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January 2013

Couple threatened with knife in own Morecambe home

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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.