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December 2013

The Really Heavy Greatcoat Review of the Year 2013

The Really Heavy Greatcoat by myself and Lancaster-based artist Nick Miller was published fairly regularly for about 20 years in alternative Lancaster print titles such as On The Beat and Off the Beat and online on virtual-lancaster.net. The strip's last regular appearance in print was in the now defunct Comics International.

Police investigate Morecambe match disorder

Police are appealing for information after some disorder at the Morecambe vs Fleetwood derby match on Boxing Day, in which stewards were assaulted. Disorder broke out as around 15 people challenged club stewards on the Bay Radio stand, which resulted in a number of stewards being assaulted. The disorder then continued as those involved left the stand.

Appeal after meat stolen from Pilling hotel

Police are appealing for information after over £700 of meat was stolen from an outbuilding at a Pilling hotel. The theft occurred sometime between 3.00 and 9.00pm on the 23rd December when someone stole a large quantity of meat from a storage freezer inside an insecure outbuilding in the grounds of Springfield House Hotel on Wheel Lane.

BBC Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja at Lancaster Comedy Club

This Sunday 29th December sees the freshly crowned BBC New Comedy Award winner Steve Bugeja at The Borourgh in Dalton Square for a great Lancaster Comedy Club night out, alongside Dan Nightingale, Jonathon Elston and MC David Longley. Into the New Year, we're told tickets are selling very fast indeed for Sunday 5th January with Ivan Brackenbury's Hospital Radio Roadshow and Ian D.

Police launch appeal for missing Morecambe girl

Police are appealing for information about a teenage girl missing from her home in Morecambe. Alice Leigh Ryan, 14, was last seen at her home address on Euston Road around 8.15pm on Saturday 21st December. PC Jo Clement said: “Alice has been missing for a number of days now and given her age we are obviously concerned for her welfare and her family want her home for Christmas.

Moorlands Hotel set to become flats?

Moorlands Hotel, Freehold, Lancaster Updated: To the dismay of many (but, clearly, not enough to keep it open) the Moorlands Hotel in Lancaster's Freehold closed a few months ago and was sold to Mister Capitol Holdings by owners Mitchells. MCH plan to turn it into flats.

School Dances Into The Dukes

A scene from Alice Through The Looking Glass which will be performed at The Dukes on 11th January 2014.The only state school in the country thought to have tackled a full-length ballet will make its professional debut at The Dukes in January.

Evofit appeal after woman sexually assaulted in Lancaster

Police have released an Evofit of an Eastern European man police need to speak with after a woman was sexually assaulted in Lancaster this week.The offence took place sometime between 2.00am and 3.00am on Monday 16thDecember when the 25-year-old victim was approached by a man as she walked home along St Peters Road after a night out.As the woman walked along the path that cuts between St Peters...

Teenage pair sentenced for two burglaries in Morecambe

An 18-year-old man from Morecambe and a 17-year-old boy were today sentenced for committing two burglaries on one street in Morecambe.

Consultation begins on proposed cuts to local evening and Sunday bus services

Eric OllerenshawLancaster MP Eric Ollerenshaw has raised concerns about Lancashire County Council's proposal to make massive cuts to evening and Sunday bus services in the House of Commons.

Local MPs accused of sending seasonal message of ill-will and bad cheer

Councillor Chris CoatesLancaster Green Councillor Chris Coates has condemned local MPs for voting not to investigate the increased use of food banks in the UK.

Local MPs support government block on a full House of Commons Hunger Debate

Eric OllerenshawLocal MPs Eric Ollerenshaw and David Morris voted with the government against a proposal calling on the Government for a full Parliamentary Debate on hunger in the UK and investigate the increased use of food banks in the UK yesterday.

Crook O' Lune bridge to reopen tomorrow

The east pedestrian and cycleway bridge at the Crook O' Lune will reopen tomorrow (Friday 20th December) after a restoration costing around £1million was completed by Lancashire County Council.

Applications open for Lancashire Police Audit Committee positions

Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner and the Constabulary's Chief Constable are looking to recruit independent members for their Joint Audit Committee. A new chair for the Audit Committee was successfully recruited earlier this year, and now Clive Grunshaw and Steve Finnigan are seeking to appoint four members to serve on the committee.

Appeal after hit and run in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a collision in Morecambe yesterday (Monday 16th December) At around 4.30pm, there was a collision on Green Street where a man was hit by a car which failed to stop at the scene. The man suffered serious leg injuries and was taken through to Royal Lancaster Infirmary where he is still receiving treatment.

Lancaster City Council gets homes funding boost from government despite scheme criticisms

Lancaster City Council is to get £2,450,288 from government as a "New Homes Bonus", despite criticism of the schemne from Parliament's Public Accounts Committee in October. The Government estimates that 232,000 extra households will need homes each year to 2033 but in 2012 only 115,600 new homes were built in England.

Stephen Shield sentenced to 12 months for sexual offences

A former canon at Lancaster's Catholic Cathedral, Stephen Shield, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after he was convicted of three historic sexual offences. He has been put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

Changes to council services and opening times this Christmas

There will be a number of changes to the availability of Lancaster City Council services and facilities this Christmas. Closure of public buildings Lancaster and Morecambe town halls and the council's housing office on Cable Street, Lancaster will close for Christmas at 3pm on Christmas Eve and re-open at 9.00am (until 5.00pm) on Monday 30th December.

Government confirms funding for Heysham to M6 Link Road

Work will begin in earnest in the New Year on the Heysham to M6 Link Road after the government confirmed funding for the scheme. The Department for Transport has finalised its £111m contribution towards the road today, a route which which will link the Heysham Peninsula to the M6 motorway, marking the start of a new era for economic growth and improved transport.

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