Story shorts - 14/04/10

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Council leader to step down

Council leader John Coombes will step down from the role after the May elections. Coun Coombes has led Fylde since May 2003 and the Conservative group since November 2002. He said he was stepping down on May 10 to spend more time with his family. He said: “I feel that this is a good time to hand over the reins.”

Woman charged with murder

A woman has appeared in court charged with murdering Leyland man, Kevin James Rogers on New Year’s Day. Susan Anne Kenny, 34, of Manor House Crescent, Leyland pleaded not guilty to murder at Preston Crown Court. Mr Rogers, 23, from Bannister Drive, was fatally stabbed in the back after a New Year’s party at nearby Edgehill Crescent. She will stand trial on June 7.

Wanted men arrested

Two wanted men, suspected of car crime offences, have been arrested. Preston Police appealed for information about Leroy Allen, 23, and Ronnie Kirkham, 34, were wanted in connection with thefts from cars. It is understood that police received information about the whereabouts of the pair, who frequent the Ribbleton area, following an appeal in the Evening Post yesterday.

DJ star to play in Preston

DJ star Jason Fubar is to play at Preston’s Lava Ignite nightclub on May Bank Holiday. The spinner, who has played at nightclubs including Gatecrasher and Ministry of Sound, will be at the venue on Sunday, May 2.

Firefighters tackle blazes

Firefighters were called to tackle two blazes on grassland in Heysham and Torrisholme. Crews from Morecambe were forced to use beaters and packs filled with water to put out the fires at Heysham Barrows and Torrisholme Barrows on Monday night. It is thought that both fires were started deliberately at around 6.40pm and 8.40pm but were out before they spread. No-one was injured in either incident.

Woman stole from family

A woman has been given an 18 month community order after stealing electrical equipment from her family. Victoria Parkinson, 19, of Dawson Walk, Preston, pleaded guilty to theft at Preston Crown Court. The court heard she stole items from her brother’s bedroom at her father’s house to pay off a drug debt. Judge Robert Brown sentenced her to 18 months supervision with a requirement to complete a substance related offending program.

Complaints made against Preston councillors

Six complaints have been made against Preston councillors by members of the public in the past year, figures have revealed. A report by Preston Council’s standards committee reveals four complaints were made against Preston City councillors and a further two against parish councillors in parts of the city. Four of the complaints were referred to the council’s monitoring officer for investigation and two are still awaiting a hearing. The figures were revealed as part of the committee’s annual review, but they do not reveal what the complaints were about.

Drugs accused is remanded

A man has denied dealing class A drugs. Ashley Tunstall, 20 of Stocks Road, Ribbleton, pleaded not guilty to supplying crack cocaine and supplying diamorphine in an appearance at Preston Magistrates’ Court. He was remanded in custody until April 22.

Punishment for duvet thief

A man who stole four duvets sets from Instore has been fined £100 and a £15 victims’ surcharge. John Cross, 40, of Pope Lane, Ribbleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to shoplifting at Preston Magistrates’ Court. No order was made for costs.

Shoplifter guilt

A thief who stole eight cans of Lynx deodorant from a shop has been sentenced to a community order and a month long curfew Daniel Thomas Padgett, 19 of Gisburn Road in Ribbleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to the offence and has to pay £25 compensation.

Walk 100km in river pursuit

Sue Ryder Care is looking for challengers to walk 100km along the Ribble and raise money, The Ribble Way Challenge will take place on 19-20 June 2010, setting off at the Ribblehead Viaduct on the edge of the Pennines and finishing a day later at Preston Dock. Teams of four people are needed to walk or run the 100K route in 30 hours. To register, visit

Golfer’s goods stolen from car

Thieves broke into a car parked at Chorley Golf Club in Heath Charnock, Chorley, and stole a laptop and briefcase. The car’s back windscreen was smashed at around 7.10pm on April 12. Police are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 0845 1 253545.

Anger as car door scratched

A vandal attacked a car in broad daylight. The yob used a sharp instrument to scratch the door panels and wings while it was parked on Preston Road, Chorley, between 11.30am and 8pm on April 8. He then let a tyre down. Anyone with information should call police on 0845 1 253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Police probe theft attempt

Thieves who broke into a car but made off without taking anything are being hunted by police. Officers are appealing for information about the incident, in which the criminals smashed the window of a car on Seven Stars Road in Leyland between 9pm and 10pm on April 12. They rifled through the glove box, but left without stealing anything.

Flea market

Lancashire Cat Rescue is to hold a flea market at Barton Village Hall later this month. The event takes place on Sunday, April 18, in aid of cats and kittens in care. Stalls are available. Call Angela on 01772 744972.

Alarm at flats

A fire alarm was triggered – but it turned out to be a resident smoking on a landing. Bamber Bridge fire crews were called to The Maltings, Penwortham, at 8.15am on Sunday. The alarm system was reset.

Authority sweeps the board

Lancashire Police Authority practically swept the board at an awards ceremony. The Authority walked away with the Communication of the Year Award, plus Best Publication Award, Best Website Award and a merit for design at for the Northern region at the Communicators in Business (CiB) Awards.