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February 2012

Watchdog threatens closure of RLI A&E Department

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 17:51: Royal Lancaster InfirmaryHealth WatchdogThe Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a formal warning to University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, saying it must do more to improve standards of care or face further action. The Trust was authorised by independent regulatorMonitorto become an NHS Foundation Trust in October 2010.

May Day mobilization planned as cuts protests continue

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:43: Lancaster and Morecambe TUC will be holding an open meeting on Thursday 1st March 2012 to plan a week of events for May Day. The TUC are keen to hear ideas about celebrating May Day (either as International Labour Day or as the more traditional festival), demonstrating against cuts, celebrating trade unionism, celebrating occupation, or whatever you want May Day to be.

Line your food waste caddy for free

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 11:18: Lancaster City Council is encouraging more residents to start recycling their food waste, by giving away free compostable liners for food waste caddies. Most residents in the Lancaster district have a silver kitchen caddy for food waste, which can be lined with newspaper or compostable bags.

CancerCare announces Cross Bay Challenge run

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 15:40: Local charity CancerCare has announced this year's Cross Bay Challenge will take place on 12th Augsut 2012 and you cvan sign up for it now. All proceeds to CancerCare, our local cancer support service. The charity is proud to be the organiser of the UK’s favourite half marathon, and the only race in the world to cross a tidal area.

Armed robbers target local shops

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 - 15:11: Police are appealing to the public to come forward with information after two shops in Lancaster and Garstang were targeted by armed robbers on Saturday night (4th February). The first offence took place around 8.40pm when two masked men entered Leas Grocery store on Coulston Road, Lancaster, demanding the 20-year-old shop assistant open the till.

Top tips to beat the burglars and their break-in wish list

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 19:00: Police are giving residents their top tips to protect their treasured possessions from burglars trying to tick off items on their ‘wish lists’, as part of a county wide crack down on house crime. Crime reports show trends in certain types of property that are commonly stolen during break-ins, with items being selected because of their value or the ease with which they can be sold on.

Charity Box Thefts: New CCTV Released

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 17:19: Police are again appealing for help tracing a man they want to interview in connection with a number of charity box thefts - relasing new CCTV images. Police would like the public's help identifying an elderly man they need identify after at least a dozen charity boxes were stolen from shops across Lancashire, Cumbria and North Yorkshire.

Night raiders sought after attempted Lancaster burglary

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 12:56: Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a man tried to force his way into an elderly man’s home in the early hours of Tuesday morning (31st January 2012) Just before 2.00am, an elderly man living on Coolidge Avenue in Abraham Heights was was disturbed from his sleep by someone ringing his doorbell.

Lancaster University graduate wins £30K book prize

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 08:30: Lancaster graduate Andrew Miller has won the 2011 Costa Book of the Year Award, netting a £30,000 prize for his novel, Pure, set in pre-revolutionary France.Miller, who gained a PhD in 1995 from the Department of English and Creative Writing, was presented with the overallprize and a cheque for £30,000 at a ceremony in London last week.He beat the bookmakers’ odds-on favourite, poet and debut...

Lancaster University announces Anuj Bidve Memorial Scholarship

Sunday, February 5, 2012 - 07:34: Lancaster University is to set up an annual scholarship in memory of Anuj Bidve, the Indian postgraduate student who was murdered on Boxing Day in a suspected racist attack in Salford (see news story).The Anuj Bidve Memorial Scholarship will fund a graduate from India's Pune University, where Anuj studied, to study M.Sc.

Central Drive assault: Man sought

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 13:45: Morecambe Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted as he walked home from a night out last month. The offence took place around 2.15am on Sunday 29th January when the 38-yearold victim from St Helens was walking along Central Drive. He was approached by two men very close to the bottom of Billy Hill when he has been assaulted and knocked to the floor.

Female student "groped" in Galgate attack

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 13:42: Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a 20-year-old student was groped whilst she was out walking in Galgate on 29th January 2012. The incident took place around 3.30pm on Chapel Lane when a teenage boy, who was in the company of four other youths, ran after the victim and engaged her in conversation before groping her breast and slapping her bottom.

Black & Asian NHS Organ Donor Register Appeal

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 12:25: Shobna GulatiNorth West celebrities Shobna Gulati, of Coronation Street, Tony Morris, of ITV Granada Reports, and Ricky Whittle, of Hollyoaks, are backing NHS Blood and Transplant’s new campaign to urge more Black and Asian people to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

Snaps & Sugar, Snails & Spice: Children's Film Festival

Friday, February 3, 2012 - 10:34: Lancaster Children's Film Festival returns from Wednesday 15 - Saturday 18th February.Its aims are simple: bringing great films to the city to entertain, and hosting workshops and classes to engage and educate children about film making and the artistic disciplines behind it.

Lancaster Pride 2012?

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 17:30: Will there be any Lancaster Pride Celebrations this year? Lancaster University student Ellie Best is keen to find out if anyone is interested in getting together to plan a community celebration of local Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgendered (LGBT) groups and individuals in Lancaster this year.

Police hunt Lancaster jewellery thief

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 15:12: Police are appealing for help in tracing a man they want to speak to after a theft from Wave Contemporary Jewellery store on Marketgate, Lancaster. At around 2.40pm on Friday 27th January 2012, a man entered the store and asked to view a watch and three rings. He then told the shop assistant that he wanted the items and specified to them on how he wanted the items to be wrapped.

Freeman's Wood: Can it be saved?

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 13:15: Shocked by the erection of a large metal fence around Freeman's Wood in Lancaster, campaigners trying to save the land for the public are urging human users of the wood to take action by backing the Council's Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) there.

Let's Hear it for the Hare

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 13:25: A project to estimate the population of brown hares in the North West has been a huge success with more than 700 sightings. But it's been hard work for volunteers taking part in the survey who have racked up 400km – the same distance as a stroll from Bolton to... Aberdeen! North West Brown Hare Project Officer Samuel Bolton said: “The first year of the project has been a great success.

Service for young sexual abuse victims opens following support from police

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 11:20: A new service for young people who have been the victim of sexual abuse is now available in the north of Lancashire, following support from police. The Birchall Trust charity, which provides counselling for those who have been raped or sexually abused, is now able to offer the service after receiving £200,000 worth of funding from the Ministry of Justice.