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In case you missed it: Five stories from Preston this week January 30 to February 5

Posted on - 6th February, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - In Case You Missed It, Preston News
Policeman wearing a face mask Pic: Lancashire Police
Policeman wearing a face mask Pic: Lancashire Police

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

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A Preston musician hit number one in the rock charts, Preston residents were fined for flouting lockdown rules and an investigation was launched into failing IT systems in Bamber Bridge NHS offices.

Below are five of the stories you might have missed.

Preston and South Ribble infection rates continue in right direction as update given on new Covid variant and vaccination progress

Sun goes down at the Bullnose Pic: cockerhoop
Sun goes down at the Bullnose Pic: cockerhoop

Preston and South Ribble’s Covid-19 infection rates are continuing to head in the right direction.

New cases recorded for Thursday (4 February) showed Preston had seen 73 new cases.

South Ribble recorded 48 new cases for the same day.

Read the full story here.

Tributes paid in memory of Peter Clayton who was found dead in Clayton Brook

Peter Clayton, 52, was found deceased in Bamber Bridge
Peter Clayton, 52, was found deceased in Bamber Bridge

A fundraiser has been set up to help the family of a much loved member of the Bamber Bridge community following his tragic death.

Peter Clayton, 52, was found unresponsive on a Clayton Brook Road, Bamber Bridge on Monday 2 February and sadly passed away at the scene.

In a touching tribute for Peter, the girls at The Wee Chippy, who describe Peter as family, call him a ‘real community chap’ and a ‘hard worker.’

Read more here.

South Ribble Borough Council plan to freeze council tax for this year

South Ribble Borough Council Pic: Ian Greig
South Ribble Borough Council Pic: Ian Greig

South Ribble Borough Council has opened a consultation on the budget proposals for the new financial year starting in April 2021.

The council wants residents to have their say on how their money is spent and urge all residents across the borough to share their views.

The pandemic has had an impact on the council’s budgets and income and while Government expects councils to increase Council Tax up to a maximum of 1.99%, South Ribble Borough Council has proposed to freeze rates this year.

Read the full story here.

Plea for Preston residents to get tested after new coronavirus mutation found in Lancashire

Preston's coronavirus test centre in Vernon Street close to the UCLan campus Pic: Tony Worrall
Preston’s coronavirus test centre in Vernon Street close to the UCLan campus Pic: Tony Worrall

Residents in West Lancashire and Preston are being urged to get a Covid test if they’re feeling unwell, after cases of the new mutation have come to light in Lancashire.

Symptoms of the new mutation include mild flu or cold symptoms, and headaches.

Some people may just be a bit under the weather, but the Lancashire Resilience Forum are asking that anyone living in the Preston or West Lancashire areas should get tested if feeling unwell.

Read the full story here.

Preston woman helps force Deliveroo to add period products to Aldi deliveries

Laura Jayne Ward has been at the forefront of Aldi putting sanitary items on Deliveroo

A Preston woman has helped make getting period products delivered easier for women.

A post from Laura Jayne Ward on a Facebook page has led to Aldi putting sanitary items on their Deliveroo options.

Laura had a brain hemorrhage in September last year. This led to her driving licence being revoked, leaving her with limited access to shops during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read the full story here.

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