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A round-up of stories from across Lancashire.

Burns death victim named

A TEENAGER who died in hospital 11 days after being badly burned in a garden fire in Chorley has been named as Lisa Jones, from North Wales.

The 19-year-old received full body burns after her clothing caught fire when petrol was poured on to a chiminea at

the rear of a house in Duke Street.

A 19-year-old man from Chorley was interviewed under caution by police and released.

Church converts

AN application to turn a former church, Sunday school and car wash into apartments has been approved by Preston’s planning committee.

The three adjoining buildings in Cunliffe Street and St Paul’s Road are to be redeveloped to provide 14 one and two-bedroom flats.

Transport talk

PRESTON’s Labour MP Mark Hendrick will hold a surgery about Preston community transport tomorrow.

The drop-in session will run from 11am -2pm at the Mobility Centre, Friargate, Preston.

New cafe to replace estate agent office

A CITY centre estate agent’s office is to be converted into a cafe after planners gave the go-ahead in Preston.

The premises, in Winckley Street, which housed a dental surgery until 2009, are to be reopened to serve light snacks both during the day and in an evening. The city’s planning committee approved the scheme despite an objection saying the street already has three restaurants, two cafes and a deli.

Walkers back Mayor’s hike

AROUND 20 enthusiastic hikers turned out for the second of Ribble Valley Mayor Michael Ranson’s boundary walks.

Michael Ranson is walking the borough boundaries to raise cash for charity. The second walk took place from the Nick o’ Pendle to Downham.

Cabinet to meet

PRESTON Council’s cabinet is due to meet today to discuss the Guild Hall’s future.

Bosses will meet at the Town Hall at 12pm for the city centre update, which will be held in private.

Planning date

THE planning committee of South Ribble Council is due to meet on July 9.

Members will meet at 6pm at the civic centre, Leyland.

Blood donation

BLOOD donation sessions will take place at Preston’s College in Fulwood on July 23 from 1.45pm to 3.45pm, and from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Magistrates jail clothes store thieves

TWO men who admit stealing £1,800 of stock cages from Sports Direct in Preston have been jailed for 74 days each.

Kevin Barry Duffy, 35, of Downing Road, Bootle, Merseyside, and Ian James Fisher, 42, of Christopher Street, Liverpool, appeared before Preston Magistrates’ Court.

Musical night at parish church

MORECAMBE Parish Church is hosting a ‘songs from the musicals’ evening.

The Morecambe and District Philharmonic Choir Concert will take place on July 19 from 7.30pm.

Tickets are £7 on the door or by calling Martyn 07875 395 122.

Town in festival

CARNFORTH will be hosting its second arts festival tomorrow.

There will be stalls around town and live music near the war memorial, as well as an art trail.

Baking contest

MAYOR of South Ribble Graham Walton will attend a baking contest at a Leyland church tomorrow. He will be at St Ambrose from 10.30am.

Charity launch

AN official launch of this year’s mayoral charities with be held at West Lancashire Council’s headquarters today from noon.

Former pub plan is thrown out

PLANNERS have turned down an application to build a two-storey extension to the former Stone Cottage pub in Shaw Street, Preston.

They say the building, currently apartments, would be “unduly large” for its location if it was allowed to extend.