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Last updated: Friday, 11 June, 2021, 15:08
Preston's Riva Showbar shuts temporarily due to impact of Covid-19 restrictions
Preston's live music and entertainment venue Riva Showbar has closed temporarily due to the impact of Covid-19 and restrictions.
The Tithebarn Street venue, opposite the bus station, reopened with a sell-out show on May 22 after being closed for months due to lockdown.
But Riva’s events promoter and DJ, David Billington, said Riva has now closed until July due to the costs of running the large venue at reduced capacity.
David, 58, said it will reopen with its Ladies’ Night on July 3, with the event raising money for North West Air Ambulance and Age Concern Central Lancashire.
The Preston-born DJ said the recent increase in Covid cases in Preston and the wider region also influenced his decision to close the venue until next month.
“It’s such a big venue and it costs too much to run if we don’t get the numbers in,” said David.
“We have to pay for our DJ, sound and lighting engineers, reception staff, cleaners, kitchen staff and extra bar staff for the table service.
“And with Covid rates being so high in the North West at the moment, we thought it was the most sensible thing to do.
“We’re just closing until bar service can resume as normal, or until July 3 when we host our spectacular extravaganza Ladies’ Night.
“But this all depends on what Boris decides on Monday (June 14).”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make an announcement on Monday confirming whether all restrictions will be lifted as planned on June 21.
David added: “Tickets are on sale as normal for all events and we cannot wait to get the dance floor back open so we can all boogie.”
Riva hosted Preston’s first post-lockdown gig when it reopened following an initial easing of restrictions last October, before having to close again when England’s third lockdown came into place on January 6.
The venue then reopened on May 22 and has since hosted entertainment nights including classic rock nights, karaoke, party DJs and ‘diva shows’.
You can find listings and book tickets for all the upcoming events at Riva Showbar here.
Fleetwood crews attend fire at Farmer Parrs Animal World
Fire crews were called to Farmer Parrs Animal World in Fleetwood this morning (Friday, June 11).
Fire engines were seen entering the site off Rossall Lane at 9am after smoke was reported coming from the site.
But on arrival, crews discovered a “controlled fire” that had been lit deliberately by staff working at the site.
Fire crews have returned to the station and Management at the attraction said all staff and animals are safe.
“Everything is fine. We have a controlled fire. But all staff and animals are fine,” they said.
A fire service spokesman said: “We were called out to this location at just after 9am, after reports of a fire in the open.
“However, on arrival it has been recorded as a false alarm with good intent.
“Firefighters didn’t use any equipment and returned to station.”
Both Farmer Parrs Animal World and The Tractor Shed Bistro remain closed following lockdown, but are due to reopen on Monday, June 21.
The site is understood to have been undergoing a refurbishment ahead of its summer reopening.
A note on its Facebook page says: “We cannot wait to welcome you all back.
“We are working hard to keep all our family of animals, staff and future customers as safe as possible. And we are making some small changes to ensure your next visit will be the best yet.”
Last year, the farm was targeted by arsonists after a fire broke out in one of its outbuildings. No staff or animals were hurt in the incident but a substantial amount of damage was caused
Blackpool man finds bizarre note posted through letterbox accusing him of "tucking into" neighbours KFC delivery
A Blackpool man has taken to Facebook after he received a bizarre note accusing him of eating a neighbours KFC order after it was delivered to his home by mistake.
Ian Dickman said he found the handwritten note - which called him ‘a greedy little gremlin’ - posted through the letter box of his Bispham home on Wednesday evening (June 9).
Earlier that night, a delivery driver had called at Ian’s home to drop off the fried chicken order worth £36, which had been addressed to his house by mistake.
Ian declined the delivery and explained to the driver that his family had not placed the order. The chicken bucket was taken away and returned to the restaurant.
But a short time later, he found a strange note posted anonymously through his door, angrily accusing him of “tucking into a succulent KFC” intended for a neighbour.
The hastily scrawled letter said: “I know you have just tucked into a succulent KFC which to belong to me. I ordered it to your address accidently (sic).
“I thought I had faith in humanity, but BOY WAS I WRONG!
“You took my KFC into your GOB with no remorse! Any decent person would of not of (sic) accepted it. But you are just a greedy little gremlin.
“Thank you for being a tight arse. P.S. You owe me £36.”
Despite demanding a ‘refund’ from Ian, the ‘hangry’ wordsmith failed to leave a phone number or correct address.
A bemused Ian shared the note on Facebook, explaining that he hadn’t accepted the order and hitting back at ’the idiot’ for not knowing their own address.
He said: “To the person that has put this through my letterbox, you should have had the decency to knock and find out the truth,” said Ian.
“We are not the idiot who ordered his/her takeaway and could not remember their own address.
“Yes they knocked but were clearly told it was not ours and the two took it away in a silver car.
“There is cctv across the street if you would like to add to your embarrassment we would be happy to get it. So we owe you nothing.”
The bizarre episode has led to much amusement on a local Facebook group.
“I’m surprised he didn’t demand to smell your fingers,” quipped one man.
Another person said: “So, this person orders a kfc to an address ‘by mistake’. Didn’t bother rectifying it with kfc. Didn’t bother to knock on and ask for it. Yet writes a note, and hand delivers it to ‘said address’? It’s your own fault mate.”
“I love how you get called a greedy little gremlin yet he was the one who spent £36 on KFC!,” said another.
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Driver arrested after car crashes into pedestrians in Morecambe
A man has been arrested and two pedestrians have been taken to hospital after they were hit by a car in Morecambe today (Thursday, June 10).
Police closed Marine Road Central after the crash on the seafront at around 12.50pm.
Officers say the car collided with two pedestrians walking a dog near the King’s Arms pub. The dog reportedly ran away from the scene after its owner was injured, but has since been found.
North West Ambulance Service said the pair have been taken to hospital. Details on their injuries are not known at this stage, but Lancashire Police described the collision as “serious”.
The force said a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving and is currently in custody.
Marine Road Central was closed both ways, between Northumberland Street and Pedder Street, but has since reopened.
Earlier today, a police spokesman said: “We are currently at the scene of a serious collision involving a car and two pedestrians Northumberland Street, Morecambe.
“Emergency services have attended and the road is closed.
“We are advising motorists to avoid the area and will update you in due course.”
Salvatore's Italian restaurant in Penwortham shuts after staff are told to self-isolate
A popular Italian restaurant in Penwortham has shuts its doors temporarily after staff were told to self-isolate.
Salvatore’s in Liverpool Road said it has closed from today (Thursday, June 10) and will reopen next Wednesday (June 16).
It has not said whether any staff have tested positive for Covid-19, but did say several members of staff have been contacted by NHS Test & Trace and told to self-isolate.
A spokesman for the restaurant said: “Unfortunately, a number of our team have been contacted by NHS Track & Trace and have been advised to self-isolate.
“As a precaution and with a heavy heart, we have decided to close our doors from tomorrow. We will reopen on Wednesday, June 16 at 1pm.
“It has been amazing to see the support from our guests and the local community since reopening so this is the last thing we want to do.
“That said, the safety of our guests and our team is and will always be our number one priority.
“If you have a booking with us between now and then you do not need to do anything. We will be in touch to rearrange your visit.
“We can’t wait to welcome you back very soon!”
It is the latest venue in the Preston and South Ribble areas that has been forced to close in recent days to Covid-19, as cases continue to rise.
The Vic pub in Lostock Hall has also closed its doors for 10 days after its landlord tested positive at the weekend.
Last week, the Hunters pub in Walton-le-Dale was forced to shut its doors after an outbreak among its staff and management.
And on Tuesday (June 8), Wetherspoons said a total of 19 staff were self-isolating after an outbreak at its Twelve Tellers pub in Preston city centre.
Pedestrians hit by car in Morecambe town centre
Police say pedestrians have been injured after being hit by a car in Morecambe town centre today (Thursday, June 10).
Police have closed Northumberland Street, between the seafront and the railway station, whilst paramedics attend the scene.
Officers say the crash happened at around 12.50pm and involved a car and two pedestrians.
Details on injuries are not known at this stage, but police have described the crash as “serious”.
North West Ambulance Service has been approached for details on casualties.
Marine Road Central has also been closed both ways, leading to heavy traffic between Northumberland Street and Pedder Street.
A police spokesman said: “We are currently at the scene of a serious collision involving a car and two pedestrians Northumberland Street, Morecambe.
“Emergency services have attended and the road is closed.
“We are advising motorists to avoid the area and will update you in due course.”
Blackpool Victoria Hospital says it has two Covid patients “fighting for their lives”
Two people are fighting for their lives at Blackpool Victoria Hospital after catching Covid, medical director Dr Jim Gardner said.
It comes after the community infection rate in the resort trebled – with the Vic having no patients within 14 days of a positive diagnosis last week.
One person has also died, taking the death toll to 766.
Dr Gardner, who did not say whether the pair had been vaccinated, said: “Through the last we have had some days when we have gone up to as many as five [Covid-positive patients]; some days when we have gone down to zero.
“That seems to be the kind of picture we are in in Blackpool, though we know colleagues in other hospitals across Lancashire are seeing rather more Covid-positive patients.”
Dr Gardner said the rising community rates – of 103 per 100,000 people in Blackpool, 63 in Fylde, and 48 in Wyre – is amongst younger people who have yet to have a jab.
“The rates in the over-60s are still remaining very, very low,” he said.
Preston family's horror after their dog Waffle is killed by loose 'pitbull' in Fulwood
A Fulwood family has been left 'traumatised' after their dog Waffle was mauled to death by a loose pitbull at the weekend.
Waffle was killed after he was attacked by the escaped pitbull in an alley opposite Noblett’s fish and chip shop, off Plungington Road, on Sunday morning (June 6).
His owner, Amanda Anstey, was also injured in the attack and has suffered nasty bites to her hands and arms.
Police were called to the scene but Waffle had suffered critical injuries and died soon after.
A heartbroken Amanda said the crazed dog, which she described as a grey/blue ‘pitbull-type’ breed, had escaped from a garden nearby.
It was later ‘dragged away’ from the scene by a young man and Amanda said the dog has since ‘disappeared’.
Police say they have yet to locate it and Amanda believes the dog has now been moved out of the area to prevent it from being seized.
Yesterday (Wednesday, June 9), would have been Waffle’s second birthday, but instead, Amanda and her family have been left grieving his shocking death.
“He should be here sharing our kisses and squeaking his toys,” said Amanda.
“We were almost home too, when it happened. What breaks my heart is Waffle really loved every dog, especially big dogs. He loved running around with them even though he was just a little thing.
“This dog unfortunately was set on one thing only.”
Amanda is asking anyone with information about the dog’s whereabouts to get in touch with her.
She continued: “The dog that attacked myself and Waffle on Sunday is still very much around and about.
“We really don’t live in a huge town so if anyone knows any more information, please do get in touch.
“Next time it could be a child that is attacked by this dangerous animal.”
A police spokesman said: “We were called around 11.30am on Sunday (June 6) following a report of a dog attack in Fulwood.
“It was reported two dogs were fighting in an alleyway off Plungington Road, with a woman suffering a bite mark.
“Sadly, one of the dogs suffered serious injuries and later died.
“An investigation into the circumstances around the incident is underway and enquiries ongoing.”
Blackpool biker seriously injured in Whitegate Drive crash
A biker has been seriously injured in a crash in Blackpool this morning (Thursday, June 10).
The man has been taken to hospital after his bike was involved in a crash outside the health centre in Whitegate Drive at around 10am.
Police closed a number of roads and asked people to avoid the area whilst paramedics worked at the scene.
The air ambulance was mobilised but the man has been taken by road to hospital for emergency treatment.
An ambulance spokesman said: “We received a 999 call reporting a road traffic collision between a car and a motorbike on Whitegate Drive at 10.05am this morning.
“We have taken the motorcyclist in a serious condition to hospital by ambulance.
“An air ambulance crew and response vehicle also attended the scene.”
Road closures remain in place both ways along Woodland Grove, Cumberland Avenue, Westmorland Avenue and part of Whitegate Drive.
A police spokesman said: “Please be advised that due to a Road Traffic Collision, there is currently road closures in place in Blackpool by in the area of the Health Centre.
“Traffic in the area is building up and we are urging that people avoid the area at this time and use an alternative route if possible. Thank you.”
Pavilion Café in Preston's Avenham Park shuts after staff test positive for Covid-19
The Pavilion Café in Avenham Park has closed due to staff testing positive for Covid-19.
The cafe has been shut since Sunday (June 6) and will “remain closed until further notice”, say Preston City Council.
It has not confirmed exactly how many staff have tested positive but said all employees are self-isolating at home.
The cafe is due to host a wedding on Saturday (June 12) and the Council has confirmed that this will go ahead following a deep clean of the venue.
It said the public toilets are still open but will close earlier than usual for cleaning.
The Council said it does not know at this stage when the cafe is likely to reopen.
Coun Robert Boswell said: “Unfortunately a couple of our café staff have tested positive for Covid and, in line with current procedures, the remaining staff are self-isolating and will take further tests before returning to work. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.
“The Pavilion has been deep cleaned and will be safe and ready for a private function this weekend. The café remains closed until further notice.”
It is the latest city venue to close this week due to Covid-19, as the latest figures show 13 out of 17 Preston neighbourhoods saw an increase in infections over the last 7 days.
A total of 19 staff members were told to self-isolate at home and four employees had tested positive. But the pub said it would remain open.
Trains delayed this morning due to signal fault between Preston, Kirkham and Wesham
This was yesterday’s news (Wednesday, June 9, 2021)
LATEST: Please return to vehicles
J1 to J3 M55 in both directions. Please return to your vehicles as we are hoping to reopen shortly
Diversions are now in place
For any traffic not currently stuck on the closed M55, Highways England have announced this diversion advice:
Eastbound traffic is diverted as follows:-
Follow the Hollow Square diversion signs. Exit M55 at J3 then take 3rd exit to A585 (Kirkham). At roundabout take 1st exit on to A583 (Preston). At A583/A5085 junction take the A5085 towards city centre. At A6 junction turn left on to A6 (northbound). At J1 take 3rd exit and re-join the M55.
Westbound traffic: - follow the Solid Circle diversion signs, via the above roads, in reverse order.