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February 2013

Fly Tippers back in action

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 16:45: Sunny weather clearly spells opportunity for fly tippers: a virtual-lancaster reader sent us these pictures, snapped this morning on the bridleway/cycletrack, halfway between Freeman's Wood and Aldcliffe Lane, this morning.

Gabriela Montero concert: Exclusive VL discount ticket offer

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:48: Venezuelan super star Gabriela Montero performs at Lancaster University's Great Hall on Thursday 7th March - and we have a discount offer on tickets.

Has Anyone Seen this Giraffe?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 17:14: Police are appealing for information about the theft of a six foot wooden giraffe from a home on Slyne Road in Bolton-le-Sands - along with several other items earlier this month. The appeal follows a burglary between Sunday 3rd and Wednesday 13th February. After breaking into the house, thieves searched the property and stole several items of small furniture, as well as several ornaments.

Police hunt Morecambe bus stop attacker

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 14:33: Police are appealing for information after a 26 year old man was punched as he waited for a bus in Morecambe - and have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to. The victim was waiting for the last bus at a stop on Euston Road at 12.45am on Saturday 2 February when he was approached from behind by a man who punched him in the head and ran off. He wasn’t seriously injured.

Have your say on Carnforth and Cannon Hill conservation areas

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:07: Lancaster City Council is inviting members of the public to have their say on the Carnforth and Cannon Hill, Lancaster conservation area appraisals. Both Carnforth and Cannon Hill have areas that are designated as conservation areas.

Shooting the Living: Silent Pride exhibition opens at The Dukes

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:04: Striking portraits - including an Olympic hopeful and a youngster preparing for a school play - are currently on exhibition at The Dukes gallery in Lancaster. Silent Pride – 50mm is a collection by former press photographer Sam Reynolds who set up his own editorial photographic agency – Shooting the Living - in 2011. All the subjects in the exhibition were shot on a 50mm lens.

'Blackout' offers futuristic behind the scenes Drama at The Dukes

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 11:11: Drama will take place behind the scenes of a Lancaster theatre in March -- and you could have a front row seat. The Dukes has joined forces with The Alligator Club, a North West professional playwrights collective, to present twice-nightly performances of Blackout on 14-15th March. This walkabout show is set in the hidden spaces of The Dukes which the public don’t usually have chance to see.

Arts on the Prom fair planned for May Bank Holiday

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 16:11: The Venus and Cupid Trust - originally set up to ensure there is a future for Shane Johnstone's much-loved sculpture, Venus and Cupid, which lies on Morecambe Promenade at Scalestones Point - has organised a brand new artists and makers Art Fair. The event will take place on Morecambe Promenade on 27th May 2013 – Bank Holiday Monday.

Lancaster University's Chinese links win it a top trade award

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 13:15: Ana Gibson, Client Manager of Finnair and Philomena Chen, Head of Asia Pacific Development for UKTI North West presented the China Education Links Award to Professor David Brown and Huang Qihai at the UK Trade Investment China Awards 2013 held at The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester last week.

County council acts over horsemeat scandal

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:50: Lancashire County Council has suspended the supply of all frozen processed beef products to schools as a precaution after its own scientific tests carried out in light of the horsemeat scandal cast further doubt on the reliability of food labelling. The county council is one of the few councils in the country able to conduct its own laboratory tests on the DNA composition of meat products.

Let me tell you a Castle Park story...

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 08:02: Castle Park Stories, a new exhbition involving over 30 local residents, uncovering two thousand years of stories from Castle to Quayside, has just opened at The Storey in Lancaster.

Local motorway work this coming week

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 16:25: Roadworks will be taking place on two local roads this coming week (Monday 25th February to Sunday 3rd March 2013). A project to carry out repairs, replace lane markings and upgrade reflective road studs on the southbound side of the M6 is due to begin on Monday 25 February on the M6 junctions 33 to 32, Lancaster to Preston.

Lancaster PC World thefts: CCTV released

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 11:56: Lancaster police have issued CCTV images of two men they want to trace after over £1,000 of computer equipment was stolen from a store in Lancaster.

Police appeal after young girl sexually assaulted in Lancaster

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 08:50: Detectives are appealing for information after a four year old girl reported being sexually assaulted at a children’s play centre in Lancaster. The girl told her parents the assault happened whilst she was playing at The Zone on Dalton Square between 12.30 and 1.30pm on Saturday 16th February.

Morecambe man jailed for more than 12 years for violent attack on partner

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:25: James O’NeillA man who repeatedly hit his partner around the head with a beer bottle has been jailed for 12 years and 8 months. 46-year-old James O’Neill, of West End Road, Morecambe, attacked his victim in her Morecambe bedroom on 13th September 2012, knocking her to the floor and then continuing to hit her over 20 times with the bottle, as she lay on the ground.

In Review: 'Pierrepoint - The Hangman’s Tale' at the Dukes

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 22:48: Presented by The Dukes andCafe Society in The Round at The Dukes, Lancaster 7.45pm, Saturday 16 February 2013 Reviewed by Hannah Dial Less than a week remains to witness Martin Oldfield’s portrayal of the legendary hangman Albert Pierrepoint at the Dukes, and I urge you to seize the opportunity as soon as possible.

Lancaster pensioners slam social care policies

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 17:58: North Lancashire’s foremost pensioners’ campaign group, The Lancaster District Pensioners’ Campaign Group (LDPCG) has described the government’s plan to reform social care funding as lacking in basic credibility. The LDPCG believes that the proposals do not include sufficient funding to tackle the problems that pensioners face.

Missing Sussex woman sighted in Lancaster?

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:15: Sandra Hall, who lives in Bognor Regis, went missing on Sunday 3rd February – and police think seh may be in Lancaster after sightings of a woman in Sainsbury's supermarket of who fits her description. Sanfra left home to go to church – but she never went. She was seen on a train between Bognor Regis and Barnham but after leaving the station has not been seen since.

Lancaster's hidden art gems uncovered by BBC 'Your Paintings' project

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 08:02: Lancaster with its old bridge by an unknown artist, held by Lancaster City MuseumWorking with the Public Catalogue Foundation, the BBC is creating "Your Paintings": an amazing online archive in galleries large and small around the UK.

County Council acts on horse meat found in school cottage pies

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 13:14: Lancashire County Council has withdrawn a beef product from 47 school kitchens after it provisionally tested positive for traces of horse DNA. The provisional results of the tests on a pre-prepared cottage pie from an external supplier were reported late yesterday evening, 14th February, and have been passed on to the Food Standards Agency.

Local Voluntary organisations to benefit from Welfare Grants

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:11: 18 local voluntary organisations have been allocated a share of £4,000 to improve the lives of older people in the district. Each year, Lancaster City Council allocates welfare grants to voluntary organisations whose activities include providing recreation, meals and special events for older people. The maximum grant to any one organisation is £500.

Councils to enforce no parking in Lancaster precinct

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 09:15: Action is being taken to solve the growing problem of cars being parked in part of one of Lancaster’s historic precincts - but changes are potentially bad news for motorcyclists. Complaints from businesses in Sir Simon’s Arcade in the city centre have led Lancaster City Council and Lancashire County Council to bring enforcement action against vehicles being parked in the area.

Police appeal after cyclist dies in Lancaster

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 13:30: Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was killed in Lancaster on Wednesday. 59-year-old Morecambe man Mervyn Watson was riding home on Wednesday 13th February on East Road, close to Glebe Court. Somehow, he came off his bike, receiving severe head injuries. He was taken to the Royal Lancaster Infirmary but sadly died.

Lancashire plays key role in horsemeat tests

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 15:27: Lancashire County Council is playing a key role in identifying the full range of products that have been contaminated with horsemeat, as part of the national investigation led by the Food Standards Agency. Trading Standards Officers have been out sampling beef products around the county for DNA tests at the council's Public Analysts laboratory.

Council, children and national charity unite to improve Ryelands Park

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 10:01: Children from Lune Park Children's Centre join forced with Lancaster City Council, Friends of Ryelands Park and Groundwork to plant 1000 bulbs in Ryelands Park. Photo courtesy Lancaster City CouncilBudding gardeners descended on Ryelands Park this week to help Lancaster City Council add a splash of colour to the park with the planting of 1000 bulbs.

In Review: The Haffner Orchestra in the Great Hall

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 18:35: Haffner Orchestra in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Saturday, 9 February 2013, 7.30 pm Reviewed by Henry Prince I must declare an interest at the outset in that I am listed among this orchestra's patrons and have been delighted by it for three decades, from the days when it used to play in a steamed-up Princess Margaretha Hall (RIP 2007) at the former St Martin’s College.

Start something new in Lancashire's libraries

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 15:22: Lancashire residents are being encouraged to try a new hobby as part of the national Start Something campaign. From today until 10th March, people will be able to find out more about a range of interests at their local library. Tracing family history, eBooks and online music are some of the subjects people can explore at free sessions.

In Review: Beats & Pieces Big Band at Live at LICA

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 23:27: Beats Pieces Big Band Beats Pieces Big Band at Live at LICA, in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Thursday, 7 February 2013, 7.30 pm Reviewed by Henry Prince Beats Pieces style themselves in print as a Big Band. But I found myself wondering which of those two words carried the accent in speech. Are they a Big Band or a bigband?

Lancaster City Council to increase Council Tax by 2%, County maintains freeze

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 17:11: Lancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by 2% for 2013/14, helping to protect frontline services in the long term. In real terms this mean households will pay an average (based on a Band D property) of an extra £3.84 a year – or 7p a week – to the city council from April 2013.

Appeal after Lancaster student assault

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 15:11: Police are appealing for witnesses after a 20-year-old student was assaulted in Lancaster city centre in the early hours of Friday 1st February. The victim was stood with friends on Horseshoe Corner, Penny Street at around 3.15am when a man from another group punched him in the face causing him to sustain a fractured jaw.

Morecambe MP accuses Labour of "scare stories" over hospital cuts

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 13:08: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has hit out at anti cuts campaigners who have raised concerns about the future of the Accident and Emergency Department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary, accusing them of scaremongering. He has also claimed the hospital is better off than it has ever under the Coalition government.

Black ice warning for Lancashire

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 09:44: Lancashire County Council is warning drivers to watch out for black ice. Changeable conditions over the past 48 hours have seen the county hit with a mixture of snow, sleet and rain which, combined with freezing temperatures, has increased the risk of black ice forming.

Lancaster police hunt man who made inappropriate sexual remark to three-year-old

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 08:26: Lancaster police are appealing for information about the identity of a man who made an inappropriate sexual remark toward a three-year-old girl. The incident took place around 4.15pm on 1st February, when a man approached a 24-year-old woman who was walking in company with her mother and three-year-old daughter on Chapel Street and made a sexual remark.

More deer killed by poachers, one stripped for its meat

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 16:57: Police are appealing for information after two deer were found dead on farmland in Carnforth and Arnside earlier this week.

M6 accident vicitim 'critical'

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 16:24: Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a young man was seriously injured in a road traffic collision on the M6 northbound last night (Monday 4th February). The collision took place at 7.10pm just prior to the exit slip at junction 29 when a 26-year-old man from Thornton Cleveleys, who was on his way home from work, was travelling in a silver BMW along lane three.

Business Park thefts could be linked, say police

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 15:52: Police are appealing for information after a series of commercial burglaries on Lancaster Business Park last month. Four units on the Caton Road industrial estate were broken into overnight between the 28th and 29th of January. In total, around £14,000 worth of goods, including laptops, mobile phones, watches and perfume were stolen.

In Review: The Xinowa Sej piano ensemble at Live at LICA

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 12:45: Xinowa Sej 'three pianos, six hands'The Xinowa Sej piano ensemble at Live at LICA, in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Thursday 31st January 2013 Reviewed by Henry Prince It was an evening of the kind of happy coincidences that put real joy in life.

Council throws out Urban Splash Prom plans

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 13:49: Lancaster City Council’s planning committee has refused plans by Urban Splash for Morecambe’s Central Promenade area. The plans were rejected due to doubts over whether Urban Splash could deliver the scheme given the current state of the economy, and the impact that an unfinished scheme could have upon the setting of the Midland Hotel, the conservation area and the Winter Gardens.

Online safety advice ahead of Safer Internet Day

Monday, February 4, 2013 - 10:50: Lancashire Constabulary is reminding internet users of the importance of staying safe online ahead of Safer Internet Day tomorrow (Tuesday 5th February). It is the tenth year of the annual campaign, which is celebrated in over 65 countries to recognise the importance of the internet, how to get the most out of it and how to use it safely and responsibly.

Help for Heroes, St. John's Hospice get Jubilee funds

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 17:14: Morecambe Town Councillors Tricia Heath and Roger Dennison present a cheque for Help for Heroes to Lance Corporal Standring of the Territorial Army (right of the picture) and Private Robertson (a local resident) and member of the Parachute Regiment (left).

Dukes re-runs Hangman History Talk

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 11:01: Due to popular demand, a second talk on England’s longest serving hangman is to take place at The Dukes this February. Dr Colin Penny’s first talk on William Calcraft on Tuesday 5th February, which coincides with the run of Pierrepoint – The Hangman’s Tale at The Duke, is already fully booked but he is to repeat it on Friday 15th February at 6.00pm.