• ‘A town full of Victor Meldrews’

    BLACKBURN with Darwen Council's outgoing chief executive has compared the attitude of people in the borough to that of grumpy TV character Victor Meldrew. Phil Watson said people in the borough had a tendency to do the place down in similar fashion to

  • Bentley aims for lift-off after European rocket

    ROVERS star David Bentley hopes Thursday night's wonder-strike against Salzburg will be the catalyst that will send him and his side to greater things this season. The 22-year-old's 25-yard stunner helped Rovers through to the group stages of the UEFA

  • Cotterill: I’ll make my own decisions

    Burnley boss Steve Cotterill admits he won't be pressurised into a captaincy decision over suspended Wayne Thomas. Skipper Thomas begins a four-match ban tomorrow, as the Clarets make the long journey to Norwich, after being sent off for violent conduct

  • Still no approach for Cotterill

    Burnley's Steve Cotterill has again quashed speculation suggesting he leads the race to land the vacant manager's job at West Bromwich Albion. According to reports, Albion are confident of naming Cotterill as their boss next week after Coventry refused

  • Judge slams ‘thuggish’ actions

    THUGGISH, drunken drug addict Stuart Brown sank his teeth into a paramedic called to tend an injured woman at a Padiham house party. Brown, 28, who had hepatitis C and had been released from jail just days before, caused Blackburn-based victim Michael

  • Siege gunman ‘was terrified’

    A MAN who shot a police officer before turning the gun on himself was "terrified" of the police and authority figures, an inquest heard. Stephen Hensby, 55, was also "obsessed with the fear of losing his home" after a row with his local council. Hensby

  • Churches have priorities wrong

    HAVING read about churches giving out chocolate, I am concerned they are be peddling gimmicks whilst they seem unable to deliver any truth with regard to divinity. Jesus did not say that heaven could be found in a church, and he never mentioned anything

  • Apprentice Rob wins top award

    Apprentice Robert Snape has been named one of the best in the north west. Robert, 23, who works for the Blackburn branch of electrical and mechanical project management firm EI.WHS Ltd won the ECA Edmundson Apprentice of the Year award. The award

  • A very rude awakening for Chubby

    NIGHT after night Roy "Chubby" Brown, who is coming to Blackburn on October 4, has left the stage dressed in his outrageously loud suit and flying helmet with hundreds of fans cheering his name. For them it's been another enjoyable night out with one

  • College plans go on show

    STUDENTS and parents are invited to view the first phase of a £38million plan to turn Blackburn College into a world- class campus. The college is hosting an open evening from 5.30pm to 8pm on Tuesday, which will feature a model version of its £8.7million

  • X Factor dead end for Avenue

    A YOUNG singer's dreams of fame and fortune are in tatters after his boy band was booted off TV talent show X Factor. Johnny Lloyd, 25, who hails from Clitheroe, is part of Avenue, who ran into controversy when it was revealed they had already signed

  • Playground pupils have splashing time

    PUPILS at a Burnley primary school have been having a splashing time after taking delivery of a log flume boat. St Stephen's CE Primary School in Woodland Grove has spruced up its playground with one of the 24 carriages which formed the famous Blackpool

  • CCTV set to boost jobs

    A SUCCESSFUL "business watch" scheme in Pendle has received a boost after five new CCTV cameras were put in place. It is hoped that the cameras will not only act as a tool for crime prevention and detection but be a selling point to attract new businesses

  • Grant Burge Sauvignon Blanc

    ONE of Australia's first vineyard areas, the Barossa Valley north of Adelaide, is home to this one and the family of Grant Burge who have been making wine since 1855. It's a Sauvignon Blanc which is more tropical fruit than lemons and it does have

  • Election win keeps up family tradition

    THE daughter-in-law of former Darwen councillor Fred Slater who was elected into her father-in-law's old ward, said: "I did it for Dad'." Julie Slater, who stood as an independent councillor in the Thursday night by-election for the East Rural ward -

  • Roberts: I'm ready to gun down Latics

    BLACKBURN striker Jason Roberts is desperate to face Wigan Athletic tomorrow - even though he admits it would feel strange to line-up against his old club. Roberts, who is fighting to be fit after recovering from a groin injury, enjoyed two golden years

  • Boss: Canaries woe won’t rattle our cage

    STEVE Cotterill insists his Clarets side will focus on the job in hand tomorrow and ignore distractions surrounding under-fire Nigel Worthington. The Clarets make the long journey to Carrow Road aiming to preserve their unbeaten Championship away record

  • Hughes: Don’t let Euro form affect league

    BLACKBURN ROVERS boss Mark Hughes is guarding against a European hangover as his side take on Wigan tomorrow. Last season, Middlesbrough and Bolton saw their league form suffer after playing Thursday night European ties and is keen not to fall into the

  • Hughes may extend Tugay deal

    Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes has intimated that he could offer Tugay a new contract at the end of the season - if he continues in the same rich vein of form. "We've not discussed extensions of contracts or whatever but as the season progresses

  • Paramedics call for tougher sentences

    AMBULANCE chiefs today warned it is "only a matter of time" before a paramedic is killed" on duty. As the number of attacks on East Lancashire ambulance crews "spiral out of control," bosses revealed that a paramedic is attacked every three days in the

  • 3 months of hell for bitten paramedic

    A PARAMEDIC who was bitten by a man infected with hepatitis C as he answered a 999 call has endured "three months of hell" waiting for the all-clear from the disease. Until last Monday when he received the news, Mick McTague, 46, has been unable to kiss

  • Cricket club’s sponsor boost

    DARWEN Cricket Club has gained a new sponsorship deal with Bowker BMW and Mini. The Blackburn-based firm is set to provide vital funds to help the club raise the profile of the sport within the local community. The club, which plays at Birch Hall, has

  • We tried to stop toys going into skip

    WITH reference to the recent article regarding the throwing into a skip of toys and play equipment from Kelsall Avenue Nursery School, by staff from the council's Early Years department. We have had lots of calls from other schools, nurseries, playgroups

  • Church needs to move with times

    THE latest idea to get more people attending church, of giving goody bags with a bar of chocolate, seems a step in the right direction. This is a small way to being more upmarket. If ministers developed a more modern way of putting over sermons, with

  • Pension rise of 25p is an insult

    CAN anyone explain why, when you reach the age of 80 years, you get a measly 25p a week rise on the retirement pension? This is a disgusting insult. It won't buy a newspaper. Most of us spent many years serving their country which now has its priorities

  • Murphy’s Law

    By Keith Sowerbutts. Murphy lived on a lonely farm And a thought often filled him with fear, With crime, violence, mugging quite rife, What would happen if a burglar was near? So off he went and purchased a firearm, If they came, it would give

  • Youth worker’s pledge on park

    A YOUTH worker has pledged to make a difference and stop children from damaging a £450,000 Blackburn play area which has suffered a blight of vandalism and juvenile nuisance. The Oakenhurst Road play area was completed just six weeks ago but police have

  • Satnav theft led to prison

    A "LOST" 20-year-old man who stumbled into an Accrington farm yard stole a satellite navigation system from a parked car. But the direction- finding device led Daniel Paul Reid straight into custody when he was detained by the car owner and arrested

  • Baby struck by soldier

    A VIOLENT soldier punched his wife - and struck a baby she was holding in her arms, a court heard. Father-of-two Robert Jackson, 24, who is stationed in Cambridgeshire, struck when the couple had come to visit his family in Nelson, he had been drinking

  • Archers on target for charity

    ARCHERS shot their way to lots of charity cash for charity Breast Cancer Care's Tickled Pink campaign. Gawthorpe Foresters Field Archery Club, Brierfield held a charity shoot, with a raffle and refreshments, and all profits went to the charity. Club

  • Just put your house in order

    residents living in rundown houses have been warned by council chiefs: "Sort your homes out or we'll do it at your expense." Rossendale Council officials have responded to calls to tackle the problem of grotty and derelict buildings by sending out 90

  • Ex-partner assaulted

    AN angry dad assaulted the mother of his child in a row over belongings after she told him it was over and he could not see his son, a court was told. Jason John Cowley, 32, got hold of Wendy McCullough by the ears, pinned her against a car, threw her

  • Victim hit with metal stand

    A DRUNKEN father of three attacked his partner's sister because he believed she had brought a "stranger," to their home, a court was told. Burnley magistrates heard how Aaron MacGuire, 30, set about the victim, who was lodging with him and his wife,

  • Christine knocks up election victory

    A GRANDMOTHER who has dedicated her life to community work has won a seat on Rossendale Council. Labour's Christine Gill took the Cribden seat at the by-election on Thursday night, brought about after Liberal Democrat Philip Young stood down to take

  • Jealous former hubby's damage

    A JEALOUS man turned up at his ex-wife's in the early hours, put her window through and demanded to know who was in her bed, a court was told. Burnley magistrates heard how drunken Andrew Quinn, 42, also threatened to smash mother-of-three Charity Donohoe's

  • Riley Green: The Boatyard

    IT'S always reassuring to re-visit an eating establishing that you have previously enjoyed and to find that it has maintained its standards. There is nothing more disappointing than to arrive full of hope and to leave thinking what has happened there

  • Tagus Creek Reserve 2005

    CABERNET Sauvignon and the native Touriga Nacional are the two grapes which make up this extremely tasty offering. It hails from often-overlooked Portugal's Ribatejo region north east of Lisbon on the banks of the river Tagus, which starts life to