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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Learn how to use internet

Libraries across Lancashire are now offering free sessions to help people learn more about using the Internet. They include Preston Harris, Ingol, Leyland, Ribbleton and Savick. For more information, contact Trish Horniman on 01257 516333.

Placements at sports clubs

Qualifications and work experience are being offered to young people in Wyre for free. Try Volunteering is a programme for 16 to 25-year-olds run by Wyre Borough Council which offers placements with various sports clubs, on and off the field. Call 01253 887450 for more information.

Plane stunt to fight cancer

The search is on for 101 daredevils to take part in a parachute jump. Clatterbridge Cancer Research is calling for people to take part in the stunt on September 4 and 5 at the Black Knights Parachute Centre at Cockerham Airfield, Lancaster. It costs £70 to register, call 0151 3434300 for details.

Thriller novel scoops award

Lancashire’s annual Children’s Book of the Year ceremony was due to take place at County Hall today. A total of 84 books were originally nominated and Bang, Bang, You’re Dead!, by Narinder Dhami, was named winner by a panel of pupils. Young people will present winning author Narinder with this year’s prize of a cheque for £1,000 and a crystal decanter.

Keep your pets cool in the sun

The RSPCA is urging pet owners to make sure their four-legged friends do not frazzle in the heat in Lancashire this summer. With temperatures set to rise this weekend, the charity is reminding dog owners not to leave their pets in cars, conservatories or caravans while they enjoy the sunshine. The temperature inside a car can soar to 47°C within 60 minutes, even when the outside temperature is 22°C.

Visit city for art exhibition

Step inside the podules at Lancaster City Museum from today to experience art in a very different way. Jan Niedojadlo’s giant sculptures, made from sustainable or recycled materials, are designed to let visitors explore them inside and out. The exhibition runs until October 9 at the museum in Market Square, Lancaster.

Motorcyclist killed in crash

A motorcyclist has died in a road crash while riding with friends. Police have not yet named the man but said he was believed to be in his 40s and from Lancashire. The accident happened as he rode a red Honda VFR 750 along the A49 at Hinton in North Shropshire at around 8pm on Thursday.

Plans for living in a church

University chiefs have asked for planning permission to turn part of a presbytery into homes. UCLan Catholic Chaplaincy has requested changes to the St Walburges building in Weston Street to pave the way for a 12-bedroom house in multiple occupation. Listed building consent will also be needed.

Gangsters in the ballroom

WANTED! Gangsters and Molls for a night of themed fun next month. The Prohibition Ball, in the Ashlar Suite at Preston Masonic Hall, Saul Street, Preston, will include a two-course meal on Saturday July 3. Tickets are £18.75 each. Ring 01772 252170 (Monday to Friday 9am-1pm).

Benefit cheat in court

A benefit cheat who failed to tell council bosses of a change in her circumstances has been hit with a community order. Diane Turner, of Seven Stars Road, Leyland, did not tell the Department for Work and Pensions that she was married. The 37-year-old was ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Man stole computers

A burglar who broke into a house in Penwortham and stole a PlayStation and PSP has been given a conditional discharge. Elliott Bentley, of Forsythia Drive, Clayton-le-Woods, pleaded guilty to burglary when he appeared before magistrates in Leyland. The 19-year-old was ordered to pay compensation.

Driver refused breath sample

A driver who refused to give police a sample for analysis has been banned from the road. Linda Brown, of Harestone Avenue, Chorley, pleaded guilty when she appeared before Chorley Magistrates Court. The 31-year-old, was also given a community order and told to pay £105 prosecution costs.

Woman in hospital after crash

A woman was taken to hospital after a two-car accident in Tarleton. The incident, involving a blue Peugeot 207 and a beige Nissan Navara Platinum near a junction on Gorse Lane, at 4.25pm on Thursday. A woman was freed by firecrews and taken to Southport Hospital.

Ice cream van fire

Firecrews were called out to tackle a blaze in an ice-cream van. The incident happened on Euxton Lane, Chorley at 3.20pm on Thursday. It is thought the van developed an engine fault and caught alight. Firecrews used two hose reels to put the fire out.

Help out with homecoming

Volunteers are being sought for Leyland’s Homecoming Festival. The British Commercial Vehicle Museum needs marshalls for a parade of vehicles on July 10. Email enquiries@bcvm.co.uk or phone 01772 451011 with contact details.