News in brief - Wednesday August 27, 2014

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Air ambulance called to action

THE North West Air Ambulance was called into action when a car hit a lamp post in New Longton.

Emergency services were called to the incident at the junction of Wham Lane and Station Road on Tuesday morning when a BMW was involved in the collision.

A man and a woman were both able to get out of the car. The woman went to hospital.

Collision on M6

A WOMAN had to be freed from her car after it was in a collision with a lorry on the M6.

The incident happened on yesterday morning at J31.

Allotment fire ‘deliberate’

AN allotment shed was destroyed in an arson attack in Preston on Sunday night.

Firegfighters were called to the blaze at the site off Blackpool Road at 10pm, and a police investigation is now underway.

Officers are warning people not to keep valuables in their sheds.

Fine over Spar waste bins

BOSSES at WWS Convenience Stores Ltd of 222 Houghton Lane, Preston, have been ordered to pay £1,410 for failing to ensure an adequate number of waste receptacles at the Spar, 4-6 Station Road, Hesketh Bank, as required by West Lancashire Council. Ormskirk Magistrates’ proved the case in their absence.

Appeal for help

BUCKSHAW Village Community Association is appealing for volunteers to deliver a newsletter, run an upcoming residents’ meeting and other tasks. To find out more, email

Help for voters at roadshow

A ROADSHOW to help people to register to vote will be in Preston on Friday.

The ‘Individual Electoral Registration (IER)’ roadshow will be at the car park of Cardinal Newman College between 11am and 4pm and can offer help to those who need to register but don’t have internet access.

Tickets on sale for gala dinner

TICKETS are on sale for a Gala Dinner in aid of The Alzheimer’s Society and in remembrance of Sir Tom Finney. The dinner, hosted by the PNE South Ribble Supporters Club, will be held on September 26 at Farington Lodge Hotel. Tickets are £30 per person or £280 for a table of 10. Call 07841 330199.

Fire authority is set to meet

LANCASHIRE Fire and Rescue Service’s combined fire authority meeting will be held next month.

The meeting is on Monday September 8 and will be held at the service’s training centre in Euxton, near Chorley, from 10am.

It is expected to last until around 12.30pm.

Grand opening

THE Mayor of South Ribble, Coun Graham Walton, will officially open the New Longton Flower Show next month.

It takes place at New Longton Village Hall on Saturday September 6. The Mayor will be there from 2pm.

Meeting date

A DATE has been set for the next PACT meeting in the St George’s area of Preston.

It will be held on Wednesday September 3 at the Quaker Meeting House, St George’s Road, from 6.30pm.

Plans approved for new home

PLANS to build a new home in Preston have been approved by the city council.

An application was lodged to build a two-storey detached home and a garage in Victoria Road, Fulwood, following the demolition of a bungalow and garage. It was approved under delegated powers.

Ponds approved

AN application for new fishing ponds has been approved by Preston Council under delegated powers.

Plans had been lodged for two fishing ponds on land off Bleasdale Road in Goosnargh.

Blood donation

BLOOD donation sessions will take place at St Edward’s Church, Fulwood on September 18, from 1.45pm to 3.45 and 5pm to 7.30pm.

Panel meeting

PRESTON Council’s environmental scrutiny panel will meet on September 4 at 10am at the Town Hall in Lancaster Road.

AGM for natural history society

CHORLEY and District Natural History Society holds its annual general meeting next month.

It will take place at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Devonshire Road, Chorley, on Thursday, September 25, at 7.30pm. It is a members’ only meeting.

Haigh Hall talk

CHORLEY Library is the venue for a Lancashire Family History and Heraldry Society talk next month.

Carole Banks will discuss Haigh Hall and the people who lived there on September 16.

Allotment meet

CHORLEY Allotment Society’s allotment advisory group will next meet on September 11.

It will gather in Chorley Town Hall at 7pm.

Civic awards

A PRESENTATION ceremony will be held for the Chorley Civic Society award-winning skate park and outdoor gym, Euxton.

Cash to boost sporting chance

COUNTY Coun Terry Aldridge has approved a Local Member Grant of £250 to Sporting Challenge, which will be spent supporting sporting activities for people with learning disabilities in West Lancashire.

Each councillor is given an annual allowance of £2,000.

Village reports

POLICE in Chorley are investigating reports of males congregating on the benches around Astley Village Green, said to be drinking alcohol, causing nuisance and disturbance in the afternoons.

Pond clean ups

THE Friends of Marsh Way Pond in Penwortham are always looking for new members to help on work days. Call 01772 750533

Hall break in

CATFORTH Village Hall has appealed for people to be vigilant following a break in. Nothing was taken but the intruders made a mess.

Turbine blades on a go slow

THREE huge trailers carrying wind turbine blades needed a police escort as they were driven from Liverpool Docks through Lancashire yesterday.

Traffic was slowed as the 45-metre long blades trundled along the M6 and the M65 in convoy to the Coal Clough Wind Farm overlooking Burnley.

A-level results

FURTHER to our A-level supplement on August 15, compiled with information received from local schools, we are pleased to clarify that Hutton Grammar student Holly Sykes achieved three A-stars in biology, chemistry and maths.

In the dock

Purse thief to do unpaid work

A MAN who stole a purse containing cash, keys and bank cards was ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work by Preston Magistrates.

Robert Kenneth Young, 46, of Charnock Fold, Preston, admitted theft and was ordered to pay £150 compensation with £80 costs.

Exposed himself

THOMAS Christopher Waugh, 20, of West Park Avenue, Ashton, Preston, was given a conditional discharge for 12 months by the city’s magistrates after pleading guilty to indecent exposure.

Damaged door

ANDREW Philip Adam Holdway, 22, of Derry Road, Ribbleton, was ordered to pay £50 compensation after admitting damaging a door.

Assault charge

A MAN who admitted assaulting a woman in Preston was given a nine-month conditional discharge.

Mohammed Ahmed Hassenjee, 25, of Empire House, Church Street, was also ordered to pay £85 court costs by the city’s magistrates.

Cannabis fine

LIAM James Hewitson, 21, of Dundonald Street, Preston was fined £70 by the city’s magistrates after admitting possessing cannabis.