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  • 'I'm glad justice has been done'

    A 66-YEAR-OLD store boss feared for his life when an armed raider said he had a gun and would shoot him, Bolton Crown Court was told. Zahir Ahmed, who suffers from a heart condition, was punched in the face and suffered a broken nose during the violent

  • Bosus marriages racket: three jailed for eight years

    A man was handed out a five-year jail sentence for his part in in bogus marriages racket. Ibrahim Patel, 50, of Dartford Close, Blackburn, was one of three men jailed at Preston Crown Court for his role in the scam which involved fake brides and grooms

  • Charitable trust helps volunteers

    PRESTON based Faisaltex Charitable Trust stepped in to help the Preston Guild Volunteer Bureau keep its Cannon Street doors open to the public. The Bureau, which has already helped over 800 people to find worthwhile voluntary work in the local community

  • Brave shopkeeper fends off gunman

    AN armed raider got more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up Jubilee Store in Haslingden. The gunman must have thought that housewife and mother-of-three Johar Largat would be easy prey and the shop's till, easy pickings. She was alone in the

  • Secret recipe is nation's favourite

    THE Gohel family curry recipe was a closely guarded secret handed down through the generations -- now it's the nation's favourite dish! Sukhi's Indian Cuisine, in Bolton Road, Darwen, curried favour with diners who voted it the makers of the best chicken

  • Cricket fans walk free for a second time

    FOUR cricket fans accused of violence after a Lord's match against Australia last summer walked free from court for a second time. All four were arrested following an appeal on BBC's Crimewatch by police investigating an injury caused to Aussie cricketer

  • Warning on 'get rich' messages

    TRADING Standards officers are warning people not to be fooled by an African e-mail that promises to make the recipient rich. The message, thought to originate from Nigeria, claims to be from an official in need of an overseas bank account. It asks for

  • Groups can get grant

    VOLUNTARY and community youth sector organisations can apply for a grant of up to £10,000 from the Connexions Lancashire Development Fund. Organisations working with young people aged 13-19 and operating within the 14 local authority districts of Lancashire

  • Tapping into a wealth of talent's just the job

    TEENAGER Gillian Dickinson could afford a wry smile as the A-levels row rocked schools and colleges across East Lancashire. For Gillian has wanted to be a plumber for years -- and she's well on the way towards achieving top vocational qualifications.

  • Our School... Tor View Special School, Haslingden

    SCHOOL REPORT: Tor View is a thriving, purpose-built community special school catering for young people aged from four to 19 with a wide range of learning difficulties. Many of our pupils have additional physical and sensory difficulties. It is based

  • Parents' guide to... A-levels

    AS exam boards are accused of 'fixing' A-level grades, what lies in store for youngsters who still have to take the ultimate academic test for teenagers? Schools claim many students who had expected good grades this year have inexplicably failed, and

  • Students receive awards for outstanding performance

    Three students have received awards for their outstanding performances and improvement on the National Diploma in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering. The students were invited back to Preston College earlier this year to receive the awards at a ceremony

  • Search for a Star contest

    WORKING on the principle that whatever television does, they can do just as well, South Ribble Borough Council is looking for the best local talent in Search for a Star competition. The winner will pick up £200 courtesy of sponsor BNFL and be featured

  • The best things in life are free

    I AM just writing to say what a great job the Asian Image team are doing. I read Asian Image every month and it must be the best Asian newspaper in the North West because its FREE. In todays world you hardly get anything free but with Asian image you

  • PNE chief executive to resign

    PRESTON North End's chief executive Tony Scholes is to resign. A statement issued by the club on Wednesday said he was leaving by mutual consent but will remain at the club until after the annual general meeting on October 14 to ease the transition to

  • Darwen fail to hang on

    DARWEN crashed out the FA Vase despite a spirited performance against Guisborough Town. Manager Steve Wilkes adopted a solid 5-4-1 formation with Denny Khan as a lone striker in a bid to contain the Middlesbrough-based side who play their football in

  • Lund lands world title

    JOHN Lund is the undisputed king of stock car racing after winning the world formula one title for a record eighth time. The Clitheroe dairy farmer shrugged off the challenge of 28 top drivers from Britain, New Zealand and Holland to take the chequered

  • Nelson through

    NELSON made it through the second qualifying round of the FA Vase after their victory over Evenwood Town with all the goals coming in the first half. Andy Howarth opened the scoring for John Bailey's side after just five minutes before Kristian Dinsley

  • Asylum row: Plea for calm

    THE NEW owners of a building at the centre of an asylum seekers row today appealed for calm, after the controversial plans were finally laid to rest. Windsmoor House School, an independent establishment which caters for children with learning difficulties

  • Witness plea as man is hurt in smash

    A 53-YEAR-OLD pedestrian was today seriously ill in hospital after being involved in a collision with a minibus. Police were today appealing for a taxi driver who may have witnessed the accident to contact them. Robert Swindlehurst, of Chester Close,

  • Dad and son did damage totalling £800

    A FATHER and son ran amok in a Blackburn town centre pub, causing more than £800-worth of damage by throwing bar stools. Colin Michael Hamer, 39, of Glasson Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to affray and causing £670-worth of damage in the Old Merchants

  • Jobs day will help young Asians

    ETHNIC employment opportunities will be highlighted at a Careers Mela being held at Ewood Park on Wednesday. The Lancashire Evening Telegraph and Asian Eye are co-hosting the event which will provide a unique shop window of employment opportunities open

  • Child porn charges

    A PRESTON policeman has appeared in court charged with five offences of making indecent photographs of children. Paul Alan Thompson, 43, of Preston Marina, Navigation Way, Preston, a serving police officer for Lancashire Constabulary's central division

  • Alcoholic given six months to behave

    A MAN who racially abused a taxi driver in a rumpus over 30 pence has been given six months to keep his nose clean. Burnley Crown Court heard how Richard Studholme, an alcoholic at 25, became aggressive and threatened the victim he would "get it". The

  • Shakers v Hartlepool: Stat Attack

    Shakers: Garner 7, Barrass 7, Stuart 7, Swailes 7, Unsworth 8, Billy 7, Clegg 8, Abbott 8, Dunfield 8, Woodthorpe 7, Newby 8. Subs: Preece (Abbott 85) 6, Forrest (Clegg 54) 7, George (Dunfield 77) 6. Not used: Nelson, Seddon. Attendance: 3,547 Referee

  • Child porn charges

    A PRESTON policeman has appeared in court charged with five offences of making indecent photographs of children. Paul Alan Thompson, 43, of Preston Marina, Navigation Way, Preston, a serving police officer for Lancashire Constabulary's central division

  • Pioneering scheme launched for waste

    A PIONEERING recycling scheme in Rossendale was due to be launched today. The scheme is aimed borough-wide and involves all kinds of houses and different residents. Environmental services manager, David Rigby, said: "Unlike other authorities, we are not

  • Kids to focus on local life

    CHILDREN in Rossendale will be getting snappy happy this week after a local church council received a grant to provide youngsters with cameras. Members of St Thomas's Musbury Parochial Church Council received the grant of £3,624 from the National Lottery's

  • Melissa's parents snub death report

    THE parents of tragic teenager Melissa Strickson are considering suing a council after snubbing a report into her death. Sue and Vic Strickson, of Tythebarn Street, Darwen, rejected the opportunity to preview the 12-page document from the Area Children

  • Children snap to it to highlight grot spots

    A CLEAN-up operation of Darwen's grot-spots is under way after children were told to photograph the worst areas. Six areas around the town, which was described as being like a "war zone" earlier this year due to the amount of litter, are being targeted

  • Give Tommo England chance

    EWOOD enforcer Garry Flitcroft called on Sven Goran Eriksson to give David Thompson his England bow after the midfield dynamo played a starring role in Rovers' 1-0 triumph over Leeds. Thompson took the opportunity to shine in front of the watching Eriksson

  • There must be someone out there for me

    DEAR Massi, I am an 28 year-old woman and have been looking to get married for some time now. Although my family has introduced me to many prospective husbands I have turned them all down. As I earn a lot more than most guys I meet, I think they feel

  • Fact file...

    A LOOK at the key moments from the game against Bradford City. BURNLEY MARLON BERESFORD Did all he could to deny Bradford the dramatic equaliser with a great save but could not stop the follow up...7 DEAN WEST At the centre of the Cadamarteri sending

  • Stan slams Bantams boss

    DIMITRI Papadopoulos was at the centre of a "diving" storm at Valley Parade on Saturday, with Bradford boss Nicky Law furious about his role in the dismissal of defender Mark Bower. But angry Clarets boss Stan Ternent today hit back and said: "Nicky Law's

  • Delay over use of scrap tyres as fuel

    A CEMENT firm has been given approval for specialist machinery to allow the burning of scrap tyres as an alternative fuel. But it could be several months before Castle Cement in Clitheroe is burning chipped tyres to provide up to 25 per cent of its energy

  • There's a whole lot of Rolls magic

    CLASSIC car enthusiasts from across the north turned a hotel grounds into the most valuable parking lot in the country. Around 40 members of the Northern branch of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club gathered at White Hall Hotel, Darwen, for their meeting

  • Lotto lift for playground

    A PLAYGROUND in a Ribble Valley backwater is to receive a £46,000 facelift thanks to a Lotto windfall. The play area at Dunsop Bridge is among dozens of projects in the North West to receive a slice of £4million from the National Lottery's Community Fund

  • Gupta hits back at film delay

    Sanjay Gupta has hit back after his film Kaante remains off our screens. The film ran into trouble when the star and co-producer of the movie Sanjay Dutt was taped in a conversation with underworld don Chhota Shakeel. Gupta has said the film has been

  • An all to familiar story

    And maybe you should have kept it. Well, there's no other way to describe this effort by Sohail Khan. It's the same old tried and tested love story of boy meeting girl and then having to contend with an uncompromising family. The music's not bad and I

  • Asda blunder could have killed mum

    A MOTHER-of-two with a rare food allergy could have died after a supermarket blunder resulted in her eating a frozen meal containing mushrooms. Bosses at Asda today apologised over the labelling error, which prompted them to withdraw the product from

  • Three's a crowd..... isn't it?

    THE issue of forced marriages has been in the media spotlight for some time, but what if you went along with it to appease your family and then you met someone who captured your heart? What if you were single and the man you wanted to marry was already

  • Five years ago

    DARWEN Civic Society brought out its own Christmas card to urge people to focus on the festive season. The card showed a scene of Earnsdale reservoir covered with snow and all the funds raised went to the society funds.

  • Youth Council launches day of peace

    YOUNG people from across Lancashire gathered for a music and drama event to raise awareness of Peace One Day at Colne Sports Centre on Saturday. The entertainment included live bands, drama productions and videos. The event was organised by 15 youth councillors

  • Title clinched by narrowest of margins

    Little Harwood were crowned champions in one of the closest league battles ever in the Byrom Supplies Blackburn and District Cricket league. They finished one point ahead of rivals Gujrat to claim top spot three years since winning the treble in the league

  • A Grand design for former cinema site

    WAYS of re-developing the former Grand Cinema site in Nelson Town Centre are to be explored with the appointment of consultants by Pendle Council. Consultants in urban design and planning have been appointed to bring forward designs to redevelop the site

  • Street market anniversary

    NELSON Street Market, launched following the pedestrianisation of Nelson Town Centre, celebrates its 10th anniversary this week. It has become a regular added bonus for shoppers to the town on Fridays and Saturdays. The eight to ten stalls sell a vast

  • A new Robert de Niro's waiting

    PENDLE could produce the next Robert De Niro or Julia Roberts, thanks to a new theatre school which opened on Saturday. During the last 12 months, Janet Parkinson and Andrew Husband have run a series of theatre workshops in the Pendle area under the name

  • Shakers front-runners against the leaders

    Bury 1 Hartlepool United 1 by Chris Hall A LATE defensive lapse cost Bury a major Division Three scalp as leaders Hartlepool United escaped from Gigg Lane with their unbeaten away record intact. It is always difficult to stomach losing two vital points

  • Union bosses make care homes pledge

    UNION bosses marched for the campaign to stop the closure of East Lancashire care homes -- and said they would name and shame any councillors who failed to back them. A trade union rally took place this weekend to back care workers in their bid to keeping

  • Conker trees to be felled

    CONKER trees in Burnley's cemeteries are to be torn down as part of a root and branch review of safety in burial areas. Up to 20 horse chestnuts could be felled as part of the scheme, which is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and accidents in cemeteries

  • Video store gun terror

    A YOUNG video shop assistant today spoke of the moment of terror when an armed raider burst into the store and threatened him with a gun. Rikky Hamilton, 24, of Burnley, was just about to close the Moviezone store in Parliament Street when the gunman,

  • Youngsters in groove for dancing

    YOUNGSTERS from across the North West got into the groove for Burnley's annual dance festival at the weekend. The yearly festival held at Burnley Mechanics attracted more young competitors than ever before, with more than 850 strutting their stuff on

  • Form guide...

    A LOOK at the key stats and moments from the game against Leeds United. ROVERS: BRAD FRIEDEL: Brought the house down with his penalty save but surpassed even that with a better save from Smith soon after...8 MARTIN TAYLOR: Showed his versatility with

  • Asda blunder could have killed mum

    A MOTHER-of-two with a rare food allergy could have died after a supermarket blunder resulted in her eating a frozen meal containing mushrooms. Bosses at Asda today apologised over the labelling error, which prompted them to withdraw the product from

  • Search on for Cable 7 tapes

    IN 1990, a cable TV station called Cable 7 was launched to serve East Lancashire. It was run almost entirely by volunteers, making programmes of local interest and featuring local people, places and events. I worked for the station until 1992. After I

  • Hazel eyes a new home

    PRETTY Hazel is a dark tortoiseshell cat who would love to spend winter evenings curled up by a family's fireside. Currently the five-year-old, who has been spayed, is at the RSPCA animal home at Altham but wants a home with no other animals and no small

  • Let Bush solve own problems

    WHY is Tony Blair so obsessed with America and George Bush, gallivanting all over the world touting for support for their war against Iraq. Let Bush and his associates do their own touting. Tony Blair's place is in this country, putting things to right

  • Party benefits from Barbara's near-£1m will

    FORMER Blackburn MP Barbara Castle has left nearly £1million to her relatives and the Labour Party. The Labour Party nationally and Blackburn constituency Labour Party both get £2,000. In addition she has left all her letters and papers, including love

  • Still a long way to go

    Police have said they had "barely scratched the surface" of a worldwide fake marriages racket following the conviction of three people in a cash-for-weddings ring. They still believe that there is a multi-million pound network set up across Britain designed

  • Con woman jailed for three years

    A woman who stole thousands of pounds worth of jewellery from Lancashire housewives involving 'voodoo' rituals has been jailed for three years. Nada Ramic told two victims there was a curse on them. To another she said black magic would re-unite her with

  • Poverty hits occupied lands

    THE economic fallout from Israeli restrictions in Palestinian territories is "deeper and broader" than imagined, with unemployment reaching 50% and poverty in Gaza at 70%, according to the UN's Mideast envoy. Terje Roed-Larsen urged Israel to ease the

  • One year for lawyer

    Also sentenced for his part in the marriages scam was 67 year-old lawyer Robert Pickles. Pickles, of Copster Green in the Ribble Valley, was told by a judge that he had brought shame on himself and on his profession. He was one of three people sentenced

  • Mayor launches 'Global' charity centre

    A CHARITY which raises money for projects overseas has officially opened in Nelson. The Mayor of Pendle Coun Pauline McCormick cut the ribbon at Muslim Global Relief in Trafalgar House, Booth Street. She said: "The charity raises money for projects in

  • Historical project wants your help

    A HISTORICAL project is asking members of the Asian community who worked in Lancashire's cotton industry to come forward. The Cotton Town project aims to tell story of the rapid social and economic changes that occurred in the Blackburn and Darwen area

  • Taxi driver attacker behind bars

    ONE of two men who robbed a taxi driver is behind bars for two years and eight months. Burnley Crown Court heard how Bryn Reynolds, 25, was also said to have tried to take victim Mohammed Jumma's vehicle in the attack in which his accomplice snatched

  • Increased stroke 'threat' says survey

    ASIAN people in the UK are more likely to suffer a stroke than the general population and it is more likely to be fatal, a leading charity has said. The Stroke Association launched a campaign to raise awareness of stroke in the Asian Community, supported

  • Delegation meets with Deputy PM

    A delegation from Blackburn met the Deputy Prime Minister of India at Kensington Palace to discuss the current situation in Gujarat. Led by the chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques Ibrahim Master and Ismail Lorgat of Masjid-e-Sajideen the group

  • Flying squad airlift injured boy of 12

    A POLICE helicopter was called in to airlift an injured boy to hospital after an accident near Elton reservoir, Bury last night. The 12-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, had fallen and badly fractured his leg. He was found by a passing member

  • Register and you might win £100

    ELECTORS in Pendle are being offered the chance to win £100 in a prize draw if they complete their electoral registration forms by Friday, 20th September 2002. All households should have received their forms by Monday, 16th September 2002. If you have

  • CAB launches campaign

    PENDLE Citizen's Advice Bureau is launching a take-up campaign for Invalid Care Allowance for carers aged 65 and over. In October the Governement is changing the regulation for invalid care allowance and extending the opportunity to claim for carers aged

  • Fears over backlash against Islam

    MEMBERS of the Muslim community have voiced their concerns about how Islam is being portrayed a year on from the September 11th attacks. Islamaphobia has undoubtedly increased over the past year according to one local Muslim body. And a recent report

  • Don't judge a book by it's cover

    In the July issue there was a letter from Mr Azam concerning how we call ourselves Muslims but do not live as Muslims should. I agreed with that point but not with some others he was making. I'm writing this letter about something which really got to

  • More effort needed

    I read with interest the article about drug addiction within our communties in the August issue of Asian Image. I thought it was very thought provoking and looked at the problem as it it really is within our neighbourhoods. For far too long we have ignored

  • This is a phoney war

    The war on terrorism is quickly becoming a farce. How can Muslims sit by and watch as the Americans and British continue to fight a phoney war against countries which they percieve to be dangerous to the world. Then next on the list is Iraq. As it was

  • Controversy as Stanley miss out

    A CONTROVERSIAL penalty four minutes from time meant Accrington Stanley could not make it a perfect 10. After nine straight UniBond Premier League wins, the pressure was always on for the Reds to hit double figures against a physical Emley side. It looked

  • Rams can't mount an FA Vase charge

    RAMSBOTTOM crashed out of the FA Vase against NWCL Division One opponents Mossley as their poor start to the season continued. Mossley dominating the opening 15 minutes as Ramsbottom hardly got out of their own half, striker Tony Carroll twice went close

  • Wilko strike gifts Magpies derby win

    LOCAL rivals Chorley completed a UniBond first division double over Rossendale thanks to an early strike from Lee Wilkinson. The goal, after just four minutes, was as simple as they come, the big striker flicking a header in at the near post from a long

  • Naive defending costs Bacup dear

    BACUP'S foray into this season's FA Vase came to an abrupt end at Rossendale's Dark Lane after 'naive' defending cost them four goals against Cammell Laird. Manager Brent Peters said he was 'embarrassed' at times during the game and said it was his side's

  • Gardner enjoys first goal for Blues

    CLITHEROE bounced back from their first NWCL Division One defeat of the season with a convincing victory over promotion rivals Salford. The Blues made sure they kept the visiting keeper busy all afternoon. Chris Whittingham, Jason Jones from 25 yards

  • Colne feel force of a former pro

    COLNE were almost single-handedly dumped out of the FA Vase by former pro Jamie Barnwell of Hall Road Rangers. Barnwell, who used to play for Cambridge United and Coventry City, scored all three of the Hull side's goals to send them through to the next

  • Storks stroll on

    PADIHAM extended their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 3-1 away win over Daisy Hill in the NWCL Division Two to move seven points clear at the top of the table. Goals in the 40th and 41st minutes of the first half by Darren Forrest and

  • 'Pray for me' pleads killer

    A BLACKBURN man who faces life imprisonment for a hitman killing has begged his family to pray for him as he tries to cope with life behind bars. In weekly letters to his six children who live with their mother in Holland Street, Manzoor Qadar has also

  • Quake shock gives us the shakes

    LANCASHIRE was given a rude awakening early today when an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale shook large parts of the country. Police received a number of calls from people concerned that they had intruders in their houses after the shaking

  • Oops, there goes a bit of history!

    A PIECE of history at Blackburn fire station has been destroyed by a careless lorry driver performing a U-turn. The red, ornamental iron work sign, which has been in place since the Canterbury Street station opened in 1922, was smashed in an accident

  • Takeway owner target of race attack

    AN afternoon drinking session ended with Kirk Leech throwing food, insults and finally punches at the owner of a Blackburn town centre takeaway. Blackburn magistrates heard that Leech and a female friend were asked to leave the Godfather in Blakey Moor

  • La Mode 2002

    Some of the region's leading designers featured in a fashion show in Blackburn recently. The La Mode 2002 private fashion event, held at Jan's Conference Centre, attracted over 250 people and aimed to portray the varied talents of designers based in the

  • Have you got that look?

    The Mela 2002 Asian Model of the Year Competition, to be held at the UK's biggest Asian lifestyle show, Mela 2002, in October, is providing catwalk wannabes with the chance to be part of the show. The competition offers two beauties (one male, one female

  • There's no stopping the fun despite downpour

    It may have poured down for much of the day but thousands still turned out in their droves to the Jubilee mela held at Heaton Park in Manchester. As well as live entertainment throughout the afternoon mela-goers were treated to a series of fashion shows

  • Festival moves indoors

    Preston's Mela is back on and will take place indoors in the City's Guild Hall. Council bosses and festival organisers have brushed aside the disappointment of cancelling the event because of heavy rain, which was due to be held in Avenham Park on August

  • Crowds descend on Valley

    BIKERS got into gear for the 10th year of the Rossendale Valley Motorbike Show, which organisers said was the biggest and best yet. Bikes of all descriptions from three-wheelers to £22,000 customised bikes graced the show, which was attended by an estimated

  • National Walk to School Week is coming

    PUPILS and their parents are being urged to put their best foot forward to support National Walk to School Week. Bury Metro's Road Safety Unit, which covers Ramsbottom, is helping to promote the event from September 30 to October 4. It was launched locally

  • Once a joy, now it's a nightmare

    "WHY are you so late? How can it take you so long to get home?" my husband asks when I arrive back from work. "And, of course, you're in a bad mood again," he will add, as I struggle in with my bags, effing and blinding, eyes red and face lined. As usual

  • PNE show passion and pride

    IT may not have been an Oscar-winning performance, but three points in front of the Sky cameras was more than enough to ensure Preston's screen idols left Pride Park with smiles on their faces. A 2-0 win against a team who until last term were playing

  • West: He caught me

    CLARETS defender Dean West left Valley Parade with a fat lip on Saturday and said: "I did not do this to myself." He was responding to the claims of Bradford City striker Danny Cadamarteri that he did not touch him in the incident that led to his dismissal

  • I can't stand it anymore

    DEAR Massi, I read your page regularly and I think you do a great job. I have got myself into a such a situation and I don't know what to do. My closest friend is married and has been for a couple of years. However, she has been seeing someone else and

  • Worthwhile lessons for us all

    Dear Readers. Here's something to think about and it's somewhat true. Enjoy! Lesson number one A crow was sitting on a tree, doing nothing all day. A small rabbit saw the crow, and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing all day?" The crow

  • Skipper's slip costs dearly

    BRADFORD City celebrated a great escape on Saturday afternoon but it was Burnley didn't just give them the key - they opened the prison door. The Clarets had done the hard work, coming back from behind for the fourth successive League game, albeit against

  • West: He caught me

    CLARETS defender Dean West left Valley Parade with a fat lip on Saturday and said: "I did not do this to myself." He was responding to the claims of Bradford City striker Danny Cadamarteri that he did not touch him in the incident that led to his dismissal

  • Top women's award

    FOUR East Lancashire women have been nominated for this year's prestigious Lancashire Woman of the Year Award. The four, all from the Ribble Valley, will find out if they have won the award at a special ceremony next Wednesday. Penny Green, of Sawley,

  • Singer files lawsuit against rap group

    The grand dame of Bollywood music Lata Mangeshkar has filed a lawsuit with record label Sa Re Ga Ma against American hip-hop outfit Truth Hurts for illegally sampling Bollywood song Resham Laghta Hai. The hot new hip-hop outfit, the latest protege of

  • Putting some soch into it

    There's always been something about thrillers and Bollywood that just doesn't mix. Maybe it's the fact that no matter how hard film makers try the underlining 'love story' always seeps through somehow. That's the case with Soch. It tells the story of

  • Shakti out this month

    No expense will be spared in the release of the one of the most awaited films of the year. A long time in the making, Shakti will have an international premiere on September 20th (although like most big budget films these you never can tell) and a tour

  • Financial benefits lead to approval for homes

    A HYNDBURN councillor has welcomed the development of hundreds of new homes which will bring £300,000 to his ward. The council's development services committee approved an outline application for up to 260 houses on the former Huncoat brickworks site

  • Pair for trial on building con charges

    TWO Accrington men have been committed to stand trial at the Crown Court in Manchester for defrauding an 87-years-old Rochdale woman of £7,630 in respect of building work. Kevin Walsh, 36, of Canal Street, Accrington, and Brian Nolan, 39, also of Canal

  • Jimmy jokes for charities

    WELLY wearing Irish comic Jimmy Cricket kept the crowds entertained at Oswaldtwistle Civic Theatre to raise funds for Hyndburn charities. The well known entertainer was joined on stage by singing duo Smart Move in what was described by organisers as a

  • Ten years ago

    PETROL station staff bought a cake and sang happy birthday to hole in the ground that had been there for one year. Manager Steven Blackadder and staff at the Hollin Bank Service Station, Nelson, held the occasion to get the council to fill the hole in

  • Bishop calls for a unity of multi-faiths

    A CHURCH of England leader has called on Christians throughout Lancashire to "root out racism". The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Alan Chesters, said there was no room for racist attitudes in Church or society. And he said that while Burnley had been

  • Crunchy crickets - maggots for dessert

    CRICKETS, maggots and jellied eels were among the stomach-churning menu items gobbled up by pub regulars who raised around £700 for the Christie Hospital. The Bush Tucker Trial was organised by Jim Grainger, landlord of the Corporation pub in Oxford Road

  • Tommo has the answer

    SVEN Goran Eriksson breezed into Ewood with several question marks hanging over the men under consideration for England's forthcoming European Championship qualifier in Slovakia. But, by the time he vacated his seat in the director's box 10 minutes before

  • Give Tommo England chance

    EWOOD enforcer Garry Flitcroft today called on Sven Goran Eriksson to give David Thompson his England bow after the midfield dynamo played a starring role in yesterday's 1-0 triumph over Leeds United. Thompson took the opportunity to shine in front of

  • Rovers cool on move for defender

    BLACKBURN Rovers today played down talk of a move for Ivory Coast star Lassina Diabate. A story in one of the weekend tabloids claimed manager Graeme Souness was about to splash out £3 million on the Bordeaux utility man. But chief executive John Williams

  • A crate full of mangos

    I have been mostly whizzing in the backstreets this month and whilst doing so I noticed we're quickly running out of space. Gone are the days I could cycle down my back alley without coming across anything. Now you would find it hard to get to get through

  • Giant-killers put Centurions on the rack

    Huddersfield Giants 36, Leigh Centurions 10 by Mike Hulme JUST who can stop the Giants' march back into Super League? On this evidence, not Leigh. Equally ominous for the other Grand Final contenders is Giants' coach Tony Smith assessment that his side

  • RMI tumble into bottom three

    Farnborough Town 1-0 Leigh RMI by Martyn Hindley LEIGH RMI walked away from the Aimita Stadium convinced that contentious refereeing decisions had cost them dear. Their sixth league defeat on the spin away from home was compounded by a second half incident

  • Video store gun terror

    A YOUNG video shop assistant today spoke of the moment of terror when an armed raider burst into the store and threatened him with a gun. Rikky Hamilton, 24, of Burnley, was just about to close the Moviezone store in Parliament Street when the gunman,

  • Call for better security and not closure

    OF course, the staff will play down the danger of patients escaping, whether it be from Kemple View (LET, September 16) or Calderstones. Their jobs depend on the security of the establishments. It is rare for a patient to attack or injure members of the

  • Put councillors up for swatting

    CONGRATULATIONS to Blackburn on making worthy front-page national news. For once, it was not the usual bad press regarding disjointed and delayed ring roads, metal trees, staff suspensions or crackpot multi-million pound pedestrianised car parks. No,

  • A helping of good news

    LIFE is looking up for Major, another RSPCA resident, after national newspaper and television appeals. The dog, returned to the kennels for being too loving, now has a prospective owner. And following last week's Animal Aid appeal, several rabbits from

  • Romeo has an easy way out

    MRS G Robinson (Letters, September 16) need not worry about Romeo Beckham. All he has to do when he gets older is change his name to whatever he wants to be known as. A friend of mine called Dadid became 'Dafydd' on getting a girlfriend from Wales. Another

  • Museum is open again

    BLACKBURN'S Lewis Textile museum has re-opened almost five years after the council closed it down to save money. The Lewis was still opened for school parties but was shut to the public in a bid by Blackburn with Darwen Council to bring its budget under

  • Child porn charges

    TWO men from Lancashire's Police force will appear in court today on serious charges relating to children. A serving police officer with Lancashire Constabulary was due to appear before Chorley magistrates today charged with five counts of making indecent

  • Bishop's good call to root out racism

    WHILE most right-thinking people in East Lancashire are not racist, a small minority are -- sufficient for the far-right British National Party to have targeted the region in a bid to spread its support. But while this situation may have developed in

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Monday, September 23

    A LOOK at events, from amateur theatre to rambles through our beautiful countryside. MONDAY St John's Great Marsden Operatic and Dramatic Society present 'Finian's Rainbow,' Pendle Hippodrome Theatre, New Market Street, Colne, 7.15pm. Accrington Camera