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March 2012

Massive rise in liability costs for nuclear operators

The Government has confirmed its intention to substantially increase the third party liabilities of operators in the event of a nuclear incident, meaning any accident at Heysham Power Station could incur much higher costs for its owners.

Police appeal after seal is shot

Police are appealing for witnesses following the discovery of a dead seal in Great Eccleston. The grim find was made by a member of the public on Wednesday 28th March at around 5.00pm under a footbridge on the side of the River Wyre close to the Cartford Arms pub. The man who found the seal informed his neighbour who yesterday went to recover the animal and the police were informed.

Have a splashing time this Easter at Happy Mount Park

Lancaster City Council is pleased to announce that the Splash Park in Happy Mount Park, Morecambe will re-open in time for Easter. The Splash Park will open each weekend starting on Friday 6th April (Good Friday), and opens fully for the season from Monday 21st May – September 10.30am-7pm. The Splash Park is one of the biggest in the region and is still free to enter.

Action packed activities planned for Williamson Park

Lancaster's Williamson Park is preparing for its biggest year yet. Following on from England Tourism Week, the park will continue offering great events and activities for all the family throughout the year. Keep the kids busy this Easter with one of the great activities. Be a Zoo Keeper – learn to look after their animals and be brave and handle some of the mini beasts.

Reclaim your lunch hour!

With British lunch times getting shorter and shorter, people rarely have their full hour. Some people only have 10 minutes to shove a pasty down their throats (if they can still afford one, of course) whilst still at their desk. On May Day, join with others in Market Square, Lancaster, to get away from work and share your lunchtime with others. Go on, you know you want to!

Dukes line-up blends film, theatre into one

Cinema and theatre collide in a brand new season at The Dukes in Lancaster this spring. The Intermission Season celebrates The Dukes dual use as a home producing theatre and independent cinema – making it unique in the North West.

Gren Bartley confirmed as April guest at the Gillow

Lancaster's Robert Gillow pub has landed another top act for its folk nights. They've just announced that Gren Bartley, the rising star of the British folk scene, will be appearing there next week (Thursday 5th April). A "phenomenal guitarist and singer", Gren is deeply rooted in old folk and blues traditions whilst stamping his own style on the genre.

Police appeal following armed robbery in Lancaster

Police are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery in Lancaster this afternoon. The incident happened at Cumbrian Property Services/Marsden Building Society on Church Street at around 12:00pm this afternoon. A man has entered the business premises, approached the counter and threatened the assistant with what is believed to be a handgun and demanded cash.

The Romans return to Lancaster!

A spectacular re-enactment of the Roman 'Tubilustrium' – a ceremony to make the army fit for war – will make a triumphant return to Lancaster this weekend, on Saturday 31st March. The event will begin at 11.30am with a procession through the city, starting at Lancaster Castle and passing down Church Street and China Street before turning right onto Cheapside and then Market Street.

Dave Gibb at the Gillow

Lancaster's Robert Gillow pub presents the excellent folk musician Dave Gibb tomorrow night, Thursday 29th March. Dave is a soulful singer, a completely whizz guitarist and man of immense wit and humour. You'll love his performance - and the pub is great, too!

Morecambe man found guilty of manslaughter

42-year-old Hugh McMahon of Westminster Road, Morecambe has been found guilty of manslaughter by a jury following a trial at Preston Crown Court. He was convicted of killing Colin Wilson in Lancaster in November 2012. He was found not guilty of murder. Police were called to a flat on Cawthorne Street, Lancaster, at around 9.15pm by the ambulance service.

Lancaster Women Runners take on the Blackpool 10k

Lancaster Women's Running Group at the Blackpool Goal-Den Girls 10k Women's Charity RaceLancaster Women’s Running Group (LWRG) is back from the Goal-Den Girls 10k race in Blackpool. The LWRG is a local group for women runners of all ages, sizes and abilities.

Spoil your garden rotten with free compost

Local residents can reap the rewards of food and green waste recycling by collecting free compost made from the waste collected from green bins. Lancaster City Council, with the help of pupils from Lancaster Road School, will be at Sainsbury’s, Morecambe on Thursday 29th March. Everyone is welcome to come along from 8.00am to fill up their bags.

First Morecambe Vintage and Variety Festival line up revealed

The first Morecambe Vintage and Variety Festival is going full steam ahead for its debut on May 5th and 6th 2012.

In review: Sense and Sensibility

Jane Austen would surely have enjoyed Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s production of Sense and Sensibility, which transfers beautifully to the stage - in this case, at the Lancaster Grand.

Council workers' scrap metal perk under investigation

The Lancaster Guardian reports in today's paper that 10 members of Lancaster City Council's repairs maintenance staff have admitted to selling metal such as copper cylinder cabling and heating equipment acquired in the course of their work to Morecambe Metals for scrap.

Chair-rific exhibition nears close of run at The Storey

An exhibition of twentieth century chairs from the collection of the Design Museum in London, currently running at Lancaster's Storey Gallery, has fired the imagination of many visitors - including local councillor Ron Sands.

Centros: new draft masterplan for city centre

Centros' revised draft masterplan for the Canal Corridor North Development SiteFollowing Lancaster City Council’s Cabinet approval of the principles for a five-year extension to the Canal Corridor North development agreement, which was originally due to expire in October 2011,Centros has released its revised master-plan proposals, pictured above, for the development of the Canal Corridor North...

Police welcome sentence given to Carnforth sex offender

Police have welcomed the sentence given to a Carnforth man who was jailed for eight years for sexual activity with a child. Alan Spragg, 25, of Pond Street, Carnforth appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (21 March) after pleading guilty to two counts of attempted grooming; causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and engaging in sexual activity with a child.

Court Returns Taxi Driver's License on Appeal

Mr Andrew KayA two day hearing in Lancaster Magistrates Court last week heard an appeal by the chair of the Lancaster Hackney Proprietors Association (HPA), Mr Andrew Kay, against the suspension and later revocation of his Hackney Licence, by the Lancaster City Council Licensing Department.