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October 2012

Student Radio Hosts Police Candidate Debate

Bailrigg FM, Lancaster University’s student radio station is hosting a debate between the candidates for Police Crime Commissioner of Lancashire on Sunday 4th November at 10.00am, which locals off campus can follow online. (Bailrigg FM broadcasts over air only within the University boundaries).

Nationwide poster campaign launched to trace Ivan Leach man

Police have launched a nationwide poster campaign to trace a man described as dangerous and predatory who is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run. Police forces across England and Scotland are working together in an effort to track down 47-year-old absconder Ivan Leach.

University soap opera goes down under

An interactive ‘soap opera’ created by the University of Cumbria has become a worldwide hit. A number of universities in the UK and abroad have bought into the online ‘drama’ which was created by University of Cumbria health and social care experts to educate a global audience.

Police waarning on fake notes

Police are warning people to be vigilant after receiving information that counterfeit £20 notes could be in circulation in the Lancaster and Morecambe areas. Shoppers and businesses are being urged to be extra vigilant when accepting £20 notes, or being asked to exchange them for smaller denominations.

Appeal after John O'Gaunt Rowing Club's boat engines stolen

Police are appealing for information after two valuable boat engines were stolen from a rowing club in Skerton at the weekend. It is believed the John O'Gaunt Rowing Club building on Halton Road was broken into sometime overnight between 3.00pm on Friday 26th October and 9.30am on Saturday 27th October.

Gang jailed for over 34 years following poker game robbery

Five men involved in a robbery where poker players were threatened with machetes have been jailed for a total of 34 years and seven months. A group of men had been playing poker at an address on Robin Crescent, Heysham, on Sunday 22nd May 2011, when they were targeted by the gang, who had been made aware of the game through their associates.

Caton public toilets vandalised again, Council counts cost

Public toilets at the Bull Beck picnic site in Caton could be closed indefinitely, following a further spate of vandalism to the building this weekend that will cost Lancaster City Council thousands to repair. The attack is believed to have taken place at around 2.00am on Sunday morning when the locked metal security gates were ripped off their hinges by the intruders.

Local graduates land job roles through knowledge exchange

Knowledge partnerships between the University of Cumbria and a local business are resulting in exciting employment opportunities for local graduates. 26-year-old Dan Strong from Penrith, has landed a role as Director of IT for Keswick based M Update, a company providing clinical and medical training for healthcare.

Reward offered as manhunt for dangerous and predatory offender continues

CrimeStoppers have offered a reward for information about wanted man Ivan Leach. The charity is offering up to £3,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Leach, who is on the run from an open prison. Leach, 47, who is also known as Lee Cyrus, is described as a dangerous and predatory and is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run.

Jail for Lancaster canalside robber

Nathan Holden21-year-old Heysham resident Nathan Holden has been jailed for four years his part in a robbery on Lancaster Canal earlier this year. Holden was with two teenagers when the group targeted a man walking along the canal back in late April. The trio asked the man for the time and when he got his £200 mobile phone out to respond it was taken from him.

Local author Christie Cavendish set for new library event

Morecambe Library is hosting a new local crime author event on Saturday 3rd November 2012. It's a chance to meet local writer Christie Cavendish, whose first novel, Family Deceit, has just been published by London-based Olympia.

Lancaster gets set to 'Light Up' with major local arts promotion

It’s not only fireworks that will be lighting up Lancaster this November. On Friday 2nd November – the night before Lancaster’s Fireworks Spectacular – the city hosts a new free family event – Light Up Lancaster.

Lancashire police part of urgent national manhunt

Lancashire police are hunting for a man described as a dangerous and predatory who is believed to have committed a serious sex offence while on the run. Ivan Leach, also known as Lee Cyrus, 47, went missing from North Sea Camp open prison, Boston, Lincolnshire on Tuesday 9th October after going on day release.

Candidates declared for Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Election

The candidates for Lancashire's first Police and Crime Commissioner elections which will take place on 15th November have now been formally declared. The PCC will replace the current Lancashire Police Authority. Lancashire has four candidates in the running for the new position. The successful candidate will be declared on 16th November.

Heysham teen speaks out after nitro drink incident

Gaby Scanlon - still in hospital after 'nitrogen drink' incident Image posted publicly on facebook Heysham teenager Gaby Scanlon, who had to have her stomach removed and spent three weeks in hospital after drinking a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen, has spoken about her ordeal.

Join award winning artist for a workshop at Williamson Park

An award-winning artist is inviting people to take part in a workshop this November at the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park. Theworkshoptakes place on Saturday 10th November from 10am - 4.00pm and aims toprovide inspiration for a future exhibition ‘Memory/Loss’ which will take place in the Ashton Memorial in Spring 2013.

Cycle track muggers sought by police

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 40-year-old man was attacked and robbed on a cycle track in Lancaster at the weekend. The offence took place around 9.00pm on Sunday 21st October when the victim was approached by three men with a terrier dog as he went for a walk on the cycle track near to the Dolly Blue Tavern pub.

Spotlight offers free Performance Writing Workshop

Spotlight is running a free Performance Writing Workshop on Saturday 3rd November, offering would-be and active authors to explores what stimulates us to write and how creative play can enable our imaginative juices to flow more.

National Dickens Readers Day comes to Lancaster

National Dickens Readers Day, a national event celebrating the 200th anniversary of the author's birth, organised jointly by Lancashire County Council Cultural Services team and The Reading Agency, comes to Lancaster on Sunday 4th November. The event at Lancaster Library will feature a host of highly regarded authors and speakers including Claire Tomalin, Dickens' Biographer.

Two arrested during Lancaster drugs raid

Two people were arrested and suspected drugs were seized during a raid on a Lancaster property yesterday. Officers executed a drugs warrant at an address on Whitbarrow Square at around 9.00am on Wednesday morning. Inside the address they found a quantity of white powder, believed to be heroin.

Lancaster Tennis Club seeks out the next Andrew Murray

One of Lancaster's local tennis coaches is offering tennis coaching for juniors at Lancaster Tennis Club over the autumn school half term. Andy Moss will manage two days of coaching at Lancaster Tennis Club on Lune Road on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November, offering a great opportunity for juniors to improve their skills.

Appeal after ‘silly string’ attack ends in assault on boy in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after an 11-year-old boy was sprayed with ‘silly string’ and assaulted in Morecambe on Saturday (20th October). The bizarre incident, picked up by at least one national newspaper, took place between 3 and 4.00pm outside Pound Fever on Euston Road when the boy, who was with a friend, were walking through Morecambe town centre carrying an owl.

Appeal after Leonards Gate street robbery

Police are appealing for information after a student was robbed of £15 as he walked home in Lancaster city centre just after midnight on Saturday (20th October). The 19-year-old was walking home from the city centre along St Leonards Gate. As he has approached the junction of Alfred Street, he heard someone behind him.

Cannabis factory found in Morecambe flat

Police discovered a cannabis factory after going into a flat following concerns for a resident’s safety. Officers went to the address on Deanpoint, Morecambe, on Saturday October 20 after concerns were raised that the person living there had not been seen for some time. Inside the property officers discovered 20 cannabis plants being grown using hydroponic equipment.

Bypass decision by March 2013?

An announcement of the decision on the highly controversial Heysham–M6 Link Road road will probably be made in March 2013. The Public Examination into the proposed road closed on the 20th September and Examiner Mr Peter Robottom now has three months to prepare his report to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin.

City Council takes over 'nitro drink' investigation

Gaby Scanlon - still in hospital after 'nitrogen drink' incident Image posted publicly on facebookFollowing the conclusion of Lancashire Constabulary’s investigation into the liquid nitrogen incident in which an 18 year old Heysham girl Gaby Scanlon was hospitalised shortly after being served a drink containing liquid nitrogen, the matter has now been formally handed over to Lancaster City Council...

Spotlight Club's LitFest Special tonight

Spotlight's Litfest Special is on tonight, Friday 19th October – and they're back at The Storey. The event is a Prize Open Mic Slam, inviting poets, writers and other performers to present their best work to the audience. Spotlight is a cave of ideas, always on the hunt for new and experimental writers and performers at it's Open Mic spots.

In Review: Drawing on Much Ado

Drawing On Much Ado Photographs and Drawings by Kim Lewis, Cathy Duncan and George Coupe displayed at the Dukes Gallery 15 to 27 October 2012.

£128,000 facelift for Silverdale library opened

Good news for once for the beleagured library service today, as improved community facilities and up-to-date technology were on show at an event to mark the official reopening of Silverdale Library. County Councillor David Smith, lead member for community services, cut the red ribbon at the revamped library on Emesgate Lane during a special celebration last week.

Skerton Primary School to be demolished

A former primary school building in Lancaster is to be demolished for safety reasons and to prevent vandalism. Plans have been approved to level the site of Skerton Primary School and nursery, off Mainway, which closed in July 2010.

Countdown begins for this year's Lancaster Firework Spectacular

The countdown has begun for this year's Lancaster Firework Spectacular which will see this year’s dazzling display being launched – for the first time ever – from the roof of historic Lancaster Castle.

City Council launches major planning consultation

Lancaster City Council is launching a major consultation on a new draft Local Development Plan for the district. The Local Plan will allocate land for the district’s future housing and commercial needs, protect land for its environmental, social and economic value and set out a series of planning policies which will manage future proposals for all types of development across the district.

Ryelands Park improvements - local views sought

Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, North Lancashire Primary Care Trust and the Friends of Ryelands Park are working together to help improve Skerton's major green space. The partners have now put together a draft plan for the future of Ryelands Park based on the views of local residents. These are currently only proposals and no decisions have been made.

Cricket Club readies for bonfire night

Lancaster Cricket and Sports Club in Lune Road will again be celebrating the annual Lancaster firewords display on the evening of Saturday 3rd November. The view from the Club of the fireworks is one of the best in Lancaster, especially now that they are to be launched from the roof of Lancaster Castle.

Volunteering One Lancashire gets underway

Volunteering One Lancashire, a new pilot project taking place across the county, will support volunteers and voluntary groups. Backed by Lancashire County Council, the Project aims to create new volunteer hubs across the county for Volunteer Groups to work together.

Police hunt Lancaster car vandals

Police are appealing for information after nine cars had their paintwork scratched on a quiet cul-de-sac road in Lancaster. The damage took place on Meadowside, close to the Poynter Roundabout, when vandals targeted the vehicles between 11.00pm on Saturday 14th October and 10.30 am on Sunday 15th October.

Pens and Pixels merge for new exhibition

A unique art exhibition offering a world first use merging art and photography with smartphone technology will enable visitors to the Lake District to take full advantage of the amazing lakes and mountains landscape this autumn and winter.

Hard-hitting images highlight Lancashire's 20mph aims

Hard-hitting images of injured children are the focus of a new campaign to drive home the message that obeying the new 20mph limits in Lancashire's residential areas could save lives. The posters on billboards and bus shelters highlight Department for Transport research that shows a person hit at 30mph is seven times more likely to die than a person hit at 20mph.

Morecambe FC soccer schools sessions announced

Morecambe FC has announced a series of new soccer schools sessions at the Globe Arena. Community Sports soccer schools sessions at the Globe Arena run 10.00am - 3.00pm over three days and are open to boys and girls of all playing abilities aged 5 to 15 years of age.

Warning as Poulton pensioner is duped by PPI fraudsters

Police are warning elderly people to be on their guard against fraudsters claiming to be able to recover cash spent on payment protection insurance after a Poulton pensioner was duped out of £310. On 30th September a 76-year-old woman was contacted over the phone by a man who claimed she was entitled to a refund for the sum of £4,700 for bank charges.

Zombies set to storm Morecambe!

Morecambe's new annual dark weekend of the weird - Zombieville - hits the resort for the first time on the weekend of 19th - 21st October with three whole days of music, monsters, mayhem and magic at Smokey O'Connor's on Morecambe Street and other parts of the resort, includung the Winter Gardens.

Council backs Morecambe's Festival Market

Morecambe's Festival Market. Image courtesy Lancaster City CouncilLancaster City Council has reaffirmed its continued support for providing a sustainable market in Morecambe. At a Cabinet meeting held this on Tuesday, councillors considered ways to improve market provision in the resort. A number of measures to help improve the market in the short term were agreed.

"Poetry Podium" unveiled in Dallas Road Gardens

Writer of the Winning Words poem, Freddie Granger, stands on top of the new sculpture in Dallas Road Gardens after its unveiling. Lancaster’s latest sculpture is pure poetry. The city’s newest piece of public art was officially unveiled last Friday (5th October) in Dallas Road Gardens - just in time for National Poetry Day.

Woodland improvement scheme seeks local backers

Lancashire County Council is appealing to landowners and businesses in Lancaster to join a woodland scheme which has already helped to boost tree cover at a local caravan park. The Lancashire Woodlands Project helps landowners access funds to plant new woods and look after existing ones to improve wildlife, timber production, and people's enjoyment of the countryside.

City takes control of Storey, Tourist Information moves back

Lancaster City Council has taken control of the management of the Storey Institute, fulfilling its commitment to reinvigorating this important building. Today (Monday 8th October) the city council forfeited the lease of the Storey Creative Industries Centre Ltd (SCIC Ltd), and took possession of the Storey Institute as a result of the company going into liquidation.

Teenager has stomach removed after drinking 'nitro' cocktails.

A Lancaster sixth-former had to have emergency surgery at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after drinking two cocktails containing liquid nitrogen at Oscar's Wine Baron George Street in Lancaster last Thursday evening.

Morecambe campaigner fights for NHS at Labour conference

Dilys Greenhalgh with Labour's David Milliband last year.84-year-old Morecambe resident Dilys Greenhalgh gave an impassioned speech against the dismantling of the National Health Service at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester today, receiving a standing ovation from delegates.

Local public services consult on family services

Which public services are most important to your family? Local people are being urged to have their say on which public services are most important to themselves and their families, as Lancaster City Council and other publicly-funded bodies face further government funding reductions in coming years.

More Music Presents: Public's gig choices at the Hothouse

Claude Deppa Some of the UK’s most acclaimed musicians will be performing at Morecambe’s newest music venue this autumn. Acts including award-winning jazz vocalist Ian Shaw and Roddy Woomble, lead singer of rock band Idlewild, will be joined by new artists like Rae Morris who has just been signed by Atlantic Records and is tipped for great things.

Sugarhouse to Host Festival Finale

The finale of the Lancaster Music Festival will this year be held at Lancaster University Students’ Union venue the Sugarhouse. The festival promises an eclectic mix of bands and soloists bridging a spectrum of genres and the finale will be headlined by the winners Live and Unsigned 2012: Coco and the Butterfields supported by Freerunner, Kaitain, Hannah Nicole Gorge and Katie O’Malley.

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