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Lancashire Police Catch One of Poland's 'Most Wanted' at Heysham Port

Marian Dorobek
13/3/17: Lancashire Police were praised and thanked by the Polish Government this week when a convicted paedophile and rapist was handed over to the Polish authorities to be returned to Poland to serve his sentence. Police intercepted Marian Dorobek, 68, as he disembarked from a Ferry at Heysham Port.

Police appeal after pedestrian injured in Lancaster Hit and Run

13/3/17: Police are appealing for witnesses after a car collided with a pedestrian in Lancaster last month.

Lancaster Comics Day brings Roy of the Rovers to Town!

Lancaster Comics Day 2017 - Art by Nick Miller
10/3/17: 10.03.17 This year's Lancaster Comics Day will be bringing some "Roy of the Rovers" moments to Lancaster in June, when special comic guests artist David Sque and writer and editor Barrie Tomlinson recall their time working on Britain's best-loved and most iconic comic football h

77 drivers handed new penalties for using a phone behind the wheel

Police in action against drivers using mobile phones in Blackpool. Image: Lancashire Constabulary
10/3/17: 10.03.17 A total of 77 drivers were stopped and handed tough new penalties across Lancashire, as part of a week of action to catch motorists using mobile phones behind the wheel.

Watch out for Galloway's Blindfold Race & Fun Run this Sunday

Eric Morecambe silhouette, blindfold
10/3/17: 10.03.17 Can you run 5k? OK. Now, can you do it blindfold? With the help of a friend, you just might. Find out at Galloway's 5k Blindfold Race & 1 mile Fun Run at 11am on Morecambe Prom this Sunday.

Bus Campaigners Celebrate Launch of New Bus Service

Celebrating the launch of the new No. 18 bus route in Lancaster
10/3/17: 10.03.17 Members of Lancaster Bus Users’ Group joined with Stagecoach and local city and county councillors to celebrate the launch of the new No.18 'East City Circulator' bus service last Monday.

Dukes Pioneering Activities for 'A Life More Ordinary' with Dementia

Story Circle sessions will continue throughout 2017
9/3/17: 09.03.17 If you or a person you care for is living with dementia, The Dukes' have put their talents to good use for you. Their Spring series of friendly events for people with dementia, their family & friends might be just up your alley, with movies, storytelling, dancing & talks.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 8th to 16th March 2017

8/3/17: Virtual-Lancaster's weekly round up of local cinema screenings. We enter a period of change as five new releases make it to the local cinema, at the cost of eight movies being dropped. Read on for all the local cinema news and reviews.

Dukes: Josie Long Explores Activism in 'Something Better'

Josie Long seeks Something Better
7/3/17: Stand up comedian Josie Long has been busy interviewing activists about what they do and why. Her new show at the Dukes on 14 March - 'Something Better' - is all about optimism and hopefulness, about looking for people and finding things to look up to, and wanting more from life.

Fair Trade Exhibition Explores Lancaster's Slaving History

'Captured Africans' slave trade memorial on St George's Quay, Lancaster
7/3/17: The FIG Tree slave trade / Fair Trade Interactive Exhibition will be on display in the Storey until 31 March. It explores Lancaster’s role as Britain’s 4th largest slave trade port in the c18, the Lancaster merchants and traders involved, the abolitionists, and local Fairtrade initiatives.

Put your Best Paw Forward For Bark In The Park!

Collie dog leaps hurdle in Agility Course
6/3/17: Dog lovers are being invited to sign up to a very special charity even in Williamson Park on Sunday 23 April in aid of local families affected by cancer & life limiting conditions.

County Council hosts LGBT fostering and adoption week March 2017

LGBT adopters at Pride
3/3/17: LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week takes place from Monday 6 March until Sunday 12 March, and is run by New Family Social, the network for LGBT adoptive and foster families.

Hallelujah! Platform to host Leonard Cohen Tribute

Keith James
3/3/17: A musical tribute by Keith James to esteemed late songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen will be coming to the Platform in Morecambe on Friday March 17.

Marsh Community Centre celebrates funding reprieve

Marsh Community Centre
3/3/17: Fears that Marsh Community Centre would lose its City Council funding were relieved by a last minute turnaround at last Wednesday's annual budget meeting. It seems that the whole problem boiled down to some missing paperwork.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 1st to 9th March 2017

1/3/17: Virtual-Lancaster's weekly round up of local cinema screenings with day-by-day listings of what's showing on our local screens.

Improving Eric's view: Council offers free training sessions in heritage construction trades

A view for Eric
28/2/17: Lancaster City Council is holding a series of free workshops for people to improve heritage skills including stone carving, decorative plasterwork and lime plastering, as part of the THI 2: A View for Eric project.

Michael Nunn - An Obituary

John Burkinshaw & Michael Nunn. Civil partnership ceremony in June 2006
27/2/17: It was with deepest regret that we heard this week of the death of Lancaster 'boulevardier' Michael Nunn, (pictured above at his Civil Partnership ceremony with John Burkinshaw).

Unite Against Fracking National Day of Action at Preston New Road

Cat Smith MP and Lancs County Councillor Gina Dowding speaking at Preston New Road
25/2/17: Cat Smith MP and Lancs County Councillor Gina Dowding address anti-fracking campaigners holding a National Day of Action centred on Preston New Road today, where Cuadrilla are attempting to set up drilling pads. The rally was part of a national day of action against fracking.

Our new Virtual-Lancaster website is live!

24/2/17: Virtual Lancaster has finally achieved the goal we've been aiming for for 15 years; an interactive website with a content management system that the whole community can access and edit — that is flexible enough to reflect and respond to the diverse interests and needs of local people.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 22nd February to 2nd March 2017

A Cure for Wellness poster
23/2/17: Peter Clarke's weekly round up of local cinema screenings with day-by-day listings of what's showing on our local screens.

Shakespeare Returns to Lancaster Castle, call goes out for actors from Attic Door Productions

22/2/17: When Demi Paradise retired from performing Shakespeare after 16 years and 10 phenomenal performances at Lancaster Castle, it looked like the Bard would no longer be leading audiences around the historic courts and keeps of Lancaster’s historic Castle. Enter Stage Right!

Lancaster Litfest 2017 makes March bigger on the inside

21/2/17: Lancaster LitFest 2017 celebrates its 38th year throughout March with a fabulously varied programme of events celebrating writers and writing - and you can download the programme here. The first weekend (March 4 + 5)starts off bigger on the inside with a fantastic Doctor Who-flavoured event (cosp

'One Day Without Us' Lunch Celebrates Migrants' Contribution to Lancaster

20/2/17: Lancastrians enjoyed a special lunch at the Dukes today as part of a national celebration of the contribution migrants make to the UK.

Morecambe Comic-Con announced for Easter

19/2/17: Morecambe will play host to a Comic Con this Easter, with Sixth Doctor Who Colin Baker, leading a (so far) TV and film guest-focused line-up. Other announced guests are Paul Blake, who played Greedo in Star Wars and James Mackenzie, who presents children’s game show Raven. The event is bein

Cat Smith MP backs breathing space for families in problem debt

17/2/17: Cat Smith MP Lancaster FleetwoodCat Smith MP has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances as data from the Bank of England shows unsecured household debt rising at its fastest rate since the financial crisis.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 15th to 23rd February 2017

15/2/17: 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. Three new releases make it to the local screens this period.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 8th to 16th February 2017

8/2/17: 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. There are five new releases in local cinemas during this period.

Modest Council Tax rise ahead despite continuing funding cuts

6/2/17: Lancaster City Council will increase its portion of Council Tax by around 10p a week to help to protect services in the short term, as cuts in central government funding continue to bite. From April 2017 households in a Band D property will pay an additional £5 a year to the city council.

Rise in service veterans on our streets prompts questions from Morecambe MP David Morris

2/2/17: Morecambe and Lunesdale MP David Morris has challenged the government on the number of homeless military service veterans on the streets in the UK - and the response led us to figures that depict a shocking rise in homeless numbers in the North West - and veterans suffering mental health issues.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 1st to 9th February 2017

1/2/17: 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. We have gained three new movies this period but six films vanished from the local screens.


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