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December 2014

Local Cinema Round-Up for 31st December 2014 to 8th January 2015 by Peter Clarke

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. The New Year commences with three new releases.

New Bike Marking Scheme crime prevention scheme launched

Police have launched a bicycle crime prevention initiative, aimed at promoting the importance of taking proper bicycle security measures after a rise in bicycle thefts in the area.

Police appeal after Christmas Day assault in Morecambe

Police are appealing for information after a man was beaten unconscious and robbed of his mobile phone in Morecambe. The incident happened at about 7.00pm on Christmas Day (Thursday) when the victim left the Cavern pub on Springfield Street in Morecambe. As he walked down Albert Road he was attacked by a group of four or five teenagers and knocked to the floor and beaten unconscious.

Local Cinema Round-Up for 24th December 2014 to 1st January 2015 by Peter Clarke

For up to date local cinema links and day-by-day listings of what's showing on local screens every week visit the Virtual-Lancaster Cinema Page. Read on for the weekly round-up, and reviews. With Christmas almost upon us, family entertainment dominates the local cinemas.

'No Health Sell-Off' signs raised as Scotforth households step up

Households across Hala make their point Rows of houses in streets across Scotforth East have taken a collective stand against the irreversible sell-off of their health services to America by raising Cameron Hunt Estate Agency boards with the clear message to veto the NHS from the EU-US trade deal called TTIP.


Slynedales, Slyne Road, Lancaster LA2 6ST. Tel. 01524 381820. CancerCare was established in 1983 to provide support to cancer patients and those around them in an informal, relaxed manner.

City Council faces even more cuts as Tories savage public spending again

Lancaster City Council is facing further cuts to its funding next year, after the government announced further funding reductions to the money it gives our area by 6.4% - which could push it to breaking point. Yesterday, the communities and local government minister Kris Hopkins announced what he called a fair financial settlement for councils in 2015-16.

Can a huge e-protest stop a cut to far to Council funding by the Coalition Government?

In a new round of spending cuts by the Coalition Government, it's been revealed that Chancellor George Osborne is trying to cut crucial funding designed to help people in crisis as part of his anticipated cuts of around £3 billion to the work of local councils.

Police appeal after 14-year-old boy attacked on Millennium Bridge

Lancaster detectives are appealing for information after a 14-year-old boy was struck in an unprovoked attack at around 9.30pm on Saturday (13th December) on Lancaster's Millennium Bridge.The victim was walking home over the bridge when he was engaged in conversation by two youths of a similar age.

Witness appeal after man dies following Caton Road collision

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died following a collision in Caton yesterday.

Over 100 guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition surrendered across Lancashire

A Colt .45 and three magazines, Cap and ball revolver and a British Second World War service revolver handed into Lancashire Police during 'Op Holster' 103 prohibited guns and 3,419 rounds of ammunition were handed into Lancashire Police during a two week ‘Op Holster’ amnesty last month. Officers collected a haul of 46 shotguns, 41 various air guns, pistols and five rifles.

County Council sets January dates for decisions on shale gas

Lancashire County Council has scheduled two days in January 2015 for its Development Control Committee to make decisions on planning applications for shale gas development at two sites in the county.

Solstice celebrations at Atticus

We reported that last week that Atticus on King Street are giving Lancastrians a traditional pagan Christmas this year, to celebrate the midwinter solstice this Saturday, 21st December - and now we have more details.

Appeal for missing 43 year old man from Lancaster

  UPDATE 17th December: Mr McCandish has been found safe and well Police are appealing for information about a 43 year old man who was last seen on Saturday. Andrew McCandlish from Morecambe was last seen in the A and E department at Royal Lancaster Infirmary on Saturday 13 December.

Oscar's Wine Bar - court date set after investigation concludes into 'Nitro Cocktail' accident

Court proceedings have been started under health and safety legislation against a wine bar, one of its directors and an employee, following the conclusion of an investigation by Lancaster City Council into an incident involving an 18-year-old girl and a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen.

Crook O' Lune bridge restoration wins heritage award

Image: Lancashire County CouncilLancashire County Council has won a prestigious national award for giving a new lease of life to a historic the Crook O' Lune East Viaduct bridge near Lancaster. The council received the Restoration Award at the National Railway Heritage Awards for its work on Viaduct, which forms part of the footpath using the now closed line from Lancaster to Wennington.

City Council Warns: Be Flood Ready

A battered Morecambe seafront earlier this year. Photo: Lancaster City Council Homes and businesses in the Lancaster district are being encouraged to plan ahead and prepare for the potential of flooding in the future.

Heart Concern

The Secretary, Mrs C. Nightingale, 17, Parkfield Drive, Bowerham, Lancaster LA1 4BT. Tel: 01524 67859. A Lancaster-based Support Group whose interests and activities are ‘concerned’ with people in Lancaster Morecambe and District who have coronary heart disease or other heart conditions.

Virtual-Lancaster.Net Newsletter: Friday 12 December 2014

The Virtual-Lancaster newsletter email comes out fortnightly to subscribers and contains the past fortnight's news headlines and all the next fortnight's events, as HTML links. It's quite long - the event listings are at the end - but it's the best and easiest way to keep up to date and ahead of what's happening in the Lancaster Morecambe area. Subscribe here.