• Wilpshire teenager sings in memory of mum

    A TEENAGE boy whose mum died after being diagnosed with a brain tumour is to sing at a fund-raising event in her memory. Alex Johnson, 15, will perform at the fund-raiser dedicated to his mum Julie Johnson and in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The

  • Fatal Mellor crash - man admits death charge

    A MAN has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after he crashed a car and killed one of his best friends. Ashley Fielding's change of plea came as the family of 23-year-old Ashley Connell prepared to honour the first anniversary of his

  • Champions Blackburn Northern are crushed

    Barnoldswick won only two matches in last season's Veka Ribblesdale League senior division, finishing 176 points behind double winners Blackburn Northern. However, the tables were turned at Victory Park on the opening day of the new campaign. Barnoldswick

  • Bowlers win out on Lancashire League opening day

    BOWLERS dominated the opening day of the Sponsorbank Lancashire League season. In freezing conditions, Haslingden's David Bandy skittled out Todmorden with a nine-wicket haul, Shanon Stewart claimed eight wickets for East Lancs, while Accrington shocked

  • Bisping victorious in middleweight debut

    CAGE fighter Michael Bisping proved you can 'Count' on him to keep his word when he scored a first round TKO of American submission expert Charles Chainsaw' McCarthy. The Clitheroe Ultimate Fighter made his middleweight debut on Saturday night in front

  • Lancashire anglers urged to get rod licence

    Anglers from across Lancashire are being advised not to fish without a rod licence. It comes after Leyland Magistrates Court fined four men £325 plus £300 in costs and £60 in victims' surcharges after they were caught fishing without a rod licence

  • Burnley family fights for justice for 'murdered' Jane

    THE family of a Burnley teenager killed when a car ploughed into a crowd of partygoers in New Zealand will face her alleged killer in court tomorrow as they fight for justice. And before the trial began, Jane Young's father Harry hit out at his adopted

  • Oxjam. The music-related kind, not the fruit one.

    I promise I won't plug things too often. Otherwise, you might accuse me of being a sellout. My friend has been bothering me for the past few weeks to get the word out about this, though and so, for the sake of my ears and sanity I will relent. The

  • Blackburn town centre interior design shop closes

    AN AWARD-winning interior designer could face legal action after leaving his shop in Blackburn town centre. John Wilman has closed Pavilion Interiors in Church Street and Blackburn with Darwen Council bosses say he still owes them rent. Mr Wilman had

  • Brass Band Success

    Haslingden and Helmshore Brass Band will be representing the North West in the national brass band championships later this year in Blackpoool. They beat off competition from 14 other bands to claim their place in the final. The band need £5,000 to

  • Second flat searched in Darwen murder probe

    A FRIEND of a man found murdered in his flat has spoken of her shock - and said: "He would never offend anyone." Joseph Conroy was found dead with serious head injuries in the ground-floor flat on Redearth Road, Darwen, on Friday. Police say the 51-

  • American ghost busters probe Samlesbury Hall

    A HAUNTED hall is set to go global when it becomes the focus of a TV show from across the Atlantic. Cameramen and presenters from American programme Ghost Hunters International will arrive at Samlesbury Hall at the end of this week to investigate the

  • Vehicle Nuisance on the Whitepath

    We are appealling for help from anybody who may be able to identify the riders of two scooters who are using the whitepath as a cut through from Rishton to Great Harwood. One of the vehicles has the registration of NK06 DEC, the other is a green 1960'

  • Jeremy Kyle saved Burnley man's relationship with his daughter

    A BURNLEY man, whose heavy drinking caused a rift in his family, has been reunited with his daughter on ITV's Jeremy Kyle show. John McGinty, 58, of Holmes Square, had never met his daughter, Wendy Clough, 35, until 1999. She moved in with him but the

  • Rishton U15's win promotion

    Well done to Rishton u15's who sealed promotion on the final day of the season in the Accrington & District Junior Football League, with a 7 - 1 win over Haslingden. Corie Slater notched a hat-trick, Jordan Peel netted twice and Ryan Howarth and Joe

  • Library brew gives Darwen beer fans some cheer

    AN independent brewery is developing a new beer to mark the centenary of Darwen Library.. Andy Harding, owner of Fallons Ale, Darwen Enterprise Centre, was approached by Blackburn with Darwen Council to create the new ale after they granted him planning

  • Cohesion nets a boost from Blackburn tennis club

    MP Jack Straw took to the courts to demonstrate how a local tennis club is helping community cohesion. The Jusice Minister and Blackburn MP picked up a racket and joined youngsters to hit a few balls around at the Crosshill Tennis Club, Crosshill Road

  • Worsthorne caravan park plan defeated again

    BLUEPRINTS for a caravan park in rural Burnley have been dismissed as unacceptable by a planning inspector. Proposals for the holiday park, at Brownside Farm, off Red Lees Road, Worsthorne, were turned down by Burnley council's development control committee

  • Nelson bin bag man fined for not recycling

    A MAN who dumped rubbish in black bin liners outside his house has been fined for failing to properly dispose of household waste and not recycling. Frank Dempsey, of Castle Street, was fined £150, with £100 costs, after being found guilty of breaching

  • Bid to bring 'world class' youth club to Blackburn

    A "WORLD-CLASS" youth club in Blackburn town centre has moved a step closer after council bosses gave it the green light. A multimillion pound bid for lottery funding is to be prepared to build the new facility, similar to Bolton's famous Lads and

  • Pie's the limit for feuding Blackburn brothers

    A dispute over the contents of a shepherd's pie proved to be a recipe for brotherly disharmony. Blackburn magistrates heard that John Garvin thought that the pie his brother Michael made should have been topped with tomatoes but Michael disagreed. The

  • 50 arrested after Blackburn Rovers clash with Manchester United

    MORE than 50 football supporters were arrested after yesterday's Blackburn Rovers match against Manchester United. The supporters, mostly Manchester United fans, were held in custody overnight. Officers say they were arrested across the borough at separate

  • Chris Difford and Boo Hewerdine @ Mechanics, Burnley

    TAKE two guitars, three voices and a bucket load of talent and you have the recipe for a great night out. Quite why Burnley Mechanics wasn't packed to the rafters for this show - which saw two of the finest contemporary British songwriters on stage together

  • Blackburn business goes carbon neutral

    AN internet firm has become one of the first companies in the region to become carbon neutral. Blackburn-based eBusiness UK, which has its head office in Capricorn Park, is tackling the problem of climate change head-on by replanting trees in an Ethiopian