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February 2012

Kids in Cumbria magazine launched

A new free magazine for kids is to be launched later this year which will be distributed via schools, libraries, Doctors surgeries and various other outlets across Cumbria, as well as electronically via a growing mailing list.Founded by Kerry Newham, owner of KGN Admin and Event Services and Teresa McCall, founder of, Kids in Cumbria magazine is aimed at parents and carers of...

Oscar winners at The Dukes

The Artist - on its way to The Dukes. Image © The Weinstein CompanyFilms which swept the board at The Oscars will be screened at The Dukes this spring. The silent film that everyone is talking about - The Artist – will be shown at the Lancaster cinema from 16th-20th March and will return on 7th and 10th April. It won five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin.

Thesps promise Prizes for Dukes fund raisers

Dukes patron Cherylee Houston is offering a tour of the Street A Coronation Street tour by one of its stars, luxury mini-breaks, a private cinema screening and a day as a racehorse owner could be yours, courtesy of The Dukes. The Lancaster theatre, which is a registered charity, is putting the fun into fundraising this spring with its first Auction of Promises on 30th March.

Halton celebrates Diamond Jubilee with a "Happening"

To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there will be a major event on the weekend of 2nd - 3rd June - the Halton Happening - at The Centre @ Halton. There will be a varied programme of events and activities suitable for all ages and everyone is welcome on both days, taking full advantage of the Centre’s top quality skate park and MUGA.

Morecambe MP explains why he voted against NHS risk register publication

Morecambe MP David Morris has explained why he voted against the publication of the NHS risk register, a document the Opposition said could show the real national impact of the government's health reform plans in its controversial Health and Social Care Bill.

Police appeal after Heysham fight

Lancaster detectives are appealing for information following a disturbance in Heysham earlier this month. At around 6.00pm on Friday 10th February, a fight broke out between around 20 people outside a house on Sycamore Gardens.

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Lancaster burglary - police hunt offenders

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Lancaster earlier this month. Although nothing was stolen, the act has left the house owners shaken. The incident happened on Lyth Road on Friday 3rd February between 1.30 and 5.20pm. The offenders approached the semi detached house and entered via the front door.

Farming community invited to rural vehicle crime conference

Members of Lancashire's farming community have been invited to a special conference aimed at combating rural vehicle crime. Lancashire Constabulary is holding the event at its Hutton headquarters on Thursday 22nd March, from 9.45am – 3.00pm, in order to provide farmers and other agricultural workers with the advice and expertise to protect themselves from becoming a victim of crime.

Dukes calls out for Musical Youth

Calling all young bands, singers, djs and mcs – The Dukes needs you! Opportunities for young people aged 13-19 to perform at a new series of live music nights in Lancaster are available now.

Appeal after air ambulance has window smashed

Police are appealing for information after the air ambulance was damaged in Lancaster on Monday morning. At some time between 7am and 7.30am on Monday morning, someone smashed the side window of the air ambulance while it was grounded temporarily at the Vale of Lune Rugby Club. Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to come forward and contact them.

Maximo Park, Dizzee Rascal and James head for Kendal Calling

Maximo Park. Image via WikimediaGearing up to the most anticipated Kendal Calling to date, the team behind the Lake District’s wild weekender have, as we hinted earlier this week, now announced the initial line-up. Friday night’s bill will be headed up by the mighty Maximo Park, a tour de force of talent hailing from the North and bringing their blend of quality lyricism and arresting music.

David Dickinson returns to Lancaster with 'Real Deal'

Flamboyant antiques expert David Dickinson is set to return to Lancaster in April with ITV's Real Deal, hosting the show where you can turn up with unwanted antiques and leave at the end of the day with cash in your pocket.

Lancaster bike thieves sought

Police are appealing for information following a violent robbery of a specialist bike from a flat in Lancaster. The incident happened at around 11:50pm on Saturday 18th February 2012 at a flat on Heaton Road. Three men forced their way into a top floor flat and once inside threatened a man, hit him over the head with a chair and have stole an expensive bike.

Classic Greek tragedy gets a comic twist at The Dukes

A comic no-holds-barred subversion of a Greek tragedy will have audiences crying with laughter at The Dukes next month. Following on from its acclaimed production of Moby Dick which played at the Lancaster theatre in 2009, Spymonkey return with Oedipussy, their eagerly-awaited collaboration with artists from the forefront of British theatre.

Heysham drug dealer ordered to pay back over £8,000 at POCA hearing

A local drug dealer has been ordered to pay back over £8,000 – or face further time in jail – at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing. 42-year-old Adam Wilson, of Heysham Mossgate Road, Heysham, was jailed in January last year for 30 months for possession with intent to supply cocaine.

Seaton Parish Council says No to Nuclear Dump

Seaton Parish Council - the council of “One of the largest villages in England” voted to reject continuing on any further steps to a geological nuclear dump 1000 metres deep by 26 kiometres square last night. Seaton joins Cockermouth Town Council and Above Derwent Parish Council in emphatically rejecting the government’s orchestrated campaign to turn Cumbria into a nuclear sacrifice zone.

Morecambe Bay Open Mile Swim announced for August

Sports events organiser Epic Events has announced their Morecambe Bay Open Water Swim will take place on Sunday 5th August 2012 and entrants are now being sought. Starting from Morecambe Yacht Club, the one mile swim (and a 500m event for less experienced swimmers) looks set to be a great spectacle for those watching from the promenade.

Morecambe groups promote "The Good Childhood Conversation"

Morecambe's More Music and Signposts in partnership with The Children’s Society will be hosting a “Good Childhood Conversation” at More Music’s venue, The Hothouse on Devonshire Road, Morecambe at 6pm -8pm on 6th March. The Good Childhood Conversations are local, community events that bring people together to discuss the issues and pressures facing children and young people today.

New CCTV released over Christmas Eve assault

Police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to trace after a man was assaulted as he walked home in Lancaster on Christmas Eve. The incident took place around 5.00am on 24th December 2011 when the 21-year-old victim was walking home along St Leonards Gate talking on his mobile phone after a night out with friends.