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June 2011

Cyclist knocked off bike in Heysham

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"

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

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

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

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

Lancaster Skies, a photo by JohnFreeman on Flickr.Lancaster's hot spell continues today.

Saheli brings local people together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bathing in Morecambe Bay has never been better, according to the Government.