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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 August
  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 will be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Football: Fleetwood striker signs new contract

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A woman is rescued from a river in Rossendale by firefighters using special ladder equipment
  • An Indian restaurant in Greenhalgh is fined after admitting eight hygiene and two health and safety charges
  • Sawley's Jon Schofield wins a silver medal in the men's K2 sprint at the Olympics in Rio

Olympics 2016: Lancashire success continues in Rio

Football: Garner money 'will be used for players' if deal goes through

The Preston manager Simon Grayson says any money from Joe Garner's potential transfer to Rangers will go to recruiting new players.

Simon Grayson with the latest on Joe Garner's potential move to Rangers

Grayson says any move will be discussed by Garner, his agent and representatives.

The 28-year-old forward moved to Deepdale in January 2013.

Student offers encouragement to fellow sufferers with mental health problems

Claire Ashmore

Reporter, BBC Radio Lancashire

A Lancashire teenager who has battled mental health issues has urged fellow sufferers to not "let the condition stop you".

Lotte is urging students who are struggling with mental health issues not to give up

Straight A student Lotte Gleeson from Pendle spent six months dealing with anxiety that made studying and socialising difficult. 

The 18-year-old who studied at Nelson and Colne College will head to Oxford next month to study Physics after getting A* in Maths, Further Maths and Chemistry and an A in Physics.

Woman rescued from Rossendale river

A woman has been rescued from a river in Rossendale.

Peers Clough Road

Firefighters used a special ladder to pull her from the water, after she became stuck in the section at Peers Clough Road just before midnight last night.

She is currently in hospital after being treated by paramedics at the scene.

Weather: Remaining warm and dry this afternoon

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will remain warm and dry this afternoon with fairly light winds.

Weather forecast for Thursday 18 August

A fine evening with some late sunny spells, then some clear spells at first. 

It will cloud over later with a few spots of light rain during the early hours.

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Travel: Vehicle fire causes M55 delays

BBC Travel

There is slow moving traffic on the westbound M55 between Junction 1, Fulwood, and Junction 3, Kirkham, because of a vehicle fire.

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Rio Olympics 2016: Canoe silver for Lancashire's Schofield

BBC Lancashire Sport

Lancashire canoeist Jon Schofield has won silver in the men's K2 200m final at the Olympics in Rio.

Jon Schofield and Liam Heath
Team GB

Sawley-born Schofield and teammate Liam Heath finished behind the team from Lithuania.

Dan Agyei

Coventry City sign striker Dan Agyei on loan from Premier League side Burnley until 17 January.

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Restaurant fined over hygiene offences

An Indian restaurant in Lancashire has been fined after admitting eight hygiene offences and two health and safety charges.

Ashiana restaurant

The Ashiana restaurant and takeaway on Fleetwood Road in Greenhalgh, near Kirkham was taken to court by Fylde Council. 

It was ordered to pay out more than £7,000 in fines and court costs at Blackpool Magistrates.

Skelmersdale firefighters tweet support for Great Britain's women's hockey team

Skelmersdale firefighters have tweeted support for Great Britain's women's hockey team as they reach their first final with a 3-0 win over New Zealand in Rio.

They face the Netherlands in Friday's final at 21:00.  

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Nursing student hopes to make difference in people's lives

A-level results have been released across Lancashire with one Nelson-based student hoping her success will fulfil her "dream of making a difference in the lives of those who need it the most".

Nelson and Colne College students
Nelson and Colne College students

Anisha Javed secured top grades in Biology, Psychology and Sociology.

She won a place to study nursing at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston.

The 18-year-old also completed her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award during her time at Nelson and Colne College.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • An Indian restaurant in Greenhalgh has been fined after admitting eight hygiene offences and two health and safety charges
  • A controversial horse fair is under way between Poulton and Blackpool which Wyre Borough Council says it has no way of stopping
  • An investigation is launched into the cause of a boat fire in Nelson

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Burnley student set for Cambridge with triple A* results

A Burnley College student is set to join a prestigious alumni of more than 30 Nobel Prize winners at the University of Cambridge after achieving triple A* A-level results.

Holly Welsby
Burnley College

Holly Welsby will read Psychological and Behavioural Science at Churchill College.

"Cambridge was my first choice university and I'm looking forward to beginning my studies.

"Burnley College is so brilliant that I've already recommended it to everyone."

Mystery over stolen Austrian trailer found in Bamber Bridge

Police are trying to solve the mystery of how a refrigerated trailer, reported stolen in Austria seven years ago, came to be found more than 1,000 miles away.

Lancashire Police

The 14m (45ft) tri-axle vehicle was discovered on Walton Summit Road in Bamber Bridge at about 06:00.

Lancashire Police said the trailer appeared to have been abandoned there for up to a month.

A search of the chassis number revealed it had gone missing in 2009.

Council given horse fair assurances

A controversial four-day horse fair starts in Lancashire today.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the event between Poulton and Blackpool - which the local authority says it has no way of stopping. 

Last year, it took place without the involvement of Wyre Council or police. 

The local council says it has had reassurances that horses will be kept off the main road next to the site to ensure minimal disruption.

Proud day for Burnley students after A-level results released

Campaign to improve playground facilities for disabled children

A campaign has been launched in East Lancashire by two mums who want to improve play facilities for children with disabilities.

Maxine Little explains why she wanted to get involved

Sarah Lewis and Maxine Little set up PLAY-4-UZ-2 to raise £1m for a specially designed playground at Hyndburn Sports Centre - the first of its kind in the North West.

Fire at derelict hotel 'started deliberately'

A fire at a derelict hotel in Blackpool last night is believed to have been started deliberately.

Palm Beach Hotel

Firefighters were called out to the three-storey Palm Beach Hotel building in New South Promenade in South Shore about 22:30.

No-one was in the property at the time.

Lancashire Fire and Rescue has launched an investigation and said initial findings suggest the fire was started deliberately.

Teen hopes 'dream' place at Oxford can inspire more students

A student from Nelson and Colne College who battled mental health for several years says she never imagined she would land a place at university, let alone one of the most prestigious in the country.


Lotte Gleeson achieved three A* grades and an A in Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics, and her "dream" offer to study Physics at the University of Oxford.

The 18-year-old now hopes her story will inspire others to believe in themselves.

I went to college and it really helped me. I was treated with more respect, I felt like more of a person, rather than someone who was able to get good grades.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A security guard suffered serious head injuries after he was hit by a bottle in Blackpool
  • A fire at a derelict hotel in Blackpool is believed to have been started deliberately
  • Students from across Lancashire are receiving their A-level results this morning

Football: Coyle confident change of fortune is close

BBC Lancashire Sport

The Blackburn manager Owen Coyle believes fortunes will quickly improve on the pitch.

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle

Rovers lost for the third straight league game under Coyle with a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff last night.

Defender Shane Duffy scored two own goals and was sent off in injury time. 

The result leaves Blackburn bottom of the Championship.

Travel: Accident closes slip road on M65

BBC Travel

An accident has closed one lane of the exit slip road at junction 2 of the M65.

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Plan to raise £1m for playground funding

A campaign to raise £1m to improve facilities for disabled children has been launched in Hyndburn.

Sarah Lewis and Maxine Little set up PLAY-4-UZ-2

The PLAY-4-UZ-2 scheme has been organised by two mums who are aiming to create a bespoke playground - the first of its kind in the northwest - which caters for all youngsters.

Cold as ice - or maybe not after seven years

A refrigerated trailer stolen from Austria in 2009 has been found more than 1,000 miles away near Preston.

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Security guard suffers head injuries in bottle attack

A security guard has suffered serious head injuries in an assault in Blackpool.


The 41-year-old was hit over the head with a bottle by a man he had suspected of stealing alcohol from the Sainsbury's store in Talbot Road on Tuesday night. 

The security guard remains in the Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A security guard suffers head injuries after being assaulted in Blackpool
  • Two mums from Hyndburn are trying to raise £1m for a new playground
  • A fire at a derelict hotel in Blackpool last night is believed to have been started deliberately

Weather: Warm and staying dry

Alexandra Hamilton

BBC Weather

It will be a fine start to the day, although there will be more fair weather cloud than in the past few days.

Weather forecast for Thursday 18 August 2016

It should still feel warm with fairly light winds, and will stay dry.

More from BBC Weather

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