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  • GOLF: Samuels sure his time has come

    ANDY Samuels and Graham Haworth are through to tonight's final of the Derek Chadwick Trophy at Burnley Golf Club. The final is identical to that of last year -- which Haworth won -- but this year Samuels feels his name is on the trophy. "Graham has beaten

  • Knives are taken off the streets

    A WEAPONS amnesty launched in a bid to cut violent crime in Blackburn has been hailed a success by police chiefs. More than 50 knives and other weapons were put in town centre storage bins during the scheme, which has been running for three months. People

  • Girlfriend punched in row over tobacco

    LESLIE Sombat punched his "girlfriend" in front of her two-year-old granddaughter after a row over the child playing with his tobacco. Blackburn magistrates heard it was the third occasion that Sombat had punched Margaret Leaver but that she wished to

  • Pen theft a 'one-off offence'

    ELIZABETH Ann Campbell, 31, of Broughton Close, Blackburn, was fined £50 with £50 costs by Blackburn magistrates after pleading guilty to stealing a set of calligraphy pens from Focus DIY. The court heard that Campbell had purchased an item but as she

  • Residents win battle to stop woods sale

    RESIDENTS who petitioned Rossendale council to stop a woodland area in Waterfoot falling into private hands, have won their battle. More than 20 opposed an application by the owners of Waterfold Barn to buy two parcels of nearby land to extend the garden

  • Say 'High' to the chimney falcons

    PEREGRINE falcons will soon be able to return to their chimney-top perch high above Darwen. Preparations for extensive repair work at the landmark India Mill chimney have been taking place for more than a year. Contractors are on site for the final phase

  • Puuting ther organic boot in

    CUSTOMERS of an organic greengrocers in Darwen are working towards stamping out the planting of GM crops in the UK until they are proved safe. A petition, in the shape of a boot treadprint, called for customers at Manic Organics to support local producers

  • Millions are wasted on fuel bills

    SMALL businesses in East Lancashire are wasting millions of pounds a year through inefficient energy use. According to figures released by British Gas, thousands of companies must have money to burn by ignoring simple steps to conserve fuel. And with

  • Realise the 'impossible dream'

    EAST Lancashire accountant Mark Schofield reckons business people can realise the 'impossible dream' of greater profits and more free time to enjoy them. Mark, managing partner at Accrington-based Haworths Chartered Accountants, explained his secret when

  • Guest by satellite

    THREE times Formula One world champion Jackie Stewart was beamed via satellite into the Celebration of Innovation at Northern Technologies. He joined a panel of speakers for a live debate on the role of innovation within business and industry that was

  • Argentine not on Souey's wish list

    ARGENTINIAN under-21 international Nicolas Burdisso will not be added to Blackburn's list of summer transfer targets, despite Liverpool defender Djimi Traore's decision to stay at Anfield. Rovers boss Graeme Souness has been a long-standing admirer of

  • Case shows need for lessons in logic

    THE row over four-year-old Oswaldtwistle youngster Jack Lord being allocated a place at a primary school a 30-minute trek from his home while the school his parents chose is just three doors away highlights a real nonsense. That is the pretence of the

  • Take the cuffs off our judges

    SO 'beneath contempt' was banned driver Carl Anthony Little, who left his own brother bleeding and unconscious in the car he crashed, that District Judge Paul Firth told him he could not think of an appropriate description of his behaviour which he could

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Wife a cricket widow -- in a day!

    EARBY owe a debt of thanks to understanding wife Helen Tilbury after reaching the semi-finals of the Jennings Ramsbottom Cup. Having been married little more than 24 hours earlier, Helen gave husband Paul the go-ahead to play in Earby's last-eight clash

  • Takeover puts glazing giant in new league

    ULTRAFRAME'S £88 million deal to buy an American glazing giant will catapult the Clitheroe-based conservatory roof manufacturer into a new league. The acquisition of the Four Seasons Group -- the USA's market leader in pre-fabricated glazed structures

  • Truck-crazy bride turns up in a lorry

    THINKING about a perfect wedding car does not usually conjure up images of a 14 feet high, 40-ton juggernaut but that is exactly what one truck-crazy bride dreamed of for her big day. And thanks to a lorry dealer that dream came true as Gail Roberts,

  • Barmaid taunted by 'racist' remarks

    A 23-year-old Clitheroe man called the asssitant manageress of a town centre pub a 'black bitch' and told her to 'get back to the jungle' after he was challenged while out on a work's Christmas do. Blackburn magistrates heard that Mark Cottam started

  • Two pals survived five-day outdoor training

    TWO possible contenders for the next Survivor series have returned from a youth leadership course at Castle Head Outdoor Pursuits Centre. Kelly Banks, of Queen Street, Clayton-le-Moors and Becky Moore, of Delph Mount, Great Harwood, were sponsored by

  • Future 'bleak' as costs top £8m

    THE future of the farming industry in Lancashire has been described as 'bleak' after figures revealed the foot and mouth crisis has hit farmers to the tune of more than £8m. The news came as farmers in Pendle were left devastated after 4,000 animals were

  • Trucker never arrived with beds

    A TRUCK driver who was supposed to deliver beds to the tune of £16,000 never arrived at his destination -- and sold some of the load for £500. Burnley Crown Court heard how depressed Carl Rivers, 31, told police he couldn't remember much about what he

  • No excuses for Burnley violence, says Blair

    THE Prime Minister has condemned the "hideous influence" of the British National Party and said there could be no excuse for the racial violence in Burnley. Quizzed about recent rioting in East Lancashire he told MPs: "There can be no excuse whatever

  • Televised matches announced

    ROVERS will feature live on Sky Television three times in the opening three months of the new season, it was confirmed today. Blackburn's first game back in the Premiership to be screened is their re-scheduled trip to Ipswich Town on Sunday, September

  • Season-tickets on the up

    ROVERS are enjoying a season-ticket sales boom as they gear up for another crack at the Premiership. With the deadline for supporters wishing to claim their existing seats and for those buying tickets under the instalment plan falling this weekend, the

  • Brad takes a break

    RECENTLY married goalkeeper Brad Friedel will not be featuring in international action this weekend. Friedel missed the United States' win over Trinidad and Tobago last week and is not in the squad for their game against Mexico, when the States will look

  • Hairdresser's anger at stolen pram

    A HAIRDRESSER was left with a £100 bill when thieves broke into his wife's car and stole his baby's pram. Jon Cooper, of Millstone Road, Bolton, owner of Jon Cooper Hair, Radcliffe, found the window of his wife's Fiesta had been smashed and his 15 month

  • Contracts worthless as Vieira lashes out

    HEAVEN knows what the new Europe-wide transfer system will look like when the football and employment authorities finally get their planned changes through the courts and into practice. But what is abundantly clear is that as things stand at the top level

  • Landlady flees area

    THE landlady of the Duke of York pub said she was turning her back on the area after watching her business go up in flames. Marie Coulston said she had moved her sons Daroll and Stephen out of the flat the family lived in above the pub on Friday

  • Farming: The chilling truth

    AS the mass culling continues, with more than 4,000 animals in Pendle among the latest victims of the slaughter, a chilling insight was given today into the dreadful economic ravages of the foot and mouth disease epidemic in Lancashire. And horrendous

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Thursday, June 28

    Slaidburn Silver Band, Hark to the Bounty Inn, Slaidburn, 7.15pm. Mars and the Quarter Moon, Planet Earth Centre, Bacup Road, Todmorden, 9.30pm. Big Top Circus Workshop and Side Shows, St Paul's School, Hoddlesden, 4pm and 7pm. Burnley Youth Theatre present

  • Woman fights off attacker

    A WOMAN fought off an attacker who slashed her jacket with a knife. The attack happened early this morning as the 24-year-old woman was using a footbridge to Victoria Street, Radcliffe. According to the woman, she was approached by a man at 12.40am. He

  • Legion marches on, says leader

    THE chairman of the one of Blackburn's most historic veterans' associations has refuted speculation that the branch is set to close down. Des Owen, a member of the Royal British Legion, claimed in Monday's Lancashire Evening Telegraph that they were at

  • Stash of cocaine found outside school

    STAFF at a school found a stash of cocaine and saw a would-be "drug dealer" return to the spot where the haul was hidden, a jury heard. Burnley Crown Court heard how Imran Hussain, 23, was seen frantically searching outside Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

  • Double trouble for man in two fights

    JAMEIL Yasin was seen to try to punch a pregnant woman during a disturbance outside an Accrington petrol station. And Blackburn magistrates heard that in a separate incident Yasin was seen fighting with another male in Westbury Gardens, Blackburn, where

  • Area's future in good hands

    THE schoolchildren who are "the future of Blackburn and Darwen" were rewarded at a Celebration of Achievements ceremony in front of hundreds of parents and teachers at King George's Hall last night. The event paid tribute to the efforts of young learners

  • Firm win accolade

    HASLINGDEN-based carpet underlay manufacturer Duralay has won a top industry award for a record third time. The company's contract underlay Durafit has been voted number one in a poll of UK flooring contractors and specifiers. Carried out by the trade

  • Winger ready for take off

    JET-HEELED Burnley winger Brad Maylett believes next season could be the one where he takes off on the Nationwide League stage. The Clarets starlet has just agreed a new three-year deal at Turf Moor to pledge his immediate future to Burnley. And as well

  • Dumb and dumber!

    THE process of dumbing-down has long been alive and well in the prizes-for-all culture that has gripped education. For under the cloak of increased opportunity, it was realised by tutors that it made life easier for them and their pupils and put thousands

  • Man charged with housing benefit fraud

    A MAN claimed housing benefit for three years without declaring the house was owned by his daughter. Shah Nawaz claimed housing benefit between April 1997 and November 1999 but failed to alert Bury Council about change of ownership. The house in Massey

  • LOCAL CRICKET: Ribblesdale League

    A LOOK at the local cricket scorecards. SATURDAY LEAGUE GAMES WHALLEY 136-9 CHERRY TREE 168-7 Whalley 0 pts Cherry Tree 7 pts CHERRY TREE And Robinson b Smith ... 7 Ant Robinson b Knowles ... 11 N Robbins b O'Neill ... 32 Ashraf c Overy b O'Neill ...

  • CRICKET: Need to be at best, Crawley

    LANCASHIRE captain John Crawley warned against complacency today when they came up against the part-timers of the Warwicks county board teams in the Cheltenham and Gloucester Trophy at Blackpool. "We have to be thoroughly professional," he said in naming

  • Looking forward to an exciting test series

    COLNE professional Marcus North looks forward to the Ashes series and the joys of small-town living It's always good to see the Aussies do well and the Triangular Series win over Pakistan was no exception. It was just disappointing to see the crowds reacting

  • Maylett out to impress

    JET-HEELED Burnley winger Brad Maylett believes next season could be the one where he takes off on the Nationwide League stage. The Clarets starlet has just agreed a new three-year deal at Turf Moor to pledge his immediate future to Burnley. And as well

  • All quiet at Turf Moor

    DESPITE on-going negotiations, Ternent is yet to confirm any break-throughs in the transfer market with the players due to report back for pre-season in under a fortnight. And it would appear that midfield target Martin Rowlands isn't on his way to Turf

  • Five in court over water pollution

    FIVE people have appeared in court charged in connection with a pollution incident in Bolton-by-Bowland in August of last year when 2,700 fish were killed. Blackburn magistrates heard that the fish died of oxygen starvation after slurry had run off fields

  • Riots: We can't let this happen again

    PEACE and sanity returned to the streets for most of Burnley last night as communities tried to put the weekend of violence behind them. Police in ordinary uniforms mingled with members of the mixed population in Daneshouse where on earlier

  • Jail for youth who terrorised boy, 12

    A YOUTH who terrorised a 12-year-old boy after dragging him in a subway, is behind bars for just over six months. Burnley Crown Court heard how Daniel Porter, 21, threatened to kill the child before walking off leaving the youngster in tears. He was caught

  • Restaurant gutted in firebomb attack

    AN Indian restaurant owner today vowed not to be defeated after his premises were gutted in a firebomb attack thought to be racially motivated. Azambor Miah, of the Agra restaurant in Hapton said £30,000 of stock was destroyed in the blaze

  • Argentine not on Souey's wish list

    ARGENTINIAN under-21 international Nicolas Burdisso will not be added to Blackburn's list of summer transfer targets, despite Liverpool defender Djimi Traore's decision to stay at Anfield. Rovers boss Graeme Souness has been a long-standing admirer of

  • Leave Bulger killers alone

    THE jury foreman in the Jamie Bulger murder trial today called for the toddler's killers to be left alone and said: "I pray they are no longer a danger." And retired church warden Alan Barry, 62, who criticised the decision to release Robert Thompson

  • No excuses for Burnley violence, says Blair

    THE Prime Minister has condemned the "hideous influence" of the British National Party and said there could be no excuse for the racial violence in Burnley. Quizzed about recent rioting in East Lancashire he told MPs: "There can be no excuse whatever

  • Miners' prize guys

    LEIGH Miners Rangers held their awards evening and celebrated one of their best seasons for a number of years. The only predictable award for the night - the Peter Bell Trophy for the top try scorer - was presented by Leigh Centurions' coach Paul Terzis