• Cocaine worth £10,000 seized after vehicle check in Darwen

    POLICE found around £10,000 of cocaine after a routine vehicle check in Darwen. Police officers in Blackburn Street, Darwen, pulled over a car at 7.15pm on Tuesday. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, officers said they were noticed a ‘suspicious

  • East Lancs NHS finance manager on £15,000 fraud charges

    AN NHS finance manager has appeared in court charged with carrying out a £15,000 fraud against a health trust. Philip Parr, 42, is accused of the deception while working as finance manager for the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust, which was based at

  • Accrington Stanley in talks over buying back Crown Ground

    ACCRINGTON Stanley bosses are in early stage talks about buying the Crown Ground. The club says that although it is only a far-off possibility at this stage, it has been in discussions with land-owners Hyndburn Borough Council about the feasibility of

  • 'Blackburn building works hitting our trade' - shopkeepers

    ANGRY traders say they have been ‘left for dead’ by council bosses carrying out regeneration work in Blackburn town centre. Shop owners in Simmons Street have hit out at a ‘lack of support’ from the town hall while their businesses suffer from

  • Review: The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus (12A)

    Running time: 123 mins. Starring: Lily Cole, Christopher Plummer, Andrew Garfield, Heath Ledger, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, Tom Waits, Verne Troyer. Director: Terry Gilliam. “A Film From Heath Ledger & Friends,” sombrely proclaims the

  • Police: Slow down outside Rossendale school

    SPEEDING motorists will be targeted by police after a series of dangerous driving incidents were reported outside a Rossendale primary school. Officers have been meeting with residents and stopping motorists in Newchurch to remind people

  • Review: Couples Retreat (15)

    Running time: 113 mins. Starring: Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Vince Vaughn, Malin Akerman, Jon Favreau, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love, Kali Hawk, Peter Serafinowicz, Jean Reno, Carlos Ponce. Director: Peter Billingsley. Love is a battlefield — and

  • Review: NHL 10, PS3, £49.99

    With a staggering 19 sports game of the year awards over the past two years, the NHL franchise boasts some serious credentials. Anyone who played its predecessor will have already sampled the bone-crunchingly realistic recreation of hockey on the

  • Review: Live World Grand Prix Darts Final, Sky Sports One

    WHEN did darts get this sexy? What happened to the days when some out of breath fat bloke in an ill-fitting shirt would swagger up to the oche, pint in one hand, fag in the other, throw his arrows through a fog of smoke and be too steaming

  • Why Blackburn Rovers have something to prove too

    FOR years now, Blackburn Rovers have regarded Burnley like that annoying kid from the other side of the street. You know the one, he’ll knock on your door and run away, or kick his football into your front garden and inadvertently trample through

  • Burnley man charged after buy-to-let investment probe

    THREE men are set to appear in court over an alleged £1million buy-to-let property fraud covering homes in Burnley and Pendle. Police have said the fraud, which involves 23 victims, mainly from Ireland and southern England, went on for nearly four years

  • Pendle MP secures Burnley A&E talk pledge from Gordon Brown

    GORDON Brown has pledged to arrange a meeting between Gordon Prentice and the Health Secretary after the Pendle MP quizzed the Prime Minister on the decision to close Burnley A&E. Mr Prentice is campaigning for an independent investigation into the 2007

  • Blow for Brierfield residents on school parking

    RESIDENTS near Pendle’s newest super-schools look set to lose a four-year fight to park outside their homes. To the dismay of Pendle Council’s Brierfield and Reedley Committee, county engineers have insisted they will not undertake remedial works to

  • No plans to revive Burnley's big community bonfire

    A COMMUNITY bonfire that attracted thousands of visitors every year is unlikely to return to Burnley in the near future. This year will mark the third consecutive year that the Burnley Community Bonfire has been absent from the town. It had been popular

  • Blackburn man tells of racist attack ordeal

    A MAN who was viciously beaten by racist thugs has appealed for help in catching the gang. The 28-year-old from Audley was racially abused, punched to the ground and kicked by around 10 to 12 white men in a violent assault. He instinctively put his

  • Runaway girl 'found living with Accrington man'

    A 17-year-old girl who repeatedly absconded from the care home where she was living was found at the Accrington home of a 39-year-old man. Blackburn magistrates heard that Anthony Callander was given a formal warning by police, telling him that any

  • Blackburn badminton league proves its tough at the top

    The current champions of the first division may have met their match in their quest to remain at the top. Westholme “A” were hard pressed when they were entertained by newly promoted Blackburn Seniors “A” when they travelled to the Norden Sports

  • Latterbarrow walk

    THE lovely fell, Latterbarrow, 803 feet high, lies between Windermere and Esthwaite Water. The foot of the fell is reached by a modest climb through much open ground, graced by scattered elegant larch. To reach the spectacular obelisk does involve

  • Heysham walk

    I never believe in long-term weather forecasts and 2009 did not prove hot enough to kill off old fogies like me. I did, however, almost boil over as I strolled around Heysham Head. The village is around three miles south of Morecambe. It can be reached

  • End of season winners at Lowerhouse Bowling Club

    AS the bowling season is nearly over, Lowerhouse bowling club held two competitions for members, the Derek Gawthorpe memorial shield and the John Nicholson trophy. The winners of the Derek Gawthorpe shield was Brian Smith/ Sandra Roberts and runners-up

  • Lowerhouse School pupils raise over £100 for Macmillan Trust

    Lowerhouse Junior School year 6 pupils organised a biscuit and bun sale in aid of the Macmillan Trust, raising a total of £109. This year’s pantomine visit is to The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in December. Parents are asked to return the

  • Men needed for Darwen singles club

    MORE men are needed to join a Darwen-based singles club. ClubClick has been set up by Cat Naughton, a supply teacher from the Sunnyhurst area. The 44-year-old mother-of-one says she takes no money from the club, and runs it beause she is interested

  • Clitheroe darts players raise £550 for fire-stricken pub

    DARTS players in Clitheroe who set up a disaster fund for the historic Swan and Royal hotel gutted by fire have raised £550. Terry and Carol Joy lost their business and home in Castle Street when a fire broke out as 170 people enjoyed a 30th birthday

  • VIDEO: Fall in East Lancashire job seekers

    THE NUMBER of people claiming job seekers' allowance across East Lancashire has dropped, new figures reveal. There were 15,284 claimants in September, down from 15,712 the previous month. All districts in the area reported a slight

  • Great Harwood illegal waste tyre operator pleads guilty

    THE operator of an illegal waste tyre site has been sentenced to 150 hours unpaid work. The Environment Agency visited the site in Brittania Street, Great Harwood in November last year, and found more than 3,000 tyres stored on open ground

  • Blackburn Hawks hit the heights to land memorable win

    BLACKBURN Hawks produced one of the most memorable displays in the club’s history as they thrashed Telford Titans 13-4 in the English Cup. Aaron Davies hit a hat-trick, while Sam Dunford and Rick Bentham both bagged braces, as the local ice-hockey aces

  • Meikle leads Lancashire Raptors romp

    LANCASHIRE Raptors returned to winning ways with a 6-0 win over the Grimsby Redwings. Roared on by the biggest and noisiest Arena crowd of the season, the home side took the lead on 15 seconds, Dan Etherington firing home from Chris Preston’s pass

  • Laura cooks up a way back to peak fitness

    INJURIES and set-backs have become second nature to Laura Finucane – but the Pendle middle-distance runner has vowed to ensure that they are the exception rather than the rule in 2010. For the past 24 months Finucane has spent more time on the treatment

  • Capello sticks by Manchester United defender

    FABIO Capello will experiment against Belarus in the final World Cup qualifier tonight, but Rio Ferdinand will start after holding talks with the England boss over his mistake in Ukraine. Ferdinand’s error four days ago in Dnipropetrovsk meant one

  • Hughes happy with Manchester City start

    Manchester City manager Mark Hughes believes his expensively-assembled team have passed their first test with a good start to the Barclays Premier League season. He said: “From our point of view I think we have answered each and every question. “We

  • Accrington hit by guerrilla poets

    GUERRILLA poetry hit Accrington this week as part of National Poetry Day. Described as a celebration of words, stories, thoughts and feelings, the event at the Arndale Centre was part of a new project called Get Into Reading East Lancashire

  • Worsthorne parish council audit complete

    The external auditor has written to the parish council to confirm that it has completed the audit of the 2008-9 accounts. The auditor has stated that the accounts are in order and that no matters that would give cause for concern have been identified

  • Golf Club raises over £1,000 for Pendleside Hospice

    A BURNLEY golf club has raised more than £1,000 for Pendleside Hospice through a range of events. Towneley Golf Club recently handed over a cheque for £1,077 to representatives of the hospice. The club chose Pendleside Hospice as its Charity of

  • Burnley embracing the task ahead

    IF Burnley are to re-enact the post-match huddle of four-and-a-half years ago, Mark Yates hopes it is as derby winners, not losers. Gallant yet devastated in defeat, then manager Steve Cotterill gathered his troops in a defiant show of unity

  • Hot air balloon cuts off power to 540 Chorley homes

    A Lancashire village was left without power after a hot air balloon severed power cables and damaged a pylon. More than 540 households and businesses were affected in Abbey Village at around 6pm on Saturday. The balloon, which had been taking passengers

  • Warning on rising problem of ID theft in Lancashire

    POLICE are warning people in Lancashire about the dangers of identity theft, with figures on the rise. As part of National ID Fraud Week, Lancashire Constabulary is urging residents to guard their personal and confidential information. Criminals can

  • New Lancashire police shifts shelved for talks

    PLANS to change police shifts have been delayed for further talks. Proposals to review Lancashire Constabulary’s officers’ rotas were put forward last month in a bid to increase frontline cover without affecting the force’s budget. The suggestions were

  • Three more Blackburn with Darwen council laptops stolen

    COUNCIL laptops have been stolen for the second time in four months. It has emerged that three portable computers were taken in a break-in at Blackburn with Darwen Council’s children’s services department, Ainsworth Street, on Thursday night. It is

  • Boy racers top irritant for Lancastrian motorists

    BOY racers and drivers who do not acknowledge acts of courtesy on the road are the main irritants for Lancashire motorists, a new poll has revealed. Road users are also annoyed by drivers who show off, those who listen to loud music with the windows

  • Nelson charity raising money for Sumatra earthquake victims

    A nelson based charity is making a plea for donations following the earthquakes in Indonesia. Over 1,000 people have died after two earthquakes struck Indonesia's West Sumatra Province that devastated the provincial capital, Padang, and the

  • Police warn of traffic delays on East Lancashire derby day

    MOTORISTS are being warned to expect heavy traffic ahead of the East Lancashire derby this weekend. Clarets fans will be travelling to the game on organised coaches as agreed by both football clubs and the police. It is anticipated that both before,

  • Why not play ice cream van chimes at a high frequency?

    THE sound of a popular classic like Greensleeves being played (or rather murdered!) in electronic tones at twice its normal speed means only one thing to most of the public. There is likely to be an ice cream van in the vicinity, usually slowly moving

  • Blackburn army man’s final farewell

    THE FOUNDER of the Blackburn branch of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regimental Association was laid to rest yesterday at a military funeral. Jim Eaves, who died on October 2, aged 89, had a Union Jack draped over his coffin along with a wreath, his army

  • Whalley schoolchildren take part in 'creepy' tree lesson

    Schoolchildren from Oakhill College enjoyed a spot of ‘tree beating’ during a recent biology lesson. The pupils relished the experiment and found many different insects during the outdoors experiment. It helped them learn about organisms, habitats


    Alan WALMSLEY On Tuesday, October 7, 2009, peacefully in hospital, Alan aged 79 years. Beloved husband of Joan and a dearly loved dad of Gary and Mark. Alan will be very sadly missed by all his family and many friends. Reposing in the Darwen Chapel of


    Robert COMBERBACH Suddenly, on Friday, October 9, 2009, at Royal Blackburn Hospital, and of Crosby Close, Darwen, Robert aged 56 years. The much cherished, loved and devoted husband of Margaret, special brother-in-law of Janet and Susan, dear uncle of

  • Blackburn and Ribble Valley MPs repay expenses

    JACK Straw has repaid £600 in expenses after an audit revealed two overpayments. The Blackburn MP’s 2004 allowances were ‘incorrectly added up’, according to Sir Thomas Legg, who is leading a review of the parliamentary expenses system. Mr Straw

  • Drivers face A666 delays in Darwen

    RESURFACING work on Darwen’s busiest road is under way. Vital work to the A666 between Darwen Circus and Wraith Street is due to be completed within three weeks. The task involves removing the existing surface layer of the road and replacing it with

  • 60s star Helen Shapiro to appear at Burnley church

    SIXTIES singing star Helen Shapiro will be returning to the spotlight to share her story with churchgoers in Burnley. The voice behind hits like Walking Back To Happiness and Don’t Treat Me Like A Child has accepted an invitation from Baptists in East

  • Red letter day at Accrington school

    A SCHOOL with historic links to Accrington Stanley has joined the fight to save the Reds. Peel Park Primary School’s playing fields are on the site of Accrington Stanley’s original ground. And yesterday the school staged a day of fundraising to help

  • Lucky day for Blackburn Rovers star in gold car

    BLACKBURN Rovers forward El-Hadji Diouf had some explaining to do when he parked his car in a loading bay. But he escaped a ticket because a traffic warden’s hand-held computer wasn’t working. The incident happened in Manchester city centre on

  • Blackburn Rovers and Burnley Premier League podcast week 9

    WE continue our build-up to the big derby clash with a special edition of the Lancashire Telegraph's Premier League podcast. Ex-Rover Kevin Gallacher and former Claret David Eyres join sports editor Paul Plunkett and reporter Andy Cryer to discuss

  • Appeal after assault at Darwen pub

    A MAN lost a tooth during an assault in a Darwen pub. Police are appeakig for information on the incident which happened at around 9pm on Tuesday, October 6. The 45-year-old man was about to leave Frankies Bar in Church Street when he was punched in

  • North south divide is improving, Prescott claims

    The gap between the north and the south of England in areas such as health, education and poverty has “improved” but still exists, former deputy prime minister John Prescott claimed today. Mr Prescott, Labour MP for Hull East and deputy prime

  • Accrington Stanley near end to winding-up threat

    ACCRINGTON Stanley could be set to announce in the next 48 hours that the threat of winding up proceedings on October 28 is over. Stanley were given until then to pay off an outstanding £308,000 tax bill but have now put a plan in place to secure sufficient

  • Jack shows way on repayments

    JUST when you thought it was over, the MPs’ expenses scandal has been reignited. Following a review by Sir Thomas Legg, hundreds of MPs have been asked to repay money. This has caused controversy among some MPs as it is being ‘backdated’ for a number

  • Light fingers

    Will the person who stole my garden light let me know when you will be back for the others. If you are so hard up and you knocked on my door, I would have given it to you. E REED, Turnpike Grove, Oswaldtwistle.

  • About-turn needed on cemeteries

    Further to the report regarding compensation paid to Mrs Eastham (LT, October 5), this lady is not the only grave owner to have suffered stress as a result of the Health and Safety Testing Process. There are other grave owners who could also have the

  • Nelson court closure confirmed

    JUSTICE Secretary Jack Straw has confirmed the closure of Nelson County Court after a 10-month wait. Proposals to axe the Phoenix Chambers courthouse, and relocate services to Burnley County Court were first announced last winter. The move would see

  • New £1.5million mosque opens in Burnley

    A £1.5million pound state-of-the-art mosque has opened in Burnley after ten years of fundraising. The Jamia Masjid Ghausia Mosque in Abel Street opening attracted more than 2,500 men from across the globe. The mosque, which has been

  • Yobs trash Blackburn's biggest allotment site

    YOBS have caused thousands of pounds of damage after trashing more than half the plots at Blackburn’s biggest allotment site. Sheds were torched, doors and polytunnels slashed and vegetables ripped out of the ground in the rampage at the site off St.

  • Man who fled Burnley after raping Blackburn teenager jailed

    A RAPIST fled the country after being caught sexually assaulting an 18-year-old girl at a house party in Burnley. Only when the young victim, from Blackburn, awoke after a drinking session at a home in the Stoneyholme district of Burnley, did she realise