• FULL-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 2 Wigan Athletic 1

    Blackburn gave themselves breathing space above the Premier League drop zone in a match where defensive errors accounted for all three goals. Nikola Kalinic had scored twice in Rovers’ semi-final second-leg showdown at Aston Villa last Thursday

  • HALF-TIME: Blackburn Rovers 1 Wigan Athletic 0

    Morten Gamst Pedersen scored his third goal in six matches to give Blackburn the half-time edge in their Lancashire derby with Wigan at Ewood Park. A mistake from on-loan goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic allowed the Norwegian to thunder home a

  • Britain's first mobile gym set for Blackburn and Darwen

    A DOUBLE-decker bus has been fitted with exercise equipment to create Britain’s first ‘mobile gym’. Residents will no longer have to walk to the gym because the state-of-the-art kit will be driven around Blackburn and Darwen on demand, complete with

  • Drug addict admits raid on home of woman, 85

    A DRUG addicted burglar threatened an 85-year-old woman with a hammer, before fleeing with the pensioner lying on the floor with a broken hip. Jason Francis Erskine, 40, of Exeter Street, in the Infirmary area of Blackburn, appeared at Preston

  • Haslingden headteacher calls for pedestrian crossing

    THE headteacher of a Rossendale primary school has been supported by his MP in a bid to slow down a “dangerous” road. Paul Stanley is urging Lancashire County Council to put children’s safety first by installing a pedestrian crossing near the Woolpack

  • Trendy Whitworth

    Models are needed for a fashion show in Whitworth on the 10th of February. Fashion from the 1920s to the 1980s will be contrasted to possible future trends. All proceeds to the Whitworth Charity Fund. Contact Amy Gibbons on 07731 167 449.

  • Blackburn toilet roll firm could leave town

    BOSSES at a growing Blackburn firm are looking to expand – but said they could quit the town in the process. Managers at Accrol Papers are in talks with Blackburn with Darwen Council about taking over land next to their factory on the Roman

  • Concerns raised over Ribble Valley pothole repairs

    CONCERNS have been raised in the Ribble Valley over pothole repairs following the big freeze. In Henthorn Road and Edisford Road, Clitheroe, and the main roundabout in Langho, councillors said repaired sections had ‘disintegrated’. Speaking at the

  • Darwen bar ban scheme stems violent crime

    TOUGH bans for trouble-makers have helped bring a massive reduction in violent crime in Darwen town centre, according to pubs and the police. Figures show that the number of violent incidents in town centre pubs and clubs are down 73 per cent

  • Recession hangover lingers on for East Lancashire

    TRADERS in East Lancashire are pessimistic about 2010 despite Britain pulling out of recession. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) announced earlier this week that the country’s economy grew by 0.1 per cent in the last quarter of 2008

  • Burnley bolster defence with Cort signing

    BURNLEY have made their second signing of the day by bringing in Stoke centre back Leon Cort for a fee of £1.5m. The 30-year-old, who is the younger brother of former Wimbledon striker Carl Cort, has signed three-and-a-half-year deal at Turf

  • Darwen Brownie leader steps down after 37 years

    A BROWNIE leader who has taught generations of children has hung up her uniform. Lilian Nicholson, from Darwen’s Whitehall area, has been a Brown Owl at units across the town for 37 years, but at the age of 65, has been forced to retire. To celebrate

  • Ex-Olympic star Steve Cram set for East Lancashire's 10k race

    ONE OF Britain’s greatest runners is hoping to take part in the area’s first 10k run this summer. Steve Cram, a former world record holder over 1,500m, 2,000m and a mile, was laun-ching the Pennine Lancashire 10k, which takes place in Blackburn on

  • Accrington Ju Jitsu students celebrate 100% black belt passes

    Ju Jitsu students are celebrating a 100 per cent pass rate at recent black belt exams. In total 17 seniors and five juniors took black belt gradings at the Masters of Martial Arts Academy, Oxford Street, Accrington. Senior instructor Janice Angotti

  • Blackburn Hawks 6 Whitley Warriors 5

    Blackburn Hawks snatched a last-gasp goal as they defeated Whitley Warriors in an exhilarating match at the Arena. Rick Bentham secured a fantastic 6-5 win for the home side with a strike deep into the final period as Hawks finally put an end their

  • Dunn pleased with new Blackburn Rovers contract

    DAVID Dunn has revealed he turned down interest from elsewhere to sign a new two-and-a-half-year-deal with Blackburn Rovers. While Benni McCarthy was making it clear that he would rather be anywhere but Ewood Park, Dunn was penning a new contract

  • 515 young people 'long-term unemployed' in East Lancashire

    NEW figures have shown that there are 515 people in East Lancashire under 24 who are 'long-term unemployed'. The stats show that there are hundreds of youngsters in the area who have been out of work for six months or more. A new move to halt the high

  • East Lancashire business leaders issue recession warning

    EAST Lancashire business experts were downbeat yesterday – despite Britain officially pulling out of recession. The economy grew by 0.1 per cent in the final quarter of last year, meaning the downturn is over, according to the Office of National Statistics

  • Rossendale rugby club feeling in the pink

    A RUGBY team is thinking pink for the new season. Members of Rossendale Rugby Club are sporting a new away kit featuring pink and blue stags. It follows the example set by Stade Francais, who also wear a pink strip. The shirts were shelved when they

  • Thefts at graves not uncommon

    I can understand relatives reacting with anger at whoever is in charge at Blackburn with Darwen Council for the Pleasington Cemetery incidents (LT, January 21). There is no way these events are ‘isolated’ or ‘rare’. I have seen suspicious activity

  • Councillor was hero of backlog

    I’M writing this to thank all bin men, back wagon men and especially Councillor Roy Davies for all their hard work and perseverance in clearing the backlog of rubbish in the Sudellside/Olive Lane areas of Darwen. I watched on the Wednesday and saw Roy

  • Cuts will hurt dedicated staff

    IT is a worrying time for the public sector. Police, fire, and health trusts in East Lancashire have already revealed they are facing massive cuts, after being asked to make savings by the Government. NHS East Lancashire is the latest to announce how

  • Harman decision left me fuming!

    I read with disgust about MP Harriet Harman going to court for careless driving and only getting a £350 fine and three penalty points, but not a driving ban. She also faced another charge of driving while using a mobile phone. But because she pleaded

  • Burnley snap up Weaver

    BURNLEY have today signed former Manchester City goalkeeper Nicky Weaver on a deal until the end of the season. The 30-year-old left Scottish Premier League side Dundee United at the start of the month and will compete with Brian Jensen, Diego

  • Two East Lancashire arrests in cross-county drug raids

    EIGHT people have been arrested following drugs raids yesterday as part of a major investigation into drugs supply across East Lancashire and Yorkshire. Properties in East Street, Hapton, Walsmley Street, Rishton and Emerald Street, Blackburn

  • Jack Straw ‘had rejected Iraq legal advice’

    Jack Straw’s decision to disregard advice from his top legal experts that war in Iraq would breach international law was yesterday branded “intolerable” by one of his predecessors as Foreign Secretary, Sir Malcolm Rifkind. The inquiry into the conflict

  • East Lancashire has 175 fewer businesses

    EAST Lancashire has 175 fewer businesses following a recession-hit 2009, new figures reveal. The statistics, compiled by Lancashire County Council from the Office of National Statisticsreveal that the difference between the number of VAT-registered enterprises

  • Police appeal after Burnley street robbery

    AN appeal has been made for the return of a camera which was robbed from a 15-year-old boy in Burnley. Images stored on the silver Casio camera include pictures of the victim’s sick grandmother and pictures of a family Christening. Detectives said the

  • Shopkeepers have got to be open to change

    THERE’S something peculiarly quaint and nostalgic about the idea of towns having half-day closing for shops. Years ago when touring on camping holidays I can remember how essential it was to check if shops closed on a Wednesday, Thursday or even Tuesday

  • Probe into Darwen car blaze

    Police are investigating a suspected arson attack following a car fire on Monday night. Five firefighters tackled the blaze in the cab of a Ford Transit van parked in Ellison Fold Terrace, Darwen in Sudell, at 6.40pm. A spokesperson for Lancashire

  • Rat infestations drop in Blackburn and Darwen

    THE number of rat infestations in Blackburn and Darwen has dropped after council bosses put poison into manholes. Two years ago the Lancashire Telegraph revealed a 400 per cent increase of complaints about rats during the past decade, with residents

  • Lancashire health chief calls for ban on trans fats

    DIRECTORS of public health in Lancashire have called for the use of trans fats in food to be stopped. Trans fats or trans fatty acids are found in many cakes, biscuits, pies and chips but have no known nutritional value. Maggi Morris, lead director

  • Blackburn Rovers complete Basturk signing

    BLACKBURN Rovers have completed the signing of Turkish international midfielder Yildiray Basturk from German club Stuttgart. The 31-year-old was at Rovers' Brockhall training ground yesterday and has now cut all ties with Stuttgart to join

  • Jail for Blackburn man who attacked then burgled Polish victim

    A MAN who attacked and then burgled a Polish national has been jailed for more than three years. Richard Hawley, 24, from Ouseburn Road, Blackburn, was sentenced yesterday at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to burglary and affray. The court

  • Oswaldtwistle man charged over fatal Blackburn hotel fire

    AN OSWALDTWISTLE man is being prosecuted over a fire in a Blackburn hotel in which a man died. Sajed Ahmed Hussain faces four charges brought by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service over the blaze at the Devonshire Hotel, Bridge Street, Blackburn

  • Prove to Benni we won't miss him, urges Blackburn Rovers boss

    SAM Allardyce has challenged his Blackburn Rovers players to show Benni McCarthy they won’t miss him – as he steps up his hunt to bring in “better players” to Ewood Park. Rovers entertain Wigan Athletic tonight in a crucial Premier League

  • Hunt on for Nelson bag snatcher

    A 63-YEAR-OLD woman has been left traumatised after having her handbag snatched. Police said the woman was walking along Netherfield Road, near Newfield Drive, Nelson, when the incident happened. A man approached her from behind and snatched her dark

  • Burnley FC blog: Shameless Coyle showed no tact

    OWEN Coyle claims he maintained a 'dignified silence' in the days after ditching Burnley for Bolton Wanderers. How very noble. It's a shame the Scot couldn't have matched that with tact at the Reebok Stadium. Having just sent

  • Insurance firm to sponsor Burnley superbike star

    PRIVATE medical insurance consultants Chase Templeton has announced it is sponsoring superbike legend Neil Hodgson is this year’s championships. Burnley-born Hodgson spent four years in American Superbikes but will this year return to the British superbike

  • Football transfer rumour mill - January 27

    * Arsenal teenager Jack Wilshere's loan move to Bolton is back on, despite Owen Coyle falling out with Arsene Wenger after the two clubs met each other in a fiery match last week. Wilshere was previously a Burnley target during Coyle’s time in

  • Preston North End target Accrington Stanley striker

    ACCRINGTON Stanley striker Michael Symes has emerged as a target for Preston – and new Deepdale boss Darren Ferguson could make a bid for the 26-year-old this week. Ferguson has a limited amount a money to spend before the transfer window

  • Burnley fans let rip at Coyle

    CLARETS fans last night left Owen Coyle in no doubt what they thought about his defection to Bolton. The 5,000 travelling army barracked the manager throughout last night’s match which Bolton won 1-0, with chants of ‘Judas’ and derogatory references

  • Nelsen: Blackburn Rovers will bounce back tonight

    BLACKBURN skipper Ryan Nelsen is confident his side can bounce back from last week’s Carling Cup semi final exit with a victory at home to Wigan tonight. The New Zealander broke his Rovers goal duck in the home win over Wigan late last season

  • Blackburn Rovers boss aiming for big push up league

    A VICTORY over Wigan Athletic tonight could take Blackburn Rovers into the top half of the Premier League - leaving all talk of crisis and panic a thing of the past at Ewood. “We have had controversy thrown at us,” said Sam Allardyce.

  • Burnley director in £250m legal fight

    CLARETS director Brendan Flood has filed a £250 million claim against an Irish bank following the collapse of part of his property empire. Mr Flood, along with former business partner Mike Riddell, have lodged the writ at the High Court in London after

  • Burnley suffer triple injury blow in Bolton defeat

    BURNLEY's attempt to win their first away game of the season last night was compounded by injuries to Chris McCann and Graham Alexander early in the first half. Manager Brian Laws revealed McCann had twisted his knee and Alexander could be out for

  • Burnley set to make three new signings

    BRIAN Laws is planning to add three new players to his squad today, in the hope of saving Burnley’s season. The Clarets dropped into the bottom three last night following a 1-0 defeat to rivals Bolton Wanderers. But Laws is now poised

  • Judas? Burnley fans should call me Moses, says Coyle

    OWEN Coyle pushed Burnley into the Premier League relegation zone as his new club Bolton claimed a 1-0 win over the Clarets last night - and the Scot then hit back at the Burnley fans who shouted ‘Judas’ throughout the game. Lee Chung-Yong’s first half

  • Terms & Conditions for the New Year New You competition

    Pontins: All places are subject to availability at time of booking. Prize is for a one bedroom Classic apartment, for up to two persons (adult only) to be taken on March 19, 2010. Open to UK residents aged 18 or over, except employees of Ocean Parcs

  • Lancashire school kitchen helper’s child sex shame

    A KITCHEN helper has admitted sexual activity with a vulnerable child at a Lancashire special school. Kerry Louise Ramsden, 23, was on a 10-week temporary contract at the school when she met the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons. She admitted

  • Rossendale Council: Tell us where to spend

    RESIDENTS, businesses and community groups in Rossendale are being given their say on the council's spending priorities from April. Rossendale Council has launched a consultation on its spending options before the budget is set. The