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March 2013

Ridge Community School academy plans U-turned

Parents and teachers of pupils at Ridge Community Primary School were told by the Department of Education yesterday that plans to turn the school into an Academy, a change that was due on 1 May this year, have been abandoned, despite extensive preparation.

Affordable personal fitness sessions at Salt Ayre

Lancaster City Council has introduced great value personal fitness training for customers of Salt Ayre Sports Centre in Lancaster. From just £5 per session, the new service is available to anyone who is keen to get 1-2-1 support and advice on how to lose weight, tone up or build up endurance or fitness levels.

Lancaster fraudster jailed

Lancaster man John Stewart was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment for fraud involving £234,250 earlier today. Stewart, 61, of Broadway, Lancaster, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two charges of obtaining mortgages under a false name and false employment, to a total value of £190,000. He also pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining income support to the value of £44,250.

Lancashire's Young Carers Honoured

A group of young carers (children caring for someone who is sick or disabled) from across the county were guests of honour last week at a special reception at County Hall in Preston. The majority of the young people present received support from the Lancashire Young Carers Service, which is run by leading children’s charity Barnardo’s from Blackburn, and funded by Lancashire County Council.

Local People Power energy switching project takes to the road

There’s less than two weeks left for people to sign up to a new scheme which could help them cut their energy bills and to help residents gather more information about the ‘People Power’ scheme, Lancaster City Council is hosting information roadshows in Lancaster and Morecambe. The first takes place today in Lancaster's Market Square.

Laptops stolen in Parkfield Drive burglary

Police are on the hunt for a burglar who they believe may have been spotted sorting through his haul of stolen goods in broad daylight, after a burglary at a house in Lancaster last week. The burglary, which took place on Parkfield Drive, occurred at some point between 8.45am and 12.20pm on Wednesday 20th March.

CCTV released in appeal after 93 year old targeted in distraction burglary

Local detectives have released CCTV images and are re-appealing for information following a distraction burglary at the home of a 93-year-old man in Morecambe. Between 1.55pm and 2.20pm on Tuesday 26th February, a man called at the elderly gentleman’s home on Lichfield Avenue. The 93 year old mistook the man for someone he knew and invited him in.

Lancaster’s vintage market re-opens for business

The Assembly Rooms market in Lancaster has now re-opened following the completion of refurbishment works to the 18th Century building. The market is open from Tuesday to Saturday and home to a curious and interesting mix of small stalls selling everything from vintage fashion to books, comics, miniatures and collectables.

Heysham man jailed for more than two years following sexual activity with a child

A 19 year old man from Heysham has been sentenced to 2 years and 3 months in a youth offenders institution after admitting having sex with a 14 year old girl. Luke Birbeck of Delamere Avenue had pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a child at an earlier hearing and was sentenced yesterday (Monday 25th March) at Preston Crown Court.

Charges dropped at Jamea al Kauthar Girls School after investigation

Following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service it has been decided that none of the conduct disclosed as part of Lancashire Constabulary’s investigation into the welfare of some children at the privately run Jamea al Kauthar Islamic School for Girls in Lancaster meets the threshold for criminal prosecution.

North West MP ignores benefits claimants lack of online access

Warrington South MP David Mowat defends benefit changes in the absence of any comment or available spokesperson from the Department of Work and Pensions on BBC North West Tonight.As major changes to the benefits system come into place next week, further reforms such as the introduction of Universal Credit, replacing many different benefits, is also on the way, all supported by Lancaster and...

Police hunt for Lancaster mugger

Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a 23-year-old man was robbed in the Primrose area of Lancaster. At around 11.15pm on Thursday 21st March, the 23 year old was walking along Dale Street when he was approached from behind by a man, who demanded his property. When the victim said he didn’t have any the man said he had a knife, and the victim gave him his iPhone.

Lancashire County council teams battle the snow

Lancashire County Council's highways teams have been battling round the clock to keep Lancashire's roads open after freak end-of-March weather brought heavy snow coupled with high winds, a dangerous combination leading to drifts five metres high in places.

Metal detection at M6-Heysham Link Road site

Volunteer metal detectorists have been searching for artefacts on the proposed route of the Heysham to M6 Link Road. The team joined forces with Rubicon Heritage Services to search a site called Penny Pot Meadow on Cottam's Farm off Caton Road. The articles which were uncovered told the story of happenings at Penny Pot Meadow over at least 200 years.

Transport Solutions mystified by dubious go ahead for M6 Link

Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe has now studied the full report recommending the go ahead for the M6 Link and has issued the following statement. The observations on the road plan in the report made by the Planning Inspectorate’s Peter Robottom, who described it as "inappropriate development", call into question the entire basis on which it has been given the go ahead.

Review: Tine Thing Helseth with Kathryn Stott at Live at LICA

Tine Thing Helseth Tine Thing Helseth with Kathryn Stott at Live at LICA Thursday, 21 March 2013 in the Great Hall, Lancaster University Reviewed by Sally Ryde The billing of this event was misleading. The word ‘with’ suggests that the inclusion of Kathryn Stott was in some sense less significant.

Lancaster schoolchildren tackle speeding

Caption, left to right: PC Ian Nickson the Local Community Beat Manager pictured with Pupils of St Luke's C of E Primary School in Slyne with Hest after the speed education session.Children from Slyne with Hest have been helping to slow down speeding traffic near their school.

New book celebrates local family's incredible music archive

The Winder family came from Wyresdale, near Lancaster, and formed the mainstay of a village band from the late 1700s up until the First World War – and a new book, edited and annotated by leading local musician Andy Hornby, celebrates their important part in keeping an almost forgotten aspect of English music alive.

Gritters ready for more snow and ice, says County Council

Lancashire's gritters are gearing-up to keep the county moving with current forecasts predicting a risk of snow through Thursday night into Friday and the possibility of more winter weather for the weekend. Crews will be gritting throughout the county on Thursday evening and will plough and grit as necessary through the night in east Lancashire where the worst conditions are expected.

Ready for an Eerie Evening at the Winter Gardens?

Morecambe's Winter Gardens It is thought lucky for a theatre to have a resident ghost and Morecambe's Winter Gardens has, if the stories are to be believed, more than just the one. There's a chance to find out if the stories are true in April, when Eerie Evenings host a Ghost Hunt at the venue.