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October 2011

ASBO ban for shoplifter from Lancaster city centre stores

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

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

(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

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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.