• 300 pupils hit by flu bug

    ALMOST a third of the pupils at Woodhey High School, Bury, have been affected by an infectious gastric-flu bug which is sweeping the region. Three hundred out of the 1,000 pupils have been affected and headteacher Martin Braidley said: "I have never known

  • Another long trip in Vase for Clitheroe

    CLITHEROE will make the trip to Ryman League second division side Arlesey Town in the fifth round of the FA Vase. The Blues have been drawn away from home in each round this season and will be on their travels again for the tie on Saturday, February 9

  • Bacup and Stand ready for action

    BACUP Borough are in action tonight when they welcome Norton United to West View in the NWCL Division Two. Brent Peters side are fast becoming the draw specialists of the league with ten draws so far this season - including another in their 1-1 result

  • Rovers targeting community goals

    BLACKBURN Rovers stars have kicked off a pioneering £25,000 project to help disabled and disadvantaged youngsters. On the eve of Rovers' crucial Worthington Cup semi-final encounter with Sheffield Wednesday - and an expected final date in the Millennium

  • Mum's anger over molester sentence

    A MOTHER today claimed her family had been denied justice after her daughter's sex attacker was jailed for three-and-a-half years. Mark Hayhurst was found guilty last week of abducting and indecently assaulting two girls, aged seven and eight, within

  • Appeal for public's help

    BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is calling on residents to help the authority meet tough new targets in return for extra government funding for services. The council was one of the first in the country to enter into the new Public Service Agreement with

  • Cash incentive

    BLACKBURN with Darwen Council is calling on residents to help the authority meet tough new targets in return for extra government funding for services. The council was one of the first in the country to enter into the new Public Service Agreement with

  • Judges give top rating to council services

    A TEAM of inspectors from an independent local government watchdog have issued Blackburn with Darwen Council's policy, research and communication services with a top rating of three stars. Best Value Inspectors said they were impressed by the way the

  • Prayers for horror victims

    THE Interfaith Council for Blackburn with Darwen are inviting members of all faiths and cultures to remember victims of the Holocaust at a short ceremony in Blackburn. Blackburn with Darwen Council are also supporting the National Holocaust Memorial Day

  • Gamma camera unveiled

    TWICE as many patients suffering from diseases such as cancer and coronary heart disease could be diagnosed at Blackburn Royal Infirmary, thanks to a new gamma camera to be unveiled this week. Hospital bosses from the Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley

  • Shops for rent in town centre plan

    AN historic East Lancashire building which has stood empty for almost half a century could be transformed into a centre piece for a town's future. A businessman or developer is being sought with the flair and vision to see how the Victorian Parade could

  • 22 years' jail for drugs gang boss

    A DRUG gang leader on the run from a Darwen bail hostel with his girlfriend has been jailed for 22 years in his absence. John Barber, 35, was convicted during a trial at Liverpool Crown Court. His "trusted lieutenants" Alan Bentley and Lee Bonney, both

  • Garden crash drama

    A MAN has joined his neighbours' fight for traffic-calming measures after a lorry crashed into his garden in the middle of the night. David Aspin thought he was dreaming when wife Valerie woke him at 2am on Saturday to tell him to look out of the bedroom

  • Help to plan the growth of organic food

    ANYONE interested in forming an organic food co-operative in central Darwen is invited to a public meeting being held next Monday. The meeting is being held at the Central United Reformed Church on Duckworth Street at 7.30pm. The community-led project

  • It's crucial for us now - Preece

    SHAKERS manager Andy Preece is appealing for fans to pull together as a traumatic season enters a crucial stage. It is six games since the Gigg Lane men last tasted victory and with injuries and suspensions taking their toll on the squad the boss has

  • Ticket only at Blackpool

    BURY have about 1,000 tickets for next Saturday's match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. Although the game is not strictly an all ticket match admission for visiting fans is by ticket only and there will be no cash turnstiles open on the day. It

  • We just can't help telling those little white lies

    BRITAIN is a nation of shameless liars. We think nothing of telling porkies to partners and friends, fiddling expenses or pocketing overpaid change. I was shocked to learn this week that half of all Britons are prepared to tell lies at the drop of a hat

  • Rovers on brink of history

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness today called on fans to cheer his team to Cardiff as Rovers prepare for one of the biggest games in their history at Ewood tonight. It's 42 years since Rovers last reached a major domestic final when they lost to Wolves in

  • Waiting game for Bob

    STAN TERNENT is being made to wait before he gets the chance to have a close look at striking target Bob Peeters. His club Vitesse Arnhem has confirmed an approach by the Clarets for the player but they do not want him to leave the club for a trial until

  • Comedy club locks on to rising star Robin

    LOCK 'n' Load Comedy Club has secured another top TV comic to take the headline slot at its next gig. Organisers have booked Robin Ince for the February show, further confirming the club's rising star status on the comedy circuit. Resident compere Martin

  • No Little is a big deal

    THERE may be lies, damn lies and statistics but a close look at Burnley's results this season one thing is crystal clear - they need Glen Little. That is not to suggest the Clarets are a one man team, it is simply an acknowledgement that when he is playing

  • Waiting game for Bob

    STAN TERNENT is being made to wait before he gets the chance to have a close look at striking target Bob Peeters. His club Vitesse Arnhem has confirmed an approach by the Clarets for the player but they do not want him to leave the club for a trial until

  • Education centre is top of the class

    A BURY-based education centre will literally be opening up vital learning opportunities for schoolchildren throughout the North West. The town's Kip McGrath Education Centre has taken top marks to be selected as the organisation's head office for the

  • Euro in very good hands with forum

    BURY businesses and those elsewhere in the region are being urged to safeguard their competitive edge by realising the implications and opportunities of euro trading. That is the plea from the North West Euro Forum, a partnership of business representative

  • Businesses bring tonic to GPs

    BUSINESSES in Bury hit by short-term sickness among staff could help reduce the burden imposed on hard-working GPs. Bolton and Bury Chamber is backing a new Managing Absence initiative co-ordinated by the Doctor Patient Partnership and involving a host

  • Church struck by 'double whammy'

    A VILLAGE community still reeling from the shock that its church is unsafe for worship is now without a vicar. The Rev Roland Nicholson and wife Jillian said farewell to St. Nicholas' Church, Sabden, yesterday, after 12 years' service. His decision to

  • Lack of beds puts cancer op on hold

    A CANCER sufferer was sent home from hospital on the morning he was due to have two tumours removed -- because there was no intensive care bed for him. Hospital bosses have apologised David Scaife, of Spring Street, Rishton, and blamed the busy winter

  • Rapist may have stalked his victim

    DETECTIVES today revealed that a stranger who raped a teenager in her own home could have been stalking his victim for weeks. The 18-year-old woman was attacked by a man who knocked on the front door and forced his way into her home in Blackburn Road,

  • Freedom again for owl that got into a tangle

    THIS is the moment when an owl that nearly died after it became tangled in fishing wire was released back into the wild. And the touching release was accompanied by an RSPCA warning about the dangers of equipment discarded by anglers. The tawny owl was

  • Youth custody for club bottle attack

    A YOUTH who attacked a nightclubber with a bottle after his victim swore and spat at his girlfriend is starting a four-month term of detention. Burnley Crown Court heard how Mark Traill, 20, struck Anthony Taggart up to three times and later told police

  • Ten years ago

    A FAITHFUL dog owner and his pals kept an all-night vigil in sub-zero temperatures after his border terrier became trapped under a pile of boulders. Zak got stuck in the rocky tomb on the coldest night of the year after chasing a fox but owner Paul Leeming

  • Five years ago

    A WORKMAN was plucked to safety by firefighters after he became stranded on the roof of a house. The 32-year-old was working on a chimney stack in Blackburn when his ladder became dislodged and he spent more than an hour waving for help.

  • NHS cash worry for East Lancs

    EAST Lancashire hospitals could lose out under plans to allow the best NHS hospital trusts to sell-off land to pay for care improvements. The warning has been given to Health Secretary Alan Milburn by Pendle MP Gordon Prentice. Mr Milburn told MPs that

  • Little Jamie needs another £7,000

    A BURNLEY mum today appealed for help as she battled in a race against time to get treatment for her five-year-old son. Anita Graham needed to raise £15,000 to send cerebral palsy sufferer Jamie to the world famous Peto Institute in Hungary. She has already

  • All inquiries to the cabin

    THE inquiry desk at Burnley police station has been rehoused in a temporary cabin as work on a £50,000 refurbishment scheme gets underway. The scheme is aimed at making the police station in Parker Lane more "user friendly" and should be completed by

  • Board ban for couple in debt

    THE husband and wife team behind a Padiham engineering business which went into liquidation with debts of more than £130,000 have agreed to be banned from acting as company directors for five years. Michael and Diane Bailey, of Brunshaw Road, Burnley,

  • Crash driver refused breath test

    A DRIVER didn't stop for the police, hit a bollard, almost collided with another car and ended up smashing into a parked vehicle, a court heard. Burnley magistrates heard how Darren Robinson, 24, then refused to give a breath test after the late-night

  • Hammer gang in attack on man, 41

    A MAN was taken to hospital with injuries to his head and ribs after a vicious hammer attack by three youths on his own doorstep. The 41-year-old victim, who has not been named by police, was assaulted after answering the door of the house in Parkinson

  • The final frontier

    IN-FORM midfielder Craig Hignett today warned of the dangers of sacrificing league survival for Cup glory as Rovers stand on the verge of their first major final appearance in 42 years. Ewood's current man-of-the-moment knows more than most about the

  • Rovers on brink of history

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness today called on fans to cheer his team to Cardiff as Rovers prepare for one of the biggest games in their history at Ewood tonight. It's 42 years since Rovers last reached a major domestic final when they lost to Wolves in

  • Heald set to face Rovers

    SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY today signed goalkeeper Paul Heald on loan from fellow First Division side Wimbledon. The 33-year-old is eligible to play in tonight's Worthington Cup semi-final second-leg match against Blackburn. The Owls are suffering a goalkeeping

  • Goals flowing for Walters

    BROCKHALL goal-machine Jonathan Walters was again on target for Rovers' Under 19s as they chalked up a 2-0 win over Manchester City at the weekend. Walters -- the Academy's leading scorer once again this season -- cooly converted a penalty. And there

  • First goal holds key

    THE first goal could hold the key as to whether Rovers fans endure a night of celebration or a night of excruciating tension. While the Owls come to Ewood knowing they need two goals, it would only take grabbing the opener to turn this semi-final tie

  • Arson theory on blast

    POLICE were today hunting a suspected arsonist after an explosion ripped through a mill complex and blew off part of the roof. Fire crews from Darwen, Blackburn and Accrington fought the blaze in an admininstration block at Gillibrands Mill, Hollins Grove

  • Rapist may have stalked his victim

    DETECTIVES today revealed that a stranger who raped a teenager in her own home could have been stalking his victim for weeks. The 18-year-old woman was attacked by a man who knocked on the front door and forced his way into her home in Blackburn Road,

  • Street closure was 'out of step with logic'

    BILL Taylor, leader of the council, was proud to boast that more than £7 million had been spent on Blackburn and Darwen roads. Considering our road infrastructure, I would have kept my mouth shut and doubt that anyone involved in these projects would

  • There's lots to read into a name

    CLEARING the loft the other day, I came across a copy of the Evening Telegraph for September 18, 1959, which included this interesting piece in its 'Lancastrian' column. "What funny names you have in this part of the country" said my fellow traveller

  • Cameras a chance to check insurance

    I READ with interest John Matthews' comments regarding speeding fines (Letters, January 14) and agree with everything he said. Our family has just had a similar experience with a speed camera. What concerns me is that, in this day of so many instances

  • Stop disgusting topless displays

    REGARDING topless barmaids (LET, January 2) what some women will do for money! I think it is disgusting and degrading to the female sex. A good pub doesn't need a gimmick -- and that's what these are. I also think such behaviour only increases the risk

  • Struggle puzzle

    WHY, with wages many people can only dream of, are the police 'struggling' to pay their bills (LET, January 14)? They should try living on £4.10 an hour and having their hours cut according to the European Working Directive. Then, they would know what

  • A golden key to a bright future

    IF not completely forgotten, the unique and historic Victorian arcade in the heart of Rossendale that a century ago was the brainchild of the Valley's 'slipper king' Sir Henry Trickett, is a neglected gem today. For though exterior shops of Trickett's

  • Gills do to the double

    DAVID Moyes claimed this game was big one - with the three points available vital what with the match being sandwiched between two cup ties. After the game, he claimed his players had worked very hard and tried everything to score. That might have been

  • New rules may Holt Andrea's Games hopes

    ANDREA Holt is hoping to sneak into this year's Commonwealth Games despite taking two years out of competitive table tennis. The former British number one, who was at the top of her sport for ten years, became somewhat disillusioned with the sport because

  • In memory of Ken Bridge

    ASK anybody at Ramsbottom United what has been the biggest influence on the club in recent years and they will have just two words for you: Ken Bridge. Bridge took the club from the Manchester League to the first division of the North West Counties League

  • Haig hopeful despite setback

    BLACKBURN Hawks quest for revenge against Nottingham in Sunday's English Premier Cup failed when they were defeated a second time by the Premier League side. The 7-2 defeat leaves the Hawks at the bottom of the group table with just one point and also

  • Reds four bring joy to Lancs

    FOUR Accrington Stanley youngsters have helped the Lancashire FA qualify for the semi-finals of the All-England County Cup. Defenders Gareth Thornley and Dominic Kay started the quarter-final clash in Jersey last Saturday and worked solidly in the centre

  • RAC backs call for more road gritting

    CALLS for a council to grit more of its roads in a bid to prevent the icy chaos which affected the area over the festive period have been backed by a national motoring organisation. The RAC also called on the government to make it a legal duty for councils

  • County tax bills set to rocket

    COUNTY council bosses are set to approve a near six per cent rise in council tax after a raft of cutbacks. Earlier this month, Lancashire County Council revealed that if it was to meet all the demands of the cabinet members to continue and improve on

  • Climber falls down mountain

    A PRESTON climber had to be rescued from the side of a Scottish mountain after falling 500ft. Local man Phillip Acklan was climbing on Aonach Moor, near Fort William in Scotland, when he slipped and fell on Sunday. He escaped with leg and face injuries

  • Alert over 4x4 vehicle thefts

    POLICE are warning owners of 4x4 vehicles to be on their guard following the theft of a Land Rover in Belthorn. Sgt Andrea Bradbury, of Darwen police, said it was possible that this type of vehicle was being stolen to order as it was the second theft

  • High note for charity

    A MUSICAL evening raised more than £560 thanks to the generosity of local people. The money came during St Peter's Church annual charity concert in December. The evening was given by Blackburn and Darwen Brass Band and Darwen Ladies Choir and sponsored

  • Funeral of former chapel minister

    THE funeral of a former minister of the United Reformed Chapel is to be held on Thursday. Mary Wyatt, who was team minister for the URC in Darwen between 1973 and 1980, died on January 17, aged 90. Media officer for the United Reformed Church John East

  • Parish welcome

    A NEW team vicar for Turton is to be welcomed into the parish of St Anne's in March. The Rev Martin Short arrives on March 4 when the Bishop of Bolton, the Rt Rev David Gillett, will officially welcome him into the parish at 7.30pm. Churchwardens at St

  • Etuhu link

    PRESTON boss David Moyes has been linked with a shock move for Manchester City midfielder Dickson Etuhu. Etuhu, who has refused to sign a new contract at Maine Road, has argued that he should be entitled to a free transfer now even though his contract

  • Pub gets into the spirit

    THE whisky will be flowing at the Ram Inn in Burnley Road, Cliviger on Burns Night and there is a free tot on offer for everyone who really wants to get into the spirit. Landlord Neil Murphy is inviting guests to bring their own favourite lines of poetry

  • Couple Taylor-made for the Bear

    NEW managers Rod and Pat Taylor have taken over at the Bear Hotel, Blackburn. The couple have moved to the Cravens Brow hotel from Church Stretton in Shropshire after managing a hotel, leisure and entertainment venue there for 18 years. Now they hope

  • Aussie blues duo's parting shot

    AUSTRALIAN duo Derrin Nauendorf will be playing their own brand of blues folk at the Albion Ale House in Clayton-le-Moors tomorrow night. The pair were last seen in Hyndburn last summer when they played at the Sound 2001 festival in Oakhill Park and have

  • Chance to win fridge full of WKD

    PUB-goers who missed out on the opportunity to claim their body weight in WKD at the end of last year are in with a chance of winning a fridge full of bottles of the drink tomorrow night instead. The first Moist WKD Wednesday giveaway of the year will

  • Clarets improve against Rovers

    ONE of the most painful matches for the Clarets youth team this season was the 5-0 drubbing at home to Tranmere in Lancashire FA Cup. On that night they were well and truly beaten but they put up a better display at the weekend when they were only beaten

  • Chance to air views

    CLARETS fans will get the chance to ask questions to some of their heroes at a fans' forum to be held at Burnley Cricket Club this evening. Coach Mick Docherty will be hosting the event and players Glen Little, Steve Davis, Paul Weller and Andy Payton

  • Booklet gives clear advice

    EMPLOYING disabled people is good for business. That's the message from Remploy, the UK's largest employer of disabled people, which has a significant base in Eton Hill Road, Radcliffe. The company has launched a booklet, Positive Employment: A Practical

  • You can chip in to give the dog a life

    A MICROCHIPPING service is being provided for dog owners in Burnley. The National Canine Defence League are visiting Burnley with their mobile "Give a dog a life" microchipping unit. The event has been organised jointly with the Burnley council dog warden

  • Support for women

    A NEW initiative to support and encourage businesswomen in Bury and North Manchester will be launched today (Fri Jan 18). Bolton Business Ventures is staging the unveiling of Women in Business North Manchester. The event, at Bolton Business Centre, will

  • Bag-grab getaway car turns up

    A STOLEN car used in a bag-snatch attack which left a 50-year-old woman with a broken hand has been recovered by police. The light blue Vauxhall Cavalier was found at Elland in West Yorkshire and is now being examined. The car, registration number K593

  • Club back to business at college

    BURY Business Club kicks off its programme for the new year with a meeting at the town's premier learning venue. Members will gather at Bury College on Thursday, January 31 for the first get-together of 2002. Guest speakers at the meeting, to be held

  • Valley inspired 'Middle Earth'

    GANDALF, Frodo and the other characters from the hit film Lord of the Rings are set to help East Lancashire's tourism trade recover from the foot and mouth crisis. A series of 'Tolkien' walks have been organised for tourists during the summer, building

  • Grant makes way to woods easier

    AN East Lancashire countryside group is celebrating after being awarded a grant to help open up a section of semi-natural woodland to disabled people. Friends of Spring Wood, based in Clitheroe, will receive £11,000 from the Local Heritage Initiative

  • Saturday break for parents

    CLITHEROE'S Roefield leisure centre is now providing a Saturday club to care for children offering activities and sports in a safe and friendly environment. The club has been set up to help parents who may work on a Saturday or for those who like to do

  • Boy ,17, talked out of jump threat

    POLICE negotiators managed to persuade a 17-year-old boy who was threatening to jump from his bedroom window down to safety. Sergeant Jo Warden, of Accrington, said a trained police negotiator was brought in to speak to the distressed boy, who had tied

  • Every game is a big game now

    THE standard has been set. I left the theatre of merchandising on Saturday feeling sick as the proverbial parrot about the result. Not for the first time this season we dominated large parts of a game but came away empty handed. Disappointment over the

  • It's that time of the season

    AT this time of year the major High Street stores hold their annual sales, and Burnley produce the kind of form that makes you wonder if they have run off all their Christmas pud. No, there's something about January and the Clarets that simply doesn't

  • Top organist takes on village role

    PEOPLE in Kelbrook are looking forward to many a note-perfect organ recital during services at the parish church with the appointment of an internationally-acclaimed organist. Dr Tim Rishton, whose wife Tracy is lay pastoral assistant for Earby and Kelbrook

  • Warning as fire crew is blocked by cars

    FIREFIGHTERS in Pendle have warned residents to take more care when parking their cars to avoid obstructing fire engines on emergency calls. A Nelson crew on its way to a fire in Grove Street, in Barrowford, at 5.30am todaycould not get their vehicle

  • Read all about it it in the Leigh Journal

    Have you heard the news? The Leigh Journal gives you the best coverage of news, sport, entertainment, recruitment and more in the Leigh, Tyldesley and Atherton areas. Don't forget to pick up a copy today!

  • Courageous Clare is bouncing back

    A YOUNG Nelson woman who suffered a broken neck in a road accident just over a month ago enjoyed some much-missed home comforts during a trial period out of hospital. Clare Clark, 21, was hit by a car in Leeds Road close to Nelson town centre on December

  • Lessons we must learn from Holocaust

    A HOLOCAUST survivor gave children an insight into the horrors of Nazi Germany when she told them how, as a girl, she had been attacked on her way to school and driven out of her home. Thea Hurst, 76, spoke to pupils at Ivy Bank High School as part of

  • Mounties called in for arson campaign

    MOUNTED police are taking to the streets of Burnley as part of a campaign against arsonists. The specialist officers will work closely with the new Arson Reduction Team, a partnership between police and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service launched last

  • Council to create post of jobs guru

    BURNLEY Borough Council is hoping to appoint an unemployment guru as part of a pioneering strategy to help the long-term unemployed back into work. The new post is to be created as part of the authority's economic development unit to develop initiatives

  • Drunken man smashed man's eye socket

    A DRUNKEN man who smashed another man's eye socket in a pub fracas was today starting a 15-month jail term. Burnley Crown Court heard how Jason Tattersall, 22 thought he was defending himself in the late -night melee. Sentencing him, Judge Anthony Proctor

  • Foreign currency cash-in by hospice

    PENDLESIDE Hospice, in Reedley, is coining it in -- thanks to the introduction of the euro. Hospice care for Burnley and Pendle have benefited from the generosity of people who have donated small change from their holiday money. The currency, including

  • Frenchman on trial

    EWOOD chief Graeme Souness is set to give a trial to French midfielder Gerard Forschelet. The 20-year-old Tahiti-born prospect from Cannes will spend a day at Brockhall at some point this week after being recommended to Rovers by a third party. The £1million-rated

  • War victims tribute

    WAR victims will be remembered at a ceremony at Firs Park in Leigh. Saturday, January 27, is the 57th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Russian Army. A ceremony will take place at 2.30pm to remember the

  • Put idle hands to good use

    WALKING in Clayton Street, Blackburn, I was appalled by the amount of litter in the grounds of the bail hostel. Instead of the usual loafing around the town centre, which many of the inmates of this establishment do, would it not be a good idea to put

  • Cash better spent on tower

    ACCORDING to the councill, Darwen Tower would cost around £30,000 to repair. Instead of the £33,000 wasted on Darwen's pathetic town centre Christmas decorations, I am sure Darweners would have much sooner had the tower repaired and only £3,000 spent

  • Rings could be key to tourism

    WARWICKSHIRE is Shakespeare country, Haworth has the Brontes and the Lake District owes a lot of its popularity with tourists to Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. People come from all over the world to see the landscapes that inspired literary classics.