston stabbing

Two 15-year-old boy have been charged in connection with a stabbing in Preston, police say.


An 18-year-old man suffered significant injuries to his arm and back after the attack on Friargate on Tuesday.

The boys are due to appear at Preston Magistrates after being accused of causing grievous bodily harm.

Cricket: Praise for Lancashire batsman's Lions century

Lancashire have been praising batsman Liam Livingstone, who bagged himself a century for England Lions in the match against Sri Lanka A earlier.

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Lancashire have to 'resubmit' devolution plan if Fylde pulls out

The government has told councils in Lancashire that they will have to "resubmit" their devolution application if Fylde Council officially pull out of the proposed deal.

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Lancashire's 15 local authorities, except Wyre, backed an original bid to take powers from Westminster but on Wednesday, the  leader of Fylde Borough Council said it would pull out.

Blackpool Council leader Simon Blackburn, chairman of Lancashire's proposed combined authority, said yesterday that the deal must progress, adding that he had hoped Fylde "would change their mind".

Responding to the Fylde decision, a spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said:

Councils in Lancashire have been told they will have to resubmit an application for devolution, if Fylde withdraws its support for a combined authority.

An application which was submitted last year was being considered by government, but that becomes redundant if Fylde pulls out – which it looks set to do.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Two boys accused of causing grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in Preston are due to appear in court later
  • Lancashire County Council agrees a scheme with its 12 district partners to outline the commitments and responsibilities of all professionals working with young people
  • Council tax in Blackpool is set to increase by the maximum amount of just under 5% in April, the town's council agrees

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Football: Bowyer fears managers placed under unfair pressure

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer says too much pressure is being placed on managers to deliver instant success.

Claudio Ranieri became the latest manager to lose his job, just nine months after guiding Leicester City to the Premier League title.

But Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire managers must be given time to stamp their authority on a team.

Lancashire devolution 'will go ahead'

A proposed devolution plan for Lancashire is to go ahead , despite two councils withdrawing their support.  

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Lancashire's 15 local authorities except Wyre backed an original bid to take powers from Westminster but on Wednesday the  leader of Fylde Borough Council said it too would pull out.

Devolution would see the county make its own decisions on transport, housing, and parts of education.

A formal request to form a combined authority is expected this summer.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Two boys will appear at Preston Magistrates later charged with causing grievous bodily harm after a man was stabbed in the city on Tuesday
  • A man suffers burns to his hands and face after a blaze in a farm building in Edgworth
  • Tony Mowbray takes charge of Blackburn for the first time later in their Championship game against Burton

Football: Mowbray hopes fans 'buy into' his Blackburn plans

BBC Lancashire Sport

New Blackburn head coach Tony Mowbray says there was no way he could turn down an offer to take over the managerial role at Ewood Park .

The 53-year-old became the club's seventh manager in six years after replacing Owen Coyle on Wednesday.

Blackburn face Burton this evening three points adrift of safety in the Championship.

You can hear commentary from 19:45, on BBC Radio Lancashire

Council tax meeting agrees business fund creation

Council tax in Blackpool is set to rise by the maximum amount of just under 5% in April, a budget meeting at the council has agreed.

The authority has also announced the creation of a £100m loan fund to help local businesses.

Council leader Simon Blackburn said it was his job to make sure the fund helped increase the authority's income by 2020.

Man suffers burns in farm blaze

A man has been taken to hospital with burns to his hands and face after a blaze at a farm in Edgworth.

The fire broke out yesterday at about 18:30 in a building on Edge Lane housing farm vehicles, a car and a camper.

The cause is being investigated.

Blackpool FC's owners lose court battle

The owners of Blackpool FC have lost a multi-million pound court battle with a Latvian investor.

BlackpoolFC hotel

Owen and Karl Oyston, owner and chairman of the club, were in dispute with businessman Valeri Belokon.

The League Two club owners may have to pay out almost £3m ($3.75m) after a judge at Manchester Civil Justice Centre ruled in Mr Belokon's favour.

He invested £4.75m in 2008 to develop the club's South Stand and the dispute was over his share of profits from it.

A forensic accountant will work out the exact figure the Oystons have to pay at a later date, the hearing was told.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Council tax is to set to rise in Blackpool by just under 5% in April, councillors have agreed
  • A clean-up is continuing across Lancashire after Storm Doris hit the county yesterday
  • A man is taken to hospital with burns to his hands and face after a fire at a farm in Edgworth

Weather: Mainly dry but warning of ice

Charlie Slater

BBC Weather presenter

Cold and bright start to the day, with a patchy frost and the risk of ice. However, it will be fine and cold for most parts of Lancashire with much lighter winds.

Highs of 8C.

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