• Nurse sexually abused patients

    A FORMER Blackburn psychiatric nurse was jailed for eight years for a series of sex offences against teenage boys spanning 30 years. John Kyle, 60, of Coach Road, Waterfoot, originally denied the ten charges of indecent assault and one other serious sex

  • Action vote

    SHOP-FLOOR workers at Azko Nobel Decorative Coatings in Darwen have voted 94 per cent in favour of industrial action. The GMB union is now planning to hold a series of consultations with their 280 members at the Hollins Road site to discuss options. Workers

  • Council tax up and arts are cut

    COUNCIL tax bills in Pendle look set to rise by around 7.8 per cent this year based on figures put forward by the county and local councils. Last night Pendle councillors agreed the borough's share of the overall bill will go up by 4.5 per cent. Added

  • Romance on the menu

    Food News with Ray Peake In just over a week hearts will flutter and pound. Will he, won't she . . . telephone, send a card, ask me out, propose, send flowers? The possibilities are endless in affairs of the heart, as are ideas for what to cook for your

  • More urged to join clean-up campaign

    A CLEAN-UP of the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the creation of a picnic area will be under discussion when Church Prospects Panel meets on Tuesday, February 9. The group, which held its first meeting in November, aims to improve the quality of life for

  • Ex-cop's drive to oust leader

    FORMER Lancashire Constabulary driving instructor Adrian Shurmer is set to battle for a place on Hyndburn Council at the local elections in May. Mr Shurmer has announced his intention to stand against council leader George Slynn in Netherton ward, Great

  • Big plug for a top plumber

    HANDYMAN Alan Duckworth has been named Lancashire's favourite plumber after satisfied customers sang his praises in a nationwide competition. Alan, 53, of Applecross Drive, Burnley, is now in with the chance of winning a luxury sunshine holiday in Sun

  • 'No callers' order to cut benefit backlog

    A BACKLOG of council tax and housing benefit claims has built up in Burnley, with nearly 1,200 requests outstanding, councillors were told. And town hall staffs processing the claims have found themselves in a catch 22 situation, unable to clear the backlog

  • Support expected

    YOU report (LET, January 29), that Councillor Kath Reade accused me of identifying her as the person who was trying to get herself appointed as the next chairman of the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale NHS Trust. Your reporter, who witnessed the whole of

  • Don't blame the animals

    THERE have been countless complaints about dogs fouling the pavements and other public areas. All of these could be well founded. You cannot blame the dog - maybe the owner. For let's consider human failings - walk around any town centre, you will see

  • Fogarty is first fastest

    SUPERBIKES: Carl Fogarty recorded the fastest lap at Kyalami in South Africa during the opening tests for the 1999 World Superbike championship yesterday. Defending world champion Fogarty completed the three-day session marginally faster than Castrol

  • Dismay over stray

    I RECENTLY took in a stray kitten, but after a couple of days, it was obvious it was not going to get on with my other three cats. I rang the RSPCA and was told they could do nothing except add it to their list, which already had 360 on it, for collection

  • This scandal must never happen again

    THAT career paedophile John Kyle was able to prey on teenage boys in East Lancashire for 30 years is appalling enough. And just as sickening and hideous is the fact that most of his victims were vulnerable youngsters with mental health problems sent to

  • Easy-speak tax guide

    POSSIBLY because they are not able to understand the jargonese therein, many people are facing fines for not returning their self-assessment tax returns on time. May I suggest a simpler, easier tax form worded thus: 1. How much did you earn last year?

  • Old folk are victims

    POLICE believed an organised gang of cruel tricksters were preying on old folk in the Blackburn area by pretending to be water board officials. The man escaped with the £400 savings of an 81-year-old lady who suffered from arthritis and fled empty handed

  • Sherwood Spurs deal hits late snag

    TIM Sherwood was attempting to overcome a late snag this morning in his bid to complete a £4 million move to Tottenham Hotspur. As we revealed last night, the Blackburn Rovers skipper had lengthy negotiations with Spurs yesterday and decided to sleep

  • Raise morale, says soccer boss

    FOOTBALLERS' union chief Gordon Taylor has been elected chairman of the Blackburn Citizens Advice Bureau. And the chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association has pledged to rebuild the group's links with the town's Asian community after it was

  • Ternent praises Cooke clean-up

    ANDY Cooke has been praised by Clarets' boss Stan Ternent for leading a clean-up of the disciplinary record at Turf Moor. Cooke took stock of his own disciplinary problems in talks with the Clarets' management team after chalking up six bookings and a

  • Dale dusts himself down to meet the whirlwind

    PLUNGING 15ft through the Perspex roof of a conservatory window is not the ideal preparation for the biggest frame of your snooker career. But Lancashire Evening Telegraph champion Dale Clark picked himself up, dusted himself down and - after eight X-rays

  • Child sex pest 'will do it again'

    THE row over the future of a notorious child sex offender due to be released from prison soon escalated today when a former neighbour warned: "He will do it again". Father-of-three Shaun Mulcahy spoke out after it was revealed 64-year-old Bernard Snape

  • Make way for the son of Hod

    Bramwell Speaks Out ONE of the four 'noble truths' of Buddhism is that the cause of suffering is desire. And though Glenn Hoddle's pathetic preachings have failed to convert me, as an England follower I openly accept the inevitable suffering that would

  • Anger as Lottery snubs area's sport bids

    LEISURE chiefs are preparing to take Lottery bosses to task about alleged unfair treatment of Hyndburn. Sportsmen and women in the borough claim the number and state of venues is going downhill fast. But council bosses blame a lack of grants from the

  • Homeowners get wise

    A HOUSING improvement agency has launched a council-backed scheme offering free surveys to all homeowners in the borough. Hyndburn Homewise, partly funded by the council, will prepare reports for householders about the state of their properties. The scheme

  • Ternent praisesm Cooke clean-up

    ANDY Cooke has been praised by Clarets' boss Stan Ternent for leading a clean-up of the disciplinary record at Turf Moor. Cooke took stock of his own disciplinary problems in talks with the Clarets' management team after chalking up six bookings and a

  • Beatings: No way out

    IN the House of Commons, the Prime Minister resisted Opposition demands that prisoner releases in Northern Ireland should be halted until the punishment beatings that are taking place daily are halted. Mr Blair knows that if he calls a halt to prisoner

  • Award, mark of quality

    I WAS delighted to read (LET, January 26) that Blackburn with Darwen Council's Housing and Neighbourhood Services Department has been awarded the Charter Mark for a second successive time. This is a total credit to all the housing department for the way

  • ATHLETICS: Keys shows class in Splash

    MERVYN Keys of Rossendale Harriers and Andy Wrench from Todmorden Harriers had their own private battle to be the best of our local runners in the 16th Soreen Stanbury Splash Fell Race. After seven miles of hard racing, Keys' margin was nine seconds as

  • Double injury

    Hawks doubt ICE HOCKEY: Blackburn Hawks are a player down for their showdown against Invicta at the Arena on Saturday - and their injury woes could be set to double. Veteran defenceman Jimmy Pennycook is out of action with recurring back trouble, while

  • Charges drive out public

    AS a member of the council-run Regency Fitness Centre in Blackburn, I was outraged to find that the charges had been increased by 28 per cent, at a time when inflation stands at only 2.6 per cent. When is this crazy town going to realise that by putting

  • Portico problem

    REGARDING my recent remarks (Letters, January 25) on the restoration of the former Labour Exchange in King Street, Blackburn, and the artist's sketch of the revamp, I am concerned whether the reinstatement of the portico which originally complemented

  • Men of violence are still in minority

    THE ever-vulnerable peace process in Northern Ireland was being shaken from all sides today - as the IRA admitted breakaway republicans had stolen weapons from its stockpiles, loyalist paramilitaries said they were rearming and "punishment" beatings and

  • Winds hit homes

    MORE than 500 homes were without power for hours after high winds ravaged electricity supplies in Gisburn, Rawtenstall and Abbey Village. While buildings in the North and South of the county were reduced to rubble, winds reached only 50 mph in East Lancashire

  • Battered region begs for millions

    A DELEGATION from East Lancashire is heading for the House of Commons next week to call for millions of pounds to help local industry battered by heavy job losses. MPs, council bosses and industrialists willmeet a Government minister to put the case for

  • Boot out the Lords, says MP

    MP Gordon Prentice has called on the government to replace the House of Lords with a small, directly-elected second chamber. The Pendle Labour back-bencher backed former Tory Prime Minister Edward Heath in calling for a fully democratic complement to

  • Paedophile case: Recrimination and background

    Victim says bosses failed to act A PAEDOPHILE who preyed on teenage boys over a 30-year period could have been brought to justice ten years earlier - but nursing bosses failed to act, it was revealed today. And officials of the profession's governing

  • Vicar's model parish

    A VICAR will be flying to Chicago after winning a £1,500 award for his theological work which has changed the way his parish is run. The Rev John Cree, vicar of Feniscowles, has spent four years studying for a doctorate with theologians in Oxford and