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July 2013

Lancaster NEETs 'Activ8' their employment prospects

A group of nine young people from Lancaster who are not in employment, education or training have successfully completed a course that has helped them to improve their chances of finding a job. Activ8 is a three-day per week, six-week training program.

Warmer summers ahead a worry for overheated workers

Hot enough for you this summer? Although there's rain predicted for later today, the forecast for the rest of the week is looking promising for sun lovers locally. While that's great news for sun lovers, spare a thought for workers in local bakeries and other places, as.

Labour chooses Lancaster candidate for next General Election

Cat Smith: Photo: Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour PartyLancaster resident Cat Smith has been selected to stand for the Lancaster and Fleetwood Labour Party at the 2015 General Election. Local campaigner Cat Smith has lived in Lancaster for over a decade.

Witness appeal after man hit by car on Bulk Road

Police are appealing for information after a man was hit by a car at around 10.00pm on Wednesday 24th July on Bulk Road. The 21-year-old man was with his mother when the car came screeching down the road and performed a U-turn and stopped. A short conversation took place before the vehicle drove knocking the man over.

Recumbent Trike stolen from Lancaster yard

The stolen trike is similar to the one attached but is blue in colour.Lancaster Police are appealing for information about a distinctive blue Recumbent Trike stolen from a yard in Lancaster town centre. The theft took place sometime between 5.00pm on Thursday 25th July and 8.00am on Friday 26th July at a rear yard at a house on Queen Street.

Tips to keep kids safe online this summer

Lancashire police are offering tips to help keep children safe on line this summer. Officers are hoping the advice will remind young people to put their personal safety first when connecting with others online whilst encouraging parents to make sure their children and teenagers are protected online.

Youth Games hailed a success, 2014 venue anounced

Photo: Lancaster City CouncilThe Lancaster International Youth Games - a week long festival of sport - came to a close on Friday with a glittering ceremony at Salt Ayre Sports Centre and the home team topping the medal table.

Drink driving falls in Lancashire

Results from the police's annual summer drink drive crackdown show that the number of people caught drink driving in Lancashire is down. A total of 11,398 tests were administered throughout the month of June and 144 of the people who took the test – or 1.26 per cent – failed.

Fylde Anti-Fracking Groups call public meetings

Cuadrilla drilling rig at Banks in Lancashire As hundreds of West Sussex residents today blockade roads preventing Cuadrilla trucks from entering their shale gas extraction ('fracking') site at Balcombe (see reports here), the anti-fracking campaign is gathering momentum in Lancashire with a series of local meetings in August (see details below) which will also be attended by campaigners from...

Go Whale Watching - in Heysham

Photo: Living SeasIf you're interested in whales or dolphins then you might want to pop along to Heysham Harbour on Saturday afternoon to find out more about them, for an event organised by wildlife organisation Living Seas.

City Council asks Government for Robin Hood Tax to ease cuts

On 17th July Lancaster City's full council voted in favour of asking the coalition government to join with 11 European countries - including Germany, France, Italy and Spain - that have pledged to introduce a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT).

Another cyclist knocked down on Cable Street, driver fails to stop

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was hit by a car in Lancaster and the car failed to stop at the scene last week. The collision occurred at just before 2.00pm on the 16th of July on Cable Street in Lancaster when the 17 year old cyclist was hit by what has been described as a maroon coloured car.

Level 3 ‘Heatwave’ alert issued for North West

Following up on our earlier post from Lancashire County Council about the heatwave, the Met Office has just announced a Level 3 ‘Heatwave’ alert for the North West, warning we may experience ‘heatwave’ conditions over the next few days. People are being urged to take action to protect themselves from the possible health effects of hot weather.

Lancashire's Police Commissioner urges residents to have their say on Stop and Search

Residents across Lancashire are being urged to have their say on the use of police stop and search powers. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has already conducted an investigation into how police forces are using the powers – and now the Home Office wants to get the views of the public.

Council calls a halt to conversion work on former Duke of Lancaster pub

Lancaster City Council has called a halt to conversion work on the former Duke of Lancaster public house after the Lancaster-based company involved failed to secure planning permission before it began its refit. The Council began a planning enforcement investigation after it became clear that Mister Capital Holdings, based in St.

Lancaster City Council steps up action on empty homes

Coun Karen Leytham, cabinet member for housing, welcoming Andrew Dent, Lancaster City Council's new Empty Homes Officer.Lancaster City Council is stepping up action on tackling empty homes and bringing them back into use.

Heatwave: don't go into meltdown

It's a scorcher! And Lancashire County Council's new public health chief is urging residents to look after themselves during the hottest summer weather for years. Temperatures in Lancashire have been soaring into the high twenties, and the county's parks and green spaces are crowded with people enjoying the unaccustomed sun.

In Review: 'Macbeth' presented by Bingo Dragon at Lancaster Brewery

'Macbeth' by William Shakespeare Performed by Bingo Dragon Theatre Company Directed by Sammi Searle At Lancaster Brewery Sunday 15 + Monday 16 July 2013 at 7.30pm. £6. Bingo Dragon Theatre Company is one of Lancaster’s newest theatre groups, and has now performed four of Shakespeare plays over the last two years.

County council backs minimum price for alcohol

County councillors in Lancashire are calling on the government to introduce a minimum price for alcohol. Lancashire County Council – in partnership with other councils – is to lobby local MPs and the government to enforce a price of at least 50p per unit. The aim is to improve public health and at the same time reduce the burden on the NHS and other public services.

Calling All Foodies: sign up for Best of Bay Food Fayre

Morecambe Bay is calling on all quality food producers, traders and kitchens to join in the ‘Best of Bay Food Fayre’ taking place at Morecambe Seaside Festival this year, entirely free of charge. Taking place on 31st August and 1st September, the Food Fayre will feature as one of the many free attractions for the Seaside Festival.