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Blackburn toilet tissue firm reports £100million annual sales and announces 100 new jobs

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

A FAST-GROWING Blackburn business is to create 100 new jobs after its annual sales broke the £100million mark.

Project aiming to raise awareness of donations importance

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:52pm Friday 29th May 2015

A MAJOR new campaign to promote organ donation among East Lancashire’s South Asian community will be launched next month.

Methodist Church ‘sorry’ for failing to stop physical and sexual abuse - including 68 cases in Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph: Law firm urges historic abuse victims to come forward

1:34pm Friday 29th May 2015

THE Methodist Church in Britain has apologised for failing to protect children and adults following nearly 2,000 reports of physical and sexual abuse, including 68 from Lancashire, within the institution dating back to the 1950s.

BACKTRACK: Tram lines from Blackburn’s Victorian past uncovered by resurfacing work

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 29th May 2015

TRAM LINES from Blackburn’s Victorian past were briefly uncovered by the resurfacing work on Railway Road in the town centre on Wednesday.

450 homes planned for landmark Blackburn paper mill site

Lancashire Telegraph: REGENERATION  The Sappi paper mill site covers 118 acres

5:00am Friday 29th May 2015

PLANS for a development of 450 homes, an employment park and community hub on the site of the former Sappi Paper Mill have submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council.

East Lancashire MPs clash over 'Northern Powerhouse' plan

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 28th May 2015

EAST Lancashire MPs have clashed over whether the government’s “Northern Powerhouse” plans unveiled in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech will bring investment to the area or suck cash away from it.

Muslim bosses spark halal row over new Blackburn Nando's restaurant

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:50pm Thursday 28th May 2015

MUSLIM bosses have sparked a row by warning Nando’s it must follow strict guidelines if it decides to sell ‘halal’ chicken at its proposed Blackburn restaurant.

Additional parking spaces to be created after Blackburn College building demolition

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:13pm Wednesday 27th May 2015

BLACKBURN College has been given planning permission to knock down its former motor vehicle building and The Gateway administrative block to create 134 additional parking spaces.

UPDATE: Angry Blackburn shopkeepers protest over loss of trade after latest road closure

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Wednesday 27th May 2015

RAILWAY ROAD shopkeepers yesterday halted work resurfacing the closed highway outside their shops in protest at ‘lost trade’ because of the Cathedral Quarter works.

Objections raised at 145-house “village” near Blackburn which could lie on forgotten foot and mouth burial pit

Lancashire Telegraph: BLEAK TIMES: Political leadership during the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 was heavily criticised

9:00am Tuesday 26th May 2015

A CONTROVERSIAL scheme for a new 145-house “village”, including a country green and cafe south of Blackburn, will be debated by councillors after almost 40 objections.

Local children celebrate official opening of £85,000 new play area

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Sunday 24th May 2015

CHILDREN in Stacksteads celebrated the official opening of an £85,000 new play area with the borough mayor and a soccer match.

Darwen Town Council’s troubled new website handed over to local firm

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 23rd May 2015

DARWEN Town Council’s troubled new website has been handed over to a local firm.

Blackburn with Darwen’s first citizen makes his choice of the mayoral charities

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:20pm Friday 22nd May 2015

NEW borough first citizen Faryad Hussain last night revealed that after a public appeal he had chosen Blackburn foodbank as the second of his mayoral charities.

New mayor of Burnley feels 'wonderful' at being made town’s first citizen

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm Friday 22nd May 2015

THE new mayor of Burnley said she felt ‘wonderful’ after being able to pull on the regalia for the first time in her civic year.

Bakery boss Brett Warburton opens new £20m development at firm’s Burnley site

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:04pm Thursday 21st May 2015

BAKERY boss Brett Warburton opened a new £20million development at the firm’s Burnley site and revealed there was space for a new production unit already earmarked.

VICTORY: Blackburn model plane man wins legal battle against aircraft club and council

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Thursday 21st May 2015

A VETERAN model aircraft enthusiast has finally been cleared for take-off after a three-year battle.

Blackburn students travelling to site of Srebrinica massacre in bid to increase awareness

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:13pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A GROUP of 14 pupils from Blackburn’s Witton Park Academy are making a four-day visit to Bosnia to raise awareness of the Srebrinica massacre.

What’s this Russian spy plane doing in East Lancashire skies?

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:30pm Wednesday 20th May 2015

A RUSSIAN spy plane spotted flying over East Lancashire has provoked MPs to table questions in the House of Commons.

Blackburn with Darwen's new leader shakes up top team

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:24pm Tuesday 19th May 2015

NEW Blackburn with Darwen council leader Mohammed Khan has shaken up his top team, with Maureen Bateson returning to children’s services and her regeneration brief going to Phil Riley.

Ex-councillors’ long service celebrated with civic honours

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:17am Tuesday 19th May 2015

PENDLE council is to reward four of its stalwarts for 100 years of collective service with its highest honours.

East Lancashire hajj travellers warned over agency scams

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:54pm Friday 15th May 2015

EAST Lancashire’s prospective Muslim hajj pilgrims are being warned to beware warned of online and other scams when booking their visits to Mecca and Medina.

Veteran Lib Dem Sudell councillor will not stand for office again

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:45am Friday 15th May 2015

VETERAN Liberal Democrat Sudell councillor Roy Davies, narrowly beaten in the recent local elections, has announced he will not stand for borough office again.

Lawyers called in after Blackburn's £4.7m bus station hit by major new delay

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 15th May 2015

BLACKBURN’S £4.7million bus station has been hit by a major new delay and is expected to open by Christmas – a year later than originally planned.

Blackburn charity volunteers caught up in second Nepal earthquake

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 14th May 2015

FIVE East Lancashire charity volunteers have been caught up in the second earthquake in Nepal.

Young artists create dramatic mural for the £13.5m Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:57pm Wednesday 13th May 2015

TWO young Blackburn-based artists have embarked on their first major project with a dramatic mural for the new £13.5 million Blackburn Sports and Leisure Centre.

All East Lancashire mums-to-be will be offered self-hypnosis to reduce childbirth anxiety

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:36am Wednesday 13th May 2015

ALL East Lancashire mums-to-be will be offered self-hypnosis to reduce childbirth anxiety after a three-year test at the Blackburn and Burnley maternity centres showed it was a successful addition to care.

Conservative Party gain first borough councillor in central Darwen for a decade

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:30pm Tuesday 12th May 2015

THE Conservative Party has its first borough councillor in central Darwen for a decade — former Liberal Democrat Kevin Connor.

Councillor Khan ‘privileged’ to be new Blackburn with Darwen leader

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:50am Tuesday 12th May 2015

MOHAMMED Khan has been elected as the first South Asian-heritage leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Work on Blackburn ‘Clergy Court’ revamp well under way

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:00pm Friday 8th May 2015

THE steel roof has gone on the Clergy Court at the centre of Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter as the glass panelling on the nearby office block and hotel nears completion.

VIDEO: Kate Hollern becomes MP as Labour hold Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Friday 8th May 2015

KATE Hollern has won Blackburn for Labour with an increased majority.

VIDEO: Miliband in last call for campaign in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:42pm Thursday 7th May 2015

LABOUR leader Ed Miliband promised to ‘absolutely’ stand up for East Lancashire as he called on party activists to work to win Burnley and Pendle at an eve-of-poll rally in Colne.

Singers celebrate 50 years of music at Blackburn Cathedral

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:56am Thursday 7th May 2015

LEADING East Lancashire choir The Renaissance Singers of Blackburn Cathedral, begins a celebration of its 50 years of music-making with a concert at its home at the end of the month.

Phone companies in Darwen look to extend mast to achieve better connection

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:44am Thursday 7th May 2015

DARWEN’S mobile phone mast disguised as a Cypress tree is set to grow.

Vehicles backed up in both directions as work continues on Blackburn junction

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:10am Thursday 7th May 2015

CENTRAL Blackburn suffered a day of traffic chaos yesterday as major excavations took place at the junction of Copy Nook and Higher Audley Street.

Blackburn Market driving force behind coach tours bid

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:40pm Wednesday 6th May 2015

THE drive to put Blackburn and its market on the map for coach tours is being stepped up.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Fancy a flutter? Your constituency odds...

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:00am Thursday 7th May 2015

THE polls open at 7am tomorrow with eager candidates all believing they are in with a shout.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Fracking to sway Lancashire vote

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:10pm Tuesday 5th May 2015

A NEW poll for environmental campaign group Greenpeace UK shows opposition to ‘fracking’ for shale gas could help decide the result in five East Lancashire marginal seats.

Blackburn Rovers veteran Dunn voices support for Conservative candidate Bob Eastwood

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:45pm Monday 4th May 2015

RETIRING Blackburn Rovers star David Dunn has displayed an interest in politics now he is leaving Ewood Park after the weekend’s season-ending victory over Ipswich Town.

Eric Pickles asked to ‘call in’ Tauheedul’s controversial plans for new Blackburn primary school

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 2nd May 2015

LOCAL government secretary Eric Pickles has been asked to ‘call in’ Tauheedul’s controversial plans for a purpose-built new primary school in Blackburn.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: It’ll be very, very close in Pendle

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:41pm Friday 1st May 2015

LABOUR and the Tories are going head to head in Hyndburn.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: Playing the home card in Chorley

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:40pm Friday 1st May 2015

CHORLEY has been in Labour hands since 1997 when current incumbent Lindsay Hoyle was elected.

Home Secretary Theresa May opens new factory in East Lancashire

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:46pm Friday 1st May 2015

HOME Secretary Theresa May came to open a new factory in East Lancashire and identified the boss’s 16-year-old daughter as a possible successor.

VIDEO: Prime Minister David Cameron visits Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:40pm Friday 1st May 2015

PRIME Minister David Cameron came to the Lancashire Telegraph offices today on a pre-polling day campaign tour of East Lancashire.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: UKIP wild card may sway Hyndburn vote

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:14am Friday 1st May 2015

LABOUR and the Tories are going head to head in Hyndburn.

Blackburn Labour council candidate cleared of alleged election fraud offences

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Friday 1st May 2015

LABOUR council candidate Quesir Mahmood has been cleared by Lancashire Police of alleged election fraud offences.

SLAVERY RAID: Police discover migrants working ten-hour days for £30

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:20am Thursday 30th April 2015

POLICE on a modern day slavery raid discovered four migrants at a Rishton car wash working ten-hour days for £30.

Tory bigwig condemned by Nigel Evans for suggesting Trough of Bowland fracking

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:52pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

ETON-EDUCATED Tory grandee Sir Nicholas Soames has been condemned by his Ribble Valley colleague Nigel Evans for suggesting ‘fracking’ should be piloted in the Trough of Bowland.

GENERAL ELECTION 2015: PM’s free schools plan has triggered debate

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:35pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

AN UNLIKELY alliance of Burnley-born Lancashire County Council Tory leader Geoff Driver and Blackburn with Darwen National Union of Teachers’ secretary Simon Jones opposes the creation of new schools independent of local authority control.

VIDEO: Ribble Valley MP's response to housing developments branded 'pathetic' at explosive election debate

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:34pm Wednesday 29th April 2015

THE campaign exploded into life in the normally sleepy village of Whalley this week as Tory candidate Nigel Evans discovered the downside of having been the MP for 23 years.

Blackburn Labour council election candidate arrested ‘on suspicion of electoral fraud and integrity issues’

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:00am Wednesday 29th April 2015

LABOUR council election candidate Quesir Mahmood has been arrested and bailed ‘on suspicion of electoral fraud and integrity issues’.

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