A breezier afternoon, with showers in some parts overnight, but drier conditions will develop in the early hours.
Showers will continue for a time overnight, but drier conditions will develop in the early hours. Clear spells will form, allowing for a touch of frost. Lows of 4C.
Preston is one of 12 cities across the UK hosting a Chinese Film Festival this month.Copyright: BBC
The festival, which celebrates film and culture from China, will be held at the University of Lancashire and is free to attend.
One of the films being shown at the 15 March festival is Operation Mekong, a Chinese-Hong Kong crime action film.Quote Message: We are looking forward to bringing our Chinese Film Festival to Preston to showcase Chinese culture to a range of people there. from Patrick Alexander Head of Marketing, Manchester Airport
Two friends are embarking on a non-stop journey from John O' Groats to Lands Ends to raise funds for North West Blood Bikes.Copyright: North West Blood Bikes Lancs & Lakes
The organisation, staffed entirely by volunteers, provides an out-of-hours service transporting urgent and emergency blood, platelets, samples and donor breast milk to local hospitals to save the NHS money.
Ian Woodburn and Calum Wilcock, who work together at The Royal Lancaster Infirmary, plan to raise money by riding their bikes on the 840-mile journey in May.
The pair will pay all their own petrol costs with 100% of the money raised going to the charity.Quote Message: A year ago, my father-in-law had a huge bleed which resulted in him needing 10 blood transfusions in the middle of the night. Without the volunteers from North West Blood Bikes that blood might not have been there so we owe a lot to them.” from Calum Wilcock Charity bike rider
- Police launch appeal to find man who exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl in Accrington
- Bus services on the Fylde and in Wyre receive a boost after Lancashire County Council secures extra funding
- Events aimed at tackling racism and promoting community cohesion are to take place in Preston
Police in Lancashire have issued a scam alert after residents reported a suspicious Facebook con.
An appeal has been launched after a man exposed himself to a 17-year-old girl in Accrington.Copyright: BBC
The incident took place close to the entrance of a pathway near to the junction of Kingsway and Talbot Road in Church at about 21:00 on Saturday.
The man is described as white, aged in his 30s to 40s, of a chubby build with light coloured hair. He was described as wearing a dark coat and baggy trousers.
Police have stepped up patrols in the ares area and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.
Bus services on the Fylde and in Wyre have received a boost after Lancashire County Council secured extra funding, allowing existing services to continue and new services to be introduced.Copyright: Ian Greig, geograph
The changes mean that Elswick and Great Eccleston will continue to have bus links following the 78 service being withdrawn on 20 February.
A new service, the number 75A, will run between Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton, Great Eccleston, Elswick, Kirkham and Preston every two hours.Quote Message: The bus services are important for ensuring people are well connected and can get around more easily and I would encourage people to support them. from John Fillis County councillor
A gin tasting event is coming to Accrington in June and will feature more than 100 artisan gins.
Events aimed at tackling racism and promoting community cohesion are to be held in Preston later this month.Copyright: David Dixon, geograph
The first, at UCLAN, will feature the Standing Together Against Racism Choir, made up of pupils from local schools, and the second will involve community groups and organisations celebrating the city's cultural life with live music and performances.
Both events - organised by by Lancashire County Council and the University of Central Lancashire - will mark the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March.Quote Message: These events will see the participation of many talented children and young people who have the right to feel safe and valued regardless of race, religion or culture. I hope that people will support them." from Councillor Matthew Brown Preston City Council
A woman has found one of thousands of notes with positive messages left in various locations across the county.Copyright: Surprise Scribbles
Emma Beetham, from Preston, found one of the "surprise scribbles", which are handwritten postcards with positive notes.
The anonymous "scribbler" said the idea is for the random act of kindness to give the person who finds them a boost, and then to share that on social media.
Over the past two years, there have been more than 2,250 notes written and left in various places to be discovered.Quote Message: It really made my day, it was delightful. I couldn't wait to share it on my Facebook. from Emma Beetham Recipient of note
There's been a landslip on the railway line between Sowerby Bridge and Halifax today.
Network Rail says the problems are likely to last until early afternoon.
In the meantime, it's worth keeping an eye on the Northern Twitter feed for any amendments to services between Blackpool and Manchester to Leeds and York.
- Police investigate after a shot was fired at the window of a house in Burnley
- Events aimed at tackling racism and promoting community cohesion will take place in Preston
- A woman from Preston finds one of thousands of anonymous notes with positive messages left across the county to promote kindness
A routine trip to the Royal Preston Hospital turned into a parking nightmare for disabled husband and wife Nick and Jeanette Rawcliffe.
Organisers of the annual Preston Caribbean Carnival have raised concerns over its future due to a lack of funding.Copyright: Preston Caribbean Carnival
Organisers must raise £20,000 for the event, which is in its 43rd year and takes place in June.
The treasurer of the carnival, Carol Nevins, said it is looking at different ways to fund this year's event including doing a skydive.
As well as applying for Arts Council funding, the committee is also looking to work with a range of organisations including the University of Central Lancashire to ensure this year's carnival goes ahead.
About 3,500 people in the North West die prematurely as a result of being exposed to air pollution, a study has revealedCopyright: Getty Images
According to the research carried out by Lancaster University, particles from pollution could also be affecting our brains and contributing to diseases like Alzheimers.
The Department of Environment and Rural Affairs regularly monitors air quality and said one of the many issues is people keeping their engines running, which can produce almost double the exhaust emissions.
NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, is encouraging local councils to set up anti-idling zones in order to help reduce the air pollution.Quote Message: There are some hotspots across the county but thankfully much of this can be prevented and something can be done...from individuals to local authorities. from Sakthi Karunanithi Director of Public Health for Lancashire
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Traffic lights are not working in Burnley Road at Bacup Road in Walk Mill due to a power outage in the area. Motorists are advised to approach with care.
The utility company is aware of the issue.
Shocked customers of a major energy company have received an apology after malfunctioning smart meters said they would be charged up to £33,000 for one day's power.
- Police investigate after a gun was fired through the window of a house in Burnley
- About 3,500 people in the North West die prematurely due to air pollution according to a Lancaster University study
- Organisers of the Preston Caribbean Carnival say the event is under threat due to a lack of funding
A gun fired through the window of a house could be linked to an earlier disturbance involving a number of people who were seen with knives, police have said.Copyright: Google
Police were called to a property in Stroyan Street, Burnley, at about 15:00 on Saturday after reports a shot was fired through a front window. No-one was injured.
It is believed the shooting may be linked to a disturbance outside an address in Brockenhurst Street involving a group who were seen with knives at about 12:00.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.