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March 2012

Massive rise in liability costs for nuclear operators

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 07:17: 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

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 06:57: 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

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 06:54: 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

Saturday, March 31, 2012 - 06:51: 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!

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 08:51: 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

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 07:23: 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

Friday, March 30, 2012 - 07:00: 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

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 19:05: 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!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 18:04: 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

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 12:46: 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

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 23:57: 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

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 14:13: 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

Monday, March 26, 2012 - 12:35: 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

Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 12:35: 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

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 08:16: 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 21:12: 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 20:30: 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 19:40: 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 12:33: 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

Thursday, March 22, 2012 - 10:59: 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.

Guilty verdict for organised crime gang members

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 18:03: (Updated): Three men have today (Wednesday 21st March) been found guilty of being involved in an organised crime gang’s cocaine supply chain which stretched across a Lancaster. A further four people - two women and two men - have also been found guilty of laundering the profits of the gang’s drug dealing activity.

Great Books abridged show opens this week

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 - 07:15: ​Literature’s greatest hits condensed into a 90 minute tongue-in-cheek, slapstick rollercoaster.

Local police hunt for convicted sex offender

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 09:44: Benjamin MoorheadLocal Police are appealing for help to try and trace a wanted sex offender. Benjamin Moorhead, 30, a registered sex offender, was last seen on Wednesday 14th March, 2012 after he appeared at Lancaster Magistrates Court for an offence of (non sexual) assault.

Appeal after Morecambe Club assault

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 17:03: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was assaulted at a club in Morecambe at the end of February. The assault took place on the main stairwell in the Carleton Club on Regent Road around 10.30pm on the evening of Saturday 25th February 2012 when the club was holding a boxing event attended by over 800 people.

Olympic Torch Relay route through the Lancaster district announced

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 11:45: The exact route the Olympic Torch will take through the Lancaster district on Friday 22nd June has just been revealed. During its journey the Torch will be passing through Carnforth, Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster on its way to an evening celebration in Blackpool. Also revealed today are the names of the Torchbearers who will be carrying the Torch through the district.

Police appeal for missing Silverdale man

Saturday, March 17, 2012 - 07:03: Lancashire police are appealing for help to try to find a man who has gone missing. Keith Smith, 64, of Challan Hall Mews, Silverdale was last seen at the Wheatsheaf pub in Beetham at about 2.15pm on Tuesday 13th March. Mr Smith’s black VW Polo car was found abandoned on a car park on Shore Road, Carnforth this morning (Friday, March 16th) by a member of the public.

Lancaster man jailed after attack on neighbour

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 12:42: A Lancaster man who attacked his neighbour - breaking his jaw in two places - has been jailed for 18 months. David Spencer, 46, of Howgill Avenue, Lancaster, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Tuesday 13 March after pleading guilty to section 20 wounding. He also pleaded guilty to intimidating a witness. Spencer admitted attacking the man outside his home around 4pm on 21 April 2011.

All change at the top: City Council confirms departure of Heather McManus

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:42: Lancaster City Council has confirmed it has made changes to its senior management, which sees, amongst other revisions, the disestablishment of the Deputy Chief Executive post held by Heather McManus.

Work set to begin on B4RN rural broadband project

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 11:14: Cables for the B4RN network will be laid using mole ploughs, which cause minimal damage to land. Photo: B4RNThe community-owned Fibre To The Home project Broadband 4 the Rural North has passed another major milestone with news that work will begin on laying down cables at the end of this month.

Renewed crackdown on metal thieves, raids net results

Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 08:30: Metal thieves have once again been targeted by Lancashire police as part of a nation-wide crackdown on scrap metal theft.

Lancaster off-licences and bars reprimanded for teen alcohol sales

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 11:30: Staff in several Lancaster and Morecambe off-licences and bars have been issued with fines after failing to make ID checks and selling alcohol to youngsters.

Coronation Field developer's next target?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:38: (Updated 15th March) As outrage grows over the actions the Property Trust and its destruction of trees in Freeman's Wood on Lancaster's Marsh, despite legally-binding Tree Preservation Orders (see news story), it seems law-breaking is just a sideline when it comes to the company's full plan for massive development of the area, including Coronation Field - plans local councillors say they have not...

Energy advice day to help locals save on their bills

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 10:00: Home Energy Service group LESS are holding a community energy advice afternoon at St. Lukes in Skerton on Thursday 15th March 2012.

Lancaster landlord gets fine for putting family at risk

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 13:32: A Lancaster landlord has been fined for putting the lives of a family at risk by failing to arrange an annual gas safety check. Carole McMillan, 57, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after she failed to arrange for a registered engineer to visit a property on Birkdale Close in Scale Hall.

Roger Wilson at the Gillow on Thursday

Tuesday, March 13, 2012 - 12:51: Roger Wilson - at the Gillow this weekThis Thursday (15 March) the extraordinary folk musicianRoger Wilsonreturns to Lancaster's Robert Gillow pub - an immensely talented guitarist, fiddle player and singer.

What’s It All About, Alfie?

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 18:30: Vicky Binns as Annie and David Ricardo-Pearce as AlfieA Coronation Street favourite who was killed off in the soap’s dramatic tram crash in 2010 finds a new lease of life at The Dukes in April.

Five years for Bolton-le-Sands Spar robber

Monday, March 12, 2012 - 11:14: Jason DurneyA Liverpool man has been jailed for five years following a robbery at a shop in Bolton-le-Sands where customers and staff were threatened with a Stihl saw. 23-year-old Jason Durney, of Dagnall Road, Liverpool, was among a group of hooded men who targeted the Spar shop on Main Road, Bolton-le-Sands, on 21st February 2010.

Catastrophic damage to 'protected' Freeman's Wood - photos

Saturday, March 10, 2012 - 22:25: Environmental damage at Freeman's Wood As our pictures below, taken today, show, there have been multiple breaches of the legally binding Tree Preservation Orders (TPOs) which should have protected the trees of Freeman's Wood. There also appears to have been a great deal of flytipping of historic industrial landfill taken from inside the site and dumped / scattered outside the boundary fence.

Counting the cost of the Burger: Lancaster University data unveiled

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 19:18: The UK could considerably reduce its carbon footprint if more of us switched to a vegetarian diet, according to new research by Lancaster University.

Health & Social Care Bill

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 18:22: Yesterday the House of Lords voted for a Mental Health amendment to the Health Social Care Bill, one of many amendments they are to debate.

Whither Heather? Senior City Council post scrapped in restructuring

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 16:41: The £77,300 p.a. post of Deputy Chief Executive at Lancaster City Council has been scrapped after two years, leaving its occupant, Ms Heather McManus, redundant. It's not yet known if Ms McManus will be redeployed at Lancaster City Council, so we'll skip the eulogy for now, as a search for her name on this blog will tell you pretty much everything we could put in it.

Loyne School takes on Lowry

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 16:37: Artist L.S. Lowry has inspired students from a Lancaster school to pick up their paintbrushes and create an exhibition of local scenes for The Dukes gallery. Some 23 students aged 16-19 from Loyne Specialist School’s further education department have produced work for the exhibition which runs from 12th - 16th March.

Traffic curb plans for Lancaster's pedestrian zone being considered

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 14:40: Lancaster City Council is examining the future management of traffic inside Lancaster’s pedestrian zone as part of its plans to revitalise the city centre and in response to concerns about the number of cars and lorries that are often seen using it - despite restrictions.

Centros in secret development deal talks with City Council

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 12:51: An earlier visual for Centros first plan for LancasterWhat has happened to developerCentros? In the current issue of Lancaster Chamber of Commerce's Business Matters we read that Lancaster City Council has had recent meetings with Centros who "... confirmed theircommitment to progressing a mixed retail led schemeon the Lancaster canal corridor site.

Community transport firm warned on record keeping

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 11:18: A Morecambe-based community transport firm has been issued with a warning after it failed to keep accurate records of the hours its drivers were working.

Salt Ayre Swimming Pool to close for refurbishment

Thursday, March 8, 2012 - 09:54: Salt Ayre Swimming Pool will be closed for refurbishment from Monday 26th March to Friday 30th March inclusive. During this time, specialist work will be undertaken to the swimming pool floor and improvements made to seating and changing room areas.

Hospital Trust Chief Exec Resigns

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 23:26: Tony HalsallFollowing on from last month's warnings by Health watchdog agencies over failings at the 'red-rated' University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust (UHMBT) (see previous article), the Trust's Chief Executive Tony Halsall has now resigned.

Police officer saves Heysham pensioner from fire

Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 14:03: A local police officer has been praised for his brave actions after saving a Heysham pensioner from a house fire.

Appeal after fatal collision in Pilling

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 07:12: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist died in a collision at Pilling on Sunday (March 4th). The accident happened at shortly before 12.45pm at the junction of Lancaster Road and Gulf Lane. It is believed the Suzuki motorcycle was travelling along Lancaster Road, towards the town, when it collided with a VW Passat turning into Gulf Lane.

Lancaster Real-ale prize pub seeks new champions

Monday, March 5, 2012 - 15:45: An award-winning Lancaster pub, famous for its wide selection of cask ales and a friendly atmosphere, is on the hunt for a food-loving Lancashire couple to safeguard its future as a cask-ale mecca. Situated on St.