News in brief - 02/09/14

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Charity fraud case delayed

A FORMER Space Centre charity worker accused of fraud has had her court case adjourned until September 18.

Fiona Barnes, 52, of Bridgend, Dunblane, faces 13 counts of making false representations about grants and falsely claiming to be ill.

Panel to meet

PRESTON Council’s environmental scrutiny panel will meet on Thursday at 9.30am. Members are due to go on a site visit of allotments as part of a work plan study.

New art class is inspired by sea

HUTTON Art Society is hosting a new demonstration on Thursday, September, 4.

Colin Ross Jack will present a class on seascape in oils at Hutton Village Hall, Moor Lane, Hutton from 7.30pm until 9.30pm.

A spokesman for the club said: “Everyone is welcome, non-members are welcomed.”

Fined for theft of fencing stock

A MAN who stole stock worth almost £400 from a Leyland fencing company was fined £75 by magistrates.

Matthew Duncan Cocklin, 30, of Briarwood Close, Leyland admitted theft of goods worth £387.32 from P Jones Fencing Contractors and was ordered to pay £85 court costs.

Driver, 75, given lengthy ban

A 75-YEAR-OLD driver was banned for more than three years for failing to give a blood sample when required by police.

David Thomas Thorburn, of Derby Street, Ormskirk admitted the offence and was disqualified for 40 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay court costs of £85.

Talk to your MP

PRESTON’S Labour MP Mark Hendrick will host his next surgery at Savick Library, West Park Avenue, Savick, Preston on Saturday, September, 6.

The session runs on a first come first serve basis from 11am until 1pm.

Mirror damaged

STEPHEN Trevor Batty, 41, of Westfield Drive, Hoghton was given a six-month conditional discharge by Preston Magistrates and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge after admitting damaging a mirror.

Teen must do 80 hours work

A TEENAGER was ordered to carry out 80 hours unpaid work by Preston Magistrates after he pleaded guilty to assault.

Brendan Luke Benson, 19, of Herbert Street, Leyland was also ordered to pay his £100 compensation to his victim in addition to £85 court costs.

Phone damaged

DAMIAN Harwood, 24, of Holme Slack Lane, Preston was given a conditional discharge for six months after admitting damaging an iPhone 5. He was also ordered to pay £549 compensation.

Driver banned

PAUL Francis Tingle, 50, of Manor Avenue, Penwortham was banned for 20 months and fined £500 after admitting drink driving.

Theft of iPod

CHRISTOPHER Wallace, 30, of Emmanuel Street, Preston was given a six-month supervision order after admitting stealing an iPod worth £100.

Top honour for county’s Dame

LANCASHIRE-born Dame Christine Braddock, Chairman of Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, is to receive an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

A native of Lancaster, she has more than 30 years’ experience in senior leadership of FE colleges.

Cycling will be a female breeze

PRESTON will welcome thousands of female cycling enthusiasts when the city’ University of Central Lancashire as it hosts the region’s first ever Breeze Challenge. Planned for Sunday October 12, it is being hosted by UCLan and in partnership with Preston City Council and British Cycling,

Kitchen fire at flat it city centre

FIRE crews were called to a kitchen fire in Richmond House Avenham Lane, Preston on Sunday.

A pan of food had been left unattended while the flat’s occupants were out. Fire crews were alerted by a neighbour and they had to break down the door. There was fire damage to the hob.

Exclusive night out for students

PRESTON’s new students can bag a bargain at this year’s Debenhams Student Event.

Between 6pm and 9pm on September 23, the Fishergate store will be offering makeovers and hair styling, as well as special discounts throughout the store.

For more information call 0844 561 6161.

Oyster festival gets underway

THE 23rd annual Oyster Festival kicks off this Thursday at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet.

From 8pm on September 4 live Irish music and dancing will wake up the oysters before a seafood luncheon on September 5.

For more information and timetable of events call 01995 642485/

Film archive to screen footage

A SCREENING to mark the centenary of the First World War, will be held at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston tomorrow.

The North West Film Archive will share compelling footage of life on the home front in North West England.

Doors open at 7pm, film starts 7.30pm. Tickets £5

Meet a soldier

THIS week is your last chance to get face to face with a First World War soldier.

The family-friendly event runs until September 6 at the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, City Museum Market Square, Lancaster.

The event is free.

Poetry writing

HAVE a go at writing your own poetry at Ingol Methodist Church’s adult learning session on September 9.

Those aged 19 and over should visit between 9.15am and 12.30pm