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June 2011

Cyclist knocked off bike in Heysham

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 17:32: Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was knocked off his bike in Heysham, after being clipped by an HGV. Around 7.30am today (Wednesday 29th June), the 18-year-old was cycling from the direction of Morecambe towards Heysham along the A589 Heysham Road when he was clipped by a HGV at the junction of Seymore Grove.

Local rail expert condemns £32 billion High Speed Rail route "madness"

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 13:39: With just 30 days left to comment on the government's plans for a High Speed rail line between London and northern England, local transport expert Professor John Whitelegg has described the scheme as "madness" and that it would have a serious impact on local rail services if it went ahead.

Public urged to have their say on police station future

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 - 12:33: A public consultation process will begin on 1st July 2011 which could help determine the future of police premises across the Lancaster and Morecambe area - and Lancashire as a whole. As we previously reported, the Constabulary is considering a report outlining potential savings of up to £1 million annually and one-off sales of over £4 million.

Man assaulted at Lancaster bus stop

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 15:45: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Lancaster. Around 3.00am on Sunday 12th June, a 27-year-old man was waiting at a bus stop on South Road when he was approached by another man. Without warning, the man hit the victim over the head with his arm which was in a plaster cast before getting on the same bus as the victim.

Take the Red Tape Challenge

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 15:15: Bemused by bureaucracy but worried that removing rules will simply let business and government play fast and loose with people's rights to a decent working environment? Then you might be interested to know that both the Government and the Health and Safety Executive are calling for people in the North West to give their thoughts on red tape.

Lancaster Skies

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 13:01: Lancaster Skies, a photo by JohnFreeman on Flickr.Lancaster's hot spell continues today.

Saheli brings local people together

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 12:05: Saheli women's group preparing card-making activity which they will run together with Lancashire Adult Learning at their Community Party on 9th July 2011, at Lancaster Boys and Girls Club.

Heysham man sentenced to almost five years in jail for stabbing

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 15:52: A 40-year-old man from Heysham has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison after pleading guilty to wounding at Preston Crown Court. Sean Hann of Brunswick Road, Heysham was charged with wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon following a serious assault in Morecambe last November and he pleaded guilty to the offences on the first day of his trial on the 23rd May.

M6 Link route "not ideal", Morecambe MP admits

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 15:19: Morecambe MP David Morris has admitted the proposed northern route for the M6 link, backed by Lancashire County but not our City or Morecambe Council, is not ideal - but argues an imperfect route is better than nothing when it comes to improving the area's transport links.

Nominations sought for prestigious volunteering award

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 13:00: Lancaster City Council is encouraging the community to nominate the district’s unsung heroes for a special award. Nominations are being sought for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, a prestigious National Honour equivalent to the MBE. “Voluntary groups across the Lancaster district are vital to all aspects of community life," notes Coun Jon Barry, cabinet member for the voluntary sector.

Lancaster Comedy Club lines up Fringe Star Night

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 12:32: Justin MoorhouseAs the Edinburgh Fringe approaches, comedians from around the world are putting the finishing touches to their new shows in the hope of being nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award (formerly known as the Perrier) or turning the heads of TV producers.

Moorside School throws open its doors for a day

Monday, June 27, 2011 - 12:18: Moorside School, Lancaster, is throwing open its doors for a day to give parents, children and other members of the community a chance to discover the hidden gems which make for an exciting primary school life.

Strike Day Question Time Public Meeting for MP

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 11:09: Strike action, picketing, a rally in Market Square, and a Question Time Panel where local MP Eric Ollerenshaw (pic) will have to answer to the public for his government's policies on the NHS, pensions, and cuts are all planned in Lancaster for next Thursday 30 June. The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)has 290,000 members and is the UK's largest civil service trade union.

National award for Special Inspector Ruth Gardner

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 11:00: Can you 'trust the specials like the old time coppers' as the song goes? Ruth Gardner looks like she could be a good bet. As a special inspector who polices Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre, she has received a national award for helping to improve the processes for searching for missing people.

In Review: 'Jamrach's Menagerie' by Carol Birch

Friday, June 24, 2011 - 00:13: Lancastrian novelist Carol Birch’s Jamrach’s Menagerie is a 19th century seaman’s yarn depicting the voyage from youth to maturity of one Jaffy Brown: an otherwise insignificant boy from London’s East End. Fate pounces on Jaffy in the shape of a tiger, on the loose from Jamrach’s Menagerie of exotic creatures.

Applications welcome for next teen police cadet course

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 14:42: Teenagers who want to do something proactive with their spare time are being urged to sign up for the next teenage voluntary police cadets course. The scheme has been running for a number of years and accepts 16 – 19-year-olds who live or attend school in the Carnforth, Garstang, Lancaster or Morecambe areas.

Lancaster J30: Public Meeting on the National Strike at Town Hall Tonight

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:25: A public meeting will be held at Lancaster Town Hall at 7pm this evening Thursday 23 June in preparation for the National Day of Action called for Thursday 30 June. The meeting has been organised by Lancaster & Morecambe Against the Cuts, which is a coalition of local trades unions, community organisations and individuals. The PCS, NUT.

Council to invite applications for Freewomen of the City

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 15:14: Lancaster City Council has issued its annual invitiation for applications from potential Freemen of the City of Lancaster. Traditionally, Freemen enjoyed certain exclusive trading and grazing advantages.

Used Car Warning after stolen cars sold over internet

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 10:00: Lancashire police are warning members of the public to be particularly vigilant if considering buying a used car. The warning comes after a spate of reports of stolen and cloned vehicles over recent weeks.

Brace yourselves for a bathe: Morecambe's water is lovely

Wednesday, June 15, 2011 - 08:07: Bathing in Morecambe Bay has never been better, according to the Government.

Missing Barrow woman may be in Lancaster area

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 14:37: Police are concerned for the welfare of 69-yr-old Patricia Jarvis from Greengate Street, Barrow, who has been missing from her home address since yesterday morning. Patricia may be in the Cumbria area but may also have travelled to Blackpool or the wider Lancaster area.

Transport group anger at County's attempts to restrict Link debate

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 10:21: Local transport campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe has hit out at Lancashire County Council's attempts to stifle debate on the M6 link during a new consultation programme, which runs until the end of July. As we reported earlier, Lancashire County Council is hosting more consultations about the Heysham M6 Link this week.

Chris Bonnington and Helen Skelton back local Uni's special Week

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 17:58: Helen Skelton is backing the University of Cumbria's part in Universities WeekMonday 13th to Sunday 19th June is national Universities Week, celebrating the ways in which universities and higher education can benefit everybody. It's also hoped the Week will serve to highlight the range of economic and research roles which the country's higher education sector currently plays.

Goodbye to the Guardian

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 16:40: Waiting for a new tenant. Probably another charity shop? A quicker reminder that, sadly, the Lancaster Guardian no longer has an office in Lancaster itself. You can still contact the paper's reporters, now based in Morecambe, on 01524 32525.

Strongmen to do battle at Salt Ayre

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 16:18: Graham Hicks Photo: Lancaster City Council16 competitors from across Northern England will line-up at Salt Ayre Sports Centre later this month to battle it out for the honour of being crowned England’s strongest man.

Heysham Link: still time to Make Your View heard

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 13:56: Lancashire County Council will host more consultations about the Heysham M6 Link this week - and opposition continues to the scheme on grounds of cost and location. There are also concerns that the County may have misled local residents about the nature of the consultation, with press advertisements perhaps giving the impression that only design elements of the road can be considered.

Local police stations may be sold off as spending cuts bite

Monday, June 13, 2011 - 12:28: The public are to be asked for their views on the future of police premises and front counter services in the county after the Constabulary considered a report outlining potential savings of up to £1 million annually and one-off sales of over £4 million.

McGuinness shows his class with 17th TT win

Saturday, June 11, 2011 - 08:00: Morecambe's John McGuinness showed his undoubted class around the Isle of Man Mountain Course on Friday evening when he won a thrilling Senior TT race.

University of Cumbria welcomes students to open day

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 13:40: The University of Cumbria will open its doors to potential students this Saturday. The open days, held in Carlisle, Lancaster and Newton Rigg, will be an opportunity for potential 2012 students to visit the university, meet current students, talk to expert tutors and student support teams and have a look around the campus.

Appeal after assault on 15 year old girl in Skerton

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 13:30: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 15-year-old schoolgirl was sexually assaulted in an alleyway in Skerton, Lancaster on Monday night (6th June 2011). The offence took place at 8.50pm when the girl was walking home alone.

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:38: Following on from May's Slutwalk, numerous educators have expressed concern about Bedfordshire MP Nadine Dorris' Bill to impose mandatory lessons on sexual abstinence on girls in our schools whilst ignoring any role boys might play in this matter. To balance this process, a new poster is being produced to assist educators in teaching how to avoid sexual assault.

Drugs raid nets major drugs haul in Morecambe

Friday, June 10, 2011 - 10:19: Four arrested after heroin seized in Morecambe Four men have been arrested after police recovered 200 wraps of suspected heroin after a raid at an address in Morecambe on Wednesday. Officers raided the address on Arkholme Court on Wednesday night and discovered the drugs believed to be worth an estimated £2000.

County Council shells out for sheriff's shield ceremony

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 17:53: Time for Robin or (Robyn) Hood to make a stand?Lancashire's High Sheriff will officially mark the beginning of his year in office with a traditional shield hanging ceremony at Lancaster Castle.

Ashton Memorial steps closed after mystery damage

Thursday, June 9, 2011 - 17:40: Photo: Ant MercerThe main external staircase leading up to the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park, Lancaster, is to be temporarily closed to the public, to enable maintenance works to take place. Damage to the steps was reported last month and Lancaster City Council immediately restricted access - but the cause of the damage has yet to be identified.

Six arrested in morning raids on Ryelands and Vale

Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 13:42: Six people have been arrested in a series of raids carried out this morning as part of a robbery investigation. Warrants were executed by support unit officers at properties on the Ryelands and Vale estates, Lancaster, at around 8.30am. The men, aged 18, 19, 22, 24, 25 and 26, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit robbery.

Car accident victim’s property stolen in burglary

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12:50: Police are appealing for information after the belongings of a man who is recovering from a coma in hospital were stolen during a burglary in Lancaster. Sometime overnight on Friday 3rd June, somebody broke into a first floor flat on Hala Road and ransacked the premises.

Go Fishing - with the police

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 10:57: Young anglers can reel in prizes by taking part in a police fishing competition in Carnforth next month. Junior angling matches, organised by Lancashire Police, give youngsters the opportunity to receive free fishing tuition and then put it into competitive practice. The next event will take place on Saturday 30th July at Borwick Waters, Borwick, Carnforth.

Tickets go on sale for summer theatre in Williamson Park

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 18:00: Lancaster's Williamson Park is providing the backdrop this summer for two top quality outdoor theatre productions by award winning Illyria Theatre Company. The first play will take place on Friday 24th June when Illyria will perform William Shakespeare’s comedy classic ‘Twelfth Night’ on a stage exactly the same as those used by medieval touring troupes.

Sweet sixteen for McGuinness with Superbike victory at 2011 TT

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 14:29: John McGuinness made it Isle of Man TT win number 16 on Saturday when he took a superb victory in the six-lap Superbike race, the opening event of the 2011 festival.

Lancastrians bank on keeping the NHS public

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 14:09: Lancaster was buzzing on Saturday as campaigners of Keep Our NHS Public were joined by groups from Lancaster and Morecambe Against the Cuts and UK Uncut Lancaster all eager to stand up for a publicly owned NHS.

'As You Like It' Competition Winners

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 13:59: Photo courtesy the Globe TheatreThe lucky winners of our recent competition to win tickets to 'As You Like It' in Williamson Park were Kate Newey from Portland Street, Lancaster and James Palmer from Cleveleys Avenue.

Sneak Lancaster office thief gets a run for his crimes

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 13:00: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was challenged after stealing petty cash from a solicitors and was chased down the street in Lancaster. The burglary took place at 2.40pm on Thursday 2nd June when a man has sneaked into a solicitors on Middle Street, Lancaster.

Police hunt for Lancaster 'Distraction Burglars'

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 12:00: Graham Street, Lancaster. Image via Google MapsPolice are appealing for witnesses after two people attempted to steal from an elderly man’s home in Lancaster, which has left the victim very shaken. The incident happened on Thursday 2nd June between 5.00 and 5.30pm on Graham Street.

Morecambe Brass Band bring 'Midsummer Memories' to the Platform

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 11:00: Morecambe Brass Band will be bringing ‘Midsummer Memories’ to Morecamebe's Platform in Morecambe with their performance on Saturday 2nd July. Their performance will take you on an emotional journey of joy, tears and laughter as they present you with a delightful evening of musical memories.

Police appeal after Lancaster shopkeeper racially abused

Saturday, June 4, 2011 - 10:00: Police are appealing for witnesses after a shopkeeper was racially abused in Luckyz convenience store on Ullswater Road, Lancaster. The incident happened on Sunday 15th May at around 2.30pm. The offender entered the store and attempted to pay for some goods.

Police appeal for witnesses after Preesall collision

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 19:02: Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Preesall. It happened today, (Friday 3rd June) at around 1.50pm on Park Lane, near to the Saracens Head pub and involved a Ford Fiesta, a Nissan Sunny and a Mazda 626.

Bravery Award for Lancaster Woman

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 13:24: Samantha Oram with her Bravery AwardA Lancaster resident who stopped to help a woman following a fatal stabbing has received a prestigious award to honour her heroic actions. Samantha Oram was presented with the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society Award to recognise the assistance she gave to 37-year-old Tracy Dryden as she lay dying by the roadside on Friday 12th March 2010.

BBC's Crimewatch Roadshow - Live from Morecambe

Friday, June 3, 2011 - 11:39: BBC One’s Crimewatch Roadshow will launch its new six week series live from Lancashire on Monday 6th June 2011 - and will kick off in Morecambe. The popular daytime show will be aired between 9.15 and 10.00am each weekday morning and will be broadcasting live from a different location across the North West during its first week.

Police appeal for missing Fleetwood girl

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 23:47: (Update 7th June - girl returned home safe and well, story retained for archive purposes) Police are appealing for information after a 14 year old girl went missing from her home in Fleetwood. Courtney Jackson has not been seen since she left her grandparents address on Mariners Close on Bank Holiday Monday at around 9.00pm.

Lancaster McDonalds assault prompts police appeal

Thursday, June 2, 2011 - 18:19: Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault McDonalds in Lancaster. The incident happened inside the McDonald’s store on Cheapside on Tuesday 17th May 2011 at around 5.20pm. The victim, a schoolboy, had a milkshake carton thrown at him before being grabbed around the throat and attempted to push him to the ground.