Lancashire news LIVE: Coronavirus latest, traffic and travel plus all today's breaking news - Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Keep track of what is is happening in and around Lancashire today.

By Colin Ainscough
Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 7:19 am

We’ll be bring you regular news updates, as well as the latest weather and traffic news from the regions roads including the; M6, M65, M55 and M61 and all other transport services.

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Burnley man who spat at police after 'claiming he had coronavirus' jailed

Callum Heaton (pictured) has been jailed after he spat at two officers while claiming he was infected with COVID-19.

A 23-year-old man who spat at officers while "claiming he had coronavirus" after he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly has been jailed.

Preston man wanted after £10,000 watch stolen found hiding inside 'kitchen cupboard'

Daniel Edmundson (pictured) was wanted by police after a burglary in Fishergate Shopping Centre on March 10.

Daniel Edmundson, 28, was wanted by police after a burglary at Cash Converters in Fishergate Shopping Centre.

A window was smashed and a watch valued at £10,000 was stolen on March 10.

Police wanted to speak to Edmundson in connection with the burglary, and launched a public appeal to find him.

Eight fire engines tackle large scale fire at commercial building in Adlington near Chorley

Firefighters from Lancashire and Greater Manchester tackled a large scale fire at a commercial premises in Adlington.

Firefighters from Lancashire and Greater Manchester have been dealing with large scale fire at a commercial premises in Adlington, near Chorley since yesterday evening (April 1).

The incident on Huyton Road, which is thought to be at a textile manufacturing warehouse, was first reported shortly after 6pm.

Man who spat at police after breaching coronavirus social distancing rules in Padiham jailed

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A man who spat at police officers after he was stopped for breaching Covid-19 social distancing rules has been jailed.

Glover's Bakers, with shops in Leyland, Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge, has ceased trading

The South Ribble pie shop and confectioners has entered liquidation and will cease trading from today (Tuesday, March 24).

All 5 of its shops in Leyland, Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall and Euxton will close their doors.

For the full story, click here.

Chorley teen found guilty of 'brutal and calculated murder' of Alex Davies

Mr Davies (pictured) had been stabbed more than 100 times during the attack.

A teenager has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Alex Davies, 18, after he was stabbed more than 100 times in Parbold.

Det Insp Tracey McMurdo, of the Lancashire Police Force Major Investigation Team, said: “It is no exaggeration to say this has been one of the most harrowing cases myself and my colleagues have ever dealt with. 

"The scene that confronted officers at Parbold Hill last May was shocking, and the professionalism and dedication shown by every single officer in the investigation team cannot be understated. They worked tirelessly to identify Healless as Alex’s killer."

Booths introduces morning and evening priority shopping hours for emergency services

Booths supermarkets across Lancashire will dedicate the first opening hour of each day to serving emergency service workers.

The stores will also close to the public for an hour each evening for the benefit of key workers , as well as closing for 90 minutes during the morning for elderly and vulnerable shoppers.

It means Booths will dedicate 2 hours and 30 minutes each day to ensure those who need supplies most urgently can get what they need.

It is also offering hot food discounts to health-care workers. To find out more, read our report here.

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News editor from Lancashire reveals what life is really like under lock down in China...

Dale Fox, 35, from Preston, studied Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). He now works as an editor in Beijing – and how told the Post about life under lockdown in China.

"I’ve been in self-isolation now since the middle of January, just when the outbreak began to get serious here in China.

"During the first couple of weeks, ordering groceries became more like trying to pick up a ticket for Glastonbury.

"Supermarket apps introduced a queuing system, and being able to secure a delivery slot felt like winning the lottery. Things are back on track now, but not having everything on tap made me become more frugal.

"I can now do amazing things with just a packet of instant noodles and a couple of eggs, and leftovers always become part of my next meal. 

"Admittedly, becoming a shut-in does becomes quite boring if you allow it to. 

"Keeping myself busy, both physically and mentally, has been the best way to keep things ticking over until it’s safe to resume a normal life.

"Being housebound, you realise how important those short walks to the shop or bus stop really are.

"After a few days of inactivity, I soon felt like the Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man after being left in the rain. That’s why I began doing stretches and light cardio each morning, before showering and changing.

"It’s a small thing, but wearing clothes instead of pyjamas during the day really helps me feel more human. As for a social life, I’ve found it very important to stay in touch with friends and family.  Checking in with a loved one each day has kept my mind balanced and allows me to still feel like part of society.

"Meanwhile, remembering that this situation won’t last forever has kept me from feeling anxious.

"Staying upbeat has been far better for my mental health than binge-reading coronavirus articles and working myself into a frenzy. Most importantly, I’ve been reminding myself that above all, self-isolating is a selfless act.

 "We’re all in this together, protecting each other’s health. And by keeping our minds on the light at the end of the tunnel, these difficult months will soon be over."

Sports Direct stores to close from today due to coronavirus

Just yesterday, the retailer had said that its stores in the UK would remain open during the coronavirus crisis.

But after calling for its workers to continue selling sports and fitness equipment in the face of the pandemic, the high street giant has now reversed its decision.

From today, all Sports Direct stores, including 7 in Lancashire, will close until further notice.

You can read the full report here, including an explanation from Sports Direct bosses about the u-turn.

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