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July 2010

Arcades Upgrade in the works

Plans for a multi-milion revamp of St. Nicholas Arcades in Lancaster are on display until Saturday (31st July) in the old Adams store. Owners Rockspring, who have owned the arcade since 2004, have announced a £2.7 million plan to revamp the Arcades that will include a two-story NEXT and the creation of two other large new units would also be developed as part of the proposals.

Shopmobility back in action in Lancaster and Morecambe

Council leader Stuart Langhorn, Jo Williams (project manager of One Voice) Steve Wright (Wrightcare Mobility), Julia Reay (Lonsdale Carers) and Natalie Jones (volunteer) celebrate the start of the new Lancaster and Morecambe Shopmobility service.

Drug swallowing dealer jailed for five years

A man who tried to hide a stash of drugs from police officers by swallowing his stash has been jailed for over five years. 32-year-old Anthony Mason was stopped by target team officers in Galgate, Lancaster, on 1st April 2010. The officers believed Mason, of Chalice Way, Liverpool, had drugs 'secreted' on his person (to put it politely) and he was taken into custody at Lancaster police station.

Halton's Eco-housing scheme Gets Go-Ahead

Members of local community group Lancaster Cohousing are celebrating after Lancaster City Council's planning committee approved their plans to redevelop a 2.5 hectare derelict site by the River Lune at Halton, near Lancaster, to provide 40 new private homes, shared indoor and outdoor space and managed business space.

Festival Market Cafe seeks Loyal Customers!

Rebecca's Café at Morecambe's Festival Market has launched a fabulous new loyalty scheme. Starting this week, every time you buy a hot drink from the café from now until the end of September, you will be given a stamp on a loyalty card. Collect just six stamps to receive a free hot drink of your choice.

Carnforth set for a Clean Sweep

Carnforth is being given a summer ‘Clean Sweep’, thanks to the Lancaster District Community Safety Partnership, building on ongoing work to improve the quality of life of those living in the town. Residents say they are particularly concerned about anti-social behaviour on the Highfield Estate, Market Street and around the cenotaph area.

Fare freeze on local Hackney cabs

The cost of catching a Hackney cab in the Lancaster district will remain the same after Lancaster City Council decided to freeze fares. Members of the council’s Licensing Regulatory Committee decided to keep daytime fares the same at £2.30 for the first 880 yards and 20p for each subsequent 240 yards, meaning the cost of the first mile will remain at £3.03.

Junior zookeepers wanted at Williamson Park!

Budding junior zoologists are being given the opportunity to go behind the scenes and see how Williamson Park’s Mini Zoo and Butterfly House run. The three week course - aimed at children aged eight to 14 years old - is for children who are interested in learning more about animals and provides an insight into the work involved in running a small zoo.

Man sexually assaulted on Lancaster Canal

Police are appealing for information after a man was sexually assaulted on the Lancaster Canal. The 21-year-old male was on the canal tow path, between Aldcliffe and Galgate, between 10.00pm - 11.00pm on Tuesday night (20th July) when he was attacked.

Civil Funeral for popular Morecambe City Councillor

Morecambe City Councillor John Barnes, who passed away in the Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Saturday following a short illness, is to have a civic funeral.

Residents invited to Police open days

Local police are to hold a series of community open days to give local residents an insight into their work. The open days will take place at Morrison’s car park in Morecambe on Tuesday 27th July from 10.00am – 3.00pm and Sainsbury’s car park, Lancaster, on Wednesday 28th July from 10.00am – 3.00pm.

Register to vote - it could win you £200

Lancaster City Council is enticing local people to register to vote with a cash prize draw for £200. Each year the council is required by law to canvass every household in the district and produce a Register of Electors. The forms for this year’s canvass will be distributed from the end of this month (30th July) and every household in the district should have received one by 10th August.

Jewellery Thieves rob elderly shoppers

Local police are appealing for information after jewellery thieves targeted several pensioners out shopping. On two separate occasions shoppers have been approached by two Asian women, who have then, without permission, placed a necklace around the shopper’s neck and asked them to buy it. When the shopper has refused, the necklace has been removed – along with the shopper’s own jewellery.

Council tenants invited to shape future of housing service

Lancaster City Council is seeking suggestions from its tenants and leaseholders on how the services they currently receive can be developed in the future. To gather as much feedback as possible, the council has organised a series of road show events which will take place over the next two weeks at various locations across the district.

Malaysian royal family visit University of Cumbria

Malaysian nursing students will soon be able to reap the benefits of gaining a qualification from the University of Cumbria. On Monday 19th July, the Crown Prince and Princess of Perlis and other Malaysian dignitaries will visit the Lancaster campus to see health equipment and educational facilities at the campus and speak to the tutors who will be delivering the programmes.

More arrests and charges after organised crime raids

Police arrested three more people following early morning raids on houses in Lancaster yesterday as part of an operation targeting organised crime in the city. Officers swooped on a number of addresses in the Skerton and Ryelands areas early yesterday (Thursday), including Crossgill Place, Owen Road and Mainway, at 7am this morning.

Velika Novica! Slovenian Band to rock Lancaster's Yorkshire House

The last time Janez Skaza came to Lancaster, he was with a choir which sang at the Gregson alongside the Lancaster Singers - and later went on to win the prestigious Slovenia's got Talent. He liked the area so much that he decided to come back with his rock band Pet Sto Metrov (which for non-Slovenian speakers translates as 500 Metres).

Bare Business plans Tour de France wine tasting

(PLEASE NOTE: This event has been moved to 23rd July): Bare's Wineyard and Deli is marking this years' Tour de France with a special French-themed tasting next week.

More arrests as crackdown on organised crime continues

Three more people were arrested this morning in connection with a crack down on organised crime in Lancaster and Morecambe. The arrests follow hot on the heels follows from yesterday’s raids, in which ten people were arrested, with some appearing in court today (see news story).

Local organised crime suspects charged

After early morning raids on the homes of people suspected of being involved in organised crime yesterday (see news story), charges have been brought against several of those arrested. Ten people were arrested on suspicion of crimes such as money laundering and conspiracy to supply drugs, conspiracy to supply class B drugs, and conspiracy to defraud.