Sir Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of the Giro d'Italia because of a chest infection.
Emergency teams in Lancashire were forced to shore up a house after a car careered into it.
Royal Mail has announced plans to open a new parcel handling centre in Chorley as part of a £75m investment programme.
Team Sky, who Sir Bradley Wiggins cycles for, has announced that the Olympic champion has "been withdrawn" from the Giro d'Italia due to a chest infection.
The team's principal Sir Dave Brailsford said: “We monitored Bradley overnight and this morning we’ve withdrawn him from the Giro after consulting the team doctor. His chest infection has been getting worse and our primary concern is always the health of our riders.
“Bradley will return to the UK today for treatment and to rest and we hope to have him back on the road as soon as possible. As a passionate racer he wanted to continue but he is simply unable to do so on medical grounds.”
Hundreds of patients have had operations postponed at two of the region's hospitals because they are too busy.
Royal Preston Hospital and Chorley and South Ribble Hospital have cancelled non-urgent appointments.
They say they are admitting 50 more people a day than they would normally expect. Lancashire Teaching Hospitals trust said staff leave and training had been cancelled to help cope with the demand.
Outside the High Court in Manchester protesters against Chorley Borough Council's decision to evict the Romany Gypsy Linfoot family from land they own in the town.
Tim Scott met with the Linfoot family, who will defend their right to live on greenbelt land in court.
This package first ran on 25th October 2012.
A Romany gypsy family from Chorley are due in court over their local council's attempt to evict them. The Linfoot family own their land, but don't have permission to live on it. The Government had quashed a previous council attempt to evict them.