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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.