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April 2013

Campaign Group challenges Link Road decision

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 11:14: Photo: TSLM Local campaign group Transport Solutions for Lancaster and Morecambe has lodged a legal challenge to the decision to approve the Heysham M6 Link Road. The new road will connect the Heysham and Morecambe peninsula directly to the M6 and provide improved access for residents, businesses and tourists to the area.

Waving Cat Set To Charm Youngsters

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 14:01: A fantastical Eastern adventure story told by puppets is set to delight young audiences at Lancaster’s Dukes theatre in May. The Waving Cat of Japan is a visually exciting new show featuring the curious Japanese figurine of folk tales and legends which is said to bring good luck.

Local Writers invited to explore county's past

Monday, April 29, 2013 - 13:20: Creative writers from across Lancashire are being invited to spend a day re-imagining people and events from the county’s past. On Saturday 11th May, Lancashire County Council's Archives Service on Bow Lane, Preston, will host Clitheroe Writing Group's 2013 spring workshop.

Dance the weekend away at Morecambe Live Weekender

Friday, April 26, 2013 - 14:43: Preston-born Donna WyldeTreat yourself to a feast of musical entertainment over the May Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 May) when Morecambe Live Weekender comes to the Platform. Morecambe Live Weekender promises to provide a whole host of free daytime entertainment throughout the weekend featuring great talent from local bands and singers.

Government questions investment in the arts - more trouble ahead for local organisations?

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 13:41: The Dukes' upcoming Robin Hood is publicly funded - how much more money will it bring into the local area when it opens? Despite delivering a report on the economic value of the Arts to the local area two years ago, there could be further testing times ahead for local organisations such as The Dukes.

Local MMR vaccination plans to be developed as North West measles cases increase

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 01:05: A national catch-up programme to increase MMR vaccination uptake in children and teenagers has been announced today by Public Health England, NHS England and the Department of Health.

Latest news on Lancashire scams is just a click away

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 15:16: Hundreds of people are getting up-to-the-minute advice about the latest scams and fake products from Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Facebook page. It features a character called Scambuster Stan, whose job is to alert his followers to the consequences of buying fake goods, particularly the risks posed by the growing and often less-regulated marketplace of the internet.

Students warned: lock up your valuables

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 15:00: Lancaster police are warning students to keep their homes secure following a recent rise in the number of burglaries at student accommodation. Over the last 23 days there’s been a 90 percent increase in the number of homes being targeted in the City - and three quarters of properties targeted were insecure student accommodation.

New Hondas vandalized in Morecambe

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 12:52: Police are appealing for witnesses after 19 brand new cars were damaged at a paint and body clinic in Morecambe. Sometime between Sunday 14 April and Tuesday 16th April, somebody gained entry to the body shop attached to the Honda garage on the Northgate White Lund Industrial estate. Once inside, the offender used a sharp instrument to damage the brand new cars causing £20,000 worth of damage.

Have your say on Lancaster University’s future strategy

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 15:15: Lancaster University has 12,000 students, more than 2,500 staff and plays an important role in the success of the city. Professor Mark E. Smith, the Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University, has issued an invitation to a public consultation on the future strategy of Lancaster University 2014 -2020. The event is free but anyone who wants to come must book a place.

M6 closed between Junction 32 and 33 after two vehicle crash

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 11:55: The M6 southbound between junctions 33 and 32 is currently closed following a two vehicle collision and is expected to remain closed for at least an hour. Drivers are asked to avoid the area where possible. Police were called around 9.10am following a collision between a Toyota and a VW Polo. The two drivers, a man and a woman, have been taken to Royal Preston Hospital.

Councillors back Altham Meadows as NHS Lancashire plans to refocus dementia care

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 11:38: Altham Meadow, Morecambe. Image: Google (Updated 14:32:: City Councillors have backed local concerns at the proposed closure of Morecambe's Altham Meadows Dementia Centre, supporting a Labour Party motion at last week's council meeting.

Local author asks "The Burning Question"

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:43: The Burning Question is…a bold new book, written by an honorary research fellow at Lancaster University, which seeks to challenge the world’s attitude to burning fuel - and will have its official launch this week.

TEDx speakers event comes to Lancaster University

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 10:34: Members of the public are invited to nominate a speaker for the first ever TEDx event at Lancaster University on 18th June. TED ( is a world renowned nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and previous speakers have included Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates and several Nobel Laureates.

Cycle campaigners call for improved A6 cycle lanes, cycling in pedestrianised areas

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 08:56: Local Cycle Campaign group Dynamo has been campaigning for safer cycling in Lancaster and District since 1995, and is asking local cyclists for new ideas to help decide its priorities for campaigning for the coming year.

Ullswater 'Steamers' Launch Summer Cruise And Electric Bike Tour Packages

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 07:53: If you're considering a 'Staycation' this summer, then perhaps a short trip to the Lakes, right on our doorstep, is an option. If so, then you might be interested in some new pleasure and pedal packages from lake cruise company Ullswater ‘Steamers’.

Man charged with two counts of murder, Bolton-Le-Sands

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 17:50: Today, the Crown Prosecution Service have authorised Lancashire Constabulary to charge a 34 year old man with two counts of murder. Paul Chadwick, 34, of Lowlands Road in Bolton le Sands, is charged with murdering 40 year old Lisa Clay and 6 year old Joseph Chadwick. Police discovered the bodies of Lisa and Joseph at their home address on Tuesday 9th April.

Calling all Community Groups

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 15:32: Transition City Lancaster has asked us to post the following invitation To all Community Groups, Charities, CICs, Co-ops: A call to support each other and possibly share assets In the present financial climate everybody is struggling to survive and there is a real possibility that some groups essential to the future of the Lancaster and Morecambe area...

Education: Tots, Teens & In-Betweens

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 15:02: As we hear plans for longer school hours, shorter school holidays and an increase in the school leaving age, and we look forward to hearing plans for extra staffing to deal with it, local parents will berelievedto hear that Lancashire's schools are ahead of the game when it comes to quality, according to new statistics.

“Small Business Saturday” idea debated by Council

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 21:00: Local councillors voiced their support for a Small Business Saturday at yesterday's City Council meeting, hoping to get backing for a day that would put small business in the spotlight and encourage people to support them.

New Canal Corridor Public Consultation launched by British Land

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 17:01: Disused Mitchell's Brewery building Image courtesy British Land New owners of the Canal Corridor development site British Land tell us today that to begin their engagement with the local community, they will be posting an introductory leaflet to every home and business in the Lancaster City Council area next week. (You can download a PDF copy of the leaflet here).

Teen assaulted at Morecambe bus stop

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 07:53: (Updated, 22/4/13: Police incorrectly advised on date of assault, corrected): Detectives are appealing for information after a 14 year old boy was assaulted at a bus stop in Morecambe. The teenager was punched by another male in an unprovoked attack as he was waiting for a bus on Westminster Road at 3.10pm on Thursday 28th March.

Unemployment up in Lancaster

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 19:29: Figures from the Labour Market Survey released today reveal that unemployment in Lancashire has gone up again, with Burnley, Lancaster and Fleetwood and Preston suffering the most. Across the UK, the figures also indicated the employment rate for those aged from 16 to 64 was 71.4%, virtually unchanged from September to November 2012 but up 0.9 percentage points from a year earlier.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 12:11:

Spotlight storms the Storey with poems, prose and music

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 10:29: Spotlight will be sparking up a storm at the Story on Friday (19th April), with its usual mix of performing poets, writers and musicians and their ever unpredictable "open mic" openeing session. The Literary Line-Up: Jim Turner - Poetry Lancaster poet Jim Turner 'is likely to 'lead us up a mountain or two.

Signposts charity to close as need increases

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 00:55: Due to funding cuts Signposts (, the charity which runs the Multi Agency Resource Centre (MARC) on Regent Road in Morecambe, is to close its operations on Friday 26 April.

Man assaulted in Lancaster

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 15:58: Police are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered a broken nose when he was assaulted in Lancaster. Between 12.15am and 1.30am on Sunday 14th April, a 29 year old man was punched in an unprovoked attack on Church Street at the junction of the Calkeld Lane alleyway, which runs alongside Bella Italia.

Lancashire residents wise-up to scams

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 17:19: Lancashire residents have saved themselves over £400,000 by handing in mail attempting to rip them off during this year's Scamnesty campaign.

Handmade & Vintage Summer Market calls for Artists, Makers and traders

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 14:43: The organiser of the Handmade Vintage Summer Market - offering locally made goods side by side with "how to" talks and more - is inviting applications from artists, makers, designers and vintage traders who are interested in taking a stall. The Handmade Vintage Market is organised by Suzy Jones, an independent curator and maker based in Lancaster.

Lancashire Burglary campaign hailed a success

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 14:35: A crackdown on burglary in Lancashire has been hailed a success after police arrested over 320 people. The campaign codenamed Operation Julius - which was launched last month, has seen officers seize almost £44k of stolen property and visited numerous burglary suspects.

Dalton Square move for taxi rank reviewed

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:05: Representatives from Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Constabulary and United Utilities recently met with representatives from the district's taxi traders following the first week of United Utilities' major improvement works in the city centre.

Morecambe's TT legend McGuinness honoured

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 07:48: Picture by Morecambe’s John McGuinness has had his achievements at the Isle of Man TT Races recognised ahead of the 2013 event with a section of the iconic 37 and ¾-mile course named after him.

Mother and son found dead in Bolton-le-Sands named

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 15:18: Lisa Clay and her six year old boy Joseph Chadwick Police can now name the mother and son found dead at an address on Lowlands Road in Bolton-le-Sands yesterday morning. They are 41 year old Lisa Clay and her six year old boy Joseph Chadwick. A Home Office post mortem examination carried out last night on both bodies revealed that they both died as a result of receiving multiple stab wounds.

Lune Valley residents battle Wind Farm plans, question motives of backers

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 14:22: Lune Valley residents are fighting another Wind Farm proposal, despite plans from Cheshire based company Community Windpower being thrown out before. Community Windpower is has now submitted plans for a third time to erect 10 massive wind turbines, high up on the moor above the Lune Valley, near Lancaster, which residents say will ruin the wild beauty of the moors.

Woman and boy found dead in Bolton-le-Sands

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 15:53: An investigation is underway following the deaths of a woman and a boy in Bolton-le-Sands. Around 11.40am today (Tuesday 9th April), police were called to an address on Lowlands Road. On arrival they found a woman and a boy deceased and a man suffering from stab wounds.

Nominees published for Lancashire County Council elections

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 15:51: The full list of candidates has been published for the Lancashire County Council elections on Thursday 2nd May 2013. On the website you can get more information about the elections and register to get results once the votes have been counted. Candidates have until noon on Wednesday 10th April (tomorrow) to withdraw their nomination.

New local Public Health Director has eye on outcomes

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 19:00: Public Health England (PHE) – a new national body covering the Cumbria and Lancashire area, is an executive agency of the Department of Health, from 1 April, 2013.

Come Dine With Me seek local contestants

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 14:50: Come Dine with Me, the Channel 4 show are again looking for local people to take part in the show in Lancaster, Morecambe, and the surrounding areas. The show looking for people with personality who are great cooks.

Police appeal after woman is assault in Lancaster

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 09:17: Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Lancaster last month. The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday 10th March at around 1.10am, outside the Lost night club on North Road. The offender approached a 19-year-old local girl who was texting on her mobile phone.

Will you be head of the Comedy Class?

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 08:02: Do you think you could be the next Jason Manford or Peter Kay? Or maybe you’d just like to build up your confidence or public speaking skills in a friendly environment? If so, you might be interested in a comedy course run by acclaimed comedy director, script editor and tutor, Chris Head. He’s coming to the Park Hotel in Lancaster to teach a three week stand-up comedy course in May and June.

New report praises Lancashire Police on tacking anti-social behaviour, warns on reduction of 'on the beat' intelligence gathering

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 11:16: A report released today by Cardiff University has praised the work of Lancashire Constabulary in tackling anti-social behaviour. The Personal, Situational and Incidental Vulnerabilities to ASB Harm' Report from the Universities Police Science Institute has been presented to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabularies.

Share a Story Awards programme returns to local libraries

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 13:27: Raising awareness of books for the under-fives and the benefits and joy that can be found from sharing stories with children in this age group will be top of the agenda in Lancashire County Council's libraries during April and May.

Don't miss the chance to have your say

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 10:19: Lancashire County Council is reminding people to register to vote by Wednesday 17th April or miss the chance to have their say in the council elections. There's now just one month to go until Thursday 2nd May, when Lancashire’s voters will elect their representatives to shape and decide on county council services.

Appeal after alleged Cycle Path assault

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 15:06: Police are appealing for information after reports of an assault in Morecambe. At around 3.30 am this morning (Tuesday 2nd April) officers received a report that a man had been assaulted and left unconscious on a cycle track in the town, but when emergency services attended the alleged scene they found no one there.

Government releases funds for home improvements for the vulnerable

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 13:53: Local councils will share in a £30.8m hand out from government announced today, to help them fund the adaptations disabled people need to live independently in their own home.