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November 2009

Stepping Stones Director Revisits Witch Children

In 2008 a Bafta and Emmy Award-winning Dispatches told the story of how children in Africa's Niger Delta were being denounced by Christian pastors as witches and wizards and then killed, tortured or abandoned by their own families. The film, which prompted international outrage against a practice conducted in the name of Jesus, forced the Nigerian authorities and the United Nations to act.

Brigstocke returns to The Platform

One of Britain’s finest comedians and broadcasters, Marcus Brigstocke, returns to The Platform in Morecambe on Friday 11th December with his hotly anticipated new show God Collar. The award winning comedian is a firm favourite with comedy fans and God Collar promises to be as sharply observant and quick-witted as his much loved catalogue of work.

Police Seek Would-Be Handbag Snatchers

Police are appealing for information after a group of males tried to snatch two women’s handbags. The ladies were walking along Bellevue Terrace, Lancaster, at around 7.50pm on Saturday 14th November when they were approached from behind by three males. The group then started to pull at the women’s handbags but ran away after the pair screamed.

Consultation on Heysham 3 begins

Local consultations on a third nuclear power station at Heysham will take place later this month, after the Government announced Heysham is considered to be potentially suitable for a new nuclear power station, even though the site is on a fault line, a point which has been studiously ignored by the pro-nuclear lobby.

Campaign against Link Road Continues

Lancashire County Council in Preston is pushing ahead to buy, under compulsory purchase, green belt land to the north of Lancaster, and to alter or stop up local roads and rights of way, in its rush to build the controversial Heysham M6 Link road.

Fortunes Smile at the Dome

An evening of nostalgic music from the 1960s and 70s comes to the Morecambe Dome on Saturday 5th December when The Fortunes will be performing their greatest hits show. Formed in Birmingham in the 1960s, The Fortunes first came to prominence and international acclaim in 1965 when ‘You’ve Got Your Troubles’ broke into the American and British charts.

Police Appeal after A6 Crash

Police are appealing for information after a 21-year-old male was hospitalised following a crash on the A6 at Forton. Joshua Drinkall had been driving his silver BMW Mini towards Lancaster at around 1.49am on Saturday November 7 when he collided with a lamppost and then a gate post near Cabus filling station.

Appeal for information on missing man

Update, 11 November: William Aspden has now been found safe and well in Scotland. Original Story for Archive Purposes: Police are appealing for information after a man went missing from his family home two weeks ago. William Aspden, 30, had been visiting his mother at her home in the Lancaster area and left on 25th October. He has not made contact with his family since.

CCTV still released after £1000 Card Theft

Police have released a CCTV image after a stolen credit card was used to withdraw £1,000 from an account. The card was stolen from a blue Ford Fiesta in Pasture Lane, Bolton-le-Sands near Carnforth at between 2pm – 3.15pm on August 27. Several items of clothing, including a £120 ski jacket, were also taken.

Lancaster Free Bus Fare Funding Increase Welcomed

Green councillors have welcomed the news that the Department for Transport has substantially increased funding for the concessionary bus fares scheme in the Lancaster and Morecambe area. The DfT announced an increased cash grant earlier today to Lancaster City Council to fund its costs in running the concessionary bus fare scheme, rising from a proposed £510,000 for 2010/11 to £1.2 million.

Winter Vomiting: Don't Visit Your GP, Urge Agency

The Health Protection Agency North West is advising people with norovirus infection (winter vomiting) not to attend GP surgeries or hospital Accident and Emergency Units to avoid the risk of infection being passed on to vulnerable patients.

Man Arrested in Lancaster Student Rape Case

As a direct result of media assistance with a police appeal following the rape of a student (see news story), a 19-year-old male from the Morecambe area has been arrested on suspicion of rape this morning. Police released CCTV images after a female student was raped after leaving a Lancaster nightclub and virtual-lancaster was one of several media outlets that published them.

Bright Sparx team to make a safer Bonfire night

The dangers associated with bonfires and fireworks are being highlighted as part of a joint campaign in north Lancashire. Police have joined forces with firefighters and council bosses for a major crackdown in the run up to Bonfire night as part of Lancashire Fire and Rescue’s annual Bright Sparx campaign.

Santa Dash for CancerCare

Lancaster's first Santa Dash will take place on 15th November - a fun-run in aid of local charity CancerCare. All are welcome to take part in what is expected to be a great day for all the family, with this event replacing the formal switch on of Lancaster's Christmas lights which usually helps launch the commencement of the Christmas shopping season in the City.

Nick Keir in Lancaster - for Free!

Ahoy there, special notice, now hear this and take note! On Wednesday 25 November the wonderful singer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Keir will be performing free at Lancaster's Three Mariners pub.

CCTV Released after Student Rape

(Updated 4/11/09): Police have released a CCTV image after a female student was raped after leaving a Lancaster nightclub. The victim had been in Cuba night club in Dalton Square, Lancaster, in the early hours of 21st October 2009 and had struck up a conversation with a man. The male then offered to walk her home to the Moorlands area of the city.

Police Launch Crime Action Week acrss Wyre

A dedicated week of action starts today (2nd November) to demonstrate the work being carried out by partners to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in our communities.