A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire
Body of man found by canal
The body of a man was found next to a canal in Lea, Preston yesterday morning. The body was found by police officers next to the Lancaster Canal at around 11.30am. There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and it is believed the man is in his 40s. Enquires to establish the man’s identity are ongoing, a spokesman for Lancashire Police said.
Council chief steps down
Mick Cronin, the democratic services manager of Penwortham Town Council has retired after 10 years in the job. Town mayor Councillor Rosemary Robinson thanked Mr Cronin on behalf of the council, and presented an engraved Town Council plaque. He responded by thanking members and the town manager for their support. He has been replaced by Marie Dardis.
Green light for unit conversion
Planning bosses at South Ribble Council have given the go-ahead for changes to a commercial unit at 165 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston. The proposal was to sub-divide the ground floor unit into two separate units, allowing for the construction of two one-bedroomed flats at the first floor. There will also be an external staircase built to the side of the property.
The Charnock Richard Scarecrow Festival runs throughout the village this year on September 7 and 8, from 10am to 5pm each day. The annual event will feature children’s games and activities, a bouncy castle, brass band and refreshments. Last year effigies included David Cameron and Nick Clegg.
Permission has been granted for a new entrance canopy to the front of the Tickled Trout Hotel, Preston New Road, Samlesbury.
Man breaks leg in car collision
Police are appealing for witnesses to a road accident in which a 48-year-old pedestrian suffered a broken leg. The man was crossing Blackpool Old Road, Poulton at around 9.15pm on Saturday August 24 when he was involved in a collision with a blue VW Touareg.
Church to host table top sale
There will be a table top sale at Penwortham United Reformed Church in Liverpool Rodd, Penwortham, near Preston next month. It will be held on Saturday September 14 from 10am - 1pm. If anyone would like to book a table or needs more information phone 01772 746676 or 01772 745493.
A camping stove fire caused damage to the kitchen of a house in Pall Mall, Chorley. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the blaze which also caused smoke damage to other rooms in the house.
Collision chaos on motorway
A three-car collision caused road closures on the M6 on Tuesday. Highways officers were called to the incident n at junction 29 of the M6 on Tuesday morning. Two lanes of the motorway were closed after the initial accident but were re-opened half and hour later as the vehicles were moved to the hard shoulder. One driver received minor injuries.
Police are studying local CCTV footage and investigating the possibility of an arson attack after a fire at a former car hire property. Fire crews were called to the incident on Lund Street, Preston at half past midnight on Tuesday morning where they found an outbuilding well alight.
Car set alight
Fire crews from Preston Fire Station were called to an incident just before 2am on Tuesday. A Honda Civic was found to have been deliberately set alight on Woodside Grove, Ribbleton.
Summer fun day for families
There will be fun for all the family at a special event in Hurst Grange Park in Penwortham tomorrow. The fun starts at 10.30am and costs £2 per child. Booking for the event is essential. For further information call 01772 625625.
Free health checks for dogs will take place in the car park of Walton Park in Leight Brow, Walton-le-Dale tomorrow. The session runs from 10am until 4pm. For information call 01772 625377.
A week of walks in and around South Ribble will take place in the second week of September. There will walks to suit all. Call 01772 625581.
Police officers will meet with the community in Bamber Bridge at a street surgery in Withy Grove Road on Wednesday September 4.
Mayor set for history walk
The Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Dorothy Gardner, will take part in a history walk around Penwortham with the help of local historian, Elizabeth Basquill on Friday September 6 at 6pm. The walk will start at The Fleece in Penwortham and will last around an hour. There will then be a quiz at The Fleece. Tickets for the walk are £2.50, call 01772 625301.
Charity teddy bear’s picnic
A teddy bear’s picnic is being to help raise funds for Joseph’s Goal will be held at the Sure Start Children’s Riverbank Centre on Brieryfield Road, Preston today. The charity event is to raise money for Joesph Kendrick, from Wigan, who suffers from a rare genetic disability. Children are invited to bring along their own packed lunch and their favourite teddy bear and join Joseph at the picnic.
Tea in the park
Families can be part of the Mad Hatters Tea Party in a special production of Alice - An Extraordinary Adventure in Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday. The cast of Heartbreak Productions want mums, dads and children to bring their own picnics to join the fun in the park’s Walled Garden (5pm).
Haunted hall’s spooky tours
Ghost hunters are expected to flock to 700-year-old Samlesbury Hall for two paranormal events in October. A stay-over with the spirits is planned for the night of October 11 (9.30pm and 4.30am). Two days later visitors can book a Spooky Tour of the hall and its grounds with guide Simon Entwistle.
Trolly dancing ladies wheel in
The world’s first shopping trolley dance display team will be wheeling their way into Morecambe at the weekend to perform at the resort’s Seaside Festival. Granny Turismo will be joined by Britain’s Got Talent finalists Faces of Disco and escapologist Rob Roy Collins at the two-day event.
Crime writer Chris Simms, author of the DI Spicer series of psychological thrillers, will be at Poulton-le-Fylde Library on Thursday September 5. The Manchester-based author will be meeting readers and talking about his books between 7pm and 8.30pm.
An industrial drier was badly damaged in a blaze in Eshton Terrace, Clitheroe. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus put out the fire which also caused smoke damage to four rooms.
Driving offences investigated
A crackdown on traffic violations by motorists using Oxford Street in Preston, is being launched by police. Complaints have been made about speeding motorists and use of mobile phones while driving. Officers in the area are also looking into damage at Frenchwood car park.
Invitation to join in harvest event
Songs for Harvest will be performed at Leyland United Reformed Church in Hough Lane, on September 21. The service, starting at 7.30pm will feature Churches Together and One Voice Choir. There will be the opportunity to bring along Harvest gifts which will be donated to the St Mary’s Food Bank.
Telecoms mast gets approved
A 20-metre-high telecommunications mast with antennas will be built on land at Westley Street Mill, Hopwood Street, Bamber Bridge, after plans were given the green light. Two transmission dishes and three equipment cabinets were also included as part of the proposal.
Fire service to test blankets
Free electric blanket testing will be held at Leyland fire station next month. The event will take place on Wednesday, September 18 at the station in Broadfield Drive. To have your electric blanket tested make an appointment by calling 01772 421601. Appointments are on a first come first served basis.
Police covering Leyland have had reports of youth anti-social behaviour, drinking and drug-taking in the Moss Lane area including the train station, St Ambrose area and alley ways. Officers have also been made aware of youth anti-social behaviour and noise nuisance at McDonald’s and in the Chapel Brow area.
South Ribble Council has approved planning permission allowing the construction of eight houses with associated access and parking on land off Central Avenue and Old Worden Avenue, Buckshaw Village.