News in brief - 25/07/14

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Firefighters set for challenge

SIX firefighters from Preston fire station will take on the three peaks challenge in August.

The team will climb Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike in the Lake District and Snowdon in Wales. They hope to complete the challenge, and travel time in between,within 12 hours.

The challenge is in aid of The Firefighters Charity. Visit:

Car park plan

BOSSES at St Catherine’s Hospice in Lostock Hall want to create space for an additional 23 cars next to the existing farmhouse, in anticipation of the opening of a new care centre and cafe.

South Ribble Council has received one objection to the plan.

Support needed

THE Preston and District Branch of Samaritans is looking for volunteers. The charity is running an information session on August 17 at 11 St Wilfrid Street in Preston. Call 08705 62 72 82 for info.

Ceremony will honour soldiers

A COMMEMORATIVE ceremony will take place to honour the nine million soldiers killed and over 21 million that were wounded during the First World War.

Starting at 10.45am on Monday, August 4, at the Civic Centre, Leyland, the ceremony will include a plaque unveiling reading of poems and lowering of the three flags to half-mast.

The Mayor of South Ribble will also start the ceremony by planting a tree.

Homes boost

PROGRESS Housing Group has secured £2.1m from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to deliver 80 affordable homes in Preston, South Ribble, Chorley and St Annes. The funding is part of the first phase of the government’s Affordable Housing Programme.

Car destroyed

POLICE are appealing for information after a car was destroyed by fire on the car park of The New Fleetwood pub in Hoole Lane, Banks, near Preston, on July 21 at around 3.45am. Call 101.

Thick smoke billows from evening blaze

THICK black smoke drifted across an area of Preston after vandals set fire to the contents of a lorry container.

Firefighters were called to Kent Street on Wednesday night and found old tyres and other contents well alight.

They used two jets to extinguish the flames.