• Mystery man killed in rail line horror

    POLICE are appealing for help to identify a man who was killed by a train on the East Lancashire line. The man, aged about 25, died instantly when he was hit by the Colne to Blackpool South train close to the Lomeshaye Road bridge, Nelson, at 7.40pm on

  • Cutting edge

    ISEE from your report "Threat to register offices" (LET, January 12) that poor old Darwen councillor Paul Browne, an ex-county councillor, has forgotten just how good the Labour Group at County Hall is at organising the finances of the county council

  • 10 YEARS AGO: Burglary blackspot

    BLACKBURN was one of Lancashire's burglary blackspots with the number of break-ins on the increase and the detection rate dropping. The town was pinpointed as a problem area by Chief Constable Brian Johnson who said that new initiatives or resources were

  • 5 YEARS AGO: School fire smoulders

    A SUSPECTED arson attack left a school's offices gutted after a fire smouldered through the night before being found by the cleaner in the morning. Police said they were treating the second school fire in a week as suspicious but do not know how the blaze

  • Price of failure

    IAM pleased to hear that Darwen Leisure Centre is due for some lottery cash. For this last few months it has been a lottery on each visit to the sauna centre there. Either it has been freezing cold or the jacuzzi was not working, or the "new" steam room

  • Dog owners

    IWOULD simply like to thank Ian Coogan (Letters, January 15) for proving my point that some dangerous dogs have totally irresponsible owners. He is one of the "intelligent, obedient and affectionate" breed of people that does not think the dogs responsible

  • ICE HOCKEY: Slaughtered!

    NOT SO much a Storm - more a whirlwind as Hawks were blown out of sight. This was the long-awaited ice hockey showdown, the head-to-head, the clash of the giants. But, in truth, last night's expected close encounter just didn't happen. Storm ran away

  • Happiness of Christians

    IFEEL Terry Moorby's vitriolic and rather sad remarks (Letters, January 11) demand a reply. Ignoring the right of individuals and groups' rights of freedom to express their opinions (even Mr Moorby), he will find that the main reason for comments about

  • Will Labour preach what it practises

    IN CHOOSING, in defiance of party policy, to send her son to a selective grammar school, Labour's health spokesman Harriet Harman is only doing what is right and proper as a parent. She is seeking the best education for her child. But, as a politician

  • Dead and berr-ied!

    PEACE in the boardroom may be replaced by increasing uneasiness on the terraces if Clarets fans are subjected to many more matches like this. That Burnley deserved to lose was highly debatable. But the shoddy standard of this match was not. Against a

  • Racing along road to fitness

    ASTHMA sufferer Sandra Snape only began running as a way of getting fit in May last year - now she is waiting to take part in this year's London Marathon. Sandra, 31, of Preston New Road, Mellor Brook, said: "I am definitely far fitter now than I have

  • Darwen march on: Maghull 0 Darwen 1

    DETERMINED Darwen advanced to the fourth round of the League Challenge Cup in trying conditions at Old Hall Field. Passing the ball with any accuracy proved almost impossible in the swirling wind but Darwen adapted better than their hosts. Steve Mullen

  • Co-operate and dip into a £340m kitty

    TOWNS across East Lancashire could soon be forging closer links with Europe with the help of millions of pounds of EC cash. A whopping £340 million is available to help towns with populations under 100,000 throughout Europe to co-operate. Lancashire Central

  • Water cut plan fury

    APPALLED welfare chiefs at Lancashire County Council are considering taking North West Water to court in a bid to stop it installing pre-payment devices in poor families' homes. As many as 40,000 homes could get the devices which cut off water if it is

  • No approach says Clarets assistant boss

    BURNLEY'S assistant manager Clive Middlemass has been linked with a return to former club Carlisle United. But today Mervyn Day emerged as the number one choice after Brunton Park's Director of Coaching Mick Wadsworth joined Norwich City as the new assistant

  • Chorley must try again: Boston United 1 Chorley 1

    IF tomorrow evening's replay of this FA Trophy first round tie at Victory Park reproduces the tension and excitement of this game, it will be a cracker. Fortunes ebbed and flowed at Boston in a typically hard fought cup tie which, in the end, neither

  • Kenny for England

    THE odds on Kenny Dalglish becoming the next boss of ENGLAND have come tumbling down from 50-1 to 10-1 with William Hill. Ewood's Director of Football has been reported to have told friends he wants to succeed Terry Venables. And my sources close to the

  • Batty exit put on ice!

    NEWCASTLE United will have to dig much deeper into Sir John Hall's millions if they are to prise David Batty from Ewood Park. All the circumstances suggest the England and Blackburn Rovers midfield man will be on his way soon. Even though Rovers stressed

  • Death crash girl named

    A TEENAGE woman killed in a horrific car accident in the early hours of Saturday morning has been named as Tina Clarke, 19, of Clement Street, Darwen. Tina was a front-seat passenger in a powerful, black Peugeot 205 GTi car which spun out of control on

  • Glovely stuff!

    THE gloves were off as far as Blackburn Rovers were concerned, with their now single-minded pursuit of a UEFA Cup spot the sole target. And, with a positive response to the shock FA Cup exit badly needed, they were not found wanting. Fears that confidence

  • Top doctor's assurance on acne drug 'dangers'

    A TOP doctor today urged worried acne sufferers not to panic after it was revealed that a popular antibiotic can cause deadly side-effects. A team of specialists have claimed that the anti-acne drug minocycline can lead to arthritis and hepatitis. Two

  • Aisle help the bride!

    A LITTLE girl with a burning ambition to be a bridesmaid is turning to readers of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph to make her dream come true. Five-year-old Charlotte Spencer wants nothing more than to don a bridesmaid's dress and accompany a blushing

  • Thousands help council's home survey

    A SURVEY into the housing needs of the Ribble Valley has been given a kickstart by a good public response. Five thousand people throughout nine zones in the Ribble Valley were given questionnaires and the council have been delighted by the response rate

  • Exterminate them

    IRRESPECTIVE of what happened in later years, Adolf Hitler raised the youth of his country from poverty and despair when he created the Hitler Youth Movement which went from strength to strength and gave young people a purpose in life. I wonder how he

  • Can you blame him?

    THE SPECTRE of a Lib-Lab pact crept back on to the political agenda as Liberal Democrat leader Paddy Ashdown tonight spelled out his terms for co-operation with a Labour-led coalition government. It is probably all academic - especially if, as the opinion

  • Nursery vouchers just a middle class perk

    IF, AS Lady Thatcher suggests, the government needs to win back favour with the disaffected middle class, it may well begin that process with its scheme for nursery school vouchers. But that will only be as a result of handing Middle England a cash perk

  • 1,000 knives off streets

    MORE than 1,000 deadly knives have been taken off the streets of East Lancashire as the result of the police blades amnesty. The figure was announced today at the end of the national, month-long amnesty set up after the fatal stabbing of headmaster Philip

  • Have the wheelies bin a big success?

    RESIDENTS who are trying out wheelie bins will be asked by Burnley Council to say what they think about them. A questionnaire will be distributed to householders asking about the size of the bin, whether it is hygienic, easy to move and whether street

  • Couple go out on a limb for lame Nan

    YOU must be kidding! Nan, the eight-year-old goat, is having a special caliper made to help her dodgy leg. The brave animal has been crippled by tendon trouble and is unable to walk. Owners Verna and John Sandiford, of Edgworth, thought they had tried

  • Missing moggy Muffin floors 'em all

    MUFFIN caused a minor cat-astrophe at the Clayton household when he became trapped under the floorboards. The adventurous moggy got stuck after his curiosity got the better of him. Owner Andrea Clayton, of Atlas Street, Clayton-le-Moors, was bemused when

  • Savings? Cut the copter

    IWRITE in response to the recent spate of self congratulatory letters from Coun Derek Brindle and members of the Darwen Labour Party in an attempt to gain a little political credibility. But, as usual, they have missed the point. The projected closure