News in brief - 22/08/14

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Woman guilty of benefit offences

JAMIE Leigh Morgan, 34, of Great Meadow, Astley Village, Chorley, was found guilty of two counts of benefit fraud by magistrates after failing to declare her increased earnings to Chorley Council.

She must do a 15-day probation activity and pay a £25 fine and a £60 surcharge.

Order breached

TYLER Stevens, 21, of Fishwick Parade, Preston, will be sentenced at Preston Crown Court on September 9 after admitting threatening behaviour, and breaching a suspended sentence.

Groceries thief

STUART Scarborough, 35, of Garsdale Road, Ribbleton, Preston, must pay £59.95 compensation after admitting stealing groceries from Spar.

Man resists PC

KIERAN Baron, 20, of The Crescent, Chorley, must pay a £135 fine, £20 surcharge and £85 after admitting resisting a PC.

Challenge for bank worker

A PRESTON bank worker will pull on her hiking boots on September 5 to climb Ben Nevis for charity.

Gaynor Williams, 41, will join employees from Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks in support of Help the Hospices.

In total 93 workers will take part in the challenge. The trek is expected to raise £60,000 for the charity.

Bike ride

BRITISH Cycling and Sky have teamed up to get folk cycling in South Ribble. On Sunday there will be a ride at Cuerden Valley in Bamber Bridge. Visit:


A WILDLIFE safari will take place at Hurst Grange Park in Penwortham on August 28. Meet at the car park on Hill Road. Call 01772 625625 to book.

Bungalow plans put on hold

PLANS to demolish a bungalow at 42 Liverpool Road, Penwortham, and replace it with a retail and apartment block, have been deferred by council planning bosses.

This will allow the applicant and officers more time to overcome issues including car parking.

Mast approval

PLANS to install a 17.5m high replacement telecommunications mast and two cabinets adjacent to the Government building in Liverpool Road, Penwortham, have been passed.

Scout cash

COUNTY Councillor Mike Otter has approved a £300 local member grant to 1st Farington Moss Scout Group towards dining shelters and tents.

Hoax calls

POLICE are investigating nuisance and hoax 999 calls made from the public telephone box on Hazel Grove/Grange Avenue, Ribbleton.

Accolade for city property firm

A PRESTON property care business has become the first national preservation company to receive Which? Trusted trader accreditation.

Peter Cox Ltd provides damp proofing, waterproofing, timber preservation, and other specialist property treatments.

Creative jobs

THIRTY jobs are available in the creative and arts sector in Lancashire under the Creative Employment Programme which supports young trainees.

Call 01772 537 546 for details.

Flats bid lodged

PLANS to turn the former Tramway Hotel, St Leonardsgate, Lancaster, into student flats have been submitted to the city council.

Win a hamper

AMATEUR Lancashire bakers who share their secret recipes with grocers Booths can win a hamper by entering via Twitter at #BoothsBaking.

Spate of thefts from driveways

POLICE are warning that there have been a number of thefts overnight from insecure vehicles on driveways in the Handshaw Drive, Claytongate Drive, Tudor Road and Cromwell Way areas of Penwortham. Anyone who has seen anything suspicious is asked to call police on 101.

Over 55s cash

BRINDLE Over 55s have been granted a Local Member Grant of £300 by County Councillor Mike Devaney, which will go towards the cost of hiring speakers for twice monthly meetings.

Easy-going ride

A SKY ride for all ages will take place around Cuerden Valley Park from 2pm on August 24. Meet at the park. Visit:

Parking problem

POLICE in Ashton have contacted Preston Council over repeated parking on double yellow lines in Waterloo Road and surrounding areas.

Motorist was using telephone

LEE Hamer, 43, of Wigan Road, Euxton, Chorley, must pay a £200 fine and pay £85 costs after being found guilty in his absence of driving while using a telephone.

He was stopped in Preston in February, Preston Magistrates Court heard during a short trial.

Uninsured man

GARY Wilson, 41, of Dunkirk Avenue, Carnforth, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs after he was found guilty of driving without insurance by magistrates.

He received six points.

Motorist is fined

DRIVER Lauren Hull, 26, of Brighton Crescent, Preston, must pay a £600 fine, £60 surcharge and £85 costs after she failed to give her details.

Man gets order

ALEXANDER Ferguson, 55, of Edale Court, Preston, got a restraining order and 12 month discharge after admitting threatening behaviour.