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June 2012

Bike owners - lock up your property

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 11:30: Local cyclists are being urged to lock their bicycles away when finished with them after thieves targeted bike racks on vehicles. Protective chains are often no preventative to determined criminals, who have been targeting cars even when bikes appear to be securely fastened to racks.

Morecambe store denied alcohol licence

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - 07:43: Police, councillors and residents have worked together to prevent a shop in a former anti-social behaviour hot spot from getting a licence to sell alcohol. An application had been submitted to Lancaster City Council which, if granted, would have allowed Poulton Express, on Poulton Road, Morecambe, to sell alcohol to its customers.

Last Few Days of 'Light and Colour' at City Museum

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 14:19: With all the misearbale weather we've been having lately, now ais as good as time as any to ctach the current exhibition at Lancaster City Museum, which might well lighten a dismal and dreary day.

Sainsbury's Morecambe chooses St John's Hospice as new Local Charity partner

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 14:10: St. John's Hospice is set to benefit from a year's fundraising, thanks to Sainsbury's Morecambe customers and colleagues. The hospice has been chosen as Sainsbury's new Local Charity partner for 2012/2013, after the store asked Morecambe customers which local charity they should provide a year's support to back in May.

Local Tennis Club plans Open Day

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 13:31: Local Wimbledon fans enthused by the annual tennis extravaganza might want tto check out Bowerham Lawn Tennis Club's Open Day on Saturday 7th July. There'll be plenty of friendly tennis and mini-coaching sessions and members of the club will be on hand to talk about what the club has to offer. Tennis players of all standards are welcome to attend.

Fairfield Fun Day returns

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 12:46: Fairfield Fun Day is back after a year’s break and this time there’s even more exciting stuff to appeal to all tastes and ages, including a mini music festival, Olympics-inspired children’s obstacle course and a Jubilee inspired Crown Jewels display.

Have your say on proposal for new Scotforth allotments

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 17:50: Lancaster City Council is inviting you to have your say on proposals for a new allotment site in Lancaster. The field adjacent to the existing Scotforth Allotments has been identified as suitable for use to provide additional allotment plots for residents of the Lancaster district. The site is owned by Lancaster City Council and the council is keen to support new allotment provision.

Share your views on council parks

Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 09:03: Visitors to lancaster's Williamson Park and Happy Mount Park in Morecambe are being asked for their opinions of the parks and their facilities to develop a better service for the future. Lancaster City Council has ambitions to develop the visitor economy by improving services and provision in parks, ensuring that customers are involved in the process.

Primrose Street assault: three men sought

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 23:38: Police are appealing for information following an assault on a man as he walked home from work in Lancaster earlier this month. The 21-year-old man was walking home from work along Primrose Street at around 4.55pm on Sunday 10th June when he was approached by three men.

It's time for Brit(annia) Awards!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 18:19: Lancaster's Britannia pub will shortly be holding Lancaster's very own 'Brit Awards', beginning with a series of themed open mic nights and culminating with a competition for budding musicians to win paid gigs at the Britannia. The open mic nights will run every Thursday evening from 8.00pm in July and performers can claim free drinks if they sing three songs adhering to each evenings theme.

Lancaster Farms prisoners given extra sentences for attack on officer

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 - 08:34: Two men who held a prison officer at knife point at Lancaster Farms back in February, while trying to steal her cell keys, have been given additional jail sentences. 19-year-olds Josh Corey and Jake Burns attacked the female officer at Lancaster Farms young offenders institute on 2nd February.

Plan ahead to make the most of the Olympic Torch Relay

Monday, June 18, 2012 - 10:30: There's not long to go before the Olympic Torch is due to pass through the Lancaster district – and local people are being urged to plan ahead to make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Torch will be passing through the Lancaster district on 22nd June, starting from Carnforth at approximately 9.47am. It then moves on the Bolton-le-Sands, Hest Bank, Morecambe and Lancaster.

Local business look set to back BID for city centre improvements

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 11:23: A plan with local businesses support to introduce a Business Improvement District in Lancaster City Centre to commence in April 2013 seems to be gathering steam, with a vote on the scheme set to take place later this year.

Storey Centre in crisis as rent rises hit home

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 11:08: Tenants are quitting Lancaster's Storey Creative Industries Centre because of a rise in service charges. The Lancaster Guardian reports bosses at the Centre are grappling with a financial crisis, after companies occupying the building on Meeting House Lane were hit with a bill for £99,651 in additional charges late last year.

Sunset Screenings In The Park

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:43: The Dukes will be presenting cinema under the stars this summer. After decades of taking theatre outdoors, The Dukes returns to Lancaster’s Williamson Park in July for an exciting new venture – Sunset Screenings - a season of outdoor films.

'Sneak in' burglary at Garstang home

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:31: Police have released an Evofit image and are appealing for information after a 97-year-old woman was robbed in a sneak in burglary in Garstang At around 3.10pm on the afternoon of the 29th May, a man entered the kitchen of a house on Windsor Road through an unlocked back door.

Learn how to be a good birth partner

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:22: Bring your birth partner along to the next meeting of Lancaster Birth Support Group on Tuesday 3rd July – 6.30pm at the Gregson Centre in Lancaster. All birth partners are welcome – experienced partners to share their stories, and inexperienced ones to find out how it’s done (or not!) Our meetings are always informal and fun.

McGuinness denied Senior TT race opportunity

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 14:23: Picture by Steve Corlett - Morecambe's John McGuinness was denied the chance to race for his 20th Isle of TTvictory last Saturday when the Blue Riband Senior race was cancelled.

Don’t lose your vote in 2012

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 12:24: Voter registration forms will soon be dropping through letterboxes across the Lancaster district and people are being urged to return them as soon as possible. Lancaster City Council staff will be sending forms to households over the coming months to compile the electoral register. Daphne Snelson, Lancaster City Council’s elections manager, said: “Registering to vote is very simple.

Exports from North West businesses reach all time high

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 12:18: The value of exports from North West businesses has reached its highest ever level, according to the latest statistics. Figures released by HM Revenue Customs show exports from the region were valued at more than £6.8 billion for the first three months of 2012 – an increase of £461 million on the same period last year.

Council counts the cost of vandalism at Salt Ayre Sports Centre

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 16:33: Lancaster City Council is counting the cost of clearing away broken glass and replacing more than 20 windows following a vandalism attack on Salt Ayre Sports Centre. The attack happened on the night of Friday 8th June when extensive damage was caused to the swimming pool windows.

The Lancashire Hotpots help Police with some Musical Marketing for new post

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 12:50: One of the Lancashire's most popular musical exports have joined Lancashire Police Authority's campaign to promote this year's most important election. The Lancashire Hotpots have recorded a song and music video in support of 'Be Part of It!'; LPA's campaign to make people more aware of this year's vote to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire.

Thousands throng to Morecambe for Sandcastle Festival

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 12:19: Sandcastle Festival goer Pollyanna Hill. Photo courtesy Lancaster City Council Thousands of people got themselves into the Olympic spirit at the weekend and ventured down to the golden sands of Morecambe beach to visit the resort’s sixth Sandcastle Festival.

Local car dealer backs England's football stars

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 11:30: To celebrate Vauxhall’s sponsorship of the England football team, local car dealer Hargreaves, is hosting a fun-filled England 2012 Event between 15th and 18th June. The dealership, with sites in Morecambe and Kendal, is inviting customers to join in with football-themed celebrations and take advantage of a range of offers and savings throughout the weekend.

Johnston Press deny rumours papers set to move base to Preston

Monday, June 11, 2012 - 08:16: The Morecambe Visitor and Lancaster Guardian offices on Victoria Street, Morecambe - up for sale. Photo: John Freeman Johnston Press, owners of the Lancaster Guardian and the Morecambe Visitor, have denied rumours they plan to move journalsts on both papers to Preston if their Morecambe offices are sold.

New edition of historical novel set in Lancaster released

Sunday, June 10, 2012 - 09:29: A new edtion of The Lancaster Crossing by local author Christopher Oxborrow has just been released. Re-published this month, ten years after its original publication, The Lancaster Crossing is a novel set over 200 years ago, opening in the busy port of Lancaster. When men toiled to build our canals, fortunes made on distant oceans paid for their labour and materials.

Building society robbers get six years

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 14:40: Dominick GarsideTwo brothers who carried out an armed raid on a Lancaster building society have both been jailed for six years. 22-year-old Dominick Garside walked in to Cumbrian Property Services/Marsden building society on Church Street, Lancaster, on 29th March and threatened cashiers with an imitation hand gun before forcing them to hand over a substantial amount of cash.

Cool Britannia show cancelled at the Platform

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 14:18: The Cool Britannia show scheduled for the Platform in Morecambe on Saturday 16 June has been cancelled. There are no plans to reschedule the show. Customers who have already purchased tickets will be directly informed and will receive a full refund. • For more information about events taking place at the Platform, please visit or call 01524 582803.

Lancaster Game Designers win top award

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 14:11: Lancaster-based game designers Peter Cakebread and Ken Walton have won the award for Best Role-Playing Game at this year’s UK Games Expo in Birmingham, for their table-top steampunk role-playing game, Abney Park’s Airship Pirates.

Morecambe Winter Gardens to host British Fashion Week

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 11:26: Morecambe's word famous Winter Gardens will host British Fashion Week next year, to help support the restoration of the historical venue.

Lancashire police cuts causing more crime, says acting chief constable

Friday, June 8, 2012 - 11:11: Lancashire Police's acting chief constable Chris Weigh told a meeting of the Lancashire Police Authority that the loss of police officers following funding cuts has contributed to a rise in crime in the county.

Ryelands drugs gang sentenced

Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 18:17: Anthony Diprose gang leaderMembers of an organised crime gang who ruled a Lancaster's Ryelands Estate through fear and intimidation have today been given jail sentences totalling over 67 years.

Vehicles stopped in Lancashire as part of operation

Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 10:38: Hundreds of vehicles have been stopped over the last several weeks in Lancashire as part of a road safety campaign by the constabulary. BikeWatch was launched in April by police in Lancashire in conjunction with the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and RideSafe BackSafe.

Book Review: The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin by Geoff Brandwood

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 16:13: Academic and expert on Victorian architecture Geoff Brandwood has followed his 1997 book on the work of Temple Moore with this history of the Sharpe, Paley and Austin firm, which practiced from its offices in Lancaster from 1835 to the early 20th century.

Discovering witches: Litfest book launch this month

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 09:33: Multi-talented poet, prose-writer and literary critic Blake Morrison launches a collection of poems new and old published by Lancaster's Litfest this month. A Discoverie of Witches contains poems that give voice to the participants and victims of the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612 alongside works influenced by the dark Pennine landscape of Blake's childhood.

Majestic McGuinness makes it TT win number 18

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 17:42: Morecambe's John McGuinness made it TT win number 18 when he clinched victory in Saturday's 6-lap Superbike race. The Honda TT Legends ace had to overcome an early challenge from fellow Honda rider Cameron Donald but aided by the fastest lap of the race, 130.483mph, John was able to consistently edge away in the second half of the race and he eventually took the chequered flag by 14.86s.

Lancaster Unlocked

Saturday, June 2, 2012 - 17:41: A town crier announces the Lancaster Unlocked events on Penny Street earlier today.

Jubilee Weekend kicks off

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 15:07: Lancaster shoppers enjoyed a Jubilee Weekend warm up today, thanks to Lancaster Library, with music, face painting and a good cup of tea available in the library itself. Looks like a lot of folk have started celebrating early!

Second appeal for witnesses after indecent assault on Millennium Bridge

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 13:36: Local police are re-appealing for witnesses following an indecent assault in Lancaster in April on the Millennium Bridge involving two young girls. The incident happened at around 7.15pm on Monday 16th April, when a man approached two 13-year-old girls on the bridge and put his arm around them both before sexually touching them and laughing.

Local College gets set to Inspire with July Festival

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:52: On Sunday 1st July, Lancaster and Morecambe College will be holding a family fun day and music festival on the College’s main site. Featured bands include Alex Hulme, Crazy Feet, Glynn Shipman, The Marc Coyle Experience and Molly Warburton.

Lancaster's Whirlwind Youth produce a Tempest

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:20: Whirlwind Youth Theatre is presenting Shakespeare's magical play The Tempest at Lancaster's Gregson Community Arts Centre on the 8th and 9th July, directed by Myette Godwyn.

Morecambe's More Music announces fund-raising gig

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 11:07: Deep Cabaret 3 - just one of several bands lined up for More Music's fund-raiser Some of the best bands from the local music scene are playing a special fundraising gig at More Music’s Hothouse this June, repaying the community music charity for all the support it has given them over the years.

Drink drivers targeted in Police campaign

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 10:49: Drivers who choose to get behind the wheel when over the limit will face severe consequences as part of a new police campaign against drink driving which kicks off today. Police in Lancashire are promising a crackdown on drink driving with increased enforcement activity and patrols throughout the county.

Lancaster cannabis factory found in outbuilding

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 00:10: Police discovered a cannabis factory with an estimated street value of £11,000 following an anonymous tip off from a member of the public. Officers executed a warrant at an address in Powderhouse Lane, Lancaster, on Wednesday (30th May) and found the plants growing in an outbuilding at the rear of the property.

Gadget using horse riders risk their safety, police warn

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 00:07: Horse riders who listen to MP3 players and talk on mobile phones while out on hacks are being urged to take more care on the roads. Police have received several complaints from motorists that riders are getting distracted by gadgets and putting themselves, and their horses, at risk.

Police appeal following attempted bike theft in Lancaster

Friday, June 1, 2012 - 00:04: Police are appealing for witnesses after two men attempted to steal a mountain bike following an incident in Lancaster. The attempted theft took place on the cycle path towards the city centre at around 10.25pm on Saturday 26th May 2012. The man was riding his bike to work close to Carlisle Bridge when he was approached by two men who were blocking his path.