• Wasted Lives campaign's 'lasting effect'

    A MAJOR scheme aimed at cutting the number of young drivers killed on the roads has had a major effect on their attitudes to safety. The Wasted Lives progra-mme has achieved a “signif-icant” change in the mindset of people who took part, a study has

  • FULL-TIME: Roma 2 Blackburn Rovers 2 (Roma win 3-2 on pens)

    It had all the makings of a nightmare pre-season tour. Delayed planes, mammoth coach journeys, late kick-offs and a horrible pitch would have had Sam Allardyce pulling his hair out – and this was before Roma raced into an early 2-0 lead at Bolzano’s

  • HT: Roma 2 Blackburn Rovers 1

    PAUL Gallagher scored on the stroke of half-time at Bolano's picturesque Marco Druso stadium but Rovers still went into the break trailing a strong Roma side. The striker coolly converted after Jason Roberts had drawn Brazilian keeper Artur out of position

  • Marathon roadwork to solve Accrington flooding

    HOUSES faced with regular flooding problems will be protected in a £2 million scheme set to cause eight months of roadworks. Around 15 addresses in the Wordsworth Road area of Accrington, near Mount Carmel High School, are on United Utilities’ regular

  • More cases of swine flu at East Lancashire schools

    EIGHT children and one adult are currently being treated or have received advice about swine flu at an East Lancashire primary school. Two cases of the H1N1 strain were reported at Helmshore Primary School last week, according to headteacher

  • Call for hospital shuttle buses to stop in Accrington

    COUNCILLORS are calling for better transport links to hospitals after a request for a free shuttle service was turned down. Numerous patients who live in Hyndburn have raised the problem of getting to hospital appointments with their local councillors

  • Barnoldswick park needs 'cleaning up'

    DEMANDS have been made for more rangers in a Pendle park after the area next to a new £620,000 pavilion became a magnet for litterbugs. Barnoldswick town councillor Jenny Purcell said the problems arose shortly after the new facilities were installed

  • Horse is rescued from muddy Barrowford canal

    A HORSE had to be rescued by firefighters after being chased into the Leeds Liverpool canal and becoming stuck in the water. Crews from Nelson and Darwen executed the rescue mission at Barrowford Locks, near Gisburn Road, at around 11.30am today. The

  • Great Harwood ‘fright’ driver sent to jail

    A MAN who tried to give his partner a fright and ended up crashing his car has been sent to prison for a year. Preston Crown Court heard that James Marsden was angry after picking up his then girlfriend from Blackburn Rovers FC, where she had spent the

  • Birmingham City seal Jerome deal

    Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome has signed a new five-year contract with the club. The former Cardiff man, 22, scored nine goals for Blues as they secured automatic promotion back to the Barclays Premier League last season. He hit seven in

  • Hull City looking for Bobby prize

    Hull City have agreed a £5million fee with Fulham for striker Bobby Zamora. The 28-year-old emerged as a Tigers target after they were beaten to the signings of Marc-Antoine Fortune and Fraizer Campbell by Celtic and Sunderland respectively.

  • Fowler scores against Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Robbie Fowler scored on his debut for North Queensland but his side went down 2-1 to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Fowler, who had a spell with Blackburn Rovers last season, came on after 54 minutes with Fury a goal down and brought the match to life.

  • Rangers midfielder backed for Premier League move

    Pedro Mendes believes Barry Ferguson would be a success in the Barclays Premier League after being linked with a move to Birmingham. Reports today claim the former Blackburn skipper is set to be reunited with former boss Alex McLeish in a £1.5million

  • Wigan Athletic in Scotland wait

    Trinidad and Tobago striker Jason Scotland will have to wait for a visa and international clearance before his move to Wigan can officially be completed. The 30-year-old has been granted a work permit at an appeal hearing but further paperwork must

  • Terry Venables on John Terry

    Terry Venables is stunned that John Terry is considering a move to Manchester City after expecting him to stay at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of his career. City have already had one £30m bid for Terry rejected but are still keen to take Chelsea

  • Lancashire legend takes swipe at ‘arrogant’ Pietersen

    LANCASHIRE legend Ian Austin believes England’s team management need to take an ‘arrogant’ Kevin Pietersen to one side and drill into him the discipline required to make him a top cricketer who will be long remembered. Pietersen goes into today’s second

  • MPs praise East Lancashire midwives

    MIDWIVES from East Lancashire’s hospitals, who more than doubled the area’s home and water birth rate in just two years, have received a prestigious MPs’ award. Representatives of the midwifery team at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust travelled to

  • Whitworth baby's ‘cot death’ remains a mystery

    A CORONER has ruled that the ‘cot death’ of a two-month-old baby in Rossendale was due to unexplained natural causes. Experts were unable to say why the apparently healthy Rowan Elizabeth Andrew died on November 30 last year, Burnley Coroner’s Court

  • Shop decision disappointing

    THERE are pound shops right across East Lancashire. Clearly they are fulfilling a need, particularly in these difficult economic times. But town centres need to have a good mix of shops if they are to appeal to a wide range of people. That is why it

  • The postcode lottery for care has to end

    Is it really worth lobbying your Member of Parliament? Most weeks at Westminster large groups of campaigners are to be found waiting to speak to their MP on this issue or that. Are they wasting their time? Not at all – because you never know what

  • Burnley FC director dies, aged 78

    TRIBUTES have been paid to Burnley FC director Ray Griffiths, who has died aged 78. Mr Griffiths, who had supported the Clarets for more than 50 years, became a director in 2005 after selling his business, Target Express Parcels. Bosses at the club

  • Link seals £230m Blackburn with Darwen schools project

    COUNCIL bosses have the final seal of approval to go ahead with its Building Schools for the Future programme. Blackburn with Darwen Council can press ahead with the £230 million scheme to overhaul secondary education after the Government agreed to its

  • Army helps Burnley teens turn lives around

    YOUNGSTERS in Burnley have praised the armed forces for helping to turn their lives around. Unity College hosted a range of Army-led activities yesterday to celebrate a united effort to engage with young people across the town. The Army has been working

  • Accrington woman completes 7.5 mile trek for charity

    An Accrington woman has raised £450 for a Pendle charity by completing 7.5-mile trek. Sally Wright joined more than 800 walkers who took part in the fourth Annual Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle Walk on May 11. She raised the money for

  • Plea to slow ‘boy racers’ through scenic Pendle spot

    A PLEA has been made by a councillor to stop ‘boy racers’ spoiling one of Pendle’s most scenic rural routes. Picturesque Southfield Lane, which runs from the Burnley-Pendle border at Catlow to the Lenches area of Colne, has been besieged by speeding

  • Ban for ill director who neglected Nelson firm

    A COMPANY director from Pendle has been barred by finance watchdogs from running a firm again. The Financial Services Authority (FSA) has banned Graham Darby, a former director at Nelson-based insurance broker Ambrose Darby, from performing “significant

  • Blackburn brewery defends two pubs sell-off

    BOSSES at Thwaites have defended plans to sell off two pubs in Blackburn after being criticised by ale group CAMRA. Members of the East Lancashire CAMRA branch blasted the Blackburn-based brewery for plans to sell the Sportsmans Arms and Gibraltar pubs

  • Burnley church congregation raise £500 for Ghana charity

    ONE hundred supporters of a church mission in Ghana from rural Burnley have raised £500. Congregation members from Mount Zion Independent Methodist Church in Cliviger arranged a charity dinner after being inspired by a trainee minister from the African

  • Ruling joy in fight for wardens at Burnley sheltered housing

    CAMPAIGNERS in Burnley have heralded a Court of Appeal decision in their fight to restore wardens to sheltered housing complexes. Housing landlord Calico is adamant that wardens are not required at its sheltered premises across Burnley and Padiham.

  • Lorries ‘cause no problems’

    BOSSES at an industrial plant have defended plans to allow heavy goods vehicles to use the site. Some residents and a local school have protested against plans to alter conditions on the new commercial premises at Vale Mill, Emerald Street, Blackburn

  • Council still wants shopping centre inquiry

    PRESTON bosses have welcomed the decision to grant planning permission for the city’s £700million redevelopment. But Blackburn with Darwen Council is still hopeful of forcing a public inquiry into the plans, which it claims will damage Blackburn town

  • Google search finds Blackburn art star

    BRIGHTLY-coloured windmills photographed in rundown areas of Blackburn have won prize place in a prestigious London art gallery. Created by 22-year-old Aliyah Hussain, from Dukes Brow, Blackburn, the artworks follow in the footsteps of Damien

  • Nelson gym will fix it for the ladies

    FORMER office space in a £1 million business centre is being used to house a ladies-only gym. Kate Turner was able to install In and Out Fitness at Bridgewater House, Nelson, after agreeing a letting deal with property firm Hurstwood. In and Out Fitness

  • Clitheroe park to be revamped

    AMBITIOUS plans for the redevelopment of a Clitheroe park are set to go ahead after receiving the backing of the council. Plans to expand and improve Salthill play area can now be moved forward after councillors said they would be prepared to pay extra

  • Burnley burglar chased by plucky pensioner

    A PENSIONER chased a burglar after he caught him searching through his possessions. Mark Brogan, 42, made his escape from the property the same way he had got in – through a Perspex lean-to at the back, Burnley Crown Court heard. The defendant was

  • Chatburn changing rooms crisis over

    FEARS that a £90,000 transform-ation of Chatburn’s playing fields would have to be scrapped due of a lack of funds have receded. The two-year scheme was in danger of collapse after the village committee was left with a £13,500 shortfall when a benefactor

  • Nelson glazing firm to burglary victim’s rescue

    BOSSES at a Nelson double-glazing firm came to the rescue of a burglary victim after she could not afford new windows. Safestyle UK were touched by the plight of the 73-year-old woman who lost £600 in the raid. She had planned to use the savings for

  • Crime in Lancashire falls for fourth year in row

    2008/09 has fallen by 6,106 offences, a drop of 4.9 p CRIME in Lancashire has fallen for the fourth year in a row - but the Chief Constable is warning of tough times ahead for the force because of funding cuts. According to new figures released


    Jo LYNCHEHAUN To my very special daughter on your 21st. I am so very proud of you. You are a beautiful person inside and out Have a wonderful life Love from Mum, John, Jason, Sarah and DanDan 21


    Alban (Ron) ALLEN Jean would like to express her sincere thanks to her most devoted family, Tony, Gwen, Andrew, Nicola, grandchildren Scott, Sarah, Ashleigh, Josh also to Rosalie, Mike, Steven, Judith, David, Dawn, Lisa, Craig, grandchildren Lee, Rachel


    Brian MAWMAN Birthday memories of a dearly loved son and brother. Gone but not forgotten, Always in our thoughts. Love from Mum and all the family. xx


    Mary TOWNSEND (nee Wright) On Monday, July 13, 2009, peacefully at home, Mary passed away aged 74 years. Much loved wife of John and mum of Andrew, Mark, Gail and Jonathan, loved grandma and great-grandma, mother-in-law and sister of Kitty and of the

  • Row on Colne back street repairs

    COUNCILLORS in Colne have clashed over the state of Pendle’s network of unadopted back streets. Critics say Lancashire County Council should be taken to task over the condition of rear alleys and byways across the borough. Coun Tony Greaves admitted

  • My Accrington Stanley career is over, says Williams

    ROBBIE Williams is resigned to the fact that his 10-year Accrington Stanley career is over - regardless of the verdict at his FA betting hearing. The 30-year-old defender was due to be given a testimonial in the near future after completing 10 years


    Jillian SMITH On attaining your 2:1 B.A. Hons. in Sociology. We are so proud of you. Wishing you luck, success and happiness always. All our love, Mum, Dad and Jennifer x x x


    Thomas (Tom) BERESFORD How can I express in words so few, All the love in the world, I have for you, I will always treasure the love we shared, the fun we had and the way you cared, Everyday I miss you and quietly shed tears, And thank you for the love


    Maureen HOLDEN The families of David and Peter would like to express their sincere and heartfelt thanks to all family, friends and neighbours for their kind messages of sympathy, cards of condolence, Mass cards and donations to the British Lung Foundation


    Jean CUNNINGHAM (nee Fitzgerald) On Monday, July 13, 2009, in hospital and of Skew Bridge, Black-burn, Jean in her 74th year. Much loved wife of the late Stan, loving mum of Janet and her husband David, treasured grandma of Katie and Lorna, also sister


    Barry WILLIAMS Suddenly on Thursday, July 9, 2009, Barry aged 51 years. Beloved husband of Gaye, loving dad of David, Sam and Matthew, loved son of George and the late Audrey Williams, dear brother of Ann Haworth and also a dear cousin. Reposing in the


    Kenneth SHAMBROOK On Monday, July 13, 2009, peacefully at Old Gates Nursing Home, Kenneth aged 85 years. Dearest husband of the late Lilian, loved dad of Jean, a dear father-in-law of John and also a treasured grandad of Louise and Paul. A service and


    Joan ISHERWOOD (nee Smith) Philip, Robert, Jean and families would like to thank all relatives, friends and work colleagues for their cards of condolence, messages of sympathy and flowers received at this sad time. Special thanks to Sheila for being a


    Mildred GROGAN Christine, Susan and the family of the late Mrs Mildred Grogan wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours for cards of condolence, kind expressions of sympathy, Mass offerings and donations received during

  • For once, do something that people want!

    Every day I grow a little more disillusioned with politicians, local and national. Our national politicians have the brass neck to presume they can tell other nations how to run their affairs and sort out their problems. Even try to achieve complete regime

  • ‘Three villages’ plan is unwanted

    I have read the report (LT, July 3) re. the development of the three villages in the area. We live, on occasions, in some sort of Alice in Wonderland world – which would be hilarious if it weren’t so ridiculous. Why do the powers that be want to “develop

  • Biggs should be set free now

    IT is an absolute disgrace that Jack Straw has denied Ronnie Biggs early parole. He has served his time, he gave himself up when he came voluntarily back to Britain in 2001. He is now an old man, very ill and frail. So what little time Ronnie has left

  • Justice system is failing the victim

    Congratulations once again for such an interesting letter (Stan Mellings, LT, July 9) about Ronnie Biggs and how the justice system is failing to favour the victim rather than the perpetrator. Like all the systems that seem to have failed or be failing

  • Irvine climbs up north west ranks

    An obsession that started at the age of 12 has blossomed into a trophy-winning career for sprint and hillclimb ace Stephen Irvine. For Irvine, who lives in Worsthorne, near Burnley, is now one of the north-west’s leading drivers in the sport, racking

  • New Burnley signing : I couldn’t turn down Coyle

    BRIAN Easton admitted he couldn’t get to Burnley fast enough once he knew of Owen Coyle’s interest. The Clarets boss was someone who had made an impression on the young defender long before he left St Johnstone to take the Turf Moor reins in

  • Howarth makes return at Mallory

    BRITISH Superbike racer Michael Howarth will make a return to the championship this weekend at Mallory Park after signing to ride with the STP MV Agusta team. Howarth, from Burnley, hasn’t ridden in BSB since appearing for the Tena for Men team in 2008

  • I can’t wait to see striker in action, says Allardyce

    Sam Allardyce admits he is relishing the long-awaited oppor-tunity to see Rovers starlet David Hoilett in action. The 19-year-old Canadian striker is touch-and-go to join up with the Rovers squad for their tour of Italy and Croatia, after winning a long

  • Sbragia set to reject Rovers

    Ricky Sbragia looks set to turn down the chance to be reunited with Sam Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers. The former Sunderland boss, who currently remains on the Black Cats coaching staff, was offered the chance to team up with Allardyce at Ewood Park

  • Italians flock to see Vieri

    SERIE A football fans look set out to turn out in force for Blackburn Rovers friendly against AS Roma tonight – in the hope of witnessing the re-birth of a legend. Former Italian international Christian Vieri could feature in Rovers second pre-season

  • Colne charity champion died from accidental overdose

    A CHARITY champion who devoted his life to others despite having lost his sight died of an accidental drugs overdose of pain relief medication, an inquest heard. Diabetic Kevin Connelly, 25, who suffered constant leg pain, had kept his deteriorating

  • Burnley boss: I'm not finished in transfer market yet

    BURNLEY unveiled their fourth and fifth summer signings yesterday, but manager Owen Coyle revealed: “We’re not finished!” Full backs Brian Hamilton and Richard Eckersley arrived in time to join their new team-mates as the Clarets’ set off for their pre-season

  • Pound shop moves into former home of Blackburn's oldest shop

    A POUND shop is to open in place of Blackburn’s oldest store, which closed in January after 169 years. Critics said it was a sad day as Pound Craze prepared to open in the former home of Mercer’s, the much-loved toy and homeware shop on Northgate. And

  • Flintoff: Why it's time to pack in

    Andrew Flintoff today admitted he had to quit Test cricket “for my own sanity” after a succession of injury problems. The England all-rounder has decided to retire from the five-day format after the current Ashes series and concentrate on the shorter

  • VIDEO: The race is on as Colne Grand Prix comes to town

    HUNDREDS of people lined the streets to cheer on the riders of the Colne Grand Prix last night. Nearly 130 riders brought Colne’s one-way system to a standstill as part of the town’s sixth annual grand prix. And in a neck-and-neck