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December 2010

Love Morecambe Bay? Tell the Dukes why...

Friday, December 31, 2010 - 08:02: What do you love about Morecambe Bay? The Dukes is asking locals and visitors to share their love for the beautiful bay to coincide with the opening of Quicksand, a new play inspired by its landscape. Do you have stories about growing up on the bay or just love the inspiring landscape and Lakeland views?

Litter offenders pick up hefty fines

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 09:28: Three people have been fined for dropping cigarette butts in Morecambe Town Centre and ordered to pay a total of £510 by a court. As part of a crackdown in June by Lancaster City Council, 75 people were issued with £80 fixed penalty notices for dropping cigarette butts and litter in the Lancaster district. Melissa Tubbs, of Redruth Drive, Carnforth, failed to pay the fine.

Warm Up for Winter with LESS

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 09:27: People in Lancaster and Morecambe now have access to a new independent energy advice service to help them stay warm this winter, thanks to the Home Energy Service, a community project run by local sustainability organisation LESS.

‘Spare the hare’ and crack down on cruel sport

Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 09:26: Police are working with farmers in Wyre to crack down on illegal hare coursing. Officers will be presenting farmers with signs to place on their land, warning potential hare coarsers that locals will be reporting them to the police. Hare coursing sees dogs pitted against each other while chasing a hare across rural land, with the winner being determined by its speed and agility.

Lancaster's Cycling Santa Treats Bike-It Schoolkids

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 17:25: Santa has been rounding off another successful year for 'Bike It' schools by delivering his presents by bike. Santa was spotted recently cycling to local 'Bike It' primary schools including Skerton St Luke’s, Willow Lane, Moorside, Bowerham and Silverdale to deliver gifts to children who cycle regularly. He also gave tips to all the children on how to be seen when cycling in the winter.

Local Labour Elect New Chair Ian Pattison

Thursday, December 23, 2010 - 09:00: Morecambe and Lunesdale Constituency Labour Party have elected a new Chairman with strong local links to spearhead their campaign in the run up to the local elections in May. Ian Pattison, 24 has lived in the West End of Morecambe since birth.

Businesses urged to stay safe if closing over Christmas

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 13:00: Police in Wyre are urging local businesses to take some simple crime prevention steps if they are closing over Christmas. Many businesses close down for up to two weeks at the end of the year and can become vulnerable if security measures are not in place.

Nightmare before Christmas for drink drive video blogger

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 09:00: Losing his place in the footie team, his licence, his job and his girlfriend – this has been a bad week for video blogger Robert Lancashire. Fans of the Love My Lancashire Facebook page have been following Robert’s daily blogs since he was arrested for drink driving at the start of the month.

Scheme is key to tackling emergencies at your property

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 05:00: A special key holder scheme has been set up to help property owners react quickly to emergencies at their premises. Lancashire Constabulary has set up an information database – called Keypoint – through which residents and business owners can nominate people who can be contacted by the police or other emergency services if an incident occurs at the address.

Treat yourself at The Dukes

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 23:21: Looking for that last minute Christmas gift which will bring pleasure all year round? The Dukes, Lancaster, has the answer. Now is the time to become a Friend of The Dukes or join the scheme for a friend or relative and receive 12 months membership for the price of 6.

Motorists urged to clear all snow from vehicles before taking to the road

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 17:19: Local motorists are being urged to clear as much snow as possible from their vehicles before taking to the roads. Recent wintry weather conditions have led to many vehicles being covered with snow and this can create a serious risk to both the driver and other road users if it is not removed before a journey commences.

Lancastrian Beats Freeze With Free Hugs!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 14:58: Cold Lancastrians dodging through the Christmas shopping crowds today came across a warming sight in Market Street where Mari Winkelman was offering free hugs to all-comers. "It's keeping me warm", she confided with a radiant smile, and gave me a lovely, gentle, soft hug. I could see what she meant. And so could the steady flow of willing huggers who all came away glowing.

North West Fund for Businesses launched

Monday, December 20, 2010 - 12:01: The North West Business Finance Ltd - backed by the soon-to-close Northwest Regional Development Agency, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Investment Bank - has announced it is ready to make investments from The North West Fund, which could help new local busineses create new jobs.

Cycle your way to fitness in 2011

Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:03: Is your New Year resolution to get fit and shift those Christmas pounds? Celebrating Cycling is offering all ladies the chance to dust down their wheels and cycle their way to fitness in 2011 with a free off-road women only cycling course for beginners and improvers.

Be careful this Christmas – make sure Santa is the only one coming down your chimney

Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:00: ... or through your unlocked back door, or your open window. Local home owners are being given crime prevention tips to make sure they don’t fall victim to crime this Christmas. At this time of year, expensive presents are starting to be placed around trees – and can prove tempting to passing thieves.

Made in Lancaster announces new arts magazines, seeks contributors

Friday, December 17, 2010 - 16:01: Made in Lancaster, a collective of creatives sharing skills and offering peer support, has announced the launch of Back and Beyond, its flagship publication which will launch next May as part of the inaugural Made in Lancaster Festival.The MiL team are particularly keen to receive submissions from those who live in or around the Lancaster area, or have links to it, past or present.

Council backs new nuclear build as Heysham 1 gets 'extended life'

Friday, December 17, 2010 - 12:00: Lancaster City Council has backed the building of new nuclear power faciliities at Heysham - just as Heysham 1 power station has been granted a five-year life extension, meaning it can continue to generate electricity until 2019.

City council launches e-petition scheme

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 14:47: Lancaster City Council has launched a new e-petitions service which lets residents petition the council on issues of local concern, providing a simple way for people to engage with the council.

Have a Spooky Christmas: an introduction to Haunted Lancaster

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 13:05: Local ghosts expert and author Ian Dale-Bell has just released Walking Ghostly Gruesome Lancaster on iPad and for eBook readers. Whether you live locally or plan to visit Lancaster at some point in the future, his local guide shows you some of the more interesting spots to look out for if you're a ghost hunter.

Warning Over Winter’s Effect On Local Wildlife

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12:31: A blue tit. Image courtesy Lancashire Environment Record Network.With the return of another cold snap so soon after snow and ice covered our region, local wildlife may be struggling to cope, warns the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Our wildlife is amazingly hardy and adaptable and can put up with a pounding from the weather.

Splash out on a quid-a-swim this Christmas

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 16:34: Lancaster City Council is inviting people to make a splash at their local pool this Christmas for just £1. Quid-a-swim sessions have been available each week at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and the community pools in Heysham, Hornby and Carnforth since August.

"Real cuts to services" for Council as government cuts begin to bite

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 13:22: Lancaster City Council says it is carefully scrutinising the provisional Local Government Finance Settlement to determine its impact on the council’s budget and future service provision. On Monday, the Government announced that the city council’s grant, which forms the majority of the money the council receives to run its services, is to be cut by 13.8% in 2011/12 and 10.9% in 2012/13.

The Bear Around Your Neck: a chat with singer songwriter Nathanial Scott

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 09:51: Nathanial “Nat” Scott was 19 when he recorded At Lake Bury Me (released by local label Barnbox last year) with Barnbox’s Tom Diffenthal and Kriss Foster. Then dividing his performing life between Preston and Lancaster, The Bear Around Your Neck saw Nat and singer Megan Laura Whyte sharing his songs over acoustic guitar and Dylan-rack harmonica.

Liverpool man charged with Lancaster Post office robbery

Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 09:26: 30-year-old Eoghan McMullen of Pinehurst Avenue, Anfield has been charged with robbery in connection with a robbery at the post office on Cleveleys Avenue, Scale Hall back in October. Two men, one of them wielding a hammer, threatened the postmaster and his wife at the branch, escaping with a substantial amount of money and leaving the couple extremely distressed but unhurt.

Alternative Christmas Party at the Storey

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 16:47: Celebrating the recent re-issue of the original ‘stalk and slash’ movie and because adults deserve a party at Christmas time, Enigma Promotions are presenting Black Christmas, an exclusive party to be held at The Storey in Lancaster on Thursday 16th December.

Lancaster's Christ Church nursery burglary target for second time

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:36: Christchurch School on Derwent Road (via Google Maps) Police are appealing for information after a children’s nursery in Lancaster was targeted by burglars for the second time this year.

Shop workers praised following teenage test purchase operation

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 09:27: The vigilance of shop workers has been praised after just one venue failed a police test purchasing operation carried out on off-licences in Lancaster. Police, working in conjunction with Trading Standards officers and volunteer teenage test purchasers, carried out the test purchase operation on Saturday night, visiting 11 establishments across the city.

Some Community Support Officers jobs saved for next two years

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 17:04: Trade Union UNISON has welcomed news that funding for Police Community Support Officers is to be kept for the next two years, after fears all of Lancashire's officers would lose their jobs early next year. Police bosses made it clear that all PCSO’s would have been vulnerable to redundancy if the ring-fenced funding for them was to disappear employed by Lancashire Constabulary (see news story).

Lancaster cycle path assault appeal

Monday, December 13, 2010 - 14:52: Police are appealing for people to come forward with information after a man was assaulted on a Lancaster cycle path over the weekend (Saturday 11th December). The incident happened around 12pm when the 19 year old Morecambe man was walking along the public cycle track off Morecambe Road close to Asda and the local college.

Radio campaign offers help to domestic abuse victims this Christmas

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 17:54: A radio campaign is urging Lancashire victims of domestic abuse to seek help this Christmas. The advert, which will receive airplay across the county, hears a young child speaking about how he likes to give his mother flowers at Christmas – but that the only way he can do this is to put them on her grave.

CCTV images released after attempted theft in Booths, Lancaster

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 13:47: Police have released CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with a theft from a supermarket in Lancaster last month. At approximately 5.20pm on the 18th November, two men entered the Booths store on Hala Road in Lancaster and walked around the store, filling a shopping trolley full of groceries and alcohol.

Man stabbed in Lancaster, arrest made

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 13:39: Detectives have launched an investigation after a 49 year old man was stabbed in Lancaster. Police were called to an address on Patterdale Road on the Ridge at around 5.45pm yesterday (Thursday 9 December 2010). On arrival, they found a man suffering from a stab wound to his chest. He was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he remains in a critical but stable condition.

Bike registration scheme to help return stolen cycles

Friday, December 10, 2010 - 09:56: With one bike stolen every day in north Lancashire, cyclists purchasing new bikes in the area are being asked to register their details on a new database to help safeguard their property.

Fire at Heysham 2 not dangerous, says director

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 11:20: Heysham power station has moved quickly to calm fears about a fire at the installation yesterday. Heysham 2 power station called Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service to site at 10.00pm on Tuesday after smoke was detected in an electrical room in a non-nuclear area of the plant.

Plea to look out for wildlife this winter

Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 08:45: Robin on a bird feeder. Image courtesy Lancashire Environment Record NetworkNature lovers are being asked to capture the wildlife in Lancashire’s gardens and open spaces to ensure our native creatures are surviving another harsh winter.

Sleeping Beauty is Platform Panto

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 14:46: Panto season arrives at the Platformfrom 21st December, with a traditional tale of romance, comedy and good versus evil. Sleeping Beauty will be presented by Fame Factoryand the Robinson Read School of Dance who promise to bring this family favourite right up-to-date with music, dancing, some unexpected twists in the story and lots of audience participation.

Appeal after nightclub assault in Lancaster

Monday, December 6, 2010 - 09:51: Police in Lancaster are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in a nightclub in the city. At approximately 3.00am on the 28th November, the 20 year old man was in Toast nightclub, sat in a booth talking to a woman when he was approached by a man who punched him in the head before walking away. The offender has been described as white, between 18 and 25 years old and of slim build.

Lancaster Anti-Cuts Protesters Pour Scorn on Lib Dems

Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 10:56: They gathered yesterday, upward of a thousand of them, with their banners and placards and anti-cuts slogans, in a cold car park off a bottleneck in the Lancaster one-way system. Dozens of police, still caring passionately, in spite of their own employment and pensions troubles, turned up to cheer them on and keep them safe, bringing many horses to charm and entertain the children.

Lancaster Protest March Against Cuts On Saturday 4 December

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:35: 72% of the cuts being brought in by the Con-Dem coalition will come from women's pockets, claim a new Lancaster group 'Women Against the Cuts' who will be joining the protest march through Lancaster City Centre at noon tomorrow in their unions, community groups and side-by-side with a city unsettled by the proposed job losses and savaging of public services and benefits to the poorest and most...

Police stalking festive poachers

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:18: Police are asking residents and visitors to help hunt down poachers who commit additional crime while filling up on festive bounty - and have made a number of arrests recently. Deer and game poaching tends to increase at this time of year, as poachers look to fill their Christmas tables with stolen meat.

Appeal continues for information on Missing Senior Citizen

Friday, December 3, 2010 - 10:23: Updated, 11:19 - this missing man has now been traced in the Kendal area. Police continuing the search for missing man, Ronald Shearer from Larbert, believe he may be heading to the Lancashire area. Officers now think that 75-year-old Mr Shearer is heading to or has already arrived in the Lancaster or Morecambe areas, with a view to then heading back up the coast towards Scotland.

Local bin collections hampered by bad weather

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 14:09: The recent bad weather conditions is causing difficulties for the refuse and recycling collecting from many areas of the district, but Lancaster City Council say they are doing their best to return to collect missed refuse and recycling collections as quickly as they can. Many of the side roads taken by the collection vehicles are too dangerous to drive along given the icy conditions.

Midland Hotel proves a winner for short story writer David Constantine

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 13:33: Morecambe's Midland Hotel has helped inspire author David J. Constantine to win the 2010 BBC National Short Story award with his Tea at the Midland this week. The story centres on the Midland and the famous Eric Gill stone relief of Odysseus being welcomed from the sea by Nausicaa.

Keeping a lid on recycling

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 13:16: As the food waste recycling scheme continues to be rolled out across the Lancaster and Morecambe district, the majority of households should have received their silver kitchen caddies and those without green garden bins, a green outdoor caddy.

On-line shoppers urged to guard against festive fraudsters

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11:44: Online shoppers are being urged to take precautions when buying presents from the web this Christmas. Tips on how to protect yourself while internet shopping are being given out ahead of the UK’s busiest on-line shopping day – ‘Mega Monday’ on 6th December.