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Northcote joins top collection

LANCASHIRE’S Michelin- starred restaurant and hotel Northcote has become part of the prestigious portfolio of Relais & Châteaux.

The collection of hand-picked gourmet restaurants and boutique hotels across the world contains just 32 UK venues.

Three honoured

THREE staff members at the Ludlow Wealth Management Group – Anne Bushell, Stella Pettifer and Sheila Pye – have been honoured for long service after clocking up four decades at the firm between them.

Projects sold out

HOUSEBUILDER Hollinwood Homes has sold out its developments at Windsor Court in Garstang, and St George’s Court, St Annes.

Woman pulled out of river

MORECAMBE and Knott End lifeboat crews were called out after a woman fell into the River Lune at St George’s Quay, Lancaster.

The incident happened at around 11am on Saturday after the woman, who was with her young daughter, slipped into the river, which was at high tide at the time.

Two passers-by who witnessed the incident managed to direct the woman to a safe point where they could pull her out of the water.

She was unharmed and her daughter did not fall into the river.

Water main leak

HOMES in the PR1 and PR4 postcodes of Preston, Chorley and Leyland had disrupted water supplies yesterday after a leak on Leyland Road.

United Utilities said engineers were working on the problem.

Community award for lifeboat crew

MORECAMBE’S lifeboat crew has been presented with a community award by the town council.

The award was in recognition of the life-saving work that the volunteer crew do.

Councillor Susan Lomax, who proposed making the award, said: “They are a group of individuals who serve Morecambe and the bay, keeping it safe for all who live and visit here.”

In the dock

Driver banned

STUART William Fowler, 33, of Lighthurst Lane, Chorley, was banned for three years and fined £110 after admitting a drink-driving charge.

Paul Reilly, 34, of Avenham Road, must do 100 hours of unpaid work after admitting five counts of benefit fraud.

Magistrates heard he failed to notify authorities he had got a job, affecting his claims for employment allowance, housing benefit and council tax benefit.

He was ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs.

A man who stole £2,708 of goods from Sainsbury’s between June and September this year must do 200 hours unpaid work.

Shane Paul Nixon, 34, of Grasmere Avenue, Farington, Leyland, admitted theft and was ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 costs by Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Jordan Wood, 26, of Goldbourne Street, Preston, admitted damaging two cars and used threatening behaviour towards two men.

He is to be sentenced at Preston Magistrates’ Court on November 25.

A man has been found guilty of assaulting a woman by beating her twice in a three-day period.

Nathan Harry Watson, 26, of Thirlmere Road, Preston, was found guilty of assaulting his victim on September 1 and 4, following a trial at Preston Magistrates Court.

He will be sentenced on November 25 and was bailed.

A woman will appear in court following an incident in Hunter’s Lane, Tarleton, in which a man was allegedly injured by a dog.

Natasha Lowe, 22, of Clock Face, St Helens, Merseyside, denies having a dog dangerously out of control and will appear for trial before Preston magistrates on December 16.

A man who bombarded a woman with text messages has been found guilty of harassment.

John Whitfield, 52, of Dalby Close, Ribbleton, must pay a £250 fine and £15 surcharge.

Jordan Norris, 19, of Buttermere Avenue, Chorley, admitted wilfully obstructing a police officer and was discharged conditionally for 12 months, but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Ryan Stanhope, 32, of Chorley Old Road, Whittle-le-Woods, Chorley, was found guilty of failing to identify a driver and must pay a £175 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 cost.

Deborah Whittle, 48, of Church Street, Leyland, admitted stealing gammon, wine and bread, and was discharged conditionally for 12 months, but must pay a £15 surcharge.

Yvonne Bamber, 36, of Fishergate Hill, Preston, admitted stealing £200 clothing and was discharged conditionally for 12 months, but must pay a £15 surcharge.

Anne Margaret Kershaw, 49, of St Peter’s Street, Preston, was given a curfew after admitting stealing perfume and must pay £30 compensation, a £60 surcharge, and £30 costs.

Jade Bianca Hiles, 23, Marshway, Penwortham, Preston, admitted failing to give a breath test, and was discharged conditionally for 12 months, but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Sydney Ashworth, 36, of Lakeland Gardens, Chorley, admitted possessing diamorphine and must pay a £125 fine, a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

Matthew Coleman, 21, of Hazel Close, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, admitted assaulting a woman and must pay a £100 fine, a £20 surcharge and £100 costs.

Declan Sullivan, 20, of Greenfield, Clayton Brook, admitted possessing cannabis and was discharged conditionally for six months, but must pay a £15 surcharge.

William Appleton, 59, of Wellington Road, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, admitted stealing meat and was given a 16-week curfew. He must pay a £60 surcharge.