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  1. Updates on Wednesday 15 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates resume at 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: Becoming wet and windy tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy start with patchy light rain or drizzle, mainly over hills. The rain will turn heavier with blustery showers later in the afternoon.

Slightly cooler than today with highs of 11C.

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Bridge restoration plans revealed

Plans have been announced to restore a suspension bridge over the River Ribble.

Dinckley footbridge
Lancashire County Council

The Dinckley footbridge was closed after it was damaged during storms in December 2015. 

Lancashire County Council plans to replace the bridge in 2018, with preparatory surveys and design work due to take place later this year.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A "predatory" rapist is jailed for more than 20 years over a "horrific" attack on a 14-year-old girl at a flat in Thornton in 1996
  • A 25-year-old man is charged with four robberies and two attempted robberies in Blackpool over the weekend
  • Prince Charles will visit Clitheroe on Tuesday to meet independent traders and local food producers

Rapist jailed over girl's 1996 attack

A "predatory" rapist who plied a girl with alcohol before subjecting her to a " horrific ordeal " has been jailed for more than 20 years.  

John Tracey
Lancashire Police

John Tracey, of Station Road in Gillingham, Kent, denied raping the 14-year-old at a flat in Thornton, near Blackpool.

But the 42-year-old was found guilty at Preston Crown Court of the November 1996 attack and jailed for 10 years.

Man charged with Blackpool robberies

A man will appear in court later after being charged with four robberies and two attempted robberies in Blackpool over the weekend.

Luke Caddick, 25, from Lune Grove in the resort, is also accused of offences in connection with a stand-off with police on Caunce Street. 

A 16-year-old who was also arrested has been bailed.

Prince Charles to visit Clitheroe

Clitheroe is set for a royal visit on Tuesday.

Prince Charles
PA

Prince Charles will arrive in the town to meet independent traders and local food producers.

It will be his first visit to the area since 2003.

More details on road closures are available here .

Man jailed over rape of teen 20 years ago

A man has been jailed for 10 years after raping a girl at a flat on the Fylde 20 years ago.

John Tracey
Lancashire Police

John Tracey, of Station Road in Rainham, Gillingham attacked a 14-year-old girl in Thornton in November 1996.

The victim was given alcohol before Tracey sexually assaulted her.

Tracey was found guilty after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Tracey is clearly a predatory man who overpowered his victim at a former address in Thornton and subjected her to a horrific ordeal.

The victim has shown a tremendous amount of courage throughout this investigation and subsequent trial and I hope the result will allow her to begin to put this ordeal behind her and move forward with her life.

Det Con Emma Shuttleworth Lancashire Police’s Sexual Offenders Management Unit

Weather: Mild with periods of light rain overnight

BBC Weather

Cloud will thicken this evening and overnight to give some outbreaks of light rain and drizzle, especially over the hills. 

Weather
BBC

It will also feel mild with lows only down to 8C.

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Group to turn former club into cancer support centre

A cancer support group in East Lancashire will soon have a permanent base thanks to a legacy.

Barnoldswick and Earby's Bosom Friends Centre has been advising and supporting cancer patients for 17 years. 

Having been left money by a local man who died, the centre has bought a former working men's club.

Pair wanted after 'callous' theft from elderly woman in Nelson

CCTV images have been released of two people wanted in connection with the theft of hundreds of pounds from an elderly woman in Nelson.

CCTV image
Lancashire Police

The incident happened between 12:30 and 13:00 on 7 March when an 84-year-old woman used a cash machine inside Barclays Bank on Manchester Road. 

She was spotted by a man and woman who pretended to stand in the queue while the man observed her entering her PIN number.  

They then followed the woman to Age UK on Market Street where the victim realised her purse had been stolen. 

The man is believed to have gone back into the bank and used the card to withdraw about £700 in cash.

This was a callous theft from an elderly victim and we are keen to speak to the man and woman pictured in the CCTV images in connection with our enquiries. If anyone recognises them or has any information that could help to identify them I would urge them to get in touch with us.

PC Leah CrabtreeNelson Police

Anti-fracking protesters challenge government decision

A hearing over the government's decision to allow fracking at Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site in Little Plumpton is under way.

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Two separate legal challenges have been brought by members of Preston New Road Action Group and Lytham resident Gayzer Frackman who claim the decision is unlawful.

The hearing, which is expected to last three days, is taking place at the Civil Justice Centre in Manchester.

Follow the BBC's  Judy Hobson for the latest.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Residents in Little Plumpton are taking the government to court over its decision to allow fracking there
  • A 42-year-man is jailed for 10 years over the rape of a teenage girl in Thornton in 1996
  • Two people are wanted in connection with the "callous" theft of hundreds of pounds from an elderly woman in Nelson

Couple's wedding to be screened on Songs of Praise

A couple's wedding day at a hospital in Southport has been filmed for the BBC's religious programme, Songs of Praise.


          (From l-r) Kate Hart, Rev Martin Abrams, Aled Jones and Frank Heath
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust
(From l-r) Kate Hart, Rev Martin Abrams, Aled Jones and Frank Heath

Frank Heath, 72, and 69-year-old Kate Hart had initially planned a small wedding in a ward day room at Southport and District General Hospital, but it became a TV event when they agreed to let camera crews from the BBC's Songs of Praise programme film the day.

Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones said it was an "honour" to be involved.

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Football: 'Effort and desire' shines through after Blackburn draw - Mowbray

BBC Lancashire Sport

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray says last night's draw with Fulham was a result of his side's "effort and desire".

Rovers are unbeaten in six games since Mowbray replaced Owen Coyle at the helm of the Championship club.

Lucas Joao's injury-time equaliser moved Blackburn one point above the relegation zone.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

BBC News Travel

M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J34 for A683 and J33 for A6.

M6 Lancashire - One lane closed on M6 southbound between J34, A683 (Lancaster) and J33, A6 (Galgate), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Ambulance crews were called to 10,000 mental health-related incidents in Lancashire last year, figures obtained by BBC Radio Lancashire show
  • Two legal challenges to the government's decision to allow fracking for shale gas in Little Plumpton will be heard later
  • A cancer support group in Barnoldswick buys a former working men's club thanks to a bequest from a local man

Rodent infestations on rise across Preston

Lancashire Post

Work to refurbish Preston Bus Station has been hit by an invasion of rats and mice, it has been claimed.

Severe accident: A671 Lancashire both ways

BBC News Travel

A671 Lancashire both ways severe accident, between Hoyle Street and Millfold.

A671 Lancashire - A671 Market Street in Whitworth closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Hoyle Street junction and the Millfold junction, because of an accident.

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

Figures reveal number of ambulance call-outs for mental health issues

Ambulance crews in Lancashire attended about 10,000 mental health-related incidents last year, figures obtained by BBC Radio Lancashire have found.

Woman with head in hands
PA

It is estimated that about 330,000 people are living with a mental health condition in the county.

The figures were obtained after a request to the North West Ambulance Service.

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Protest group to challenge decision to allow fracking

Two of three legal challenges over the government's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire will be heard in Manchester later.

Fracking site
BBC

The challenges have been brought by members of the Preston New Road Action Group and Lytham resident Gayzer Frackman.

They are arguing the government acted unfairly when it overturned Lancashire County Council's refusal to grant permission to drill for shale gas.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Ambulance crews in Lancashire attended about 10,000 mental health-related incidents in 2016, according to figures obtained by BBC Radio Lancashire
  • Two legal challenges will be heard in Manchester later over the government's decision to allow fracking in Lancashire
  • Blackburn Rovers extended their unbeaten run under new manager Tony Mowbray in last night's draw against Fulham

Weather: Cloudy day with some bright spells

BBC Weather

It will be mostly cloudy today, although some brighter spells will develop at times. Some patchy light rain or drizzle is likely over the hills, but it will feel mild.

Highs today of 13C.

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