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October 2011

ASBO ban for shoplifter from Lancaster city centre stores

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 16:55: Shallane Forsythe32-year-old Shallane Forsythe has been given as ASBO banning her from Lancaster’s shops following a campaign of harassment against workers in the city’s stores. Lancaster Magistrates Court heard a catalogue of complaints against detailing how she has subjected shop staff to persistent abuse and threats while trying to shoplift.

Myths to come to life at local book signing

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 15:17: Waterstones King Street in Lancaster is supporting local talent this week, with a signing with Gareth Thompson, Kendal-based author of picture book The Sea Swallow. The event takes place on Saturday 5th November from 11.00a. Gareth Thompson worked in London as a music journalist before he returned to the North and caught the storytelling bug.

Judge orders council to come up with market plan

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 11:20: (First posted: 28/10/11, Updated with additional information provided by Lancaster City Council, 31/10/11): Lancaster Market traders tired of uncertainty over the council's plans for the market building won a victory at the County Court last week, when the council was given until 12 December to present them with firm proposals for the building's future.

Real Ale campaigners hails Local Pub Week success, but urge more support for pubs

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:44: Ale campaigners outside the Golden Ball, Lancaster, during Local Pubs Week“The local” is a valuable social asset but is under threat and needs your support. That's the message from The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) who marked Local Pubs Week in the Lancaster area with events celebrating the role of pubs in the life of the community.

Capture your baby’s personality in paint!

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:36: Local portrait artist Debbie Stubbs is just starting a very unusual business that should have real family appeal, and is the perfect gift for Birthdays, Christenings or Christmas. Portrait paintings are usually for the rich and famous but Debbie recognises that every child is special and offers to paint you a unique and individual picture from only £45.

Heysham crash closes road, four men injured

Monday, October 31, 2011 - 10:31: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after four men were injured in a road traffic collision in Heysham this morning (Sunday 30th October).

Arkholme welcomes top blues player

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 14:33: Legendary British Blues Band “Paul Lamb and the Kingsnakes” are coming to play in Arkholme Village Hall on Saturday 12th November 2011. Named UK Blues Band of the Year five times, the Kingsnakes are led by the great harmonica player Paul Lamb, who has played alongside Buddy Guy, Mark Knopfler, The Who and Rod Stewart – and was recently inducted into the British Blues Hall of Fame.

Students robbed in Lancaster street robberies

Sunday, October 30, 2011 - 10:14: Lancaster police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after two students were robbed in two separate incidents as they walked home from a night out. Both robberies took place within an hour of each other in the early hours of Saturday morning (29th October).

Fireworks Festival back with a bang!

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 13:01: The skies above Lancaster will be ablaze with colour once again when Lancaster City Council launches its 2011 Firework Spectacular. This year’s pyrotechnic spectacular takes place on the big day itself – Saturday, November 5 at 8pm – and is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever before.

Fly to the Platform for pantomime fun

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 11:00: Panto season is rapidly approaching and The Platform in Morecambe is hosting the family favourite, Aladdin from 20th December. The age-old story from China is brought right up to date in this fast colourful presentation from the renowned Fame Factory in Derby.

Garastang PCSO’s Peruvian taxi ride raises £3,000 for charity

Friday, October 28, 2011 - 10:53: A PCSO’s 2,000-mile journey across Peru has helped to raise £3,000 for a cancer charity. PCSO Dave Edwards, of Garstang’s neighbourhood police team, has recently returned from South America where he made the mammoth trek on a mototaxi – a three-wheeled 125cc motorbike. His journey took him through the Amazon and over the Andes, taking around two-and-a-half-weeks to complete.

All the World's A Stage for Shakespeare performers

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 20:30: Snippets of Shakespeare performed by men and directed by a woman will be presented in Lancaster next month.

Commerce leaders set to challenge Council execs on business future

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 16:38: (Updated: please note this event is not open to the public as originally advertised on the Chamber of Commerce web site and the Lancaster Guardian) As government cuts continue, businesses in the Lancaster District look set to face some challenging times over the coming months.

Attempted ATM theft in Carnforth prompts police appeal

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 16:00: Police are appealing for information after the attempted theft of a cash machine in Carnforth. Between 12.30am and 1am last Friday morning (21st October) police received reports that four men had attempted to break into the ATM at the Co-op store on Market Street.

Three arrested after fire on Lancaster’s Ryelands estate

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 14:07: Three people have been arrested after fireworks were set off and a fire broke out next to a block of flats on a Lancaster estate. The emergency services were called to Austwick Road on Lancaster’s Ryelands estate on Monday evening following reports of people throwing fireworks and a consequent fire next to a block of flats.

Snap, Crackle & Pop at the Dukes

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 13:39: It won’t just be the fireworks making a noise in Lancaster this coming Bonfire Night. Just before Lancaster’s Fireworks Spectacular kicks off, The Dukes will be hosting Snap Crackle and Pop, a family singing and body percussion workshop where stomping and clapping are encouraged.

Are you ready for winter?

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 13:36: Hints, tips and advice on preparing for winter can now be found in one handy place. As part of the nationwide ‘Get Ready for Winter’ campaign, Lancaster City Council has set up a page on its website at to help people prepare themselves for the predicted cold snap.

Spooktacular Comics fun this Saturday at First Age Comics

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 12:21: First Age Comics, Lancaster's very own comic shop will be holding its annual Hallowe'en Spooktacular on Saturday at the Assembly Rooms in King Street.

Police appeal after alleged assault in Lancaster

Thursday, October 27, 2011 - 10:06: Police are appealing for information following a report of an assault in a residential area close to the city centre of Lancaster in the early hours of Sunday 23rd October. At around 2.30am a 20-year-old woman was walking home down an alleyway near Dumbarton and Balmoral Road when it's believed that she was approached by a man who then assaulted her.

Local health scheme walks its way to success

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - 14:43: A local health scheme has walked its way to success after being awarded national accreditation by Walking for Health. The Active Health Walking Scheme, managed by Lancaster City Council provides a programme of local health walks to encourage people who take little or no exercise to become physically active.

Folk continues at the Robert Gillow

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 16:24: Dave Gibb - at the Gillow on Thursday 17th November Picture via official web siteDespite a management change at Lancaster's Robert Gillow, Mitchells have said the pub remains committed to its live music line-up and will continue for the foreseeable future.

Lancaster robber gets 33 months

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:25: Darren O’ConnorLancaster man Darren O’Connor, who helped to steal £12,000 from a couple during a daylight robbery in Morecambe last June, has been jailed for 33 months. The pair, who had just withdrawn the money from a bank, were targeted as they walked down an alleyway next to Pedder Street, Morecambe. Darren O’Connor, 46, of Mayfield Avenue, Lancaster, previously pleaded guilty to robbery.

Morecambe man sentenced for child sex offences

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 11:55: Peter Barber, who was originally convicted for child abuse last yearSex offender Peter Barber, who groomed four local youngsters over a period of 10 years, has been given an indeterminate sentence, with a minimum of six years in prison. Barber, 63, formerly of Morecambe, was originally jailed last year after being convicted of a number of child sex offences at Carlisle Crown Court.

The bus now arriving at Lancaster will be a secret

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:59: Local Green councillors have condemned Lancashire County Council's decision to switch off bus information displays at Lancaster bus station from 1st December 2011. "This is a dreadful decision," says County Councillor Sam Riches."We need to be encouraging people to use public transport and these displays are very important for making this easy and convenient for people.

Police appeal for wanted high risk sex offender

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:38: Wanted: Lee ShawPolice in Lancashire are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a very high risk sex offender. Lee Shaw, 27, a Registered Sex Offender, is wanted for offences of breach of bail and failing to notify.

April Poets back at the Storey - in November!

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 10:27: Carla ScaranoThere's another great 'April Poets' event coming up at the Storey next month (Tuesday 10th November) with a fine mix of local talent treading the boards, plus music from Jo Gillot. Here's the line-up.

Monday, Monday: Sunrise over Skerton

Monday, October 24, 2011 - 09:04: Traffic was backed up in Skerton this morning as roadworks began on Owen Road from its junction with Morecambe Road to its junction with Lune Street. The County Council works should be completed by 30th October but delays are expected to be severe.

Police appeal after Morecambe assault leave man with broken jaw

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 13:21: Police are appealing for information after man was assaulted as he walked home through Morecambe, leaving him with serious head injuries and a fractured jaw. The 30-year-old man was walking along Euston Grove at some time between 9.45 and 10.15pm on Tuesday 18the October when he was approached and punched and kicked to the floor, where the unknown assailant continued to attack him.

Wear your red (or white) poppy with pride on Remembrance Day

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 12:09: Image via WikipediaThe Mayor of Lancaster, Coun Paul Woodruff, is urging people to take time out to remember all those who have died or been injured in the service of their country. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on 13th November and a number of services have been arranged in the Lancaster district.

Illegal gas fitter gets jail for endangering lives

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 17:21: The unsafe chimney flue Stephen Jonathan installed at the house on Willows Lane in Accrington A Lancashire man who falsely claimed he was a registered gas engineer has been sent to prison for two years for endangering people’s lives at two properties - including a house in Lancaster.

Caught on camera...

Thursday, October 20, 2011 - 16:55: Caught on camera – some shocking behaviour shot somewhere in Lancashire.

Council launches new lettings scheme, promises wider choice

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 14:11: Lancaster City Council has launched Ideal Choice Homes today - a new choice based lettings scheme to make choosing and applying for council accommodation much easier. The new scheme allows people registered on the city council’s housing register to bid for the properties that they are interested in, subject to eligibility.

M6 Link Road Coast spiral ever upwards, campaigners reveal

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:32: Despite massive cuts to its overall budget, Lancashire County Council's proposed Heysham M6 Link Road is on course to be the costliest of all Britain 's local authority road schemes, according to figures released by the Department for Transport this week.

Take a poetic walk around Lancaster

Monday, October 17, 2011 - 12:21: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre is inviting you to take a poetic walk around Lancaster with Litfest's Walking in Circles. Walking in Circles is a collection of three poetic walking tours which explore the history and people of the city.

Evofit issued after Morecambe assault

Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 11:31: Police have released an Evofit of a man they are keen to trace after a 21 year old student was subjected to an unprovoked attack as he walked home in Morecambe on Saturday 24th September. The incident happened around 1.00am along Carleton Street when the victim was approached by a man who angrily accused him of breaking his window.

City Council puts on half-term fun and thrills for youngsters

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 14:36: Lancaster City Council is cooking up a menu of fun and excitement for youngsters this October half term with a wide range of sports and art activities to suit all tastes. This year's programme runs from 24 - 29 October and includes adventure rope courses, BMX track cycling and the chance to receive coaching and enjoy a match at Morecambe FC.

Santa Claus is coming to town… and he’s got company!

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 11:46: Lancaster is gearing up once again for the Santa Dashon Sunday 4th December, which will see hundreds of Santas 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.

Last Orders for Two at The Dukes

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:11: There’s just a few nights left before the doors of Lancaster’s most temporary bar – close for good. The Jim Cartwright modern classic drama – Two–based in a Northern bar in 1989 has seen The Dukes transform one of its theatre spaces – The Round – into a fully operational pub. And performing both sides of the bar are real-life husband and wife, Kieran Buckeridge and Ella Vale.

Dukes founding director Peter Oyston dies

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:06: Picture: Monash University Academy of Performing ArtsWe're sorry to report the passing of Peter Oyston, founding director of The Dukes, who died on 9th October in Australia. He was 73. Mr Oyston was the first artistic director of The Dukes when it opened in November 1971 and he remained there for five years.

It’s ‘Cool for Cats’ at the Platform

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:51: Photo:Danny Clifford Glenn Tilbrook, the famous former frontman from power pop band Squeeze, is stopping off at the Platform this November.

Be spooked this Halloween at Morecambe Festival Market

Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 13:24: There's going to be some spooky goings on at Morecambe's Festival Market during Hallowe'en weekend and everyone is invited to go along... if they dare! With Hallowe'en tricks and treats galore from Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th October, those who aren't afraid to join in the fun can take part in a ghost hunt around the stalls and have a peek at the market's very own haunted house.

Police hunt young suspect for sexual assualt

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 15:19: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a young girl was subjected to a serious sexual assault in Lancaster last month. The incident took place on King George Fields near to the Vale estate in Lancaster between 17th August and 6th September 2011.

New Bike co-op comes to Lancaster

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 15:15: The Freewheelers Bicycle Workshop opens in Lancaster next Tuesday (18th October), a workers' co-op that offers bike repairs and sells bike parts and accessories, with a focus on British made and environmentally friendly products, when possible, such as Green Oil products.

Farmers gather in Lancaster for health and safety meeting

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 14:34: Up to 300 farmers are expected to attend a free training event in Lancaster tomorrow (Wednesday 12th October) to get to grips with health and safety in one of Britain’s most dangerous industries. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show agricultural workers are ten times more likely than most workers to be killed while at work.

Square Routes makes a start on Market Square revamp

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 12:47: #fullpost { display: inline; } Design for a new look Market Square Work has begun on Lancaster City Council’s initiative to revitalise some of Lancaster city centre’s public streets and spaces, with work commencing in Market Square.

Teenagers in court after police anti-burglary op

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 11:26: Two teenagers have appeared in court after a clamp down on burglary and car crime on a Morecambe estate. Operation Notebook started last month to target a number of issues developing on the Langridge estate. A warrant executed at a property in Leighton Court resulted in white powder, pills and drugs paraphernalia being seized.

Lancaster Traffic woes after lorry breakdown

Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:01: Traffic is being re-routed by police after a lorry broke down at the traffic lights at the top of Thurnham Street at around 8.30am this morning, blocking the road between White Cross and the A6 Poynter Roundabout. The lorry has broken down by the hospital so traffic coming round the one-way system cannot exit Lancaster to the south.

Appeal for burglary in Lancaster, Mini stolen

Monday, October 10, 2011 - 17:23: Police are appealing for information after a car and a number of tools were stolen from a garage in Lancaster. The garage on Patterdale Road is used as a storage facility and the theft happened between the owners last visit to the garage on the 30th July and when the items were noticed missing on 27th August.

Lancastrians join London protest against NHS privatisation

Saturday, October 8, 2011 - 09:40: Image via UK Uncut(adapted from a report on SchNews): Lancastrians are expected to be among thousands of protestors who will join a blockade of London's Westminster Bridge on Sunday, in a 'sick-in' blockade spearheaded by the relentlessly organised UK Uncut.

Dogs have their day at West End Community Primary School

Friday, October 7, 2011 - 11:05: Local dog owners and their pets are being invited to a special event this month to get their dogs trained, microchipped and neutered free of charge. Lancaster City Council's Dog Roadshow takes place on Wednesday 26th October at West End Primary School, Westminster Road, Morecambe.