News in brief - 20/09/14

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Accident driver fined by court

A WOMAN who sparked an accident by pulling out of a junction has been fined.

Leanne Fitzpatrick, 23, of Harrison Road, Chorley, was ordered to pay an £85 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 costs by Preston Magistrates Court after admitting driving without due care and attention.

The court heard the accident happened on March 8 at the junction of Botany Brow and Northgate in Chorley, when she failed to see a car.

Man in court over assault

SHAUN Westwell, 31, of Rookwood Avenue, Chorley, has pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman.

Chorley Magistrates Court ordered him to pay his victim £125 compensation as well as a £30 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs, following a hearing.

He must also participate in a probation programme for 20 days as part of a community order imposed by the bench.

Window was broken by man

MICHAEL Parr, 62, of Preston Road, Clayton-le-Woods, Chorley, admitted smashing a window on June 1 at a man’s home in the town.

Chorley Magistrates Court discharged him for six months.

The bench also ordered him to pay a £15 surcharge and £85 costs.

Man admits stealing booze

GEORGE Park, 31, of no fixed abode, admitted stealing whiskey and was discharged conditionally for 12 months.

He must pay £37 compensation and a £15 surcharge.

ID offence case

RUSSELL Styles, 40, of Queen Street, Lostock Hall, near Preston, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £150 costs after being found guilty of failing to identify a driver.

Driver fined

PATRICK Pateman, 27, of Oxcliffe Road, Morecambe, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £150 costs after being found guilty of failing to identify a driver.

Remembrance Day discussion

CHINESE lanterns, Remembrance Day and the results of the Best Kept Garden Competition will be among the items up for discussion at the next meeting of Brindle Parish Council.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm on Monday, September 29 at the Community Hall, on Water Street, Brindle.

It is open to the public.

Sessions for blood donors

BLOOD donation sessions will be held on Tuesday at St Joseph’s Parish Centre, on Harpers Lane, Chorley.

They run from 1.45pm to 3.45pm and from 5pm to 7.30pm.

Anyone wishing to give blood can make an appointment online at

Date set for top fitness event

AN annual fitness event will be held at Fulwood Leisure Centre next month.

It takes place on Sunday October 5 from 9am until 1pm.

People can book at the centre in Black Bull Lane or online at:

For more information call: 01772 716085

Mayor to attend anniversary day

THE Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, will attend the 25th anniversary fun day of Stonehouse Childcare in School Lane, Leyland today.

The open day is for children and parents and runs from 11am until 3pm.

There will be entertainment and fancy dress too.

Chance to meet with city’s MP

PRESTON’s MP Mark Hendrick will hold his next surgery on October 18.

The surgery will be held at the Quaker Meeting House in St George’s Road, Preston from 11am until 1pm.

Surgeries are run on a first come-first served basis so there is no need to book an appointment.

Police meeting

A DATE has been set for the next Police and Communities Together meeting in Ashton, Preston.

It will be held at Ashton Methodist Church in Wellington Road, Ashton, on Monday October 6 from 6.30pm.

Donate blood

THE blood donation service will be at the Gujarat Hindu Society in South Meadow Lane, Preston on Wednesday October 8.

To make an appointment call 0300 123 23 23.

Photo contest to be launched

MILLER Homes has launched a photography competition across Chorley, encouraging people to submit a photo they have taken which encapsulates all that is great about the area in which they live.

Entries should be sent to

Charity needs more volunteers

MARIE Curie ia urgently appealing for volunteers in Preston area to help with the charity’s collection tin appeal.

Local Community Fundraiser Lucy Leeming said “This role can work around you as collecting tins can be picked up whenever you have some spare time.”

Call Lucy on 01254 855042

Plans lodged for Cottam homes

PLANS have been lodged with Preston Council to build six homes in Cottam.

Wainhomes have applied to build the two-storey detached houses on land to the rear of a home on Hoyles Lane.

The plans include garages, as well as new vehicular access to a Hoyles Lane property.

Stoptober event

SMOKERS in Preston took their first steps towards giving up during this year’s Stoptober campaign.

An event to encourage people to sign up and get the support they need to quit was held yesterday at the St George’s shopping centre.

Plans lodged

PLANS have been lodged for an agricultural building in Catforth.

Preston Council received a prior notification submission relating to Harrison House Farm in Benson Lane.

Free activities on at fun palace

MORE Music’s Hothouse in Morecambe will become the “West End fun palace” on Saturday October 4 from 12pm until 4pm, bringing together music, art and science for an afternoon of free activities.

The venue will have music workshops with a science twist.

Chip contest

A “BIG Chip Off” is due to take place at Guy’s Thatched Hamlet in Bilsborrow on September 23. It will begin at 7.30pm and people are invited to try different farmers’ chips and vote for the best.

Meeting date

PRESTON Council’s standards committee is due to meet on Monday.

Councillors will meet at 5.30pm at the Town Hall.

Blood donation

BLOOD donation sessions will take place at the Sir Tom Finney Sports Centre, UCLan, on October 14, from 12pm to 4pm.

Teams sought for quiz event

PRESTON-based Taylor Patterson will hold its annual charity quiz on November 6.

It is in aid of East Lancashire Hospice in Blackburn.

It takes place at Preston Masonic Hall from 6.30pm. Entry is £40 a team.

Visit: to book.

Coffee morning

STAFF at Euxton Library are holding a coffee morning on September 25 in memory of former librarian John Blackburn. It is in aid of the Rosemere Cancer Foundation

Call Laura on 01772 523598.

Ride tomorrow

A FREE Skyride event around Preston takes place tomorrow.It starts at Preston’s College in 10am. Booking is required. Visit:

Market event

A FARMERS’ Market will take place at Hoghton Tower tomorrow.

Admission is £1 per car to the market. It starts at 10am.