Lancaster Police Warn Of Burglary Spate

Lancaster Police are urging residents to make sure their homes are secure, after a spate of burglaries in the last 48 hours.

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A series of thefts have been reported in the Newton area – with both houses and cars being targeted.

Any suspicious activity should be reported as soon as possible.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact PC 2464 Arundale at Lancaster police station on 101.

Alternatively, residents can call at the station and ask to speak with a member of the Lancaster Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Police recover drugs worth £200,000

Cumbria police have recovered cannabis and cannabis resin worth an estimated street value of £200,000 following a stop check of a vehicle.

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The discovery happened on Wednesday March 25 on the M6 northbound between junctions 42 and 43.

 Derek Owen, 61, of Glebe Hey, Netherley, Liverpool, has been charged with two counts of possession of a class B drug with intent to supply.

South Lakeland to go green with solar panels

Solar power could prove to be a ray of light for South Lakeland’s economy after renewable energy plans got the go ahead from councillors.

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A scheme to install solar panels on the roof of South Lakeland District Council’s main office were approved at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, March 25.

This comes as around 1,500 properties across South Lakeland could also be fitted with solar panels as the district council looks to reduce the area’s carbon footprint and save money.

The panels on South Lakeland House, Kendal, are believed to cost in the region of £60,000 but will pay for themselves in nine years’ time and save the district council £122,000 during their 20 year life span by selling excess energy back to the National Grid.

They will also save more than 300 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions in the future.

The system will be rigged-up to a display system in the reception area of South Lakeland House so its productivity can be monitored.

A royal visitor is to carry out two engagements in South Lakeland.

Prince Charles, who is patron of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, will visit the Westmorland Agricultural Society Centre at Crooklands as part of his visit to Cumbria on Wednesday.

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 Here he will meet members of the local community and representatives from local initiatives including the Dry Stone Walling Association and Broadband for the Rural North.

The Prince will also visit bespoke furniture makers Peter Hall & Sons who are based at Staveley. He will be introduced to craftspeople and apprentices working on the furniture and restoration at the family-run company.

The company has more than 40 years of experience in producing high quality furniture for a range of customers, including personal commissions, restoration projects.

The workshop and showroom is also a tourist destination for those travelling to the Lake District and visitors are able to see the staff at work.

CCTV appeal following assault in Lancaster bar

Police have released CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to after a man was assaulted at a sports bar in Lancaster.

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The incident happened on the afternoon of Sunday 22 March when the 33-year-old victim was approached by two men in Squires Bar on Church Street.

It is believed that one of the men punched the victim to the floor while the second man punched the victim repeatedly while he was unconscious.

The victim was left with a fractured eye socket and required stitches to his eye, chin and mouth as a result of the attack.

Officers are keen to trace the two men pictured in the CCTV images and anyone with any information can contact Lancashire Police on 101 quoting crime reference WB1502187.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Theme announced for Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival 2015

Kendal’s annual Torchlight Carnival has announced it’s 2015 theme. This year Carnival entrants are encouraged to “THINK BIG”.

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“This year we have chosen “THINK BIG” as our theme. Each year we’re amazed with the inspiration that our entrants take from the theme. In 2015 we want people to ‘think outside the box’ and let their creativity run wild! We hope that as many people as possible join in with the Carnival, whether as entrants or joining the crowds supporting them on the night”

“The Torchlight Carnival is a wonderful tradition in the town and our new team of volunteers are determined to build even stronger roots in the local community. Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival is a unique event and it’s our aim to deliver an experience that’s better than ever. It’s our celebration, so let’s make the most of it!”

Last year over 70 local schools, teams and organisations took part in the Carnival. Entry forms for this year’s event are now available on the Torchlight website.

The Kendal Torchlight Carnival began in 1970 and regularly attracts over 25,000 people to the streets of Kendal. The 2015 Torchlight Carnival is on Friday 11 September, with the procession starting at 7.30pm.

For information on how to enter please visit our Carnival Entries Page.

Refurbished High Dependency Unit Opens at Furness General Hospital

The High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Furness General Hospital (FGH) will
officially re-open today (Wednesday 25th March) at 4pm, following an extensive refurbishment.

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The unit has seen its floor space double in size along with better facilities to improve patients’ environment and staff experience.

The improvement works also include additional bedside technology, improved storage space, and the creation of a fully en-suite isolation area.

The number of beds in HDU has also increased from six beds to eight.
Staff and patients at FGH were involved throughout the design process.
There has also been a significant investment made in recruiting more staff

The event has been organised by public governor Shahnaz Ashgar who works tirelessly to support both patients and staff at FGH.

Patients, staff and invited guests including Felicity Wilson, Mayor of Millom will celebrate the re-opening of the unit on Wednesday afternoon when light refreshments will be served and the unit will be officially opened by Mrs Patricia Jones, who was a former patient in HDU.

Sue Smith, Executive Chief Nurse at the Trust said:
“This is great news for FGH and the people of Barrow. HDU at FGH has seen a much-needed upgrade and the environment now is much brighter, airy and conducive to our patients’ wellbeing.

Suspicious incident investigation at a Kendal store has concluded

Police can confirm that an investigation into a suspicious incident at the Beales store on Finkle Street, Kendal, has concluded following enquiries finding no evidence to suggest any act of criminality.

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Police were called at 1.01pm on Tuesday 17th March 2015. Following initial enquiries a witness said that a single makeup container may have been tampered with by someone adding a suspicious liquid. Police secured the scene of the incident, nobody was injured and there was no believed risk to members of the public at that time.

Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Furzana Nazir, South Cumbria CID, said:

 “The container was sent away for forensic testing and police can now confirm that nothing harmful or corrosive was present. The store has been and remains open for business.”

Family pay tribute to motorbike enthusiast

The family of a man who died following a road traffic collision have paid tribute to a loving son, husband, father and grandfather.

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Steven Heaney, aged 55, from Clitheroe, died following injuries suffered in the collision.

The incident occurred on the Hawkshead to Graythwaite road on Saturday 21st March 2015 at approximately 6pm. Mr Heaney was riding a Honda motorbike and came off his bike. No other vehicles were involved.

Mr Heaney’s family said:

“Steven had been mad about motorbikes for over 40 years and loved going off on day trips to the Lake District with his friends. Steven was a loving husband to Susan, father to Patrick and Emma, son to Sam and Norma and Grandfather to Kieran and Jason.  He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.”

His death is not believed to be suspicious and police are conducting enquiries on behalf of the Coroner.

Police are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the collision, anyone with information is asked to contact PC Michael Bolton of the South Cumbria Operational Support Unit on 101.

Appeal after man stabbed in Morecambe

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in Morecambe.

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The incident happened at around 12pm on Tuesday 17 March 2015 when a 29 year old man was pursued along Clarendon Road in Morecambe. When he was at the junction of Devonshire Road, the man was assaulted and stabbed a number of times. He sustained stab wounds to his buttocks which required medical treatment and has since been discharged from hospital.

DC Tris Hardwick of Lancaster CID said: “I would urge anyone who may have witnessed what happened to contact us on 101.”

A 35 year old man from Morecambe was arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting crime reference WB1502038.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

Woman, 46, missing from home in Heysham

POLICE are appealing for help to find a woman who is missing from home in Heysham.

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Annette Owen, 46, was last seen at an address on Draycombe Court at around 6pm yesterday evening (Saturday 21 March). She failed to attend her next work appointment and did not return to her home address on Tibicar Drive West. She has not made contact with family members since.

She is described as white, approximately 5ft 3in tall, with blonde wavy hair that is shoulder length. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black jeans and a maroon uniform top.

PS Matthew Sanders at Lancaster Police said: “We are getting increasingly concerned about Annette’s welfare and I would urge anyone who has seen her or knows where she might be to contact us as soon as possible. I would also urge Annette, if she sees this appeal, to get in touch to let us know she is safe.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number 1497 of 21 March.

Alternatively, they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.