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  1. Updates on Wednesday 1 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Thursday

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

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Weather: Dry with a chance of rain

BBC Weather

This afternoon will remain cloudy, with the possibility of a little rain. The skies will turn increasingly cloudy tonight as rain gradually spreads in from the south overnight. Lows of 2C.

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Woman cut free from car after Samlesbury crash

A crash in Preston New Road, Samlesbury, a short while ago, left a woman having to be cut free from her car.

Luckily, there were no serious injuries.

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Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Over 80% of pupils in the county have been given their first choice school place for this year, says Lancashire County Council
  • Police say a woman missing from Bradford could be in Lancashire
  • A man from Lancaster retires after spending more than 50 years working for the same company

Missing Bradford woman could be in Lancashire

A woman from Bradford who has been missing for nearly a week, could be in in Lancashire, say police.

Emma Richards
Lancashire Constabulary

Emma Richards, 30, was reported missing on Thursday. She is believed to have links with the Blackpool area and may be with David Counsell, who is also from Bradford.

She is described as about 5ft tall with shoulder length red or purple hair.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

First choice school for over 80% of children

More than 80% of children got their first choice of school or academy, Lancashire County Council has said.

Lancashire County Council
Stephen McKay, geograph

The latest figures show also show 7.4% will go to their second choice of school.

About 2% of pupils did not get their first, second or third choice and they have been allocated a place at other schools.

Lancashire County Council said the figure for those getting their preferred choice is likely to rise as appeals are heard and other adjustments are made.

Lancaster man retires after 50 years of service

A man from Lancaster completed his final day of work after more than five decades working for the same company.

Peter and Michele Clarke
BBC

Former machine engineer, Peter Clarke, started working for textile company Standfast and Barracks after leaving school at 15.

He retired last week after making the decision shortly after turning 67.

Peter said building a career was easier back when he started, as there were plenty of jobs.

His wife Michele said:

I love that we're together and we're doing what we really want to do. We've worked hard, both of us, all these years, and this is our time now.

Football: Morecambe had 'unbelievable' month, despite financial problems - Bentley

BBC Sport

Manager Jim Bentley has hailed an " unbelievable " month for Morecambe, despite problems off the pitch.

Jim Bentley
Rex Features

The Shrimps' staff have  twice been paid late  this season with a  court battle ongoing  over the club's ownership.

However, on the pitch Morecambe lost just one of their eight League Two games in February to move up to 15th, within six points of the play-offs.

"We can enjoy what we've done in this month, because it's been nothing short of unbelievable," Bentley, 40, said.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire County Council says over 80% over pupils in the county will attend their first choice school this September
  • A mum whose son died from meningitis calls for the vaccine to be made available to all children on the NHS
  • A man from Lancaster retires after more than five decades working for the same company

Mum calls for meningitis B vaccine to be made available on NHS

A mum is calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be made available to all children on the NHS after her son died.

Vaccine
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Joanne Mills, from Thornton-Cleveleys, said the vaccine was unavailable before her two-year-old son Alfie Fleming died in 2014.

Currently, babies born on or after 1 July 2015 are being vaccinated alongside other routine immunisations at the ages of two, four and 12 months.

The government's advisory committee said it is not cost effective for the NHS to offer the vaccine to more children.

The fact that there is a vaccination for it - to me it's a no-brainer, every child should be getting it. It makes me feel very angry. For the sake of an injection, he could still be here.

Joanne MillsMother of Alfie Fleming

Decisions about extending this programme have to be based on independent clinical views about effectiveness, and while we keep the matter under review, expert advice does not currently recommend vaccinating older children.

SpokespersonDepartment of Health

Football: Morecambe halt Portsmouth promotion with draw

BBC Sport

Lee Molyneux's late equaliser halted Portsmouth's promotion charge as Morecambe came from behind to draw at Fratton Park.

Football
BBC

Kal Naismith initially gave the home side the lead as he netted his sixth League Two goal of the season, but they were pegged back by the Shrimps.

Pompey had the first chance of the game in the third minute when Carl Baker tried his luck from long range but goalkeeper Barry Roche matched it with an excellent save.

Morecambe were left waiting until midway through the first half for their first effort on goal but it was wasted by midfielder Aaron Wildig, who hit it straight at Portsmouth's David Forde.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A mum from Thornton-Cleveleys is calling for the meningitis B vaccine to be made available to all children up to the age of 11 after her son died
  • Lancashire Police back a national campaign to highlight the dangers of using mobile phones while driving, as tougher penalties are introduced
  • Morecambe halt Portsmouth's promotion chances after a late equaliser

Rosemere’s £1.5m campaign to fund ‘robot cancer surgeon’

Lancashire Post

Rosemere Cancer Centre, at Royal Preston Hospital, celebrates its 20th anniversary with the launch of a £1.5m appeal  to ensure it will be at the forefront in fighting cancer.

Football: Rovers' Championship survival hopes boosted after Derby win

BBC Sport

Blackburn Rovers boosted their Championship survival chances with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Derby County who are now winless in six league games.


          Blackburn's Craig Conway has scored three league goals this season
Rex Features

Craig Conway scored the only goal of the night when he smashed home a 58th-minute penalty after Sam Gallagher was brought down by Alex Pearce.

Striker Marvin Emnes should have put Rovers ahead before the break but blasted over with the goal gaping.

Bradley Johnson almost equalised late on but his header hit the bar.

Tougher penalties for drivers caught using mobile phones

Drivers caught using a phone within two years of passing their test will have their licence revoked under new rules introduced today.

drivers using mobile phones
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Penalties for using a phone at the wheel double to six points and a £200 fine and new drivers who get six points or more must retake their practical and theory.

More experienced drivers can be banned if they get 12 points in three years.

Last year in Lancashire more than 1,000 drivers were issued with a ticket for using their phones whilst driving.

The consequences of even a moment’s distraction can be devastating and our message is ‘it simply is not worth taking that call or sending that text’. Killing or seriously injuring someone just because you picked up your mobile phone will live with you forever, and destroy families.

Damian Kitchen Chief Inspector of Lancashire Police

Appeal #findhorsey: Autistic boy given replica toy

A boy from Lancashire with autism left bereft when he lost his favourite toy at Manchester Airport, now has a replica teddy after his mother launched an appeal .

Anne Kidd, from Eccleston, said her son Thomas' 'horsey' was his "best bud, sleeping partner... and extension of his hand for his 13 years".

Thomas's aunt made him a replica of his cuddly toy for his return from holiday but he rejected it.

His mother launched an appeal #findhorsey and Tam Miall from Oxford sent her daughter's exact replica of 'horsey' to Thomas.

Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

BBC News Travel

M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, between J4 for A666 Blackburn Road Darwen and J3 for A674.

M65 Lancashire - Very slow traffic and one lane closed on M65 westbound between J4, A666 (Darwen) and J3, A674 (Blackburn West), because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A Lancashire mum calls for meningitis vaccine to be available to all children up to the age of 11 after her son died from the disease
  • Lancashire Police back a national campaign against using a mobile phone whilst driving, as tougher penalties are introduced
  • Parts of Lancashire offer some of the best returns for property investors, according to property website Rightmove

Weather: Sunshine and showers

BBC Weather

A mix of sunshine and showers today, with some showers turning wintry at times, particularly over higher ground.

Highs of 7C.

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