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Blackburn club leads tributes to ‘perfectionist’ groundsman Roy Townsend

Lancashire Telegraph: Cheating Amir flouts cricket ban in Croydon

10:04am Thursday 5th March 2015

TALENTED sporting all-rounder turned master groundsman Roy Townsend has died, aged 67.

Schoolchildren help tell the story of multicultural force

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:31pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

SCORES of East Lancashire schoolchildren have helped produce a book on the Jullundur Brigade of British and Indian soldiers who fought and died together in some of the bloodiest battles of the First World War.

Prime Minister David Cameron hits out over crime of ‘wilful neglect’ in social care

Lancashire Telegraph: Prime Minister David Cameron makes a speech setting out the Conservative Party's manifesto theme at the Saga offices in Hastings, Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 22, 2015. Pensioner benefits will continue to be protected if th

3:30pm Wednesday 4th March 2015

NEW proposals to criminalise and jail public officials and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation for a maximum of five years have been welcomed in East Lancashire.

Blackburn with Darwen tax freeze won’t stop bill increase

Lancashire Telegraph: Filed photo dated 18/09/12 of money as rent, council tax and utility bill arrears often have just as damaging an impact on people as payday loans, according to a new 'harm index' designed to reveal the depth of the stress and anguish caused by deb

9:53am Wednesday 4th March 2015

BLACKBURN with Darwen Council decided to freeze its share of residents’ council tax bills on Monday with Ribble Valley and Chorley councillors due to follow suit.

Tory candidate Bob Eastwood pledges to kickstart Blackburn night life

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:45am Monday 23rd February 2015

PROSPECTIVE Tory general election candidate Bob Eastwood has vowed to revive Blackburn’s nightlife and put a smile on people’s faces if he becomes the town’s MP on May 7.

Labour leader Ed Miliband confident key East Lancashire seats can be returned to party

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:07am Friday 20th February 2015

ED MILIBAND yesterday vowed to return to East Lancashire before May 7 to help take back two key marginal seats from the Conservatives.

Good Neighbours Awards 2015: Seeking out our unsung heroes

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Friday 20th February 2015

THE search is on once again to find and recognise the borough’s best neighbours.

Unemployment rate in Blackburn, Darwen and Burnley above average

Lancashire Telegraph: FALLING: Unemployment is falling in the Vale (14784977)

3:25pm Thursday 19th February 2015

UNEMPLOYMENT in East Lancashire has fallen sharply in the last year, the latest official statistics published yesterday show.

Veteran former Lancashire county councillor Ron Pickup dies - aged 83

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:30pm Thursday 19th February 2015

VETERAN former Lancashire county councillor Ron Pickup has died aged 83.

Nine-year-old Blackburn girl strikes lucky with new trike

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:04pm Thursday 19th February 2015

LITTLE Jessica Culley was devastated when she could not ride her bicycle Christmas present in 2013 because of a problem with her balance.

Eric Pickles must weigh in on waste, says Ramsbottom and Bury MP

Lancashire Telegraph: Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles. (17744341)

3:30pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

CABINET Minister Eric Pickles should decide whether a controversial waste recycling plant on green belt land should be built, an MP has said.

Westholme chief appeals for delay on new Blackburn primary school decision

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:36pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

WESTHOLME School’s chairman of governors has appealed to councillors to delay any decision on Tauheedul’s proposals for a purpose-built new primary in Blackburn until road safety concerns have been sorted out.

Record festive season for panto? Oh, yes it is!

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Monday 16th February 2015

THIS pantomime season produced record audiences at Blackburn and Darwen theatres and a major award for Burnley’s Christmas show.

Tributes paid to engineer responsible for building Britain’s first stretch of motorway and construction of M65

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Monday 16th February 2015

THE Accrington-born surveyor and engineer responsible for building Britain’s first stretch of motorway and the construction of the M65 has died aged 92.

Forgotten foot and mouth burial pit containing 150 animal carcasses could affect plans to build 500 new Blackburn homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:14am Saturday 14th February 2015

A FORGOTTEN foot and mouth burial pit containing 150 animal carcasses could blow a hole in plans to build up to 500 homes on Blackburn farmland.

£4.3 million plan for specialist autistic unit revealed by Blackburn with Darwen Council

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:08pm Friday 13th February 2015

A PLAN for a specialist unit creating 60 places for children on the autistic spectrum has been revealed by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

Security firm announces multi-million pound Blackburn redevelopment plan - creating 80 jobs

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:40pm Friday 13th February 2015

SECURITY firm Chubb has announced a multi-million pound plan to redevelop its Blackburn site – bringing the prospect of 80 new jobs.

Brian Todd: Blackburn with Darwen councillors should be slashed by a third to save front-line services

Lancashire Telegraph:

2:50pm Thursday 12th February 2015

PENSIONERS leader Brian Todd has said the number of Blackburn with Darwen councillors should be slashed by a third to save front-line services.

Government steps up pressure on Pakistani authorities to find East Lancashire family’s killers

Lancashire Telegraph: Mohammed Yousaf

1:44pm Thursday 12th February 2015

THE Government has stepped up pressure on the Pakistani authorities to bring to justice the killers of three members of a East Lancashire family.

Hyndburn woodland area will benefit from £150,000 for improvements

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:10pm Thursday 12th February 2015

MAJOR improvements at Hyndburn’s Clayton Forest Park are under way after the award of a £150,000 grant.

U-TURN: County chiefs abandon controversial proposals to stop paying for lollipop patrols

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:57am Wednesday 11th February 2015

COUNTY Hall chiefs have abandoned controversial proposals to stop paying for 148 lollipop men and women at East Lancashire primary schools.

East Lancashire schools pick up cash prize boost

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:43pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

TWO Blackburn secondary schools have been rewarded for their success in boosting the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.

New £35,000 a year project set to aid Blackburn with Darwen dementia patients

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:06pm Tuesday 10th February 2015

A NEW £35,000 a year project could transform the lives of dementia sufferers in Blackburn with Darwen.

BLOOD HAZARD: Angry home-patients left with bags of dangerous clinical waste

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:00am Tuesday 10th February 2015

ANGRY home-treatment patients have been left with bags of dangerous clinical waste piling up in their homes after a specialist collection contract was suddenly cancelled.

BUDGET CUTS: Fears for pupil safety as lollipop patrols axed

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Monday 9th February 2015

FUNDING for East Lancashire’s 148 lollipop men and women has been axed.

Classic tales come to life in Thwaites’ magical productions

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:17pm Friday 6th February 2015

EAST Lancashire families can enter the magical worlds of the Mad Hatter, Mr Toad and Misselthwaite Manor in a cut-price triple bill at Blackburn’s Thwaites Empire Theatre this half term.

£2.3m Blackburn athletics complex breaks record

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:10pm Friday 6th February 2015

BLACKBURN’S £2.3 million Witton Arena, which opened last April, has broken records for new membership.

Plain cigarette packaging triggers East Lancashire newsagents’ trip to Westminster

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:25pm Thursday 5th February 2015

A COACHLOAD of 50 East Lancashire newsagents will head to Westminster next week to lobby MPs against government proposals to end branded cigarette packing.

Rise in complaints made against Lancashire Police

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:23pm Wednesday 4th February 2015

COMPLAINTS against Lancashire Police rose by 13 per cent last year to 877, new statistics show.

Free Blackburn with Darwen travelcard scheme could be extended

Lancashire Telegraph: COMPANY A Transdev bus in Blackburn,

5:20pm Wednesday 4th February 2015

A PILOT scheme to allow Blackburn with Darwen’s disabled and elderly residents to use the NOW free travel card for community transport could be extended.

No increase in Blackburn with Darwen council tax - for fifth year running...

Lancashire Telegraph: Filed photo dated 18/09/12 of money as rent, council tax and utility bill arrears often have just as damaging an impact on people as payday loans, according to a new 'harm index' designed to reveal the depth of the stress and anguish caused by deb

10:01am Wednesday 4th February 2015

COUNCIL tax in Blackburn with Darwen will be frozen when the local authority sets its budget next month. Hyndburn Borough Council will follow suit.

DELAYS: Roadworks cause rush-hour traffic problems in Blackburn

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:10am Wednesday 4th February 2015

NEW holes in the road for gas main and Cathedral Quarter works are causing rush hour chaos on the way into Blackburn town centre.

Flood repair work set to cause major traffic disruption in Darwen town centre

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Wednesday 4th February 2015

DARWEN town centre faces major disruption for five weeks after flood repair and prevention work starts on Knott Street on Monday.

Contractors begin demolishing last remaining part of former Blackburn Royal Infirmary

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Tuesday 3rd February 2015

CONTRACTORS have started demolishing the last remaining part of the former Blackburn Royal Infirmary – the historic War Memorial Wing.

Apprenticeship vacancies posted on website double

Lancashire Telegraph:

5:40pm Monday 2nd February 2015

THE number of apprenticeship vacancies in Blackburn with Darwen has doubled, the latest official statistics show.

Axe falls on Blackburn with Darwen council’s fleet of buses for disabled and elderly

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:15am Monday 2nd February 2015

THE final axe has a fallen on Blackburn with Darwen council’s fleet of community transport buses for the disabled and elderly due to cease service on March 31.

Todmorden curve signalling work set to end at weekend

Lancashire Telegraph:

10:07am Monday 2nd February 2015

SIGNALLING work on the Todmorden curve will be completed next weekend, ready for the long-awaited start to services in May.

PROBLEMS: Blackburn's £5million bus station falls further behind schedule

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

BLACKBURN’S new £5 million bus station has fallen further behind schedule and will not not open until early summer.

BRIGHT FUTURE: £350,000 'Fab Lab' centre set to transform Blackburn's Victorian Quarter

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Saturday 31st January 2015

AN ambitious plan has been unveiled to create Lancashire’s first ‘Fab Lab’ - a creative and digital technology centre aimed at young entrepreneurs.

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE: New Blackburn leisure complex set for spring opening

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Friday 30th January 2015

THE final stage of Blackburn’s new leisure centre complex is on target to open in spring well ahead of the original schedule, borough leisure boss Damian Talbot has revealed.

Make milk more expensive, urges Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans

Lancashire Telegraph: Arla is to reduce its milk prices on 1 July

3:54pm Thursday 29th January 2015

RIBBLE Valley MP Nigel Evans is urging the government to consider imposing a levy on supermarket milk sales to protect the future of dairy farming.

Lancashire fracking decision delayed at County Hall

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:39am Thursday 29th January 2015

LANCASHIRE county councillors yesterday deferred decisions on two controversial bids to ‘frack’ for shale gas in the West of the county.

GENERAL ELECTION: Guidance after concerns over Asian poll discrepancies

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:26pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

NEW guidance has been issued to officials in charge of May’s elections after research into vote fraud in Pendle’s South Asian community.

Darwen MP joins residents in opposing proposals

Lancashire Telegraph: MP Jake Berry

12:32pm Wednesday 28th January 2015

BOROUGH planning chairman Dave Smith has accused Darwen MP Jake Berry of ‘misleading’ residents over the alleged protected countryside status of a key housing site.

START AGAIN: Contractors return after Blackburn taxi drivers report fault with new turning circle

Lancashire Telegraph:

9:32am Wednesday 28th January 2015

CONTRACTORS are digging up the new taxi turning circle next to Blackburn Railway station because it was installed too wide for drivers to turn their cabs with ease.

Blackburn Cathedral celebrates consecration of first female bishop with East Lancs links

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:30pm Tuesday 27th January 2015

A PEAL of cathedral bells rang across Blackburn last night to celebrate the consecration of the Church of England’s first female bishop who started her ministry in the town.

First ‘Winter Warmer’ bash is a real hit with Darwen’s older residents

Lancashire Telegraph:

11:45am Tuesday 27th January 2015

MORE than 100 Darwen over-50s gathered at Derwent Hall for the first of a series of get togethers to give their lives a bit of extra fun and friendship.

PROTESTER: Wealthy people will not come into Blackburn to buy expensive homes

Lancashire Telegraph:

8:30am Monday 26th January 2015

A HOMES protester has told councillors debating a luxury housing development that wealthy people will not come into Blackburn to buy expensive homes.

£2million Blackburn Muslim boarding school will be self financing

Lancashire Telegraph:

6:00am Sunday 25th January 2015

THE principal of an Islamic college granted permission to build a new independent Muslim girls’ boarding school has stressed its strong community links.

Blackburn Cathedral to hold tribute to former canon David Galilee

Lancashire Telegraph:

7:00am Sunday 25th January 2015

THE Church of England in Lancashire will remember one of its key figures for almost two decades with a service at Blackburn Cathedral next week.

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