• Travel sick

    HOME and Away isn't just another Australian Soap to Blackburn Rovers supporters. Since the season kicked off in August, it has been their catchword - summing up the crazy contrast that has undermined any hopes of a successful defence of the title. At

  • Strange proposal from MP

    AS A collector of de-activated firearms, I read with interest our local MP Greg Pope's proposal to totally ban the possession of imitation, blank-firing or de-activated firearms. The problem, as I see it, is how would such a ban work in practice. How

  • Schools given little to build on

    EDUCATION bosses have hit out at the Government after Lancashire got a paltry 22 per cent of the money it wanted for new school buildings and improvements. The county asked for £37 million to modernise old schools and cope with growing demand for classrooms

  • Secret deal to save jobs

    COMPANY bosses and council chiefs have pulled off a deal aimed at safeguarding scores of jobs following hours of secret negotiations. Furniture makers Lupton Brothers have been granted planning permission to demolish their Victorian premises in Accrington

  • Sacked Asian PC accuses police of racism

    A POLICE officer who claims he has been the victim of racial discrimination has been sacked after being found guilty of a series of disciplinary charges. PC Nazir Omarji Ahmed Musa, of Blackburn, was fired by police bosses after a two week hearing into

  • Binmen's threat in pay dispute

    A UNION leader has warned that dustbins in Pendle could go unemptied in the New Year because of a dispute with the council. Dustbin men and street sweepers have voted to take industrial action in January in their battle with Pendle Council over bonus

  • Will we fall for it?

    CUT and cut again - that is the government's cynical attitude to vital public services in Lancashire. For, just look, at its latest hit list. Roads: The county gets its lowest-ever spending deal - just £15.3million instead of the £50 million it needs.

  • Paul's haven for scared sailors

    THE son of a Pendle vicar is helping to make one of the world's biggest ports a home from home for Tamil and Russian sailors this Christmas. Paul Morgan, whose father Brian is vicar of St Thomas' Church, Barrowford, is working as a chaplain's assistant

  • I was Saux worried

    GRAEME Le Saux's father today spoke of his alarm when he first heard of the horrendous injury to the Blackburn Rovers and England full back. And Pierre Le Saux revealed that he had been told by the surgeon who carried out the operation that no long-term

  • Ideal Holmes!

    HOWARD Kendall could be preparing for a transfer swoop on his old club Blackburn Rovers, with Matty Holmes a possible target. The new Sheffield United manager was impressed by Ewood midfielder Holmes, who produced an outstanding display for Rovers Reserves

  • Mafia man loses battle

    A MAFIA suspect who hid out in Darwen for more than a decade faces being sent back to Italy in the New Year. Guiseppe Cavallo, 52, whose family still live in Higher Perry Street, lost his fight against extradition at Bow Street Magistrates' Court, London

  • Tory man in new claims probe

    TROUBLED Tory candidate Hugh Neil came under more fire today. A bosses' organisation is to write to the Hyndburn Conservative representative telling him to stop claiming he is a member when he parted company with them more than four years ago. In a CV

  • June's crime watch after £1,000 theft

    A REWARD is being offered after a rare and unusual watch was stolen in a house burglary in Colne. The Omega Deville ladies watch is worth around £1,000. But its sentimental value is far more important to owner June Field, who has offered a reward for

  • 5 YEARS AGO: Boycott shops

    THE BISHOP of Blackburn today called on shoppers to boycott stores which open illegally on Sunday. The Rt Rev Alan Chesters also appealed to shops not to break the law, as British Home Stores announced its Blackburn branch would open on Sunday. Blackburn

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Busmen meet

    CHRISTMAS shoppers were left without public transport on one of the busiest days of the year as bus crews met for a three hour union meeting. And Hyndburn busmen threatened chaos if problems in the run up to deregulation of buses next September were not

  • RUGBY: Accy find going tough

    ACCRINGTON Rugby League side took on a strong running and tough tackling Wigan Tech outfit minus several key players and went down 42-12. Hit by some ealy injuries Accrington let in three tries just before the interval which virtually put them out of

  • Misleading

    WHAT a pity that the letter you published from Dale Campbell-Savours MP on December 14, concerning a boycott of Campbell products was so misleading. The factory in Maryport is to close in the spring. However, all 123 employees have been offered jobs at

  • Divorce will not strengthen the monarchy

    THAT the Queen should urge the Prince and Princess of Wales to divorce is not surprising. She is simply confronting reality and an inevitability - as, by response, Charles does and Diana, in turn, must do also. But what is an ironic departure is the throne

  • Was my son murdered?

    DRUGS overdose victim Mark Charles Hudson may have been murdered, his father claimed. An inquest into the death of 18-year-old Mark, of Norfolk Street, Nelson, was sensationally stopped so that his family can discuss their allegation with Det Chief Insp

  • Adrian set to miss out

    ADRIAN Randall is set to miss out on the start of Burnley's four-match festive programme when manager Jimmy Mullen is looking to his team to turn up the heat in the Second Division promotion chase. Midfield man Randall was absent from last Saturday's

  • Missing drug death witnesses summoned

    A CORONER halted an inquest on a former drug addict for a second time after two important witnesses failed to attend. Blackburn Coroner Andre Rebello ordered witness summonses to be issued in respect of a man and a woman who failed to attend the Accrington

  • Call for water rebate

    NORTH West Water customers who have suffered during the drought could be in line for compensation. Water watchdog OFWAT has put forward a series of recommendations in a consultation paper. They include a £25 rebate for customers who experience supply

  • Cemfuel moves are welcomed

    ENVIRONMENT chiefs in the Ribble Valley have welcomed the latest moves from pollution watchdogs over a controversial Clitheroe company. Although Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Pollution is remaining non-committal over results of Cemfuel monitoring around

  • Shopping parking chaos

    OH, yes, Gerald Turner (Letters, December 15) how I do agree with all your comments about parking in Blackburn. Some days prior to your visit of December 6, I travelled with my daughter at about 2pm and it took me 20 minutes to get from St Alban's Church

  • Boss tells of £100,000 robbery ordeal

    BUSINESSMAN Peter Wolfenden today told how his wife feared for her life as masked robbers struck at their luxury home. "I'm more annoyed than anything else but Margaret was worried they might turn violent," he said. "She definitely feared for her life