News in brief - 17/07/14

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Harasser case

MARC Wroe, 44, of Lostock View, Lostock Hall, who urinated in a woman’s drinking water is to be sentenced on September 8 at Preston Magistrates’ Court, following psychiatric reports.

Wanted man

A WANTED man has handed himself in at a police station.

Julius David, 31, of Langton Street, Broadgate, Preston, had failed to appear at court.

PACT meeting

RESIDENTS in Brookfield and Greenlands, Preston, can attend a PACT meeting on August 12 at 6pm at St Maria Goretti’s Primary School.

Warning over break-ins

SOUTH Ribble police are urging residents to keep their property secure after a recent spate of burglaries to houses, outhouses and sheds in and around the Moss Side area of Leyland.

Officers also want help identifying who is responsible for the crimes. Anyone who sees anything suspicious is asked to telephone 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

MP’s summer surgery tour

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans will be undertaking his annual summer surgery tour from July 28 to August 2, taking in all the towns and villages in the area.

There is no need to book an appointment at any of the stops, which include Bamber Bridge, Lostock Hall, Farington, Hoghton, Samlesbury and Walton-le-Dale.

For a full list of locations and dates, visit:

Damage worry in housing area

ANTI-social behaviour and criminal damage during evenings and weekends in Robin Hey, Leyland, has been reported to police.

Residents can raise other concerns with officers and council members at a PACT meeting for Moss Side, taking place at the Dunkirk Lane Shops from 2pm on August 5.

Computer cash

COUNTY Coun David Watts has approved a Local Member Grant of £500 to South Ribble Pensioners’ Association towards new computers.

Fisherman rescued after engine fault

A LIFEBOAT was launched to help a fishing boat experiencing engine failure and drifted on the tide in Morecambe on Tuesday.

Liverpool Coastguard requested the assistance at 2.40pm after being called by a fisherman in trouble 500 yards north of the Yacht Club slipway. Within minutes of launching, the inshore lifeboat located the casualty and towed the boat back to its mooring.

Birthday at the charity shop

IT’S birthday time at Barnardo’s.

The Barnardo’s charity shop, Buckshaw Avenue, Buckshaw Village, will celebrate the first anniversary of its opening on Saturday, August 16.

Staff will be in fancy dress and there will be a tombola on the day.

Summer club

DOODLES Day Nursery, on Harrington Road, Chorley, has a holiday club for children aged five to 11 years from Monday July 21 until August 29. It costs £25 per day, to book call 01257 262567.

Institute meet

ASTLEY Park Women’s Institute will be holding a meeting at Astley Village community centre on Tuesday, July 22, from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

Animals to visit

ANIMALS will be in Astley Park this Saturday for everybody to meet. It’s free and they will be on the lawn outside the Coach House from 10am till 4pm.

Parking charge at picnic site

A NEW pay and display system will be introduced at Conder Green Picnic Site, Lancaster, after Lancashire County Council extended a £1 daily charge for parking.

Regular users will be able to buy an annual season ticket for £50, Blue badge holders will not be charged.

Challenge is on

THIS summer, young people from Lancashire are invited to take part in The Challenge from the National Citizen Service. Those aged between of 15-17 should visit

Blood donations

THE next blood donation session to be held at Preston College will be on July 23.

Visit between 1.45pm-3.45pm and 5pm - 7.30pm

Free bike event

A FREE Skyride event will set off from UCLan Sports Arena, Tom Benson Way, on Sunday at 10am. To book on visit

Doctor in court in PC allegation

A GP will appear for trial at Preston Magistrates’ Court after being charged with obstructing a police officer, following an incident in Penwortham on July 1.

Dr Gigurawa Wijethilleke, 67, of Hill Road, Penwortham, who works in Lostock Hall, will appear on September 4.