A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Cyclist falls off bike in crash
A cyclist was taken to hospital with a possible broken ankle after they were knocked off a bike in a collision with a car in Penwortham. Police closed part of Golden Way on Penwortham Bypass, near the roundabout junction with Millbrook Way, after the crash, at around 4.45pm yesterday. The incident led to heavy traffic and tailbacks.
Blood donors are needed
Two blood donation sessions will be held at St Mary’s Church Hall in Penwortham today. People can give blood in Cop Lane between 2pm and 4pm or 5pm and 7.30pm. Anyone aged between 17 to 65, weighing more than 7st 12lbs, and in good health can become a blood donor. Call 0300 1232323 to book.
Wheelie bin is set on fire
A wheelie bin was set ablaze in a back alleyway off Kensington Road in Morecambe. Firefighters were called to the scene at around 4.10pm yesterday. Officers said the fire had been started deliberately.
Man charged with rape
A man will appear in court today charged with the rape of a woman in the early hours of New Year’s Day. Alessandro Astarita, 26, of no fixed abode, has been remanded in custody and will appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court. The alleged offence is said to have taken place between 2am and 3am near Lady Street, Preston, after the alleged victim had been out celebrating the New Year.
Last day to have your say
Today is the last day to have your say on plans to tackle future droughts in Lancashire. United Utilities is seeking views as part of a consultation on its new Drought Plan and people have until today to respond. You can download a copy of the plan at corporate.unitedutilities.com/waterresourcesplan. Send your views to email@example.com.