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Latest news from the Lancashire Evening Post
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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Missing man was hanged

A man was found hanged five days after he was last seen, an inquest heard. Alan Moat, 27 of Ardee Road, Preston, was last seen on October 15 last year and was found in a cupboard at his home days later. Deputy coroner Simon Jones recorded a verdict of suicide at a hearing at Preston Coroners’ Court yesterday.

Top author aims to inspire kids

A best-selling author will visit Lancashire schools next week to teach about the Romans. Simon Scarrow is aiming to inspire youngsters to take an interest in ancient history, after a report by the Department of Education said that the numbers of history students in schools is declining. The author of Sword and Scimitar will be at St Augustines School in Clitheroe and then Lancaster Grammar Boys’ School on Wednesday February 6 for two talks and an interactive quiz to test the pupils’ knowledge.

Brewing up a success

Cuerden Valley Park’s teashop is extending its opening hours. Volunteers from The Friends of Cuerden Valley Park have been running the teashop in the Visitor’s Barn in Berkeley Drive, for the past 18 months, and it has become so successful that they are now set to open on Saturdays. As well as the additional opening hours the drinks menu is being extended too, with the purchase of equipment to create speciality coffees.

Most haunted house event

Lancashire’s most haunted house is throwing its doors open for a ‘Stay Over with the Spirits’ event. From 8pm on Friday, February 15, guests will be invited to tour haunted rooms in Samlesbury Hall using cameras and video recorders to capture any action. Tickets are £35 and include soup and sandwiches and unlimited teas and coffees. Call 01254 812010 to book.

Cash machine plan at store

Sarfaraz Ismail has applied for permission to install an ATM machine at The Post Office in Plunginton Road, Preston and for it to be illuminated. A decision will be made by planning officials in coming weeks.