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July 2012

Top folk act J’ache Accused returns to Lancaster

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 08:14: There's a change of line up to previously announced dates at Lancaster's Robert Gillow folk nights this month. Sadly, Pete Morton is unable to perform at The Robert Gillow on Thursday 9th August as arranged. He sends his apologies to everyone. Happily, the excellent J’ache Accused is stepping up to fill the date - only his third Lancaster gig in four years.

Sustainability on the agenda at Ambleside

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:52: Renowned writer and broadcaster Jonathon Porritt delivered a sustainability masterclass at the University of Cumbria at Ambleside on Friday 20 July.

Spotlight Club moves to the Park Hotel

Monday, July 30, 2012 - 11:05: Lancaster's Spotlight Club - the monthly writers, musicians and poets performance event - is moving venues from The Storey to the Park Hotel for its next event in September, due to the uncertainties regarding the future of the Meeting House Lane-based arts centre. The Next Spotlight will be on Friday 21st September.

Greens warn on dangers of Centros deal; developer absorbed by 'Sovereign Land'

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 17:58: Lancaster's Green Party have hit out at the City Council's continued support for developer Centros, who have recently re-submitted new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor area. The Greens voted against accepting an extension to a development agreement with Centros at Full Council last week, which the City Council has described as offering a "renaissance" in Lancaster's fortunes.

Opinion: How to tell if a development deal is dodgy?

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 12:28: There are two advantages for a development company registered in an offshore tax haven when securing a development deal. The first obviously, is that theycontribute little in the way of tax to the society that enables them to trade safely and make profit.

Heysham power station backs new access to engineering apprenticeship

Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 16:47: An innovative scheme backed by Heysham power stations to help youngsters land prestigious engineering apprenticeships is being trialled at Lancaster and Morecambe College. The new access to engineering course starts at the college in September and is partnership between EDF Energy and the college.

Robbers sought after Heysham Post Office scam

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 14:58: Police are appealing for information after two men stole £250 from Heysham Post Office last month. The offence took place around 11.50am on Friday 15th June when the men entered McColl’s store on Oxcliffe Road and headed straight to the Post Office section.

CCTV appeal after security guard is spat at in Morecambe

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 14:51: Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak with in connection with a common assault in Morecambe. The offence took place at 3.00pm on Thursday 19th July when a man has been asked to leave the Arndale Shopping Arcade following reports of nuisance behaviour. The man has then become verbally aggressive and has spat directly into the face of a security guard before running off.

B4RN project speeds ahead

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 11:09: The B4RN at work laying cables earlier this month. Photo: B4RN(with thanks to Martyn Dews): Matters are moving apace at B4RN, the community-based rural fibre optic project connecting up Lancaster's nearby villages to superfast broadband. Digging of the phase one ducting has reached the outskirts of Quernmore and is heading over to Abbeystead.

Morecambe gains 'Portas Pilot' Funding for new cafe

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 02:00: Morecambe is to receive £100,000 in government funding to set up a new community café in the town centre and help support local businesses. The town is one of 15 new areas that have been selected to take part in Portas Pilots, taking the total across the country to 27.

Police appeal after woman is assaulted in Morecambe

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 23:52: Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Morecambe. The incident happened on Saturday 21st July between 12.30am and 1.00am on Balmoral Road opposite the school. The victim, a 21-year-old local woman, was approached by a man who assaulted her by grabbing and kicking her. She did not receive serious injuries but was left shocked following the incident.

Damage, Gore and More at the Lancaster Comedy Club

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 21:00: Damage and Gore are heading for Lancaster in August! But have no fear, the apocalypse is some way away -- and Damage and Gore are merely the latest line up at the Lancaster Comedy Club. In a rare Northern appearance, Brian Damage and Krysstal pop up from that London to close the show.

Heysham man charged with robbery

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 17:21: 28-year-old John O’Neill of Redwing Close, Heysham has been charged with two counts of robbery, one count of attempted robbery and three counts of possession of an offensive weapon. O’Neill appeared before Lancaster Magistrates court this morning where he was remanded in custody to appear before Preston Crown court on Monday 20th August 2012.

Council says Canal Corridor plans are key to Lancaster renaissance

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 17:19: Lancaster City Council is describing new plans for Lancaster's Canal Corridor development as essential to the city's future.

Play Day comes to Williamson Park

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 14:30: Lancaster City Council is inviting you to celebrate national Play Day nest week, with an action packed day of activities and adventure at Lancaster's Williamson Park. The event is part of the Get out and play! campaign, which is calling on everyone to help make sure that children and young people across the UK have the time, freedom and space to play outdoors.

Police warnings to dog owners after sheep attacks

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 13:26: Police are asking dog owners to take responsibility for their pets after a number of sheep attacks in Silverdale and Warton - to the dismay of local farmers. Several farmers in the area have reported dogs running lose in the countryside and attacking their sheep and lambs.

More points on the board for McGuinness

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 12:45: Picture by Glynne LewisMorecambe's John McGuinness continued his run of points-scoring finishes on Sunday when he finished in 13th place at the ninth round of the Metzeler National Superstock 1000cc Championship.

Victoria Hume, Pete Morton at the Gillow in August

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 11:34: Victoria Hume, described as "Really beautiful stuff" by BBC6 presenter Lauren LaverneThere's more folk a-plenty at the Robert Gillow in Lancaster through August, including the highly acclaimed Victoria Hume, Pete Morton and many more. Here's the rundown...

Silverdale St John’s C of E Primary School wins Home Safety Quiz Final

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 10:59: A team of year 5 and 6 pupils from Silverdale St John’s C of E Primary School has won the final of the 2012 Home Safety Quiz. Competing against teams representing Thurnham Glasson, Heysham St Peter’s and Bolton-Le-Sands primary schools, Silverdale scooped the award after proving they know lots about home safety and accident prevention. More than 31 local schools took part in this year’s heats.

In Review: Dark Corners of the Land Exhibition - Dukes

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 16:12: Pendle Hill 'Through the Pinhole' by Darren Andrews The Dark Corners of the Landexhibition at the Dukes Gallery runs from15 July - 13 August 2012. Photographs by Darren Andrews, Sound Installation by Victor Noir(collaboration) Reviewed for Virtual Lancaster by Ella July.

Galgate readies for annual Gaslight Show

Monday, July 23, 2012 - 10:54: Galgate residents at the Village Show last yearThe Galgate 'Gaslight' Show will take place at St John’s Ellel School on Chapel Street, Galgate on Saturday 4th August. Started in 1861 to raise money to pay for gas street lighting in the village, the show features various stalls and displays including vegetables, cut flowers, floral art, Arts andCrafts, photography and more.

Four years for “frenzied” attacker

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 16:41: A Lancaster man who subjected a friend of his ex-girlfriend to a “frenzied” attack was today jailed for four years. 22-year-old Adam Kirkham of Windholme, Lancaster was given sentence today at Preston Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.

Schoolgirl assaulted on cycle track

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 15:33: Morecambe police are urging witnesses to come forward after a schoolgirl was assaulted by a girl on a cycle track. The victim was waiting for a friend on a cycle track next to Cartmel Place, Morecambe, at around 7pm on Thursday 12th July when she was approached by three girls. One of them punched the victim in the face before walking off with her friends onto Cartmel Place.

Spoltlight Club Cancelled

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 14:00: Tonight's regular Spotlight Club featuring poets, authors and music, scheduled to take place at Lancaster's Storey Centre, has been cancelled. The organisers apologize for the last minute cancellation owing to "unforeseen circumstances".

Storey Centre: Tenants issue Joint statement

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:50: Tenants of Lancaster's Storey Creative Industries Centre have just released this joint statement following the Council's withdrawal of support for the company that runs the building (see news story), which we are more than happy to publish in full: Dear all, The Storey is at the 11th hour, and as meetings are taking place largely without tenant involvement as they have done throughout this ...

Council withdraws support for Storey Centre, Tourist Information moved

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 12:06: (Updated 11:51) Lancaster's Storey Creative Industries Centre might soon close, after Lancaster City Council withdrew support for the company which runs the Institute bulding following very recent developments in the company’s operations and its financial position.

Lancaster City Council renews backing for Centros development deal

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 11:40: Lancaster City Council has voted to renew and extend its Development Agreement with Centros, the company proposing a major revamp of the city's "Canal Corridor". The Council voted by 38 votes to 11 to renew the Development Agreement with Centros at Full Council on Wednesday, the motion opposed by Green councillors and some others.

Anti Fracking campaign to continue

Friday, July 20, 2012 - 08:53: Campaigners against 'fracking' have vowed to continue their fight, despite court judgements against some and support for the technology from Tory-led Lancashire County Council. On Tuesday, three people from Liverpool and Brighton were found guilty of 'disrupting lawful activity' for occupying Cuadrilla Resource's drilling rig in Lancashire for eleven hours last November.

Lancaster Market Traders on the Move

Thursday, July 19, 2012 - 11:00: (Updated 16/8/12): Despite the impending closure of Lancaster Market on Tuesday 11th September, we're pleased to report many of the stall holders have now found new premises from which to continue trading.

Morecambe Necklace Snatch: Man Sought

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 21:06: Morecambe police are appealing for information after a woman had her necklace snatched from her as she was walking home. The incident happened at around 3:00am on Monday 16th July on Billy Hill when the victim, a 22 year old local woman, was walking home from a night out.

Police release CCTV image in hunt for shoplifting suspect

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 17:28: Police appealing for information following a shoplifting incident in Carnforth have released a CCTV image of a man they want to trace. The offender entered the Tesco store in Lodge Quarry, Carnforth, at 2.50pm on 18th June as a prospective customer and filled the trolley with goods before leaving the store without making any payment.

Storey Centre future to be discussed at Full Council today

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 13:11: The future of the Storey Creative Industries Centre will be discussed at Full Council later today, after several councillors raised questions about decisions to take its management into City Council control. The Council's Overview and Scrutiny committee considered the call-in of the Storey Institute decision of 3rd July at its meeting last night.

Live and Unsigned winners CoCo and The Butterfields join Lancaster Music Festival line up

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:15: Performers gather for a 'Final Shout' for Lancaster Music Festival 2011CoCo and The Butterfields, the overall winners of Live and Unsigned’s 2012 national battle of the bands contest earlier this month, are to be part of the Lancaster Music Festival in October.

Appeal for stolen horsebox

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 11:21: Police are appealing for information after a horsebox was stolen from a farm in St Michaels last Thursday (12th July). The bright blue 18 tonne horsebox was stolen from Paddock Farm Stud on Blackpool Road sometime between 9.30am and 7:30pm. PC Rachel Bibby said: “Despite the area being rural, the horsebox was stolen in broad daylight and I am convinced someone must have seen it in transit.

Rail upgrades no real benefit to Lancaster, says expert

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 12:32: Local transport expert Professor John Whitlegg has welcomed the news that the North West's transport links will be transformed by a £9 billion national programme of rail investment announced by the government yesterday - but the upgrades won't do much for local rail services, or users.

Morecambe police hunt card fraudsters who robbed pensioner

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 13:19: Police have issued CCTV images of three people they want to speak with after £600 was withdrawn from a Morecambe pensioner’s bank account without her permission.

Campaigners seek open review of city development plans

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 13:02: Lancaster's old Tramway pub, part of the area earmarked for development. Campaign group It's Our City will be lobbying councillors in advance of this week's Full Council Meeting which will discuss developments plans for Lancaster - with most of that discussion taking place behind closed doors.

Thousands of valium tablets seized in Carnforth raid

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:16: Police seized several thousand valium tablets after carrying out a raid at a Carnforth home. Support unit officers executed a drugs warrant at West View, Carnforth, shortly after 11.30am on Thursday 12th July. The tablets were found inside the property. A 34-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class C drugs.

Police investigate kayak theft in Carnforth

Monday, July 16, 2012 - 12:14: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after thieves stole a kayak from a secluded canal bank in Carnforth. The distinctive, 9ft by 2ft, kayak was left tied to the bank by the owner in Towpath Walk, Carnforth, between 2pm and 2.30pm on Sunday, July 8. When the owner returned 15 minutes later, the kayak had been stolen and its paddle left neatly stacked on a remaining boat.

Last chance to air the pros and cons of Link Road?

Sunday, July 15, 2012 - 18:37: After a week of “Issue Specific” hearings into the proposed Heysham M6 Link at Lancaster Town Hall, Lancashire County Council has had to admit much that harms the case for this damaging road, say campaigners for alternatives to the planned £123 million pound scheme. Local people are now being given an opportunity to talk directly to the Examiner at the Inquiry into the Heysham M6 Link Road.

Dukes goes 'Through the Pinhole' for witch-inspired exhibition

Friday, July 13, 2012 - 08:26: Pendle Hill 'Through the Pinhole' by Darren Andrews A Lancaster photographer has retraced the steps taken by the Pendle Witches 400 years ago and captured the journey on pinhole cameras. Darren Andrews has travelled from Pendle to Lancaster with his homemade cameras to take some unique images for his exhibition - Dark Corners of the Land - at The Dukes gallery from 15th July to 12th August.

In Review: EyeSee - Leanna Davies Exhibition at the Dukes

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 22:24: 'EyeSee': a solo exhibitionby: Leanna Davies at: The Dukes Gallery, Lancaster 2 to 13 July 2012 A solo exhibition by Leanna Davies consisting of eight paintings undertaken using coloured fibre tip pens. The works are all of approximately A3 size, framed and mounted at eye level around three walls of the gallery.

Cannabis seized during Morecambe drugs raid

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 17:49: Two tubs of cannabis bush were amongst items seized during a drugs raid in Morecambe. Officers executed a drugs warrant at an address on Rosebery Avenue at around 3.30pm on Tuesday. They seized an industrial press and various items of drugs preparation paraphernalia from the basement of the address, along with two tile adhesive tubs full of cannabis bush.

Storey Creative Industries Centre decision "called in"

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 17:45: A decision that Lancaster City Council should directly manage the Storey Creative Industries Centre has been called-in for scrutiny. The city council’s Cabinet discussed the future of the SCIC, which is currently managed by a private company, earlier this month and agreed to support its use as a creative industries centre but under the council's direct management and control.

Dangerous dog seized in Bolton-le-Sands

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 17:25: Police have seized a dog from a Bolton-le-Sands house following the execution of a dangerous dogs warrant. Officers attended the address on Alpine View on Tuesday, after learning that the dog was being kept at the property. Any dog can be a danger to the public, but certain types of dogs are banned in the UK. A banned dog can be seized by police even if it isn’t acting in a dangerous manner.

Appeal after mobility scooters are damaged in Morecambe

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 15:41: Police have issued CCTV images of two youths they want to speak with after two mobility scooters were damaged in Morecambe in May. The first offence took place between 6th and 7th of May on Station Road when a mobility scooter, which was parked inside a secure area of a housing block, had its ignition damaged.

In Review: 'Low' and Nat Johnson at Lancaster Library

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 14:41: Low and Nat Johnson at Lancaster Library, 9 July 2012 Review by Marion Dawson for Virtual-Lancaster There are lots of jokes about Minnesota's 'quiet' indie rock band, Low ( One is, apparently, that their fans are 'just a bunch of librarians'. This isn't the first time I've heard such a joke at a Get it loud in libraries gig.

Third Fringe Festival date for 'Rom Com' local girl

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 10:11: Local actress Lizzy Mace and Juliette Burton in Rom Com ConClearly a glutton for punishment, local actress Lizzy Mace is taking a touring show which enjoyed breakthrough success at last year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival back to Scotland's capital next month.

Celebrating Diversity: Lancaster's Global Link highlights 'Scapegoating'

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 08:02: Young and old celebrated the diversity of Lancaster and Morecambe at an event organised by Global Link at the Ashton Memorial recently, to raise awarenes of 'scapegoating' the practice of cultures to blame minorities for all society's ills. Young people from Ripley St.

Free bike coding event at Knott End library

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 00:09: Cyclists can get their bikes marked with a special crime prevention code at a free event at Knott End library next weekend. The local neighbourhood police team will be marking owner’s postcodes on to cycles so that there is more chance of them being identified and returned if they are ever stolen.