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Appeal for information after man assaulted in Lancaster

Police are appealing for information after a man was assaulted outside a takeaway in Lancaster on Sunday.

At around 3.30am, the 42-year-old victim was punched in the face by another man outside the Pizzetta Republic takeaway on North Road.

This was a nasty attack, and so we are appealing for anyone with any information that could help us to trace the person responsible to come forward.”

– PC Rachel Crossley

The attacker is described as being white, of broad build, approximately 6ft 2in tall, and had short, dark brown hair.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log number LC-20140302-0253.

Stagecoach response after roof ripped from bus

The bus struck a bridge this morning Credit: The Bay

A spokesperson for Stagecoach said: "At around 11.30am today one of our vehicles struck a footbridge on Damside Street/St Georges Quay in Lancaster. There were no passengers on board at the time of the incident and no pedestrians were injured.

"The driver was treated at the scene for shock. In addition, the bus has been severely damaged as a result of the incident.

"Safety is our absolute priority. The bridge involved is not part of a planned bus route and we will now investigate what has happened on this occasion as a matter of urgency."

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Roof ripped off bus in Lancaster

The bus struck a bridge near St Georges Quay Credit: The Bay

A double decker bus has had its roof ripped off in Lancaster.

The bus struck a low bridge near St Georges Quay at Damside Street this morning.

There are no reports of any serious injuries, but one person was treated at the scene.

More photographs available at The Bay Facebook page.

The bus struck a bridge near St Georges Quay Credit: The Bay
The bus struck a bridge near St Georges Quay Credit: The Bay
The bus struck a bridge near St Georges Quay Credit: The Bay
The bus struck a bridge near St Georges Quay Credit: The Bay

Police appeal after chickens killed during a school break in

Police in Lancaster are asking the public for information after nine chickens were killed during a break in at a school.

Police say the offenders broke into the school between the evening of Friday 8th November and the following morning at Rylands School on Torrisholme Road.

The chickens were found with their necks snapped on Saturday morning by a member of staff.

PC Dave Pinnington said:

“The offenders clearly knew where these chickens were kept and I would encourage anyone that may have information about this incident to come forward.

“The children at the school have been left very upset and anybody that could assist with our investigation is urged to contact Lancaster Police on 101.”

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Lancaster car crash man 'generous in spirit'

David Bebbington

The family of a man killed in a road accident on Sunday have paid tribute to him.

David Bebbington's yellow Toyota MR2 was the only vehicle involved in a collision on the A591 Kendal Bypass near Shenstone.

The 40 year old is described by his family as generous in spirit.

"Dave’s doors were always open for a brew and a natter to friends and customers alike. He loved entertaining people. He was a showman. David was well known throughout the District.

He was a friend to many people and had a reputation for always putting others before himself – indeed, very recently, he had put up a notice at work to invite anyone who would be alone at Christmas to spend the day with him and his family.

His offer had been taken up by many people! This generosity of spirit was typical and earned the love and respect of many around him.

Man charged with Lancaster murder

A man is due to appear in court charged with the murder of a man in Lancaster.

Bernard McSorley, 52, of no fixed address, is charged with killing of Paul McDonagh in the town.

Mr McDonagh, 30, was found dead at the rear of St James Court, Lancaster at shortly after 1.30pm on October 29th.

A post mortem exam revealed he'd been stabbed.

Police hunt prisoner who absconded in Lancaster

David Osbaldeston absconded from prison in Lancaster Credit: Lancashire Police

Police in Lancashire are hunting a man who absconded from Lancaster Farms prison, after being taken to hospital.

David Osbaldeston, originally from the Accrington area, was taken to the hospital after claiming he'd taken an overdose.

He was jailed in September 2011 and was serving two years and six months for motoring and assault offences.

He is described as white, 178cms tall with short light brown hair. He was last seen wearing a prison issue burgundy T-shirt, jeans and black trainers, with luminous green laces.

Detective Inspector Andrew Ellis said, “We are very keen to trace Osbaldeston and return him to prison to serve the remainder of his sentence.

“We would ask the public to be vigilant and report any sightings to the police - any details the public may have could be crucial.”

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