• Have a say on services for disabled

    DISABLED people in Pendle are being urged to have their say on the services they receive to ensure their needs are met. Pendle Partnership has teamed up with Pendle Council, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust and other organisations to develop a disability

  • Battle bus out to win TV votes

    SIX vintage bus tours have been arranged to help drum up support for an historic mill's bid to win £2million in TV's Restoration Village programme. Higherford Mill at Barrowford will be sending out busloads of supporters to towns in both Lancashire and

  • TV review: Love Island, ITV1

    SHE was once the pin-up for thousands of teenage boys (and men old enough to know better for that matter). But after a few weeks on a desert island surrounded by washed-up boyband members, has-been soap stars and never-have-beens Sophie Anderton has

  • Ladders thief caught in street

    A Darwen man stopped in the early hours of the morning carrying a set of ladders told police he had found them, a court was told. Blackburn magistrates heard the officers discovered a van parked down the road with ladders missing from a roof rack. John

  • Burglar trapped by a novelty gnome

    A NOVELTY gnome helped trap a man who burgled a Darwen address and stole a large amount of property. The gnome was listed among stolen items when police officers had their morning briefing. It rang a bell with one officer who had visited Sean Thompson's

  • Open road is a joy for Mary, 82

    A DARWEN pensioner who thinks nothing of undertaking 1,000 mile car journeys has spoken about the full extent of her desire to drive. And 82-year-old Mary Wright, of Elizabeth House, Sudellside, claims the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency's (DVLA)

  • More cash to tackle cold caller problems

    CRIMINALS targeting the elderly will be shown the door when a successful scheme to tackle cold calling is rolled out across Hyndburn. Funding has been secured to increase the number of homes covered by the No Cold Calling Zone, launched by Trading Standards

  • Help for vital services should not be a lottery

    This week we heard Blackburn with Darwen's Women's Aid is in the grip of a funding crisis. The news won't particularly worry most people in the town - thankfully most of us will never have reason to think much about what the organisation actually does

  • She’s a brolly good fellow!

    BECAUSE I was loaded with shopping to go into the boot of my car, I put my precious umbrella/walking stick on the roof of the car and forgot it. Waiting at the traffic lights to go on to Barbara Castle Way, Blackburn, up came a young lady who knocked

  • Complaints were tackled promptly

    I REFER to the letter by F Spencer (LT Aug 7) stating Councillor Cotterill of Meadowhead ward, Blackburn, got the wall on Livesey Branch Road repaired after trying for years to have it repaired without success by himself and other residents. I was the

  • Graffiti calling cards of ‘Mill Hill Boys’

    MEMBERS of a gang of car vandals have been leaving behind their "calling card" in the form of a graffiti logo. Police said that over the past three weeks a number of vehicles have been damaged around the Stephen Street area of Mill Hill. Hundreds of

  • Can you help name Amanda’s moo arrival?

    AN ICE cream farm has launched a competition to name its first new born Highland calf. Hawkshaw Farm, home of Mrs Dowson's Ice Cream, Clayton-le-Dale, saw the birth of the calf to mother cow Wookie on Sunday night. Owner Amanda Dowson said she was launching

  • Mum, 59 took an overdose of drugs

    THE death of a mother who took an overdose of pills could have been a cry for help that went tragically wrong, an inquest heard. Barbara Berry, of Ribblesdale Avenue, Accrington, was discovered by her daughter Joanne after she had taken several packets

  • ‘Attack NHS staff and go to jail’

    PATIENTS who attack NHS staff should be jailed, according to almost half the people who responded to a North West Government survey. A poll conducted by the NHS's Security Management Service found 46 per cent of people surveyed in the region thought

  • Edenfield 2nds time lucky

    Edenfield's second XI won the Lawrenson Cup on Monday night - their first trophy in two decades. Ian Bailey's side had to wait 24 hours to lift the trophy after rain cut short their game against Ribblesdale Wanderers on Sunday, in a repeat of the 2005

  • Darwen 3 Castleton Gabriels 0

    DARWEN continued their good start to the season with a 3-0 win over Castleton Gabriels. Stuart Telfer made it 1-0 before half-time and Neil Almond scored twice after the break. It means Darwen have scored six goals and bagged the maximum six points

  • Colne aim to beat Curz

    COLNE will be eager to kick-off their home campaign with a win when they entertain Curzon Ashton at Holt House tonight (kick-off 7.45pm). Manager Nigel Coates was disappointed that his side could not build on the early lead they established at Stone

  • End of an era for ex-Red Ferguson

    MIKE Ferguson celebrated more than most when Romuald Boco scored Accrington Stanley's first goal on their return to League Football. That's because the 63-year-old was the last player to score for the club before Stanley resigned from the League back

  • Clarets striker bids to be a country hit

    BURNLEY'S Steve Jones is confident he can be the answer to Northern Ireland's goal drought. The 29-year-old forward is one of three Clarets players called up to the international squad for the friendly against Finland. He will be joined by team-mates

  • Anger at delays after boy, 14, was found hanging

    THE mum of a teenager who died in custody said today it was completely unacceptable' that the grieving family of Adam Rickwood were still waiting for an inquest two years after his death. And Pauline Campbell - whose daughter Sarah, 18, died in Styal

  • I would walk 500 miles... for job in Todmorden!

    FOR most youngsters, work experience means getting a job with a local employer for a fortnight. But one teenager from France has gone just that bit further - 500 miles further - to take up a job with the council in Todmorden. Clement Defaux travelled

  • Sex charge – 30 years on

    A MIDDLE-aged man has been charged with indecently assaulting a young girl almost 30 years ago. Leslie Whittaker, 47, of Nelson Square, Burnley, is accused of carrying out the sex crime on the youngster in 1978. The girl was eight at the time of the

  • Burnley buys up Blackburn buses

    THE company behind bus firm Burnley and Pendle Travel has taken over its Blackburn counterpart. Blazefield Holdings is to take over the Blackburn with Darwen Council-owned company Blackburn Transport, taking the firm into private hands for the first

  • Riding high after win

    AN equestrian from East Lancashire has scooped the top prize in a national riding competition. Virginia Rajski, from Accrington and District Riding Club, competed against over 1,000 other riders to claim first prize in the Ultimate Showcase of Champions

  • Time No Object

    By Keith Sowerbutts, Oswald Street, Accrington. Two blondes took a flight to the USA To visit sick friends, in a hurry, When over the tannoy the captain's voice boomed out, "One engine has stopped, please don't worry." He said not to fret, they'd

  • Fairer way to pay insurance

    I AM just negotiating another year's car insurance and again it is increased although I have made no claims. Oh, if only I had the nerve to risk not renewing this as millions of people are doing. Every car that is pulled up for whatever offence seems

  • Council has its priorities wrong

    BLACKBURN with Darwen's roads are in a disgusting state, crumbling and collapsing in some areas. There is a desperate shortage of play areas for young children (unless you live on a council estate) and there are numerous unadopted' roads in the borough

  • Ridiculous to call for Muslim air travel ban

    THE British National Party's outrageous suggestion to ban all Muslims from flights in and out of Britain is just another example of their extremist right wing, racist bile. British culture is a rich synthesis of plural religions, ethnicities and identities

  • Taylor, 6, beats the odds

    A FAMILY is redoubling fundraising for a six-year-old girl struck down by a muscle-wasting disease after she began to make "fantastic" progress. After being told that Taylor Rayson would lose the ability to walk by the time she reached her teens, the

  • Care groups working together

    Groups that care for children and toddlers in Chipping are beginning to work closer together for the benefit of all youngsters in the village. The new Chipping Children's Community Alliance includes the village school's joint after-school and breakfast

  • Handgun found in club search

    A CLUBBER has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation handgun. Police were called to Never Never Land, Market Street, Blackburn, about 1am on Sunday following reports that a customer had tried to smuggle a gun inside the venue. Officers

  • Bus firm taken over after 125 years

    BUS company Blackburn Transport is to fall into private hands after 125 years of service. The deal will see Blazefield Holdings, a Yorkshire-based arm of French company Transdev, take over the company. But council chiefs said the deal was not likely

  • Family is killed in lorry horror

    A RIBBLE Valley lorry driver is facing a charge of causing the death of three members of the same family in an horrific road smash. Neil Margerison, 23, of Ribchester Road, Clayton-le-Dale, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following

  • Pub man injured in crash

    A MAN was rushed to hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a vehicle outside a Blackburn pub. The man, believed to be a regular at the Fox and Hounds on Livesey Branch Road, was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital. The incident happened at

  • Piano arrives through window

    BLACKBURN School of Music has taken delivery of a new £25,000 grand piano for its concert hall. The school, based in Preston New Road, traded in its Steinway, which it had for 20 years, for a Japanese Kawai concert grand. The new piano measures seven

  • ‘We shouldn’t have listened to council’

    THE only resident who has never entered into talks with the council about moving from her Redearth triangle' home today labelled the affair a disgrace'. Jenette Wood, of Star Street, Darwen, said she was now resigned to having to move from the home she

  • Ramsbottom United 2 Silsden 1

    RAMSBOTTOM recovered from a goal down to beat Silsden at the Riverside. Ryan Moore equalised for the Rams and Marcus Smith scored the winner. The result puts them joint top of the division, albeit after only two games.

  • Nelson face new-look United

    NELSON manager Graham Haworth has revealed his side are taking a trip into the unknown tonight for the visit to high flying FC United. Nelson played the breakaway Manchester United team three times last season and manager Haworth admitted by the time

  • Trio’s chance to impress

    PADIHAM boss Steve Wilkes is determined to build on their opening day win, despite being forced into three changes. Ross Barnham and James Galley are unavailable, while Anthony McCluskey is suspended for tonight's home game against Chadderton (kick-off

  • Pedersen gunning for Brazil

    Blackburn Rovers winger Morten Gamst Pedersen plans to gear up for the new season by shooting down Brazil in Oslo tonight. The Norwegian is on international duty tonight, just three days before the Premiership kicks off this weekend. But while Rovers

  • Honour for Reid

    STEVEN Reid is preparing to take a "big step" in his football career. And as the Blackburn Rovers midfielder gears up for leading the Republic of Ireland out as captain for the first time - in their friendly against Holland tonight - he has thanked Mark

  • Business awards are real big deal

    In the first of a series of articles looking at each category in the Lancashire Telegraph Business Awards, we explore what it takes to scoop the Business Deal of the Year. THE success of a big deal can help make or break a company, and in the case

  • Six-car pile up causes huge tailbacks on M6

    MOTORISTS were stuck in huge tailbacks after a six-car pile up on the M6. Four lorries and two cars were involved in the crash, two miles from the Charnock Richard Services between junction 27 and 28 at 10.25am yesterday. The northbound carriageway

  • Beauty of Bowland

    ONE of Lancashire's most stunning areas has led the way in a poll of favourite tourist destinations. The Forest of Bowland, stretching from Clitheroe to Lancaster, is in the top five of places to visit in the North West, according to a survey of Nectar

  • Stand up for Felix

    Comedian Felix Dexter mixes acutely-observed characters and high-energy satire. Catch his stand-up show live in Burnley on October 18. You may have seen Felix on TV comedies like The Fast Show, The Real McCoy, Knowing Me, Know You and Absolutely Fabulous

  • Carr coming to Burnley

    Hot new comedy star Alan Carr is coming to Burnley on October 25 as part of his debut national tour. The camp comedian can be seen on Channel 4's Friday Night Project and is a frequent guest on TV and radio comedy shows. Alan's heartfelt and honest

  • Scheme aims to help buyers

    THE Government has been told it could help thousands more families a year get a foot on the property ladder. A report from the National Audit Office said the government needs to improve the efficiency of its shared ownership home buying schemes. Only

  • Homes market cooling down

    THE weather may been hot, but the new homes market has been experiencing a cooler summer. With the usual holidays lull taking its toll, new home prices were down 1.6 per cent in July, from £258,581 to £254,374. The new homes market had been experiencing

  • More properties under hammer

    BUYING a property at auction is fast emerging as a popular method of buying property, with 21,000 homes going under the hammer each year. There has also been a 60 per cent increase in the number of properties being bought and sold at auction since 1998

  • Bin it yourself

    HOSPITAL staff have been told to empty their own bins after cash-strapped NHS bosses slashed cleaners' hours by 25 per cent. Office workers at Pendle and Rossendale community hospitals will have to take out their own rubbish because there won't be enough

  • Report: Redearth decision was wrong

    A COUNCIL which ordered the demolition of 150 homes against the wishes of scores of residents should have renovated the properties instead, a government inspector has ruled. And the damning ruling has stripped Blackburn with Darwen Council of the compulsory