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Man identified following Lancaster sexual assault CCTV appeal

13/12/16: Following the release of CCTV images detectives investigating the sexual assault of a woman in Lancaster have identified the man in the pictures. A man is now helping police with their inquiries.

Advice available for Lancashire young people who need help

13/12/16: A Lancashire County Council service for young people is gearing up to cope with demand over the festive period.

Don't forget to apply for a primary school place for your child

12/12/16: If your child is starting primary school in 2017, don't forget to put applying for their school place on your Christmas list. The closing date for applications is 15th January 2017, and online via the county council's website is the quickest and easiest way to apply.

Police appeal after Carnforth crash

10/12/16: Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision in Carnforth on Thursday (8th December 2016).

Life Sentence for Lancaster Rapist

10/12/16: A man has been given a life sentence for raping a student after a night out in Lancaster. David Watters, 32, of no fixed address was found guilty of the offence following a trial at Preston Crown Court last month and was sentenced on Friday.

Local Cinema Round-up for the 7th to 15th December, 2016

7/12/16: 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 only two new releases making it to the local screens during this period.

Pedalling and paddling: two climate stories from Lancaster

6/12/16: Pedalling and Paddlingis a new film that documents the escape of seven cyclists from Lancaster as the flood waters rose in December 2015.

Lancaster's new Park and Ride opens on Friday with free parking

6/12/16: People will be able to park for free at Lancaster's new Park and Ride service when it first opens to encourage drivers to give it a try - and appeal to Christmas shoppers who want to avoid potential city centre congestion.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 30th November to 8th December 2016

30/11/16: 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. Four new releases make it to local screens this period.

'Left Behind' City Museum Exhibition captures abandoned Moor Hospital

29/11/16: 'Left Behind: Capturing the Moor Hospital’ is an exhibition by Nick Dagger Photography at Lancaster City Museum. It showcases Lancaster’s abandoned 19th Century psychiatric hospital, the first asylum in Lancashire.

Winter Warmer Food, Music & Crafts Festival this Saturday at St Thoms

29/11/16: It’s the busiest shopping day of the year this Saturday and you may already be dreading the thought of trudging round in the cold. But fear not, there’s a way to warm up, re-energise, pick up some unique gifts and even make a positive difference while you’re at it.

Former Corrie star makes The Dukes a port of call for special maritime heritage project

24/11/16: Julie HesmondhalghA former Coronation Street favourite is among a cast bringing Lancaster’s maritime heritage to life in audio dramas launched on Friday 2nd December.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 23rd November to 1st December 2016

23/11/16: 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 four new releases featured in local cinemas during this period.

Cat Smith welcomes government u-turn on "Tenant Tax"

23/11/16: Cat Smith MP: pleased "disastrous" rent proposal has been ditchedLancaster's MP Cat Smith has welcomed a government u-turn on a ‘pay to stay’ policy that would have hiked local rents by an average of £2,213 a year The Government last night abandoned its controversial ‘pay to stay’ po

Man suffers serious injuries following collision in Morecambe

21/11/16: Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision in Morecambe last week.

Morecambe MP David Morris caught up in further expenses furore

21/11/16: Local MP David Morris is caught up in another Parliamentary expenses row, after House of Commons records apparently revealed he claimed £1,400 for driving in the UK - while he was on official foreign trips.

Gritters get ready for a cold weekend

18/11/16: Lancashire's gritters are gearing up to keep the county moving over the weekend, with further wintry showers and icy conditions forecast tonight (Friday).

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 16th to 24th November 2016

16/11/16: 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. During this period we see five new releases making it to the local screens.

Cat Smith MP supports Usdaw's campaign to protect shopworkers from violence, threats and abuse

14/11/16: Cat Smith MP with General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of USDAWLancaster's Cat Smith MP has joined with the members of the retail union USDAW(the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) to call for an end to abuse in the workplace.

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 9th to 17th November, 2016

9/11/16: 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. In this period we see the arrival of just one new release, but two movies have been lost.

Tory plan to make Lancaster's Bulk & Skerton Wards part of Morecambe leaked

Conservative proposal for a Morecambe & Lunesdale Constituency
9/11/16: Last week Morecambe MP David Morris wrote to his constituents to tell them that it would be better for their constituency to incorporate half of Lancaster - rather than all of it.

Design a Christmas card for Lancaster's mayor

8/11/16: The Mayor of Lancaster is asking primary school age pupils from across the district to design him a Christmas card. The successful design will be sent to a number of important people on behalf of Lancaster City Council, including Her Majesty the Queen.

How Will Cuts Affect Your School?

7/11/16: www.schoolcuts.org.uk has worked out how government budget cuts (which vary for different local authorities) will affect each individual school. You just put in your postcode and you have them.

M6 Link no "Magic Bullet" when it comes to new business, we have to "Think Big", urges Seatruck boss

3/11/16: Seatruck CEO Alistair EaglesHot on the heels of the opening of the Bay Gateway earlier this week, Alistair Eagles, CEO of Seatruck Ferries, one of the companies set to benefit the most from the new M6 Link, has called on locals to not sit back and be content simply with less congestion, and think bi

Local Cinema Round-Up for the 2nd to 10th November 2016

2/11/16: 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 movies being screened in our region during this period.

Former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett back in Lancaster

2/11/16: Tomorrow evening Natalie Bennett, former leader of the national Green Party will be speaking at a collaborative event between Lancaster University Politics Society and Lancaster University Young Greens, to discuss the shale gas industry, green energy and Natalie’s view on fair public administration.

New Bay Gateway Road opens to traffic

31/10/16: The Bay Gateway has opened to traffic this afternoon (Monday 31 October 2016), linking the Heysham peninsula to the M6 at junction 34.

Musicians set to gather to celebrate the life of local music legend, Chas Ambler

31/10/16: Photo: Barrie Marshall A great line-up of bands will come together at More Music this November to celebrate and remember the life of Chas Ambler, a well-known local musician who passed away over a year ago.

House of Lords votes today on pupil data sharing plans

31/10/16: The House of Lords is voting on new country of birth and nationality data collection today, 31st October 2016, a feature of school administration for some time across the UK, including Lancaster and Morecambe.

Light Up Lancaster event at Lancaster Library

31/10/16: Lancaster Library will host an event as part of the annual Light Up Lancasterarts festival this month. 'One Dark Night' will be held on Friday 4th November from 5.00 until 9.00pm and is free to attend.

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