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August 2011

Appeal after man assaulted in Morecambe pub

Police are appealing for information after an assault at a pub in Morecambe.   At around 11.15pm last night (30th August), police were called to the Imperial pub on Regent Road after a fight broke out.   It is believed, that the fight, involving a group of men and women, began inside the pub but then spilled out on to the street outside.

Comedian Tape Face's triumphant return to Lancaster

If funny bones have a pulse then The Lancaster Comedy Club would have its fingers firmly on it! The Borough's twice monthly comedy night has had an uncanny knack of bringing the best comics to the city just before the rest of the world catches on. New Zealander Sam Wills (also known as The Boy With Tape On His Face) is a prime example.

Howden Jones tour continues

Local musicians Kate Howden and Paul Jones - better known simply as howdenjones - have announced further dates in their 'beautiful music in beautiful places' tour across the UK - including a number of local events at places like Glasson Dock and Lancaster's Golden lion pub. Check out the full list to date below.

1,000 plant cannabis factory found in Morecambe

(Updated 31/8/11, suspects named): Police have seized around 1,000 plants after a cannabis factory was discovered in an empty house in Morecambe. Officers were called to the property on Alexandra Road at around midnight on Monday, following a report of a break-in at the address.

RLI Candle Lit Vigil to protest NHS Privatisation

A Candle-lit Vigil will be held on Wednesday 7 September outside the Royal Lancaster Infirmary (on the green opposite White Cross) in defence of the NHS and against proposed changes to marketise it for profit. All are welcome.

Please pledge for Fairfield Association nature reserve bid

Local environmental charity, the Fairfield Association, have just bought a strip of land of more than two acres to add to their new 15-acre FAUNA (Fairfield Association Urban Nature Area) nature reserve and seek to buy another. The strip just purchased runs across the area next to FAUNA which the association has been raising money to buy for the last year.

Cumbria Uni Clearing: Sustainable Technologies B.Eng. places available

Cumbria University still has places left on the BEng Sustainable Technologies degree course based in Workington. Big PV solar arrays, biomass boilers, offshore windfarms, hydro-electric, cheap living, fresh air, the best scenery in England to play out in and a sure career in a high demand field with a global future.

Under Morecambe Skies exhibition set to reveal the town's hidden chaos?

"Under Morecambe Skies" is a new photographic exhibition by Lancaster photographer Richard Davis which opens in the Dukes Gallery, Lancaster next Friday (2nd September) "The exhibition is a celebration of all things Morecambe, it highlights the often choatic mix of man's bizarre intervention nature's stunning wonder," says Richard.

Local councillor piles on the pedal power to raise money for local community centre

Lancaster's Castle Ward Green Councillor Jon Barry will be riding a sponsored 100 mile Tour of Castle Ward to raise money for the Marsh Community Centre next month. Coun Barry intends to do 19 laps of the 5.3 mile course around the edge of Castle Ward, hoping to complete the course in under 7 hours on Saturday 17th September, depending on the weather, traffic and his legs!

Yorkshire terrier stolen in Carnforth burglary

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Carnforth in which a Yorkshire terrier was stolen. Although the dog has now been found, items stolen in the raid are still being sought. Between 10.30am and 1.15pm on Friday 19th August, somebody broke into a house on Main Street in Whittington.

Police seek canal camera thieves

Lancaster police are hunting thieves who stole camera equpment from a bird watcher on the canal. The incident happened just before 9.00am on Friday 19th August near to the canal path on Aldcliffe Road. A local nature photographer was approached by two men and one of them started to talk to him and distracted him whilst the other man stole his bag containing various pieces of camera equipment.

Pilling it on at the Platform

The Platform is hosting a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert with Pilling Jubilee Silver Band and Wendy Sharrock next month. Pilling Silver Jubilee Band has had great success over the last few years, winning numerous contest trophies – a run of success the band puts down to to a lot of hard work and commitment from the players and conductor, who have all worked as a team.

University of Cumbria offers clearing opportunities open to disappointed students

Disappointed students who have received their A Level results today can call the University of Cumbria’s Clearing hotline for help and advice. The University has set up a call centre to deal with the hundreds of calls expected over the next days and weeks from students looking for places starting in September.

Appeal after Morecambe assault

Morecambe Police are appealing for information after an assault that happened in the early hours of Sunday morning (13th August). At just after 1.00 o'clock on Sunday morning, police received a report of a fight that had happened on Christie Avenue around half an hour earlier, around 12.30am.

Wolfwood animal charity announces fund-raiisng event

Do you know what happens to the stray dogs of Lancaster and Morecambe that are rounded up by the Dog Warden? When you call the RSPCA about young chicks that you have found fallen or pushed out of their nest, do you know what they do with them? No, neither did Dave Morgan - until he met Stephen Wakelin of Wolfwood – Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation and Rehoming of Rescue Dogs...

Police appeal after Regent Street break-in

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Regent Street, Lancaster at the weekend. The incident happened on Sunday 14th August, between 3.30am and 4.10am. A man forced his way into a house and has searched various rooms before entering a bedroom upstairs. Once inside he turned the light on and disturbed the sleeping occupants.

Appeal after another Lancaster cycle path robbery

Lancaster police are appealing for information after a man was robbed on the Lancaster-Morecambe cycle path earlier this month. It was around 10.00pm on the 1st August when a 37-year-old man was riding along the cycle path next to the ASDA store on Ovangle Road and was stopped by two men. The men blocked his way on the cycle path, produced a knife and demanded money.

Sunderland Point residents help police nab a car thief

Local residents have been praised by police for their part in assisting officers catch a car thief, who is now behind bars for four months. Ryan Gorman, 22, of no fixed abode, took a blue Ford transit van from a property on Greenhalgh Lane, Greenhalgh, overnight on 11th August.

Gifts galore and so much more at Williamson Park store

The gift shop at Williamson Park in Lancaster has undergone an amazing transformation. Lancaster City Council gathered together an expert team consisting of members of the Visitor Information Centres, Customer Services and Williamson Park staff to redecorate the shop, whilst introducing new stock and raising the standards of customer service.

Health care cut at Lancaster Farms

The Government has revealed that it has cut the health care budget at HMP YOI Lancaster Farms) by £562,000 - but says the cuts are in proportion to the number of offenders in the prison.

Court Matters

The following people will appear in local courts in coming weeks: • Karl Manley, 28, of Goldfinch Close, Heysham, has been charged with encouraging / assisting the commission of an offence and will appear before Lancaster Magistrates Court on the 19th August (see news story) • Warren Calvert, 19, of Kingsway, Heysham has been charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting in the...

Morecambe's MP calls for baton rounds and water cannon against rioters

Morecambe MP David Morris has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, calling on the government to allow the use of water cannon and plastic baton rounds in the event of future riots - tactics that have been rejected, so far, by the police and condemned by civil rights activists.

Lancaster man charged after encouraging disorder on Facebook

(Updated 13/8/11) A Lancaster man has been charged after posting a message encouraging disorder on Facebook - bringing the total number of Lancashire residents charged to four after recent unrest across the country.

Local TV for Lancaster?

(Updated 12/8/11): Local TV could be on the cards for Lancaster and Morecambe if government plans for the medium gain ground. Ofcom - the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries - has assessed the available spectrum on around 70 terrestrial television transmitters that serve the largest number of people in the UK.

Another local man charged with "encouraging disorder" on Facebook

Two more men from Lancashire - one from Heysham - have been charged after posting messages encouraging disorder on Facebook, bringing the total number of people arrested for this offence to four.

Lancaster couple charged with baby murder

A Lancaster couple have been charged with the murder of a four month old baby boy. Christopher Roberts, 18, of Great Dockray, Penrith and Karen Irvine, 18, of Lark Field, Penrith have both been charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child. Both have been remanded in custody to appear before Lancaster Magistrates Court on 11th August.

Lancashire Police warn against "unhelpful rumour mongering" amid riot concerns

Lancashire police say they will prosecute residents inciting disorder on social networking sites - and have asked people to avoid "unhelpful rumour mongering" alleging riots and other social unrest.

Rally for fair fares as tickets prices set to rise

On Tuesday we'll find out just how much fares will rise in January – the start of the whopping 28 per cent increases planned over the next four years if the Government gets its way.

Lancashire police head south to aid riot-pressed Met

Lancashire police have been drafted in to help bolster police numbers in London dealing with riots in the capital. “Lancashire Constabulary can confirm that it is providing mutual aid to the Metropolitan Police Service during the ongoing disturbances in and around London," said Assistant Chief Constable Peter White.

Dukes says goodbye to 'sparkling' Merlin

Alsas! Alack! There’s just a few days to go before Merlin the wizard casts his final spell over Williamson Park in Lancaster. The Dukes very successful 25th anniversary season of walkabout shows ends on 20th August – after extending its run for a week. Merlin and the Legend of King Arthur has received 4-star reviews in the national press and proved a bit hit with audiences too.

High Five for Morecambe Sandcastle Festival

Despite the weather, thousands of people ventured down to the golden sands of Morecambe beach at the weekend to visit the resort’s fifth Sandcastle Festival. The event, which was organised by Lancaster City Council, took place over the weekend and provided visitors with a free weekend of seaside fun and Morecambe was packed with people enjoying the free entertainment on offer.

Woman, 75, dies following Singleton collision

A local woman has sadly passed away following a collision on Fleetwood Road in Singleton last month. At around 2.20pm on Thursday 21st July, there was a collision between a Vauxhall Agila and an HGV at the traffic lights at the junction of Fleetwood Road and Garstang Road, known locally as Windy Harbour crossroads.

Lancaster Tennis Club announced Singles Tennis Tournament for Juniors

Lancaster Tennis Club is building on the success of its junior coaching programme and its Saturday Play Tennis sessions, by organizing a singles tennis tournament for juniors on 27th and 28th August.

Animal Care Adoption Spotlight: Keisha and Jess

Lancaster's Animal Care should be your first port of call when considering a new pet. Right now, they have many dogs, cats and other animals looking for homes, and here's some information on a pair of cats hoping to find a new place to live together.

Armchair Auditing: the City Council's accounts under the spotlight

Regular readers of virtual-lancaster will recall we reported how the government had announced the launch of 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.

New deal for charity collectors.

Fed up with running the gauntlet of charity fundraisers every five minutes while you're trying to do your errands in town? Or those fake 'charity' clothing collectors who drop their bags through your letterbox? Lancaster City's Licensing Department is responding to complaints by setting out new regulations to govern both.

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Dukes is "Top of the Ops"!

Glyndebourne Festival 2011 in Cinemas from Glyndebourne on Vimeo. Top opera comes to Lancaster this August – courtesy of The Dukes. Glyndebourne Opera’s latest production, Turn of the Screw, will be screened live into The Dukes cinema on Sunday 21st August.

Appeal after man is chased in Morecambe

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 22 year old man was allegedly chased down Regent Road in Morecambe during a dispute on Tuesday 26th July. The incident is alleged to have taken place between 6pm and 7.00pm when a woman, brandishing a knife, has chased after the victim down the street making threats.

Youngsters reel in prizes at Carnforth police fishing competition

From left to right: David Lewthwaite, Nathan Stretch, Chief Inspector O'Gara, Carnforth Town Mayor, Councillor Pat Woofe, Lewis Nolan (3rd place), David Taylor from Bardon Aggregates, Matt Dent from The Environment Agency, Rhys Douglas (2nd place), Steve Griffiths from Borwickfishing and John Blowes from Carnforth RotaryPC Marc Saycell (off duty) helping a young personOver 50 youngsters took part...

Appeal for missing Fleetwood man

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a 53 year old man from Fleetwood who has gone missing. Kenneth Lancaster was last seen at his home address on Warrenhurst Road around 6.20am on Wednesday 3rd August. He is described as white with receding, ginger hair and of medium build. He was wearing blue jeans and brown boots.

Morecambe's 5th Annual Sandcastle Festival this weekend!

Internationally renowned sand artists Sand in Your Eye will amaze the crowds again at Morecambe this weekend with an array of expertly crafted sand sculptured masterpieces and tableaux on the Prom, inspiring you to join in the massive sandcastle building practice session on Saturday and hopefully dig up first prize in the Super Sandcastle Competition on Sunday.

Holiday Watch launched to keep local holiday visitors safe

The police have launched a special text messaging crime prevention scheme has been launched to keep holiday makers safe. The Holiday Watch scheme allows those staying at the South Lakes Leisure Village, Carnforth, to receive up-to-date information on suspicious and criminal activity in the area, along with tips to protect their property, via their mobiles.

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