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  1. Updates on Friday 30 June

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    Severe accident: M65 Lancashire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire eastbound severe accident, from J6 for A678 Blackburn to J7 for A6185 Dunkenhalgh Way Rishton.

    M65 Lancashire - M65 blocked eastbound from J6, A678 (Blackburn) to J7, A6185 (Rishton), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: A589 Lancashire both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A589 Lancashire both ways severe accident, from B5273 Oxcliffe Road to Hillsea Avenue.

    A589 Lancashire - A589 Heysham Road in Heysham closed and slow traffic in both directions from the B5273 Oxcliffe Road junction to the Hillsea Avenue junction, because of an accident.

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

  3. How (and why) Strictly moves to Blackpool every year

    BBC Entertainment and Arts

    The judges get dressed in broom cupboards, the physio's treatment room is in the disabled toilet, and the props won't fit through the doors. But Strictly Come Dancing loves coming to Blackpool.

    Strictly pros dancing at Blackpool Tower Ballroom in 2016

    When you move Britain's biggest TV show to one of the country's most historic ballrooms, you have to make use of every available space.

    "We turn broom closets into dressing rooms for our cast. They literally are tiny little broom closets," explains Strictly's line producer Kate Jones, who is in charge of all the backstage logistics.

    Read more about the show's links to the town here

  4. Strictly's Joe Sugg prepares to dance in Blackpool

    Joe Sugg and dance partner Dianne Buswell
    Image caption: Joe Sugg and dance partner Dianne Buswell

    Wiltshire's Joe Sugg is preparing to dance on the famous sprung dance floor at the Blackpool Tower.

    The 27-year-old vlogger, from Corsham, made it his aim to get to the Blackpool Tower ballroom, for his gran, who used to be a ballroom dancer.

    Joe has an army of millions of young followers on social media, but has become a household name since joining the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.

    He's impressed the judges on his way to Blackpool and will have plenty of support from his family - including his gran - when he takes to the dance floor again on the live show tomorrow night.

    Joe Sugg and his gran
  5. Meat cleaver-wielding robbers target Blackpool shop

    A shop assistant in Blackpool was threatened with a meat cleaver by a man and woman who robbed cash from the till.

    Spar Dickson Road, Blackpool

    The Spar store on Dickson Road was robbed just after 07:00, Lancashire Police said.

    The pair fled and a meat cleaver was later recovered.

    Det Insp Alisa Wilson said: “This is an extremely serious offence and we want to find the people responsible as soon as possible."

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M65 Lancashire eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire eastbound severe disruption, at J3 for A675 Bolton Road Blackburn West.

    M65 Lancashire - M65 lane closed on exit slip road eastbound at J3, A675 (Blackburn West), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe accident: M65 Lancashire westbound

    BBC News Travel

    M65 Lancashire westbound severe accident, at J2 for M61 J9.

    M65 Lancashire - M65 lane closed on exit slip road westbound at J2, M61 J9 (Clayton Brook), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Why are leaves on the train lines a problem?

    Troubled train operator Northern has published information on its website to explain why leaves on the line are a problem for its services - after announcing delays would be likely today.


    The company said:

    • Leaves stick to damp rails and passing trains compress them into a smooth, slippery layer, reducing trains’ grip
    • To keep passengers safe, train drivers must brake earlier when approaching stations and signals to avoid overshooting their stop. They must also accelerate more gently to avoid wheel spin
    • Leaves prevent our signalling system from receiving the information it needs to work effectively. This means we need to leave longer gaps between trains, causing delays
  9. Northern rail blames leaves on the line for train disruption

    Train operator Northern has apologised for running shorter trains and service delays caused by leaves on the lines.

    Northern train

    The firm said crushed leaves create a coating on the track which causes wheels to slide and in turn means they need to be repaired.

    As a result some carriages have taken out of service, temporarily leading to shorter trains.

    Northern also posted explanatory material on its website.

  10. Pedestrian, 86, dies three days after being knocked down by a car

    An 86-year-old man who was knocked down by a car in the Lancashire town of Brierfield on Sunday died on Wednesday, police have said.

    Jack Parkinson

    Jack Parkinson was truck by a Toyota Aygo driven by a 17-year-old boy on Burnley Road, close to the junction with Halifax Road.

    The driver was not injured, Lancashire Police said.

    Mr Parkinson's daughter,Lesley Penrose said: "My dad was a proud, independent man who in no way looked or acted his 86 years.

    "He was always involved in something, whether this was building walls with his best mate, doing work at church or spending the day at Blackpool Tower watching the ballroom dancing and listening to the organ."

    Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

  11. Man rescued from Preston flat blaze

    A man has been rescued from a blaze at a 17-storey block of flats in Preston.

    Sundown Court

    Five fire engines tackled the fire at Sundown Court, Avenham Lane, at about 03:30.

    The man - who was conscious when rescued - was treated for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

    The cause of the fire is being investigated, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service said.