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January 2010

Pools decision called-in for scrutiny

The City Council's decision to hand back three community pools to Lancashire County Council has been called-in for scrutiny. The county council owns pools next to schools in Hornby, Carnforth and Heysham, but they are currently managed by Lancaster City Council and subsidised to the tune of £133,500. The pools are mainly used to provide swimming for schools and swimming clubs.

Morecambe rape to be featured on tonight’s Crimewatch

Local police are to appear on BBC's Crimewatch tonight, to appeal for further information following a New Year’s Day sex attack. Detective Inspector Jo Dent, of Morecambe CID, will make the appeal on the show, which will air on BBC 1 tonight. (Weds). The appeal follows an incident on New Year’s Day, when a woman was raped after meeting her attacker in the town’s Coast venue.

Thunderbirds Aren't Go at the Platform

Local fans of Gerry Anderson's 1960s cult puppet show Thunderbirds are downhearted that Lady Penelope, aka Sylvia Anderson, won't be visiting Morecambe next month.

Woman fined after buying alcohol for youngsters

A woman identified on CCTV after an appeal by local media has been given an £80 fine after buying four-litres of alcohol for young girls – who later ended up drunk by Lancaster canal. The three 12-year-olds had approached the 36-year-old woman outside a store in Lancaster and asked her to buy them two two-litre bottles of cider in November last year.

The Holocuast Remembered

Lancaster is commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day through as series of events co-ordinated by NCBI Lancashire. Holocaust Memorial Day 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust is challenging everyone across the UK to become part of a Legacy of Hope.

Police praised after River Lune rescue

Police officers have been praised for their swift actions after a dramatic river rescue was launched to save the lives of two men who had earlier been seen in Lancaster city centre in an altercation. The rescue began after an officer on patrol heard splashing sounds coming from the River Lune, next to Skerton Bridge, in Lancaster on Friday evening.

City Council's latest Litter Campaign raises surveillance concerns

Some locals have raised in concern at the latest salvo from Lancaster City Council against littering - which included the photograph of an alleged 'butt dropper' in a press release.

Subtext: Call for Volunteers

Subtext, Lancaster University's alternative fortnightly e-newsletter, faces closure unless new volunteers can be found to join its team. The popular e-newsletter, targeted mainly at staff and post-grads, launched in December 2005 following the university administration's controversial prosecution of the George Fox 6.

Transport campaigners welcome Heysham Link inquiry

Local transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe have welcomed the announcement by the Government to hold a public inquiry into the Lancashire County Council plan to build the highly controversial Heysham M6 Link HGV route across the North Lancashire Green Belt.

City looks at taking back Museum control

Lancaster City Council has issued Lancashire County Council with 24 months notice to end the present agreement where the county council runs its museums with the aim of providing better value for money to local residents.

Icy Pavements: Should Councils Have Done More?

The Department of Transport has advised local MP Geraldine Smith councils should, perhaps, done more to clear pavements and roads during the recent snowy weather.

New community beat manager for Carnforth

A new community beat manager is set to take over the Carnforth neighbourhood policing team. PC Andy Taylor will start his patrols on Monday 18th January, with his beat including the Highfield estate, Carnforth High School and the three local primary schools, and will be working with PSCO Sarah Leverton and will be based at Carnforth police station.

County to decide on Pools future

Lancaster City Council says it will be up to Lancashire County Council to decide the fate of community swimming pools in Hornby, Carnforth and Heysham - effectively washing its hands of the issue which has outraged users.

Ofsted: Top Marks for Cumbria Uni's Lancaster Pre-School Centre

Ofsted has completed a glowing report on the University of Cumbria Pre-School Centre in Lancaster stating that “The very experienced and skilled staff group have an excellent knowledge of each individual child's needs and interests and they make sure that they successfully promote children's welfare and learning to an excellent standard”.

It Bites Charity Concert in Lancaster: Date Set

Legendary Cumbrian band It Bites will be recording their new live DVD/CD package at the University of Cumbria on Friday 12th February.

Appeal for information on missing Poulton man

Police are appealing for information after a Poulton man went missing from his home on Saturday, whose blue Vauxhall Astra was found abandoned in Scorton on Sunday. 26-year-old David Thompson has not been seen since the early hours of the morning and police are now concerned for his welfare.

Government reports threaten Heysham Link road funding?

Plans to build the controversial Heysham M6 Link Road face yet another major hurdle following the publication of Government reports. Research for the Highways Agency casts major doubt on the value for money of road building, and the findings coincide with warnings from the Department for Transport that regional authorities should expect substantial cuts in their transport funding.

New CCTV appeal following Morecambe rape

Above: A still from CCTV footage of a suspect being sought in connection with a sex attack in Morecambe on New Year's Day. The suspect is shown above the blurred square on the screen (the blur is concealing the victim). Police are distributing dual-language posters in an appeal for fresh information following a New Year’s Day sex attack in Morecambe.

Edinburgh Festival Smash comes to the Nuffield

Described as "a piece of theatre that makes your heart sing, makes you feel good about all of humanity, and makes you want to stand up... and fling off your clothes and dance.", the critically acclaimed Trilogy, from Nic Green and her company, comes to Lancaster University's Nuffield Theatre at the end of this month.

Going Self Employed? Before You Begin...

Business support provider Enterprise4all are hosting a workshop aimed at people who are considering self-employment on 26th January. It's free of charge and each delegate receives an 'Essential Business' workbook, and will address questions such as: • Are you ready to run your own business? • What is your business idea? • Will there be enough customers? • Who else is doing it?