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July 2010

Arcades Upgrade in the works

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:15: 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

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:52: 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

Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 17:38: 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

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 18:49: 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!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 18:43: 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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 13:09: 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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:48: 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!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 10:33: 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

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 12:14: 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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 13:40: 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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 11:15: 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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 11:00: 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

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 10:30: 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

Monday, July 19, 2010 - 15:35: 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

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:26: 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

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:01: 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

Friday, July 16, 2010 - 09:41: 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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 23:14: (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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 17:19: 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

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 11:27: 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.

Ten arrested in raids targeting organised crime

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 11:11: Police have arrested 10 people following early morning raids on houses in Lancaster and Morecambe as part of an operation targeting organised crime in the city. Officers swooped on addresses in Austwick Road and Tarnbrook Road on Lancaster’s Ryelands estate and South Grove and Roeburn Drive in Morecambe at 7.00am this morning.

English Heritage gives Council talk on listed buildings

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:59: English Heritage will deliver a presentation to members of Lancaster City Council’s Overview and Scrutiny Committee tomorrow - an event that is sure to interest anyone keen to find out more about how buildings are 'listed' in view of the recent furore surrounding Lancaster's old brewery Nick Bridgland, who is Heritage Protection Team Leader for the North will give a general presentation on the...

Would you like to be a lifeguard?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 10:55: Lancaster City Council is running two courses for anyone interested in training to become a lifeguard. The courses will enable confident swimmers to become trained and certified in water rescue, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

Cancercare's Grand Charity Art Auction at the Town Hall on Friday

Monday, July 12, 2010 - 23:27: Local charity CancerCare will be holding a Charity Art Auction this Friday 16 July in Lancaster Town Hall's Ashton Hall. The show is open for viewing from 6.30pm with the auction itself running from 7.30pm until 10pm. Live music will be provided by Jazz Unlimited and the evening promises a feast of art.

Appeal following knife-point robbery at Lancaster shop

Monday, July 12, 2010 - 16:07: Lancaster police are appealing for information after a shop keeper was threatened at knife-point during a robbery. Two males entered the Premier Store, in Dumbarton Road, Lancaster, at around 2.55pm on Sunday 11th July. One of them then brandished a knife and the pair were able to steal a quantity of cash, cigarettes and scratch cards.

Appeal after pedestrian struck by car

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:55: Local poise are appealing for information after a 15-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car in Heysham on Monday. The teenage boy was walking on Oxcliffe Road, Heysham, on the railway bridge, at around 4 – 4.30pm on Monday July 5, when he was struck by a small black car. The teen attended Royal Lancaster Infirmary, having suffered minor injuries to his right leg.

Poetry, Comic Verse and Molie Baxter, too, at Spotlight

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:00: Next Friday's Spotlight Club at the Storey Auditorium is shaping up to be a heady mix of poetry, comic verse and great music, with top Lancaster musician Mollie Baxter leading her new band as part of a great line up.

Cycle away the school holidays

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 15:36: With the summer holidays fast approaching, Lancaster City Council is encouraging youngsters to get out on their bikes with a range of fun training sessions for all ages and abilities. Cycling is healthy and fun, but it’s best to learn how to do it safely.

McGuinness gets back on track at Knockhill

Monday, July 5, 2010 - 09:15: Morecambe motorcycling star John McGuinness got his short circuit season back on track on Sunday when he finished in fifth place at Knockhill in the latest round of the Metzeler National 1000cc Superstock Championship, Phil Wain reports, and credits his wife with getting him back on track after a few bad results.

Bus Crash on Lancaster's North Road

Friday, July 2, 2010 - 11:07: Lancaster's traffic was held up this morning after a bus crashed into a transit van on North Road. Bus station staff were quickly on the scene to assist school children from Ripley High School off the Stagecoach bus and away from the accident. The children were put on another bus and will now be at school.

Lancaster children get pedalling for Bike Week

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 18:28: Four schools in and around Lancaster took part in various cycling activities last week, organised by sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, for National Bike Week – a week of biking activity to celebrate cycling.

Alcohol seized from children in Morecambe, parents admonished

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 18:21: Parents are being told to take more responsibility for their children after foot patrol officers had to call a patrol car to take away 50 bottles of alcohol confiscated from youngsters in a Morecambe park. Officers are being called to an increasing number of anti-social behaviour incidents caused by teenagers in and around Morecambe’s Happy Mount Park.

Police bravery awards presented to members of the public

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 17:06: Pictured (left to right): Lancaster’s mayoress Christine Wade, Chief Supt Tracey Launder, Robin Smethurst, Lancaster’s mayor Coun Tony Wade, Jack Ferguson, Lucinda Wannop and Clare Lyden.

Local students Cabbin' Frenzy game goes global

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 11:36: Mobile phone designers from Lancashire’s universities have worked together for the first time to create a game for the iPhone and new iPad mobile device, now available from computer giant Apple's iTunes store.

Work-related deaths fall across the North West

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 11:19: Less workers were killed in accidents at work in the North West last year than in 2008, but the government's Health and Safety Executive are still disappointed by the figures released yesterday.

Scotforth St Paul’s win home safety quiz final

Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 11:10: Pictured: The quiz finalists with Lancaster mayor Coun Tony Wade, Coun David Kerr (cabinet member with responsibility for Environmental Health) and city council environmental health officers. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council A team of four pupils from Scotforth St Paul’s C of E Primary School has won Lancaster City Council’s 2010 Home Safety Quiz.