Thursday, 3 September 2015

Bag Charges start next month

Large stores such as local supermarkets Sainsbury's, ADSA, Morrisons and others will have to charge 5p for each plastic carrier bag as from 5th October 2015.

The fee - already in force in Wales, where money raised goes to charity, and Scotland - is part of government policy to reduce waste.

Large retailers will charge a minimum price of 5p for most single-use plastic carrier bags. Small or medium-sized business don’t have to charge, but they are free to do so voluntarily.

Waste problems caused by plastic bags have long been a major issue.

Annually, approximately 500 billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than one million bags are used every minute.

Plastic in the ocean breaks down into such small segments that pieces of plastic from a one litre bottle could end up on every mile of beach throughout the world.

• More details on the changes can be found at

Green4U - The Perils of Plastic

Eco Watch: 10 Things to do about Plastic Pollution

Sleep expert to share wisdom at free Lancaster University lecture

Having trouble sleeping? No chance for cat napping? Then a free, Public Lecture at Lancaster University may be of interest.

The lecture, hosted by Lancaster University’s Department of English and Creative Writing, examines exactly what sleep is and why it matters.

Colin Espie, a Professor of Sleep Medicine in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Oxford, will speak on Friday, September 11 at 9.30am in Fylde Lecture Theatre 1.

Professor Espie’s talk is the keynote lecture for Sleep Values, a Wellcome Trust-funded interdisciplinary symposium on debates about the value of human sleep.

The author of Overcoming Insomnia and Sleep Problems (2006) and co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders (2012), Professor Espie is one of the co-designers of the digital sleep-improvement programme Sleepio.

• Attendance at the lecture is free, but places are limited. If you would like to attend please reserve a place by emailing

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Police Appeal for Missing Morecambe man Anthony Potter

Police are appealing for help to find a man who is missing from home in Morecambe.

Anthony Potter, 55, went missing from his home address on Pedder Street at around 6.30am this morning (Tuesday 1 September), described as white, 5ft 9in, of a slim build and is bald.

He was last seen wearing a jumper, jeans and either brown brogues or Dr Martens boots.

PC Craig Irvine of Morecambe Police said: "We are very concerned about Anthony and if anyone has seen him or knows where is then then please do get in touch with us as soon as possible. I would also urge Anthony to make contact with us if he sees this appeal so that we can be sure he is safe."

Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting log 456 of 1st September.

UPDATE 2nd September 2015: Anthony Potter was found safe and well last night. The police would like to thank everyone who helped with this appeal.

Man in hospital after being stabbed in Morecambe

Police are asking anyone with information about a stabbing on Marine Road East, Morecambe in the early hours of Saturday 29th August to come forward.

The Ambulance Service attended an address on the road at around 2.35am, reporting that a 58-year-old man had been found with four stab wounds to the left side of his chest. He was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he remains in a serious but stable condition.

DI Bev Foster from Lancaster’s Public Protection Unit (PPU) said: “This man is lucky to be alive given the injuries he sustained.

“I am asking anyone who knows about this attack or who may have witnessed anything that could be connected in the area before the incident to get in contact with us.”

Two people, a woman aged 57 from Manchester and a man aged 27 from Morecambe were arrested on suspicion of S18 wounding with intent but have been bailed pending further enquiries until 16 November.

• Anyone with information can call Lancaster PPU on 01524 596760 or if they fail to get an answer, they can ring 101 quoting incident reference 187 of August 29th. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at