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In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week November 21 to 27

Posted on - 28th November, 2020 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
Colourful flowers in Preston City Centre Pic: Tony Worrall
Colourful flowers in Preston City Centre Pic: Tony Worrall

We’ve had plenty of news to bring you from Preston over the past week.

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The Lancashire Day plane flew over Preston and South Ribble, much loved Preston window cleaner Arthur Eteson passed away and Preston was placed back into tier-3 for when lockdown 2 ends next week.

Below are five of the stories you might have missed.

More than 350 knives taken off Lancashire streets in week of intense action on knife crime

Knives taken off the streets

A national week long police initiative has seen more than 350 knives taken off Lancashire streets and 20 knife related arrests.

Running from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 November, Op Spectre saw police working with local partners to conduct intense activity to tackle knife crime.

The theme of the week was ‘knives and the law’ and saw neighbourhood officers visiting schools in Preston, South Ribble and the rest of Lancashire to provide information to young people about the repercussions of becoming involved in knife crime. 

Read the full story here.

National Lottery bid for £4.5m submitted for Harris Museum redevelopment 

The Harris and Flag Market in Autumn Pic: Tony Worrall
The Harris and Flag Market in Autumn Pic: Tony Worrall

The ambitious plan to rejuvenate Preston’s Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library has reached a major milestone.

A join team from Preston City Council and Lancashire County Council have submitted a bid to The National Lottery Heritage Fund for £4.5m to deliver the scheme.

If approved, the National Lottery bid will be the final piece of funding needed for the £10.02m #HarrisYourPlace scheme to preserve the Grade I listed building and create a world-class cultural attraction and community hub.

Read more here.

Gang jailed for running brothel network with a base in Preston

Six people have been arrested for their part in brothels exploiting young women

Six people have been jailed for running a brothel which exploited young Romanian women to work as prostitutes.

The gang’s business model was to advertise the sexual services of young women on the internet and to move women from town to town.

They applied a particular premium to the feature that a girl was “new in town;” often the banner headline on the Viva Street website, for example offering a woman for hire as “Bella” in Blackpool in one week, and as “Kathy” in Whitehaven the next.

Read the full story here.

Friends of Tulketh Hall call to stop sale of The Star Youth Club in Ashton-on-Ribble

The Star Youth Centre in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall
The Star Youth Centre in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall

The former Star Youth Centre, Ashton has been put up for sale by Lancashire County Council.

However, the group Friends of Tulketh Hall are appealing to the council to stop the sale.

The former youth centre is on the site of what was once Tulketh Hall.

Read more here.

Tippings house returning to light up Cottam and encourage others to do the same this Christmas

The Tippings’ house lit up for Christmas 2019, with Jacob’s green heart in pride of place Pic: Crispin Robinson
The Tippings’ house lit up for Christmas 2019, with Jacob’s green heart in pride of place Pic: Crispin Robinson

Cottam is set to become Lancashire’s Christmas capital this year with a new campaign.

For the last eight years, the suburb’s Tipping family home has been decked in thousands upon thousands of fairy lights and its garden transformed into a festive wonderland from the beginning of December through to early January in support of a quartet of local charities.

Now this year, other Cottam residents are set to follow the Tippings’ lead as part of a ‘Let’s Make Cottam Sparkle’ campaign.

Read the full story here.

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