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  1. Updates on Thursday 2 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates 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: Rain in some parts

BBC Weather

Dry at first this evening, but further patchy rain and hill snow will creep across the north later in the night.

Highs of 5C.

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Arson arrest over Ingol house fire

A man has been arrested after a fire gutted a house and badly damaged some neighbouring properties in Ingol.

Westbrook Crescen
Google

Firefighters were called to a house in Westbrook Crescent at about 21:30 on Saturday.

The house was empty at the time

A 35-year-old man, from Preston, was arrested on suspicion of arson and has been released on bail until 26 April.

Lancaster school wins £3,000 in World Book Day competition

A school in Lancaster has been awarded the runner-up prize in the annual World Book Day competition.

School collage
Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School

Each year schools are invited to take part in the creative challenge which celebrates reading for pleasure, and this year, schools were asked to create their own "world of stories".

Lancaster Girls' Grammar School made a collage of stories about their school song. The school building was also used as the inspiration for the creation and backdrop.

It was chosen as one of three runners-up for the award, winning £3,000 worth of books for their library.

We are over the moon. The addition of £3,000 of new books to the library will give the girls shelf after shelf of new fantasies and adventures to enjoy as well as a life-long love of books and reading.

Kathy Edge Librarian, Lancaster Girls' Grammar School

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The Heysham link road is officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth 
  • Nearly 200 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs are to be made available in the North West this year, says BT
  • A nine-year-old girl suffers a broken leg after she was hit by a car in Blackpool

Football: Burnley sign World Cup winner's grandson

BBC Sport

Burnley have signed the grandson of 1966 World Cup winner Ron Flowers.

Ron Flowers
Getty Images

Defender Harry Flowers, 20, has joined the Premier League side from ninth-tier Brocton, of the Midland League's top flight, on a contract until June 2018.

Ron Flowers earned 49 caps for England and was a non-playing member of Sir Alf Ramsey's winning squad, eventually being awarded a winners' medal in 2009.

Sharkie nabs fleeing van driver

Sharkie the police dog sprung into action to detain a fleeing van driver in Preston.

Sharkie the police dog
Lancashire Police

The driver failed to stop at a police check and then fled from his vehicle.

The Lancashire Police Dog Unit then released Sharkie, who helped in the arrest of the driver.

New apprentice and graduate roles created in the county

Nearly 200 new apprenticeship and graduate jobs will be available in the North West this year, says telecoms company BT.

Accrington
Google

Apprentices and graduates will work in a variety of roles for the organisation, including customer service and software development.

Employees will be recruited in locations such as Acrrington, Stockport and Warrington.

This latest major recruitment is a further example of the commitment to the North West as one of the region’s leading employers and investors.

Mike Blackburn Chairman, BT’s North West regional board

Nine-year-old girl seriousy hurt in road smash

A nine-year-old girl suffered a broken left leg after being hit by a car in Blackpool's South Shore, police have said.

Lytham Road
Google

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital after the accident on Lytham Road at 18:15 yesterday.

The driver of the Daewoo Matiz stopped at the scene and was not arrested.

Lancashire Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police find £150,000 cannabis farm in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph

Lancashire Police are hunting an alleged cannabis farmer who fled from a burning building where plants worth £150,000 and $10,000 cash were later found.

Puppy to support young children with learning disabilities

A 12-week-old puppy is set to join the team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust as part of an initiative to provide support to young children with learning disabilities.

Shoodle
BBC

Ebony, a cross breed of a poodle and shi-tzu, is being trained to be a therapy dog by members of the Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team at the Trust. 

Therapy dogs are used to support issues surrounding language and communication, reducing anxiety, and helping with depression and emotional regulation among other things.

There is an emerging evidence base to indicate that pet therapy is a low-tech, low-cost therapy that improves mood and is meaningful to hospital and community patients. It is, therefore, an exciting development for our team.

Tracey Hartley Smith Team Leader, Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire Police announce the appointment of a new chief constable
  • The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire officially opens the Heysham Link Road later
  • A nine-year-old girl suffers a broken leg when she is hit by a car in Blackpool

Elephant takes to the streets of Blackpool

To celebrate World Book Day, the team from the play Running Wild have been taking Oona the elephant for a wander around Blackpool.

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Blackburn mixed martial arts champion to make UFC return

Michael Bisping, who is from Blackburn, will fight Canadian Georges St-Pierre later this year in his return to UFC after three years on the sidelines.

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Lancashire Police given good rating by HMIC

Lancashire Police has been rated good by the HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, one down from the top rating of outstanding.

Police car
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The HMIC, which oversees policing standards, examined the effectiveness of police in England and Wales, and evaluated forces in four different areas.

They looked into the effectiveness of the force at preventing crime, protecting vulnerable people and tackling serious and organised crime among other things.

Despite the good rating, the inspectorate identified some areas which need improvement, including the supervision of case files, which it said was "inconsistent".

Probe into fire at house in Blackburn

An investigation is under way into a fire at a house in Blackburn last night.

Buncer Lane, Blackburn
Google

Firefighters were called to the property in Buncer Lane at about 19:00 after fears someone may be trapped.

They searched the semi-detached house but no-one was inside.

Residents of the house next door were evacuated for a short time.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Lancashire Police announce the appointment of a new chief constable
  • The Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire officially opens the Heysham Link Road later
  • A puppy joins a team at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust to help support young children with learning disabilities

Scientists still unsure about cause of Lancashire’s crypto contamination

Lancashire Post

A year-and-a-half after the dangerous bug cryptosporidium was found in the county’s mains supplies, a local MP is demanding urgent answers.

Boy, 15, missing from Carnforth

A 15-year-old boy has been reported missing from Carnforth.

Kyson Kanesh
Lancashire Constabulary

Kyson Kanesh, originally from Blackpool, was last seen on 21 February after leaving an address in Lancaster Road in the early hours of the morning.

There have been two unconfirmed sightings of the teenager in Bury and Manchester Piccadilly Station on the day he went missing.

He is about 5ft 7ins, of slim build and was last seen wearing a black jacket, a grey tracksuit and a dark grey beanie hat.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact them.

£140m Heysham link road to be officially opened

The £140m Heysham link road will be officially opened this afternoon.

Heysham Link Road
Lancashire County Council

It was due to be opened by Princess Alexandra but she pulled out because of an injury. 

The ceremony will now be carried out by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, Lord Shuttleworth.

He will unveil a commemorative plaque at the beginning of the road, which was opened to traffic last October , close to J34 of the M6.

Lancashire Police announce new chief constable

The new chief constable of Lancashire Police has been announced.

New chief constable
Lancashire Constabulary

The force's deputy chief constable Andy Rhodes will take up the post following the retirement of Steve Finnigan - the UK's longest-serving chief constable.

Mr Finnigan, who has led Lancashire Constabulary for 11 years, will stand down in June.

Mr Rhodes was appointed following a two-day interview process supported by the College of Policing.

This is the proudest moment of my career. It’s a challenging and exciting role and I cannot wait to get started.

Andy Rhodes

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • The new chief constable of Lancashire Police is announced 
  • Heysham link road will be officially opened by the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire Lord Shuttleworth
  • Lancashire Police is rated "good" for overall effectiveness by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary

Weather: Rain with a chance of snow

BBC Weather

Rain with spells of sunshine, and the possibility of snow in some parts. Turning drier through the day. Highs of 8C. 

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