Lancashire news in brief - 23/12/14

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Man dies nine days after crash

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a crash on December 9, after a 79-year-old man from Bury died on December 17.

A Nissan Almera driven by the man was travelling along Butterworth Brow in Chorley and manoeuvring onto Yarrow Valley Way when it was in a crash with a Ford Focus.

Investigation over house fire

FIRE crews were called to a fire involving a detached bungalow in Morecambe at 5am yesterday morning.

The fire was ‘well alight’ when firefighters arrived on the scene.

A Lancashire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: “The fire is being investigated by fire investigators and police.”

Date set for online meeting

THE first online police and communities together (PACT) meeting of the new year for Preston city centre, Lea and Fulwood, will take place on Wednesday January 14.

It will run from 7pm through the Preston Area Police Facebook page and on Twitter using @PrestonPolice and is open to all.

Driver in hospital

A MOTORIST was taken to hospital following a crash in Priory Lane, Penwortham, in the early hours of Sunday morning. It happened at around 12.50am. The casualty was released prior to the arrival of fire crews and was moved to the ambulance using a long board.

Flats plan for city centre shop

PLANS to convert a disused city centre shop into three self-contained flats have been submitted to Preston Council.

The scheme involves the provision a basement studio in the property in Cannon Street and two one-bed flats on the ground floor level.

Work will involve replacing the shop frontage.

Rainbows group set to double

A CHURCH Rainbows group is looking for two new volunteer leaders to help start up a second unit.

St Andrew’s 2nd Longton Rainbows is so popular that it currently has 16 members, with a further 15 girls on the waiting list.

Contact Karen Heaton 01772 611928.

Opening hours at LEP offices

THE Lancashire Evening Post offices in Fulwood, Preston, will be open until 1pm tomorrow.

The reception desk will then be closed over the bank holidays and the weekend.

Normal normal opening hours will resume on Monday December 29 and Tuesday 30 December.

Duo rescued

TWO people were freed from a lift by fire crews in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Fire crews were called to Peel Hall Street in Preston at 3.40am.

They were able to release the two people from inside the lift using lift keys. There were no injuries.

Rosie drums up petition support

WEST Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper has helped to gather 137,000 signatures for a North West petition calling on the Government to install an Older People’s Minister in the Cabinet.

She has also signed an Early Day Motion alongside 83 cross-party MPs.

Pact meeting

A POLICE and Communities Together (PACT) meeting for residents living in Western Parishes including Hutton and Walmer Bridge and Much Hoole, will take place Monday, January 12 at Longton Library.

Studio proposal

PLANS have been launched to build a one-and-a-half storey residential studio with parking on land to rear of 369-371 Station Road, Bamber Bridge.

Pavement worry

PARKING issues and reports of vehicles being driven on pavements in Station Road and Smith Street, Bamber Bridge, are being investigated.

Carols bring in the charity cash

MUSICIANS performed Christmas carols to entertain shoppers and raise money for charity.

The group, from Lostock Hall, spent two hours playing at Asda, in Clayton Green.

They collected £266 for TOF Society, which supports the families of children born unable to swallow.

Council meeting

CHORLEY Council’s next full council meeting will be held at 6.30pm on Tuesday, January 13.

It takes place in the council chamber at Chorley Town Hall, on St Thomas’s Road.