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August 2012

Will Lancastrians rise to the Ageing Well Challenge?

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

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

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

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

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

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

(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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.