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February 2010

Arson attack on old Lancaster Brewery

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 08:30: An arson attack took place on Lancaster's old Brewery on Saturday. The smoke was spotted by passersby and brought under control by the fire brigade. Although the fire was soon brought under control, virtual-lancaster understands the arson attack could have been far worse because it was set in a store for keg beers.

Conservative Councillor gets backing for swimming pool 'leaks'

Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 08:09: The Conservative leader of Lancashire County Council has given his public support to City Council Conservative leader Roger Mace after he was relieved of duties for allegedly leaking details of a proposed deal between the city and county councils over three community pools that could save them from possible closure.

Conservatives undecided on Market future

Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 23:29: Conservative City councillors have yet to decide how they will vote on proposals to close Lancaster Market by the end of the year when Full Council meet later this week.

Lancaster Market Protest: Council Solicitors act

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 16:48: Lancaster City Council has begun to use its solicitors to threaten campaigners fighting their plans to close Lancaster Market, arguing that they may have circulated what might be considered "commercially sensitive" information.

Lorry checks carried out at accident blackspot

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 13:37: Local police checked 60 lorries to make sure they were road worthy as part of an operation cracking down on vehicle safety at an accident black spot earlier this week. Officers involved in Operation HGV carried out stop checks on the A683 bypass at Heysham, to make sure vehicles coming to and from the port were safe.

Going, Going, Gone!

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 13:33: North Lancashire Green Party are holding an auction of goods and promises at the Park Hotel Bowerham Road. Lancaster at 8.00 pm on Saturday 27th February (viewing from 6.00 pm onwards).

Conservation area proposals go out to consultation

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 11:10: Lancaster City Council has launched a consultation into plans to help further protect the district’s unique character and history. Last year the council launched an indepth review to see if parts of Carnforth and Lancaster’s Cannon Hill should be designated as conservation areas.

Anger at Market closure grows, demonstration planned

Friday, February 26, 2010 - 09:52: Campaigners against the closure of Lancaster Market recently proposed by the City Council's cabinet have organised a demonstration at Morecambe Town Hall next week when the plans will be discussed by full Council.

Anglers, carers and musicians all benefit from Galbraith charity grants

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 16:25: Five community groups in Lancaster and Morecambe can get going with projects for people in the district, thanks to grants from the Galbraith Trust. The Galbraith Trust meets quarterly to make grants to groups with charitable purposes within the Lancaster district.

Council to clam up on Lancaster Market plans?

Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 10:40: The full extent of Lancaster City Council's plans for Lancaster Market may be kept secret when they are discussed next week, hidden behind claims of commercial sensitivity - and denying the public and local press the full facts on what is being proposed.

Lancaster allotment project gets funding boost

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 - 12:55: Lancaster-based Community Interest Company Local and Effective Sustainable Solutions has been successful in its bid for over £200,000 of funding from the Big Lottery Fund's Local Food scheme for a new allotment site and food growing project, 'Off the Ground'. The allotment site, on Ambleside Road, Lancaster, received planning permission last year and is likely to be open by June.

Transport campaigners launch fund-raising campaign

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 10:39: Campaigners against the proposed Heysham-M6 link road have just launched a campaign to raise funds to help them present its case at the 2010 Public Inquiry into the costly scheme.

'Robin Hood' Tax on banks to get Green support?

Monday, February 22, 2010 - 09:52: Proposals for a proposed "Robin Hood" tax on bank operations may get support from the Green Party this week, thanks to its local parliamentary candidate Gina Dowding.

Spotlight's Open Mic Slam tonight

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 10:21: Lancaster Spotlight hosts its Open Mic Slam at the Storey tonight (Friday February 19th). Compered by Simon Baker, the event gives contestants the chance to grab three minutes at the mic' and perform their way to audience acclaim and a £50 Cash Prize. You've got just 180 seconds to make an impact as a performer!

Lancaster Market to close by end of year?

Friday, February 19, 2010 - 09:58: Lancaster Market could shut by the end of the year, according to a report in the Lancaster Guardian today. The paper reports that the council has agreed in principle to close the indoor market and lease it to a single retailer, a decision was made in light of the market's growing debts and one council leaders was not taken lightly.

Police appeal after Morecambe pensioner injured in crash

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 15:35: Local police are appealing for information after an elderly pedestrian was left with serious head injuries following a road traffic collision. The 79-year-old was on the pedestrian crossing on the promenade, close to the Pier Hotel, at around 6.05pm on Monday 15th February when he was involved in a collision with a red Peugeot 106, driven by an 18-year-old.

Gang jailed for over 13 years after assault

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 10:55: A gang of men who targeted a vulnerable individual in a violent attack have been jailed for a total of over 13 years. Five men appeared at Preston Crown Court last week as a result of an assault in Harcourt Road, Lancaster in October 2008.

Heroes of She headline Haiti benefit

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 12:05: Local band Heroes of She will headline a Haiti benefit gig at Lancaster's Gregson Centre on Sunday 21st February. The band will bring a packed day of events to a close with the explosive, self-penned sounds, including new material, that have brought them to the regional final of ‘Live and Unsigned 2010’, the UK’s biggest competition of its kind, next month.

LERN: New Lancashire Bio-Diversity Agency to Tackle Eco-Disaster

Monday, February 15, 2010 - 10:27: Animal and plant species are becoming extinct 1,000 times faster than the natural rate according to the United Nations. Lancashire is playing its part in the battle to tackle this global environmental crisis. Lancashire Environment Record Network (LERN), which launches in summer, will collect information about the whereabouts of species from the public as well as specialist recorders.

Sport Relief Mile at Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 12:31: Our City Council is urging people to don their running shoes in support of a national charity. On Sunday 21st March, the council’s Salt Ayre Sports Centre will be hosting a Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile, a charity event open to participants of any age or ability, from toddlers to pensioners and anyone in between. Milers can chose between a one-mile, three-mile and six-mile course.

Lancaster International Women's Day 2010: Exhibitions

Friday, February 12, 2010 - 00:46: The 2010 Lancaster International Women's Day (IWD) celebrations kick off today as two exhibitions of women's art open in the City Centre. Things my Mother Didn't Tell Me (12 Feb - 8 March) at the Dukes Gallery is exactly what it says on the tin. Women at Work and Play (12 Feb - 12 March) at the Gregson Centre pays imaginative tribute to women on many fronts.

£7000 of vodka seized during raids on off-licences

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 12:29: Police have seized over £7,000 worth of potentially illegally bought vodka following raids on off-licences in Morecambe. Officers from Morecambe’s neighbourhood policing teams swooped on shops on Wednesday morning as part of a joint operation with the HM Revenue & Customs Specialist Investigations Department.

New Down's Syndrome group launches in Lancaster

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 10:38: A new Down's Syndrome Family and Carer's Group has just launched in Lancaster for families and carers of people with Down's Syndrome. The first meeting is on Sat 6th March 2010 at 10am - 12 noon at Appletree Children's Centre in Milking Stile Lane (off Willow Lane) and all ages are welcome. • Meetings will be 6th March, 10th April and then every first Saturday in the month.

In Review: It Snows (Dukes Senior Youth Theatre)

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 23:50: In a February still down to below zero every night, with too-recent memories of trudging down the road with other similarly shapeless people, all avoiding the lethally icy pavements, it’s not hard to empathise with one of the central ideas of It Snows: when it snows, things change, and it’s magic – for a while.

Sat Nav Crime Spree prompts Police warning

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 13:17: Local police are advising the public to remove valuable items from unoccupied vehicles after a spate of thefts in the area. A number of vehicles have been broken in to over the past few weeks after valuable items - including sat nav systems – were left on display in cars and other vehicles.

In Review: My Mother Said I Never Should

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 - 11:15: Now showing until Saturday 27 February 2010, the Dukes' production of 'My Mother Said I Never Should' is a beautifully and cleverly interwoven observation of women's lives over three generations. Like a tapestry with different coloured textured threads – each thread representing the choices open to the women.

Local jobs threat as Ethel Austin goes into administration

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 17:00: Liverpool-based retail chain Ethel Austin and sister chain Au Naturale has gone into administration, putting local jobs at risk in Morecambe and Lancaster. This is the second time Ethel Austin has gone into administration in two years.

Lancaster Nursery School Rated ‘Outstanding’

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 15:00: Lancaster's Appletree Nursery School has been rated as ‘outstanding’ and described as ‘providing exemplary care’ in a newly-released Ofsted report. The nursery school, which is co-located with Appletree Childrens’ Centre on Milking Stile Lane in Lancaster, has received the highest possible gradings for both its overall effectiveness and its capacity for sustained improvements.

Public meetings to discuss Shoreline Management Plans

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 12:22: Two public meetings have been arranged for people to discuss the future of our coastline. The events will be welcomed by many local people who might be affected by coastal erosion, who had complained of being sidelined by recent government investigations into the problems facing Morecambe Bay residents.

Body found in Scorton

Monday, February 8, 2010 - 14:25: A body found in a ditch in Six Arches Lane, Scorton, yesterday afternoon has now been identified as that of 26-year-old David Thomson, who had been missing from his home in Poulton since 16th January. Police are currently treating Mr Thomson’s death as unexplained. A post mortem is due to be carried out later on today.

Evofit issued after Moorside School alert

Monday, February 8, 2010 - 14:12: Police have released an evofit of a woman after an incident at a school where an unauthorised adult tried to collect a child. Police were called to Moorside Primary School in December last year, after staff alerted them that a woman had asked to collect a child, but did not have permission to do so. Officers would now like to speak to the woman so that they can establish what happened.

Lancashire Evening Post seeks short story writers

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 11:28: The Lancashire Evening Post is looking for writers who would like to publish their work in their creative writing section in the Saturday edition of the newspaper each week. The section is dedicated to the works of readers, and is a great opportunity for writers to get their work noticed. It's free of charge, and the LEP are looking to publish pieces of around 1,500 words.

Enterprise4all announces marketing workshop for business start ups

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 11:19: Local business support agency Enterprise4all has announced it host a free marketing workshop for recently established local firms and anyone considering starting a business. This workshop, taking place on Tuesday 9th February 10am to 1pm, covers the fundamentals of effective marketing, from market research and competitor analysis to branding and positioning.

Police appeal after Torrisholme landlady assault

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 10:10: Police are appealing for information after a local landlady was left with a broken wrist and her son sustained a broken nose during the Manchester football derby at the weekend. The attack came after staff at the George Hotel, in Lancaster Road, Torrisholme, challenged two young men who did not have any ID during the televised game.

New CCTV clue to New Year's Day sex attack in Morecambe

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 09:05: Footage from a Morecambe bar’s CCTV cameras on Boxing Day could be the key to catching a man suspected of carrying out a New Year’s Day sex attack. Police discovered the CCTV clip while investigating the rape of a woman who met her attacker in the town’s Coast bar as the New Year festivities were winding down.

Discarded clothing could be key to finding missing man

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 14:59: Police are appealing to walkers and farmers to help hunt for clothing possibly discarded by a missing Poulton man. As we previously reported, 26-year-old David Thomson, who takes medication for severe migraines after being left with brain damage from a car crash in 2005, has been missing since the early hours of Sunday 17 January.

'Bubble' Heads arrested at Sugarhouse student club

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 14:55: Students and youngsters are being warned about the dangers of ‘Bubble’, a relatively new drug that mixes fertiliser and amphetamines, after seven people were arrested at a Lancaster nightclub at the weekend. Door staff at Lancaster’s Sugarhouse alerted police after compulsory searches on Friday night revealed seven students were carrying white powder.

Council seeks nominations for Street Pride scheme

Monday, February 1, 2010 - 10:45: Could your street benefit from a spring clean? If so, Lancaster City Council wants to hear from you. Under the council’s Street Pride scheme, special hit squads move in to streets across the district to give them a thorough clean. Services provided include street cleaning, gully emptying, minor highway repairs, weeding and tree pruning.