Saturday, 3 September 2011

Could wanted man Graeme Jarman be in our area?

Two weeks after the murder of Hexham pensioner Judith Richardson, police are widening their enquiries and have announced a nationwide hunt for suspect Graeme Jarman.

Police say he could be anywhere in the country - including the North West.

Miss Richardson (77) was found dead at her home on Saint Wilfrid's Road, Hexham on the evening of Friday, August 19. She had been beaten to death with a hammer.

For the past week police in Northumbria, Durham and Cleveland have been working to trace Graeme Jarman (47) who went missing from his Durham home on 17th August and has been named as a suspect in the murder investigation.

Over the past two weeks we have had hundreds of calls and pursued numerous lines of enquiries. However there have been no confirmed sightings since Friday 26th August and this means that we have to consider the possibility and probability that Jarman could be anywhere in the country.

"We are keen to speak to Graeme Jarman, who has committed serious violent and sexual offences in the past," said Det Chief Supt Neil Adamson.

"We have been making lots of enquiries about his background.

"What we know is that he likes sport, including cricket and football, and that he also likes to go to bookmakers and betting shops.

"In fact we now know he has had a problem with gambling for years.

"It is just possible that in the week before the murder Graeme Jarman has lost a lot of money at the bookies and he has been desperate to get his money back.

"We know that he reads the papers and follows the news and if gambling is a cause for what has happened, if it makes sense to him, he knows he can walk into a police station and then there would be a lot less stress for everyone.

"So far our enquiries have been predominantly around the north east, but as the days go by, we have to consider the possibility and probability that he has moved away from this area.

"He has a background of offending in numerous parts of the country and so I am asking people across the UK who may have seen Mr Jarman to get in touch with information.

"We particularly want to hear from people who run guest houses, visit betting shops, charity shops or libraries.

"We need people to call in - what might appear to be trivial could be crucial in our efforts to speak to Graeme Jarman."

The niece of Judith Richardson has also spoken to ask for the public's help in finding her aunt's killer.

She said: "We are a very private family and we are finding all of this so horrific. We thank everyone for all the lovely condolences and good wishes that we have received and sincerely thank everyone who has helped the police in anyway.

"We would also like to ask everyone to please keep helping the police with any information to assist them in finding whoever is responsible for Judith's devastating death."

Det Chief Supt Adamson added: "We urge anyone to contact Northumbria Police or their local force should they see this man. He should not be approached by the public as it is believed he could be a risk to himself and others."

- Anyone with information should contact police on 03456 043 043 or 0191 375 2176.

- Crimestoppers is also offering a £5000 reward to any one with information which leads to the arrest and conviction of Judith Richardson's murderer.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Police appeal after Skerton cash machine raid

Image via Google Maps
Police are appealing for witnesses following a break in at a cash machine located next to a BP petrol station in Skerton last month.

The incident happened in the early hours of Friday 26th August, at around 2.30am at an ATM at the BP filling station on Owen Road.

The offenders caused damage to the doors hinges and were able to force their way inside the room that houses the cash machine. Once they entered the building they were able to disable the alarm and spent a considerable amount of time cutting a hole into the cash box to access the money and stole a large amount of cash.

Detective Sergeant Colin Forsythe said, “I would appeal to anyone who was in the Owen Road/Torrisholme Road area of Lancaster between 9.30pm on the Thursday and when the incident happened to come forward if they witnessed anything suspicious.

“If anyone has any information that would assist this investigation then I would ask them to call Lancaster CID on 01524 63333 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Greenfingers Research Project launched at Williamson Park

Volunteers with green fingers and an interest in conservation are needed to take part in a research project at Williamson Park by the University of Cumbria and Lancaster City Council.

The ‘Greenfingers Research Project’ aims to encourage community involvement in green projects at Williamson Park. All ages and fitness levels are catered for with a choice of tasks including; planting, digging, sawing and clearance work. The sessions take place every Thursday from 10am to 1pm starting on September 29.

Students from the Sports Studies degree programme at the University of Cumbria are planning the project with assistance from Lancaster City Council staff at Williamson Park. The students will benefit from gaining experience from planning the sessions and studying the physical, social and psychological benefits of engagement with outdoor conservation. This work will be officially assessed by the university and contribute to the student’s degree.

If you are interested in joining ‘Greenfingers’ this autumn, registration for new volunteers is from 10am to 10.30am on Thursday 29th September in the park's cafĂ©.

• For more information, please contact Will Griffith 01524 33318 or,  or the researcher Mark Christie at the University of Cumbria on

Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Appeal after man assaulted in Morecambe pub

Police are appealing for information after an assault at a pub in Morecambe.
At around 11.15pm last night (30th August), police were called to the Imperial pub on Regent Road after a fight broke out.
It is believed, that the fight, involving a group of men and women, began inside the pub but then spilled out on to the street outside. On arrival, police found a 49 year old man with serious head injuries and he was taken through to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where he remains, receiving treatment.
Detectives are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time to come forward and contact them.
DC Stephen Craig from Lancaster CID said, “This was a nasty assault that has resulted in some very serious injuries and I would urge anyone who has any information that could help with our investigation to come forward and contact us.”
Anyone with any information can contact police on 01524 63333 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Comedian Tape Face's triumphant return to Lancaster

If funny bones have a pulse then The Lancaster Comedy Club would have its fingers firmly on it! The Borough's twice monthly comedy night has had an uncanny knack of bringing the best comics to the city just before the rest of the world catches on.

New Zealander Sam Wills (also known as The Boy With Tape On His Face) is a prime example. Although not quite at the Bishop or Manford stage just yet 'The Boy' - recently getting a lot of attention at this year's Edinburgh Festival - has fast crept up the comedy ranks winning awards at the Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand Comedy Festivals.

Last year he was nominated for the 'biggie', the Fosters Comedy Award at last years Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The BBC have been quick to catch on, with The Boy appearing from the Royal Albert Hall last week alongside Tim Minchin and he's been popping up on BBC3 with a regularity more akin to Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps!

Mime with noise, stand-up with no talking – drama with no acting is the phrase that best describes his act – but if you want the full picture get down to The Borough on Sunday 11th September where he makes his third appearance.

The show also features Newcastle's John Smith, London's Paul Ricketts and Oldham's Rob Riley comperes.

• The Lancaster Comedy Club is at The Borough, Dalton Square, Lancaster LA1 1P. Admission is £8 on the door but with half the advance tickets already sold a quick trip to The Borough, or clicking would be advised

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Howden Jones tour continues

Local musicians Kate Howden and Paul Jones - better known simply as howdenjones - have announced further dates in their 'beautiful music in beautiful places' tour across the UK - including a number of local events at places like Glasson Dock and Lancaster's Golden lion pub. Check out the full list to date below.

"Our local village, Glasson Dock, Lancashire is hosting a Mini Music Festival on the 10th and 11th of September and we will be there," we're told (they'll be there with a jost of other local bands), "with the band performing songs from the plaything album."


September 2nd Tatworth Village Hall, Somerset Tel: 01460 220339

September 10th/11th  Dock Of The Bay Mini Music Festival, Glasson Dock, Lancashire!/event.php?eid=215535175160850

Confirmed bands at the event so far are: Jesse Darby experience, Baksheesh, Guns of Navarone, Balkanics, Howdenjones, Carpe, Johnny G, Premier Kissoff, Rachael Gladwin ,Emma & the Professor, Manfredis, Huevos, Billionaires, Boat Band, Weavils.Green Heart, Toe to Toe, John Bowie, Convulsions, Paul Pearson,Nu-Jazz Conspiracy, Free Beer, Cry Baby Aeroplanes, Colonel Haslam and Major Hooper and New Potato Scene.

September 23rd Yatton Keynell Village Hall, Wilts. Tel: 01249 782345

September 24th Easterton Village Hall, Wiltshire


October 1st Civic Arts Centre, Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire. Tel: 01254 398319

October 7th Upton Village Hall, Oxfordshire. Tel: 01235851206

October 8th Hazelbury Bryan Village Hall, Dorset. Tel:  01258 817805

October 12th Goosfest 2011, Goostrey, Cheshire. Tel: 07900258488 Web:

October 14th The Melville Theatre, Abergavenny. Tel: 01873853167

October 15th Chilsworthy Village Hall, Devon. Tel: 01409259244

October 21st Egginton Village Hall, South Derbyshire. Tel: 07900258488

October 22nd Hutton Village Hall, Lancashire. Tel: 01772 611741

October 28th The Heron Corn Mill, Beetham, Cumbria. Tel: 015395 64271 Web:

October 29th The Golden Lion, Lancaster Tel: 07900258488


November 5th Whalley Village Hall, Lancashire. Tel: 01254 824392

November 18th Gayton Village Hall, Staffordshire. Tel: 07900258488

November 19th Hilperton Village Hall, West Wiltshire. Tel: 07900258488

• Before travelling to one of the gigs above, check the website or ring the venue for changes and updates.

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1,000 plant cannabis factory found in Morecambe

(Updated 31/8/11, suspects named): Police have seized around 1,000 plants after a cannabis factory was discovered in an empty house in Morecambe.

Officers were called to the property on Alexandra Road at around midnight on Monday, following a report of a break-in at the address. A number of discarded cannabis plants were found outside the premises and an operational support unit was then called upon to gain entry to the building.

Inside, officers discovered a large-scale sophisticated cannabis production set-up on all five floors of the house, with in excess of 1,000 plants at various stages of growth or harvest. A full audit of the factory will take place today but it is estimated that the plants could have a street value of around £400,000.

28-year-old Vietnamese man Le Canh was arrested on suspicion of producing class B drugs and possessing class A drugs (ecstasy), along with a 20-year-old Vietnamese man Dung Pham, arrested on suspicion of producing class B drugs. Both of no fixed abode, they were due to appear before Lancaster Magistrates Court on Wednesday 31st August charged with producing a class B drug (cannabis) and abstracting electricity.

Both are currently in police custody.

“This is a significant seizure of cannabis plants from what appears to be a very organised and sophisticated production system," notes Inspector Dave Vickers from Morecambe police. "The seizure of these plants, along with equipment being used to grow them, will prevent a large amount of drugs from reaching our streets.

“Drug abuse has a number of knock-on effects which cause problems for out communities,:" he added, "crimes such as burglary, car crime and robbery are often committed to fund a drug habit. We're committed to tackling those who produce and sell drugs in our neighbourhoods and our investigations into this particular set-up are ongoing.”

Police hunting Morecambe man wanted on prison recall

Lee Coulton
Police are appealing for information about Lee Coulton, a Morecambe man wanted on prison recall.
Coulton, 29, of Cross Street, Morecambe was originally jailed for aggravated vehicle taking, assault and various other driving offences. He was released from prison on licence however; he has since breached the terms of that licence and so has been recalled to prison.

Coulton is described as white, around five feet three inches tall of proportionate build, with short dark brown hair, hazel eyes and is clean shaven.

It is thought that Coulton is still in the Morecambe area and police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward and contact them.

“I would urge people in Morecambe and the surrounding areas to be vigilant," urged a police spokesperson, " and report any sightings to police. Any details the public may have could be crucial.”

• Information can be passed to the local police on 08451 25 35 45 or it can be passed via Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

• For other people wanted by Lancashire Constabulary, visit: