• ‘Fight goes on’ to save special school

    "THE fight will go on" say campaigners trying to save a special school from closure. The campaign for Crosshill Special School, Blackburn is to continue, despite face-to-face meetings with council bosses who tried to reassure parents. Blackburn with

  • Lessons for the poor is Pat’s legacy

    A DARWEN woman has helped give the gift of education to 25 poor children in Cameroon. Pat Monks made an appeal in September for people to donate teddies after African doctors told her that cuddling a bear can help poorly youngsters get better more quickly

  • Water burst cuts homes' supply

    HOMES were left without water for several hours after a water main burst in Bolton Road, Ewood, Blackburn. The leak occurred yesterday afternoon when a main pipe carrying water from the reservoir collapsed causing the road to be flooded. Workers

  • Residents misery at MoT centre

    A GARAGE that was 'open all hours' shattered the "peace and tranquillity" for residents, a court heard. Hyndburn magistrates were told that people living close to the Altham MoT Centre were plagued by the comings and goings of cars until late at night

  • Karl fund-raiser

    BACUP BOROUGH will be holding a special benefit match for Karl Stanley, who suffered a badly broken leg in a match last month. Soap stars from Coronation Street and Hollyoaks, plus footballers Garry Flitcroft, Asa Hartford, David May and Nicky Summerbee

  • Cotterill's long service

    CLARETS boss Steve Cotterill will be the longest serving manager in the Championship when the new season gets under way in August. Cotterill is also the 16th longest-serving boss througout the top four tiers of English football. Crewe's Dario Gradi

  • What’s gone wrong for Labour?

    THE Labour Party has been left without the control of any district councils in Lancashire after its last remaining ruling groups were booted out. It is the first time since at least 1974 that no district or unitary councils in the county are in the

  • Teenager charged with New Year attack

    AN 18-YEAR-old has been charged in connection with an alleged attack which left a man fighting for his life on New Year's Day. Neil Roberts, 35, from the Mill Hill area of Blackburn, was knocked unconscious at 2.30am on January 1. He was walking home

  • Benefit claimant had £142,000 in savings

    A 56-YEAR-OLD man claimed council tax benefit despite having £142,000 stashed away in building society acc-ounts. Hyndburn magistrates heard the nest egg earned Keith John Pye more than £100 a week in interest. But he told council investigators he didn't

  • Shop to be split to form a cafe

    A TOWN centre tile shop in Accrington could be partially converted into a cafe after the owner won planning permission. Ian Gregg, who owns Essentials Tile Shop in King Street, said that he hopes to create space for 88 diners on two floors at the premises

  • Addict’s five crimes in a day

    DRUG addict Jason McCourt committed five crimes the day before he was jailed for 20 offences Burnley magistrates heard. McCourt, 31, of no fixed address, but from Colne, admitted taking a vehicle without consent and asked for four offences to be considered

  • Driver 'airborne' as police chased car

    A DRINK driver who led police on an early hours high speed chase through the streets of Burnley is facing jail. Atif Mahmood, 27, first put his foot down in the busy town centre as revellers were milling about, raced over traffic-calming chicanes, overtook

  • High-tech bus roots out bad behaviour

    A NEW high-tech hang-out for youngsters designed to reduce anti-social behaviour has been launched. The £170,000 bus features the latest gadgets to keep young people in Burnley and Padiham entertained. It is hoped the double-decker will get youngsters

  • Drunken father punched wife

    A 28-year-old man who visited to see his children in a drunken state assaulted his estranged wife when she tried to leave the house with the children. Hyndburn magistrates heard that Nasir Mahmood grabbed Nazra Mahmood and punched her twice, knocking

  • Man, 84, is 'critical'

    AN elderly man is critically ill after being pulled from a reservoir by water ski instructors who spotted him while they were taking a lesson. Instructors at the Whitworth Water Ski Centre say they warned 84-year-old George O'Neil to get off the floating

  • Cyber horror chicken killer hunted by RSPCA

    POLICE and animal cruelty officials say they are determined to prosecute the sick thug who bit the head off a live chicken. A video was been posted on internet video-sharing website YouTube, which shows the bird struggling as a youth in a tracksuit places

  • 90pc couldn’t have got it so badly wrong

    Dateline: Spain, Friday. What on earth are we doing? Or, what are we doing on earth? Whats it all about, friends? This column is just concluding 10 hard days and nights of research on the sun-soaked Costa Brava among a people who have confident answers

  • Man tried to steal from empty house

    A MAN who took part in a raid on an empty house had been offered easy money, Burnley magistrates heard. Sean Cook, 34, of Spencer Street, Burnley, admitted burglary with intent to steal on March 11 and was given a 12-month conditional discharge with

  • Jobs in store if shop opens

    UP to 30 jobs could be created by the opening of a supermarket. Plans for a Lidl store have been submitted to Burnley Council by the German firm, which is planning the development on Colne Road. The store - if given planning permission - would operate

  • Inside Ewood's end of season awards

    Player of the year: David Bentley. The former Arsenal star always had the ability but he's added an end product to his game this season. How can Steve McClaren keep overlooking him for England? Young player: Matt Derbyshire has surpassed all expectations

  • Losing the art of communication

    COMMUNICATION makes community possible, caring, safer and human. Now, after TV and cars - the great isolators - we have the blank face, dead eyes, no smile, isolating, don't speak to me, personal stereo, ear-wired zombies. Like the burkha, it makes

  • Risen from the ashes

    A FORMER 17th century manor house has reopened as an Indian restaurant three years after a devastating blaze ripped through the property. The Bangla, based at the old Coal Clough House, Burnley, is now the town's largest Indian restaurant with room to

  • Vandals trash school garden

    SCHOOLCHILDREN are 'heartbroken' after vandals trashed the garden they planted. Wreckers left a trail of damage which will cost hundreds of pounds to repair after trashing the garden at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary School, Colne Road, Colne, last

  • Battling Isabella in running for new baby unit

    THE daughter of football star Phil Neville is taking part in a charity run today - just three years after her parents thought she would not survive her first 24 hours. Isabella, who lives with Phil and wife Julie in Crawshawbooth, was born 10 weeks prematurely

  • Clarets was Wright way to end

    IAN Wright revealed winning promotion with Burnley was the best way to finish his professional career. The former Arsenal and England ace, who was star guest at the Clarets' 125th anniversary celebration dinner last night, admitted he was contemplating

  • Toddler is found on main road

    A 15-month-old boy narrowly avoided being run over after "escaping" from his home through a dog flap and toddling on to a busy road. A taxi driver made an emergency stop to avoid Morgan Place on a street in Rawtenstall. He put Morgan on top of his taxi

  • Kilby hails new dawn

    BURNLEY chairman Barry Kilby admitted he was "relishing" the chance to herald in a new era with the Clarets. Kilby was speaking as the club celebrated its 125th anniversary with a celebration dinner at Turf Moor last night, and, on the back of the club

  • Dickens of a fundraiser

    ORGANISERS of a popular charity event have arranged a new event to benefit good causes in their village. Every December for nearly 20 years, Whalley Pickwick Night has taken place in the village as people come together in Victorian costumes to raise

  • Cops spend 1.4m hours doing paperwork

    POLICE officers in Lancashire spend 1.4million hours a year doing their paperwork, according to new figures. The stats equate to each of the force's 3,500-plus officers spending one day a week filling out forms. An MEP has branded the siutation a "scandalous

  • Off-licence sold contraband cigs

    A SHOP boss has been banned from selling tobacco products for six months after he was caught stashing away thousands of cigarettes on which no duty had been paid. Burnley Magistrates heard how trading standards officers found 5,600 brand name cigarettes

  • Duff’s top of the stats class

    A STATISTICS facility has revealed Michael Duff as Burnley's player of the season. The Actim Index, which provides official player ratings of the Coca-Cola Championship, named Duff as the fifth highest ranked defender in the whole league for his contribution

  • Margo looks at African gold trade for TV

    JEWELLERY-loving Margo Grimshaw is to visit Africa to be shown the conditions of workers in the gold trade for a television documentary. The programme will explore whether Margo still loves her gold as much after her trip. The Lancashire Telegraph columnist

  • Wember-glee for Red Arrow Pete

    AN EAST Lancashire football fan will herald in the new Wembley's first FA Cup Final in style - as part of a Red Arrows' fly-past. Corporal Pete Targett, who is originally from Accrington, will fly at speeds of over 400 mph on the flight from RAF Scampton

  • Balloons spread love of toddler

    COLOURFUL balloons were released into the sky at the funeral of a toddler. Mourners were also asked to wear colourful clothes to commemorate and celebrate the short life of Nicholas Robinson, who suffered from a rare degenerative brain disease that had

  • Landlord’s promise to invest in homes

    BOSSES at Hyndburn Homes have promised to continue investment after celebrating the company's first birthday. The housing association has spent £6million in the past year and plans to invest £35m over the next five years. Managing director Ken Bury,


    Gordon HORNE A dad like you is hard to find, A gentleman, generous, loving and kind, Always smiling, happy and content, Loved and respected wherever he went, Without goodbye, you slipped away, But in our hearts you'll always stay. Love, David, Catherine


    18 Hayley ASPIN Happy 18th Birthday. Lots of love, Mum, Dad, Shannon, Demon and all the family x x x x


    Darren ROBERTS Happy 27th birthday to a wonderful dad. Have a great birthday. All our love and kisses, Josh and Daniel. xxxx


    Ann BOTUR (nee Dewhurst) Thanks for being an amazing mum, and always there for us. Have a fantastic 60th birthday. With all our love now and forever, David and Catherine, Sally and John, Emma and Juliet. xxxxxx Happy 60th birthday Nana, you really groovy


    Gordon HORNE I did not see you close your eyes, I did not see you die, I only heard that you had gone, Without a last goodbye. Love always, Sue, Mark, Jason and Megan. xx


    21 Natalie QUINN Happy Birthday. Lots of love from Mum, Fred, Ben, Kirsty, Faye, Jane, Colin, Kara, Richard and Rambo. Happy Birthday Auntie Natalie. Love and kisses, baby Kiery. xxx


    Jean EASTWOOD On Monday, May 14, 2007, tragically as the result of an accident, Jean aged 65 years. Much loved mum of Diane, Peter, Jonathan and Katrina and an adored nana of Lucas, Kyle and Ellis. Jean will be sadly missed by all her family and friends


    Nici Louise BOLAN To the best mummy in the world on your 21st birthday. Lots of love, hugs and kisses from Beau-Louise. xxx Congratulations sweetheart on your 21st birthday. Have a great night. Lots of love, Mum, Dad and Lewis. xxx


    Mary Doreen PLANT They say that there's a reason, That time alone will heal, But neither time nor reason, Can change the way we feel. We share a love so special, That few will ever know, Our heartache is for- ever, Because we love her so. With love


    Alan BARON Died May 20, 2006. A dearly loved brother and uncle very sadly missed. Julie, Phil, Martin, Dan and Linda.


    Nicola Jane REGAN Happy 21st birthday! Lots of love from Mum, Dad and Claire. xxx

  • WOOD

    Louisa WOOD Missing you Mum on your 94th birthday. Remembered with love. Sylvia, Arthur, Dan, Shirley, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


    James Albert (Jim) DAVIS Loving birthday memories, from wife Barbara and family, and great-grandson Tyrese.


    Terry EASTHAM Happy 50th Birthday Enjoy your party. From all your many friends. xxxx


    40 Karen (Trace) OLDALE Har U! Happy 40th birthday. Hope you have a great night. Lots of love, Becky, Pete, Sarah, Dave, Jessica, Ellis, Nicole, Mia, Bailey, Libby and Molly. xxxxxxx


    Margaret (Maggie) PROCTER Remembering Mum, who died nine years ago today. Sadly missed today as every day. From loving sons, daughters, their partners, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Also remembering Dad, Ted. Love always. xxx


    HOPKINSON (nee Cunliffe) Mark and Maria would like to announce the arrival of their son Mathew On May 3, 2007, weighing 7lb 9oz. Welcome to my brother, from Charlotte. Special thanks to the Riverside Midwivery Team and the staff on C5 at Royal Blackburn


    Glenn WHITTAKER The family of the late Glenn would like to thank all relatives and friends for the beautiful floral tributes and cards of condolence received at this sad time. Thanks also to Sheila and Marcus of Darwen Funeral Services for their efficient

  • Owner fined as dog does dirty

    Abigail McKinney, 37, of Harvey Street, Oswald-twistle, was fined £50 with £50 costs by Hyndburn magistrates after pleading guilty to failing to remove dog dirt after her pet soiled the pavement in Union Road. The incident was witnessed by two council

  • Branchy hails duo

    FORMER Claret Graham Branch has hailed youth team chiefs Terry Pashley and Vince Overson as the unsung heroes of the club. Youth team coach Pashley and head of youth development Overson are responsible for nurturing the likes of Chris McCann, Kyle Lafferty

  • Wife speed ticket lies

    A MOTORIST tried to pass off three speeding tickets she and her husband had got on people who lived abroad. Elaine Westhead, of Back Rhoden Road, Oswaldtwistle, claimed that relatives as well as a friend from Belgium and Italy had been behind the wheel

  • Jeffers offer turned down

    BLACKBURN Rovers have rejected a bid from Ipswich Town for striker Francis Jeffers. The 26-year-old spent the last few months of the season on loan at Portman Road where he scored four goals in nine appearances - two as a substitute. And manager of

  • Violence of partner

    A MAN said to pose a risk to any partner he might have has been sent on a domestic violence programme. Burnley Magistrates were told how Daniel Allan, 27, who attacked his girlfriend, may yet get back together with the victim. He was still not able to

  • Rovers fan's shot at glory

    BLACKBURN Rovers might not be in the FA Cup Final today but one of their fans has a shot at national glory. Darwen-born Laura Marx, 22, is one of 11 finalists in Nuts magazine's Football's Fittest Fan 2007. The part-time glamour model, who now lives

  • No Prior warning for woeful West Indies

    Debutant Matt Prior plundered the most memorable of England's four centuries as their run-fest escalated to 553 for five by the end of day two in the first Test against West Indies at Lord's. Wicketkeeper Prior (126 not out) followed Paul Collingwood

  • East Lancs thanks Dad's Army

    EAST Lancs have been dubbed the Lancashire League's answer to Dad's Army' after storming to the top of the table. But captain Mark Bolton has told his troops: Don't panic! The 2003 champions have emerged as the league's early pacesetters thanks to four

  • Horton bags a ton as Lancs draw

    LANCASHIRE batsman Paul Horton hit his maiden first-class century as the Red Rose county batted out the final day of their LV County Championship clash against Worcestershire for a draw. The 24-year-old recorded a fabulous 139 to end any hopes the visitors

  • Probe call into death

    THE coroner has asked for a health and safety investigation after a grandmother died when she was knocked down by a council bin wagon. Jean Eastwood, 65, of Eachill Gardens, Rishton, was crossing an alleyway off Harwood Road, Rishton, at around 12.45pm

  • ‘Never too late to learn’ grants offer

    MORE adults than ever are getting back into learning, according to the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) in Lancashire. More than 1,300 adults have received an Adult Learning Grant in the county over the last year, allowing them to embark on new qualifications

  • Shop closure delays charity development

    IT was thanks to the speedy reporting of the Lancashire Telegraph that I was informed with less than two weeks to go that the fundraising event which we at the Blackburn Office of Relate Lancashire had been planning since September 2006 would no longer

  • MP slams doctor training 'fiasco'

    MP Nigel Evans has attacked the government for its handling of the online application system for junior doctors. The Ribble Valley Tory has welcomed the decision by the Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt, to shelve the Medical Training Application

  • MP's plea on animal product

    A chocolate maker has been urged not to use animal rennet in its products. Darwen and Rossendale MP Janet Anderson submitted an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons asking Masterfoods Ltd to keep bars such as Mars, Maltesers and Snickers free of