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Missing teenager found

A Morecambe teenager has turned up safe and well over Christmas after going missing from home. Alice Ryan, 14, a pupil at Morecambe Community High School, was found in Barrow-in-Furness on Christmas Eve after being last seen at her home on Euston Road on December 21.

Police appeal after hut break-in

Police are investigating a break-in at a scout hut in Heysham. Between December 20 and 23, intruders smashed through the door of the hut on St John’s Road and removed padlocks from storage cupboards. They caused £200 worth of damage. Anyone with information should call police on 101.

Festive health advice

Residents across the district are being urged to use emergency services appropriately over the festive period. Many people go to A&E unnecessarily when they could be better treated elsewhere. During the winter season this puts extra demands on already pressured emergency departments.

Doctors from NHS Lancashire North Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are asking local residents to think about whether A&E is the most appropriate place for them to go before attending their nearest A&E department.

If someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk then 999 should be called. An emergency is a critical or life-threatening situation, such as a suspected heart attack, severe breathing difficulties, chest pain or head injuries. Coughs, colds, sore throats, being sick and other minor ailments do not necessarily require a trip to A&E. Dial 111.

University advises on growth programme

Lancaster University haS been appointed to advise on a £32m Government programme to boost economic growth in cities across the country. The university’s management school will be working with Government departments and the Cabinet Office Cities Policy Unit on an exciting programme of support to more than 16 cities. Supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund the programme – which does not include any locations in this region – is designed to help cities to support local businesses and to provide co-ordinated access to national and local business support packages.

Lancaster had to bid to run the programme, which it won due to its track record of SME support. Dr Ellie Hamilton, associate Dean and founder of the university’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, will lead the Programme.

Areas benefiting from the funding include Coventry, Norwich and Stoke-on-Trent.