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January 2013

Couple threatened with knife in own Morecambe home

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 16:48: Detectives are appealing for information following a robbery at a house in Morecambe. Around 7.45pm on Monday 29th January, a man called at an address on Scafell Avenue and asked the owners if they wanted to buy a gold ring. When they refused, he made his way into the house and threatened the couple with a knife, demanding £30 for the ring.

Bowlers needed for Happy Mount Park competition

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 13:19: Lancaster City Council is looking for teams to take part in a bowling competition at Happy Mount Park, Morecambe. The event will take place over three week nights. The initial heats will be on Tuesday 19th March and Wednesday 20th March. The finals will take place on Thursday 21 March. Each event will run from 6pm to 8.30pm and is open to all bowlers aged 16 and over.

Morecambe MP concerned by Infimary cut rumours

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 12:05: MP David MorrisMorecambe MP David Morris is to challenge the Secretary of State for Health on some of the plans for Royal Lancaster Infirmary this week - both announced and rumoured to be under consideration (see news story).

Three assaulted after Lancaster house party

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 11:36: Police are appealing for information after three people were assaulted in Lancaster as they walked home from a house party. Around 1.30am on Sunday 13th January 2013, a group of 12 people, aged between 16 and 20 years old, were walking home along Bowerham Road, when they came across a group of five or six men on the opposite side of the road.

Get up, get active during the February half term holiday

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 08:13: Youngsters in the district are invited to get up, get active and join in the fun with Lancaster City Council this half term holiday. With more than 40 exciting sports and arts events on offer for young people aged 5 to 16, there's bound to be something for everyone.

Mysteries of ancient Egypt revealed at Lancaster City Museum

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 16:33: Photograph courtesy Lancashire County CouncilTreasures from the very beginnings of Egyptian history will be on show at Lancaster City Museum from Saturday 2nd February. 'From Egypt's Sands to Northern Hills' features a wide range of stunning artefacts spanning a period of more than 3,000 years, brought together from collections across the north west.

Do They Eat Culture in Preston?

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 07:47: They Eat Culture and Lancashire Writing Hub are looking for two established spoken word performers and one newcomer to the spoken word scene, to take part in a unique spoken word performance at Preston’s iconic bus station on Saturday 23rd March 2013. The role of MC, or Performance Tour Guide, is also up for grabs.

Road fatalities drop after six month education campaign

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 17:04: The number of young drivers killed or seriously injured on roads in the north of the county has fallen significantly following a six-year education and enforcement campaign. In 2006, nine people under the age of 30 were killed in road collisions in Lancaster, Morecambe and Wyre. 48 people in the same demographic were seriously injured and 376 people suffered minor injuries.

Lancaster asault - police still hunting for assailant

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 15:56: Lancaster police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted in an unprovoked attack in the city centre. Around 2.00 am on Sunday 16th December 2012, a 52-year-old man was walking along Market Street when he noticed a man and woman arguing on Horseshoe Corner.

Bus pass users urged to check renewal dates

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 11:28: NoWcard holders are being urged to check their travel smartcard in case it needs renewing. Around 300,000 NoWcard bus passes in Cumbria, Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool expire this year with most needing to be renewed by the end of March. Lancashire County Council has sent letters to people whose passes expire in March or April explaining the renewal process.

Eve Ensler to visit Lancaster on Sunday 3rd. One Billion Rising

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 09:39: One Billion Rising is a global women's movement that isn't afraid or embarrassed to speak out about the oppression and abuse that affects the daily lives of millions of ordinary women globally. Enough already! It's time to get a grip.

Lancaster district to benefit from new funding to help end rough sleeping

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 19:12: Lancaster City Council is set to benefit from a grant to help get rough sleepers off the street and back on track. Lancashire-based charity The Foxton Centre has been awarded £197, 360 which will fund No Second Night Out Together - a project that will establish outreach teams across Lancashire who will make contact with rough sleepers in their area and provide a quick route off the streets.

Police seek Scotch Quarry muggers

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 23:44: Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked by two men in an attempted robbery as he walked home in Lancaster on Sunday 20th January 2013. The 31-year-old victim, who is from Lancaster, was walking alone through Scotch Quarry around 1.30am when he was approached by two men who asked him for a light.

Morecambe Youth Centre celebrates talents

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 12:52: Stanley’s Youth and Community Centre, Morecambe, is celebrating a year of successes for its young people and are entering 2013 on a high note – literally. Two of the centre’s members have achieved great success in the regional talent show, Lancashire Association of Boys and Girls Clubs Got Talent.

Urban Splash Prom plans back before Planning

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 09:22: Revised proposals from developers Urban Splash for the Central Promenade area of Morecambe to be considered by councillors next month. The revised proposals to redevelop the Central Promenade area of Morecambe will be presented to Lancaster City Council's Planning and Highways Regulatory Committee on Monday 4th February. The meeting is scheduled to start at 10.30am at Lancaster Town Hall.

NHS scheme is helping Lancaster veterans return to ‘civvy street’

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 14:50: Former Royal Marine Christopher Harrison (with white belt) has been helped by a new service for military veteransA new service is helping veterans and their families cope with the often difficult transition from service to ‘civvy street’, offering support on a number of issues be it substance misuse, unemployment, debt, family breakdown or housing issues.

Corrie actors get set for roles at The Dukes

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 12:02: Barrie Rutter in the lead role of industrialist and tyrannical patriarch, John Rutherford Northern Broadsides return to The Dukes in February with a play directed by Jonathan Miller and featuring a former Coronation Street favourite.

Lunesdale CAMRA announces Fourth Dark and Winter Ale Festival

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:49: Lunesdale CAMRA has announced the fourth Dark and Winter Ale Festival, which will run from Monday 28th January and runs until Sunday 10th February 2013. A 14-day festival offering darkly delicious and seasonal brews the across 42 pubs across the Lunesdale area from Garstang to Carnforth and Heysham to Clapham - all offering a range of Milds, Porters, Stouts and Winter Ales.

A quilt with a difference on display at Morecambe Library

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 11:38: An exhibition with a difference is coming to Morecambe Library. A special patchwork quilt, created by young people who are supported by Lancashire County Council, will be on display at the library from 4th February 2013.

Warning not to give money to fraudsters as ‘assassin’ email circulates Lancashire

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 13:53: Police and Trading Standards are warning people not to be tricked into handing over cash to internet fraudsters following the circulation of a dramatic but bogus email. The electronic message, sent to resident’s private inboxes, claims to be from a sympathetic assassin who thinks that the recipient of the email has wrongly had a contract taken out against them.

Lancaster’s support scheme will protect all council tax benefit claimants, say Greens

Friday, January 18, 2013 - 08:00: On Wednesday night Lancaster City Council voted 33-13 to preserve council tax benefit levels for all claimants in the face of a cut in government funding for the benefit. The government’s cut to the grant for council tax benefit would have resulted in the poorest-paid and unemployed couples in Lancaster district having to find £232 each year (£4.45 per week) in council tax from April.

Storey Garden may re-open to the public

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 20:30: A new group that hopes to re-open one of Lancaster's hidden gems, the Storey Garden, is holding a meeting next Tuesday to consider ideas for its renovation. Lancaster City Council is now running the Storey building and also the garden, which is currently closed to the public, but the new "Friends of the Storey Garden" would very much like to see it open again.

Fines for fouling and littering come into force

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 18:30: Irresponsible dog owners and litter louts are to be given fines by Lancaster’s city centre neighbourhood police team in order to clean up local communities.

Work begins to restore Lancaster's iconic Ashton Memorial

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 13:54: Photo: Ant MercerSpecialist restoration work to one of Lancaster’s iconic landmarks has begun. The steps leading to the Ashton Memorial in Williamson Park have been closed for over a year due to the condition of the foundations and support structures below ground, which has made the steps unsafe for use by members of the public. Work to restore the steps commenced in December.

Motorists urged to take care in snow

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 13:50: Lancashire Constabulary is urging motorists to take care in adverse driving conditions as snow is forecast across the county. The Met Office has issued an amber warning for the North West tomorrow (Friday 18th January), which warns drivers to be prepared.

Major service cuts ahead at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary?

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 13:46: (Updated 19/1/13): Green Party councillor Jon Barry has learned from a hospital source that plans are well advanced to drastically reduce the services at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary after a review in services. It is understood that many of the current services will be transferred to Kendal.

Police hunt "Postman Pat" burglars

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 12:43: Morecambe police are appealing for information after over £10,000 worth of items were stolen during a burglary in Morecambe last week - including a Postman Pat figure stuffed with coins. The burglary is believed to have taken place sometime between 4.30pm and 8.00pm on Wednesday 9th January 2013 at an address on West End Road, Morecambe.

City Council votes to keep council tax support at existing levels

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:59: The City Council has voted not to change its existing levels of council tax support for the year commencing 1st April, despite reduced grant from the government.

New festival to celebrate comic art launched in Lake District

Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 11:30: A new event in the Lake District which aims to match the vibrancy of France's annual, world-acclaimed Angouleme Comics Festival has been launched to celebrate the very best comic art from across the world, from cartoon strips to superhero comics and manga to non-fiction graphic novels.

Cumbrian Police still searching for missing woman

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:39: Police officers looking for missing Catalina Covaci and her baby son Ricardo from Penrith, who disappeared before Christmas, have launched an appeal to trace a commuter who was seen on CCTV talking to the missing mum at a Manchester train station.

Hopes Council tax discount change will mean fewer empty properties

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 17:30: Council Tax discounts for some empty homes in the Lancaster district will be changing from April this year. The decision was made by Full Council in December in light of new flexibilities introduced by the Government to give local authorities the discretion to set their own discounts in certain circumstances.

Storey Gallery: Putting it out on the Street.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 17:24: Storey Gallery space Lancaster's Arts' scene suffered a blow this week with the announcement that the Storey Gallery organisation has given up its exhibition space within the Storey Creative Industries Centre. The Gallery organisation has been based within the Storey Institute, now known as The Storey, for the past 21 years.

Borough Comedy: Hayley Ellis and Bafta Star Tudor Owen this Sunday

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 15:22: Hayley Ellis Lancaster's Comedy Club this Sunday night at the Borough features Manchester's Hayley Ellis ( who is compering this week's Lancaster show. Hayley has gone from strength to strength since she began performing in 2009.

New scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit to be considered

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 11:32: City Councillors will consider a new scheme to replace Council Tax Benefit at a specially convened meeting of Full Council on Wednesday, as it faces more cuts to its overall funding from government. Under Government plans, Council Tax Benefit is due to be abolished in April 2013 and local councils have been told to develop new Localised Council Tax Support schemes.

City Council consults on Taxis

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:37: Lancaster City Council is asking the public, taxi trade and other interested parties if rules limiting the number of hackney carriages operating within the district should be lifted. Currently the number of licences issued to hackney taxis - which can pick passengers up without being pre-booked - in the Lancaster district is limited to 109.

Ethel Austin Morecambe closes as chain collapses

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 10:36: Ethel Austins Morecambe closed on Friday, with staff given just half an hour to clear their personal belongings before the shop was closed for good - the final nail in the coffin for the troubled clothing chain whose Lancaster store closed last year. Owner Ricli Limited called in administrators and its stores, numbering around 30 nationally, were closed.

Crook O' Lune bridge to be fully restored

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 15:24: Work will begin in the spring to repair the East pedestrian bridge at the Crook O'Lune which links Caton with the River Lune Millennium Park. The listed bridge near Lancaster will be closed until late summer while it is fully restored.

Police still hunting Morecambe mugger

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 10:43: Police are appealing for information after a woman was the victim of an attempted robbery in Morecambe last month. At around 6.30pm on the 18th December, the 48-year-old woman was walking along Back Marine Road on her way home from work when she was approached by a man who tried to grab her bag from her shoulder When se fell down, the man then ran from the scene empty handed.

Morecambe seeks traders for new street market

Friday, January 11, 2013 - 13:30: Morecambe is getting a new street market - and is looking for traders. Following a decision taken by Morecambe’s Mary Portas Town Team to introduce a monthly themed street market on Victoria Street in Morecambe, the town's council are looking for local market traders, who may be interested in having a stall.

Lancashire car drivers warned to keep off their mobiles

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 23:18: Lancashire Constabulary is warning drivers of the dangers mobile phones whilst driving as they launch a month-long crackdown, after over 5000 were caught using them while driving last year across the county.

Heysham M6 Link decision in March

Thursday, January 10, 2013 - 13:00: The government has confirmed a decision on the Heysham M6 Link will be made by March.

Bark in the Park back next month

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:51: Join local charity CancerCare for Bark in the Park 2013 next month: a sponsored dog walk and fun dog show to be held on Saturday 16th February at Williamson Park, Lancaster. Put your pooch to the test with a sponsored dog walk and fun dog show.

Comedian Alex Horne heads for The Platform

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 12:50: Top class comedian Alex Horne, star and co-creator of the BBC Four comedy quiz show We Need Answers is on his way to the Platform in Morecambe to launch the Platform’s Spring/Summer programme - one show not to be missed. Award-winning comedian Alex Horne has established a reputation among critics, comedians and audiences as a thoughtful and original stand-up, writer and solo performer.

More Travels with a Camera at the Platform

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 - 11:45: Get whisked across the world through a series of talks by Peter Logan in ‘More Travels with a Camera’ at the Platform in Morecambe. The new series of slide presentations starts on Tuesday 15th January and will take you on a journey through Burma on the road to Mandalay via the River Kwai.

Search for begins for new North West exporters

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 10:35: A search is being launched to find 1,000 new exporters in the North West during 2013, to help give a boost to the region’s economy. UK Trade & Investment - the government body that encourages businesses to trade abroad – is kick-starting the search by giving more than 100 firms the chance to visit Dublin in March for an export taster visit.

Police appeal following Lancaster road traffic collision

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 10:19: Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision in Lancaster on New Year's Eve. The incident happened at around 9:45pm on Damside Street outside the bus station, when a cyclist was involved in a collision with a white Toyota car. The driver of the car stopped and checked that the cyclist was all right, before continuing with his journey.

Appeal after two Roe deer found dead near Carnforth, shot with crossbow

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 14:39: Police are appealing for information after two Roe deer were found dead on New Year’s Day in a wood in Bolton-le-Sands - and are searching for a white van seen in the area of the killings. The deer were found by a dog walker in stream in a small wood adjacent to Pasture Lane.

Boogie Bill Roberts, Fay Marie and more celebrate Gillow anniversary

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 12:20: Saturday 12th January 2013 marks a calendar year of Mark Cutter being Landlord of Lancaster's Robert Gillow. At that point it was a temporary arrangement, as an extension of his activities at The Lord Ashton, but by April he and his partner Natasha Burns were enjoying the challenge so much that they made it official and took on the lease from Hydes Brewery.

Lancaster's Global Link gets £50K Arts Council boost

Monday, January 7, 2013 - 11:19: Lancaster-based charity Global Link has been awarded £50,000 in Arts Council funding to continue its global education work through the arts for the next two years. "This is very good news for Global Link, the global artists in our North-West directory, and for schools," commented Manager Gisela Renolds.

Police appeal following fatal A6 crash

Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 10:35: (Updated 7th January 2013): Police are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision on the A6 at Cabus that resulted in the death of 79-year-old Frederick Lang, who lived in Garstang. Mr Lang served as a police officer in the Lancashire Constabulary from 1956 through until 1961 before moving down to the Midlands.