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October 2011

Lancaster house hit by lightning

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 23:45: Tonight's thunderstorm saw one Lancaster house hit by lightning. Lancaster Fire Service was called to an incident on Belle Vue Avenue, after the house was struck by lightning just before 7.30pm. The strike destroyed a telephone cable and television co-axial cable, along with a modem and a surge protection unit, but there are no reports of any injuries.

Man attacked in Penny Street during night out

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 23:25: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted during a night out in Lancaster city centre.   The incident happened during the early hours of Monday 4th October 2011 when the 22-year-old victim was walking from Revolution down Penny Street and following a verbal altercation was punched in the head.

Massive diesel theft from White Lund

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 13:00: Morecambe police are appealing for information after thousands of litres of diesel was stolen from an industrial estate. Sometime over the weekend, between the 1st and the 3rd of October, over 2,000 litres of diesel was taken from a storage unit on White Lund Industrial Estate and police have released CCTV images to help with their appeal.

Local firm gets support for expansion at Tory conference

Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 10:59: Baroness Warsi and MP Eric Ollerenshaw drop in on Drinkwater's Mushrooms, meeting Technical Manager Jane Drinkwater and Lancaster and Morecambe College Student Tom DickenLocal firm Drinkwater's Mushrooms were in full flow at the Conservative Party Conference this week and it proved a massive success, with local MP Eric Ollerenshaw promising support for its expansion plans.

Vandals target Heysham nature reserve

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 13:54: A fire at Heysham Moss Nature Reserve over the weekend has seen one of the boardwalk areas of the Lancashire Wildlife Trust site completely destroyed. The reserve, near Morecambe, is one of the county’s most important raised bogs and is of particular importance for its rare plant species.

All the fun of the frocks, courtesy of The Dukes!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:18: A scene from The Dukes 2010 Christmas production of The Snow Queen. Many of the costumes from this show will be in the upcoming sale.The doors of The Dukes wardrobe are to be opened again for a costume sale on 22nd October - just in time for the party season, if you're looking for some impressive fancy dress or simply want to look amazingly different.

Man bottled in Lancaster underpass

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:12: Police are appealing for information after a 31-year-old man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in Lancaster. The local man was at the entrance to the underpass which runs between Sainsbury’s and the skate park off Parliament Street at around 10.00pm on Monday 3rd October, when he was approached from behind and hit over the head with a bottle.

Appeal for missing Lancaster student

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 00:12: (Updated, 5/10/11 - Please note that this man has now been found safe and well, story retained for archive purposes): Police are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a 22-year-old Lancaster student who has gone missing from college.

Hunt for dangerous dog launched after two-year old attacked in Morecambe

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 00:07: Police are appealing for the public’s help after a two year old boy was bitten by a dog as he walked with his mum in Morecambe on Tuesday (4th October). The incident happened around 3.20pm on Westminster Road close to Bargain Booze when the child went to stroke a dog, which was roaming loose in the street.

Jaw-breaking Morecambe assault prompts police appeal

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:53: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man had his jaw broken during an assault in Morecambe on Friday 30th September. The offence took place around 6.00pm near to the Clock Tower on Marine Road Central when a local 48-year-old victim, who was sitting near a group of youths, became involved in a verbal altercation. The man was punched in the face and suffered a broken jaw.

Real ale campaigners celebrate local beers and breweries with Local Pub Week

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 10:45: Lancaster's local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale is celebrating the national organisation's 40th birthday with two events celebrating local pubs and beers, both part of Local Pubs Week (22nd - 29th October).

Pregnant woman assaulted in Morecambe, ring stolen

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 17:51: Police are appealing for information after a pregnant woman was assaulted and had a much-loved ring stolen in Morecambe at the weekend. Around 8.30pm on Friday 30th September, a 20-year-old woman, who is from the town, was walking along an alleyway between Brunswick Road and Byron Road when she was approached by two men.

Council acts on recreation ground graffiti

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 13:46: Palatine Recreation Ground from Rutland Avenue. Image: Google Maps Lancaster City Council has re-iterated its policy on racist graffiti after concerns from Scotforth residents about vandalism around the Palatine Recreation Ground - and there's some good news about improvements on their way for the area.

Marketing for Hippies comes to Lancaster

Monday, October 3, 2011 - 11:00: Tad Hargreave eyes up other ways of marketing(Updated 4/10/11, new afternoon session announced) Are you a holistic and idealistic person, trying to make a living doing stuff you believe in, who doesn't want to get involved with traditional marketing because you think it's too commercial? Then a workshop being run at the Dacrelands Health Centre in Skerton this month may be for you.

All Aboard the Soccer Shuttle!

Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 15:00: A private bus service to get Morecambe football fans to the Globe will be up and running in time for their home game against Wimbledon next Saturday. The news will be welcomed by the fans who have pointed to the lack of a public bus service to the Shrimps new ground, which it's claimed has damaged attendance.

Lancaster city revamp work gets green light

Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 10:15: Design for a new look Market Square Lancaster City Council has awarded Thomas Armstrong Construction Ltd the tender to begin work on the first Lancaster Square Routes project, part of a much larger development scheme to improve Lancaster town centre, starting with work in Market Square.