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  • Banned driver was over B-test limit

    A 22-YEAR-OLD man banned from driving until he had passed an extended driving test was caught behind the wheel. Blackburn magistrates heard that a subsequent breath test showed that David James Redwood was slightly over the limit. Redwood, of Church Lane

  • Rape alleged

    POLICE are investigating an alleged rape on a 16-year-old girl. The attack is said to have happened on the car park behind the Never Never Land night club, Market Street Lane, between 1.15 and 1.25am on Sunday. Half of the car park was cordoned off by

  • Two quizzed on murder

    DETECTIVES were today quizzing two people about the brutal murder of a Blackburn pensioner Leslie Jackson 10 years ago. The two suspects were arrested following dawn raids at addresses in Church and Manchester. Police are not saying whether the people

  • Riddle of river death cancer victim

    MYSTERY still surrounds the death of a 61-year-old man found face down in the River Darwen after he failed to turn up for work. An inquest heard that a post mortem examination showed Kenneth Ainsworth died from drowning. He also had a cancerous tumour

  • Man, 78, accused of murdering wife

    A PENSIONER has been charged with the murder of his wife. Catherine Hartley, 75, was found dead in her home in Geoffrey Street, Chorley. She is believed to have been strangled. A post-mortem examination was carried out over the weekend. Herbert Hartley

  • Bins dirty trick claim

    RESIDENTS from a new housing estate in Darwen claim the council is playing dirty over a rubbish row in their street. Michelle Leek (pictured) and Matthew Collins, both 22, were surprised when refuse collectors refused to empty their bins this week and

  • Police probe fire

    POLICE are investigating a fire in the bathroom of a house in Crompton Place, Blackburn. Two men were in the house when they discovered the bathroom curtains and window frame were alight and called the fire service, who put out the blaze at 11pm on Friday

  • Cash cards

    PUPILS at St Paul's School in Hoddlesden showed true Christmas spirit when they donated the money they would have spent on greetings cards to homeless young people. Each youngster sent just one card to each class and the £100 saved was handed over the

  • Blaze probed

    TIMBER went up in flames last night at Travis Perkins builders' merchants in George Street, Darwen, when fire spread from a nearby portable cabin, which was destroyed. The cause is being investigated. Converted for the new archive on 14 July 2000. Some

  • Raider armed with golf club walks free

    A TEENAGER who armed himself with a golf club in a bid to raid a service station has kept his freedom. Burnley Crown Court heard how Daniel Machin, 16, who wants to follow his brother into the Army, would have had no hope of signing up if he was sent

  • Drug man's Kit Kat story

    A MAN found with rolled up pieces of tin foil told police they were "just Kit Kat wrappers." Burnley magistrates heard how Nasir Iqbal, 23, launched himself towards an officer as he tried to unwrap the foil. Iqbal, of Brougham Street, Burnley, was ordered

  • New mosque plan for car park site

    A SECOND mosque could be built in Brierfield if plans to transform a car park get the go-ahead. The town's Sultania Mosque Committee wants to buy the plot once occupied by numbers 1-21 Carleton Street. A report by William Hargreaves, Pendle Council's

  • Prison and ban for drink driver

    A DISQUALIFIED driver who was almost twice the drink-drive limit has been jailed for four months. Robert Jackson was also banned from the road for five years by Blackpool magistrates. Jackson, 45, of Cameron Street, Burnley, admitted driving with excess

  • Blaze escape

    FIVE children and two adults escaped unhurt as a bedroom fire began in a house in Grey Street, Daneshouse, Burnley. Firefighters managed to contain the fire within the one room but most of the first floor of the house was smoke damaged. They believe one

  • Loneliness turned man to drink

    A LONELY and depressed thief helped himself to a pair of jeans after he had been drinking. Burnley magistrates heard how Anthony Buchanan, 47, had started to drink after the deaths of his closest friend and dog. Buchanan, who had cannabis on him, had

  • This guy's still not for turning!

    Reporter Mike Ribbeck continues his battle to quit smoking IT has still been five weeks since I have had a cigarette and I thought I had turned the corner. But after a fairly rotten weekend I feel like I am back at square one and feel very close to taking

  • Trickster jailed for cigs con

    CONMAN Michael Keen was jailed for five and a half months when he appeared before Blackburn magistrates on theft and deception charges. The court heard that Keen approached people and offered them 200 cigarettes for £10 and then disappeared with the money

  • Cool dudes line up for charity dance

    STETSONS and cowboy boots were the only fashions to be seen in at Accrington Town Hall on Saturday night. Cool dudes took to the floor with Applejacks line dancing group to raise money for the Mayor's charity fund. Coun Bernard Dawson, Mayor of Hyndburn

  • Call for review after killings

    TWO recent tragedies have led to calls for a review of how social services deal with families whose children are at risk. Baby Levi Rose died in June 1996 at the hands of his parents Christopher Rose, 19, and 18-year-old Kelly Catlow at their home in

  • Are you claiming enough?

    A CAMPAIGN to ensure pensioners in Burnley claim the cash they are entitled to has been launched by the town's MP. Peter Pike expressed concerns about the number of people who are not aware of their entitlements and emphasised that they could be missing

  • Sky-diving mum goes into free-fall

    DAREDEVIL mother-of-two Joanne Buck has her feet firmly on land after taking part in a sponsored sky-dive - but not for long. Joanne, 33, of Duke Street jumped out of an aeroplane at 11,000ft - free-falling for the first 6,000ft at about 135 mph Her courage

  • Despair at rubbish

    I KNOW that I cannot be alone in feeling despair at the incredibly dirty and rubbish-strewn areas in and around Blackburn. Surely, a new lead has to be given by the local authority, together with the leaders of commerce and industry, in clearing and keeping

  • I agree - it is a disgrace

    I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with Mr J Livesey (Letters, February 1) that the backstreet area of Accrington Road area of Blackburn is an utter disgrace. On several occasions, I have telephoned the town hall to request the removal of rubbish dumped there. But

  • Angry mum hit out at PC

    AN angry mum who awoke to find police in her house and allegations being made against her, lunged at an officer. Burnley magistrates heard how Donna Duckworth, 25, started hitting the officer. She was told to behave but did the same thing again. She had

  • Find another solution Jack

    WHILE applauding Jack Straw's attempts to do away with racial prejudice, I wish that he would learn that legislation only fuels it by providing more reasons for people to make their allegation that a person got a job, not because of their suitability,

  • Marathon: Have you decided?

    I WANT to ask runners allocated places in this year's London Marathon who have not yet decided which charity to support to consider running for the British Diabetic Association. Diabetes affects around three per cent of the UK's adult population. It can

  • Crooks come clean

    CRIMINALS in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale have responded to the police's "give yourself Up" appeal. Pennine police urged offenders to turn over a new leaf for the new year - and now they report the campaign resulted in 25 people surrendering themselves

  • Straw is way off the mark

    HOW dare Jack Straw say the English are violent. Crime and drugs are escalating out of all proportion - and this accounts for the violence in this country. Drugs being at the root of most of our problems, Mr Straw is trying to pass the buck for his own

  • No litter on line promise to MP

    THE disused Padiham branch line will be kept free of litter, Railtrack has promised Burnley MP Peter Pike. Mr Pike contacted the rail company after complaints from local residents about fly-tipping and litter on the line. Production manager for Railtrack

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Burscough 1 Chorley 0

    CHORLEY could not complain at going down to a rare away defeat against promotion chasing Burscough who squandered a hat full of first half chances before the Unibond First Division's leading scorer Ryan Lowe converted the one which finally separated the

  • NON-LEAGUE SOCCER: Stanley fail in £10,000 striker bid

    ACCRINGTON Stanley have failed in a bid to prise former Clitheroe striker Paul Mullin away from UniBond First Division promotion rivals Radcliffe Borough. Cash-strapped Borough boss Kevin Glendon had reluctantly accepted a bid of £10,000 for his star

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Whitley Bay 1 Accrington Stanley 1

    STANLEY keeper Jamie Speare was controversially sent off after just 29 minutes as the Reds battled for a point. Speare was dismissed when a poor back pass by Robbie Williams forced the keeper to come out of his goal and face the on-coming David Berry.

  • Accident death

    A PENSIONER has died more than three weeks after suffering serious injuries in a road accident near her home. Police said Doreen Yates, 75, of Mallard Place, Oswaldtwistle, stepped out on to Union Road from between parked vehicles and was thrown up on

  • Young suspects

    A YOUNG boy and girl were seen acting suspiciously in a shoe shop when a purse was stolen in Accrington. A woman was trying on shoes at Barbara Kay shoe shop, Whalley Road, at 4pm on Saturday. She had left the purse by her side and somebody took it. It

  • FIVE YEARS AGO: Motorway rumble

    FISTS flew as angry drivers jumped out of their vehicles and squared up for a motorway fight. The rumble on the hard shoulder of the M65 at Burnley led to bloody noses for both men and a welter of claims and counter claims. At one point vehicles were

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Newcastle Town 0 Rossendale United 1

    ROSSENDALE United underlined their promotion credentials with a sensational victory at much-fancied Newcastle Town. A brilliant rearguard action from a resolute Dale defence laid the foundations for this impressive win. But once again it was leading scorer

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Ramsbottom United 2 Bootle 1

    RAMSBOTTOM had to come from behind to pick up the points against struggling Bootle. The visitors took a shock lead on 19 minutes when a speculative shot from 25 yards ricocheted off a Ram's defender and fell to the unmarked Dave Carter. Parrott did well

  • Funny girl and date stand each other up

    Helen Lederer's One Night Stand With Her Date Tim McArthur, Darwen Library Theatre "ISN'T Darwen a bit Poundstretcher?" the comedy actress confessed to asking her agent before becoming one of the first acts to grace the stage at the town's newly refurbished

  • Grant helps to keep history alive

    SLAIDBURN is an ideal place for the study of historic buildings. The Ribble Valley village has properties dating from the 15th century, and only four houses and a health centre have been built there since 1900. A £3,500 grant from the Local Heritage Initiative

  • Events in East Lancashire on Tuesday, February 8th

    Blackburn Citizen's Advice Bureau's advice and information sessions, Montague Health Centre, Oakenhurst Road, Blackburn, 9.30am- noon; Mill Hill Community Centre, Blackburn, 1pm-3.30pm. Blackburn and District Probus Club meet Lammack Methodist Church,

  • Drink driver gets life ban

    A 51-YEAR-OLD Blackburn man has been banned from driving for life, after being committed of his fourth excess alcohol offence. Blackburn magistrates heard that Alan Edwards, of Hamer Avenue, gave a reading of 90 against the legal limit of 35. And stipendiary

  • Lorry driver sold on fuel

    A 57-year-old lorry driver who used his company card to buy diesel and then sold it to taxi drivers, has been put on probation for 12 months. Robert Keith Rickaby, of Ashworth Close, Blackburn, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to theft of diesel

  • The case for a defence as Wanderers run Rovers ragged

    Division One: Bolton Wanderers 3 Blackburn Rovers 1 - Peter White's match verdict TONY Parkes can expect a knock on his office door this week, and the odds are that it could well be Lee Carsley asking for a pay rise. For Blackburn Rovers' currently redundant

  • Social services 'failure' shock

    SOCIAL services bosses have been ordered to take urgent action to improve their department after a damning report by inspectors. The Audit Commission launched a scathing attack on Lancashire Social Services and concluded that the people of Lancashire

  • Cash to save our heritage

    HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds is being made available to help protect Lancashire's heritage. The Heritage Lottery Fund is offering up to £100,000 per year for the next three years for the Local Heritage Initiative in Lancashire - and it has agreed in

  • Ternent ponders loan move

    BURNLEY boss Stan Ternent may be forced to move into the loan market for a new striker to keep the Clarets' promotion charge on full throttle in the absence of top-scorer Andy Payton. The 18-goal front-man is set to miss three games after being dismissed

  • Fury as workers are left stranded

    FURIOUS councillors are to report a train company to a new national rail watchdog after a spate of cancellations and late trains on the notorious Blackburn to Manchester service. The 8.36am to Manchester Victoria has been cancelled on several occasions

  • Ex-footballer player dies of cancer

    FORMER Blackburn Rovers and Burnley star Roy Stephenson (pictured) has died of stomach cancer, aged 67. He had been fighting the disease since October and died at his home in Ipswich on Friday afternoon. He joined Burnley as a junior in 1949 and made

  • Allardyce revenge

    BOLTON boss Sam Allardyce was entitled to shout the odds after his team comfortably won the big derby battle. And, as his Rovers counterpart Tony Parkes readily acknowledged, Saturday's Reebok rout was a complete reversal of what had happened when the

  • Two quizzed on murder

    DETECTIVES were today quizzing two people about the brutal murder of a Blackburn pensioner Leslie Jackson 10 years ago. The two suspects were arrested following dawn raids at addresses in Church and Manchester. Police are not saying whether the people

  • Sawmill horror

    A WORKER was seriously injured when he was dragged into machinery at a sawmill. Jack Parsons, 44, of Moor Close Farm, Esp Lane, Barnoldswick, was working at Railside Trading Company, Mill Lane, Gisburn, on a conveyor-belt feeding a saw when his clothing

  • Murders nanhunt

    DETECTIVES today named a man wanted in connection with a double murder of a mother and her lodger - and revealed that he could be in East Lancashire. Raymond Paul Whittaker, 33, has been named as the second man police want to question about the death

  • It all adds up for Maths

    EDUCATION bosses at Blackburn with Darwen Council will join football stars and local schoolchildren to launch the Maths Year 2000 initiative later this month. The borough has organised a programme of events to mark Maths Year 2000, starting with a day

  • 'Hitler's heirs' have MP worried

    LABOUR MP Gordon Prentice is leading a Commons call to boycott Austria following the inclusion of an alleged neo-Nazi party, Jorge Haider's Freedom Party, in a coalition government. The Pendle back-bencher is one of the sponsors of the motion which welcomes

  • MP's trip to boost exports and jobs

    ROSSENDALE and Darwen MP Janet Anderson has gone to Japan in a bid to boost exports and employment. The Minister for the Creative Arts, who left on Saturday, is spending five days in Japan to promote what Britain has to offer. Already the creative industries

  • Hospital patients threatened

    A MAN threatened staff and patients during a noisy outburst at Queens Park Hospital in Blackburn. The town's magistrates heard that Thomas Patrick Mitchelmore had a kitchen knife and a pair of scissors on him. Mitchelmore, 37, of Laxey Road, Blackburn

  • Bishop causes gay laws row

    THE Bishop of Blackburn was today caught up in a row over homosexuality being promoted in schools after tabling a controversial motion in the House of Lords. The Rt Rev Alan Chesters was meeting the leading campaigner in favour of keeping Section 28,

  • Murders nanhunt

    DETECTIVES today named a man wanted in connection with a double murder of a mother and her lodger - and revealed that he could be in East Lancashire. Raymond Paul Whittaker, 33, has been named as the second man police want to question about the death

  • Water-baby

    baby Ellis Mary, the stilllborn baby of a family friend. Avondale Primary School pupil Devon tackled the 64 lengths in just one hour and 10 minutes at the QEGS swimming pool on Sunday morning, where her mum runs the Alex and Corinne Swim School. Her mum

  • Pub punch-up

    A MAN was taken to hospital with a broken ankle following a disturbance at the Moorings pub in Bolton Road, Blackburn, shortly before closing time last night. Police have arrested a 28-year-old local man and have appealed for anyone who who was in the

  • Lion dance

    TOTS from Abacus Nursery School celebrated the Chinese New Year with the famous Lion Dance. They made their own lion and soon picked up the routine after tuition from members of Darwen School of Kung Fu. And club member Ray Heeks brought along a slightly

  • Search over

    A DISABLED wife who sparked a massive police search when she went missing from home has turned up safe and well. May Elizabeth Lloyd, 47, had left her home at Newfield Drive on Blackburn's Fishmoor Estate on Wednesday. She returned home on Saturday after

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Daisy Hill 0 Bacup Borough 1

    NICKY Taylor scored the only goal of the game to give Bacup Borough the points at Daisy Hill. Taylor's winner came after he received a superb pass from the left. He side-stepped the defender and rounded a central defender to slot his shot into the corner

  • They're Best of the Best

    PRIME Minister Tony Blair congratulated Pendle Labour leaders as they were named the Best of the Best in local government. More than 2,000 delegates at the party's national councils' conference in Blackpool, saw the Prime Minister present the two top

  • Charity night success

    MORE than 300 people enjoyed an evening of entertainment in aid of a local charity. The event at the Fence Gate Inn, Fence, on Saturday raised £2,350 for Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle. It was organised by friends Kath Simpson and Miriam Shorrock

  • Pupils forge links with industry and nature

    YOUNGSTERS took time out from the classroom to strengthen their school's links with local businesses and help smarten up their environment at the same time. Pupils from Walter Street Primary School, Brierfield, have been working with metal-working firm

  • Boxing clever

    VISITORS to Burnley's Thompson Park yesterday were given hands-on experience of building a bird box. The event, planned by the Parks Rangers Service, was organised to coincide with National Bird Box Week. Members of the public were given tips not only

  • Row costs B-test ban

    A PLUMBER who drove off after a row with his wife, has paid the price with a 12-month driving ban. Burnley magistrates heard how Robert Haigh, 47, was found by police sitting in a van in a park car park. He told them: "I have just come out to avoid the

  • Damage theory

    TWO youths have been arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage after a gang were seen kicking cars in Manchester Road, Burnley. Police said a group of eight or nine youngsters were causing a disturbance near Scott Park but when they arrived the

  • Snooker deal to boost exports

    SNOOKER firm Riley has potted a major deal to increase its sales across the world. The Burnley based firm has appointed the TCS Group to be exclusive distributor of all its cue sports product in the US, central and South America, Canada and Australia.

  • Head of carpet tiles

    RICHARD Sotheran has been appointed to head up the carpet tile division at Gaskell Textiles. Richard, 44, who joined the firm seven years ago, has been promoted to sales director for tiles. He will be in charge of 16 sales people for the Accrington-based

  • Drug abuser's agonising death

    A MOTHER-of-five suffered an agonising death two weeks after injecting herself with amphetamine using a contaminated needle. An inquest heard that Christine Mercer went to hospital and was visited at home by doctors on two occasions but never told the

  • Raider smashed both legs in bid to escape

    A DRUG-CRAZED pub raider smashed both his legs when he dived from a first floor window in a bid to escape arrest. Burnley Crown Court heard how Marco Freeston, 28, had been armed with a stun gun and had attacked the pub manager with a milk bottle. Freeston

  • Clarets boss ponders loan move

    BURNLEY boss Stan Ternent may be forced to move into the loan market for a new striker to keep the Clarets' promotion charge on full throttle in the absence of top-scorer Andy Payton. The 18-goal front-man is set to miss three games after being dismissed

  • Openness is the key in council reform

    HYNDBURN will be one of the most forward thinking councils in the country when it introduces a new system of government this year, according to its leader Peter Britcliffe. Plans for what will be the most radical shake-up of local government in the borough

  • Broomes brush off for Rovers

    BLACKBURN Rovers today quashed transfer speculation linking Midlands-born Marlon Broomes with a move to First Division promotion rivals Birmingham City. There have been suggestions that Birmingham, and possibly their neighbours West Bromwich Albion, are

  • Prison threat to car ban man

    A 36-YEAR-OLD Accrington man was threatened with a prison sentence if he breached a 'last chance' probation order. Lonnie Lonsdale, of Portland Street, had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to his sixth offence of driving while disqualified. But the

  • Dancers turn on the style

    BUDDING ballerinas Mary Green, left, and Tierney Heap, both aged six, were among dozens of young dancers who performed a dazzling variety of routines during the second weekend of the annual Hyndburn Dance Festival. The event, which was held over two consecutive

  • Smoke alarms offer for elderly

    HYNDBURN Homewise is offering free smoke alarms to people aged over 60. Stocks are limited and people are being urged to contact Homewise today on 232249 or call in at the office at 3 Avenue Parade, Accrington between 9am and 3pm. The importance of a

  • Tables turned

    CHILDREN at a special school turned the tables on staff by wearing their own clothes to school and raising money for charity. Pupils at Broadfield Special School, Fielding Lane, Oswaldtwistle, brought money to school and did not have to wear their uniform

  • Making a mark

    SECURITY-CONSCIOUS residents took their property to be postcode-stamped by police. Bikes, tools, valuables and household goods were all marked in the session, at Mercer House, Clayton-le-Moors. Inspector Bob Ford said: "There was a really good turnout

  • Drugs dad stole to pay armed dealers

    A YOUNG dad who had been threatened by armed drug suppliers went burgling to get the money he owed them, a court was told. Burnley Crown Court heard how David Moffatt, 29, had been threatened with firearms by "serious villains" and feared for his wife

  • 2,000 lights signal hospice cash boost

    A CHRISTMAS fund-raising appeal by Hospice Care for Burnley and Pendle gave the charity a "brilliant" cash boost. The Light up a Life appeal, which gave people the chance to sponsor a light bulb on the charity's Pendleside Hospice, Reedley, raised £18,000

  • Mayor's broth of a morning

    A BROTH morning held in Padiham, raised £200 for the mayor's charities and fed more than 60 people. The annual event was organised by Carol Stinton (pictured on the left), a member of the Mayoress's committee, and was held in her house, in Church Street

  • SUPERBIKES: Honda are quick out of the blocks

    CASTROL Honda gained the upper hand in the World Superbike season's opening psychological battle. First Colin edwards set the fastest time on the opening day of the championship test session at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia on Sunday, when many

  • Jobs axe falls at two firms

    SIXTY workers at Burnley engineering company J F Turkington are working their notice after being declared redundant by the company. And at Nelson the Christmas cracker factory Unique Images, formerly known as Delgado, has closed with the loss of 200 seasonal

  • SWIMMING: Stacey scoops Berlin bronze

    STACEY Houldsworth proved a splash hit for Britain at the World Cup in Berlin after securing a bronze medal with a stunning performance in the womens' 800m freestyle. The Accrington-based swimmer, who is gunning for a place at the Sydney Olympics, pushed

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Clitheroe 2 Salford 2

    CLITHEROE battled and scraped for a draw at home to Salford, but it has to go down as two points dropped. With a long way left to go in the season, Steve Parry's side are still very much in with a shout of winning the division, but true title contenders

  • Hospice stamps

    MAY I remind readers that the East Lancashire Hospice is still collecting used postage stamps for their £1.3 million appeal. They would be more than grateful for any received. Please post them or hand them in to East Lancashire Hospice, Park Lee Road,

  • Blundering social services chiefs must go

    THE findings today of the Audit Commission's review of Social Services in Lancashire could hardly be more damning or, indeed, alarming. For we learn that the review team found that 13 children on the at-risk register had not even had a social worker allocated

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Abbey Hey 1 Great Harwood 2

    HARWOOD recorded their first double of the season thanks to second half goals from Gary Butcher and Graham Lightbown. And it was the least the Reds deserved after dominating this clash from start to finish. Robbed of injured trio Neil Otley, Nick Grogan

  • TEN YEARS AGO: Campaign grows

    CHANTING protesters presented a 26,000-name "Yellow Ribbon" petition to the health authority calling for more cash to be pumped into Accrington's Victoria Hospital. Authority chairman Ian Woolley was greeted by chants of "No More Cuts" as he arrived for

  • NON LEAGUE SOCCER: Squires Gate 3 Colne 0

    A STUBBORN display in Saturday's First North Western Trains Division Two clash with Squires Gate held no reward for lacklustre Colne. The hosts by no means ran the show but Denzil Hart's men struggled to make their mark on this tricky fixture. The Reds

  • Days when the joint really was jumping

    THE joint was jumping when butcher Jimmy Heyworth swapped his slicer for a saxophone on Saturday nights at Rawtenstall's old Astoria ballroom - for back then in 1954, when this picture of him and his band was taken, they were the best in the land . .

  • Gearing up for a spin

    ALMOST 40 years ago, motorists in Burnley were geared up for their first spin on the town's new inner ring road - although it amounted then to only the short length seen here (left) between the pile of rubble at the left and the still-incomplete shops

  • Divorced deserve a chance, says Vicar

    A CLERGYMAN has warmly welcomed moves by the Church of England to allow divorcees to remarry in its churches. The Rev John Birbeck of Hurst Green has pledged his support for the change in policy in the February issue of The Word, the parish magazine for

  • Grahame's golden evening

    BLACKBURN Lions Gala chairman was presented with a top award at a charter evening at the Swallow Hotel in Blackburn. Blackburn Lions marked their 37th anniversary with the presentation of the Melvin Jones Gold Award to chairman Grahame Threlfall of Lowerfield

  • A Little bit of magic cheers ten-man Clarets

    Division Two: Burnley 1 Bristol Rovers 0 - Pete Oliver's match verdict IF THE latest money-mad scheme to raise players' incomes by copyrighting goals comes into being, then perhaps Glen Little could jump aboard the gravy train. Anything Michael Owen and

  • Broomes brush off

    BLACKBURN Rovers today quashed transfer speculation linking Midlands-born Marlon Broomes with a move to First Division promotion rivals Birmingham City. There have been suggestions that Birmingham, and possibly their neighbours West Bromwich Albion, are

  • Biker killed in head-on crash with car

    A MOTORCYCLIST died and his pillion passenger was injured when their bike was in a head-on smash with a car on Saturday evening. Police said David Firth, 23, of Bolton Road, Aspull, was driving his Suzuki 600 machine along Bolton Road, Belmont, when it

  • Rovers form watch (v Bolton)

    KELLY: Didn't really have many saves to make, his biggest problems came in dealing with ill-judged back passes...6 GRAYSON: Like his defensive team-mates was unconvincing but he didn't have a disaster...6 PEACOCK: Made some crucial blocks early on but

  • Holloway tips Clarets for automatic chance

    BRISTOL ROVERS boss Ian Holloway believes Burnley could well be in the promotion shake-up at the end of the season after the Clarets knocked his side off the top of the Second Division. Saturday's 1-0 win moved Stan Ternent's side to within eight points

  • Banned driver sent to prison

    A MAN who had failed totally to respond to community service orders was sent to prison for six weeks. Manzar Khan, 28, of Elm Street, Little Harwood, Blackburn, had been convicted of three breaches of community service orders, one of them for 20 hours

  • Clarets form watch (v Bristol Rovers)

    CRICHTON: Despite their slender lead, Burnley always looked capable of hanging on with Crichton in such solid form and his two fine late saves made sure of victory...9 COX: Very composed debut from the £500,000 buy who looked at home straight away in

  • Young sound a positive note

    YOUNG musicians from Park High School, Colne, struck a positive chord when they performed at Nazareth Unitarian Chapel, Padiham. Organised by the local branch of the National Women's League, it involved the school choir, woodwind and recorder ensembles

  • Residents have say in £5m better-town bid

    MORE than 100 people gathered at Bacup Leisure Hall to air their views on a forthcoming bid for regeneration cash. The packed public meeting was organised by Bacup and Stacksteads Community Partnership in readiness for a £5million outline bid from the

  • Bright sparks shine

    BRIGHT sparks celebrated their success at Queen's Park High School, Blackburn, at the end of their eight-week science course. Twenty eight children from the high school's year seven and the feeder primary schools' year six took part in the weekly 'Bright

  • School opens doors

    PUPILS put on a display of music, dance and drama at an open evening at St Anne's RC Primary School, Blackburn. Headteacher Stephen Nicholson welcomed the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Coun Salas Kiani, as well as the chairman of governors Catherine

  • Man had heroin in mouth

    IRFAN Desai ran out of a Blackburn park and straight into the back of a police vehicle, where he produced two wraps of heroin from inside his mouth. Blackburn magistrates heard that the unexpected arrest came about because Desai was being assaulted in

  • Asthma group mourns Sheila

    A STALWART of the Blackburn Asthma Support Group, Sheila Hodkinson, has died aged 64. was a founder member of the group, established in 1990. She also did voluntary work for the Citizens' Advice Bureau in Blackburn and Darwen. Her partner of 26 years,

  • Mud trap victims rescued by fire crew

    FIREFIGHTERS in Rawtenstall had to rescue two children who got stuck in mud - as well as a neighbour who had tried to help them out. The youngsters, aged seven and eight, had been playing on a building site in Hollingwood Drive, Reedsholme, yesterday

  • Power cut by fire

    A FARM in Rawtenstall was left without light and heat yesterday when a fire started in the barn. A fault on the electrical system's incoming supply caused the fire in the building, which is connected to the farmhouse in Edge Lane. The owner discovered

  • Foggy voted one in a pillion

    BIKERS would rather have Foggy on the back of their bikes this Valentine's Day than any page three girl or celebrity siren, new research has revealed. A motorbike insurance company asked its bikers who they would like to share their bike with, and almost

  • Garden thefts end in prison

    LEE Peter Holden stole property worth over £3,500 in a series of thefts from sheds and garages in Blackburn. But his back garden burglaries earned Holden ten months in prison when he appeared before stipendiary magistrate Jonathon Finestein. Holden, who

  • Hedgerow scavenge

    THE people of Rossendale nurtured their creative sides over the weekend in a hedgerow handicrafts workshop. Organised by Groundwork Rossendale, the activities included looking closely in hedgerows and gardens to find materials that could be used creatively