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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 February
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Weather: Rain will clear to leave a dry evening

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Rain will clear to leave a mostly dry evening. A cold night with the possibility of frost by the morning in some areas. Lows of 4C.

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Teenager campaigns for medication for brother's condition

A teenager from Burnley is campaigning for medication to help ease the symptoms of a condition that leaves lesions on the skin of her younger brother.

Tuberous Sclerosis
Sarah Hurst

Alice, 15, looks after her eight-year-old brother William, who has a condition called Tuberous Sclerosis Complex or TSC.

It causes lesions on the skin and often on the face, and although there is no cure for the condition, a cream which can make living with the condition more manageable, is available, but not on the NHS.

Alice is trying to raise awareness of TSC in the hope that one day the treatment will be readily available.

Tunisia beach attack: 'Lessons must be learned'

The son-in-law of a Blackpool couple who were killed in the Tunisia beach shootings has said "lessons must be learned" by the tourism industry.

Thirty-eight people lost their lives when a gunman opened fire on tourists staying in the popular resort of Port El Kantaoui, just north of Sousse in June 2015.

Among those killed were former Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine, who lived in Blackpool.

Their son-in-law Daniel Clifford said tour operators need to put "additional safeguarding measures in place" in light of the increased terror threat at some holiday destinations.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The coroner rules the victims of the Tunisia terror attack were "unlawfully killed" by a gunman at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015
  • Northern rail staff vote in favour of a 24-hour strike in March over plans for driver-only operated trains
  • A Burnley teenager campaigns for medication that would help ease her brother's condition, to be made available on the NHS

Northern, Southern and Merseyrail staff to strike

Staff on Northern, Southern and Merseyrail have voted to strike in a dispute over the role of guards.

Train
Merseytravel

The RMT union announced the walkouts in a dispute with the firms over plans to remove guards from trains, which would become driver-only-operated (DOO).

Union officials, who confirmed the 24-hour strike on 13 March, say the move will make trains potentially dangerous.

The  Office of Road and Rail insists they are safe  provided the right equipment and training is given.

Northern, owned by Arriva Rail North, runs services between cities and towns across the north of England.

Drug poisoning highest for a decade

More patients are being admitted to hospital in England for drug-related mental health issues or poisoning  than at any time in the past 10 years.

Drugs
Thinkstock

Official figures reveal 15,074 cases of people in hospital with illicit drug poisoning in 2015-16, 51% more than 2005-06.

Mental health issues had drugs as a cause in 81,904 cases.

The 2015-16 figures revealed Blackpool had the highest rate of people admitted to hospital because of poisoning by illicit drugs.  

Public health experts say falling investment in drug treatment services may explain the rise.

Football: Blackpool need leaders - Bowyer

BBC Sport

Blackpool manager Gary Bowyer has called on his players to be leaders following a run of draws in League Two.

Gary Bowyer
Rex Features

The Seasiders have drawn 13 games this season, the joint-most of any side in the division, and are 15th in the table, seven points off the play-offs.

Bowyer's side conceded in injury time to surrender a two-goal lead in Saturday's  2-2 draw with Exeter,  their seventh draw in 10 games.

"We need some leaders to make some demands on players," Bowyer said.

People urged to avoid Southport and Ormskirk A&Es unless serious

People are being urged to avoid A&E units at Southport and Ormskirk hospitals unless they have a serious or life-threatening condition.

Southport and Ormskirk hospital
Google

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust said an increase in numbers who attended yesterday put pressure on beds and delayed the admission of some patients.

Patients attending with minor ailments are being asked to attend West Lancashire Health Centre at Ormskirk hospital for treatment.

We need our community’s help and never more so than during this particularly busy period. Please help your local NHS by using A&E services wisely and thinking carefully before calling an ambulance.

Therese PattenChief Operating Officer

Coroner condemns Tunisia police response

The police response to a terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort in which 30 Britons died was " at best shambolic and at worst cowardly ", a coroner has concluded.

Denis and Elaine Thwaites, aged 70 and 69,
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Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith ruled the group including Denis and Elaine Thwaites, from Blackpool, were "unlawfully killed" when a gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse in June 2015, claiming 38 lives in total.

He rejected a finding of neglect against the tour firms and the hotel.

The police response could and should have been effective, he added.

Northern rail staff to strike over driver only trains

Northern rail workers have voted in favour of 24-hour strike action after being balloted over driver-only operated trains.

Arriva Trains
El Pollock, geograph

The union confirmed guards and drivers voted to strike on 13 March after the company failed to give assurances  on the future role of the guard on their services.

Members voted by 83.6% for the action.

Northern, which is owned by Arriva Rail North Ltd, took over the franchise on 1 April 2016.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The inquest into the deaths of a couple from Blackpool, who were among 30 British tourists killed in the Tunisian terror attack concludes today
  • The family of a man who has been missing from Waterfoot for about four weeks, appeal for help and information in tracing him
  • Residents on the Fylde say the number of homes set to built in the area is "very disturbing"

Family's appeal to missing man

The family of a man from Waterfoot who has been missing for about four weeks are "really worried" about him.

Robert Christopher Hornsby
Lancashire Police

Robert Christopher Hornsby, 50, was last seen at his home address by neighbours.

His brother Andrew Hornsby said: “It seems as if he has just disappeared. We are really worried about you and just want to know that you are okay.”

He is described as white, about 6ft 4ins, and of large build with a ginger coloured beard and receding hair. He also wears glasses. 

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them. 

Cricket: Australia block all-rounder's Lancashire move because of injury

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Australia all-rounder James Faulkner has been refused permission to play for Lancashire this summer by his country because of an ongoing knee injury.

James Faulkner
Getty Images

The 26-year-old had re-signed for the Red Rose club for the 2017 T20 Blast, which he helped them win in 2015.

But Lancashire have not received the necessary paperwork from Cricket Australia to allow him to rejoin.

"The decision has been taken for me to rest up in July and August," said Faulkner.

Morecambe arts group shortlisted for national award

Morecambe Visitor

An arts group based based on West Street, Morecambe, have been nominated for the Epic Awards 2017  organised by Voluntary Arts.

Fylde residents angered by homes development

Residents in Wrea Green and Warton have described the number of homes set to be built in the area as "very disturbing".

Wrea Green
David Dixon, geograph

Nearly 30,000 homes are waiting to be built across the county, according to research carried out by BBC Radio Lancashire.

On the Fylde, developers have been given permission to build on the surrounding green fields.

It's very disturbing. As far as we can see there is no need for this housing. There's been no improvement to the infrastructure. Builders are building here because it gives them the most profit.

John Rowson Chariman of the Community Association for the Protection of Wrea Green

Business rate increase will be 'unaffordable'

The owner of a pub in Cleveleys says a rise in business rates will make it "impossible" for her to pay.

Cleveleys Seafront
Steve Daniels, geograph

Jakki Slack who owns The Venue on the seafront, received a letter from the Valuation Office Agency in October last year detailing the increase in her business rate from April by 25%.

She says the increase, which will amount to £112,500, will be "unaffordable" for her.

Financial forecasters are predicting that the issue of rising business rates will be addressed in the chancellor's forthcoming budget.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The inquest into the deaths of a couple from Blackpool who were among 30 British tourists killed in a terror attack in Tunisia, concludes today
  • The owner of a pub in Cleveleys says business rate increases of up to 25% will be "unaffordable" 
  • Residents on the Fylde say the number of homes set to be built in the area is "very disturbing"

Football: Blackburn cancel Celtic defender's loan move

BBC Sport

Celtic defender Efe Ambrose will not be coming to Blackburn on loan because of work permit issues, says Rovers new head coach Tony Mowbray.

Efe Ambrose
Getty Images

Blackburn tried to sign the 28-year-old Nigerian on transfer deadline day but there were issues with the  work permit.

He is now back in Scotland and has returned to training with Celtic.

"I think the football club have worked really hard behind the scenes to make that happen, but it is not going to be happening," said Mowbray.

Tunisia terror attack: Inquest into deaths of 30 Britons to conclude

The inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons in a terror attack at a Tunisian resort is to conclude later.

Tunisia deaths
Reuters

A total of 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015.

Among the victims were f ormer Birmingham City footballer Denis Thwaites and his wife Elaine , aged 70 and 69, from Lancashire who were staying at the Hotel Riu Imperial Marhaba when the attack took place.

The inquest examined whether the UK government and travel firms failed to protect British tourists.

But the coroner will explain later why he has rejected a request to rule neglect was a contributory factor in their deaths.

Morecambe physiotherapist who groped student is struck off

A physiotherapist who groped and exposed himself to a student and tried to kiss another colleague has been struck off. 

Andrew Gardner, who worked at the Queen Victoria Hospital in Morecambe, was struck off on grounds of misconduct following a two-day Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) conduct and competence committee hearing. 

Queen Victoria Hospital
Google

The committee heard his genitals were exposed while receiving treatment from a physiotherapy student in 2013, who he touched in a "sexually motivated" way.

He also inappropriately questioned a colleague about her sex life and tried to kiss her on the lips, the hearing was told. 

Panel chair Jane Everitt said a striking off order was the last resort, but there was no choice "because of the nature and gravity of his sexualised behaviour in the workplace".

In a witness statement Mr Gardner, who had worked at the trust and its predecessors for more than 20 years offered a "very deep and unreserved heartfelt apology".

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at J4 for A666 Blackburn Road Darwen affecting J1 for M6.

M65 Lancashire - One lane closed, slow traffic and delays on M65 eastbound at J4, A666 (Darwen), because of an accident involving two vehicles. Congestion to J1, M6 (Lostock Hall).

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

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The inquest into the deaths of 30 Britons in a terror attack at a Tunisian resort is to conclude later
  • Business rate rises of up to 25% are "unaffordable" for small firms in Cleveleys, say owners
  • Residents in Wrea Green say the number of new homes planned poses a threat to the future of their village

Weather: Feeling chilly, with showers increasing through the day

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Dry at first but showers increasing in frequency through the morning.

Highs of 7C.

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