• Murder probe after body found in Darwen

    MURDER squad detectives have launched a major investigation after a man was found dead in his bedroom. Police said the man, thought to be in his 40s, appeared to have suffered 'some form of violence' before he died. He was found at a ground floor

  • Burnley's violence hotspot revealed

    A BURNLEY street has been named as the town's violence hotspot. The Hammerton Street area, which is where many of the town's late-night pubs and clubs are situated, accounted for more than a quarter of all violent attacks in the Burnley borough. More

  • Burnley school's new head 'relishes challenge'

    THE new head of a failing Burnley school said he "relishes the challenge" of turning it around. But Martin Burgess said he is not the "hero head" of Shuttleworth College, but the person who is there to help the staff do their job. Mr Burgess takes up

  • Blackburn couple's Algarve gun terror

    TERRIFIED pensioners were mugged at gunpoint while on holiday in Portugal. Vincent and Frances McNally, both in their 70s, took the trip to the Algarve to celebrate and relax after Mr McNally beat bowel cancer a few months ago. The couple, of Old Gates

  • Rossendale windfarm takes shape

    THE first turbines are up-and-running at a controversial windfarm which is set to transform the Rossendale landscape. Four turbines are now spinning and undergoing tests on the Scout Moor wind farm and another two should be in action within a week.

  • Equipment worth thousands stolen in Colne youth club raid

    A YOUTH club is struggling to replace thousands of pounds worth of equipment after it was stolen by burglars. Mixing desks, an X-Box and a Playstation 2 were amongst the £3,000 worth of goods stolen from Waterside Youth Club when thieves broke into their

  • Burnley school's fence approved to beat yobs

    GOVERNORS have claimed a victory in a battle with residents over a new security fence around a Burnley primary school. Bosses at St James Lanehead Primary wanted a 2.2 metre high fence around its perimeter to stop it being used as a short cut between

  • Lancashire League season preview: Burnley CC

    The Lancashire League season starts this weekend. Here, Lancashire Telegraph Sport looks at Burnley. Captain: Qasim Ali Professional: Jeeva Kulatunga (Sri Lanka) Last season: 4th Ins: Billy Jamal (Nelson), Aneeq Hassan (Lostock CC), Steven Holden

  • Lancashire League season preview: Lowerhouse CC

    The Lancashire League season starts this weekend. Here, Lancashire Telegraph Sport looks at Lowerhouse. Captain: Jon Finch Professional: Brendan Drew Last season: 9th Ins: Will Driver and Matt Dougherty (both Read) Outs: Ryan Clegg (Haslingden

  • Lancashire League season preview: East Lancs CC

    The Lancashire League season starts this weekend. Here, Lancashire Telegraph Sport looks at East Lancs. Captain: Mark Bolton Professional: Shanan Stewart Last season: 6th Ins: Steve Whalley (Fulwood and Broughton), Andrew Caunce (Baxenden) Outs

  • Are you tired of paying high prices for food?

    How many times have you been into the supermarket recently and wondered how much more the prices of our food can keep going up? I can't believe the rise in prices over the last year or two and it's more of a burden with increasing gas and electric

  • Blackburn free lunch election probe

    A TOWN HALL investigation was sparked after complaints that an election candidate broke the law by offering potential voters a free lunch. Suleman Khonat, who is standing for the Party in Shear Brow ward, Blackburn, was reported to Blackburn with

  • Major police operation results revealed

    PEOPLE worried about crime in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale are being urged to make their voices heard in the wake of a two-month crime crackdown. Police busted a host of cannabis farms, locked up scores of suspected drug dealers and cracked down on

  • Fake drugs scam is ‘frightening’, says MEP

    A EURO MP has welcomed moves to protect people from a multi-billion pound counterfeit drugs industry which is feared to kill half a million people each year. Criminals are plying people suffering from cancer and heart disease as well as psychiatric illnesses

  • Winchesters at the Farmers!

    The Winchesters are to play a reunion gig at the Farmers Glory on Wednesday 30th April. This band atttracts a cult following with their jazz/blues music. Also 23rd - Doc Strange and 25th - The Attic. Free Admission as always.

  • Walk this way for festival fun

    THE first ever Burnley Walking Festival will take place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, to celebrate the relaunch of the Burnley Way footpaths. Organised by Burnley Council, seven different walks have been set up from Saturday, May 3, to Monday, May

  • Clitheroe wary of Curzon Ashton's sharp shooter

    Clitheroe boss Neil Reynolds admits he may be forced into a change to cope with Curzon Ashton hitman Michael Norton. The prolific frontman scored 51 goals last season and has 33 so far in the current campaign, helping to fire Ashton into the promotion

  • Egan targets unbeaten finale for Rossendale

    ROSSENDALE United manager Derek Egan (pictured) is confident his side can finish the season on a high and pick up points from each of their final three games. The Stags head into tomorrow's trip to Lancaster looking for their third consecutive victory

  • Appeal for new member

    ROSSENDALE Council is inviting people to apply to become a co-opted member on the Audit Committee. The committee considers reports from the internal and external auditors and makes recommendations to full council. It is made up of seven members and

  • Revved up for annual Accrington rally

    ACCRINGTON'S motorbike rally is back and bigger than ever. The three-day bike show and live music event "Off Yer Sprocket 08" will be at the end of May at Blackburn Rugby Club's newly enlarged clubhouse. This year's bands include rally stalwarts Riff

  • Bands set to do battle at Blackburn pub

    A BATTLE of the Bands contest is to be held at the Sir Charles Napier in Blackburn, with £250 for the winners. The first heat will be next Sunday and the competition will then run every Sunday. Bands will perform three original songs in front of a

  • Accrington architect Fergus conserves our heritage

    AN ARCHITECT with building in his blood is to work on some of the UK's most famous buildings after securing a prestigious scholarship. Accrington-born Fergus Devlin Connolly, 26, is one of four talented young professionals from the construction industry

  • Hart reads Ramsbottom riot act after ‘poor’ Colne loss

    RAMSBOTTOM manager Neil Hart has revealed he read the riot act after watching his side slump to a midweek defeat to Colne. The Rams lost 3-0 at home to their local rivals and Hart is hoping they can bounce back quickly when they travel to Abbey Hey tomorrow

  • Join the ‘Watch’ schemes

    RESIDENTS in rural Burnley are being urged to join four flourishing neighbourhood watch schemes which have been set up in the Worsthorne and Cliviger areas. Watch projects have been launched in the Bouldsworth, Hillcrest, Lindsay Park and Southward Bottom

  • Bury Reserves 0 Burnley Reserves 0

    CLARETS' young guns fought out a 0-0 draw away to Bury on Thursday night. Eight of Vince Overson's youth team squad were playing their second game in 24 hours after appearing for the reserves on Wednesday evening - in the 1-0 defeat against Morecambe

  • Mother found her son hanging

    A 24-YEAR-OLD man found hanging at his home may not have intended to kill himself, an inquest heard. Anthony Michael Shaw, known as Tony, was found hanging at his home in Johnston Close, Blackburn, on January 26. The inquest heard that Tony was not

  • Blackburn drug dealer jailed for five years

    A MAN who started dealing in drugs after trying to use heroin as a painkiller has been jailed for five years. Thomas Lamont was involved in supplying the Class A drug and then while on police bail, burgled a house. The 32-year-old, formerly of Poole

  • Man, 38, fails in plea against jail term

    A MIXED race man who racially abused a black garage attendant has failed in his appeal against his jail sentence. Andrew David Bleasdale, 38, abused Mubrak Namaji and smashed windows in the garage he was tending in Haslingden, on May 29 last year. Bleasdale

  • Jack Straw mourns ‘dear friend’ Gwyneth Dunwoody

    JACK Straw led tributes from East Lancashire to MP Gwyneth Dunwoody, who helped champion road safety in parliament. Mrs Dunwoody, who has died aged 77, headed the Transport Select Committee which is currently assisting the Government in a review of learner

  • Bradford City v Burnley friendly announced

    Burnley have announced their first pre-season game for the 2008/09 campaign, with the Clarets travelling to Bradford City for a friendly. Owen Coyle's side will visit the Coral Windows Stadium on Tuesday July 29. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.

  • Graveyard survey to protect Darwen's past

    HISTORIANS are to survey 10,000 graves in Darwen in a bid to protect burial sites from future development. The society will begin work this summer to create a definitive history of burial grounds in a bid to preserve historic graves such as the grave

  • Rodriguez ready for new Burnley deal

    BURNLEY-born striker Jay Rodriguez is set to be offered a new deal, after completing his first year with the Clarets. The 18-year-old signed professional terms at the end of last season, after impressing then manager Steve Cotterill. Owen Coyle has

  • Man, 19, head-butted taxi driver

    A dispute over a taxi fare ended with a 19-year-old man approaching the driver and head-butting him on the nose without warning. Blackburn magistrates heard Scott Andrew Slater then made a racist comment to the Asian driver and later told police that

  • David and Heather Cook....... Art Exhibition

    David and Heather Cook's Exhibition By Pendle Heritage Centre A joint exhibition of new work produced in the past two years is on display at the Pendle Heritage Centre.Barrowford Heather will exhibit a collection of painted paper and collaged containers

  • Blackburn man's 'ginger taunt led to slap'

    Colourful language was used by both sides during a domestic dispute, a court was told. Hyndburn magistrates heard that Sean Philip Weir referred to the colour of his girlfriend's skin before slapping her. But the court was told before that he had been

  • Fear of negative equity

    Up to one in 10 families could be plunged into negative equity if house prices fall by 15%, an investment bank has warned. Economists at Morgan Stanley are predicting house price falls of up to 10% this year, followed by a further drop of 5% in 2009.

  • Healthy Steps around Oswaldtwistle

    May is the 'Local History' month for all of East Lancashire's libraries and Oswaldtwsitle library is hosting an event to compliment this theme. In partnership with Stepping Out and Ossy Roots, they have organised 'Healthy Steps'. They intend to

  • £1.1million boost for Clitheroe leisure centre

    TEENAGERS and over 50s in the Ribble Valley will have increased access to leisure facilities after the announcement of a £1.1million investment programme. Ambitious plans for Roefield Leisure Centre, Edisford Road, Clitheroe, will see the currently

  • Artists’ books on show in Accrington

    AN EXHIBITION of artists' books is being held at the Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, throughout April and May. The unusual exhibition of almost 60 books come in a variety of shapes and sizes from traditionally bound, concertina and fold-out. On Sunday

  • Come Dine With Me, Channel 4

    THANK goodness Channel 4 has finally realised the potential of its hilarious amateur cookery show Come Dine With Me and moved it to a prime-time slot. The show takes five ordinary people who each fancy themselves as a bit of a whizz in the kitchen, gets

  • Birthday bash for Blackburn metal night

    BLACKBURN'S biggest punk night Corrupted is celebrating its second birthday tonight with a mixed bag of glam, punk and metal. Headlining are Yorkshire's Steroid Freak Pussy who, according to organiser Mark Worden, are a "modern day band of rogues and

  • 18 months for milk bottle attack on Brierfield shopkeeper

    A MAN who attacked a shopkeeper and was later involved in a revenge attack on a member of the victim's family, has been jailed for 18 months. Burnley Crown Court heard how Kamran Ahmed attacked Saqib Ali, who was convicted of violent disorder after an

  • No let-up in the fight for return of warden

    RESIDENTS have vowed to continue their fight for a full-time live-in warden after they were phased out by housing bosses. Housing provider Calico said they have no plans to re-instate the full-time live in warden in sheltered accommodation at Viking

  • Blackburn superhead - the secret of our success

    A "SUPERHEAD" who was brought in to save a failing school has spoken of how it has been transformed in just three years. Lee Harris began transforming Blakewater into one of the best schools in Blackburn after its predecessor Queen's Park Technology

  • Sentence threat is ignored

    A criminal has been jailed for 210 days after admitting stealing from a shop. Burnley magistrates heard how Norman "Knuckles" Jones, 57, had been subject to a suspended sentence for pretending to collect for charity at the time. The bench activated

  • Interview: Wayne Smith

    Preston-based Wayne Smith has gone from estate agent to Joseph. WHEN singer Wayne Smith got booted out of Grease is the Word - TV's search for a couple to play Danny and Sandy in the West End show - he thought his 15 minutes of fame were up. Instead

  • Get ready for Rainbow Live!

    KIDS' TV favourites Zippy and Bungle will be at Burnley Mechanics tomorrow afternoon. Rainbow Live! Zippy Superstar DJ is a brand new show which is suitable for children aged three and over. It runs tomorrow afternoon at 2.30pm. Details from the

  • City’s dig insight for Darwen history team

    MEMBERS of Darwen Local History Society vistited Manchester to view an ancient archeological site before their own Darwen dig. They viewed the 2,000-year old Roman Altar' discovered by a Bolton archaeologist. The one-metre-high gritstone column was

  • Interview: Boo Hewerdine

    Unless you are really into your music the name Boo Hewerdine may not mean much - but he's written songs for everyone from kd lang to Mel C. We spoke to him before his appearance at Burnley Mechanics tomorrow night. WHEN it comes to songwriters, Boo

  • Interview: Tim Vine

    TIM Vine is a punslinger, a punmeister. The Surrey-born comedian, best-known for his pun-tastic show, is coming to Burnley Mechanics at the end of the month and is looking forward to it. "I'm looking forward to telling the same joke I told last time

  • Blackburn punk stars set for home town performance

    BLACKBURN'S most famous punk band The Stiffs are to play a rare gig in their home town this summer. Fans will get the chance to see the band in its original line-up - Phil Hendriks, Ian Barnes and John McVittie and Tommy O'Kane - performing at the Hordens

  • Nelson paedophile breaks order again

    A CHILD sex pervert has been rapped after failing to keep police informed of his whereabouts for a second time. Convicted paedophile Anthony Kirkbright, 41, from Nelson, is barred from every camp site and caravan park in the country, under the terms

  • Royal Blackburn Hospital building company probe

    THE construction firm which built East Lancashire's £113million super-hospital is being investigated following allegations of contract rigging. Balfour Beatty is one of 112 firms named by the Office of Fair Trading as part of an investigation into 'uncompetitive

  • Gala day appeal to ‘put pride back’

    ORGANISERS of this year's Darwen Gala are appealing for local businesses and comm-unity groups to take part in the Gala parade. In previous years, Darwen's factories and churches have decked out wagons with colourful bunting and made the procession through

  • Live and Alive

    Hopefully you have never had the need to go into hospital, but if you do, you want to know that you'll be entertained on those long days when there are no visitors. So in order to support the Hospital Radio, The Sir Charles Napier pub on Limbrick is

  • You don't have to be from Hoddlesden....

    ... to attend their WI's meetings. The next meeting of the Women's Institute is taking place on Monday May 12th. All their meetings are held at the Conservative Club, and start at 7.30pm. The subject of the upcoming meeting is 'Resolutions Followed

  • Austin is back to Bash the opposition

    CHAMPIONS Blackburn Northern start the defence of their Veka Ribblesdale League title with a tough trip to Barnoldswick tomorrow. Baxenden are tipped to scrap it out with Settle for this season's championship, and they will include former Lancashire

  • Chorley's professional problem

    Chorley open their campaign with a trip to Leyland tomorrow, but still have problems with their professional. The club only secured the services of South African seamer Friedel de Wet on Tuesday, but he is unavailable for the season opener, so they are

  • Michael Bisping’s debut middleweight bout vow

    Clitheroe's Michael Bisping makes his middleweight debut tomorrow vowing to knock his opponent out in the first or second round. Bisping will square up against Charles Chainsaw' McCarthy in Montreal at the UFC 83 pay-per-view watched by millions around

  • Lancashire face mountain to climb

    Andrew Flintoff's bowling comeback continued un-scathed and Surrey's former England batsmen churned out hundreds as Lancashire paid for their profligacy at the Brit Oval. Captain Mark Butcher (120) followed Mark Ramp-rakash's earlier effort of 118 as

  • Burnley store boss stole from till to fund eBay obsession

    A STORE boss said to have stolen more than £1,100 from the owners was obsessed with buying from eBay, a court was told. Burnley magistrates heard how dad-to-be Phillip Ryan took cash from the till, told police he had awarded himself a Christmas bonus

  • Kiran’s colourful day on favourite show

    CREATIVE Kiran Ayub has beaten off competition from children across the country to win the chance to appear on her favourite television show. Her colourful design was judged the winner of a T-shirt competition held by Toonattik, a weekend children's

  • Blackburn man crashed dad’s Merc

    A MAN who took his dad's Mercedes to go and get cigarettes after a night out drinking ended up crashing it into a gate post and a garden wall. Blackburn magistrates heard that Mobeen Arshad ignored a following police car but after the second crash

  • Ewood residents in Blackburn Rovers matchday clean-up

    RESIDENTS are taking action to tackle a rubbish problem which they claim is caused by Blackburn Rovers fans on matchdays. And they have called for a warden to patrol the car park behind Wolseley Street to prevent people dropping litter before and after

  • Get ‘on yer bike’ with help of free booklet

    ON yer bike! That's the message from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as it launches a free booklet of six great cycle routes. From beginners and families, to experienced off-roaders, the booklet has something for everbody, and includes maps and

  • Stop picking on our senior citizens

    I'VE been trying to ignore the ongoing onslaught against our senior citizens. The contempt, sarcasm and jealousy that is being shown by these people gives a good insight into what is being passed down to any of their children and grandchildren. Most

  • Nurses hit by parking problems

    I WRITE concerning the car parking charges, currently being levied at Blackburn hospital. It's bad enough that both patients and visitors have to pay to park their cars on the grounds of an institution that they, through their taxes, are already paying

  • Speculators and link with food prices

    FOOD crisis is in the news again. Is the world heading for a food crisis? Rice prices are set to rise as fears over basic food shortages grow. The price of rice has risen by as much as 70 per cent during the past year, with prices set to rise still further

  • Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen wants a new deal

    BRIAN Jensen has spoken of his desire to stay at Burnley, and repay the faith manager Owen Coyle has shown in him this season. The club's current longest serving player is out of contract in the summer, but after entering into negotiations, is hoping

  • Surrey make Lancashire struggle

    Andrew Flintoff fell for 23 as Lancashire struggled in pursuit of 388 to avoid the follow-on against Surrey in their LV County Championship contest at the Brit Oval. England all-rounder Flintoff's run-a-ball effort concluded when he edged a doosra from

  • Mark Hughes keen on Manchester United pair Giggs and Scholes

    MARK Hughes has hinted he would be interested in signing Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs this summer IF Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson decided to call time on the duo's careers at Old Trafford. The Blackburn Rovers chief is a confirmed admirer

  • Blackburn Rovers boss Mark Hughes is eyeing up triple win

    BLACKBURN Rovers manager Mark Hughes believes his side must win at least THREE of their four remaining matches to stand any chance of pipping Aston Villa to a place in the Intertoto Cup. Rovers are currently ninth in the Premier League table and trail

  • People do it and it annoys the hell out of me

    IN the grand scheme of things very few things annoy me. I am more than happy to put up with people's little habits, and I think most folk are basically all right. Yet, I find the idea of speaking another language in the company of those that don't quite

  • Darwen face tough trip to champs

    Darwen Cricket Club start the new campaign with a tough game at last season's title winners St Anne's tomorrow. This is followed with an equally competitive game at home to Netherfield next week. Then on Sunday April 27, Darwen will entertain Colwyn

  • Courage we must applaud

    SAVING a young boy's life always deserves recognition. But when the rescuer is themself suffering from a serious condition, it is even more of an achievement. This was the case when Juliet Tanti, who is from Sabden, saw a seven-year-old boy drowning

  • Stanley assistant manager Jimmy Bell has his eyes on next term

    ACCRINGTON Stanley assistant boss Jimmy Bell is targeting three wins in the club's final matches as he aims to begin building for next season now. A single point against Barnet on Saturday will guarantee Stanley's Football League status after a rollercoaster

  • Mountain of books for Haslingden care home

    A CARE home which appealed for a little light reading material were unprepared for the number they received. Staff at Haslingden Hall. Lancaster Avenue, Haslingden, did not expect such a great response to their appeal. Within a week of the story appearing

  • Accrington defender Phil Edwards in race for Reds

    STANLEY defender Phil Edwards will shake off a virus in time for tomorrow's visit of Barnet. Edwards, who has been in scintillating form at the heart of the Stanley defence in recent weeks, has been laid low by flu which has swept through the Stanley

  • Win tickets to see Bjork in Blackpool

    2008 is shaping up to be another huge year for Björk and we have a pair of tickets to give away to her first UK tour for four years. She will appear at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool on 1 May. The Volta Tour has seen Björk take her thrilling new

  • Firefighters break down door to tackle Baxenden fire

    Firefighters used a door ram and lock snapper to gain entrance to a house that was on fire on Manchester Road, Baxenden, at 5.46pm yesterday. The fire, which started in the kitchen, caused smoke damage to the rest of the property. Nobody was injured

  • East Lancashire's serial killer - heart disease

    A MOCK hunt for a serial killer will be staged to shock people into leading a healthier lifestyle. Hard-hitting images of a child attending a father's funeral and graphic surgery procedures are also being used to target East Lancashire's biggest "serial