• Scrap pair to escape further action

    UEFA's decision not to take any further action against Graeme Le Saux or David Batty would seem to have pre-empted any possible extra discipline from the Football Association. As the senior body, and dealing with a match played under their auspices, UEFA

  • Clarets could cash in on new TV deal

    BURNLEY could land a subtantial cash windfall after the Endsleigh League agreed a new £125 million deal with Sky Sports today. The satellite station plans to screen games from the lower divisions on Friday nights and Sundays under the five-year agreement

  • Dons target Chorley star

    STARLET Lee Trundle of Chorley is being watched by Premiership club Wimbledon. Victory Park boss Dave Sutton paid Burscough £7,000 for Trundle a few weeks ago after he had played only a handful of first team games. It could prove a sound investment. Chorley

  • Water fit to drink

    MANY readers will be concerned by the alarmist and misleading claims about polluted drinking water reported in the media. I assure them categorically that there has been no sewage contamination and that the water in our region is of high quality and safe

  • The rough guide to fashion

    "I DON'T think I was the kind of drama queen they wanted in the end," said down-to-earth fashion entrepreneur Jan Shutt, chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to appear in a TV fashion programme. "I got the impression they wanted me to be a bit more volatile

  • 10,000 unfit homes a blot on landscape

    ALMOST 10,000 private houses in Hyndburn are unfit. And another 5,500 homes are in need of repairs or improvement to avoid becoming unfit. Colossal investment is needed to halt the decline in the borough's private sector housing stock. The scale of the

  • Scheme to calm traffic makes residents angry

    WORRIED residents have called a public meeting to discuss a package of traffic calming measures planned for their busy road. Residents on Fielding Lane, Oswaldtwistle, have drawn up a petition opposing the scheme. They claim the measures will create more

  • Tiny Darwen Towers salute history

    A FAMOUS landmark is being miniaturised and will march into town. Decorative railings along the A666 through Darwen town centre will soon be topped off with a series of little Darwen Towers six inches tall. The black metal railings will protect a series

  • Scapa's £27m profit spells bright future

    ONE of the largest employers in Lancashire is looking forward to another bright New Year after seeing its pre-tax profits jump by 20 per cent. The Scapa Group, a multi-national company with its headquarters in Preston New Road, Blackburn, announced pre-tax

  • Is anyone listening to us down there?

    WE'RE Lancashire and proud of it. So were thousands of others until they were snatched from the borders of their beloved county and thrust into exile to become Greater Mancunians, Merseysiders and Bury, Wigan or Bolton Metropolitans. Now, Lancashire MPs

  • ID cards

    DURING the summer, you published my letter encouraging everyone to get involved in the debate the Home Secretary had begun on whether we should have a National Identity Card. We have sent out more than 55,000 copies of the booklet. More than 1,000 people

  • Still in business

    YOU said the stress counsellor for Lancashire Constabulary had retired (LET, Nov 4). For almost 20 years I was the retained counsellor for Lancashire Constabulary. Being in the private sector it was my choice to specialise in the counselling of police

  • ICE HOCKEY: Hawks cagey over super league plans

    BLACKBURN Hawks today reacted "cautiously" to speculation that a new national ice hockey Super League could be up and running by the start of next season. Hawks, currently striving to win Premier League status under the long-established British Ice Hockey

  • Measured charge

    WHAT has now become obvious from this now-serious shortage of water is that, when the water industry was in public ownership, there was massive under-investment and maintenance. This became apparent 40 years ago in Blackburn when the Fylde Water Board

  • RUGBY UNION: Blackburn 27 Caldy 28

    BLACKBURN for the second week running showed their Jekyll and Hyde nature and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. At the moment Blackburn are using the non-league and cup games to try out promising players. In essence, after leading 17-


    BLACKBURN for the second week running showed their Jekyll and Hyde nature and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. At the moment Blackburn are using the non-league and cup games to try out promising players. In essence, after leading 17-

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Housing problem

    A MASSIVE council house crisis was set to hit Burnley, and councillors were warned they had tough decisions to make. In a hard hitting report, housing chief Mr Alf Norris pulled no punches. He told them: "There are no easy solutions. All the decisions

  • 5 YEARS AGO: Major goes to work

    JOHN Major at once set to work on his new cabinet, after being installed as Britain's youngest Prime Minister this century. And Home Secretary David Waddington, MP for Ribble Valley and a convinced supporter of capital punishment, was one of the first

  • Village fear of M-way traffic

    WORRIED villagers are calling for action to keep motorway traffic away. Members of Brindle Parish Council fear children are at risk from the heavy goods vehicles and speeding cars at Sandy Lane. They have asked the county surveyor for the B5256 to Leyland

  • Ask opt-out questions

    THERE are several questions which parents, teachers and governors should ask on the question of opting out: What reasons are being given for considering opting out? Will the proposed change improve the education of all the children in the school, now

  • Regular filter changes

    THE parent company of Burnley air filter manufacturer Interfilta has announced a 42 per cent increase in operating profit for the group's air filtration businesses worldwide. In the year ending September 30, profits rose from £2.2 to £3.1 million and

  • Home violence highlighted by a day of action

    A DAY of action drove home the message against violence in the home. The event, supported by Blackburn Council, was meant to highlight the problems of violence faced in the home by many women and children at the hands of men. Stalls on Blackburn Market

  • Bus sell-off row goes to House of Commons

    TWO Labour MPs have expressed concern over a leading Liberal councillor's position as a shareholder in a bus company seeking to buy the Burnley and Pendle Transport undertaking. Pendle MP Gordon Prentice and Burnley MP Peter Pike want Ian Gilhespy and

  • Nine arrested as police swoop at dawn

    POLICE swooped on suspected crooks in a series of dawn raids as part of a pre-Christmas crackdown on crime in Accrington. Officers swooped on six houses as part of a county-wide operation, codenamed Castle II, aimed at tackling burglars and other criminals

  • Cardiff target Clarets striker

    STRIKER Tony Philliskirk could be on the verge of joining Third Division Cardiff City. Ninian Park boss Kenny Hibbitt today made a fresh move for Philliskirk after his attempts to take the striker on loan failed last week. "Cardiff have spoken to us about

  • Russian kids' festive funtime dream

    A KIND-HEARTED family are appealing for help in making Christmas extra special for a group of Russian youngsters. Mrs Wendy Feast and husband Jed have played host to more than 20 children from the Ukraine and the area around Chernobyl since reading about

  • Seven arrested in dawn swoops

    STRIKE squads made dawn raids on eight houses in the Burnley and Padiham as police pulled a Christmas cracker on suspected criminals. Teams of uniformed and plain clothes officers made seven arrests as part of a major crackdown on burglary and other crime

  • Blood donor shake-up had better work

    ON THE face of it, a £10 million boost for the NHS in the form of savings on the blood collection service seems like a good idea. A shake-up of testing and processing will bring benefits for donors, hospitals and patients, promises Health Secretary Stephen

  • Hang them

    JUSTICE has been done and quite rightly that evil woman Rosemary West has been found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. I wonder how many people like myself will resent having to pay for the upkeep of this evil woman? I don't mind paying tax to

  • Police cells packed after dawn swoops

    A hi-tech national DNA database today scored its first arrest success in Lancashire as police raided dozens of homes in a major crackdown on burglars and drug dealers. Officers using the genetic fingerprinting system detained a 16-year-old youth as part

  • Harford swoops for Swedish star Niklas

    RAY Harford is hoping he has come up with a potential cure for Blackburn Rovers' lingering problems down the left flank - by signing Niklas Gudmundsson from Halmstads BK. The Swedish international is on his way to Ewood from the Far East, where he has

  • Kidnapped pigeon Bluey tries to walk home

    A KIDNAPPED champion pigeon was found trying to walk home - just yards from a Nelson loft he left four years ago. Bluey was making a trip down memory lane when he was spotted by pigeon fancier Frank Nicholson, who had heard of the feathered celebrity's

  • Gauntlet of gunfire: Boxer talks of Cape Town killing

    BOXER Warren Stowe, who ran a gauntlet of gunfire during the biggest fight of his career, was offered a rematch just hours after he dodged the bullets. The Burnley Bulldog could have taken part in a fresh money-spinning bout with South African Simon Maseko

  • Breakfast served at the Jobcentre

    STAFF at Colne Jobcentre will be serving up a continental breakfast for local employers on Friday, December 8. On the menu, along with the fruit juice and rolls, will be an informal introduction to the services available at the centre and an explanation