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  1. Updates on Thursday 16 March
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday 17 March

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from across Lancashire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with more of the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Weather: Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

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    Cloudy and breezy with rain in some parts of the region.

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    Highs of 8C.

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  3. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Burnley players Tom Heaton and Michael Keane are named in England's squad to face Lithuania
    • A former racing driver from Fleetwood who lost most of his eyesight due to sporting injuries has his vision restored through high-tech glasses
    • Bird flu restrictions are lifted in the Pilling area after an outbreak in January which resulted in over 60,000 birds being culled
  4. Former racing driver's vision improved by new technology

    A Fleetwood man who damaged his eyes in sporting injuries says his vision has been hugely improved thanks to breakthrough technology.

    Bryan Casey

    Former racing driver Bryan Casey was left only able to see things as a blur following separate injuries.

    Now he has become the first man in the UK to test special new "eSight" glasses, which have a fitted camera that captures everything the user is looking at.

    It then enhances the pictures and displays them on two screens in front of the wearer's eyes.

    Quote Message: I thought they were going to be a load of rubbish, but as soon as I put them on it was just amazing. I saw my wife for the first time. Very very emotional. from Bryan Casey Former racing driver
    Bryan CaseyFormer racing driver
  5. Football: Burnley players named in England squad

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    Burnley's captain and goalkeeper Tom Heaton, and defender Michael Keane have been included in the England Squad .

    Tom Heaton

    Gareth Southgate named his first England team since becoming permanent manager

    They will face Germany away in a friendly before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on 26 March.

  6. Blackpool skipper selected to lead round-the-world race

    A yachtsman from Lancashire has been selected as one of the people to captain the largest ocean race on the planet later this year.

    Lance Shepherd

    Lance Shepherd, 53, from Blackpool, is one of twelve skippers picked to lead a team in the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race in August.

    Lance, a former Royal Marine, began sailing at the age of 14 with his local Scout group, and has followed the race since then.

    He said it is a "privilege" to have been selected, after passing a series of interviews and trials.

    Quote Message: Each ocean we cross will be challenging with its own set of characteristics but I am really looking forward to it.
  7. Bird flu restrictions in Wyre lifted

    Bird flu restrictions have been lifted in the Pilling area after an outbreak of the disease in January .

    Bird Flu

    A 10 km surveillance zone was introduced to limit the spread of the infection while the source was investigated. 

    Over 60,000 birds, including pheasants, partridges and ducks were culled in the area to contain the spread.

  8. Labour leader in Lancaster ahead of county council elections

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is on a visit to Lancashire as part of campaigning ahead of county council elections.

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    He is expected to speak about the importance of maintaining quality social care for the most vulnerable in the region.

    Lancashire County Council has had to make cuts of 62% to its budget since 2010, putting pressure on the council to deliver services in provisions including social care.

    Mr Corbyn is visiting Outrageous Ambition, a social enterprise care agency in Lancaster.

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  10. Football: Morecambe boss unhappy at Preston transfer deal

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    Morecambe manager Jim Bentley has questioned whether the club negotiated the best deal for striker Tom Barkhuizen when he  moved to Preston  in January.

    Tom Barkhuizen

    He has scored four goals in eight games since his move to the Lilywhites.

    Ex-Blackpool player Barkhuizen, 23, had  mutually cancelled  his deal at the Shrimps but the League Two side did get compensation for the transfer.

    "Let's not forget we've sold our best player who is now pulling up trees at Preston," said Bentley.

  11. Alston Hall Blaze: Scene of blaze 'now under control'

    The incident commander at the site of the fire says fire crews have worked hard through the night to control the blaze - and the area is now secure.

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  12. Robbery leaves shop worker "very shaken"

    A staff member at a newsagents in Leyland was left "very shaken" after being threatened with a makeshift imitation firearm during a robbery.

    CCTV images of robbery in Leyland

    It happened at Towngate News when the offender approached the male staff member and demanded cash from the till on Monday morning.

    The robber was described as about 5ft 8ins, wearing dark clothes and a hi-visibility vest with "Casey" on the back.  

    Police have released CCTV and are asking anyone with information to contact them.

  13. New 'high-tech' buses ready to roll in Blackpool

    Blackpool will soon have 25 new modern buses in operation, complete with wi-fi, USB charging points, and audio visual announcements. 

    New Blackpool buses

    Blackpool Council said the buses will be launched next month to serve some of the town's most popular routes.

    Quote Message: We are particularly proud of having responded to the needs of our disabled passengers who appreciate the low floor entry, wide access gangway and spacious wheelchair areas. from Jane Cole Managing director at Blackpool Transport
    Jane Cole Managing director at Blackpool Transport
  14. Latest headlines for Lancashire

    • Firefighters have launched an investigation into  the cause of a fire at Alston Hall  after the Grade II-listed building was severely damaged 
    • A staff member at a Leyland newsagents is left "very shaken" after being threatened with a weapon during a robbery, prompting a police appeal
    • A Blackpool skipper is selected to lead a round-the-world Yacht race in August