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  1. Updates on Monday 20 March
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Tuesday

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

Weather: Clear spells and scattered showers

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A cooler afternoon with rain in some parts. A colder night than of late, with clear spells and scattered showers. Lows of 3C.

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Boy, 11, dies in Lancaster house fire

An 11-year-old boy died in a house fire , police have said.

Cem Bora
Lancashire Constabulary

Cem Bora was trapped after a blaze broke out inside a property in Coniston Road, Lancaster, at about 04:50 GMT on Sunday.

A 12-year-old boy and a man aged 18 who were in the house at the time managed to escape. They remain in hospital for treatment.

Police said Cem lived in another house in Coniston Road. An investigation into how the fire started has begun.

The 12-year-old boy is "extremely poorly" but in a stable condition and the injuries suffered by the 18-year-old man are not thought to be serious.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An 11-year-old boy died in fatal house fire in Lancaster at the weekend, say police
  • There is 'insufficient evidence' to charge anyone over the death of baby boy at Freckleton vicarage in 2014, say prosecutors
  • Police launch an appeal for witnesses after two men were assaulted in a bar in Accrington

No charges over vicarage baby death, say prosecutors

There is "insufficient evidence" to charge anyone over the death of a baby at a Lancashire vicarage in 2014, say prosecutors.

Freckleton
BBC

When 30-year-old Ruth Percival gave birth in a downstairs bathroom of the vicarage in Freckleton, her father, Rev James Percival, 66, came in to help. 

He had told police that the infant, later named Jonathan, had appeared "sallow and lifeless" and and that he was "obviously deceased".  

The inquest was halted in October last year, and the case referred to prosecutors after a doctor said the baby could have survived with resuscitation.

Both Ruth and James Percival were initially arrested on suspicion of murder and conspiracy to conceal the birth of a child.

The CPS said today "there remains insufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for a criminal prosecution".

Blackpool plans £25m history museum at Winter Gardens

A £25m museum celebrating the history of Blackpool over the past 150 years has been planned for the resort.

Museum
Buttress

The Museum of Blackpool would be based inside the Horseshoe and Pavilion areas of the Winter Gardens and feature artefacts, films, music and theatre.

It would include more than 800 exhibits showcasing the "strong personality which is true to the lively spirit of Blackpool".

A planning application has been submitted to Blackpool Council.

Ribchester flood barriers to be tested

Teams from the Environment Agency (EA) will be testing the temporary flood barriers in Ribchester.

River Ribble, Ribchester
Philip Platt, geograph

The barriers are used to reduce the impact of flooding to homes and businesses, as well as the clean-up required after a flood.  

The EA has a total of 40km of temporary barriers and 250 high volume pumps, stored around the country.

The exercise will take place on Wednesday morning.

Men left with facial injuries after Accrington bar attack

Two men were left with facial injuries after being assaulted at a bar in Accrington.

Voodoo Lounge
Google

The two 34 year olds were attacked two men at the Voodoo Lounge in Willow Street at about 05:10 on 5 March.

One man suffered a number of injuries including a serious cut under his eye, while the second victim suffered a black eye.

A 23-year-old man, from Accrington, arrested on suspicion of assault has been bailed until 27 April .  

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Average speed cameras to go live in Preston

Average speed check cameras on the first of eight routes across Lancashire will go live this week.

London Road, Preston
Google

The cameras on London Road, Preston will be activated on Thursday, and will calculate the average speed of vehicles by measuring the time taken to travel between fixed points.

Average speed cameras are more common on motorways rather than rural roads, and the scheme is Lancashire's first.

Lancashire Road Safety Partnership gave the scheme the go ahead last year, and the chosen routes were announced in January.

“With the first route now set to go live, we want road users to comply with the limit and play their role in making our roads safer for everyone. We know that during our test phase over the past few weeks, an average of 100 motorists a day would have been detected speeding by the cameras.

Tim Jacques Assistant Chief Constable, Lancashire Constabulary

Plans for £25m museum telling the 'Blackpool Story'

Plans have been submitted for a £25m museum in Blackpool focusing on the seaside resort.

Blackpool Museum
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The museum will be a "visitor attraction and theatre, filled with artefacts, film, music and performance" focusing on local heritage, telling the "Blackpool Story".

An application, submitted last week, for the Blackpool Museum project includes alterations to Pavillion and Horseshoe areas and the creation of a new entrance to Adelaide Street.

Blackpool Council will invest about £2m, it has bid for £15m in to Heritage Lottery Fund and the remaining £8m will be made up of donations.

Not only will this museum be a great addition to our long list of top-class attractions, it will also create real, full-time jobs and bring even more people in to the Winter Gardens to spend money.

Simon Blackburn,Leader of Blackpool Council

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Police launch an appeal for witnesses after two men were assaulted at a bar in Accrington
  • Average speed cameras will to go live in Preston later this week
  • Plans are submitted for a new museum in Blackpool focusing on local heritage

Bridge works delays Broughton bypass by five months

The construction of a new bypass is five months behind schedule due to delays caused by bridge works.

Broughton bypass
BBC

Work on the £24m Broughton bypass began in January last year to create a new route from the roundabout at junction 1 of the M55, to the A6 north of the village.

Unexpected problems have put the plans behind schedule and work to link it to the existing A6 is also leading to significant delays.

The delays were caused because of the bridge. We have to hit rock to give a real solid base because this is meant to last for at least a hundred years. Unfortunately the rock was much deeper than we thought, so as such, we had to increase the size of the pylons, which caused the delay.

John Fillis Cabinet member for Transport, Lancashire County Council

Schools at 'breaking point' due to funding shortfall

Concerns have been raised that schools in Lancashire could feel the impact of an estimated £3bn shortfall in the government's education budget.

Classroom
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The National Association of Headteachers said class sizes in primary schools could rise and some GCSE and A-level subjects could be axed from the curriculum, which would equate to losing an average of £440 per pupil.

School budgets are being pushed beyond breaking point. The government's £3bn real terms cut to education funding must be reversed or we will see education and care suffer. Already heads are being forced to cut staff, cut the curriculum and cut specialist support.

Russell HobbyGeneral Secretary, NAHT

The union's figures are fundamentally misleading. They ignore the fact that school funding is driven by pupil numbers and, as pupil numbers rise, the amount of money schools receive will also increase.

SpokespersonDepartment for Education

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Schools are at "breaking point" due to funding shortfall, says a teachers' union
  • "Unexpected delays" put the completion of Broughton bypass behind schedule by about five months, says Lancashire County Council
  • The National Police Air Service's Warton base completes its last flight ahead of its closure at the end of the month

Severe accident: M55 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, at J1 for A6.

M55 Lancashire - Stationary traffic on M55 eastbound at J1, A6 (Fulwood), because of a rolling road-block and a multi-vehicle accident.

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

Last flight at National Police Air Service's Warton base

The last flight at the National Police Air Service's (NPAS) Warton base has taken place as the final operational shift took place ahead if its closure at the end of the month.

Police Helicopter
National Police Air Service

The service announced in 2014 that it was required to make cuts of 14%, along with other areas of policing, and earmarked eight of its bases for closure .

The three year plan included the imminent closures of NPAS bases Warton, Wattisham and Durham Tees Valley.

Lancashire will now be covered by a base in Barton, Manchester, where NPAS said "a couple" of staff from Warton will be transferred.

I would like to thank my staff at NPAS Warton, Wattisham and Durham Tees Valley for their consistently high levels of professionalism...All three bases leave behind a proud heritage in police air support and the staff at those bases have made highly significant contributions to keeping the public safe over their many years of service.

Ch Supt Tyron Joyce Chief Operating Officer, NPAS

Community cohesion project in Pendle hoping for funding boost

Lancashire Telegraph

Supporters of one of East Lancashire's largest-ever community cohesion efforts are waiting to hear whether  funding for a £550,000 extension  will be granted.

Severe disruption: M55 Lancashire eastbound

BBC News Travel

M55 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, at M6.

M55 Lancashire - M55 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic eastbound at M6.

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

Dancing the lonely blues away with Just Good Friends

Loneliness and isolation can be hard for older people but one club in Lancashire is helping to lift this gloom.

Just Good Friends, which was formed four years ago in St Annes, offers a wide range of activities and even promises to help people fulfil their ambitions.

Investigation into fatal house fire continues

An investigation is continuing into the cause of a house fire in Lancaster in which a person died.

Coniston Road
Google

Emergency services were called to the house in Coniston Road at about 04:50 on Sunday, and five fire teams were involved in extinguishing the fire.

One person died, and the fire is currently being treated as "unexplained".

A joint investigation by Lancashire Police and the fire service has been launched.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • Schools in Lancashire could see an estimated £3bn shortfall in the government's education budget by 2020, warn head teachers
  • An investigation continues this morning into a fatal house fire in Lancaster yesterday
  • Plans are submitted for a £25m museum in Blackpool celebrating the history of the resort

Weather: Cold and wet

BBC Weather

Heavy rain in some parts, clearing up in the afternoon. It will feel cold and breezy.

Highs of 9C.

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