News in brief - 01/08/14

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Motorway to be closed

DRIVERS heading to Manchester Airport are being reminded that the M56 will be closed this weekend as the Highways Agency demolishes a bridge as part of its £5.5m pinch point improvement in the area.

The motorway will be totally closed in both directions between junction 5 at Manchester Airport and junction 6 at Hale from 10pm on August 1 and may be closed until 5am on August 4.

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Animal charities apply for grants

GRANT-giving animal charity, Support Adoption For Pets, along with the Preston Pets at Home store, is calling on local animal charities, rescue centres and welfare organisations to nominate themselves to join the charity partnership scheme.

Email for more information.

Warning after dishwasher fire

FIREFIGHTERS are urging residents not to run electrical appliances while they’re in bed, after a dishwasher fire in Dorking Road, Chorley.

The home owner set the machine to work at 10pm on Wednesday, and woke up to a smell of smoke at 5am yesterday, after an electrical fire melted wiring and plastic.

Crews said the man was lucky the fire self-extinguished.

Bungalow plan

PLANS have been submitted to build a two-bedroomed detached bunglow on the side garden of 43 St Saviours Close, Bamber Bridge.

The proposal includes parking space for two cars at the right side of the new bungalow.

Diesel spillage

FIREFIGHTERS were called to clean up after a lorry overturned on a roundabout in Ovangle Road, Morecambe, at 11.30pm on Wednesday. The driver was unharmed, but a diesel spillage required specialist attention and took crews an hour.

Summer ball for Adam funds

A SUMMER ball, in aid of The Adam Appeal, will take place on August 16.

Tickets for the event, including a three course dinner and entertainment at The Moorings, Church Street, Garstang, are priced at £25.

For information and tickets visit

Woofs and waggles at park

THE Woofs and Waggles sponsored 3k dog walk will be held by the RSPCA on August 17.

Registration, costing £5, takes place at 10.30am at Cuerden Valley Park, with the walk starting at 11.30am.

All money raised will go towards the Preston & District RSPCA.

Police want to trace robbers

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a robbery on a cash van in Ormskirk on July 30. Two men wearing balaclavas approached a security guard outside Morrisons, Park Road, before making off with a cash box and making off in a black BMW. Call 101 with information.

Diana Awards

MEMBERS of LINX, Lancashire’s children in care council, have been honoured with the prestigious Diana Award.

They were presented with their by County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson.

Wizard of Oz

AN outdoor performance of The Wizard of Oz will take place in the garden next to Worden Arts Centre at Worden Park on August 4.

Call 01253 792930.

Church applies for car park

A CHURCH has applied for permission to use land as a temporary car park.

Preston City Mission wants to use land between the church building and the Premier Inn in the city centre.

The plans are recommended for approval for a temporary period.

Council meeting

PRESTON Council’s overview and scrutiny management committee is due to meet next Friday.

Councillors are set to meet at the Town Hall on Lancaster Road at 10am.

MP’s surgery

The next surgery of Mark Hendrick MP will be held on August 15 at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

It will run from 3pm to 5pm.

Blood donation

BLOOD donation sessions will be held at the Gujarat Hindu Society in South Meadow Lane, Preston, on Thursday next week.

Curfew for meat and vodka thief

A SHOPLIFTER who stole meat and vodka from Booths supermarket has been placed on a curfew.

Anthony Patrick Bland, 32, of Church Street, Preston, admitted theft at the city’s magistrates court. He must remain indoors from 7pm to 7am daily and pay a £60 surcharge.

Theatre shows in the park

TICKETS are on sale for two outdoor theatre performances at Astley Park in Chorley.

Macbeth will be performed on August 16 and Peter Pan And The Lost Boys on August 31.

Tickets are £10 for adults, £7 for children and £30 for a family, from

Bottoms up

A CIDER and beer festival will be held at Cuerden Valley Park from Friday, August 8 to Sunday, August 10.

There will be 20 ciders and 15 beers to choose from, plus live music and food.

Council meeting

BRINDLE Parish Council is holding its next meeting at 7.30pm on Monday, August 11 at the Community Hall, on Water Street, Brindle.

Hall’s open day

AN OPEN day will be held at Chorley Gospel Hall from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, September 20. All welcome to attend.