• Paying the price for not checking

    MODERN communication systems have opened up a whole new world to crooks eager to con people into parting with their money. Almost everyone with a fax machine or email account will have received letters detailing schemes which claim to make you fantastic

  • Pleasure to see Ramadan time

    I JUST wanted to commend the Lancashire Evening Telegraph for including the Ramadan times in the newspaper. I think it is very pleasing to see that this information is made available and truly shows how the Islamic faith is embraced in mainstream culture

  • Moving tribute to the fallen

    COUNCILLOR Sir Bill Taylor and your comment column (LET November 3), give a timely reminder of why we should remember all those who gave their lives for us in conflicts so that we can live in freedom. In 1997 I was on holiday in Hong Kong and visited

  • Town shops don't stock items I want

    I HAVE just arrived back home from a recent trip into Darwen town centre, to buy Christmas Presents. What a wasted trip it was! There are posters in many of the shops saying 'Buy it in Darwen,' but there are a variety of items that you just cannot get

  • Swap works of art for common sense

    EARLIER this year, a reader appraised the bus station at Blackburn, prompting a similar look at Darwen bus station. This, unlike its larger neighbour is at the centre of commercial and administrative affairs. As a result, service vehicles, of necessity

  • Conman rips off old folk

    A MAJOR hunt was today under way for a conman, known as the Watchman, who is believed to have preyed on scores of pensioners across the county. He has evaded detection for six years and one of his latest strikes, in Blackburn, has prompted the police

  • We're all in this together

    GRAEME Souness today said Rovers' recent slump in fortunes has only served to bring his players closer together as they attempt to kick-start a revival against Everton tonight. Rovers are currently second from bottom in the table after a run of FIVE straight

  • Fan tickled by Doddy

    AN avid Ken Dodd fan was tickled to receive a letter from his idol after a decade of sending him letters, cards and tapes. Allan Sullivan, 70, of Grove Lane, Padiham, has been a fan of the entertainer since he first took his grandchildren Sarah and Lee

  • Rumours of ruin 'nonsense' says club chairman

    OFFICIALS at a Lancashire League cricket club today denied rumours that it faces ruin after losing an appeal to prevent a man badly burnt in a bonfire night accident claiming substantial damages against the club. Michael Bottomley's face and hands were

  • Station groper is spared jail

    A MAN who groped a police sergeant and pinched her bottom has been spared jail by Burnley magistrates. The court was told how John Paul Learoyd, 36, thrust his hand between the officer's legs and told her:"Get a load of this," as he struck in a police

  • Work gaffe sparks fear

    SAFETY concerns have been raised over the £4million redevelopment at the Pendle Rise shopping centre after a workman's ladder smashed through an escalator. Shoppers were on the escalator at Friday lunchtime when it is believed a ladder, which was being

  • Steve at the double

    NELSON's best performance for several weeks saw them take all three points from Winsford and lifted them to within one point of top place in the NWCL Division Two. The result owed much to the return of Mick Charlton, who added solidarity to the Nelson

  • 25 years ago

    A MASKED raider brandished a hand gun at a sub-postmaster in a terrifying incident. But the would-be robber fled seconds after demanding cash at Accrington sub-post office in Whalley Road as the postmaster pressed the foot-activated alarm. Accrington

  • Driver John's Andes trek gets big lift

    CHAUFFEUR John Stephens enjoyed a reversal of fortunes when he was driven to the airport by his boss. For John, who is more used to driving people around, was taken on the first leg of an epic fund-raising journey to Peru by his employer at Padiham-based

  • Veterans' service

    MORE than 200 people gathered around Great Harwood war memorial in Memorial Park for a breakaway service conducted by the Royal British Legion. Members of the Great Harwood branch conducted the Remembrance Sunday service themselves after no clergy member

  • Gangland movie cooks up a storm

    Gangster flic Triads, Yardies and Onion Bhajees finally hits the big screen this month after impressive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival. The film centres around the Holy Smokes crime syndicate who are based in Southall. The gang get caught up in a

  • Imran's voyage of discovery

    Britain's Imran Ali Khan heads to Bollywood after the three-day Zee Mela 2003. The budding young actor gave his all for one last time and now heads to Mumbai to complete post-production on his debut film 'I' where he stars opposite Salman Khan's heartthrob

  • Moves to halt pilgrim chaos

    New guidelines are being drawn up to ensure pilgrims going to the annual Hajj receive a fairer deal from tour operators. This month Asian Image spoke to a number of pilgrims who have returned from the annual Hajj. They told of a sense of shock and anger

  • Clarets pain at the Lane

    THREE things in life are certain. Birth, death and losing away to Sheffield United! Bramall Lane has hardly been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Clarets and, ever since the last elusive win when I was just a nipper, it's been either ritual humiliation


    The idea that wives can stop men from meeting their relatives was very true. Men are left in a Catch 22 situation and I speak as a sister. My sister-in-law doesn't allow her husband to do anything without her permission so he is left in the middle. I


    I am a single Muslim woman in my late twenties and want to get married. But the more I try to find the right mate the more it seems impossible. I have a successful career and have been introduced to many 'suitors' by my family. I am not a fussy person

  • Stan looks for change of fortune

    STAN TERNENT believes Lady Luck is due to pay Turf Moor a long overdue visit in the coming weeks. The Burnley boss insisted his side are simply not getting the breaks after a sweeping 'flu bug and another gift goal conspired to send the Clarets to a 1

  • Gouck bites the Terriers

    WHO let the Gouck out? John Coleman - and what a tactical masterstroke it proved to be. Andy Gouck has never shied away from goalmouth activity, but the midfielder will have scored fewer important goals than the cracker which fired Accrington Stanley

  • I must have missed the 'pants' revolution?

    MY friend will kill me for this but I feel a pressing need to divulge to the world this fact: she wears a G-string. In times when the world and his wife seems to sport these strips of material that pass for underwear, this may not seem odd, but to me

  • Breastfeeders bid for better facilities

    A GROUP of 15 breastfeeding mums is campaigning for better facilities for newborn babies after struggling to find a venue for its Christmas do. The Breast of Buddies group was formed at Sure Start Darwen in May 2002 as a support group for breastfeeding

  • Tough TV challenge for champion Andy

    A HODDLESDEN champion arm wrestler will appear on Sky TV next year after completing filming in London of a new TV series called Britain's Hardest. But despite the programme raising his profile, British champion Andy Barker, 26, of Chapman Road, is still

  • Playing fields plans set for approval

    PLANS to develop playing fields at a special needs school are set for approval -- despite fears that the facilities would be unsafe for pupils. Tor View School, Clod Lane, Haslingden, wants to provide a sensory learning facility for its pupils with a

  • Young business venture

    Many teenagers would consider starting their own business after university, according to new findings. A survey carried out by Natwest Business Banking found 36 per cent of young people aged between 15 and 19 in the North West would consider setting up

  • Beat bobby for centre

    ONE of Blackburn's hardest-working police constables has been appointed as town-centre beat bobby. PC Graham Davies arrested 120 people last year and has been in the force for 23 years, the majority of which have been in the town. Sgt Phil Davies said

  • Brewery puts across soft drink message

    A BREWERY is urging its landlords to help cut drink-drive accidents by pushing the sale of soft drinks. Bosses at Daniel Thwaites, which has 70 pubs in Lancashire, have annouced the campaign It comes weeks after shock figures showed the third year-on-year

  • No grumbles over post office closure

    THE Post Office today confirmed it is to close another Blackburn counter as part of a national plan to shut down 9,000 of its bases. And mail bosses insisted they had received just a handful complaints about its plan to close the Post Office at Lammack

  • Match stats...

    THE key moments and player ratings from the game against Huddersfield. STANLEY JON KENNEDY Determinedly collected crosses into the box. Gave Stanley a scare when he went walkabout in the second half but recovered to claim the ball 7 PETER CAVANAGH Some

  • Bring on the Cherries!

    ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman was this morning toasting his first slice of FA Cup glory. "It's the first time I've been to the first round and now we're in the second. It's like waiting for a bus isn't it?" quipped the Reds chief after late

  • Harwood run ends

    GREAT Harwood Town's remarkable unbeaten run came to an end with a 2-0 defeat at NWCL Division Two strugglers Cheadle Town. The Robins were unbeaten in 21 league games but they never looked like extending the feat against their determined Cheshire hosts

  • Clitheroe toppled by pass masters

    THE North West Counties League's biggest attendance of the season, 527, saw Mossley return to the top of the Division One table with a polished performance. Their neat and quick passing was the key, often caching the Blues on the break, but Clitheroe

  • A disaster before Magpies even arrived

    CHORLEY were in trouble even before kick-off when the team coach could not be restarted after the meal-break en route to Lincoln and the replacement coach reached the ground with less than half an hour to spare. But the Magpies appeared to have shrugged

  • Shabana is starstruck

    Shabanna Latif's A -Level grades were so good that she was invited to a special ceremony at the Science Museum in London, to be presented with a special prize by Jacqui Smith, UK Minister for Equality and Women. Eighteeen-year-old Shabana received one

  • Leaders get a grilling

    Young people from a Youth Forum wanted answers to issues in their community so they decided to go right to the top. It was all part of this years Local Democracy Week, with a 'question and answer' session with leaders in their community, organised by

  • A college job shop with a difference

    A student Jobshop with a difference has been helping students get that elusive job. Since Preston College launched its Jobshop last November more than 200 students have registered and 130 local businesses. The Jobshop has three levels of service. Firstly

  • Jazz rallies 'round to promote British event

    One of Kenya's fastest exports has been helping to promote the British round of the FIA World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB. Jazz Nandhra took a Mitsubishi Evolution 7 rally car through its paces at Walters Arena in south Wales, one of the special

  • No answers

    Having read the story concerning Saira. (Asian Image October) I too lost my wife this year, eight weeks after she gave birth to our second child. I am still searching for answers. All they tell me is that she died of some sort of infection and that's

  • We as a commuity are greatest obstacle to change

    First of all, I would like to commend the writer of the letter on Domestic Abuse for its idealistic viewpoints. (Letter entitled: Muslim Community should do more to tackle Domestic abuse issue - September issue). The problem in society is not that these

  • School breaks move but on parents' terms

    CHILDREN across East Lancashire could share the same school holidays within the next two years after education leaders gave the green light to the six-term year at national level. Education chiefs at Lancashire County Council and Blackburn with Darwen

  • Shopekeeper plagued by racist graffiti

    A father-of-three says his children are living in fear after racist graffiti was daubed on his shop. It was just the latest incident in a number of attacks to have plagued the store owner. Arif Mahmood (pictured right), who runs a corner shop on Spring

  • Tragic accident claims life of mum-to-be

    A tragic accident claimed the life of a pregnant woman, despite a bid by paramedics to save her life at the scene. Sajida Parveen, 30, of Accrington, was fatally injured when her Honda Civic car was involved in a head-on collision with a Vauxhall Vectra

  • Islam Awareness week

    Hundreds of balloons were released in Manchester by representatives of the city's Muslim communities to celebrate Islam Awareness week. The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Audrey Jones, and Councillor Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

  • Facing up to the facts

    It is sad that it took a TV documentary to expose elements of truth about life in a North West police force. Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester police Alan Green might well be 'ashamed'. He admits more needs to be done. But it seems the force

  • Teacher is cleared of assault on boy

    A religious teacher has been cleared of allegations that he repeatedly beat a boy pupil at a Bradford mosque. A jury at the city's Crown Court took less than two hours to find 39-year-old Ayub Ibrahim Khalifa not guilty of two charges of causing actual

  • Quit the deadly habit for life this Ramadan

    Smokers will find there is no better time to quit the deadly habit than during Ramadan. That's the message a new campaign is hoping to hammer home this month. Lord Ahmed of Rotherham launched the British Heart Foundation's (BHF) Ramadan Stop Smoking Campaign

  • Mother's hope for 2-year-old

    Last March, Amina Mulla's son Yaaseen came down with a very rare illness. Since then Amina has faced a constant battle in searching for a suitable bone marrow donor for her two-year-old son if he needs one in the future. Here she speaks to Asian Image

  • What a wonderful town we live in!

    PLEASE Sir, Me Sir, could I now praise Blackburn Council for the 'wondrous job' that they have done on Church Street? Also, the fantastic success of the 'Orbital Route' which (everyone?) loves to pieces, both the business rate payers and motorists driving

  • Did you wear a poppy with pride?

    ON Remembrance Day, I wonder how many poppies are worn with pride and gratitude to the honour of the men or women of this and other lands who gave their lives through two world wars and other conflicts. The massive battle of the Western front, the Dardenelles

  • Remember them

    THOUSANDS of people in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale stood in silent tribute to pay their respects to those who have died in wars and conflicts. Services and wreath-laying ceremonies were held in towns and villages, with young and old standing for the

  • I got a problem and the doctor can't help

    So instead of just suffering I thought I might go and see this geezer who knows a thing a two. 'Shut up don't talk like that!' ...'Don't you dare say anything against them'....'If you say anything I swear it will be bad luck.'..they say. You know the

  • Souey plea to Rovers fans

    GRAEME Souness today told Blackburn fans 'you can make the difference' as Rovers attempt to stop the rot against Everton tonight. Five straight defeats in the league have seen Rovers slide into the bottom two for the first time since 1999. It's the club's

  • Flat gutted in blaze

    A FLAT has been destroyed after being set on fire. The flat, in Calderbrook Avenue, Burnley, was unoccupied at the time of the fire, but firefighters said it was well alight by the time they were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning.

  • Judges announce Green Flag awards for parks

    PARKS in Burnley and Padiham have left others green with envy after picking up a prestigious Green Flag Award. Thompson Park has achieved the honour for the past five years alongside Memorial Park, Padiham, who have gained the prestigious title in a fourth

  • Musketeers' tax petition

    THE Three Musketeers may have been one short when they were in Burnley town centre to protest against council tax - but it didn't stop them winning some public support. The veterans, Fred Nelson, 83, and Harry McWhinney, 93, were in town on Saturday minus

  • Volunteer Mark honoured

    A BURNLEY man has been honoured for his voluntary service to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Mike Hart, the Burnley and Pendle branch's transport manager, is one of only 50 volunteers in the country to be presented with an award at a ceremony to mark

  • Remember them

    THOUSANDS of people in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale stood in silent tribute to pay their respects to those who have died in wars and conflicts. Services and wreath-laying ceremonies were held in towns and villages, with young and old standing for the

  • 50 years ago

    THE chairman of the Household Textiles Association told a meeting that a shortage of mill workers in the county should only be solved by using Lancashire people. He was speaking as the industry in the North West struggled to fill 6,500 vacancies. In a

  • 10 years ago

    A MULTI-MILLION pound refurbishment of Blackburn shopping centre was announced by new owners Standard Life. The package of improvements included roofing Victoria Court, creating a new court on the ground floor of the old Co-op building, re-cladding the

  • Remembrance Day silence for 69 pit victims

    RESIDENTS in Altham had two reasons to fall silent in remembrance this year as they marked the 120th anniversary of East Lancashire's worst-ever mining disaster. On Wednesday November 8 1883, 69 men and boys were killed after a massive underground gas

  • Double jobs boost as firms expand

    EAST Lancashire will get a further job boost when a conservatory manufacturer opens its new plant. More than 20 jobs will be created when Ultraframe, based in Salthill Road, Clitheroe, starts production at its new Hyndburn plant at the end of this month

  • Accrington Stanley fans delirious over FA Cup victory

    ACCRINGTON Stanley fans were still celebrating today after victory in the first round of the FA Cup. And Andy Gouck is the town's hero after his injury time winner saw off Huddersfield Town in yesterday afternoon's televised clash. Around 4,000 home fans

  • Mahima to feature in Angel ad

    Actress Mahima Chaudhury has been lending her support to charity PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Dressed as an angel and in a costume designed by the vegetarian Hemant Trevedi, Mahima features in an advert put together by photographer

  • Salford to launch it's first ever film festival

    The Film Festival will run between November 19-21 and one of the highlights is a film called Talking With Angels directed by Yousaf Ali Khan and based on his childhood experiences in Salford. The film, which has been nominated by Fox Searchlight (20th

  • Fashion shows support for war women

    A DAZZLING fashion show raised more than £1,000 to benefit women who have survived war in some of the world's most turbulent places. East Lancashire Soroptimists will use the cash boost for their new quadrennial appeal called Project Independence, Woman

  • Works team to plod on 365 miles

    ELEVEN intrepid walkers from an East Lancashire cement company are looking to raise thousands for charity. The hikers will set off from the Castle Cement's Ribblesdale plant to walk 147 miles to the sister quarry in Ketton, Cambridgeshire. After having

  • 'Protection money' fraud alert to firms

    EAST Lancashire businesses were today being warned about a new ploy which could land them with a fraudulent £95 bill after MP Nigel Evans found his local pub had been targeted. He raised the issue after being approached by Steve Dilworth from the Swan

  • When freedom is beyond the law

    It has been described by many as one of the 'western worlds' biggest embarassments. Now there are reports that a permanent prison is being built at the Guantanamo Bay detention centre where hundreds of alleged terrorist suspects, including nine Britons

  • Fact file...

    A LOOK at the key moments from the game against Sheff Utd BURNLEY RATINGS BRIAN JENSEN: Magnificent save near the end proved what a good shot-stopper he is 7 DEAN WEST: Poor passing let him down throughout and partly to blame for the goal 6 ARTHUR GNOHERE

  • Stan looks for change of fortune

    STAN TERNENT believes Lady Luck is due to pay Turf Moor a long overdue visit in the coming weeks. The Burnley boss insisted his side are simply not getting the breaks after a sweeping 'flu bug and another gift goal conspired to send the Clarets to a 1


    I remember reading a letter in Dear Massi about fasting. I have a similar issue with my children and my husband. My children are now in their late teens and whilst they used to fast when they were younger they seem to have become very complacent. I blame

  • Firm flying high with Hercules contract

    A DARWEN company has landed a prestigious contract working on fuel tanks for giant Hercules C-130 transport aircraft. Brookhouse Composites, based at India Mill, was hired by Marshall Aerospace to carry out the work which Marshall - despite being one

  • Scout-ing around for help to lead group

    SCOUT leaders in Turton are hoping more people will come along and volunteer to help them as they are suffering a shortage of helpers. There is no shortage of boys wishing to join the 1st Turton (St Anne's) Scout Group, however more adults are needed

  • Fire chief in alarms appeal

    A RAWTENSTALL fire chief has urged residents to check their smoke alarms regularly. Station Commander Barry Ryan said smoke alarms had been responsible for detecting many of the 60,000 house fires the service was called to every year. But he said many

  • Fish on menu at farmers' market

    SOMETHING fishy hit Ramsbottom's streets this weekend when visitors to the regular farmers' market tried a variety of mouth watering delights. Visitors were shown how to cook seabream, scallops and delicacies such as Thai fishcakes at the Ramsbottom Farmers

  • Bellamy in wind farm site march

    GREEN champion and broadcaster David Bellamy paid a visit to the proposed £50million wind farm site near Edenfield yesterday. He has already thrown his support behind the campaign to block plans for the massive development -- that would provide enough

  • Search in East Lancs for brownfield sites

    EAST Lancashire is at the centre of a £100,000 initiative to earmark potential brownfield sites for development. The North West Development Agency will use the cash to look at brownfield sites - places that have been previously developed but are now vacant

  • Dancing around the globe

    A BLACKBURN woman is to dance her way across the globe after clinching her biggest role yet. Fame beckons for Emma Collinson, 20, whose family live in the Livesey area of Blackburn. After graduating from a top theatre academy last year she is now to tour

  • Help to carry on working

    CHILDCARE workers in Blackburn with Darwen are to get free support workshops to help parents to stay in the workplace. The new initiative will see those who look after youngsters get help so they can carry on providing much-needed services. The Government

  • Conman rips off old folk

    A MAJOR hunt was today under way for a conman, known as the Watchman, who is believed to have preyed on scores of pensioners across the county. He has evaded detection for six years and one of his latest strikes, in Blackburn, has prompted the police

  • Gouck bites the Terriers

    WHO let the Gouck out? John Coleman - and what a tactical masterstroke it proved to be. Andy Gouck has never shied away from goalmouth activity, but the midfielder will have scored fewer important goals than the cracker which fired Accrington Stanley

  • Howes about that for Padiham?

    PADIHAM came from behind to beat Chadderton 2-1 at the Arbories to move within touching distance of the leading teams after five wins from their last six league games. A strong wind gave Chadderton an early advantage and after 19 minutes they took the

  • Giggs goal sets Bacup on their way

    BACUP produced their best attacking display of the season, scoring four well-taken goals. Rhodri Giggs chipped the home side into the lead on five minutes following a good ball in from debutant Phil Baylis, then on 35 minutes former Chorley man Baylis


    AFTER two recent victories the Rams were confident they could at least come home with a point, but Congleton took the game by the scruff of the neck early on and ran out comfortable winners in the end. It could have been so different. The Rams' Glyn Barker

  • Wilkes blasts Darwen's defending

    DARWEN slumped to another disappointing defeat with a 2-1 reverse at Ashton Town. A combination of poor finishing and slack marking contributed to the visitors' downfall and boss Steve Wilkes said: "Both Ashton's goals were real gifts and we could have


    The leagues biggest attendance of the season, 527, saw Mossley return to the top of the table with a polished performance. Neat and quick passing for the visitors was the key, often caching the Blues on the break. Clitheroe will feel unlucky with the

  • Carl cracks in two

    COLNE coasted through to the third round of the Division Two Trophy with a 2-0 win over Blackpool Mechanics in a game they dominated from the first whistle. Captain Gary Rishton returned from injury and James Webster reverted to his midfield role as the

  • Illingworth's the villain of the piece

    ROSSENDALE'S inability to defend set pieces once again cost them dear as they went down to a last-gasp goal at Guiseley. They looked set to gain a point despite not being at their best, but Jeremy Illingworth's close range finish meant they left Nethermoor

  • Saints scoop National Club of the year prize

    A football club set up to tackle juvenile nuisance has been officially named the town's BBC Community Club of the Year. The Revidge Community Association Saints in Blackburn was created a few years ago in a bid to keep youngsters off the street. It now

  • Watan celebrate clean sweep

    It was a Watan trophy fest at this years presentation as the Pendle outfit took home four winners cups. Only Al-Mehboob looked liked stopping them in the league and the Pemberton Cup but Watan proved too strong in both competitions. The PPWA tournament

  • Kicking it into touch

    The Kick Racism out of football campaign rolled into towns across the North West this month. With a series of high profile getures from all the football clubs it was the smaller tournaments at grassroots level which really got the ball rolling. A football

  • A moral issue for all of us

    Months have passed and we can see no end to the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the truth emerges I feel our government has a duty to explain why they went to war. Everything has been brushed under the carpet and I feel we will hear very little of

  • Some understanding

    Having been a white revert for a few years now, I want to ask the community for a bit of understanding during such an important time in our calendar. Ramadan is here and it is a time to ask for forgiveness and try to become better Muslims and better people

  • This isn't a magic trick, it's for real

    Trapped in a teeny Box, suspended over the great sights of London for forty days and forty nights. What was David Blaine thinking, or should I ask 'what was he on?' (because being the cynic that I am , I'm not entirely convinced that he did survive on

  • Sickening

    A disabled woman was robbed of her mobile phone by a callous street robber Naz Mirza, 38, who had part of her right leg amputated after being assaulted 17 years ago is unable to wear her artificial limb because of bruising caused by the attack. She has

  • Diplomat's visit prompts protest

    More than fifty people turned out to protest against the visit of an Indian diplomat. Ronen Sen, India's High Commissioner visited Jan's Conference Centre in Blackburn where he was to meet with members of the local community. Protesters waited for over

  • Be wary of new investors scheme

    Members of the community are being warned to steer clear of pyramid money-making schemes after reports that a new venture has been launched in the region. The scheme is similar to the Hearts scheme which caught out celebrities including Cilla Black earlier

  • Twining bid thrown out

    A proposal to twin the Lancashire city of Preston with the besieged Palestinian town of Nablus was thrown out after councillors voted against it. The proposal was a culmination of a campaign headed by Socialist Alliance councillor Michael Lavalette. Supporters