• 27 voters at would-be MP's home

    A WOULD-BE MP is being investigated by police after it emerged 27 people are registered to vote at his house. And officers are also probing claims a prospective councillor has five people registered at his home who are also listed at other properties

  • Blackburn club hands out free toast to curb violence

    A NIGHTCLUB has tackled town centre violence by handing out free toast to town centre revellers at the end of the night. Police said there has been a noticeable improvement in drinkers' behaviour since Liquid and Envy, Blackburn, started giving away

  • Order leads to a drop in crime

    A dispersal order put in place in Rishton nine months ago has led to a 40 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour. Police incidents relating to street drinking had fallen by 71 per cent; rowdy behaviour by 48 per cent and youth nuisance by 37 per

  • VodKat NW Counties preview

    COLNES' hopes of a top four finish will be put to the test in the coming week with four games in just eight days. Nigel Coates' in-form side entertain lowly Atherton LR tomorrow before making the short trips to Bacup Borough on Monday and Ramsbottom

  • Reynolds wants Clitheroe to be top dog in Easts Lancs

    CLITHEROE manager Neil Reynolds believes his in-form side can leapfrog rivals Rossendale and become East Lancashire's top non-league club this season. The Blues are in a rich vein of form, a 3-2 midweek victory at Chorley, giving them their sixth win

  • New award for black puddings

    THE Real Black Pudding Company, based at Waterside Industrial Estate, Haslingden, has won another award. The firm was judged to be Supreme British Champion Black pudding Makers' in the National Supreme Products' competition held at the NEC in Birmingham

  • College quiz is wheely good fun

    BLACKBURN College is looking for intrepid trivia fans to take part in a quiz on the Wheel of Manchester. The 90 minute quiz will take place on Friday, April 18, and is open to anyone aged 19 and above. Participants can sign up in teams of four for the

  • Kevan: We must beat Accrington or face drop

    NOTTS County assistant manager Dave Kevan has labelled Saturday's clash against Accrington Stanley as a "must-win" game. The Magpies' 4-2 defeat at Rochdale in midweek leaves them perilously close to the drop zone. And the former Burnley number two

  • Chart topping singer Simon Webbe records album in Colne

    A CHART-topping singer has been recording for his latest album in East Lancashire. Former Blue singer Simon Webbe spent Thursday and Friday in Colne laying down five tracks which he is hoping to put on his latest album. Simon, who has had a successful

  • Partner attack leads to jail term

    A MAN who attacked his partner and later turned on two police officers who came to arrest him for putting a window through has been jailed for 120 days. Burnley magistrates heard how Mohammad Qasim Bhatti, 25, hit one officer on the face, knocking her

  • Hassy Writers

    Downstairs at Haslingden British Legion every 1st and 3rd weekend. 7.30-9.30pm. Free with tea and biscuits 50p

  • Hameldon drafts in associate head

    A TROUBLED school in Burnley has drafted in a new associate headteacher to help it recover from a damning Ofsted report. Staff at Hameldon Community College - which is currently deemed to be 'failing' - can call upon the assistance of experienced head

  • Brother in attacks on Asians in store

    ONE of two brothers involved in attacks on Asian customers in Colne Asda has been jailed while the other kept his freedom. Burnley magistrates heard how jobless Darren Brent Stewart, 24, and Gareth Craig Stewart, 20, had set about one victim in the early

  • Semi-pro footballer attacked paramedic

    A SEMI-professional footballer attacked a paramedic tending his sick friend. The court was told how scaffolder Craig Williamson, 26, punched Andrew Duncan as he tried to stop him climbing in the ambulance. The defendant was smoking at the time and

  • Harpist plays for shoppers

    SHOPPERS in Colne will be treated to traditional harp music inside the market hall next week. Harpist Fiona-Katie Roberts will be performing from 1pm until 3pm on Wednesday. Ian Varley, Colne Market manager, said: "We thought it would be a good idea

  • Haslingden boy jailed for battering and burning man to death

    A 13-YEAR-old boy from a Haslingden care home has been sentenced to 13 years detention for battering and burning a man to death. Jamie Smith punched and kicked Stephen Croft, 35, in Birkenhead, Merseyside, in the early hours of November 6 last year.

  • Areas may get budget control

    RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the possibility of creating town councils to bring local government to grass roots' level. Hyndburn Council will send consultation documents about the proposals to homes on Monday. If approved, the outlying

  • Crackdown on Darwen's rogue motorists

    TEN motorists were stopped for breaking the law at the start of a crackdown on rogue drivers. The operation will be rolled out across Darwen over the coming weeks, targeting motorists who speed, illegally use mobile phones, do not wear seat belts and

  • Win Rides Wristbands

    Now listen, y'all! The Great American Theme Park is coming to the UK and this ain't no ordinary fun fair. Here's your chance to win one of three pairs of rides wristbands on offer in this competition. They're bringing over 10 million dollars of major

  • The adventures of the Blackburn & Darwen Robins supporters

    Here's what happened when a 'crew' of us Great Harwood Town supporters travelled to Oldham Town to see our heroes in action. The web-site has many more adventures as well as all sorts to do with the club. AWAY DAY ROBINS

  • Menu is giving food for thought

    PENDLE'S leisure centre bosses are asking residents in the borough for their thoughts on their new menu. Pendle Leisure Trust wants to replace some of its existing snacks with healthy options and is carrying out surveys to find out what foods customers

  • Library to host craft session

    Padiham Library is to present a childrens' "Craft Session" for ages 4+ on Friday 11th April from 3.30 - 4.30pm. There will also be "Storytime" for toddlers and pre-school children, on Thursdays from 12.15 - 3.00pm during term time only. Contact 01282

  • VIDEO: 'Swaggering' burglar caught out by his own walk

    A BURGLAR who was caught after his distinctive swagger was captured on CCTV has been jailed for two years. John Gibson Rigg, 36, was filmed by CCTV cameras carrying a laptop computer and plasma TV stolen from a house in Whittam Road, Whalley. Bolton

  • Chorley injuries easing ahead of derby

    Tony Hesketh welcomes back Chorley duo Mark Drew and Chris Brookes from ankle injuries for tomorrow's clash with Rossendale United. Gavin Lee-Ellison has completed his suspension, but defender Kieran Fletcher serves the last of his two-match ban. And

  • Rossendale look for strong finish

    Derek Egan is looking for a strong finish to the season as Rossendale United travel to local rivals Chorley. United cemented their mid-table position on Tuesday night with a 2-0 home win over Radcliffe. But while the Stags are safe of relegation this

  • Window theft bid probed

    Police are looking into the attempted theft of a stained-glass window at a disused Darwen pub. Two men tried to remove the window of the Park Inn, on Cemetery Road, before being disturbed by police. The offenders are believed to have forced their

  • ‘Mean’ thief sentenced

    A THIEF who took £350 from a disabled woman he was supposed to be helping was spared jail. Burnley magistrates heard how the wheelchair user victim had entrusted Alan David Taylor with her PIN as he had been taking her to the bank to help her withdraw

  • Abuse of elderly in Blackburn and Darwen on the rise

    ALLEGATIONS of abuse of elderly and vulnerable people in Blackburn and Darwen have gone up by a third in the past year. And council bosses have been warned that the apparent increase in the abuse of cared-for adults, from 180 to 240 incidents last

  • Ian’s 128ft plunge for a good cause

    DARWEN man Ian Preston is braving the elements for an extreme fundraising activity. On Sunday, May 18, 53-year-old Ian, from Avondale Road, will be abseiling down the 128ft Peel Monument, on Holcombe Hill, near Ramsbottom, to raise awareness and money

  • David Unsworth wants to end career at Burnley

    DAVID Unsworth has revealed he would love to end his playing career with Burnley. The former Everton defender was brought in on a free transfer ahead of the Clarets' second game of the season, after being released by Wigan Athletic last May. At the

  • Accrington Carnival queen sacked - but keeps her crown

    A CARNIVAL queen has been sacked from her job at a leisure centre after allegedly slapping a work experience boy. But Romi Jane Young, 21, will still retain her crown as event organisers Accrington Lions have given her their full backing. Romi, of Station

  • Joy as bridge fall teenager returns to East Lancashire

    THE MOTHER of a Pendle teenager who was left paralysed after falling 20ft off a bridge has spoken of her joy of having her daughter back in the area. Chloe Holgate, 17 of Newchurch-in-Pendle, suffered spinal injuries and became paralysed from the chest

  • Mourners farewell to cricket legend Keith Barker

    MOURNERS packed a church to pay their respects to cricket legend Keith Barker - with tributes being paid by ex-players from as far away as his native Barbados. The funeral service, held at All Saints Church, Clayton-le Moors, heard tributes from the

  • Accrington man facing prison for cocaine supply

    A 24-year-old man has been warned he is facing jail, after admitting supplying cocaine. Shaun Holden, of Lonsdale Street, Accrington, pleaded guilty to being concerned in supplying the drug, at Burnley Crown Court. The defendant was bailed until

  • Stolen stones warning

    POLICE are urging vigilance after more old stonework items were stolen in Darwen. Last week more than £500 worth of coping stones and a stone trough were stolen from gardens. Now police say new thefts have been reported. The thefts last week

  • The Sopranos, Channel 4

    CAN anyone at Channel Four explain to me why the remarkable final episode of the finest US import ever to grace our TV screens was being shown at midnight? Surely, whoever decided to put on the conclusion to The Sopranos AFTER Skins deserves condemnation

  • Child porn man from Clayton-le-Moors jailed

    A MAN who had 33 hours of child porn footage on computer equipment has been jailed for a year. Gerald Allaire said someone else must have accessed his computer, possibly remotely and put the indecent images there without his knowledge. But a jury

  • Armed police tackle Ribble Valley deer poachers

    ARMED police have their sights set on a new target - deer poachers. Lancashire Police, in conjunction with the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), is holding intensive training sessions for police officers to combat the problem

  • Blackburn stab man says his first words

    A MAN who was left fighting for his life after being allegedly stabbed in the head has said his first words after regaining consciousness. Barry Dixon, 35, was found by an off-duty police community support officer in St Phillip's Street, Blackburn, on

  • Interview: John Bishop

    UNTIL this year John Bishop worked in a lucrative marketing job during the day and spent his nights moonlighting in the world of comedy. Now he has taken that long-awaited leap of faith, handed in his notice and become a full-time stand-up. "Comedy

  • Interview: Chris Difford of Squeeze

    The band, of which Chris was a founder member and made him famous, Squeeze, came to prominence in the New Wave period of the late 1970s. Thirty years on he is still as enthusiastic about his passion as ever. The group, known for their hit songs Cool

  • Interview: Ric Roberts of Avalon Way

    Formed in 2001 as If All Else Fails, Darwen band Avalon Way have quickly gained a reputation playing hundreds of high profile gigs to date. Now with a new single and there seems to be no stopping them. We spoke to guitarist Ric Roberts ahead of the

  • Invite to trustees of charities

    TRUSTEES of local charities are invited to hear about changes under new legislation. On Wednesday, April 30, nationally renowned speaker, Professor Gareth Morgan will examine the Charity Commission's guidance on public benefit' and define a charitable

  • Interview: Omid Djalili

    OMID Djalili famously lays claim to being Iran's number one comedian. Truth be told, he's in fact one of the hottest new acts on our screens today (of any nationality!). The British-Iranian comic has critics waiting in line to pour praise over him and

  • Man, 30 died at his flat of drugs overdose

    A 30-year-old caterer died after taking a cocktail of prescription and illegal drugs, an inquest was told. Paul Ian Monks, who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia, was found collapsed at his supported home unit in Emerald Close, Blackburn, on Saturday

  • Clarets tell of gambling safeguards after Bentley admission

    BURNLEY FC have told of how they teach young footballers to resist the pitfalls of wealth after Blackburn Rovers' David Bentley confessed to being a one-time gambling addict. Rovers' England midfielder said live on TV how gambling had taken over his

  • Tower menu is just their cup of tea

    TURTON Tower will receive a prestigious food award later this month. The tearoom at the 15th century house has been recognised by the Taste Lancashire award scheme for its quality food and use of locally sourced produce, visitor facilities and hospitality

  • No favours as Stephen Warnock returns to 'home' to Anfield

    STEPHEN Warnock knows he may cause a family feud should Blackburn Rovers beat Liverpool on Sunday. But the former Reds defender says he will be gunning for his former side as he bids to help his current employers back into European football next season

  • Reward offered over missing Blackburn sheepdog

    THE owner of a working sheepdog stolen from his home is offering a reward for her safe return. Stan Alderson, 51, said the eight-year-old bitch called Cindy was taken from his farm off the A59 on Tuesday, March 11. The dog is small, mainly black with

  • Markets coming to Padiham

    Cottage Industry Markets are to be staged on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, behind Padiham Town Hall. Stalls will include hand made jewellery, specialised confectionery, local dressmakers, arts and crafts and many more. For more information ring

  • Faith experts talk to student teachers

    STUDENT teachers learned about the importance of understanding different cultures and faiths when they visited Burnley and Pendle Faith Centre. More than 50 religious education trainee teachers from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk plus their tutors

  • Ribble Valley crime falls by a third

    CRIME in a rural borough has dropped by almost a third in the last three years, according to new figures. Statistics from Lancashire Police show that crime in the Ribble Valley has dropped by 28.5 per cent in the three years since April 2005. Back in

  • Owen Coyle expecting 'hectic' summer at Burnley

    BURNLEY manager Owen Coyle is predicting plenty of transfer activity as he bids to make the squad his own. The Clarets boss has already made a list of players he plans to target once the transfer window re-opens on July 1. Despite bids tabled in the

  • No jail for pair who ‘bribed witness’

    A COUPLE who tried to "bribe" an alleged burg-lary victim not to give evidence in court have been spared immediate jail. Ex-soldier Joanne Last, 40, her partner, divorced dad Andrew McDevitt, 47, and another man had phoned Jacqueline Royales, then Last's

  • Death after operation

    A RETIRED machine operator from Blackburn died after artery surgery, an inquest heard. Ann Scholes, 63, of Monmouth Road, was admitted to the Royal Blackburn Hospital on March 20 after feeling unwell and complaining of leg and foot pain. Surgery was

  • Tommy Ball was Blackburn's life and sole

    BLACKBURN shoe king Tommy Ball's rags to riches story is the stuff of legend. Following his death, we look back in detail at the remarkable life of 'the man who put Blackburn on the map'. A young Tommy Ball made a vow as he was left standing in the

  • CCTV captures vandal attack on Blackburn pool

    THESE are the mindless yobs believed to have caused thousands of pounds of damage at a leisure centre by hurling a fire extinguisher through a window. Waves Water Fun Centre in Blackburn had to close for the day on Wednesday while staff using snorkels

  • Protecting them from temptation

    WITH the celebrity status and huge sums of money credited to professional footballers, it is really no surprise that some find themselves falling victim to temptation and over-indulging in things that money can buy. And the young age at which many players

  • Top cop backs Lancashire Telegraph Wasted Lives campaign

    A TOP cop has pledged to continue the work of his predecessor in cutting the carnage caused by young drivers on the county's roads. Personal experience has led Chief Supt Andy Rhodes, the new commander of Lancashire Police's Eastern Division, to back

  • Procter out to make Accrington Stanley's future secure

    ACCRINGTON STANLEY star Andy Procter says he won't be happy until Accrington's League Two status is mathematically secure. John Coleman's side travel to Meadow Lane tomorrow 10 points clear of Mansfield, who occupy the first relegation place, and a win

  • Trapatonni names Steven Reid in Ireland squad

    BLACKBURN Rovers midfielder Steven Reid has been named in new Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni's first 40-man squad. Trapattoni officially takes charge on May 1, and has planned a training camp in the Algarve before friendly matches against

  • Tree felling is unforgivable

    I FIND it hard to express my utter disgust regarding the destruction of trees which has taken place on the Billinge End Road site as per your article (LT, April 4). How this could have been allowed to happen is unforgivable. The demolition of this lovely

  • Rail users get raw deal again

    After booking my holidays in Lynton, Devon, I decided to check the train times to Taunton from Preston only to find that the Virgin Cross Country service from Scotland had ceased running on Thursday December 27 2007. It would seem that due to franchise

  • Who will help us over house market fears?

    As the domestic property market moves towards a new equilibrium of lower prices one looks in vain to the country's so-called intelligentsia' to provide analysis and guidance. And what do we find? The political parties are of no help. The Labour Party

  • Chapel decorators strike awards glory

    DECORATIVE work on a Ribble Valley chapel came out top at a national awards ceremony. The paint job at Sodality Chapel, Stonyhurst College, Hurst Green, helped Preston-based Bernard Watson Decorators scoop the Special Interest Award at the Johnstone's

  • What the flamin’ heck is going on with Olympic torch?

    You know when things have gone to pot when you have to guard the Olympic flame. Now, I like love the Olympics because it gives us something to aspire to. In the safety of my armchair I can sit and watch folk run 100 metres in under 10 seconds and for

  • Church has picture of past

    ST MARK'S Church celebrated its 100th anniversary with an exhibition weekend. The church was opened in 1908 in Owen Street, Rosegrove, but moved to Rossendale Road, Burnley, in 1962. To mark the centenary, hundreds of photos were supplied for an exhibition

  • Police reassure Pendle residents after 'race attacks' claim

    POLICE have spoken out to reassure residents after councillors claimed there had been a number of racist attacks on white residents. Nelson and Brierfield councillors have called for a crisis meeting with police after claiming there had been a spate

  • Benni McCarthy set to sign new deal for Blackburn Rovers

    Benni McCarthy is set to sign a new contract at Blackburn Rovers. The Lancashire Telegraph can reveal that the South African star is close to penning an improved three-year deal at Ewood Park, that will see him stay at the club until 2011. The two parties

  • Theatre students in the limelight at school

    STUDENTS at Nelson and Colne College have been educating primary school children through theatre. Performing Arts students at the college were commissioned to produce and perform two educational drama pieces for pupils at Holy Saviour RC Primary School

  • When ‘train drain’ protest stopped diesel in its tracks

    A GROUP of angry villagers lined up to tackle British Rail in 1967 to protest about a train drain'. Demanding a better service, the folk of Summerseat organised a weekend of demonstrations at their station - and stopped a diesel in its tracks. "We outmanoeuvred

  • ‘War baby’ in search for father

    A WOMAN born during the Second World War is trying to trace the father she has never known. Glenis Burton believes he was an American, or Canadian soldier, and he may have been based in East Lancashire. Her mother, Elsie Swift, was an assistant cook

  • Win Camelot Family Tickets

    Three families of lucky winners will each receive passes for two adults and two children to enter the theme park during the May Bank Holiday period. We've teamed up with eco-friendly car insurance provider ibuyeco to offer readers a great family day

  • Simmons steps down as Lancashire chairman

    Jack Simmons has stood down as Lancashire's chairman after almost 11 years in the job, with Michael Cairns appointed as his successor. Simmons, the 67-year-old former Old Trafford off-spinner, was replaced by the current chairman of the club's business

  • Win a Pair of Tickets for Preston V Ipswich

    Here's your chance to win a pair of tickets for Preston V Ipswich. With another great Championship Season underway, we've teamed up with Wickes - the Official Home Improvement Partner to the Football League Championship, to give you the chance to watch

  • Darts legends head to Blackburn

    Legends from the world of darts are heading to Blackburn on June 20. Eric Bristow, Bob Anderson, Bobby George, John Lowe, Keith Deller, Cliff Lazarenko, Dave Whitcombe and Peter Evison will all take to the oche at King George's Hall for a special tournament

  • Hopes for progress over Burnley shopping site

    FRESH hopes have now emerged over the future of the stalled Oval shopping centre in Burnley, councillors have been told. Talks over the shopping complex, on the former Pioneer site off Curzon Street, have been ongoing for months with little signs of