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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Youth crackdown starts

Police are to step up patrols in a bid to prevent youth nuisance during the summer holidays. People who live in the Garrison ward in Preston, have discussed anticipated youth antisocial behaviour problems including drinking alcohol and among the target areas is the Millennium playing field in the Longsands area.

Tringe show is cancelled

While the Preston Tringe Festival continues throughout the week and weekend, a couple of shows have been cancelled. The One About The Bear at the Adelphi on Saturday and Sunday is one of those not going ahead. Visit

Pub helps heroes

Staff at a city pub got on their bikes to raise cash for an armed forces charity. The Yates’s pub, on Church Street, in Preston city centre, encouraged staff to dress up in military gear and ride a 16-hour exercise bike challenge to raise £536.63 for Help for Heroes. Ranya Bodjaja, who is manager of the pub, said, “A big thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge and also to those who generously supported it.”

Helping heal after war

Two Iraqi health professionals have visited Edge Hill University on a fact-finding mission which will help rebuild the health care system in the post-war country. The visit sealed a new partnership between Edge Hill and Hawler University in Kurdistan who will work together to look at ways to improve nursing education.

New students to meet MP

The Wyre and Preston North MP Ben Wallace has been invited to go back to school in September. He has been asked to officialy open the sixth form at Fulwood Academy on when it welcomes its first students. The Black Bull Lane school is undergoing a multi-million pound re-build, which includes a sixth form centre.

Student visa study out

Conservative MP Lorraine Fullbrook was among the committee which has been looking into the Government’s student visa programme. The South Ribble MP was one of 11 on the all-party Home Affairs Committee, which reports this week.

Resort was an ‘inspiration’

Fashion guru Wayne Hemmingway has named his home-town of Morecambe as his favourite seaside place. Although born in Blackburn, the Red or Dead founder grew up in the resort and has credited it with his love of all things “vintage”

Crash tragedy

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a collision in Waddington near Clitheroe on Sunday morning. Around 11.30am, a Kawasaki motorcycle was involved in a collision with a Ford Mondeo on Fell Road at the junction of Mill Lane. Dean Walkden, 29, from Haslingden, was pronounced dead at the scene. Anybody with information is asked to 08451 25 35 45 or call Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

Row of trees in line for chop

A housing firm wants to get rid of 15 trees. Places for People, based in Brindle, near Chorley, has applied for permission to fell and remove 13 conifers, one ash and a silver birch in Garstang Road, Fulwood, Preston. Planning officers at Preston Council will decide whether the work, in a conservation area, can go ahead.

Shop plans to be considered

Shop bosses have applied to council planners to make changes. The Co-op, based in Stoke, Staffordshire, has asked for permission to install a new shop front and roller shutters at a shop in Plungington Road, Plungington, Preston. The cash machine will also be moved if Preston Council agrees.

Sign plans for tower block

A media company wants planning permission for a lit sign. Firn blowUP Media UK Limited, based in London, has applied to Preston Council. The company wants to put the sign on the side of the Marshall House office block in Ring Way, Preston.

Life focus on display

An exhibition is being hosted at a nature reserve to look at issues including climate change and feeding a growing world population. The display, Biodiversity – what on Earth is it?, was last seen at National Museums Liverpool until December 2010 when WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Burscough, won a bid to permanently pr mote the display. It opens tomorrow.

Wanted, teen single mums

Television channel Five is giving young, single mums in Lancashire the chance to tell their story as part of a documentary being filmed in August this year. The documentary will be hosted by Kym Marsh, of Coronation St and formerly pop group Hear’Say, who brings her own experience of being a teenage single mother, to the film. Kym said: “I’ve lived on £80 a week. It’s hard when you’re in that situation. It’s hard to get out of the rut.” Email if you are interested in taking part.

Have your say on vote

Residents of Wyre are being asked to give their views on where they go to vote. Wyre Council is reviewing all of its polling districts and polling places in line with Government regulations, which must be done every four years. Garry Payne, returning officer for Wyre, said: “We recognise that people may want to comment on the polling stations that are currently used so we would welcome the public’s views and suggestions on these.” Information on the existing wards, polling districts and polling places in Wyre, together with maps, are available on People have until September 18, phone 01253 887503.

Cycle appeal

Four cyclists are set to pedal 30 miles to mark three decades of services to older people. Ian Scott, Lesley Gradwell, Rachael Vickers and Paul King, of Age Concern Central Lancashire, Charnley Fold, will cycle around South Ribble in August. To sponsor them, visit

Council cuts complaints

Council workers have been praised for cutting complaints by two-thirds in a year. Fylde Council says the number reduced from 1,230 in April to June 2010 to 479 in the same period this year. Coun Albert Ponder said: “Anyone in local government will tell you that the same complaints come up again and again. Tackling those goes a long way to improving public satisfaction.”

Step out for a sandy stroll

A cancer charity is inviting people to take part in a sponsored walk across Morecambe Bay. Rosemere Cancer Foundation has organised the eight-mile ramble from Arnside to Kents Bank, starting at 10am on Sunday August 21. Entry costs £10 per person. Ring 01772 522913 for a sponsor form.

Young poet’s winning words

A teenager has finished runner-up in a national poetry competition. Katriana Johnes, 16, from Lancaster, claimed second place in the contest, run by campaign group Animal Aid. TV presenter Wendy Turner-Webster presented Katriana with her prize.

Youth event looks at Bible

Young people will debate issues and enjoy activities at the Blackburn Diocese’s next Youth Conference. The three-day event will be held at Myerscough College, near Preston, from September 2 to 4. For details, call Jill Ivison or Craig Abbott on 01254 503070.

Builders’ yard car firm target

A car repair firm wants to transform a builders’ yard and workshop. Discount Auto Repairs, based in Cemetery Road, Ribbleton, Preston, wants to use a unit in nearby Longworth Street for as a vehicle repair, valeting and MOT centre. The existing building would be extended.

Stable plans at rural location

A man has applied for planning permission to build a stable block. He also wants to put a tractor shed, carriage store and hardstanding at a property in Moorside Lane, Woodplumpton, near Preston. Planning officers at Preston Council will decide in the next few weeks whether it can go ahead.

Trees may be chopped down

Council bosses want to get rid of two beech trees. Lancashire County Council has applied to Preston Council for works in Preston Road, Grimsargh, near Preston. Planners will decide in the next few weeks if the trees, which are the subject of a tree preservation order, can be felled.

Shop boss in 2am bid for licence

A newsagent wants to open until 2am every night, selling alcohol. City News in Friargate, Preston, is currently licensed from 8am until 11pm Monday to Saturday, and from 10am until 10.30pm on a Sunday. But the business has asked for extended opening hours from 7am until 2am Monday to Saturday, and from 7.30am until 2am on Sunday. And a request has also been made to remove a licence condition which restricts alcohol sales on Christmas Day and Good Friday, and another which prevents alcohol being sold in an open container or consumed in the premises. Meanwhile, bosses at the nearby Adelphi pub find out today if they can serve alcohol until 2am.

Crews tackle bedroom fire

A house was damaged after a fire broke out in a bedroom. Fire crews were called to the fire at a home in Dimples Lane, Garstang, at around 8pm on Sunday. Nobody was injured but a bin was damaged and the room was left moderately smoke logged.

Rubbish tidy drive unveiled

A mountain of rubbish was dumped in the centre of Lancaster yesterday to highlight problems with litter. Waste bosses piled up hundreds of pieces of garbage in Market Square, which had been swept up from the streets of Lancaster and Morecambe in the morning. The Just Bin It campaign was designed to remind residents of the cost of litter to council tax payers. Coun David Smith, cabinet member with responsibility for waste and cleansing issues at Lancaster Council, said: “Each year, the council’s bill for cleaning up the district amounts to over £1.6m. This means that even if you don’t drop litter you’ll still be picking up the bill for removing litter belonging to those that do through your council tax. Litter is therefore everyone’s problem and the less the council has to spend on street cleaning, the better it will be for all of us.”