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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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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

    You can contact us via  emailFacebook  or  Twitter.

  2. 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.

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    Video caption: Dry at first this evening, but rain possible later in the night. Highs of

    Highs of 5C.

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  3. 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

    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.

  4. 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

    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.

    Quote Message: 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. from Kathy Edge Librarian, Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
    Kathy Edge Librarian, Lancaster Girls' Grammar School
  5. 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
  6. Football: Burnley sign World Cup winner's grandson

    BBC Sport

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

    Ron Flowers

    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.

  7. Sharkie nabs fleeing van driver

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

    Sharkie the police dog

    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.

  8. 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

    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.

    Quote Message: 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. from Mike Blackburn Chairman, BT’s North West regional board
    Mike Blackburn Chairman, BT’s North West regional board
  9. 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

    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.

  10. 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

    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.

    Quote Message: 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. from Tracey Hartley Smith Team Leader, Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team
    Tracey Hartley Smith Team Leader, Learning Disability and Complex Needs Team
  11. 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
  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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

    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".

  15. 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

    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.

  16. 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