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July 2011

Thumbs up for Youth Games 2013?

Labour councillors on Lancaster City Council have given a massive thumbs up to hosting the International Youth Games in Lancaster in 2013. When the Games were last due to be held in the District in 2009 the council withdrew support as a cost-cutting measure. Now councillor Eileen Blamire, leader of the council, has suggested that the cost could be spread over two financial years.

Police appeal after Lancaster road rage incident

Police are appealing for information to help identify the driver of a Ford Mondeo who was involved in a road rage incident in Lancaster earlier this month - who might be a local care worker.

Lancaster man in court on burglary charge

James Stovold, 28, of Windholme Close, Lancaster, will appear at Lancaster Magistrates Court today charged with an offence of burglary with intent to steal. This relates to a distraction burglary at the home of an elderly female at Green Lane, Lancaster on 27th July 2011.

Lancaster City Council more than ready for "armchair auditors"

Lancaster City Council is prepared for a potential army of 'armchair auditors' set to be unleashed on their books after recent announcements by the government. Earlier this week, the government announced the launch of a new online search engine that shows local taxpayers when they can inspect their council's detailed financial spending and ledgers as part of greater public transparency.

More than 1,000 celebrate start of Olympic countdown

More than 1,000 local people took part in over 40 sports, art and games events taking place across the Lancaster district as part of the 2012 Open Weekend. The Open Weekend took place from 22 to 24th July and saw over 20 clubs and community organisations join forces with Lancaster City Council to give residents access to free activities.

Summer time... and burglary is easy...

It seems hot weather is finally upon us, so it's time for the annual reminder not to leave windows open and doors unlocked when you leave your home in a bid to beat the burglars. Police warn that the warm weather provides a temptation to leave windows open for ventilation purposes – but this can also provide an opportunity for a thief to gain easy access to your home.

Visiting Views: Morecambe Seagulls

Lancaster and Morecambe gets plenty of visitors -- and many of them come armed with cameras. One recent visitor is Indian photographer Mridula Dwivedi, who happened to be in Morecambe during the Kite Festival, and took this fabulous photo of seagulls in the Bay earlier this week - which she's kindly given us permission to publish here.

Winmarleigh burglary victim receives apology from offender

A teacher whose home was burgled while she slept has received an apology after meeting with the thief who targeted her house. Victoria Draycott lost valuable and sentimental items in the raid on her Winmarleigh (between Lancaster and Garstang) home in May 2009.

Folk at the Gillow: August line-up revealed

There's another great line up of folk music planned for Lancastr's Robert Gillow pub next month. Here's the rundown... Thursday 4th August: Paul Reynolds with special guest, Howard Haigh Paul Reynolds is usually listed under: “Acoustic World Music, Acoustic Percussive Guitar, Acoustic Jazz, Acoustic Blues, Contemporary” or such like.

Animals seized in Morecambe raid after dog attacks

Dog owners are being urged to think carefully about their choice of pet and its subsequent care after two animals were seized in a police raid.

City Council backs broadband rollout to rural communities

Lancaster City Council will host a workshop in Hornby on Monday 8th August so rural communities can discuss the future of superfast broadband. Lancashire County Council is leading on a new project to improve broadband provision across the county, a venture supported by the City Council on the basis that rural communities in the Lancaster area will be the first to benefit.

Views sought on local poll review

Voters are being asked to comment on future polling arrangements in the Lancaster City Council area. The Council is reviewing its arrangements for voters on polling day by reviewing polling districts and places.

Police appeal after Morecambe teenager killed in M6 crash

Middleton teenager Hayley Marie McGinn, who was killed in a road traffic accident on the M6 this weekend Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal road traffic collision on the M6 in the early hours of Sunday morning. The victim has now been named as 19-year-old Hayley Marie McMinn from Middleton, Morecambe.

Fresh Blood Wanted

During National Blood Week last month, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT ) issued a call for 10,000 people across England and North Wales to make a date to donate, after new data showed there had been a 20 per cent drop in young regular donors over the last decade raising concerns for the stability of blood stocks in the future.

Anti-social behaviour falls by 10 per cent across Lancashire

Anti-social behaviour has fallen by 10 per cent across the county according to national statistics released this week. This means 14,087 less victims from April 2010 – March 2011 when compared to the previous year.

Walk the Bay for Cancer Research

KidsCan Children’s Cancer Research Centre have a forthcoming Morecambe Bay Walk on Sunday 7th August. The organisers tell us it's an event for all the family – even the dog! There is a fee of £10 per person for the eight mile walk but this includes the coach fare to take you round to Arnside from Kents Bank. Everyone taking part must meet at Kents Bank at 9.45am for the coach.

Calling all Freemen & Freewomen to register for historic ballot.

Lancaster City Council is attempting to contact as many Freemen as possible in order to prepare for a ballot that might make some further historic changes to the criteria for the admission of Freemen and Freewomen.

Morecambe flying high as a kite this festival weekend

Morecambe is looking forward to a weekend of fun and excitement with the forthcoming West End Festival at Regent Park on Saturday July 23rd and Catch the Wind, Morecambe’s fabulous annual kite festival, now in its 9th year on Sunday 24th July.

Lancaster's Novel Cafe hosts Back & Beyond fund raiser

Lancaster's newest cafe will be hosting an evening celebrating the prose form to raise funds for Issue 2 of Lancaster's newest arts project, BackBeyond. The Novel Cafe, in New Street, will play host to an evening of prose, long and short, performed by actors and with an informal prose forum.

Shape up for summer at Salt Ayre

If you've just returned from your summer holidays and the photos of you on the beach are making you think that you need to lose a few pounds then help is at hand. Salt Ayre Sport Centre is offering a special rate to get you fit and healthy by the end of summer. Join ‘Shape up in summer’ and you can enjoy 30 days of fitness for only £25.