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September 2011

Archbishop of York to visit Lancaster next week

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 18:36: Image: Archbishop of York web siteThe Archbishop of York, The Most Revd and Rt Hon Dr John Sentamu will be visiting Lancaster on Thursday 6th October as part of a two day visit to the Diocese of Blackburn.

Lancaster police hunt would-be cash machine raiders

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 18:27: Spar on Willow Lane, Lancaster. Image: Google Maps Lancaster police are appealing for people to come forward with information after a cash machine was targeted on Lune Industrial Estate this week.

Rewards offered for return of stolen watch

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 15:08: The Lancashire Partnership Against Crime is offering a cash reward for the safe return of the Omega watch which belonged to the Morecambe woman’s late husband. The watch was stolen from a house in Sefton Road, Heysham on Tuesday 13th September, along with a Samsung television (see new story).

Election process begins after Morecambe Town Council chair resigns

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 12:51: Councillor Roger Plumb, who recently resignedFollowing the resignation of Morecambe Town Council's chairman, the process for filling the vacancy within the Westgate Ward of Morecambe Town Council will begin on 30th September 2011. Councillor Roger Plumb, who recently resigned citing personal reasons, had been the Chairman of the Council since April 2010.

Success for rural crime crackdown - but battle continues

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 11:56: Superintendent Richard Spedding with Farmer Ally Weare during Operation FirecrestA week-long operation to combat rural crime in Lancashire has been hailed a success by the police. Over £50,o00 of cash and stolen property was seized during raids on suspect addresses as part of Operation Firecrest, including power tools, trailers, quad bikes and motorcycles.

Morecambe Winter Gardens seeks restoration funds vote

Friday, September 30, 2011 - 10:32: Hot on the heels of an appeal from the Highfield Regeneration Project for support for their planned restoration of the Derwent Road grounds comes and appeal from the Winter Gardens Preservation Trust to back their appeal for funds from the same competition.

Wi-fi at Williamson Park

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 16:20: Customers of the Pavilion Café at Williamson Park can now surf the internet over a cappuccino following the installation of a new wireless access point. If you fancy getting out of the office, you can now tweet and email from the beautiful surroundings of the Park cafe, whilst tucking in to some great food using locally sourced ingredients.

Grammar School drama group boosts Highfield Tennis Courts Appeal

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 16:08: With the help of some very funny guys from Lancaster Royal Grammar School Drama group and their fabulous 'silent movie' style video to support their entry, Highfield Regeneration Project is through to a final round of a national competition to win a community award of £6,000 from NatWest bank, which will allow work to start the currently derelict tennis courts at the end of Derwent Road.

Woman’s late husband’s watch stolen in Morecambe

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 12:32: Police are appealing for information after a watch was stolen from a house in Morecambe which belonged to the owner’s late husband. Between 12.30pm and 3.45pm on Tuesday 13th September, somebody broke into a house on Sefton Road, Heysham and stole a Samsung television as well as an Omega watch. The watch belonged to the female owner’s late husband and is of huge sentimental value to her.

Cathedral Sky

Thursday, September 29, 2011 - 09:23: St. Peter's in Lancaster's unusual late September sun this morning. The good weather is expected to continue into the weekend.

Appeal after Carlton Street assault in Morecambe

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 16:23: An investigation is underway after a 21-year-old man was subjected to an unprovoked attack as he walked home in Morecambe on Saturday 24th September. The incident happened around 1am along Carlton Street when the victim was approached by a man who angrily accused him of breaking his window.

Show me the Honey: Lancaster Beekeepers gather

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 16:09: Image: Dave Hamilton Lancaster Beekeepers are holding their Annual Honey Show on Saturday 15th October at Hest Bank Village Memorial Hall. The show is an opportunity for people to see honey and honey products that have been produced by members of local beekeeper groups and find out more about what makes good quality honey.

CND Chair in Lancaster as local group discusses future campaigns

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 15:53: Given the state of the economy, is there any point in hoping that the Trident Missile system will at last be abandoned? That's the topic of discussion at the AGM of Lancaster CND tomorrow (29th) when Dave Webb, the anti-nuclear pressure group's National Chair, will be on hand to talk about prospects for Nuclear Disarmament in 2012. Non-members will be especially welcome.

The Dukes welcomes the original Stig

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 13:23: A great family night out is promised by The Dukes when Stig of the Dump comes to Lancaster on Tuesday 22nd October. The well-loved children’s classic has been adapted for the stage and features puppetry and performance by Mind the Gap, one of the UK’s leading disability related theatre companies.

Arcades revamp on course for Spring 2012 completion

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 12:40: Behind the scenes: work on re-developing St. Nicholas Arcades in progress. Photo courtesy St. Nicholas Arcades The St. Nicholas Arcades revamp is proceeding apace in Lancaster, with work well underway on re-developing the retail hub, with completion on course for early next year.

Harvison, Bartley, back for more folk at the Gillow in October

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 12:20: Jon Harvison plays the Robert Gillow on 6th OctoberFolk Music continues aplenty at Lancaster's Robert Gillow in October, in a line up that includes the ever brilliant Jon Harvison, back at the popular venue for another performance. Here's the line-up... Thursday 6th October: Jon Harvison From Keighley, Jon Harvison plays guitar and sings.

Students asked to ‘tag the tiger’ to support responsible drinking

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 17:00: Lancaster students are being urged to ‘tag the tiger’ as part of a joint project to encourage responsible drinking. Easy Tiger is a campaign run jointly by Lancaster police and the city’s universities and colleges, in conjunction with various partners, to encourage students to be sensible about the way in which they consume alcohol.

Local residents warned to beware of cold callers

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 17:12: Residents in the Lancaster district are being warned to be on their guard from cold callers who claim to be able to cut their council tax bills. Lancaster City Council has received reports of residents receiving unsolicited telephone calls from a business offering to investigate - in exchange for an upfront fee - if their property’s council tax banding could be lowered.

Local firm part of Tory conference 'best of British' display

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 15:10: Local firm Drinkwater’s Mushrooms will be exhibiting at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester next month (4th - 5th October). As a local supplier to the UK’s leading supermarkets, the Drinkwater’s team say it's a chance to showcase their product to important dignitaries including the Prime Minster, David Cameron.

Police seek car driver after Lancaster road accident

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 12:58: Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Lancaster. Around 6.00pm on Friday 16 September, a blue and white Suzuki R600 motorbike was travelling along the Preston to Lancaster Road, near Ellel in the direction of Preston.

Morecambe councillors set for litter pick

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 11:10: Morecambe Town councillors will be taking part in a community litter pick event next month, to tackle rubbish on its street - and they're hoping local residents will join in and help.

'Two' learn bar-keeping ropes in run up to Dukes theatre run

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 13:00: Actors Kieran Buckeridge and Ella Vale behind the bar of Lancaster's Golden Lion Lancaster’s newest landlord and landlady were invited to learn the ropes at one of the city’s oldest pubs last week.

Police cuts consultation ends tomorrow

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:38: A consultation process launched to give Lancashire public a say on the future of police premises across the county is drawing to a close. Around 1,000 residents completed surveys during the 12-week consultation period which will conclude on Friday 23rd September. Hundreds more made contact with us via meetings, e-mail and petitions.

RoadWatch scheme to launch in new bid to reduce road accidents in Lancaster

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 11:09: Assistant Chief Constable Andy Rhodes: "We hope that this scheme will reduce speeds and prevent injuries." Photo: Lancashire ConstabularyLancaster RoadWatch, a new scheme which aims to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on the county’s roads is set to be launched in Lancaster and Wyre - and has been welcomed by both Lancashire Constabulary and the County Council.

Lancaster, this morning...

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 09:19:

Theives steal lambing gates from Lancaster farm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 18:24: One remaining connecting section of the gate. The two stolen sections have no plywood in the intervening sections, unlike this one.Local police are appealing for information after four galvanised steel gates were stolen from a farm in Lancaster earlier this month. The theft took place at Seven Acres on Hazelrigg Lane, Lancaster between 9.00am on 7th September, and 10.00am on 8th September.

Money laundering raid in Morecambe

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 17:11: A woman has been arrested on suspicion of money laundering after police seized thousands of pounds from a house in Morecambe. The 40-year-old woman was arrested yesterday afternoon after police raided an address on Brook Street and discovered a substantial amount of cash and a small amount of cannabis.

Quernmore farm raid brings arrests for fuel and farm machinry theft

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 14:38: Two men have been arrested following a raid on a farm in Lancaster, carried out as part of a crack down on rural crime. Officers from Lancaster’s target team executed a theft warrant at a farm and adjacent land in Long Lane, Quernmore, near Lancaster, at around 10.00am this morning. Officers from the Environment Agency and Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs also attended.

Last chance for 2012 Queen’s Volunteer Award nominations from Lancashire

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 14:25: A Lancashire youth project honoured by The Queen is calling for people to nominate the county’s best volunteer groups for a national award. Previous winners of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Fishwick Rangers Youth Development Scheme based in Preston, are encouraging entries for the next round of Awards before Friday 30th September.

Homebirth support group for Lancaster gets set to launch

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 13:23: Charlotte (at one day old), born at home in Lancaster earlier this year. The first meeting of a new homebirth support group for Lancaster will take place next week. The group is self-organised and open to all women (and their partners) so if you're expecting your first, second, third...

Dukes measures 'The Price of Everything'

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 13:03: How much is beauty worth and what will people pay for an air guitar on eBay? These urgent questions and others are answered inThe Price of Everything, Daniel Bye’s performance lecture about value coming to The Dukes on Thursday 13th October.

A Level celebrations turned sour for teenager assaulted in Lancaster

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 15:40: Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in the early hours of Friday 19th August 2011 between 2.00 and 4.30am on Cheapside, outside the McDonald’s restaurant, Lancaster. The victim, a 19-year-old local man who was out celebrating his A level results, was approached by four men who punched him a few times before making good of their escape.

Could Morecambe trains Go Electric again?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 13:59: An electric train at Morecambe Promenade station in 1964. Photo, featured in "Little" North Western Railway, courtesy Martin Bairstow. Used with permission The possibility of the Morecambe line being included in the proposed North West Railway Electrification Scheme was raised at the City Council meeting earlier this month.

Students urged to have fun but stay safe during Freshers Week

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 10:00: Freshers heading to Lancaster’s two universities are being advised to consider their personal safety while making the most of their first few weeks away from home. University of Cumbria students arrive during the week of 19th September, with first year Lancaster University students starting their on 1st October.

Market Traders hit back at council staff claims they would not move

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 13:16: Lancaster Market Traders have hit back at claims in a council report that some of them would not move from its upper floor as part of a process to rein in costs, saying they are untrue.

Bypass scheme "fiscal madness", says camapign group

Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:00: Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe has again rounded on the County Council for its continued support of the M6 Link, despite huge concerns about both the route and, more importantly, the costs of the project if it goes ahead.

Lancaster Music Festival back next month

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 09:45: Kirsty Almeida - headline act for this year's Music Festival The weekend of 14th – 16th October will see Lancaster's famously historic and hospitable venues play host to every music genre imaginable with the return of the much-praised Lancaster Music Festival. 101 acts, performing at 28 locations in Lancaster are on offer, most within walking distance of each other -- and most will be free.

Punk and poetry at the Yorkshire House

Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 09:33: There's a night of punk and poetry not to be missed at Lancaster's Yorshire House this week (Saturday 24th September), featuring Lancaster's new talent Miss P, Cosmo and The Dead Class. After a lifetime of writing poetry Miss P (facebook link) unleashed herself and is now performing live around the north west and beyond.

Did junior vandals smash up Halton school toys?

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 17:00: Lancaster police are appealing for information after toys from within a school play area in Halton were destroyed earlier this month. The offence took place at St Wilfrid’s School on Penny Stone Road between 4.30pm on Friday 2nd September and 6pm on Sunday 4th September, when somebody climbed into the small, fenced off children’s play area in the school grounds during the holidays.

Morecambe Bay NHS Trust faces clinical negligence case over death of pregnant woman

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 16:06: Blake Lapthorn, one of the UK's leading law firms, is representing the family of Mrs Niran Aukhaj in relation to a potential clinical negligence claim against University Hospital of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, the NHS body with responsibility for Furness General Hospital. Niran very sadly died suddenly in April 2008 when she was 34 weeks pregnant with her second child.

Council delays decision on Lancaster Market's future

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 14:23: (Updated 19th September 2011): Councillors have decided to defer a decision on the future of Lancaster Market after council staff told councillors some traders could not be persuaded to go along with the proposal to move them all to the ground floor of the building.

The ‘Benefit’ of Burlesque and ‘Girly’ Makeovers - courtesy of Ludus

Friday, September 16, 2011 - 10:00: A brand new offer at Lancaster's Ludus Dance comes with added ‘Benefit’. The first 10 lucky people to book onto and pay for the new, Burlesque session at the Ludus Dance Studio in King Street, Lancaster on Friday 30th September, will receive a free makeover from Manchester-based company, ‘Benefit’.

Cash reward in hunt for pterol station thieves

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 15:53: Image via Google MapsA £10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for a cash machine burglary in Lancaster last month. As we previously reported, the offence happened around 2.30am on Friday 26th August at an ATM machine next to Ryelands service station on Owen Road, Skerton.

Lancaster duo charged with gun and drug offences

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 15:26: Two Lancaster men were charged on firearms and drug charges earlier today. Adam Bradley, 18, of Denny Avenue, Lancaster and Neil Bradley, 20, of Austwick Road, Lancaster have both been charged with possession of a shotgun and possession of class A, B and C drugs. Both have been remanded in police custody and will appear at Lancaster Magistrates Court on Thursday the 15th September.

Guitar virtuoso Eduardo Niebla to play in Kirkby Lonsdale

Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 09:30: Formidable flamenco-jazz guitar virtuoso, Eduardo Niebla travels north to play a concert at The Harlequin Theatre, Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale next month. In a career spanning four decades, guitarist and composer Niebla has been acclaimed as one of the world's great guitar virtuosos and a potent force in flamenco jazz fusion today.

Woman sexually assaulted on Lancaster cycle path

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 13:55: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman was sexually assaulted as she walked along a cycle path in Lancaster on Friday 2nd September.

Morecambe burglars assault home owner and make off with laptop and mobile

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 13:52: Detectives are appealing for information following a violent robbery in Morecambe, which took place on Friday 9th September at around 8.00pm on Clarendon Road. Three me entered the victim’s home and assaulted the man and stolen a laptop computer and a mobile telephone. The victim suffered from cuts and bruises from the attack.

September is never too early for Santa - well, a Santa Appeal, that is

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 13:40: Santa Claus is coming to town… and he’s got company! Lancaster is gearing up once again for the Santa Dash, which will see hundreds of Santa’s and their trusty reindeer running, jogging, walking, rolling, dancing, prancing and jingling all the way from Salt Ayre Sports Centre into Market Square, to raise funds for local charity, CancerCare.

Weekend burglaries prompt police appeal

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 13:32: Police are appealing for information following three burglaries in Lancaster over the weekend. The incidents happened between Saturday 10th and Monday 12th September on Beaumont Street, De Vitre Street and Dumbarton Road. The incident on Dumbarton Road took place between 11.30pm on Friday 9th September and 7.00am on Saturday 10th September.

Postman's love of Morecambe revealed in new Dukes exhibition

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 10:00: Yacht Club by Richard DavisA postman’s love affair with Morecambe has produced a new photographic exhibition at The Dukes, which runs until 25th September. Richard Davis is often inspired to take images of Morecambe while on his round in the West End of the resort.