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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 26 August
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we will be back after the bank holiday from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

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Weather: Dry tonight with clear periods

BBC Weather

A much drier and brighter day than yesterday with some decent sunny spells.

Weather forecast for Friday 26 August

It will be be mostly dry with clear periods overnight, winds will become light again allowing perhaps the odd mist or fog patch in some locations.

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Football: Blackburn sign Williams and Hoban

BBC Sport

Blackburn Rovers have signed defender Derrick Williams for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal from Bristol City, while Tommie Hoban has joined on a season-long loan from Watford.  

Tommie Hoban and Derrick Williams
Rex Features

The pair arrive at Ewood Park following centre-half Shane Duffy's departure to Brighton for an undisclosed fee.

Football: Burnley set for Chelsea trip

Burnley look set to revert to the team that beat Liverpool in the Premier League last weekend when they meet Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Sean Dyche
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche

You can hear commentary from 15:00 on Saturday on BBC Radio Lancashire.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A 25-year-old woman is in a critical condition after falling from a block of flats in Preston - a man is arrested
  • A lorry driver is killed in a crash on the M61 
  • A father and son from Blackburn who raised more than £100,000 for charity are nominated for an award

Woman 'critical' after fall from Preston flats

A 29-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman fell from a high rise block of flats in Preston.

Sandown Court
Google

Emergency services were called to Sandown Court in Avenham about 08:00 this morning. 

They found a 25-year-old woman with serious injuries after she appeared to have fallen from an apartment on the eighth floor. 

She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital where her condition is described as critical. 

Police say they're treating the incident as unexplained.

Blackpool set for extreme sport display

The UK's only base jumping festival is coming to Blackpool this weekend. 

Base jumping
BBC

Eighty of the worlds best base jumpers will gather on the resort's seafront tomorrow as they prepare to leap from a specially-erected 480ft (146m) crane

Base jumping is considered to be the one of the most dangerous extreme sports in the world.

BBC News: A beginner's guide to wingsuit base jumping

Rhythm and blues festival gets under way in Colne

One of the county's biggest annual music festival starts today.

Colne Blues Festival
BBC

Thousands of people are expected to attend Colne's Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival over the next four days. 

The event, which features sets this year from Wilko Johnson and Nine Below Zero, has grown in popularity over the past 27 years.

Cricket: Lancashire 'must learn lessons' from Surrey defeat

Lancashire's Alviro Petersen believes they have to learn from their heavy defeat to Surrey earlier.

Alviro Petersen

The Red Rose lost by 10 wickets at the Oval after just over an hour on the fourth day of the Championship match, before Surrey reached a modest target of 38 to beat them by 10 wickets earlier.

Petersen says it has been a tough week but one they have to bounce back from.

Crane chicks born at nature reserve

Three African crowned crane chicks have hatched at a nature reserve in Burscough. 

Crane chicks born at Martin Mere

The chicks were born at Martin Mere, a wetland reserve managed by the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust.

Football: Blackburn defender Duffy joins Brighton

BBC Sport

Brighton have signed Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy from Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.

Shane Duffy
Rex Features

The 24-year-old centre-back has agreed a four-year contract with the Seagulls.

Duffy, who turned down a new deal at Ewood Park earlier this month, scored seven goals in 69 appearances during two years with Rovers.

Second lane opens on the M61 following earlier crash

Charity fundraisers nominated for national award

A father and son from Blackburn who have raised more than £100,000 for charity have been nominated for an award.

Car karaoke star Ted McDermott, 79, goes viral

Ted McDermott, 79, who is suffering from Alzheimer's, and his son, Simon, have become internet stars singing carpool karaoke in the Songaminute Man videos.

They have been raising money for the Alzheimer's Society and will now go forward for JustGiving's Creative Fundraiser of the Year award.

Latest headlines for Lancashire

  • A lorry driver dies after his vehicle hit wooden fencing on the M61 near Rivington Services
  • An announcement on the future of a number of libraries and buildings threatened with closure across Lancashire is set to be made this afternoon
  • Thousands of people are expected to attend the annual Colne Rhythm and Blues Festival, which gets under way today

Lawnmower prompts Northern Lights alert

A lawnmower has been blamed for wrongly triggering sensors that predict when the Northern Lights will be visible in the UK.

The Northern Lights
AP

A red alert issued via the Aurora Watch mailing list was withdrawn after sensor readings were found to be "spurious".

An investigation revealed a lawnmower had got too close to one sensor, triggering a "massive spike" in data.

The bogus alert was issued during the afternoon of 23 August, after a magnetometer at Lancaster University recorded a surge in geomagnetic activity.  

Appeal after cyclist dies in Bacup crash

An appeal has been made for witnesses to a fatal road crash in Bacup.

Newchurch Road in Bacup
Google

A 56-year-old cyclist from Helmshore was hit by a car as he turned right from Newchurch Road into New Line on Wednesday evening.

He was taken to hospital, but died later from his injuries.

Council set to announce recommendations on future of county's libraries

The future of a number of libraries and other buildings threatened with closure will be announced later today.

Lancashire County Council
BBC

Lancashire County Council will make its recommendations following a 12-week public consultation.

In May, it was announced 29 libraries and 35 buildings used by children centres were at risk as part of cuts at County Hall.