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  1. Updates on Friday 10 March
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates to resume at 07:00 on Monday

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  1. Gary Rose

    BBC Sport


    Gary Rose

    BBC Sport

    Emre Can's fourth goal of the season ends Burnley's resistance as a below-par Liverpool strengthen their place in the top four.

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  2. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 07:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the region.

  3. Weather: Staying cloudy with a chance of rain

    BBC Weather

    Overnight it's going to remain mostly cloudy however there will be a few cloud breaks around at times.  

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    Video caption: Cloud thickening later with chance of drizzly showers. Lows of 8C overnight.

    By dawn thicker cloud along with some rain will move towards the north of the county. Lows of 9C.

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  4. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Police in Lancashire have revealed that 77 drivers have been caught using their phone behind the wheel since new penalties were introduced
    • Lancashire County Council are to hand over more buildings to community groups in an attempt to save money due to government cuts
    • The  Found in Blackburn  project features a series of artworks exhibited throughout the coming month and will begin on 11 March
  5. 'Found in Blackburn' exhibition launches across the town

    The Found in Blackburn project features a series of artworks exhibited throughout the coming month and will begin on 11 March.

    Images on The Mall in Blackburn

    The project takes a look at some of the Blackburn's empty buildings and hidden treasures, alongside memories of people who used to, and continue to, inhabit these spaces.

    Their memories form a starting point for considering what the future of these buildings could be and what local people want for future of their town. 

    Found in Blackburn is curated and managed by Sophie Skellern.

  6. Bridges in Lancashire 'substandard'

    Analysis of data received from local highway authorities showed that Lancashire was the seventh worst area for having substandard bridges. 

    Table of figures

    The RAC Foundation discovered that, of 1,476 bridges around the county, 93 bridges in total - equivalent to 6% - are unsuitable for 44-tonne vehicles.

    According to figures, 66 of those bridges will be returned to full load capacity in the next five years.

    Blackpool came out worst in Lancashire with five out of its 21 bridges classed as unsuitable for HGVs.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M61 Lancashire southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M61 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J9 for M65 and J8 for A674.

    M61 Lancashire - One lane closed on M61 southbound between J9, M65 (Clayton Brook) and J8, A674 (Chorley), because of large plastic pipping on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Police are appealing for witnesses of an attack in Preston city centre where a 26-year-old man was injured
    • Lancashire County Council will  hand over three libraries and three council buildings to community organisations 
    • The Found in Blackburn project launches in the town, exploring the history and future of the area through a series of specially commissioned artworks
  9. Weather: Cloudy with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy day with some rain and drizzle towards the west of the county. 

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    Video caption: Cloudy with occasional sunny spells

    The sun will break through periodically, making the temperature feel quite mild. Highs of 12C. 

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  10. Bishop of Blackburn wants answers over women priests row

    The Bishop of Blackburn has said Church of England has questions to answer about its arrangements to deal with Bishops who will not ordain women.

    The Right Reverend Julian Henderson

    The Right Reverend Julian Henderson was speaking after the Bishop of Burnley turned down a promotion after fellow clergy in his new diocese objected to his stance against ordaining women priests.

    Philip North said he had withdrawn for "personal reasons" but added the "attacks" against him were "extremely hard".

    The Archbishop of York urged members to "disagree Christianly".

    Quote Message: A lot of us are very anxious and saddened by what has happened because the campaign gathered momentum. from Rt Rev Julian Henderson Bishop of Blackburn
    Rt Rev Julian HendersonBishop of Blackburn
  11. Police appeal to find 'callous' Preston attacker

    Officers are appealing for witnesses after a 26-year-old man was attacked in Preston city centre.

    Queen Street in Preston

    The man was walking along the pavement of Queen Street near to the junction with Manchester Road when he passed two men at about 15:00 on Tuesday, 7 March.

    It is believed that one of the men struck the victim over the head with a bottle leaving him with a two-inch cut.

    A 19-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of wounding. He has been released on bail, pending further enquiries. 

    A second man, who has not been traced, is described as white, skinny build, wearing a grey jumper and blue jeans. He is about 5ft 3in (1.6m) tall and has short hair.

    Quote Message: This was an unprovoked and callous attack on a defenceless individual. The offenders have approached the victim before carrying out a cowardly assault from behind. We are particularly keen to identify the second male. from Det Sgt Jerry Sturgess Preston CID
    Det Sgt Jerry SturgessPreston CID
  12. A new chapter for Lancashire libraries

    Three more libraries are to be handed to the community with financial support  from Lancashire County Council in a move to save money.

    County Hall in Preston

    Under the latest plans, Silverdale Library will be transferred to the parish council and Pike Hill Library in Burnley given to the Veterans Association as part of a move to develop independent community-run libraries.

    And Kirkham Library is being passed to Kirkham Town Council.

    Meanwhile, three other council buildings are to be handed over to community groups to help the authority make savings.

    Thornton Youth and Community Centre will be transferred to Wyre District Scouts to use as its headquarters; Belmont Community Association will take on the community centre and Burscough parish council is setting up a trust to run the former interchange building.

    Last year, the council reduced the number of buildings it owns and rents  because of government cuts.

  13. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Lancashire will receive an extra £63.5m pounds in social care funding over the next three years from government 
    • Burnley has been identified as Lancashire's fly-tipping hotspot with the highest number of incidents  from 2015 to 2016
    • The government is to look into why a report into the contamination of water supplies in Lancashire 18 months ago has still not been published
  14. Government to look into Lancashire water bug report delay

    The government is to look into why a report into the contamination of water supplies in Lancashire 18 months ago has still not been published.

    Franklaw water treatment works

    Around 300,000 homes in Blackpool, Preston, and Chorley had to boil drinking water for three weeks in August 2015 after supplies were contaminated with the microbe Cryptosporidium.

    The Conservative MP for Fylde Mark Menzies told the Commons the delay was unacceptable. 

    Leader of the Commons, David Lidington, said he was "surprised" and promised to raise the issue with Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom.

  15. Burnley identified as Lancashire's fly-tipping hotspot

    Fly-tipping in Lancashire is costing councils around the county more than £2m.

    The highest number of incidents of waste being left on the streets was recorded in Burnley,  according to official figures.

    Litter on street

    Across the borough, there were 5,962 incidents costing the council £317,602 to clear up. 

    South Ribble saw the lowest amount of fly-tipping with just 476 incidents.

    Quote Message: We take a zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping which has seen Burnley become one of the leading areas in the country for prosecuting offenders. We encourage residents to tell us about fly-tipping so that we can go out and clear it as quickly as possible.
    Quote Message: Unfortunately, it’s the vast majority of people who get rid of their rubbish responsibly that have to pay for the actions of the mindless minority. from Spokesperson for Burnley Council
    Spokesperson for Burnley Council
  16. Darwen pedal car Grand Prix scrapped

    Lancashire Telegraph

    A major event which has been running in Darwen for the past seven years will no longer be staged due to poor attendance last year, according to the Town Council.

  17. Blackburn sex trafficking trio jailed

    Three men have been jailed for human trafficking and sexual exploitation despite their victims refusing to make complaints against them.

    Cristian Vasile, Cristian Stan and Ionut Stan

    Two Romanian women, aged in their 20s, were found in a house in Accrington Road, Blackburn in May last year

    Christian Vasile, 34, Christian Stan, 31, and Ionut Stan, 32, (pictured l-r)  admitted trafficking the women and using them in brothels around Lancashire. 

    Lancashire Police said Vasile was the ringleader, setting up adverts on websites, arranging the wording and photographs and dealing with the payments.

    Accrington Road in Blackburn

    Sentences in full

    • Cristian Vasile, 34, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited, keeping a brothel used for prostitution, and causing prostitution for gain and was sentenced to five years
    • Ionut Stan, 32, of Accrington Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited and was sentenced to two years and four months
    • Cristian Stan, 31, of Accrington Road, Blackburn pleaded guilty to facilitating the travel of another person with a view to them being sexually exploited and was sentenced to three years and two months
  18. Latest headlines for Lancashire