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  • Kitchen worktop kills baby

    AN 18-month-old boy has died after a kitchen work surface fell on top of him, police said today. The boy, who has not been named, died yesterday afternoon following the "tragic accident" at his home in the Queen's Park area of Blackburn. Police said that

  • Where le parcing is free

    I've recently returned from a caravan holiday in France. It was most enjoyable. No radio, no television, no newspapers, no politics and no Parkwise! Then I got a text message, "Parkwise are holding a review meeting, did you tell them that you have left

  • No improvement in park

    In the Citizen, April 6, it was reported that Chorley's Astley Park was to be the subject of a restoration project following the receipt of a £2.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Six months later the residents of Chorley have yet to see

  • Park is best for pets' corner

    Having read the letter in the Citizen, No place for pets' corner, I disagree. I am in my eighties and I love to see the animals, especially in the spring, when the peacocks show off their beautiful plumage. Don't deprive children from looking at the animals

  • The funky therapist

    THE James Taylor Quartet have been at the forefront of the acid jazz scene for 15 years. They play Burnley on October 21. The first JTQ album Mission Impossible laid the foundation for what would become their signature sound -- "funked-up, sleazed-down

  • Aloha again from Elvis

    ELVIS mania is due to descend on Bacup on October 20 when one of the world's greatest tribute artists comes to town. Aloha From Bacup at Bacup Leisure Hall is billed as "a serious show for serious fans" and stars Blackburn man Jason Ashton as The King

  • Savage: Thanks Tosh!

    BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage today said John Toshack has done him a favour by calling time on his international career. The former Birmingham star, who is hoping to return for Blackburn against Liverpool tomorrow, has finally given up trying

  • Starsailor set free

    CHORLEY band Starsailor are back with their third album On The Outside released on October 17 and are playing a special free show in Preston on October 21. The melodic indie quartet will be at Action Records to play an acoustic set at 5pm then sign copies

  • Have your say on the Clarets

    WHAT did you think of the Clarets performance against Leeds United today? Let us know your opinions and we'll publish the best in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph on Monday. Just fill out the form below.

  • Pool survey a fairy tale?

    I SPOKE recently to a grandad who spent much time this summer with a little boy at the paddling pool in Happy Mount Park - but knew nothing about any survey of opinions. In fact I cannot find anyone who was asked and tend to believe the survey is part

  • Right to call for curb on bikes

    A LOUD Huzzah to Citizen Smith for his comment last week regarding the way the majority of cyclists ride these days. They seem to think they have a divine right to aggressively ride wherever and however they want. And, sadly, it is not only 'tearaway'

  • Same error again

    BOTH Steve Metcalfe and N Bliss continue to commit the same error, equating capitalism with exploitation. I have never denied that capitalism has caused suffering to many and continues to cause suffering to some. But capitalism has also brought more prosperity

  • Magpies fans back on board

    Chorley fans will be allowed to travel on the team coach again to away matches after a ban on supporters was lifted. The club imposed a ban on fans travelling with the team after incidents at previous matches, one of which involved several supporters

  • School visit turns up heat

    YOUNGSTERS in Pendle are being warned about the dangers of fireworks in the countdown to November 5. Police and fire officers are visiting schools across the borough warning 11-year-olds they could not only get burned by fireworks and sparklers, but could

  • Single review: Tiga ft. Jake Shears - You Gonna Want Me (PIAS)

    PREPARE for full assault on your irritation glands. Montreal electro doyen Tiga brings out the heavy retro fire with this track featuring Scissor Sisters vocalist Jake Shears and production by Soulwax's Dewaele brothers. Tiga Sontag came to widespread

  • Nugent targets Wolves return

    David Nugent has set North End's clash with Wolves as the target for his return to action. The striker has been sidelined since the middle of September after contracting the skin condition, impetigo. That put him in hospital for two weeks, but little

  • Hoppers move up to third

    Hoppers notched up their fourth bonus point in as many games, running in six tries against old adversaries Kendal who prop up the table after their fourth straight defeat. But they did recover well and refused to fold after a torrid first 20 minutes when

  • Two into one won't go

    A PLANNED residents' parking scheme in the centre of Lancaster will do more harm than good if it goes ahead, it is claimed. The proposed scheme, in the Dallas Road area, has not been properly thought out, says local MP Ben Wallace. And he has written

  • Bed cuts may hit RLI

    THE Royal Lancaster Infirmary could be hit hard by planned cuts designed to tackle a £3million cash shortfall in the Morecambe Bay Hospitals Trust. Twelve dermatology beds and four gynaecology beds could be cut at the hospital. And a review of orthopaedic

  • In the pink...

    THE historic city of Lancaster is to be painted pink for nine days in December - and it will be a case of eat your heart out San Francisco. The local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group is getting its act together to organise the first Lancaster

  • Students win union backing

    TRADE unionists are to throw their weight behind the so-called George Fox Six students from Lancaster University. It is now two weeks since the students were convicted of aggravated trespass after dis-rupting a conference at the university last year.

  • City remembers dark past

    A LARGELY unknown period of Lancaster's history has been brought into sharp focus with a new memorial. The city's part in the Transatlantic slave trade is recalled by a sculpture unveiled on the quayside close to the Millennium Bridge on Monday. 'Captured

  • Imam may have lost 12 family members

    A Preston imam, grieving from the death of six family members after Saturday's devastating earthquake, has flown to Pakistan in the hope that other relatives, including his mother and father, may still be alive. Naseer Ahmed, 43, Imam of Raza Mosque,

  • Appeal to help quake vicitms

    Religious groups and charities in Preston and South Ribble have organised fundraising efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Pakistan. Every mosque in Preston has been collecting money to send urgently needed relief to areas devastated by

  • Duck shoot protest

    Animal welfare campaigners have blasted a duck shoot at Hoghton Tower estate on Saturday, calling it 'amateur butchery'. But the shooters have hit back, calling the protestors 'interfering extremists' and blame their interference for any cruelty inflicted

  • Men warned of street attacks

    Police are warning men walking through the Deepdale area of Preston at night to beware of a gang carrying out brutal muggings. On Monday, October 10, a man in his 30s was attacked in Skeffington Road at 11pm after leaving a pub. He was approached by two

  • Special deal for Brum

    BLACKBURN Rovers are offering supporters the chance to snap up a 'family friendly ticket' for next week's Premiership encounter with Birmingham City at Ewood Park. The special ticket entitles two adults and two juniors to watch the game against the Blues

  • It's not just football coming home to Turf

    AT last, football's coming home. The win at Wolves seems like a lifetime ago, but could there be a better game to whet the appetite again than Leeds United at home? Probably not - and when you throw in the return of Robbie Blake and Ian Moore in front

  • Duck shoot protest

    Animal welfare campaigners have blasted a duck shoot at the Hoghton Tower estate on Saturday, claiming it was 'amateur butchery'. But the shooters have hit back, calling the protestors 'interfering extremists' and blame their interference for any cruelty

  • Charity clothes scam warning

    A warning has been issued by trading standards after households in Chorley were canvassed by bogus 'charity clothing' collectors. Homes throughout the town received flyers through their doors last week from a company calling themselves Children's Villages

  • Rampaging youths damage cars in village

    An Euxton woman has abandoned plans to buy her council house after a spate of crime and youth disorder close to her home. Mother-of-three, Lisa Bennett, 33, of Greenside, reached the end of her tether after an early morning rampage by vandals left her

  • Go around the junction

    A question for the county surveyor - 'What are circular and cars go round them?' Need more clues? There are half a dozen of them on the town centre by-pass, and they tend to keep traffic flowing better than traffic lights. Regarding the Citizen's front

  • How we can make roads safer

    You are doubtless aware that the Road Safety Bill will shortly be entering the House of Commons. As a member of CTC, the national cyclists' organisation, I am concerned about the Government's proposal to lower the penalty for 'marginally' exceeding the

  • Caution at crossings

    Your article concerning accidents (Citizen, October 6) applies to both drivers and pedestrians. Pedestrians approaching zebra crossings should not expect drivers to stop in no distance, they should give time but drivers should approach crossings so that

  • £40m hope for housing

    ROSSENDALE Council is to ballot tenants on plans to unlock a £40million investment in housing in the borough after more than 80 per cent agreed with the proposals. The authority has rubber-stamped the decision to put Pennine Housing 2000 in charge of

  • Rover Sam is an inspiration

    A FORMER England soccer captain and club manager has been hailed as an inspiration to Darwen people with mental health problems. Now a new internet cafe at Darwen Resource Centre will be named after Darwen-born Sam Wadsworth, who himself overcame mental

  • Lancashire gig guide

    Your diary of the big gigs coming to Lancashire soon, including the likes of Status Quo, White Stripes, Paul Weller, Turin Brakes, Starsailor, Blondie and Jerry Lee Lewis. OCTOBER 14 King Pleasure And The Biscuit Boys, King George's Hall, Blackburn, £10

  • Bands battle

    UPCOMING Lancashire bands are competing for two days recording time in a top studio and a contract with a music PR company in a battle-of-the-bands competition. The next heat is in Fleetwood on October 27. The Strummer Live Music Series takes place every

  • Blake's vow of silence

    ROBBIE Blake expects to be branded public enemy number one at Turf Moor tomorrow lunchtime. But the former Burnley striker will be well prepared for any supporter backlash over his shock decision to quit the club earlier this year. And he insisted he

  • Diamond geezer

    JIM DIAMOND -- the man perhaps best known for Hi Ho Silver, the theme from the 1980s ITV show Boon -- is kicking off his European tour in the unlikely location of Leyland on October 14. Diamond, who sold over eight million records in his music career

  • Blake's vow of silence

    ROBBIE Blake expects to be branded public enemy number one at Turf Moor tomorrow lunchtime. But the former Burnley striker will be well prepared for any supporter backlash over his shock decision to quit the club earlier this year. And he insisted he

  • Steve: Play it again, Clarets

    STEVE Cotterill hopes Burnley can pick up where they left off when they return to Championship action against Leeds United tomorrow. The international break has given the Clarets boss an opportunity to take stock of a hectic first two months of the season

  • Sinclair: We'll rock Robbie

    FRANK Sinclair has warned that Burnley are out to make it a miserable Turf Moor return for Robbie Blake and Ian Moore. The two former Clarets strikers have now joined forces at Leeds United, who cross the Pennines for a lunchtime showdown on Saturday.

  • Friends swam in the wrong direction - court hears

    A CHINESE cockle picker who survived being trap-ped by the tide in Morecambe Bay on the night when at least 21 people perished, lost friends because they swam in another direction, a court has heard. Lin Hua was smuggled into England in late 2003 and

  • Proud to be a patriot

    I THANK Steve Metcalfe for referring to me as a 'superpatriot of the UK Independence Party' in his letter last week - modesty would forbid me ever using such words. I am proud to be a patriot, proud to have been born in a country that has offered refuge

  • Lancaster City better than most

    I WRITE in response to S Forster's letter last week about reasons for people not going to watch Lancaster City FC. I'd like to ask if he goes to watch every match? I do and have done so for more than 35 years. Yes, the stands are not the greatest, the

  • A great job

    IT'S easier to complain than praise. Now, I simply want to say thanks to the people who work at the Salt Ayre recycling centre and to those who set it up. I don't know what's changed in the last few years but every time I go there now I come away feeling

  • Dog's dinner

    I WOULD like to thank all the residents of Ullswater Road who took time and trouble to contact me over the application from the Freeholders pub to stay open until the early hours. The licensing committee agreed to 12.30am Sunday to Thursday and 1am on

  • Wright touch for victory

    First half goals from strike duo Peter Wright and Chris Thompson proved just enough to secure a welcome victory for Chorley at Parkside Road on Saturday. Yet a late Ged Smith strike caused flutters and but for some determined late defending, the Magpies

  • Single review: Feeder - Shatter/Tender (Echo)

    FAN power rules. Feeder enjoy a special relationship with their devotees, 2,500 of whom signed a petition to see Shatter released as a single. And here it is, on a double A-side featuring songs used in the Russian fantasy-thriller Nightwatch, which is

  • School visit turns up heat

    YOUNGSTERS in Pendle are being warned about the dangers of fireworks in the countdown to November 5. Police and fire officers are visiting schools across the borough warning 11-year-olds they could not only get burned by fireworks and sparklers, but could

  • County shows new link proposals

    REVISED plans for the proposed Heysham to M6 link road are to go on show next week. Lancashire County Council is to stage a special exhibition of its new-look Northern route blueprint on Wednesday (October 19) at Torrisholme Methodist Church. It will

  • Stewardess terrorised

    THE stewardess of a Burnley club was kept prisoner in her own bar following a terrifying knife-point robbery. Pamela Stonehouse lost a whole week's takings to the robber, who had posed as someone wanting to hire the venue. She spent several hours locked

  • Teenager denies ASBO breach

    A TEENAGER has appeared in court after it was claimed he assaulted a man who tried to make a detain him in a 'citizen's arrest'. Graham Bousfield, 18, of Thirlmere Road, Lancaster, appeared before city magistrates yesterday (Tuesday) to face charges of

  • Paws for thought

    PETS are being invited to church next weekend - for a special blessing service. Morecambe Parish Church rector the Rev Gary Ingram is to lead the animal blessing on Sunday, October 23 at 3.30 pm and says pets of any denomination, or none, will be welcome

  • City deal signed

    The third richest man in Britain has agreed to spend £450 million on Preston city centre over the next six years. The Duke of Westminster's property firm, Grosvenor, has finally signed up to develop the Tithebarn Regeneration Area, a 30-acre site, creating

  • There's a bomb on the bus!

    A radio interview sparked a bomb alert in a pub car park close to the Lancashire Police's Hutton headquarters. The emergency unfolded as BBC Radio Lancashire presenter, Sally Naden, interviewed Joseph Leather, 84, who had brought the remains of a Second

  • Bringing folk to the masses

    Two fans of folk have formed a new organisation aimed at bringing live music to the masses. Leyland friends, Ken Linford, of Wyresdale Drive, and Jim Minall, of Victoria Park Avenue, first tried their hand as concert promoters when they brought folk artists

  • It's your choice

    Residents views are being sought on the finishing touch to a project to regenerate a once neglected Preston recreational zone. People are being given the choice of four designs for a three-metre mosaic to be embedded in Smith's Rec, Frenchwood, near the

  • Arson probe

    Arson has not been ruled out as the cause of the fire that destroyed the "entire history" of the company behind the Wallace and Gromit films, fire chiefs have revealed. But it may be some weeks before fire investigators can determine what started the

  • Apathy helps keep staus quo

    I am writing regarding the letter from a reader in the Citizen (October 6) which says: "It is a waste of time meeting at Mainway Court". Although I understand the readers' apathy, it is this attitude that helps to maintain the status quo. I may be naive

  • Will Rovers meet the Jekyll or the Hyde of Rafa's reign?

    RAFA Benitez. A tactical genius or just another foreign manager who's squeezing the passion out of the Premiership? Opinion seems to be divided on Merseyside. Speak to some Liverpool fans and I'm sure they'd tell you the Spaniard deserves a knighthood

  • Don't let Crouch bite

    BLACKBURN boss Mark Hughes fears his team could feel the wrath of Peter Crouch when they take on Liverpool at Anfield tomorrow. The gangly striker was cruelly jeered by England supporters when he replaced Shaun Wright-Phillips during the second half of

  • Savage: Thanks Tosh!

    BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage today said John Toshack has done him a favour by calling time on his international career. The former Birmingham star, who is hoping to return for Blackburn against Liverpool tomorrow, has finally given up trying

  • Stewardess terrorised

    THE stewardess of a Burnley club was kept prisoner in her own bar following a terrifying knife-point robbery. Pamela Stonehouse lost a whole week's takings to the robber, who had posed as someone wanting to hire the venue. She spent several hours locked

  • Kitchen worktop kills baby

    AN 18-month-old boy has died after a kitchen work surface fell on top of him, police said today. The boy, who has not been named, died yesterday afternoon following the "tragic accident" at his home in the Queen's Park area of Blackburn. Police said that

  • Flu jab delay shock

    Deliveries of this winter's flu vaccine to surgeries in Chorley could be delayed by up to seven weeks. It comes after last week's launch of Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust's annual flu jab campaign. Fronted by football legend, Sir Tom Finney

  • Night owl protects falcons' nest

    A bar manager has returned to the roost after months of all-night vigils protecting an endangered falcon's nest. Night owl, Ivan Lynas, 45, manager of Harry's Bar, St George's Street, Chorley, spent most Monday nights in April, May and June guarding a

  • Councillors collide on road works plan

    A decision to end a long-standing partnership delivering road works has caused a rift between the borough and county council. Jack Wilson, leader of Chorley Borough Council, spoke out after the County Council agreed to dismantle the Highways Partnership

  • We should all be tackling the bullies

    I WOULD like to comment on the subject of bullying in our schools and workplace (LET, October 7). First I would like to express my sympathy to the concerned parent of Darwen and her 10-year-old daughter who has unfortunately become the target of a bully

  • Crack down on motoring menace

    WHILST I applaud the government's idea of imposing a fine of £60 on uninsured drivers by the use of insurance companies records, I suggest the sum is paltry in comparison to the threat posed. Most offenders will pass it off as a minor hazard, just as

  • Trial delay is unacceptable

    THE British justice system takes some hard knocks. It has come under even more scrutiny this week with the Government preparing for anti-terrorism legislation which critics say will erode our civil liberties. But spare a thought for the East Lancashire