• Jail for motorist who drove at policeman

    A BANNED motorist who nearly mowed down a police officer during a gangland-style standoff has been jailed for eight months. Police swooped on the Bay Horse pub in Worsthorne after reports that masked men had descended on the village. The masked men,

  • £650million floods fear for East Lancashire

    EAST Lancashire could face a flooding catastrophe unless urgent work is completed to improve defences. Bosses at the Environment Agency have warned that the area is vulnerable to floods which could cause up to £650million worth of damage. Thousand of

  • Apprentice week six: Is Claire the new Ruth Badger?

    This week's task was to create a selection of greetings cards not previously produced. I think Kevin's team may have gone a little bit too far - there's a reason nobody has previously designed an environmental card. But the singles day was a great

  • Police hit out over 'reckless' young drivers

    POLICE hit out over the "reckless and irresponsible" driving of Ashley Fielding after he was jailed for killing his friend in a high-speed crash. Detective Inspector Andy Hulme said the death of Ashley Connell was a "dreadful waste of a young man's life

  • Labour and Conservatives in talks over Pendle power-sharing

    LABOUR and the Conservatives have launched power sharing talks to take over in Pendle. After losing seven seats, including that held by leader Alan Davies, the Liberal Democrat group lost control of the council. The election left the Liberal Democrats

  • Tributes to a 'good friend' after Nelson house fire death

    NEIGHBOURS and friends of a 54-year-old woman who died in a house fire have spoken of their shock at her death. Lynne McShane, of Dalton Street, was found dead in her front room after a house fire in her home on Thursday night. She was discovered sat

  • Blackburn boss Hughes tips Man Utd for title

    HE grew up supporting Chelsea but still has a special affection for Manchester United, so which of his two former clubs does Mark Hughes believe will win the Premier League title? "I still think United are in pole position," said the Rovers boss. "It

  • Happy Birthday

    Congratulations to Barbara Burnett of Bank Mill St. who celebrates her ??th birthday on the 5th May. Sharing the same birthday are Paul Stephen Yates and Mark Howarth, two other Haslingden stalwarts

  • Backing local produce

    A NEW cafe using produce from local retailers has opened in Helmshore. Cafe Tor is inside the Musbury home shop at Park Mill. It offers homemade cake, warm drinks and lunches. The café is pushchair and wheelchair friendly, with ramp access available

  • Man innocent of ‘revenge’ attack

    A MAN has been cleared of a "revenge" attack in a Clayton-le-Moors street. Lance Cronshaw, 21, of Beaconsfield Street, Great Harwood, was found not guilty of assault causing actual bodily harm last October, after a two day trial at Burnley Crown Court

  • Accolade for first award winner

    THE first recipient of a new award for catering businesses in Rossendale has been announced. Bengal Tiffin in Manchester Road, Haslingden, is the first winner of the Recipe 4 Health' award set up recently between Rossendale Council's Environmental Health

  • ‘Buyers’ stole car at gunpoint

    THE sentencing of two men who stole a woman's car at gunpoint after posing as prospective buyers has been adjourned. Barry Kirk, 26, and James Hurst, 19, both from Bury, have pleaded guilty to robbery. The pair met a 38-year-old woman in Accrington

  • Boy, 11, injured in Nelson car crash

    AN ELEVEN-year-old boy narrowly escaped having his foot amputated after he was knocked down by a car. Junaid Hussain from Every Street in Nelson was walking in nearby Pendle Street at 7pm last night, when he was struck by an L reg red Toyota Corolla,

  • Tractor death inquest

    AN inquest has been opened into the death of retired company director Tony Taylor in the yard of his Rishton farm. Mr Taylor, 66, was found trapped under the bucket of his Bob Cat' tractor on Sunday afternoon with the engine still running. A post-mortem

  • Clarets young guns offered professional terms

    Burnley have offered two second year apprentices professional contracts. Youth team captain Adam Kay and striker Alex MacDonald have both been rewarded with deals after being fast-tracked into the first team squad in the 2007/08 season. Burnley-born

  • Pendle election

    Independent candidate Glenn Whittaker celebrates his win for Craven wardÊ with Janet Henderson (L) and Jenny Purcell

  • Pendle election

    Walverden ward winner Mohammed Khalid (Second from right) with labour supporters Ijaz Butt (L/R) Abdul Aziz Mohammed Khalid and George Adam

  • Pendle election

    Reedley Ward &Tory winner Mike Blomeley receives a big kiss from wife Jo

  • Pendle election

    Reedley Ward &Tory winner Mike Blomeley. With fellow supporters (L/R) Pauline McCrmick Joan Blomeley and Maureen Burrows

  • Pendle election

    Naeem Ashfiaf (Right) after his victory of Briefield ward with supporters

  • Pendle election

    Glenda Clegg winner of Vivary bridge seat with fellow supporters David Clegg(L) and Howard Thomas

  • Whalley driver jailed for fatal smash which killed his friend

    A MAN who killed his friend in a fatal car smash has been jailed for three years. Ashley Fielding, 21 of Whalley Banks, Whalley, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced at Burnley Crown Court today. Ashley Connell, 23,

  • Blackburn with Darwen election

    Labour's Cllr Jim Smith, Cllr Damian Talbot, Jack Straw MP, celebrate Cllr Malcolm Doherty with Joan Doherty, during the Election Count at King Georges Hall, Blackburn.

  • Blackburn with Darwen election

    Liberal Democrat Paul Browne (2nd left) celebrates winning with L/R Roy Davies his wife Ruth Browne and Cllr David Foster, pictured during the Election Count at King Georges Hall, Blackburn.

  • Clarets boss: It's so hard releasing players

    A PERIOD of change began this week with the departure of midfielder Garreth O'Connor. Manager Owen Coyle has described the release of players as one of his more difficult tasks of his job, but knows it is a necessary process to strengthen in the long-term

  • Blackburn with Darwen election

    Labour's Florence Oldfield pictured with her head in her hands after losing her Ewood Council Seat at King Georges Hall, Blackburn.'

  • Blackburn with Darwen election

    Front L/R For Darwen Councillors Philip Jones, Tony Melia, Andrew Graham, Anthony Meleady and Trevor Maxwell pictured celebrating after the Election Count at King Georges Hall, Blackburn.

  • Mini Moto nuisance

    Just to give you an update for the last month regarding the mini moto's. In the last month 3 bikes have been seized and crushed and a large amount of Section 59 warnings have been issued so next time they will have the vehicles taken off them.

  • Church postmaster cleared of sex assaults

    A POPULAR village postmaster has been cleared of sex assaults on a child and a pregnant woman after a jury took just eight minutes to find him not guilty. Father-of-two and grandfather Alan Holden, 60, broke down and sobbed as he won the battle to

  • Unbeaten Harwood go to Ossy Immanuel

    EARLY pace-setters Great Harwood will be hopeful of maintaining their perfect record when they travel to face Ossy Immanuel tomorrow. High-flying Cherry Tree host Ribblesdale Wanderers, while champions Blackburn Northern face a tough trip to Edenfield

  • Darwen confident for Northern Premier double header

    Darwen will hope to build on their impressive home win against Netherfield last weekend when they travel to Carnforth tomorrow, and then host Preston on Monday. They are forced into making one change, with Nathan Jackson returning to the team in place

  • East Lancashire local election results

    VOTERS across East Lancashire went to the polls in elections that could change the political landscape of the region. All local councils, except for Lancashire, South Ribble and Ribble Valley, took part, with a third of all council seats up for grabs

  • Lancashire police appeal for help over caravan thefts

    Lancashire police are asking for the help of milkmen in a bid to cut down on a spate of early morning caravan thefts. Officers say thefts of this nature are common at this time of year. Special leaflets are being handed out to people including

  • Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4

    I WISH somebody had warned me in advance about Channel 4's coverage last night. There I was settled down in front of the TV after watching another hilarious episode of one of my favourite shows, Come Dine with Me, thinking "I'm too comfy to move to the

  • Kulatunga arrival will kick-start Burnley's season

    ALL-ROUNDER Jeeva Kulatunga arrives in England today to kick-start his Burnley campaign. After taking part in a 20/20 competition in his homeland Sri Lanka, Kulatunga will open up his Burnley account against Todmorden at Turf Moor. "It will be great

  • Tim Vine @ Mechanics, Burnley

    "WELCOME to The Mechanics," said comedian Tim Vine opening his stand-up show at the Burnley Theatre. "In fact, welcome no matter what job you do." And so began a tirade of quick-fire puns so fast that I was still laughing at the previous joke halfway

  • Interview: Nina Conti

    THERE are many advantages for a comedian that come with having a talking monkey on your arm - just ask ventriloquist Nina Conti. For starters, you can blame him for all your bad jokes and, best of all, you can use him to insult any of the dreaded hecklers

  • Waterfoot nursery wins £5000 award

    A WATERFOOT nursery has won a £5,000 green makeover. Good as Gold Childcare Centre, Gaghills Road, won the cash as part of a campaign for nurseries across the UK, spearheaded by the children's character, Bob the Builder. The grant will be used to

  • Ian Craney hits out at Accrington Stanley pitch

    STANLEY midfielder Ian Craney has blamed his side's poor home record on the pitch at the Fraser Eagle Stadium. The Reds take to the field tomorrow against Bury hoping to secure just their eighth home win of a miserable season on home turf. The statistics

  • Robbie Savage: I've no regrets leaving Blackburn Rovers

    ROBBIE Savage insists he does not regret leaving Blackburn Rovers for Derby County - even though he is about get relegated with the worst team in Premier League history. The former Wales international, who returns to Ewood Park tomorrow for the first

  • ‘Angels’drop-in advice sessions for firms

    FREE drop-in sessions for businesses are available in Colne. The Guardian Angel Network and Colne company Hilton Bowers are launching the sessions tomorrow. Wendy Bowers, who has raised more than £250,000 business funding for local enterprises, said

  • Why Wade Elliott is a model pro for Owen Coyle

    BURNLEY manager Owen Coyle has hailed Player of the Year Wade Elliott a "model of consistency". The 29-year-old's wing wizardry made him the big winner in both the supporters clubs' and official end of season presentation nights this week. Elliott,

  • MP's fight in Sophie's memory

    ROSSENDALE and Darwen MP Janet Anderson has launced an Early Day Motion calling for a review of legislation on hate crimes following the murder of Sophie Lancaster. Mrs Anderson made the call for hate crimes to include crimes motivated by appearance

  • ‘Lonely’ Burnley woman took her own life

    A WOMAN who became lonely after the death of her parents and her brother eventually took her own life. An inquest heard that friends who broke into Margaret Airey's home found her unresponsive in bed with medication, a note and her brother's ashes next

  • Drugs 'used for pain relief'

    POLICE who were suspicious of a car parked in a lay-by in Eccleshall Road, Darwen, in the early hours found cannabis in the passenger's coat pocket. And Blackburn magistrates heard that when Paul Wilson was searched at the police station, a bag containing

  • Burnley election results: Lib Dems seize control of Burnley

    LIBERAL Democrats have seized sole power in Burnley on a poor day for Labour. Lib Dem national leader Nick Clegg was among the first to congratulate his party's new administration in Burnley. Until two years ago, the town had been held by Labour

  • Ribble Valley police tracing owners of paving stones

    Police are appealing for help in tracing the owner of 10 paving stones. The stones were recovered from a trailer being towed in George Lane, Read, at 7am on Wednesday. They are described as thick paving stones of varying sizes. Police suspect they

  • Darwen boss is ready to rebuild

    Darwen manager Dennis Hill is targeting five new players as he starts to rebuild the side in time for next season. The Salmoners travel to Stone Dominoes tomorrow for their final league game of the season without Matt Woods, Paul Lynch and Matt Anderton

  • Thieves hid haul of lead in wheelie bin

    TWO men who stole lead from the roof of Witton Park High School stashed their haul in a nearby wheelie bin. Blackburn magistrates heard that when they went to collect their "loot" several hours later they were spotted and reported to the police. Christopher

  • Burnley manager's hope over Andrew Cole decision

    ANDREW Cole should make a decision on his future next week - and manager Owen Coyle is hoping it's positive news for the Clarets. The 36-year-old striker, who has been on loan at Burnley from Sunderland since January, is ruled out of the final game of

  • Burnley father, 38, stabbed in stomach

    A FATHER was stabbed in the stomach at a house in Burnley, police have said. Officers arrested the 38-year-old's partner after the stabbing at the house in Padgate Close and were due to interview her last night. Doctors operated and removed a three-inch

  • Whalley man's royal honour for services to cycling

    A RIBBLE Valley man who will spearhead British cycling's medal charge at the Beijing Olympics has received his OBE at Buckingham Palace. Brian Cookson, of Bridgend, Whalley, was named in the Queen's New Year's Honours list for his services to cycling

  • Extra ban for driver

    A DISQUALIFIED driver who had reported damage caused to his wife's car decided to drive it to a place of safety. But police alerted to the damage were watching the car on closed circuit TV and arrested Sarfraz Khan as he drove to his mother's address

  • Coyle 'not surprised' by Purse red card U-turn

    OWEN Coyle has admitted he wasn't shocked that Darren Purse's red card for a horror tackle on Andrew Cole last week has been rescinded. He said: "I don't think surprised is the word I would use. "It's not for me to get involved in a war of words as


    Sylvia Ruth COWARD It is with great sadness that we announce the sad loss of Sylvia, who passed away on Monday, April 28, 2008 aged 59 years. The most beloved wife and soul mate of Terry,loving sister of Robert and dear sister-in-law of Janet, Sheila,


    Sylvia Ruth COWARD You suffered so much, You told so few, You never deserved what you went through. Forgive me Lord, If we should weep, For the sister we had and could not keep. Silent thoughts of times together, Hold memories that will last forever.


    Sylvia Ruth COWARD You suffered so much, You told so few, You never deserved what you went through. Forgive me Lord, If we should weep, For the sister we had and could not keep. Silent thoughts of times together, Hold memories that will last forever.


    Jean KIRKHAM The family of the late Jean Kirkham would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for their kind messages of sympathy, cards of condolence and donations received at this sad time. Special thanks to the Police and Ambulance services


    Ellen Doreen LLOYD On Wednesday, April 30, 2008, peacefully in The Manor House Residential Home, Chatburn, surrounded by her loving family and of Beardwood Blackburn, Doreen aged 81 years. The dearly loved wife of Serle, much loved mum of Ian and Glynis


    50 Mark DUCKETT Happy 50th birthday Mark. Lots of love from Michelle, Robert, Jessica, Joshua, Mum, Dad and all the family. (Especially your best friend, Milo the dog!)


    Simon and Matthew HODGKISS Congratulations on your 18ths, Si and Matt. Lots of love, Mum and Dad. Happy 18th, little bros! Best wishes, from Tee.


    Theresa FLANAGAN (nee Brogan) Remembering you is easy Mum, We do it every day, Missing you is the heartache, That never goes away. God Bless. Your loving children. Christine, Linda, Eileen, Sharon, Carol, Patricia, Shaun and family.


    Sylvia Ruth COWARD God saw you getting weary, He did what he thought was best. He gently took you by the hand, And took you home to rest. My dearest Aunty, we will miss you more than words could ever express. Joanne, Craig, Andrew and Jack


    Brenda ANSON Colin and the family of the late Mrs Brenda Anson wish to express their heartfelt thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours-too numerous to mention individually, for their kind messages of sympathy, many cards and messages of condolence


    JennyCLARKSON On April 29, 2008, tragically, Jenny aged 80 years of Clayton-le-Moors. The dearly beloved mum of Anne and son- in-law Ken, devoted Grandma of Joanne and Richard and Michael and a loving great-grandma of Daniel, Elizabeth, Callum and Thomas


    AgnesELLISON On April 30, 2008, peacefully in hospital Agnes aged 93 years of Church. The dearly loved wife of the late James (Jim) much loved mother of Susan, mother-in-law of John, and loving grandma of Neil and Lucy. Agnes will be sadly missed by all

  • Full head of steam

    CHIPPING Steam Fair will take place from Saturday, May 24, to Monday, May 26, at the Green Lane showground. The many attractions will include a variety of steam traction engines, children's steam railway rides, motor bikes, commercials, working plant

  • In search of a wedding guest

    I AM trying to locate a friend of my partner who we have lost touch with. We are getting married on June 22 and would love this person to come. The man I am trying to contact is Pete Livesey and when we last spoke he was living in Church. He and my

  • Have scientists got it wrong?

    ALTHOUGH Councillor Salim Mulla's letter (LT, April 16) was about wider issues, he touched on a few minor points which need looking at. He mentioned rice prices rising because of, among other things, cold weather in Asia. Indeed, China and other countries

  • Answer is obvious – an extra bin!

    RE the story about a man being fined for leaving his wheelie bin lid open four inches. The obvious solution would be to give the man an extra bin and anyone else who can more than and anyone else who needs to fill more than one bin an extra bin. Rather

  • Lecturers deserve pay of teachers

    THERE has been a lot of publicity about schoolteachers striking, but does anyone realise that higher education and college lecturers have also been on strike? They are striking for equality of pay with schoolteachers. Lecturers work longer hours and

  • Craney injury blow for Accrington Stanley

    ACCRINGTON Stanley are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Ian Craney ahead of tomorrow's match against Bury at the Fraser Eagle Stadium. The 26-year-old Scouser damaged his knee in training yesterday morning and admitted he was a doubt for the end

  • Bury election results: Ramsbottom stays Tory

    RAMSBOTTOM remained under Conservative control on a great election night for the Tories in Bury. Barry Theckston won the Ramsbottom seat with a majority of 1,138, beating Labour challenger Val Robinson into second place. And Dorothy Gunther kept her

  • Mill Hill residents' joy at Prince William visit

    RESIDENTS in Mill Hill have told of their joy that Prince William is to visit their community. The Lancashire Telegraph announced on Wednesday that St Aidan's Primary School, Mill Hill, Blackburn, has been selected for the Royal visit The school is

  • A worry for every parent

    THERE are a million things parents have to worry about where the safety of their children are concerned. There's the risk of them being involved in accidents and becoming victims of the many crimes of violence that now seem to occur almost daily across

  • Darwen Vale youngsters ring in Olympic year

    Darwen Vale High School celebrated the forthcoming Beijing Olympics with pupils taking part in a variety of activities to learn about the themes, values and messages of the Games. In drama, pupils investigated the instantly identifiable symbol of the

  • Engineering work to speed up trains

    AN engineering operation which should see East Lancashire train services get back on track is beginning this week. Up and down the East Lancashire line, stretching from Pleasington to Colne, there are currently temporary speed restrictions, slowing down

  • Burnley secretary leaves Turf

    CATHY Pickup has left her role as Burnley Football Club secretary. The departure, understood to be for family reasons, brings to an end a family association with the Clarets that extends beyond half a century. Mrs Pickup's late father, Albert Maddox

  • Flintoff 'best fast bowler in cricket' says Aussie ace

    Andrew Flintoff is the best fast bowler in international cricket and should play for England even he batted at number 11 according to ex-Australia opening batsman Justin Langer. Langer, who is currently playing for Somerset, described Flintoff, in his

  • Man charged over Blackburn town centre 'stabbing'

    A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with wounding after an alleged stabbing in Blackburn town centre. A 25-year-old man was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital following the incident in Penny Street at 4.20pm on Wednesday. Anthony Bell, 21, of Devonport

  • Hyndburn election results: Tories tighten grip

    CONTROL of Hyndburn Council remains with the Conservatives after they increased their one-seat majority to three. Tory councillor Sue Haworth tightened her party's grip after taking Altham Ward from Labour. The night saw Conservatives retain all seven

  • Pendle election results: Lib Dems lose overall control

    THE council leader lost his seat and his party lost overall control during a night of election shocks for the Liberal Democrats in Pendle. Coun Alan Davies's seat in Boulsworth went to the Conservatives, who also gained Horsfield from the Liberal Democrats

  • Woman, 54, dies in Nelson house fire

    A 54-YEAR-old woman was found dead in her front room after a fire in her home. Lynne McShane, of Dalton Street, Nelson, was discovered sitting in her chair by firefighters, who were alerted to the blaze at around 8.15pm yesterday. Neighbour and friend