• Bridge works to shut M-way

    THE M65 between junction six at Whitebirk and seven at Clayton-le-Moors will be closed from 9pm on Wednesday, April 30, until 5am the following day. The closure will allow a redundant farm access bridge across the carriageway to be demolished. A replacement

  • Man plucked from blazing home

    FIREFIGHTERS rescued a 23-year-old man who was found leaning from a first floor window trapped in his burning flat. Firefighters called to the smoke-logged premises in Deardengate, Haslingden, entered the flat at the back and fought the flames to the

  • Election post a waste of money

    PICKING up my mail the other day, I was appalled to find not three but seven political party leaflets delivered by the postman. On making inquiries, I was informed by the Royal Mail that they are only being paid to deliver Conservative, Liberal Democrat

  • ROVERS: Col sets date

    COLIN Hendry, determined to see Blackburn Rovers' relegation battle through to a successful conclusion, has booked his date with the doctors - Thursday, May 15, writes PETER WHITE. That's when the Ewood stalwart will go into hospital for more groin surgery

  • 19 off road in cabs blitz

    A CRACKDOWN on danger taxis in Hyndburn has resulted in 19 vehicles being ordered off the road. The six-hour swoop was a joint operation by police, Hyndburn Council and the Benefits Agency. Out of 26 private hire and hackney carriages examined, 13 were

  • CRICKET: Shane Lee Interview

    GIVEN the story currently doing the rounds, Shane Lee might have been expected to be shuffling around his flat attached to a ball and chain, writes BRIAN DOOGAN. Happily, he wasn't and he was more than happy to put the record straight. Just to fill you

  • CRICKET: Master class!

    ESTABLISHED New Zealand Test batsmen versus up-and-coming young Aussie sounds like a classic case of master against apprentice. But Accrington's new professional Nathan Astle is experienced enough to acknowledge that certainly won't be the scenario as

  • CRICKET: Mike takes the reins

    MIKE Atherton is on stand-by to lead Lancashire for the first time in two years in tomorrow's opening Axa Life League game against Durham at Old Trafford - even though he is no longer the club's vice captain. Mike Watkinson is doubtful after straining

  • Summer return in hostages hunt

    MEMBERS of the Hostages In Kashmir Campaign are so pleased with the success of their quest for clues in the Indian sub-continent that they plan to return in July. Bob Wells, father of Blackburn student Paul, is currently touring India, Pakistan and the

  • Hay fever victim suffers in silence

    A HAY fever sufferer is dreading an early start to the sneezing season after being banned from blowing his nose! Surgeons have warned singer Niall McConachie that his head will blow up like a balloon if he uses his handkerchief after an operation to set

  • Family flee as car bursts into flames

    A FAMILY had a narrow escape after a suspected arson attack in which a blazing car was moved near their home. A man and four children escaped unhurt from the house in Lancaster Drive, Hapton, after the family's D-reg Ford Escort estate car burst into

  • Carving a place in history

    HE will never make Blackburn Rovers' first team, but a wooden sculpture will still able to keep a close eye on the goings-on at Ewood Park. The sculpture is one of 21 being created to mark the new millennium and will be placed on redeveloped land near

  • Appliance of science in new engine

    A NEW generation of fire engines will hit the roads of Lancashire for the first time next week. The first appliance based on a Leyland Trucks chassis will be handed over on Tuesday to County Councillor Bob Clark, chairman of Lancashire's fire services

  • Councillor out of touch

    AT the recent Ribble Valley Council special meeting to discuss the Environment Agency's latest Variation Notice to Castle Cement, concerning the burning of hazardous waste in their kilns at Clitheroe, there was more than two hours' debate, with continued

  • Leak probed by water watchdogs

    A CEMENT company could face an unlimited fine following an unauthorised discharge into the River Ribble from a clinker heap at its Clitheroe works. The Environment Agency launched an investigation after the leak at Castle Cement's plant was detected during

  • Thanks a million

    CAN I express my many thanks for all the messages of support from not only my work colleagues and fellow councillors, but also from the residents of Shadsworth Ward during my recent illness? I also thank all the doctors and nurses on the assessment ward

  • CRICKET: The Shane Lee Column

    Meet the newest member of the Lancashire Evening Telegraph sports team. Enfield professional SHANE LEE is one of the hottest talents in Australian cricket. And he will be bringing you a personal account of his summer in the EW Cartons Lancashire League

  • Pucker up and snog for cash

    YOUNG farmers are puckering up for a record breaking the world's biggest snog! Farmers from across East Lancashire will be performing some mouth-to-mouth at their annual convention, and 2,000 pairs of lips are already limbering up for the

  • Help save the children

    NEXT week is Save the Children week and I urge everyone in Blackburn to join our fight against child hunger by making a donation. Five hundred million children go to bed hungry each night. The really sad thing is that this is happening even though there

  • CLARETS: Heath's defensive headache

    ADRIAN Heath is aiming to get to the heart of his problems as he starts the major task of transforming his squad for next season, writes PETER WHITE. And by that, the Burnley boss means the heart of a defence which has conceded far too many goals for

  • ELECTION 97: Neighbours from hell urge - vote for Jack!

    THE parents of a family dubbed the worst neighbours in Britain by Shadow Home Secretary Jack Straw are urging local people - vote Labour! Blackburn's Labour MP highlighted Family X - the Liddles - as a nightmare to live near in 1995, when he unveiled

  • Visits to battlefields

    THE King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Association runs coach trips to the battlefields and cemeteries of Northern Europe. These include visits to, the Somme, Ypres, Normandy, Nijmegen, Arnhem, Berlin, Belsen, the Dambusters, Colditz Castle, Buchenwald