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February 2013

Fly Tippers back in action

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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.