News in brief - 01/09/14

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A round-up of news from across Lancashire.

Drugs man was caught twice

A PRESTON man who was caught in possession of diamorphine twice in as many months was fined a total of £70 by magistrates in the city.

Mark Anthony Knowles, 35, of Harling Road, Ribbleton pleaded guilty to both offences which happened on June 5 and August 13. The drugs were ordered to be destroyed.

Crews called to flat flooding

A LEAKING washer from an upstairs flat caused damage to the one below at Lincoln House in Arundel Place, Preston.

Firefighters were called out at 4am on Saturday morning. They found were the leak was coming from, isolated it and helped the occupant with mopping up.

Man banned for drink driving

KEVIN Paul Barrow, 31, of Bracken Close, Chorley was disqualified from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving.

Magistrates at Chorley heard a breath test showed Barrow had 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35. He was also fined £335.

Cabinet to meet

THE next meeting of Lancashire County Council’s cabinet is due to take place on Thursday September 11 from 2pm.

It will be held in Cabinet Room B at County Hall in Preston and is open to the public.

Health award

THE Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, will present staff and children at Ashleigh Nursery in Longton a healthy eating scheme certificate on Monday September 8 at 1pm.

Damage after bedroom blaze

A WOMAN was taken to hospital as a precaution following a bedroom fire at a house in Albyn Bank Road in Preston at midnight on Saturday.

The woman is understood to have dropped a cigarette while having an epileptic fit. Part of the bed and mattress were damage by fire.

County targeted in workers plea

LONDON’S Pimlico Plumbers is hoping to attract experienced plumbers from Lancashire to overcome a skills shortage in the capital.

The company, which employs more than 170 tradespeople, is looking to recruit a further 100 experienced plumbers and heating engineers.

New names for Progress firms

LANCASHIRE-based Progress Housing Group has completed the final stage of its rebrand, bringing together of all its subsidiaries under one name.

This means that New Progress Housing Association, New Fylde Housing and Progress Care Housing Association, will all now trade as Progress Housing Group.

Play centre yoga

PRESTON’S Safe Play Centre is running baby yoga classes in September.

Tutor Lin is running her award-winning courses for baby and parent and pre-schoolers at the Ribbleton venue. For further information call 07506 259464.

Kitchen blaze

TWO fire crews from Preston station were called to a kitchen fire at a house in Derby Square at 10.30pm on Friday. There was fire damage to the cooker and units and severe smoke damage.

Docks event for motocross fun

THE UK’s newest national motocross series will be hosted in Preston on September 6 and 7.

Races will start at Preston docks from 12pm onwards on Saturday and 10am onwards on the Sunday ranging from the under 15s to the Professional MX1 and MX2.

Bottom’s Up

THE annual Bottom’s Up Challenge Walk with the Long Distance Walkers Association takes place on October 11 this year starting from Hoghton Village Hall.

For more details visit

Family favourite

A CONCERT of old time music hall and family favourites will be performed at St Ambrose Church, Leyland on September 12 from 7pm.

Contact 01772 422878 for more information

Shoppers help out hospice

GENEROUS shoppers at Asda in Clayton Green chose St Catherine’s Hospice as the charity to receive a £200 donation as part of the supermarket’s Community Life scheme.

The ‘Chosen by you, Given by Us’ initiative sees customers given a token each time they shop in store, which they then use to vote for one of three local charities.

Charity effort

A CHARITY is calling on Lancashire daredevils to take up a zip slide challenge in aid of The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. The charity is looking for folk to zip 250 metres across the Manchester Ship Canal in October. To find out more call the charity on 01244 536551.

Service date

A BATTLE of Britain remembrance service will be held at Fulwood Barracks, Watling Street Road, Preston on Sunday September 14 from 10am. Mayor of Preston. Nick Pomfret will attend.

Still time to enter contest

LANCASHIRE photographers need to get snappy as there is just one month left to put themselves forward for a national award.

EEF/Lombard’s ‘Make It Britain’ competition is looking for images to capture the essence of modern-day manufacturing. To enter, visit

Countdown to charity night

A CHARITY night featuring a number of musicians will be held at Parkfield Labour Club in Preston on September 5.

It is in aid of Larches and Savick Boxing gym and star boxer Scott Fitzgerald will be in attendance.

The event runs from 7pm and will also include a raffle in aid of the gym.

Date change for donation day

A BLOOD donation event due to take place on Thursday Septemer 11 at the Masonic Hall in Preston has been cancelled and instead the service will host sessions on Friday September 12.

For an appointment call 0300 123 23 2 or jjust turn up from 10am until noon or 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Sign up to event

POOCHES will be putting their best paw forward to support St Catherine’s Hospice when the charity hosts its third annual Bark in the Park sponsored dog walk on Saturday September 13 at Worden Park, Leyland. Call 01772 629171 to sign up.

Licensing meet

SOUTH Ribble Council’s general licensing committee is due to meet at the Civic Centre in West Paddock Leyland on Tuesday September 9. The meeting starts at 6pm.

In the dock

Martin Francis Allen, 30, of Derry Road, Preston, was found guilty of using racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards his victim.

Preston Magistrates imposed 250 hours unpaid work, and ordered him to pay a £60 victim surcharge and costs of £620.

The bench increased the work order by an extra 50 hours to reflect the racial element.

A man who admitted breached a restraining order against his former partner has been given a suspended jail term.

Mark Bird, 33, of Stanisfield Lane, Leyland, was given four months suspended for 18 months. He must have 18 months supervision and pay an £80 surcharge.

Leanne Blakey, of Lawson Street, Preston, has admitted owning two banned pitbull dogs.

Preston Magistrates’ Court ruled they will be destroyed in two months time unless she obtains an exemption order.

A man is to be sentenced at Preston Crown Court after admitting beating a woman.

John Derek Miller, 21, of Robin Street, Ribbleton, Preston, attacked the woman on August 5, magistrates heard.

The offences was committed while he was subject to a suspended jail term. He will next appear on September 9.

A man who failed to pay his £5.10 rail fare between Buckshaw Parkway and Preston station, has found himself £595 out of pocket.

Nick Alston, 21, of Tower Lane, Fulwood, was found guilty in his absence at Preston Magistrates’ Court and must pay a £400 fine, £5.10 compensation, a £40 surcharge and £150 costs.

Thief Darren Neil Murphy, 28, of no fixed abode, has been jailed for five months by Preston Magistrates’ Court after admitting stealing food while subject to a suspended sentence order.

Court snaps

Martin Hypolite, 42, of Larkhill Street, Preston, was found guilty of driving without insurance, an MOT, or licence at Preston Magistrates’ Court and must pay a £375 fine, £38 surcharge and £85 costs. He is appealing.

Stephen Lingard, 32, of Belmont Avenue, Ribbleton, Preston, admitted damaging a perspex screen at Preston Magistrates’ Court and must pay a £70 fine, £109 compensation, a £20 surcharge and £85 costs.

David McDougall, 29, of Gillibrand Close, Penwortham, must do 20 extra hours of unpaid work after admitting breaching his community order at Preston Magistrates’ Court and must pay £85 costs.

Jonathan Carter, 25, of Parker Street, Preston, admitted possessing cannabis and was discharged conditionally for 12 months by Preston Magistrates but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Thomas Christopher Waugh, 20, of West Park Avenue, Ashton-on-Ribble, Preston, admitted being drunk and disorderly and was discharged conditionally for 12 months by Preston Magistrates, but must pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

William Arnold, 35, of Leyland Lane, Leyland, admitted assaulting a woman and was discharged conditionally for 12 months by Preston Magistrates, but must pay a £15 surcharge and £50 costs. A restraining order was made.

Karl Lewis Stevens, 24, of Tunbridge Place, Preston, admitted assaulting a man and was discharged conditionally for 12 months by Preston Magistrates, but must pay a £15 surcharge and £150 costs.

Michael Rhodes, 43, of Coniston Road, Fulwood, Preston, admitted driving a vehicle when its load was not safely secured at Preston Magistrates, and must pay a £75 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs.