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August 2012

Will Lancastrians rise to the Ageing Well Challenge?

Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 14:52: Nearly a third of people in the North West lack the confidence to tackle the isolation of elderly people in their community, according to a new survey for innovation foundation Nesta. Over half (59 per cent) would like to help with the issue but almost a third (29 per cent) do not have the confidence to do so.

Police appeal following indecent exposure in Lancaster

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 16:29: Police are appealing for information following an incident of indecent exposure in Lancaster and have released an Evofit. The incident happened on Saturday 11th August at around 7.15pm on Bowerham Road close to the city centre. The victim, a 21-year-old local woman, was walking down the road when a car approached her and asked her for directions to Bell Street.

Catch Anna Karenina at The Dukes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 13:44: Keira Knightly as Anna Karenina. Image © Focus Features Be among the first people to see the latest big screen costume drama - Anna Karenina (12A) - when it opens at Lancaster’s Dukes cinema on its UK release date, Friday 7th September.

Council Leader responds to Storey questions

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 02:40: Council Leader Eileen BlamireAs we reported in last week's e-newsletter,virtual-lancaster is trying to find out how the Council's £90,000 loan to failing company SCIC in December 2011 came to be authorised by the City Council's Chief Executive Mark Cullinan under emergency procedures.

Treasures aplenty lined up at The Dukes

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 13:14: The Dukes, Lancaster, has a sparkling season of drama, comedy, music and dance lined up for its autumn/winter programme this year. The jewels in the crown of the forthcoming season will be their home produced Christmas show – Treasure Island – and the weeklong Afrovibes Festival in October.

Morecambe's Seaside Festival: Full Line-Up

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 12:54: The sky promises to be the limit when the Morecambe Seaside Festival flies back into the resort this coming weekend. For the last weekend of the school holidays, expect spectacular aerial stunts from the Red Arrows, magical fireworks, top class music and more as this year's programme of Morecambe's Festivals by the Sea comes to a dramatic end.

Curiouser and Curiouser: Dukes beams in Haddon play

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:04: (Updated) An award-winning novel adapted for the National Theatre stage will be screened live in to The Dukes cinema next week, on Thursday 6th September - and demand is so high the event is sold out and encore performances have been organised.

Seaside Festival: Have fun, keep safe, say police

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 12:00: Visitors and residents enjoying the delights of Morecambe’s Seaside Festival are being given crime prevention advice to ensure a fantastic day out. The event takes place on 1st - 2nd September and thousands of people are expected to come to the unique event in order to see a variety of live music, fireworks and other exciting attractions.

Heritage Open Days return, free entry to local attractions on offer

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 16:28: Local history and culture will come to life again in September when local buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors during this year's Heritage Open Days.

Don’t keep valuables in caravans, owners warned

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 15:12: Caravan owners are being warned not to store valuable items for long periods of time to avoid being targeted by thieves. The Lancaster area has several caravan parks and burglars have been targeting caravans as they know that expensive items, such as large screen televisions and other electrical equipment, are often left inside.

Unmissable psych-folk double bill this Bank Holiday at the YoHo

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 12:45: Dan Haywood's New Hawks The pairing of Trembling Bells and Lancaster's Dan Haywood's New Hawks at Manchester's Band on the Wall venue last week got the local cognoscenti salivating, with one Manc music blogger referring to it as an 'unmissable psych-folk double-bill'.

Harrington Road Assault: police appeal launched

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 08:14: Police are appealing for witnesses after two men were injured during a disturbance on a street in Morecambe on Saturday 11th August 2012. The offence took place around midnight outside an address on Harrington Road when two men received significant injuries, believed inflicted by a sharp bladed instrument.

Police run virtual debate about anti-social behaviour

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - 15:27: A virtual debate is being held to encourage residents in the north of the county to air their views on anti-social behaviour and local policing. Lancashire Constabulary's Facebook pages often see residents involved in lively debates about the issues that are affecting them and their neighbourhoods.

Olympic Torch Relay: Local Souvenir Video Released

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 18:08: It kept raining, they kept shooting! Despite what were often adverse conditions, an intrepid team of local film makers persevered in their recording of the Olympic Torch's passage through the Lancaster and Morecambe area - and now a souvenir video of the Relay is available.

Appeal for man wanted on prison recall

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 16:35: Police are appealing for information about a man who is wanted on prison recall. Michael Dixon, 26, who is currently of no fixed address but originally from the Hartlepool area, was jailed for two years in 2011 at Preston Crown Court for a number of offences including burglary, possession of Class B drugs and assault.

Morecambe mystery attack: police appeal for witnesses

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 - 14:24: Police are appealing for information after a man was injured following a night out in Morecambe earlier this month. At around 3.45am on Sunday 12th August, the 25-year-old man, who was walking home after a night out, remembers walking past the Kings Arms Pub on Marine Road before waking up on the pavement -- approximately ten metres away from AJs Burger bar.

Street briefings see Lancaster city centre crime fall by 22 per cent

Monday, August 20, 2012 - 12:29: A policing operation that involves daily street briefings for officers in Lancaster has seen reports of crime in a city centre fall by 22 per cent. Officers from Lancaster’s neighbourhood policing team started the operation in May in order to make the city centre a safer and more welcoming place.

Scotforth superstore planning appeal dismissed

Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 12:54: The Secretary of State has dismissed the appeal brought by Commercial Estates projects (CEP) against the City Council's rejection of their scheme for a superstore, hotel / pub and petrol station in Scotforth. The decision was released by the Planning Inspectorate on Thursday 16 August. Booths supermarkets already have outline planning permission to build a new supermarket on an adjacent site.

Lancaster University in Top Ten for employable graduates

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 18:32: Lancaster University is in the top ten universities for employment after graduation according to figures from the Higher Education Statistical Agency. In total, over 94 per cent of graduates from 2010/11 were in a job or further study six months after graduation, above the benchmark figure from Hesa of 91 per cent.

Police issue Morecambe shoplifter enquiry photographs

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 13:50: Two women with a dog pictured at Next on Central Drive Morecambe on 27th July, who police would like to eliminate from their shoplifting enquiries. A pair of shoes was taken from the store.Detection rates for Morecambe show that four out every five shoplifters have been caught by police following a recent crime crack down.

Storey Centre tenants soldier on

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 11:25: Tenants in the troubled Storey Creative Industries Centre have joined forces to try and keep it going, after the company responsible for managing the creative industries hub were placed into the hands of liquidators earlier this week.

Salt Ayre part of "Join In*' Local Sport weekend

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 14:59: Not had your fill of the Olympics? Never fear, quite apart from the Paralympics coming soon, people across Lancashire are also being invited to open days at their local sports clubs this weekend to harness the enthusiasm generated by the Olympic Games.

Cool Trader casualty of Lancaster Market closure

Thursday, August 16, 2012 - 12:25: Budget food store Cool Trader, which has been operating from Lancaster Market for several years, will close its doors next week. The company, has which was originally reported to be moving into Ethel Austins on Penny Street, which closes next week, has changed its plans and will no longer have a store in Lancaster.

Cumbria University opens clearing hotline to support students

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 16:46: The University of Cumbria opens its clearing hotline tomorrow (Thursday 16 August) to support students receiving their A Level results. The call centre opens at 7.00am and will be manned by university staff who can advise students on their options. Guidance will be offered around availability, timescales, necessary interviews, course details and signposting to other support services.

Police hunt Galgate shop robbers, owner assaulted

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 16:31: Police are appealing for information after both a burglary and an attempted break-in and assault in Galgate. The first incident took place at The Village Store Spar on Main Road sometime between 10 and 11.30pm on Wednesday 8th August.

Sean Hughes, Blame Sally and Acker Bilk part of diverse Platform line-up

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 10:12: US band Blame Sally are heading for Morecambe as part of their first UK tour The autumn/winter programme for The Platform in Morecambe is now available and is crammed full of top class musicians and comedy talent with a line up that includes acclaimed songwriter and guitarist Ralph McTell, musical legend Georgie Fame and Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band.

Duke of Lancaster pub assault: CCTV released

Monday, August 13, 2012 - 11:31: Police are appealing for information and have issued a CCTV image after a man was head-butted whilst inside the Duke of Lancaster pub last month. The 52-year-old victim was inside the pub on Church Street at around 12.30am on 15th July when he approached the bar to get a drink. At this point, a brief altercation has taken place after and he has been head-butted by another man.

Morecambe man charged with explosives offences

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 15:33: Stephen Kay, 36, of Mardale Avenue in Morecambe has today (9th August) been charged with firearms offences and offences against the person relating to explosives. The charges follow his arrest yesterday morning and an on-going investigation where explosive devices were made and directed towards a specific victim in 1999 in Heysham.

Police appeal following theft from jewellers

Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 15:01: Police are appealing for witnesses following a theft from a jeweller’s in Lancaster. The incident happened on Tuesday 7th August at HM Samuels on Market Street between 4.00 and 4.10pm. The offender has asked to see some engagement rings which were located in a display cabinet. The staff member has placed a ring on the counter and the offender has snatched it and ran off.

Refurb ahead for Dalton Square benches

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:53: Those of you who enjoy a quiet lunch in Dalton Square snacking on a sandwich will probably have noticed the benches have disappeared. Contrary to rumour that this is some scheme to stop the Square being used by drinkers flouting the city's non-drinking public orders, we're pleased to report the Council have told us new benches will be installed next week.

Festival organisers urged to make their funding bids

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 21:30: Morecambe Town Council is encouraging local organisations wanting to put on festivals and events in 2013 to to get applications for funding in as soon as possible. Over the last three years the Town Council has financially supported the organisation of Festivals and Events within Morecambe.

MBI Councillor jumps ship and joins Labour councillors

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 20:00: Tracy Brown, who has been an Morecambe Bay Independent Town Councillor for Westgate since 2011, has announced she’s resigning from the MBI Party and joining the Labour group on Morecambe Town Council with immediate effect.

Bring Back the Castle Beacon, councillor urges

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 17:17: Councillor Ian Pattison has praised Beyond the Castle's consultation with the public over the weekend on the future of Lancaster Castle's surrounding area. Beyond the Castle is a design team running events and the projects to develop the green space around Lancaster Castle.

Summer fun in a seaside town!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 17:03: Morecambe Town Council have joined forces with the Arndale Shopping Centre to put on activities for the youth over the summer holidays. The activities such as bouncy castles, gladiator duel, bungee run and a rodeo bull will take place on Wednesday 8th, 15th and 22nd August, in and around the Arndale Centre.

100 days until Lancashire elects first Police and Crime Commissioner

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 11:40: Today marks 100 days until the election of Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner. Lancashire residents will vote to elect a PCC on 15th November, with the successful candidate announced the following day. The PCC will replace the current Lancashire Police Authority.

Childhood dreams come true with opening of new Morecambe play area

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 12:31: An afternoon of fun and games will mark the official opening of a new family play and recreation area in Morecambe next week. Lancaster City Council has worked with the local community to design the new Claypitts play area between Charles Street and Out Moss Lane.

In Review: Tiny Ruins with Turnstone, Kristi Michele and Gareth Williams at the YoHo

Monday, August 6, 2012 - 02:19: Tiny RuinsTiny Ruins with Turnstone, Kristi Michele and Gareth Williams at The Yorkshire House, 29 July 2012 Reviewed by Marion Dawson The poster for Tiny Ruins' Lancaster gig features a quote from Radio 6 DJ Tom Ravenscroft's blog that makes me bristle with rage.

Play Day brings a day of fun for local children

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 14:00: A day of fun activities brought hundreds of children to Williamson Park on Wednesday, as Lancaster City Council celebrated National Playday. The action packed day started at 10am and went on until 4pm and all activities were free. Children took part in den and fire building, face painting, treasure hunts and balloon modelling.

Views sought on hackney taxi rank proposals

Saturday, August 4, 2012 - 12:54: Lancaster City Council is asking for views on proposals to make changes to hackney taxi ranks in Lancaster, Morecambe and Carnforth. Following proposals from the hackney taxi trade, a range of proposals have been put forward. They include removing some unused taxi ranks, to extend and create others and change times that some are in operation.

Dangerous dogs seized in Lancaster police raids

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 19:06: Three suspected dangerous dogs have been seized by police in Lancaster. Officers raided addresses on Harcourt Road, Rutland Avenue and Edenvale Crescent this morning (Thursday) and seized three pit bull type dogs. Two men, aged 26 and 56, were arrested on suspicion of possessing a fighting dog and are being questioned by police.

Lancaster City Council seeks views on revised gambling policy

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 09:00: Lancaster City Council is asking the public to help it review its gambling policy. By law the council has to review its Statement of Gambling Licensing Policy every three years. As the current version was published in January 2010 a revised version must be in place by January 2013. A draft version of the revised policy has been produced and is now available for public comment.

Councillor warns on "Rat Run" Cycle Path dangers

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 22:00: Green councillor Jon Barry has warned that somebody is going to get killed or seriously injured unless prompt action is taken to stop cars using the Glasson Dock cycle path. “For some time now there has been occasional use by motor vehicles of the cycle track between St George's Quay and Aldcliffe," he says. "However, the use has escalated of late because of the closure of St George's Quay.

Teen given two-year ASBO banning him from Heysham estate

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 21:00: A teenager who has spurred others youngsters into acting in an unruly manner has been banned from a Heysham estate. 16-year-old Jaydon Garthwaite, of Rothesay Road, Heysham, was given a two year anti-social behaviour order after Lancaster Magistrates Court heard how he had caused a catalogue of problems for local residents and shop staff.

Police appeal following assault outside Lancaster night club

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 18:30: Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault in Lancaster City Centre on Saturday 30th June. The incident happened outside the Toast Nightclub on North Road at around 2.00am when the victim, a 18 year old man, was stood outside the club on the street.

Link Road Reasoning Ripped to Shreds in new hearings

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 13:44: Hearings into the Heysham M6 Link Road have revealed that the justification for the scheme has been shot to pieces. The Examination, which has been running for some weeks now, is being conducted by Mr Robottom, the Examiner for the new planning body, the National Infrastructure Directorate or NID, previously IPC.

Criminals warned over drug smuggling after cannabis seized at port

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 11:43: Criminals looking to smuggle drugs and other items via Lancashire’s ports are being warned they are being watched following recent seizures, including one at Heysham last week. In the last few months, officers from Lancashire Constabulary’s ports unit, working with police colleagues in the Isle of Man and port staff, have seized drugs worth over £315,000.