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Bicycle thefts

CYCLISTS in the Broadgate area of Preston are being warned to be vigilant after a spate of bike thefts from alleyways in the area.

Anyone with information can call Preston Police on 101.

Woman admits bracelet theft

HOLLY Parkinson, 21, of Ryelands Crescent, Ashton, Preston, admitted stealing a £300 charm bracelet and has been ordered to pay her victim £280 compensation.

She was given a 15 month conditional discharge by Preston magistrates and must pay a £15 surcharge.

War plans for council meeting

HOGHTON Parish Council holds its next meeting at 7.45pm on Monday, July 28 in the Village Hall.

Among the items up for discussion are commemorating the start of the First World War, Lancashire’s reservoirs and a review of polling places.

Join the panto

AMATEUR dramatics group Buckshaw VAMP is looking for people aged 16 and over to join its pantomime chorus.

To get involved or find out more, email

Give blood

BLOOD donation sessions will be held from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and 5pm to 7.30pm on Tuesday at St Joseph’s Parish Centre in Chorley.

Date for WI

ASTLEY Park WI will hold its next meeting at the Community Centre, in Astley Village, near Chorley, at 7.30pm on Tuesday.

In the dock

Jamaica murder trial delayed

RELATIVES of a Preston grandfather murdered in Jamaica could be facing more delays in their quest for justice.

Josephas Clifton Bennett, 33, accused of killing his uncle Errol Bennett with a machete, had his case adjourned for a fifth time when he came before a judge. The case will return to court on Tuesday and is expected to be put off again.

Shower gel was stolen by thief

PETER Frances Albert Hardman, 29, of Grafton Road, Ribbleton, Preston, was given 40 days in prison, suspended for six months, after admitting stealing shower gel from Ribbleton Pharmacy in Preston.

The bench at Preston Magistrates’ Court said he had recently been released from jail for similar matters, and ordered him to pay £2 compensation and an £80 surcharge.

Thief sentence

A MAN who admits stealing £426 of electrical goods and household items from ASDA Fulwood will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on July 29.

Lee James Mullen, 27, of no fixed abode, also admits breaching a suspended jail sentence.