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May 2012

Share your memories of the Olympic torch relay

After months of preparation and anticipation, the Olympic Torch is set to arrive in Lancashire on 1st June as it continues its 70 day journey around the UK. The Torch will make its first appearance in Chorley and West Lancashire on Friday 1st June, returning to the county on Friday 22nd June and Saturday 23rd June 2012.

On-line safety is the subject of Police web chat

Lancashire Constabulary is to hold two special interactive web chats to discuss the importance of staying safe online. The web chats will take place on 12th June – one during school time, one after school.

Police alert for forged bank notes in Lancaster

Police have released CCTV images of two suspects they want to trace following the use of fake bank notes in a shop in Lancaster. The two men entered a small retail store in Market Street, Lancaster, under the guise of prospective customers on two occasions between 3.00 and 5.00pm on Tuesday 22nd May.

Council makes statement on Lancaster Market

Lancaster City Council has just issued a full statement on the future for the Lancaster Market building and its remaining traders, which is as follows: Council agrees on a way forward for future of Lancaster Market On Thursday 24th May Council considered a progress report on the future of Lancaster Indoor Market.

Get your dog chipped for free

Local dog owners are being offered the chance to have their animals chipped for free as part of a push to get people to be more responsible with their pets. Officers from local neighbourhood police teams will be providing the service in Lancaster city centre on Friday June 1 with the assistance of the Dogs Trust.

Dales Bus launches summer Sunday service from Lancaster

A new bus service to the Yorkshire Dales from Lancaster is now running every Sunday and Bank Holiday (including Jubilee Tuesday) until 21st October 2012.

Heysham cabbie Dave turns author

One thing cabbies the world over aren't short of are stories -- usually about us, the fare-paying public. And while most of us simply want to get from A to B, some of us do it in such a way that it makes for even more of those stories -- and very funny a lot of them are, too.

National Family Week - fun in the Parks

Lancaster City Council is encouraging families to get together to celebrate National Family Week. There are lots of things to do for all the family from 30 May until 5 June at council parks and facilities in Lancaster and Morecambe. Williamson Park, Lancaster is already running lots of additional sessions as part of the ‘Love your Zoo’ campaign.

City Council Bites £17m Bullet over Market Closure?

(Updated 26/5/12): Yesterday's meeting of Lancaster City Council agreed to compensate Lancaster Market traders in order to empty and close Lancaster's Indoor Market. Whether the Council will continue its lease on the building or surrender it will depend on the terms.

Admission of Freemen and Freewomen of the City: Invitation

The Court of Admission 2011Lancaster City Council is delighted that 2012 will introduce a major change to one of its most long standing traditions, when women can be admitted as Freewomen in all four categories of application. Each year Lancaster City Council continues the longstanding custom of admitting new Freemen of the city.

It's Our City call for council veto on Centros 'sweetheart' deal

The Centros 'Arc' development in Bury St EdmundsFirst published: 18/5/12 updated 23/5/12 A packed meeting at Lancaster Town Hall last Tuesday learnt about the new Centros proposals for the development of the Canal Corridor North site east of Lancaster's City Centre, which now propose: scrapping the previously 'essential' connecting footlink to the existing town centremoving the Marks Spencers...

Do you have the mettle to become a Special?

Northern Special Officers: left to right, Special Inspector Ruth Gardner, Special Sgt Simon Tracey, Special Sgt Jonathon Wilkin, Special Sgt Nick Harding, Special Constable Phillip Metcalfe and Special Constable Stephanie Holmes People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills are being invited to become a Special Constable in the Lancaster and Morecambe area.

County visitors warned on possible - if rare - danger of snake bites

Photo: Marek Szczepanek, via WikimediaPoisons experts at the Health Protection Agency’s specialist commissioned National Poisons Information Service -- the poisons advisory body for frontline medics -- are advising people planning country and woodland walks this summer how to reduce their risk of a snake bite.

Morecambe woman assaulted and robbed at knifepoint - in her own home

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 64-year-old woman was terrorized and robbed in her home in Loweswater Drive, Morecambe on Thursday afternoon (17th May 2012). At around 2.35pm a man entered the woman's home when she was alone through an open door and threatened her with a knife, demanding money.

Teens invited to join latest police cadet course

Teenagers who want to do something proactive with their spare time are being urged to sign up for the next voluntary police cadets course.

Fun times ahead thanks to Transform Your Patch Campaign

A new recreation area in Morecambe and a play area in Lancaster are set to benefit from funding from 'Transform Your Patch' - a community-led regeneration scheme supported by some of Britain's favourite soft drinks.

Council voices concerns over Lancaster street litter

Lancaster City Council is reminding residents and businesses in the city centre that they are encouraged to leave waste out in bags to coincide with collections.

M6 Link Plans under scrutiny as never before

As the Infrastructure Planning Commission begins its examination of the case for and against the proposed Heysham to the M6 Link Road, the opposition has assembled a strong and what it hopes will be a persuasive case against the road.

2012 Morecambe Sandcastle Festival goes for gold

The tradition of building sandcastles will take on an Olympic theme this summer at Morecambe’s 6th annual Sandcastle Festival in June. The London Olympics will provide the inspiration for entrants to the Super Sandcastle Competition when the beach will be full of families letting their imaginations fly to produce sandcastle creations of Olympic proportions.

Residents invited to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with Mayor 'At Home'

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lancaster, Councillor Sheila Denwood, is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with an At Home in the heart of the Duchy of Lancaster. On the theme of the Diamond Jubilee, 60 residents of the district who apply for a ticket from the mayor’s office will be able to attend along with a guest to the At Home which starts at 11.00am on Saturday 21st July.