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  • Clarets set for £1m windfall

    BURNLEY could be set for a £1 million windfall through the sale of Turf Moor shares. Chairman Barry Kilby is currently bidding to bring in further fresh investment to top up the funds generated by the Clarets' rights issue which closed last week. He has

  • Rovers man Perez moves to Bastia on loan

    SEBASTIEN Perez has rejoined his former club Bastia on loan until the end of the season. The deal was rushed through yesterday, just in time to beat the French transfer deadline which closed last night. Perez had been expected to join Marseille, with

  • Hospital tonics

    MEDICS at Burnley General Hospital were given a double tonic today after scooping Government cash to improve services. The Government confirmed that the hospital will receive a further £400,000 to upgrade its accident and emergency department. And it

  • Five held in benefit fraud probe

    BRUNSHAW sub post office was closed and five people were arrested in dawn raids by police, post office and benefits agency investigators today. Among those taken to the police station for questioning, police have confirmed, was the sub postmaster 36-year-old

  • CRICKET: Murali's set on coming to Lancs

    MUTTIAH Muralitharan has reassured Lancashire CCC that he will play for them next season. The Sri Lankan spin wizard has spoken to Old Trafford coach Dav Whatmore who said: "He is still determined to come here." Murali's future was thrown into doubt over

  • Stand and be counted

    ONCE again, it seems the elderly or disabled are going to suffer - as old folk's homes may be closed and concessionary travel for the disabled may be axed. They don't need this hassle - they already have their problems. Don't MPs read the newspapers or

  • ICE HOCKEY: Big crowd but Hawks fail

    Blackburn Hawks 5 Chelmsford Chieftans 7 BLACKBURN Arena housed its biggest attendance of the season on Saturday night and guess what? Hawks lost! But a crowd upwards of 1,500 certainly couldn't complain about the level of entertainment, particularly

  • Charge on disabled is inhumane

    AT a time when the lot of the disabled has been put into sharp focus by the absurd reasoning of Glenn Hoddle, there comes the distressing disclosure that many of them are, in effect, being taxed for their handicap. It comes in the findings of a survey

  • Viewing in the lap of luxury

    Eric Leaver hears another story from Blackburn's golden age of cinema RIALTO reminiscences keep rolling in - proof of the fond spot the old Blackburn super-cinema still has in the hearts of picturegoers even though it's been gone 25 years. Looking Back's

  • Crash tragedy driver, 21, was blinded by sun

    A WOMAN motorist died after being dazzled by the sun and crashing her car head-on into a 53-seater coach, an inquest heard. Melissa Ruth Whiteoak, 21, of Chapel Rise, Billington, died from multiple injuries despite the brave efforts of staff nurse Joanne

  • Food 'tax' unfair, says MP

    GOVERNMENT plans to finance the new Food Standards Agency with a fixed charge on food retailers has been denounced by an East Lancashire MP. Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans described the proposed charge as a "poll tax" and claimed it would be "grossly unfair

  • Perez moves to Bastia on loan

    SEBASTIEN Perez has rejoined his former club Bastia on loan until the end of the season. The deal was rushed through yesterday, just in time to beat the French transfer deadline which closed last night. Perez had been expected to join Marseille, with

  • Handicapped could be paying too much

    A CHARITY has called for the abolition of day centre charges for mentally handicapped people on Income Support. And Mencap claims councils may be illegally charging people with learning disabilities for using day centres, according to a survey published

  • Ewood is the place to stay!

    FOOTBALL fans could be spoilt for choice for hotel accommodation in the Ewood area in the new millennium. Plans to build a Travel Lodge near Ewood Park, at one of the area's biggest and most popular pubs, have been submitted to Blackburn with Darwen Council

  • Straw probes child pervert case

    HOME SECRETARY Jack Straw today pledged to step in after it was revealed by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph that no accommodation has been found for a dangerous child sex offender who is due to be released from prison in less than four weeks. And stipendiary

  • Toddler rescued from blaze

    A TODDLER was dropped from the first floor window of a burning house into a blanket in a dramatic rescue. Teenage baby-sitter Clint Hird smashed a bedroom window before dropping two-year-old Dylan Summer 15ft to safety into a blanket being held by neighbours

  • Student spared jail for bitten nose fracas

    A UNIVERSITY student who bit a man's nose in a pub fracas has walked free from court. Wayne Gibson, 19, then an injured member of a local football team, should have gone to prison, but the prosecution accepted he had acted in self-defence, Burnley Crown

  • A 'fair' amount of new work

    A RAFT of new legislation is set to keep a team of East Lancashire employment lawyers busy this year. The minimum wage, the working time regulations and the new Fairness at Work Law which includes compulsory recognition of trade unions will all affect

  • Filtering success

    A FILTER firm has won a new order for a medical centre. Interfilta, based in Burnley, has clinched the deal to supply air filters for the Queen's Medical Centre in Nottingham. Converted for the new archive on 14 July 2000. Some images and formatting may

  • Hill country guide launch is perfect

    THE launch of the Lancashire Hill Country Visitor Guide got off to the perfect start, thanks to the help of a horse named Betty. A posse of distinguished guests received their first copies of the new publication after Betty and a number of her equine

  • Anger over Lucas pay-off

    EAST Lancashire MPs today joined the chorus of protest over Lucas Varity boss Victor Rice's £17 million pay-off. As hundreds of workers in their constituencies waited to find out if the latest changes in the company would cost them their jobs, Burnley's

  • Union protest demo in battle for care home

    PROTESTERS gathered outside a home for the elderly and promised to continue to fight against its closure and the "privatisation" of 54 other homes cross the county. About 20 campaigners protested outside the gates of Whiteacres, Lansdowne Close, Burnley

  • Cyclists' delight

    RESIDENTS got on their bikes to help create part of a cycle way that will eventually cross Burnley. People in Stoneyholme and Daneshouse spent yesterday by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal helping to change a section of towpath alongside the waterway into

  • Kevin 'comes out'

    I HAVE been told that I am sick. I need treatment for a mental condition called a phobia. The diagnosis is made each time I suggest that it is unnatural for men to have sex with men (and women with women). Occasionally, I meet similarly afflicted people

  • Canal death probe

    BURNLEY: Police are investigating the death of an elderly man whose body was discovered floating in the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Burnley. The body of Michael Joseph Gallagher, 66, of Healey Wood Road, Burnley, was spotted by an angler as he walked along

  • Take your pick on addresses

    LAST year saw new housing springing up at Mill Hill, Blackburn, on the site of Malvern Mill on Brothers Street. I understand the need for housing, but as a local historian, I was saddened that this local landmark was flattened in the process. But what

  • Fire crew on green alert!

    A GREEN parakeet which escaped from a house in Holbeck Street, Burnley, was last seen flying over roof tops in Daneshouse. Firefighters tried to recover the bird after getting a call saying that it was stuck in a television aerial. Firefighter Lee Clough

  • Special plea to save school

    PLEASE, don't close our wonderful school. At Crosshill special school in Blackburn, everyone cares for each other and get on so well together. All the children are equal, safe, secure and feel needed. They need this loving family atmosphere to give them

  • SOCCER: Heads! Gary keeps Wembley dream alive for Clitheroe

    FA Vase 5th round: Clitheroe 1 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 0 CLITHEROE moved a step nearer to Wembley after unsung hero Gary Rishton popped up with a matchwinner for the second successive round. It was a Rishton header which saw off St Helens after a nerve-jangling

  • Cabs and hire cars - there is a difference

    REGARDING H Bolton's account (Letters, January 26) of nearly being knocked down by a taxi in Blackburn, may we ask was it a taxi or a private hire car? Please get your facts right before you point a finger. If it was a 'black cab' taxi, we agree with

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Killers gunned down

    THE killers of East Lancashire aid worker Paul Goodall were shot dead by Bosnian soldiers. The three Muslim bandits were mown down by automatic fire after smashing through a road block in the Land Rover Discovery they stole from Mr Goodall and his two

  • Armed raid foiled

    A 67-year-old post office worker foiled two masked raiders who threatened him with a sawn-off shotgun at the Sett End post office, Blackburn. Jim Bradbury hit the alarm, ducked, then ran out of the back of the shop. When he looked back in the shop, the

  • 'Red card' Rovers face deep trouble

    Blackburn Rovers 1 Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Peter White's big match verdict FOR the benefit of Blackburn Rovers' administrative staff you can call 08457-222333 and, a word of advice. The earlier you book the more you save. The number is Virgin's West Coast

  • Straw probes child pervert case

    HOME SECRETARY Jack Straw today pledged to step in after it was revealed by the Lancashire Evening Telegraph that no accommodation has been found for a dangerous child sex offender who is due to be released from prison in less than four weeks. And stipendiary

  • Point squeezed from Sincil Bank

    Lincoln City 1 Burnley 1 - Pete Oliver's big match verdict BRIAN Reid managed what Burnley's coach driver couldn't as he manoeuvred the Clarets out of a tight spot to extend their unbeaten away run to four games. The tight, car-lined streets around Sincil

  • Clarets set for £1m windfall

    BURNLEY could be set for a £1 million windfall through the sale of Turf Moor shares. Chairman Barry Kilby is currently bidding to bring in further fresh investment to top up the funds generated by the Clarets' rights issue which closed last week. He has

  • School 'good' but week is too short

    PUPILS at Blackburn's Pleckgate High are making good progress despite their school week being shorter than recommended, according to a new inspection report. A team of 16 Ofsted inspectors who visited the school last year found it to be performing well

  • TV blaze empties bookies

    CUSTOMERS and staff were forced to flee a bookmaker's when smoke started pouring out of a television set. Firefighters spent an hour tackling the blaze at Coral, Johnston Street, Blackburn, just before 4pm on Saturday. Deputy manager Darren Walsh said

  • Decision soon on hospital's future

    THE future of Hartley Hospital, Colne, could be decided this week if councillors give permission to convert the landmark site into a retirement village for the over-55s. The aim is to convert the main part of the former hospital into nine flats with communal

  • Mineral quarry fears

    A PLAN to extend workings for minerals at a Rossendale quarry is likely to get the go ahead despite widespread opposition from nearby residents. Lancashire County Council's development control sub-committee is recommended to grant permission for digging

  • Secure future for church

    ONE of the oldest buildings in Pendle is set to get extra security measures to protect it from vandal attacks. Councillors are recommended to grant planning permission for plastic security glazing on nine windows at the front of Colne Parish Church when