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North West weather: Humid day with rain

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A humid day with chance of heavy rain. The Met Office have issued a yellow warning.

It could be heavy at times. Cloudy with highs of 19C or 20C.

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North West weather: Some rain but staying warm

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Lingering rain will clear to the north to leave it dry and cloudy for much of the night.

However, further rain will start to spread from the south during the early hours.

Lows of 13C.

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Teenager dies after taking MDMA and cannabis

A 17-year-old boy has died after taking MDMA and cannabis in Preston.

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Police were called to a house in Garstang Road, Preston, at about 04:00 on Sunday after the boy fell ill.

He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Officers believe he had taken both drugs before becoming unwell.

Lancashire Police has issued a warning after the teenager's death, which it said was currently being treated as unexplained.

North West weather: Unsettled start to week

While the weather is expected to remain warm on Monday, rain is predicted from lunchtime.

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North West weather: Plenty of sunshine

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A good deal of dry weather with sunny spells this afternoon, with just a small chance of one or two light showers.

Highs of 18C.

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Man arrested after teenager stabbed in Preston

A woman and a 16-year-old girl have been injured in a stabbing in Preston.

Derry Road

The woman, in her 30s, was stabbed in the arm and face at a house on Derry Road at 21:25 on Thursday.

Thee teenager suffered an injury to her head when she tried to intervene, police said.

None of the injuries are thought to be life-threatening.

A 33-year-old a man has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Man hurt by 'substance' in street attack

A man has had an "unknown substance" thrown at him during a street attack, which also saw him suffer a suspected cheekbone fracture, police have said.

Harold Street, Burnley

The 42-year-old man was found by officers called to Burnley's Harold Street at about 19:30 BST on Thursday.

It is believed a substance similar to pepper spray was used in the attack.

The man and emergency service personnel were given treatment in hospital for the effects of the substance, Lancashire Police said.

North West weather: Dry and bright

Scattered showers are predicted for the north west this morning but the weather will start to settle as the day progresses.

Temperatures are expected to reach 18C.

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Boy, seven, injured in car crash

A seven-year-old boy needed hospital treatment after a crash involving a Nissan Juke in Bacup.

The young boy suffered a fractured collarbone and eye socket after the crash on Pennine Road at about 16:45 BST on 18 June.

He was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool.

Lancashire Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.

Pennine Road

Weather: Dry and bright

A few showers this morning but dry and bright conditions to look forward to later.

Temperatures set to rise to 18C.

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Weather: Dry clear night with a gentle breeze

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One or two showers are possible tonight, but in general most places should simply remain dry with clear periods. Just a gentle breeze. Lows of 11C.

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South Cumbria economy 'could treble in size with investment'

A new partnership among councils and businesses around Morecambe Bay could lead to the local economy more than trebling in size, according to consultants.

Barrow, South Lakeland and Lancaster councils commissioned independent research which found a diverse £7bn economy built on tourism, advanced manufacturing and education, with 96% of workers living in the same area.

The study argues that having already seen some of the fastest growth in the north, that could grow to £25bn with the right investment and ambition.

The report, published at the launch of the new economic partnership, puts the case for government investment to support recruitment, and to improve the road, rail and digital infrastructure

Anderson and Onions for England?

Lancashire beat Derbyshire by 10 wickets

Lancashire all-rounder Liam Livingstone says England could do worse than having not just one 36-year-old but two spearheading the Test attack against Australia this summer.

England's all-time top Test wicket taker Jimmy Anderson is, of course, a shoo-in for the Ashes series. He now has 28 scalps in five Division Two matches in 2019.

But former Durham paceman Graham Onions, 42 days his junior and not used by England since June 2012, is not far behind with 25 wickets, after the pair finished off Derbyshire.

Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions have taken 53 Division Two wickets between them this summer
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"Jimmy Anderson and Graham Onions are bowling as well as I've seen," Livingstone told BBC Radio Lancashire. "The way they bowled in this game was outstanding.

"They were unplayable at times on that pitch. Certainly, fielding at second slip you feel you are in the game every ball. If they went into the first Test as an opening bowling pair I'm sure Australia would struggle."

Boy in hospital after being run over

A seven-year-old boy was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and fractured eye socket after being knocked down by a car in Bacup, said Lancashire Police.

The child was hit by a Nissan Juke on Pennine Road at 16:45 on Tuesday and taken to Alder Hey Hospital.

Pennine Road, Bacup

Police have appealed for witnesses and motorists with dashcam footage to contact them.

Onions spell puts Lancashire in control

A late burst of wickets by former England pace bowler Graham Onions ensured Lancashire kept the upper hand in their County Championship Division Two game at Derbyshire.

Onions took three wickets after tea before bad light forced the players off early with the hosts 19-4, trailing by 64 runs and needing a fine batting display to rescue this match.

Graham Onions
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Earlier, former skipper Steven Croft registered the only half-century of the game so far (53 not out) as he helped Lancs to a total of 236.

North West weather: A damp start but brighter later

After a damp start, things will brighten up in the afternoon with sunny spells likely in most places.

Temperatures will climb to highs of 19C.

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

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Northern parts of the region will hang onto sunshine into the evening, while cloud is starting to build further south.

Rain will move in overnight with temperatures falling as low as 9C.

North West weather: Turning wet overnight

Fatal Lancashire crash: Driver released by police

A driver arrested over a fatal crash in Bacup has been released pending further inquiries, said Lancashire police.

The victim, a 24-year-old pedestrian, was knocked down by a white Suzuki Alto on Market Street at 01:10 BST on Monday.

Market Street, Bacup

A woman, 19, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Brexit referendum aftermath sees 'rise in extremism'

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Political extremism has increased since the 2016 Brexit referendum, the head of terrorism investigations in the North West has told BBC Radio Manchester.

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Det Supt Will Chatterton said dealing with far-right extremism was a real challenge, with "open hostility" towards politicians.

He said the unit's cases included "horrific sentiments" posted online.

The Home Office said it was "committed to stamping out extremism in all its forms".

Weather: Bright spells break through showers

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This afternoon will have bright spells together with a few showers although these should tend to fade away later on.

BBC Weather forecast in the North West of England

Blustery, with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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Weather: Showers and brisk winds

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Cloudy today with some scattered showers at times.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The showers should become isolated in the afternoon. Windy with a brisk south-westerly wind. Highs of 17C.

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Weather: Sunny spells and showers

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The rain should continue to peter out to leave sunny spells and a few showers through the rest of this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Ambulance crews battled to save man who fell into lake

Police say the man who died after falling into Windermere earlier this week was 57 and from Heversham, near Milnthorpe.

Emergency services were called to Glebe Road, one of the busiest tourist areas in the Lake District, just before 13:00 on Wednesday, and medical staff from the ambulance and air ambulance tried in vain to save the man's life.

Police say the coroner has been informed, and they have no reason to be suspicious about the man's death.

Weather: More rain on the way, then brightening up

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A cloudy and wet start with persistent and heavy rain in places.

Rain should gradually ease and clear during the day with some sunny spells expected this afternoon.

Highs of 17C.

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Anti-fracking protester claimed disability payments

A woman who chained herself to equipment during anti-fracking protests while claiming disability payments has been given a suspended sentence.

Anti-fracking campaigning

Catherine Jackson, 51, pleaded guilty at Blackpool Magistrates Court to dishonestly claiming £5,392 of personal independence payments.

The court she took part in "strenuous demonstrations" in Lancashire after saying she was in constant pain.

She was sentenced to 23 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

Lancashire match abandoned as a draw

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Worcestershire's rain-hit meeting with Lancashire was abandoned as a draw after heavy overnight rain led to no play being possible on the final day.

Two complete days were washed out in the Worcestershire-Lancashire game at New Road
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After the total loss of play on the second day too, it meant just 71.3 overs were bowled out of a possible 384 during the four days at New Road.

It is a third straight weather-affected draw for Lancashire, whose eight points keep them top of Division Two.

Worcestershire, who are at home again to Sussex on Monday, take six points.

Weather: Rain expected to ease

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This afternoon should see rain easing and becoming more intermittent - although it will remain rather cloudy.

A cool day in store, with highs of 12C.

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Weather: Another wet day in store

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It will be cloudy this morning with widespread rain becoming persistent and heavy in some areas.

BBC Weather forecast for the North West of England

The Met Office has issued a yellow flood warning, which is in place until 12:00.

But the rain should ease this afternoon and become more intermittent. A cool day, with highs of 13C.

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Two held over Blackburn 'assault' death

Two men are being questioned on suspicion of murdering a man in Blackburn.

Steven Thurston
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Steven Thurston, who was 50, was found with significant head injuries at his home in Sussex Drive in the early hours of Monday.

A 22-year-old man from Accrington and a man, aged 30, from Blackburn are being questioned on suspicion of murder.

A 52-year-old woman from Blackburn is also in custody in connection with the investigation.