• Bus queuers need seats

    FRIDAY lunch time, August 16, an elderly lady was in distress standing in an enclosed glass 'bus shelter' on the Boulevard. She supported herself by wedging herself in the right hand corner of the shelter complete with walking stick. Suddenly she collapsed

  • Death crash: Police to quiz biker

    POLICE are waiting to question the motorcyclist involved in the crash which killed schoolboy Billy Dean. A black Suzuki 988 motorbike was in collision with a red Porsche before careering off the road and hitting the eight-year-old, who was walking on

  • Baby Johnny's timing stops Samantha's comedy routine

    A PREGNANT comedienne had to pull out of a competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival when she went into labour early. Samantha Seager, an Atherton-born actress, had made it through to the final two rounds of the national competition for up and coming

  • Drug addict stole drink to sleep at night

    DRUG user Stephen Hogg turned to crime to help wean himself off his addiction, a court was told. He was struggling to sleep at night, so he helped himself to drink from a local store without paying for it, Bury magistrates heard. Hogg, aged 23, stole

  • Owen may be rested

    LIVERPOOL boss Gerard Houllier has hinted that Michael Owen may be rested from tonight's game with Rovers at Ewood. England striker Owen has yet to complete a full 90 minutes for the Reds since returning from World Cup duty. And Houllier has gone on record

  • It's a Short journey into the unknown

    DEFENSIVE king-pin Craig Short will take a journey into the unknown tonight as he attempts to put the shackles on Liverpool dangerman El Hadji Diouf. Short likes to swot up on opponents before he meets them face-to-face in Premiership combat. But, as

  • Health warning needed!

    JUST what do football's governing bodies think they are playing at? Whoever decided to organise a host of 'Mickey Mouse' friendlies slap-bang in the middle of the opening week of the new Premiership season wants carting off to the funny farm -- and quickly

  • Teenager targeted by thugs in street

    A TEENAGER was taken to hospital after being punched in the face when targeted by two men in a car. Police today appealed for information following the incident at 11.30am on Sunday. The 16-year-old victim, who does not wish to be named, was walking close

  • Superfan Gordon to be honoured by Pele

    BURY FC website manager's Save Our Shakers exploits have earned him prestigious international recognition. Uefa bosses have decided to give Gordon Sorfleet a "Europe's Biggest Fan" award and the fanatical father-of-four today jets off for a swanky dinner

  • Charlie Dimmock checks on couple

    CELEBRITY gardener Charlie Dimmock sprang a surprise on an East Lancashire couple -- to check if they were keeping their garden in order. Carol and Bernard O'Brien were TV stars themselves when BBC's Ground Force team transformed their Great Harwood garden

  • Youth group will fight vandalism

    A NEW group for the young people of Accrington has been established in a bid to combat vandalism and other youth-related problems in the area. Members of the Emmanuel Pentecostal Church, in Oxford Street, have set up the youth group entitled Genesis for

  • Street drinks ban cuts violent crime

    VIOLENT crime in Accrington town centre has been reduced by about 40 per cent since the introduction of an on-street drinking ban. Today police hailed the Crystal Clear campaign, introduced to the town last month, a success and said they hoped to build

  • Witch way to castle spells

    YOUNGSTERS were spellbound when they took part in an activity session at the Clitheroe Castle Museum. They took part in a variety of activities with a witch theme during the event, including making their own lotions and potions.

  • Evans in earth talks

    NIGEL Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, is in South Africa to attend a parallel "Earth Summit" while Tony Blair and other world leaders discuss how to tackle poverty, famine and the destruction of the environment. Mr Evans is one of two MPs attending an

  • It isn't students' fault

    THE recent GCSE and A Level results have shown that more students than ever before are gaining passes and that more of them are gaining top grades. Well what a surprise! It's a common-held belief that exams are getting easier and, sorry to say it, but

  • Record takings for gala parad

    ORGANISERS of Darwen Gala announced today that the road parade fund-raising 2002 was "record breaking". Hundreds of people turned out in support of the day-long carnival at Borough Road Fields and £400 was collected by fancy dress-clad walkers on the

  • Gala parade takings set new record

    ORGANISERS of Darwen Gala announced today that the road parade fund-raising 2002 was "record breaking". Hundreds of people turned out in support of the day-long carnival at Borough Road Fields and £400 was collected by fancy dress-clad walkers on the

  • Crime-busters start with grime!

    A NEIGHBOURHOOD watch scheme set up to tackle crime is getting to grips with its first real task: Grime. The group deals with three adjacent streets in Darwen - London Terrace, Newton Street and Perry Street - and came into being in May after a police

  • Museum closure 'a hammer blow'

    ROSSENDALE Museum is celebrating its centenary this year and the news that it was to close came as a hammer blow to those involved with it. Curator Sandra Cruise said she was horrified that the facility would be closing down. She added: "This has come

  • Hitman awaits US sentence

    A BLACKBURN father-of six hired as a hitman in a New York shooting has had his sentencing adjourned. Mansoor Qadar, of Linden Avenue, was found guilty of murder for hire, conspiring to murder for hire and using a firearm for murder for hire at the Federal

  • 'Selling' the library to town's young people

    A FUN-PACKED day to encourage young people to use the library service takes place at Blackburn shopping centre on Saturday. The Rockin' Readers' Day is part of a project across the North West to encourage people aged 16-25 to discover what their local

  • Lowest of the low

    A STROKE victim who needs 24-hour care has been left terrified and trapped after thieves raided her specially-adapted home. Burglars struck at Jenny Broom's house early yesterday as she and husband Aaron were sleeping. The thieves kicked in the kitchen

  • Speeding cameras blitz on drivers

    MOTORISTS who refuse to put the brakes on their speed were today told where 100 new speed cameras across Lancashire were to be installed. Work will begin on installing the equipment over the next month and will result in 230 cameras being in operation

  • Dale are back on track again

    ROSSENDALE recorded their second win in three days with a comprehensive victory over a poor Trafford outfit. They could have helped themselves to far more than the three they scored. Three goals in 15 minutes before half time did the damage, with Gary

  • Nelson through

    NELSON will meet Bishop Auckland in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup on Saturday after seeing off the Northern League's Norton and Stockton. Lee Coldridge gave the Blues the lead after just 12 minutes, blasting an unstoppable shot home. Striker Dave

  • Rams come from behind for win

    RAMSBOTTOM came from a goal down in the first minute to win this NWCL first division clash against title hopefuls St Helens. Matty Farrell headed past Simon Marsh to open the scoring but after that early setback Ramsbottom rallied. Wood again saved St

  • Jem hat-trick leaves Bury in a panic

    Bury 4 Shrewsbury Town 3 by Steve Bott NIGEL Jemson returned to Gigg Lane yesterday and turned a walk in the park into a bit of a nightmare for the Shakers. Bury were 4-0 up after a 10 minute, three goal burst at the start of the second half, but Jemson

  • Worthy point but Bury let victory slip away

    Hull City 1 Bury 1 by Phil ThorpJAN Molby's Tigers started the season bookies' favourites for promotion from Division Three. If that's the case, on the evidence of this showing, the Shakers will be a good bet to join them next May. Once again Andy Preece's

  • Players have a responsibility

    AS another football season draws closer, and the future of Bury Football Club looks more stable than it did six months ago, I would like to congratulate my fellow Shakers fans, and football fans all over the country, who helped raise thousands of pounds

  • Mission accomplished

    AN amazing £17,920.09 - that's the total that our readers raised during our Five To Stay Alive fundraising campaign as part of the Save Our Shakers Appeal. But now, with the club now safely out of administration and everyone looking forward to a bright

  • Pubs 'must be on their guard' after closing-time robberies

    PUB landlords and managers in Bolton and Bury were today warned to be on their guard after a spate of closing-time robberies. Detectives believe one gang may be targeting pubs and clubs, striking as the licensees are cashing-up for the night. In the latest

  • Shakers set for Internet cash blow

    BURY FC could be pushed back to the brink of liquidation if another media giant reneges on their cash pledge writes Chris Hall Just a week after receiving a rescue package from Sky, following the demise of ITV Digital, Football League clubs could again

  • Homes review has tenants at heart

    COUNCIL tenants are being invited to take part in what bosses call the biggest decision yet affecting their homes. Housing chiefs are debating a 30-year plan to improve homes, which includes an option to sell them off. A further series of public meetings

  • Trio hope to turn the tide

    THE SHAKERS have appointed three new directors to help steer them clear of financial strife - but don't expect any major signings just yet! Lifelong fans Ian Harrop, Roger Barlow and Jim Lomas hope to be officially accepted on to the Gigg Lane board at

  • Gigg Lane wakes up to a bright new dawn

    THE words cash-strapped, struggling and crisis have all been banned from the corridors of Gigg Lane writes Chris Hall This year Bury FC have suffered the anguish and anxiety of a team on Death Row - at one stage they were even strapped to the chair and

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Thursday, August 29

    A LOOK at events, from amateur theatre to rambles through our beautiful countryside. Absolute Beginners Watercolour Painting, Rossendale Museum, Whitaker Park, Rawtenstall, 10am-noon. Luncheon Concert, Knowle Green Village Hall. Meditation led by Barry

  • Street traffic will pose danger

    REGARDING Church Street, Blackburn. No cars allowed under any circumstances! Why close the road completely and then let some cars on it? There will be the danger of forgetting the presence of traffic on what is supposed to be a traffic-free area. Also

  • Lawyers should give time free

    IT HAS been announced that something in the region of £340,000 of lottery revenue is being given to some members of the legal profession to enable them to fight cases of rejected asylum seekers. Yet, here in Lancashire, Burnley Health Care Trust is having

  • Teach kids about life

    THE boy who played truant and told the magistrate there was "nothing for him" at school because he wants to be a mechanic or an electrician and gets bored sitting down all day (LET, August 10) has a point. The government should realise that the National

  • Is Euro dream another empty promise?

    THE first salvos as to why we should join the Euro have started to appear in this newspaper, namely the MEPs for Labour and the Lib Dems, both of whom make their case around the business and exchange rate markets. Both set out what they see as the advantages

  • Window is closing

    NEVER mind the transfer window shutting up on Saturday night, there could be a few managers tempted to throw themselves out of the window in a few weeks time. FIFA's controversial plans for the worldwide window continue to be fought by the Nationwide

  • Lowest of the low

    A STROKE victim who needs 24-hour care has been left terrified and trapped after thieves raided her specially-adapted home. Burglars struck at Jenny Broom's house early yesterday as she and husband Aaron were sleeping. The thieves kicked in the kitchen

  • Speeding cameras blitz on drivers

    MOTORISTS who refuse to put the brakes on their speed were today told where 100 new speed cameras across Lancashire were to be installed. Work will begin on installing the equipment over the next month and will result in 230 cameras being in operation

  • Defensive blunders cost Leigh dear

    Woking 3 Leigh RMI 0 by Martyn Hindley LEIGH RMI went from the sublime to the ridiculous at the Kingfield Stadium yesterday as a catalogue of defensive blunders ended in a heavy defeat to Woking. RMI had been stoic two days earlier against Burton Albion

  • Souey stokes fires

    GRAEME Souness has turned up the heat ahead on tonight's big game with Liverpool by revealing that Gerard Houllier made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Rovers contract talks with Damien Duff. Liverpool chief Houllier made an official bid -- believed to

  • Car park plan

    PLANS have been submitted to Burnley Council to turn a piece of land behind numbers eight and ten Abel Street, Burnley, into to a car park. Other applications for planning permission included a proposed extension to the caravan workshop and re-roofing

  • Landlord in terror raid

    A TERRIFIED landlord was confronted with a knife-weilding robber who broke into his pub while he was asleep in bed. The incident happened at the Gordon Lennox Arms, Burnley Road, Cliviger, at 5.55am yesterday. The landlord, Ian Jagger, has only been at

  • Intruder attacks woman, 80 in bed

    A PENSIONER was attacked while in bed after an intruder broke into her bungalow. The 80-year-old was asleep at her home in Sycamore Close, Burnley, at 5.35am on Sunday when the intruder forced open the downstairs window. He then made his way through the

  • Warning over chain letter

    TRADING Standards have urged people who receive a chain letter claiming to bring a £40,000 windfall to bin it. The letter, which has been received by residents in East Lancashire, asks the recipient to send £10 to an address on a list and then 200 letters

  • Theatre bid for new stage

    BURNLEY Youth Theatre's goal of moving into new premises has come a step closer with a bid to the North West Development Agency for £350,000. Staff at the theatre say they are optimistic the bid will be successful and that they will be able to get their

  • Worsthorne bulletin

    THE Rev Lawrence Laycock will be visiting the Friday morning Ladies Group this week where he will be telling them of his conversion from being a Joiner to becoming the village vicar. The group meets between 10.30am and 12.30pm in Worsthorne Reading Rooms

  • Town says thanks to its golden boy

    BURNLEY'S Commonwealth Games golden boy Craig Heap was honoured by his home town yesterday -- after announcing his retirement. The gymnast trained at the Thompson Centre for many years before he captained the England gymnastics team to Commonwealth gold

  • Plan rejection

    A PLANNING application to significantly extend a house in Garden Street is likely to be rejected by Nelson Committee at their meeting on Monday. The proposal, for single storey extensions to the front and side to form a kitchen, bathroom, study and three

  • Buildings saved by trust go on show

    TWO buildings brought back to life by the Heritage Trust for the North West open their doors to the public on September 14 and 15. Guided tours will be on offer at Higherford Mill in Barrowford and St Mary's Church in Nelson as part of the Civic Trust's

  • Recycled help for Romanian hospice

    STAFF at the Pendleside Hospice in Reedley are helping people with life-threatening illnesses in Romania by recycling unused medical supplies. Certain items at Pendleside were recently up-dated and instead of the old stock gathering dust or being thrown

  • Iron bar attack man locked up

    A TEENAGER attacked two brothers with an iron bar and a knife in an unprovoked assault. Lee Raven, aged 19, also knocked one of them out with a milk bottle during the incident, and left the other with a fractured nose after punching him in the face. Raven

  • Caution for nurse who hid file on patient

    A NURSE who hid a patient's file and secret tape recordings he had made while an investigation into abuse was going on at the home where he worked has been cautioned. The property was only found by chance by his landlady's daughter after he left his flat

  • Tidy teams WRAP it up

    THE Colne Rhythm and Blues Festival was once again hailed a success. People spilled out in to the main streets through Colne and pubs and off licences cashed in on the big event. But it was the hard work by people behind the scenes which ensured Pendle

  • five years ago

    HYNDBURN Borough Council clinched best large town in the annual North West in Bloom competition and went on to represent the region in the Britain in Bloom finals. Accrington was also voted tops for new entries from the North West in Bloom and Lancashire

  • Ten years ago

    FOUR girls walked from their school Haslingden High to the Lancashire Evening Telegraph in Blackburn to raise money for charity. The girls, all 15, were Lara Oakley, of Haslingden, Jennifer Strachan, of Edenfield, Deana Symes of Rawtenstall and Sara Parker

  • Fare game! Taxi men scoop £1.8m

    FIVE taxi drivers were celebrating a fare result today after scooping a £1.8million Lotto jackpot. Oswaldtwistle-born Steve Humber, 42, who owns Clayton and Whittle Taxis, Whittle-le-Woods, was the first to realise their numbers had come up on Saturday

  • Police railway chase halts trains

    TRAINS were brought to a halt after police chased a man suspected of stealing a truck and trailer down a railway line. The incident started in the Salthill Industrial Estate, Clitheroe. Trains were brought to a standstill as police chased one of the men

  • Taylor misses County clash

    GARETH Taylor will be out of the Clarets clash with Derby County a week on Saturday after being called up for the Wales squad to face Finland in Helsinki the same day. The big striker has forced his way back into Mark Hughes' plans and appeared for the

  • Crisis talks

    STAN Ternent spoke with anger and embarrassment after the humiliating 3-0 defeat at Reading last night and confessed: "I am going to have to have a chat with the chairman and see where we go from here." Whether that meant he was considering his position

  • Form guide...

    Key stats and facts from Burnley's game against Reading. BURNLEY NIK MICHOPOULOS Made some first half saves look easy but was stranded for all three of the goals...6 DEAN WEST Battled long and hard with John Salako and had less impact in attack than he

  • No shots, no fight and no excuses

    LAST night there were no excuses for the Clarets and there were no complaints. There were no dismissals, no near misses, no efforts against the post. In fact they only there were virtually no shots and so no goals and still no points. And as a depressed

  • Eastham 'had words' with Aussie mate

    READ captain Warren Eastham says he had 'words' with Peter Sleep after his big friend claimed that Cherry Tree would take the Jennings Ribblesdale League title. In Friday's Lancashire Evening Telegraph Aussie Sleep, a former Read pro who now plays for

  • Snap, it's jingle tills

    IS that the sound of cash tills I can hear jingling? Oh no silly me, it's just the sound, of yet more speed cameras being erected around Lancashire. Never ones to stare a gift horse in the mouth, those reponsible for road safety have placed a bumper order

  • Thomo heads to Ewood

    GRAEME Souness will take his summer spending to £5 million today by wrapping up the signing of Coventry City star David Thompson. The 23-year-old midfielder was due in Blackburn this morning to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical after Rovers

  • Crisis talks

    STAN Ternent spoke with anger and embarrassment after a humiliating 3-0 defeat at Reading and confessed: "I am going to have to have a chat with the chairman and see where we go from here." Whether that meant he was considering his position remained unclear

  • Fitness fans' summer finale

    YOUNGSTERS at Darwen Leisure Centre enjoyed a 'Hit It' day organised by Blackburn with Darwen Council and Youthworks. More than 30 teenagers took to the courts for netball and football as well as to the gym and swimming pool. And there was a 'Scrub Up

  • Valley life in photo focus

    IN FOCUS, an exhibition of photographs recording Rawtenstall and Waterfoot life in the Fifties and Sixties, is at Rossendale Museum, Whitaker Park, Rawtenstall, from Saturday, September 14, until Sunday, October 13. Opening times: Monday to Friday 1pm

  • Terror as masked robbers escape with cash

    STAFF at a popular pub and restaurant today described how raiders wearing balaclavas and wielding a knife, crowbar and cosh burst in during an armed robbery just weeks after it underwent a £1million refurbishment. Members of the team at the Waterside,

  • Paint plan opens lid on complaints

    PLANS to build a paint factory have sparked fury from local residents who are worried about traffic dangers for children attending a primary school. Linemark, a sign manufacturer based at Bengate Works in Haslingden, has applied to build industrial premises

  • Five to shut in big cash-saving move

    FIVE of Rossendale's leisure facilities are to close in a bid to make savings of almost £400,000 in 12 months. The facilities are the Astoria ballroom and the Rossendale Museum, Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall, Whitworth Swimming Pool, the A, B and D Centre

  • Habib's a training success

    STUDENTS from a specially-created retail staff training centre in Blackburn shopping centre are earning plaudits from shop bosses. The Retail Experience training centre, in Lord Square, has received several compliments about its trainees who have completed

  • Hunt for thug after horror attack

    POLICE have stepped up their hunt for a thug who subjected an 84-year-old woman to what they described as a "terrifying ordeal". The pensioner was alone at home in Hozier Street, Blackburn, when a man walked in through the front door, which had been left

  • Derby ties

    BORROWDALE United kicked off the new season with a derby -- their two Under 15 sides met each other in a very close-fought contest. United ran out 2-1 winners over Colts. Scorers were Jack Livesey and Danny Parker, Liam Ashworth was man of the match and

  • Opening game sponsors deal

    SHAKERS are seeking corporate sponsors for their first game of the season against Cambridge United on Tuesday, August 13. The superb package, for 10 persons, includes car parking, Bucks Fizz reception, match programme, superb four course pre-match meal

  • Gate can open doors for Shakers

    THE more through the gate - the more money for players! That's the simple logic that faces Bury FC boss Andy Preece. Preece is desperate to bring in some new faces as the newly-relegated Shakers prepare for life in the Nationwide League's basement division