• Cardboard coppers for Rossendale

    POLICE in Rossendale have bought five cardboard police officers thanks to a donation from a local business. The life size cut-outs are designed to make criminals think twice before comm-itting an offence. They will be positioned in businesses and shops

  • Blackburn Rovers agree fee for Derbyshire exit

    BLACKBURN Rovers have confirmed that they have reached a verbal agreement with Olympiakos that will see Matt Derbyshire move to Greece on a permanent basis. Derbyshire had a successful loan spell with Olympiakos in the second half of last season and

  • Burnley yobs tsar: We must get tougher on off-licences

    A TOP councillor has blasted colleagues over “inadequate” penalties dished out to shops that sell alcohol to under 18s. Charlie Briggs, Burnley Council’s so-called ‘yobs tsar’ and executive member for community safety, said the suspension of a shop’s

  • Burnley street's anti-crime CCTV camera is stolen

    CRIME prevention police put up a CCTV camera in a Burnley street in a bid to deter thieves and vandals – but it was stolen three weeks later, a court was told. The camera was still recording when prolific offender Brendan Ormonde, 38, stole it after

  • Altham man died of anaphylactic shock in hospital cubicle

    A TEARFUL widow told an inquest that hospital staff stood by and ‘did nothing’ as her husband died after suffering an acute anaphylactic reaction. Gloria Haworth said her husband had a swollen neck and was struggling to breathe but only received medical

  • Blackburn's former 'Little Gangster': Appeal fails

    A THUG once dubbed Blackburn’s Little Gangster has failed in a bid to have his sentence cut for an unprovoked, vicious attack. Lewis Elliott, 20, now of Bedford Street, Darwen, was so infuriated at losing a game of pool that he hit out at his opponents

  • New £250k crime fighting centre for Lancashire

    A HIGH-TECH crime-fighting unit has been launched in a bid to tackle the most serious criminals. Packed with new computers and large plasma screen TVs, the £250,000 command, control and briefing rooms at Lancashire Constabulary headquarters, Hutton,

  • East Lancashire teachers are cream of the classroom

    A BLACKBURN teacher was crowned Primary School Headteacher of the Year at a lavish awards ceremony. Gaynor Stubbs, who is in charge of Wensley Fold CofE Primary School, won the NCSL Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School at the North West

  • Revealed: Your MPs and their expenses

    EAST Lancashire MPs’ expenses have been revealed, lifting the lid on claims for garage doors, televisions, dry stone walls, groceries and even beer glasses. But the true scale of payouts could be far greater as much of the House of Commons

  • 500 pupils get arty at Burnley gallery

    MORE thans 500 students are now working with professional artists following exhibitions in Burnley galleries. Since visiting Burnley Mechanics Theatre, in Manchester Road, last year, 587 students have been working with artists including Thea Soltau,

  • ‘Edible Todmorden' scheme given £5,000

    A SCHEME to create edible gardens in an East Lancashire town has won £5,000 to spend at a home improvement and garden centre. Incredible Edible Todmorden beat competition from hundreds of other community groups across the UK to scoop the B&Q voucher.

  • Great Harwood racers injured in Aintree crash

    A CHAMPION motorcycle sidecar racer has suffered suffered horrific injuries in a crash. Dave Holden, of Great Harwood, is recovering in University Hospital Aintree after breaking his shoulder, hip, four ribs, a small bone in his back and puncturing

  • Lancashire schools are tree-mendous!

    SCHOOLS in Lancashire are top when it comes to going green. The Woodland Trust has revealed the area is in poll position in the first green league table to mark the first anniversary of its Green Tree Schools Award. The scheme, which is free to participate

  • Premier League transfer gossip - June 18

    Monaco boss Guy Lacombe has ruled out a move for Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko. Real Madrid are leading the race to sign Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, who is also being targeted by Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester United. Manchester

  • Methodists attacked for their beliefs

    HISTORIAN Steve Chapples looks at the violence encountered by John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, when he brought his beliefs to East Lancashire. It was in August 1748 that Wesley first preached in the area, at Roughlee, and he was asked to promise

  • Push to improve play time

    A NEW group has been set up to try to improve play areas in Burnley. The town’s play strategy, co-ordinated by Burnley Council, is made up of representatives from the private and public sector. Council chiefs say it will support the people who help

  • Ray of hope in jobless figures

    LATEST unemployment figures have revealed a glimmer of hope that the worst of the recession might be over. The number of people in East Lancashire without a job and claiming benefits has risen by 143 people to 15,946 – compared to a rise of 666 the previous

  • Coyle excited by Burnley's difficult start

    OWEN Coyle was left in no doubt about how exciting and yet daunting the Premier League will be when he surveyed four of Burnley’s first five opponents – Manchester United, Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool. The promoted Clarets open their first season in

  • Top nurse VIP guest at Accrington health centre’s opening

    THE COUNTRY’S top nurse will be in Hyndburn to officially open Accrington’s £7 million Acorn Health Centre. Dame Christine Beasley, chief nursing officer for England and Wales, will also meet staff who work at the health centre. Community health staff

  • A military funeral for 'quiet hero' from Blackburn

    A FORMER RAF electrician described as a “quiet hero” has been given a full military funeral. Sgt Andy Fortuna who lived in Spinning Avenue, Blackburn, served in the Falklands, Balkans and Iraq in the RAF and Territorial Army. The 50-year-old returned

  • Happy ending as Blackburn couple's lost ring is returned

    A COUPLE said they were overjoyed after a ring that commemorates their hospital bedside wedding was returned to them. Jane Barker, 37, of Ennerdale Avenue, Blackburn, thought she had lost her white gold ring forever after husband Neil dropped it outside

  • Rival petitions over Blackburn alley-gating scheme

    OPPONENTS of the gating of an alleyway have vowed to fight on despite the plans being given the green light. Last week Blackburn with Darwen Council approved plans to put a gate on the ginnel between Brownlow Street and Tarbert Crescent, Shadsworth,

  • Student Sarah strikes gold

    A DEDICATED student from Nelson and Colne College has achieved the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award. Sarah Hey juggled her studies in psychology, biology, geology, and environmental sciences, with the extra-curricular scheme and won gold in 18 months. Sarah

  • Lancashire Police's 999 response target topped

    EMERGENCY 999 calls are being answered in less than five seconds, half the time set out in official guidelines, police in Lancashire said. Figures from Lancashire Constabulary show that on average the force answers 999 calls in 4.17 seconds. Last year

  • Clayton-le-Woods mum and daughter in run tribute

    A Clayton-le-Woods teacher whose mum died after battling a brain tumour and leukaemia is to take part in a fundraising race pay tribute to her. Ashley Clayton, from Clayton-le-Woods, will be taking part in her second Race for Life event in

  • Barrowford team makes grand gesture to hospice

    A PENDLE football team has raised more than £1,000 for charity by organising a trip to watch Burnley FC’s play-off success. David West, a member of the Friends of Barrowford Celtic group, organised the coach trip to Wembley last month. He asked every

  • Deal prolonged for Blackburn Rovers forward Santa Cruz

    MANCHESTER City will have to wait until Roque Santa Cruz returns from holiday to seal the signing of the Blackburn Rovers striker. Santa Cruz is not expected to return to England until the weekend, so reports that a deal could be completed

  • Warning as work begins in Foulridge

    WORK is under way in preparation for essential refurbishments at a reservoir in a Pendle village. British Waterways is currently lowering the water level at Lower Foulridge Reservoir, next to the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, near Colne, to allow vital

  • Small price to pay for healthy media balance

    THE good news is that the Lancashire Telegraph is still with us – with close on 90,000 readers, or getting on for [one in three] of the adults who live in the circulation area. But it’s no secret that all sections of the newspaper industry, from the

  • Burnley confirm Coyle's contract extension

    Burnley manager Owen Coyle has signed a contract extension to keep him at Turf Moor until 2013. Coyle, who guided the Clarets into the Premier League through the play-offs last month, had been linked with the Celtic vacancy following Gordon Strachan's


    Alice JOHNSTON In loving memory of our dear mother. A year today that you passed away, But your still in our hearts forever. We love and miss you Mum. From your son Ian, daughters Irene and Carol (in Australia) and all your loving family, grandchildren


    Maura JONES The family of the late Maura, would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, messages of sympathy, Mass offerings, flowers and donations received at this sad time. Special thanks to all staff at Hollymount


    Ann WHALLEY The family of the late Ann would like to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, messages of sympathy and donations received at this sad time. Special thanks to Mick for his floral arrangements and to the Rev.


    Bryan Marsden EMMETT Gillian, Adrienne and Kathryn and families would like to express their grateful thanks at this sad time, to friends and neighbours for their cards, memories, kind words and donations to Cancer Research UK. A very special thank you

  • Class act of 48 pupils caught on camera

    IT’S 60 years since this photograph was taken, not too long after the war had finally ended. It shows youngsters from St Matthews School, Blackburn, and was taken around 1948. The class was obviously a large one, with 38 pupils smiling for the camera


    Pat WALMSLEY Happy Birthday. 65 today! Retired once, retired again. Lots of love from us all. Milton and family. 65


    Luke McKENNA Luke who's 13!! Happy Birthday. Lots of love, Mum, Dad and Ryan x x x 13

  • COX

    Gary (Gaz) COX Died tragically June 18, 1997. Twelve long years since that sad day, But the memories of you will never go away. God Bless. Mum. xx Also remembering your 37th birthday, July 9th. "Luv u to bits. " xxxx


    Barbara CHAMBERS (nee Simpson) Peacefully at her daughters residence in Cambridge on Friday, June 12, 2009, aged 76 years and of Sale. Beloved wife of Ronald, much loved mother and mother-in-law of Hilary and Robert, Monica and Jo, Noel and Christine,


    Sally and Jack HOYLE The family of the late Sally and Jack wish to express their sincere thanks to family, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence and donations to the East Lancashire Hospice. Special thanks to Doctor Gebbie and all the staff at


    John BARLOW On June 13, 2009, peacefully in the East Lancs Hospice John aged 68 years, formerly of Lytham St. Annes. A beloved partner of Gaynor, loving father and grandfather and a loving son and brother.. Will be greatly missed and always remembered


    David Shaun (Dave) RILEY On Monday, June 8, 2009, tragically in Doncaster and of Accrington, Dave aged 46 years. The dearly beloved husband of Sandra, devoted dad of Stacey, Shaun, Frances and Daniel, much loved grandad of Mollie, dearest brother of Monica


    Margaret HECKINGBOTTOM (nee Heath) On Monday, June 15, 2009, peacefully in hospital, Margaret, aged 68 years, of Whitebirk Road, Blackburn. The dearly loved wife of John, much loved mother of Bernard, Denise and Mark, loving nana of Lee and Megan, mother-in-law


    Brian FOOTE Pat Foote and family would like to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for the cards of condolence, kind expressions of sympathy and donations for ALU PALS received during their recent sad loss. Special thanks

  • The followers of fashion in 1963

    LET’S take a step along the catwalk to see what all the best-dressed women of East Lancashire were wearing in 1963. As warmer weather arrived, all the local shops were selling budget- priced summer cotton dresses, such as this one pictured

  • Two-day wait for X-ray

    Having only last year celebrated its 60th anniversary, one might think that the NHS is going from strength to strength, but far from it. Its care of children still leaves much to be desired. On June 12, my wife and I did a day trip of 300-plus miles

  • OAPs have more honour than MPs

    All over England, thousands of ordinary men and women have been bitterly disappointed to find the ones they deemed special, worthy enough to represent their towns and cities in the Houses of Parliament, have been judged morally bankrupt. The self-degrading

  • ‘Secret evidence’ ruling welcome

    The Muslim community welcomes the decision of Law Lords ruling over the use of secret evidence against nine alleged terror suspects and sees it as overdue judicial intervention. The use of secret evidence in obtaining sanction for restriction on one

  • Blackburn man ‘posted terror message on US website’

    AN AMERICAN website moderator alerted police to a terror plot due to a message posted on the internet by a Blackburn man, a court heard. The moderator of the Infovlad forum website told Preston Crown Court he contacted the Metropolitan Police

  • No decision yet on Lancashire's controversial Brussels office

    THE new Tory rulers of Lancashire County Council said they have not yet decided whether to maintain the county’s controversial office in Brussels. The Tories have previously been critical of the office, which costs £130,000 a year to maintain, and raised

  • Darwen's first town council meeting hit by row

    DARWEN Town Council's first meeting was hit by a row as members delayed appointing a mayor. Paul Browne, councillor for the Sudell ward for both the town and borough councils, was annouced as the mayor-in-waiting earlier this week by Coun Tony Melia

  • Ribble Valley hotel up for sale for £2.5m

    A COUNTRY house hotel dating back two centuries is on the market for £2.5 million. Eaves Hall Country House Hotel, in Waddington, is being sold by its Manchester-based owners Richardson Hotels. Alastair Greenhalgh, associate director at Savills, said

  • Ribble Valley MP’s call for help for dairy farmers

    A LOCAL MP has called on people to support Britain’s dairy farmers. Dairy farmers face an uncertain future following the collapse of Dairy Farmers of Britain - a co-op that provides a tenth of the UK's milk, 1bn litres each year. Nigel

  • Accrington Stanley agree Procter deal

    ANDY Procter has agreed a new contract with Accrington Stanley – but the Reds now face competition from Darlington for Luke Joyce. Procter played a key role in the club’s rise from non-league but the midfielder’s future was recently thrown into doubt

  • Burnley boss calm over rejected bids

    OWEN Coyle has revealed that Burnley have already had bids rejected for two different players this summer – but he is taking a patient approach as he prepares for the Clarets’ first season in the Premier League. Anticipation of a return

  • Alert over man seen loitering outside Ribble Valley schools

    PARENTS are being urged to be vigilant after a man was spotted loitering around pre-schools in the Ribble Valley. At around midday on Tuesday police said the man walked into Little Fishes Pre-School, in Whalley Road, Langho, where he asked

  • Hyndburn school in GCSE exam 'cheating' probe

    A GCSE exam board has launched an investigation into allegations of cheating in an East Lancashire high school. The probe is looking at claims that as many as 70 pupils at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School, Haworth Street, Oswaldtwistle, were

  • Family of five flee Burnley house blaze

    A SEVEN-year-old boy set fire to his bedroom after playing with a soldering iron while his family were sleeping. The Burnley family said they were ‘lucky to be alive’ after they managed to flee the house while the fire was still raging. They were alerted

  • Burnley nightclub keeps its licence

    A BURNLEY nightclub under threat of losing its licence has been given a stay of execution after CCTV was installed. The manager of POSH, in Ormerod Street, was hauled before councillors yesterday after police complained about “signif-icant” crime and