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A round-up of news in brief from across Lancashire

Fire crew call to kitchen fire

Firefighters were called to a blaze in South Road, Lancaster after reports a pan was on fire. Crews used a hose reel and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire shortly after 6am on Thursday. The lounge and kitchen had light smoke damage but no-one was injured in the fire.

Cash machine plan for store

Supermarket giant Tesco wants to install a new cash machine at one of its Preston stores. The retailer has asked the city’s council for permission to installed the machine at Empire House on Church Street. A decision is due to be taken within three months.

Police to mark bikes in event

Residents can get their property marked as part of a crime prevention event. Police officers will be marking bikes at Penwortham Library on Liverpool Road on Thursday, November 15, between 5pm and 7pm. A second event will be held at Booths in Millbrook Way on November 17, between 5pm and 7pm.

Casino night for good cause

A business group is holding a casino night in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. The Central Lancashire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses will be hosting the event on Friday, November 9 at Preston North End’s Invincible Stand. It will start at 7.30pm. Tickets are £15.00 and are available by calling 01772 712033.

Crews called after pan fire

Fire crews were called after a pan fire in Preston. Firefighters were called to a home on Lane Ends in Ashton after a pan was left on the hob at 6.30pm on Thursday. They brought it under control and there was damage to the pan and its contents.

New petrol station plan

Plans have been unveiled to build a new filling station at a gateway into Preston. The Brookfield Group, a property group which owns a number of garage sites, has submitted plans to build a new facility on the site of the existing BP filling station on New Hall Lane, Fishwick. It wants to knock down the existing building and build a new sales shop and forecourt canopy. In its application, it said: “The site is in need of development due to its untidy and dilapidated appearance, The Brookfield Group has extended plans, approved by the council in 2008, due to “increasing expectations” of customers visiting the garage. There would be new underground storage tanks fitted under the forecourt and an LPG compound, providing ‘green’ fuel for vehicles. It bought the site in 2004 and rebranded it from a Mobil station, it confirmed it would continue to operate it as a BP station.

Keep your property safe

Penwortham residents can get their property marked for free at two special crime prevention events in the area. Officers from the Penwortham Neighbourhood Policing Team will be holding the two events next month to give people advice on how to keep their valuables safe and to offer free property marking to make items identifiable should they ever be stolen. The first event will be held at Penwortham Library on Liverpool Road on Thursday November 15 between 5pm and 7pm. The second event will be held at Booths Supermarket on Milbrook Way on Saturday November 17 between 1pm and 3pm. PCSO Mark Holliday said: “Not only does having your property marked help to deter thieves but it can also make your things easier to return in the event that they are stolen.”

Objection to wind turbines

A Parish Council has submitted an objection to plans for a huge wind farm. Hesketh-with-Becconsall Parish Council has written to West Lancashire Council to object to the proposals at Cottams Farm on Shore Road, Hesketh Bank. The plans are for two 182-feet turbines on farmland in the village.

Golf club bids for new lights

A golf driving range wants to put up six floodlights to illuminate its driving range. The range on Long Moss Lane in New Longton, has applied to South Ribble Council for permission to install the floodlights overlooking its facility.