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2013: another year in the life of Lancashire

Just wed: Kirsty Lane, who stole �168,000 from her employer in Leyland to fund a lavish wedding, with husband Graham Lane who was cleared of any wrongdoing

Just wed: Kirsty Lane, who stole �168,000 from her employer in Leyland to fund a lavish wedding, with husband Graham Lane who was cleared of any wrongdoing

2013 has been another busy year in Lancashire. ROSIE SWARBRICK looks back at some of the stories which made the headlines from January to June.

January

Tuesday, January 8

Thief bride will only pay a tenth back.

A bride who stole almost £200,000 from her employer to pay for her luxury wedding was only ordered to pay back 10 per cent of what she stole.

Thirty-year-old Kirsty Lane, formerly of Lewis Lane, Adlington, was jailed for 20 months and told to repay just £17,831.

She cost two employees their jobs and put 25 other jobs in jeopardy at her former workplace, Pure AV electrical, now based in Walton Summit. Peter Sutton, company director of Pure AV, told the Evening Post: “At the time it had a huge bearing on the operation of the company.

“A few people lost their jobs but we are flourishing now, despite having life-threatening injuries a few years ago.”

Tuesday, January 19

Terror video man is jailed

Craig Alan Slee, of Ribbleton, Preston, was jailed after posting a string of links to terrorist propaganda.

The unemployed 42-year-old divided his time between his former flat in Cumbria and his mother’s home in Tawden Crescent, Ribbleton.

Slee admitted four charges under the Terrorism Act and was sentenced to five years behind bars.

Tuesday, January 23

Snow good

The wintry weather provided the perfect backdrop for snowball fights and sledging as families braved the snow.

Worden Park in Leyland was the centre of the action as youngsters, families and dog walkers descended to make the most of the inches of snow that blanketed the park.

February

Friday, February 8

We did it!

The LEP lifesaver appeal to raise £500,000 for a CT scanner to be used in Royal Preston Hospital’s accident and emergency department achieved the target.

The appeal was launched in April 2011 by the Lancashire Evening Post and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and LEP readers, patients who suffer life-threatening injuries in major trauma incidents are now able to receive the urgent medical treatment they require.

Wednesday, February 13

End of the line for PNE boss

Graham Westley’s 13-month tenure as Preston North End manager ended as the club announced the boss had handed in his notice.

The news was revealed in the wake of a 3-1 away defeat to Yeovil Town.

North End had only won one match in the last three months of Westley’s reign and the pressure finally told.

Supporters travelled to the Yeovil match with a “Westley out” banner and the writing was on the wall when the Tuesday night match became PNE’s third consecutive defeat.

The former manager took over the reins in January 2012 and PNE only managed 11 league wins under his leadership.

Wednesday, February 13

Wiggo crash driver will take course

Motorist Cath Burrows, who was involved in a collision in November 2012 with Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, agreed to take a driving course.

The 44-year-old was pulling out of petrol station in Wrightington, Wigan, when the incident occurred and Lancashire police announced in February that she would take the awareness course.

Sir Bradley, 32, was on a training ride and had left his home in Eccleston just minutes before the crash.

He ended up with a suspected broken ribs and fingers from the accident and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Monday, February 25

They think it’s all Dover

Shamed MEP pays back most of his £345,000 expenses

Former Member of European Parliament Den Dover had almost finished paying back thousands in “unjustified expenses”, it was confirmed in February.

The ex-North West MEP, 74, was expelled from the Conservative party in November 2008 after an investigation was launched into money paid to a family-owned company, of which his wife Kathleen and daughter Amanda were directors.

He stood down in 2009 and was ordered by the European Court to repay the figure in March 2011.

March

Wednesday, March 6

Base survives MOD army axe

A multi-million pound investment will secure the future of Preston’s historic Fulwood Barracks.

City leaders have backed the “wonderful boost” that will see up to 200 more soldiers join the 450 already based in Preston in 2014 as part of a national shake-up.

The announcement meant that Army Headquarters North West stayed in the city and that Three Medical Regiment will relocate to the Barracks in 2014.

The investment also means that the Second Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will remain at Weeton Barracks, near Kirkham.

Monday, March 18

Council head’s £68,000 payout.

Kerry Welsh was made redundant from her post as head of marketing and development at Preston City Council.

An industrial hearing decided that Mrs Welsh, of Heskin, Chorley, was denied a fair right to appeal her dismisal by the council.

Ms Welsh, a former manager at Preston’s Guild Hall, was awarded the maximum settlement of £68,400.

Saturday, March 30

£1.3 m paid out for crumbling roads.

Highways chiefs announced that they had paid out more than a million pounds in compensation to drivers and pedestrians on Lancashire’s crumbling roads

Trips on pavements on pavements and slips in potholes cost the council £1.3m - the highest figure in five years.

April

Monday, April 1

Boat Tragedy

Police revealed that Kelly Webster, 36 and her daughter Lauren Thornton, 10, from Church Road, Leyland died after suffering breathing difficulties on board a boat in the Lake District.

The mother and daughter collapsed from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat in Windermere in Cumbria.

They had been enjoying a day out on Lake Windermere with Kelly’s partner, Matthew Eteson, 39, when they were found suffering from breathing difficulties in the back of the private boat.

Both were airlifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary but later died.

Thursday, April 11

MP boycotts Thatcher tribute by Parliament

Preston MP Mark Hendrick said there was “no way” he was returning to the commons to celebrate the life of Margaret Thatcher

The Labour MP ignored the recall of Parliament to pay tribute to Thatcher who died aged 87 on Monday April 8.

Hendrick said: “I had no thoughts or wishes to pay respects to Mrs Thatcher, whose time as Prime Minister led to a traumatic time in the north.”

Wednesday April 17

I get all my food from bin dipping

Preston has a secret world of “bin dippers” who survive off food scavenged from city dustbins at night.

Patrick Kilburn, 63, of St Paul’s Road, Preston, claimed he hadn’t bought food in five years and lives off what he finds in supermarket bins.

Unemployed Mr Kilburn has even found new clothes and bottles of drinks in the bins.

He revealed that he had noticed an increase in the number of people looking for food in bins.

And the Salvation Army acknowledged the hidden rise in the sub-culture of people foraging for food in Preston.

Thursday, April 25

Lambs are shot dead

Police started a hunt for a man who killed lambs at Cuerden Valley Park, Chorley

Park bosses were “shocked” by the slaughter of the three, three-week-old lambs.

The lambs had been shot in the head or neck and park manager Jim Longbottom said: “Nothing like this has ever happened before.”

Sheep have been farmed on the 650-acre park for the last 15 years, after the incident the sheep were moved to another area of the park.

Friday, April 26

‘I killed Lia’

Tragic three-year-old Lia Green’s dad sobs in court as he pleads guilty to her manslaughter.

Lia was pronounced dead on arrival at Preston Hospital after falling ill at her home in Norris Street, Plungington, Preston.

Ten days into the trial at Preston’s Sessions House Court, 23-year-old Richard Green, formerly of Harling Street, Ribbleton, admitted to the manslaughter of his own daughter. Lia’s mother Natalie Critchley, 21, was later found guilty of wilful neglect.

May

Monday, May 6

“I’ll fight to clear my name”

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans vowed to clear his name after being quizzed by police on suspicion of sex offences.

Evans has represented the Ribble Valley for the last 21 years and the 55-year-old was arrested and bailed in May.

The Conservative MP said the accusations against him were completely false and vowed to continue representing his constituents.

He was later charged and faces a trial in March 2014.

Wednesday, May 8

Liars: Police condemn parents of tragic Lia

Lia Green’s parents were branded liars by the Police after the toddlers mum was found guilty of child cruelty.

The three-year-old died on August 30 2012 after suffering severe internal injuries at the hands of her dad Richard Green, 23, formerly of Harling Road, Ribbleton, Preston.

A jury at Preston’s Sessions House took just two hours to find Natalie Critchley, 21, formerly of Norris Street, Preston, guilty of wilfully neglecting Lia.

Tuesday, May 28

Blue is the colour for Katy’s tribute

A flurry of brightly coloured balloons soared into the sunshine to mark what would have been Katy Holmes’ 12th birthday.

Penwortham’s annual Picnic in the Park at Hurst Grange Park, raised money for the Katy Holmes Trust.

The charity was launched in honour of the brave schoolgirl who died aged 10 from a brain tumour.

Katy’s mum Paula, Dad David and Sister Charley were joined by hundreds of families as they sang happy birthday and released a host of blue balloons into the sky at 2.20pm - the exact time Katy was born.

June

Saturday June 1

Lancashire drugs gang jailed for 167 years

Thirty-six men were sentenced to a total of 167 for their part in supplying £1.5m of drugs onto the streets of Lancashire.

Gang leader, Neil Scarborough, 32, of Moor Hall Street, Preston, was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

A series of early morning police raids in 2011 discovered drugs worth £1.5m and £200,000 in cash.

The 36 men all faced trial at Preston Crown Court and worked together in various gangs in Preston, Blackburn, Cumbria, Merseyside, Berkshire and West Yorkshire.

Friday, June 14

£5m cost of justice

The price of policing the Dale Cregan trial at Preston Crown Court was revealed to be £5m.

As killer Cregan started life imprisonment for the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, Lancashire was counting the cost of the massive security surrounding the trial.

The £5m ring of steel surrounding Preston Crown Court was the largest security operation in recent years.

Lancashire Constabulary forked out £2.375m in trials costs while Greater Manchester Police contributed £700,000.

The operation cost Lancashire a further £1.4m and GMP £600,000 in policing costs that will be covered by a £2m Home Office grant.

Saturday, June 29

490 jobs boost

Developers unveiled plans to pump £16m into an extension of Preston’s Deepdale Retail Park.

190 jobs were set to be created as four big name superstores plan to move into the area, while in Bamber Bridge DIY superstore B&Q sought to split its floorspace to create a new Morrisons supermarket and 300 new jobs.

January

Tuesday, January 8

•Thief bride will only pay a tenth back.

A bride who stole £168,000 from her employer to pay for her luxury wedding was only ordered to pay back 10 per cent of what she stole.

Thirty-year-old Kirsty Lane, formerly of Lewis Lane, Adlington, was jailed for 20 months and told to repay just £17,831.

She cost two employees their jobs and put 25 other jobs in jeopardy at her former workplace, Pure AV electrical, now based in Walton Summit. Peter Sutton, company director of Pure AV, told the Evening Post: “At the time it had a huge bearing on the operation of the company.

“A few people lost their jobs but we are flourishing now, despite having life-threatening injuries a few years ago.”

Tuesday, January 19

Terror video man is jailed

Craig Alan Slee, of Ribbleton, Preston, was jailed after posting a string of links to terrorist propaganda.

The unemployed 42-year-old divided his time between his former flat in Cumbria and his mother’s home in Tawden Crescent, Ribbleton.

Slee admitted four charges under the Terrorism Act and he was sentenced to five years behind bars.

Tuesday, January 23

• Snow good

The wintry weather provided the perfect backdrop for snowball fights and sledging as families braved the snow.

Worden Park in Leyland was the centre of the action as youngsters, families and dog walkers descended to make the most of the inches of snow that blanketed the park.

February

Friday, February 8

• We did it!

The LEP Lifesaver Appeal to raise £500,000 for a CT scanner to be used in Royal Preston Hospital’s accident and emergency department achieved the target.

The appeal was launched in April 2011 by the Lancashire Evening Post and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Thanks to the generosity of the community and LEP readers, patients who suffer life-threatening injuries in major trauma incidents are now able to receive the urgent medical treatment they require.

Wednesday, February 13

• End of the line for PNE boss

Graham Westley’s 13-month tenure as Preston North End manager ended as the club announced the boss had handed in his notice.

The news was revealed in the wake of a 3-1 away defeat to Yeovil Town.

North End had only won one match in the last three months of Westley’s reign and the pressure finally told.

Supporters travelled to the Yeovil match with a “Westley out” banner and the writing was on the wall when the Tuesday night match became PNE’s third consecutive defeat.

The former manager took over the reins in January 2012 and PNE only managed 11 league wins under his leadership.

Wednesday, February 13

• Wiggo crash driver will take course

Motorist Cath Burrows, who was involved in a collision in November 2012 with Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins, agreed to take a driving course.

The 44-year-old was pulling out of petrol station in Wrightington, Wigan, when the incident occurred and Lancashire police announced in February that she would take the awareness course.

Sir Bradley, 32, was on a training ride and had left his home in Eccleston just minutes before the crash.

He ended up with a suspected broken ribs and fingers from the accident and was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Monday, February 25

• They think it’s all Dover

Shamed MEP pays back most of his £345,000 expenses.

Former Member of the European Parliament Den Dover had almost finished paying back thousands in “unjustified expenses”, it was confirmed in February.

The ex-North West MEP, 74, was expelled from the Conservative party in November 2008 after an investigation was launched into money paid to a family-owned company, of which his wife Kathleen and daughter Amanda were directors.

He stood down in 2009 and was ordered by the European Court to repay the figure in March 2011.

March

Wednesday, March 6

• Base survives MOD army axe

A multi-million pound investment will secure the future of Preston’s historic Fulwood Barracks.

City leaders have backed the “wonderful boost” that will see up to 200 more soldiers join the 450 already based in Preston in 2014 as part of a national shake-up.

The announcement meant that Army Headquarters North West stayed in the city and that Three Medical Regiment will relocate to the Barracks in 2014.

The investment also means that the Second Battalion the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment will remain at Weeton Barracks, near Kirkham.

Monday, March 18

• Council head’s £68,000 payout.

Kerry Welsh was made redundant from her post as head of marketing and development at Preston City Council.

An industrial hearing in March decided that Mrs Welsh, of Heskin, Chorley, was denied a fair right to appeal her dismisal by the council.

Ms Welsh, a former manager at Preston’s Guild Hall, was awarded the maximum settlement of £68,400.

Saturday, March 30

• £1.3 m paid out for crumbling roads.

Highways chiefs announced that they had paid out more than a million pounds in compensation to drivers and pedestrians on Lancashire’s crumbling roads

Trips on pavements on pavements and slips in potholes cost the council £1.3m - the highest figure in five years.

April

Monday, April 1

• Boat Tragedy

Police revealed that Kelly Webster, 36 and her daughter Lauren Thornton, 10, from Church Road, Leyland died after suffering breathing difficulties on board a boat in the Lake District. The mother and daughter collapsed from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning on a boat in Windermere in Cumbria.

They had been enjoying a day out on Lake Windermere with Kelly’s partner, Matthew Eteson, 39, when they suffered from breathing difficulties in the back of the private boat.

Both were airlifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary but later died.

Thursday, April 11

• MP boycotts Thatcher tribute by Parliament

Preston MP Mark Hendrick said there was “no way” he was returning to the commons to celebrate the life of Margaret Thatcher

The Labour MP ignored the recall of Parliament to pay tribute to Thatcher who died aged 87 on Monday April 8.

Hendrick said: “I had no thoughts or wishes to pay respects to Mrs Thatcher, whose time as Prime Minister led to a traumatic time in the north.”

Wednesday April 17

• I get all my food from bin dipping

Preston has a secret world of “bin dippers” who survive off food scavenged from city dustbins at night.

Patrick Kilburn, 63, of St Paul’s Road, Preston, claimed he hadn’t bought food in five years and lives off what he finds in supermarket bins.

Unemployed Mr Kilburn has even found new clothes and bottles of drinks in the bins.

He revealed that he had noticed an increase in the number of people looking for food in bins.

And the Salvation Army acknowledged the hidden rise in the sub-culture of people foraging for food in Preston.

Thursday, April 25

• Lambs are shot dead

Police started a hunt for a man who killed lambs at Cuerden Valley Park, Chorley

Park bosses were “shocked” by the slaughter of the three, three-week-old lambs.

The lambs had been shot in the head or neck and park manager Jim Longbottom said: “Nothing like this has ever happened before.”

Sheep have been farmed on the 650-acre park for the last 15 years, after the incident the sheep were moved to another area of the park.

Friday, April 26

• ‘I killed Lia’

Tragic three-year-old Lia Green’s dad sobbed in court as he pleads guilty to her manslaughter.

Lia was pronounced dead on arrival at Preston Hospital after falling ill at her home in Norris Street, Plungington, Preston.

Ten days into the trial at Preston’s Sessions House Court, 23-year-old Richard Green, formerly of Harling Street, Ribbleton, admitted to the manslaughter of his own daughter.

May

Monday, May 6

• “I’ll fight to clear my name”

Lancashire MP Nigel Evans vowed to clear his name after being quizzed by police on suspicion of sex offences.

Evans has represented the Ribble Valley for the last 21 years and the 55-year-old was arrested and bailed in May.

The Conservative MP said the accusations against him were completely false and vowed to continue representing his constituents.

He was later charged and a trial date has been set for March 2014.

Wednesday, May 8

• Liars: Police condemn parents of tragic Lia

Lia Green’s parents were branded liars by the police after the toddler’s mum was found guilty of child cruelty.

The three-year-old died on August 30 2012, after suffering severe internal injuries at the hands of her dad Richard Green, 23, formerly of Harling Road, Ribbleton, Preston.

A jury at Preston’s Sessions House took just two hours to find mum Natalie Critchley, 21, formerly of Norris Street, Preston, guilty of wilfully neglecting Lia.

Tuesday, May 28

• Blue is colour for Katy’s tribute

A flurry of brightly coloured balloons soared into the sunshine to mark what would have been Katy Holmes’ 12th birthday.

Penwortham’s annual Picnic in the Park at Hurst Grange Park, raised money for the Katy Holmes Trust.

The charity was launched in honour of the brave schoolgirl who died aged 10 from a brain tumour.

Katy’s mum Paula, Dad David and Sister Charley were joined by hundreds of families as they sang happy birthday and released a host of blue balloons into the sky at 2.20pm - the exact time Katy was born.

June

Saturday, June 1

• Lancashire drugs gang jailed for 167 years

Thirty-six men were sentenced to a total of 167 years for their part in supplying £1.5m of drugs onto the streets of Lancashire.

Gang leader, Neil Scarborough, 32, of Moor Hall Street, Preston, was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply cocaine, heroin and cannabis.

A series of early morning police raids in 2011 discovered drugs worth £1.5m and £200,000 in cash.

The 36 men all faced trial at Preston Crown Court and worked together in various gangs in Preston, Blackburn, Cumbria, Merseyside, Berkshire and West Yorkshire.

Friday, June 14

• £5m cost of justice

The price of policing the Dale Cregan trial at Preston Crown Court was revealed to be £5m.

As killer Cregan started life imprisonment for the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, Lancashire was counting the cost of the massive security surrounding the trial.

The £5m ring of steel surrounding Preston Crown Court was the largest security operation in recent years.

Lancashire Constabulary forked out £2.375m in trials costs while Greater Manchester Police contributed £700,000.

The operation cost Lancashire a further £1.4m and GMP £600,000 in policing costs that will be covered by a £2m Home Office grant.

Saturday, June 29

• 490 jobs boost

Developers unveiled plans to pump £16m into an extension of Preston’s Deepdale Retail Park.

Around 190 jobs were set to be created as four big name superstores plan to move into the area, while in Bamber Bridge DIY superstore B&Q sought to split its floorspace to create a new Morrisons supermarket and 300 new jobs.

 

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