• New plans for Colne Conservative Club

    A DISUSED club once described as a ‘blight’ on the community looks set to be reborn after developers cited an intention to re-open it. Town Hall officers confirmed that Colne Conservative Club was now in the hands of developers who intend to

  • Unity call by new Burnley council leader

    A UNITY call has been issued by the new leader of Burnley Council to help the borough negotiate hard times ahead. Coun Charlie Briggs has taken the helm at the town hall after Coun Gordon Birtwistle stepped down following his election as Burnley and

  • Burnley quintuplet wins university award

    QUINTUPLET Sarah Needham’s determination to help others has seen her scoop a top university award. Sarah, along with brothers and sisters Victoria, Craig, Cara and Philip, spent much of her teenage years carrying out household chores while

  • Burnley burglar who stole sick child's laptop jailed

    A SERIAL raider who stole irreplacable family photos of a seriously ill 10-year-old girl from her family home has been jailed for three and a half years. Images and video footage of Sophie Micklethwaite were on a laptop computer which Samuel

  • Blackburn death crash driver jailed for three years

    A WANTED death-driver chef at a Blackburn takeaway who was caught out because of ants in his dirty kitchen has been jailed for three years. Chinese immigrant Tian Bin Xue, 37, had been hiding away making fish and chips at Zen Zen Chinese takeaway

  • Blackburn man admits terror offences

    A BLACKBURN man who posed as the head of al Qaeda in Britain and called for the deaths of Gordon Brown and Tony Blair has pleaded guilty to a string of terrorist offences. Ishaq Kanmi, 23, of Cromwell Street, posted messages on a jihadi website

  • Ex-Blackburn Rovers coach appointed MK Dons manager

    FORMER Blackburn Rovers coach Karl Robinson has become the youngest manager in the Football League after the 29-year-old was named MK Dons boss. Robinson has been in day-to-day charge since ex-Rovers boss Paul Ince announced last month that

  • Burnley boosted by parachute payment deal

    BURNLEY have received a financial boost after Football League chairmen voted in favour of extending parachute payments to clubs relegated from the Premier League to £48million over four years. The new payments - which rise from £16million a

  • Accrington Stanley attendances on the up

    ACCRINGTON Stanley’s average gate rose by an impressive 40 per cent this season – finally moving them off the bottom of the Football League’s attendance list. Stanley, who play their final game of the campaign at Cheltenham this afternoon, have had the

  • Blackburn Rovers manager: We need a top striker

    SAM Allardyce fears failure to solve Blackburn Rovers’ firepower shortage this summer could result in more of a Premier League struggle next campaign. Having secured a top 10 finish, boss Allardyce has warned this season’s progress could

  • Accrington Stanley boss to fight ex-heavyweight world champ

    THE man who saved Accrington Stanley from a financial knockout is limbering up for another mammoth challenge – taking on a former world boxing heavyweight champ. Millionaire merchant banker Ilyas Khan hopes to outfox American Tim Witherspoon, who has

  • Blackburn Hawks presentation night

    Blackburn Hawks hold their presentation night next Saturday at the Arena. The event features the player of the year award. Tickets, costing £8 for adults and £5 for under 16, can be reserved at

  • Nelson firm goes into administration

    A COLLAPSED haulage firm was forced into administration after losing a bumper contract, its former boss has said. Nelson-based Macgregor Europe, which once turned over £5million a year, has been taken over by administrators after they were called in

  • Blackburn drug dealer jailed for three years

    A BLACKBURN drug dealer who fled his home after spotting police turning up at his address has been jailed for more than three years. After recovering drugs from Colin Hodkinson’s home, more was discovered when he was arrested at home nearly two months

  • Depression-hit mum setting up support in Accrington

    A SINGLE mother who has battled depression is to set up a charity to help support struggling families in Hyndburn. Elaine George, 40, said that her 12-year-old daughter Abbie had to look after her over the New Year period as she ‘suffered badly’ with

  • Rossendale veg scheme’s growing well

    A GROUP of Valley gardeners have lined up prime locations in Rossendale to plant communal fruit and vegetables. The Incredible Edible campaign has been stepped up as land in Bacup, Haslingden, Rawtenstall and Whitworth is now set to house local

  • Pitch in to help open Padiham greenway!

    YOUNG footballers in Padiham are set to pitch in and celebrate the launch of a new green route through the town. Soccer starlets from Padiham FC will don their dribbling boots on June 20 to mark the formation of the new greenway, along the route of the

  • Logical way to catch rail crooks

    AS railway cable theft happens at night, I am surprised that stop and search has not been employed. There can’t be that many medium and small vehicles driving around the back roads. If the control panels at Preston/Manchester are monitored, a circuit

  • Local Newspaper Week: Fighting for our readers

    TODAY marks the start of Local Newspaper Week. Every week millions of people read a local newspaper and your own voice, the Lancashire Telegraph is part of this nationwide family. Every day we pull out all the stops to deliver the news to your door

  • ‘Odd’ behaviour led to arrest in Whalley public toilets

    POLICE made an arrest in the public toilets in Whalley after respond-ing to a report of a man behaving in an “odd” manner. Blackburn magistrates hea-rd an officer found a message written in orange marker pen on a cubicle door inv-iting the reader to

  • Blackburn with Darwen two-tier system for cabs is axed

    COUNCIL bosses have agreed to relax age restrictions on black cabs after protests from drivers. Blackburn with Darwen council has scrapped its “two tier” system, which meant some Hackney Carriages had to be withdrawn despite older ones being allowed

  • Blackburn brewer backing charity walk

    Brewer Daniel Thwaites is sponsoring East Lancashire Hospice’s fundraising Starlight Walk next month. The sponsorship will see the Wainwright beer branding adorn the T-shirts of participants of the event, which is a 10 mile, ladies-only, fully marshalled

  • New bid to curb the danger dogs in East Lancs

    A CRACKDOWN on dangerous dogs is under way in East Lancashire after a rise in the number of menacing breeds. A voluntary group calling itself Responsible and Fun Dogs (RaF) has set up a project with to try and reduce the numbers of so-called status dogs

  • ‘Trouble’ at final Accrington Stanley match

    ACCRINGTON Stanley’s final match of the season away at Cheltenham was said to have been marred by crowd trouble. Witnesses said a 15-year-old boy was ejected from the Whaddon Road stadium during the first half of Saturday’s 1-1 draw after having his

  • Fears Calderstones may need to cut 220 jobs

    UNIONS fear more than 200 jobs could be lost at Calderstones NHS Trust as part of cost-cutting measures. The trust, which is based near Whalley, employs 1,587 people, provides specialist services to both in-patients and out-patients with learning

  • Pendle man ready to run up hospital funds

    A FATHER-of-two who beat cancer after ground-breaking treatment is gearing up for the Great Manchester Run. And the funds he raises will go towards the city hospital which treated him. Mark Blackburn, 49, of Foulridge, was first diag-nosed with lymphoma

  • Bouncers Needed

    Haslingden Library has "Baby Bounce & Rhyme" sessions on Friday mornings and "Storytimes for Toddlers and Pre-School Children" on Monday afternoons. Contact 01706 215690

  • Review: Doctor Who, BBC1

    Doctor Who is back and the 11th Time Lord, played by Matt Smith, has already made the role his own. I had thought that no-one could improve on what TV genius Russell T Davies had done with the much-loved sci-fi series. But razor-sharp dialogue,

  • Bacup Borough 2 Winsford United 2

    In the Premier Division, Lance Ogunyode scored twice but Bacup Borough had to settle for a 2-2 home draw with Winsford United. The big striker scored in the 30th and 52nd minutes before United drew level thanks to goals from McKay (77) and Bayle (83

  • Padiham 2 St Helens Town 4

    Padiham lost 4-2 to St Helens Town at the Arbories. Mark Darbyshire and Stuart Telfer scored for the Storks.

  • Bootle 0 Colne 0

    Colne, who play at Bacup on Tuesday night, maintained their unbeaten end to the season, drawing 0-0 at Bootle.

  • Accrington Stanley captain: It was a bit of a let-down

    ACCRINGTON Stanley captain Andy Procter admitted there was a sense of disappointment in the dressing room about the club’s final league position following Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Cheltenham Town. Stanley slipped below Burton and Bradford to

  • Aston Villa boss disappointed with Blackburn Rovers loss

    ASTON Villa manager Martin O'Neill admitted Blackburn Rovers were the better side in the second half after the Blues grabbed a 1-0 away win. "I thought we played some good stuff in the first half and was hoping that we would take it on in the second

  • Trek the Rossendale Way

    If you want to walk the 42-mile Rossendale Way then you could raise money for the Rossendale and Pendle Mountain Rescue Team. The trek around the fells and moorland of Rossendale is on Saturday, July 3rd. Contact Ken Crossley on 01706 877320 or 07810

  • £169k payout for Chorley man in asbestos claim

    A Chorley asbestos cancer sufferer whose first wife died from the same disease has received compensation from his former employers. Roland Lakin, 70, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July 2009. There is no cure for mesothelioma, a

  • Hub Now Houses Hospice

    Rossendale Hospice has moved into the new £12 million Health Centre on Bacup Road, Rawtenstall. The concern is still a charity and funded by donations despite now being housed in an NHS institution. The hospice was previously at Rossendale General Hospital

  • Man hurt in ‘gas blast’ at Blackburn cafe

    A MAN was taken to hospital suffering from flash burns after an explosion in Blackburn town centre sent glass from windows flying into the street. Two fire crews from Blackburn were sent to the incident at Darwen Street cafe Bar B Base, near the junction

  • Lancashire League Saturday: Burnley win at Accrington

    Accrington slumped to another defeat this time at the hands of in-form Burnley at Thorneyholme Road. Strengthened by the inclusion of Derbyshire’s Jonathan Clare as he recovers from a shoulder injury, the visitors made 230-8. Clare made 70 and

  • Brave Blackburn grandma to complete 10k run in wheelchair

    A BRAVE grandmother who is fighting bone cancer is set to complete a mammoth fundraising event despite her frail condition. Mavis Pye, 70, is so fragile that last month she broke her arm trying to open a jar of jam. But the determined

  • Ramsbottom Goes To War

    The 1940s "War Weekend" returns to Ramsbottom from Saturday, 29th May to Monday, May 31st. The event organised by the East Lancashire Railway will have a whole range of events including a Tea Dance, Parisian Style Street Cafe, parades, pipe bands and

  • Burnley miss out on place in Europe

    BURNLEY'S European dream is over after England today lost their right to a fair play place for next season. The Clarets had been in with a good chance of a place in the Europa League after being well-placed in the Premier League's fair play

  • Blackburn nurse clear of 'sexual contact with two pensioners'

    A CARE home nurse accused of having sexual contact with two pensioners has been cleared by his regulating body. Matthew Tomlinson was an 18-year-old carer when nurse Lynne Cooper claimed she found him lying on top of 'resident A' with his pants down

  • Darwen pair secure places at prestigious art school

    TWO talented students from East Lancashire have bypassed an extra year’s study to secure places at internationally-acclaimed art schools after they impressed interviewers. Katherine Midgley, 18, and Adam Fenton, 18, both from Darwen, were told they did

  • Tories-Lib Dems deal is favoured in East Lancs

    EAST LANCASHIRE’S Liberal Democrats and Conservatives have spoken out in favour of a proposed deal between their parties after the country was left with a hung Parliament. The Tories and Lib Dems spent yesterday in talks following a frantic weekend of

  • Lancashire League Saturday: Church cruise past Nelson

    Church are in good nick and Craig Fergusson made a maiden century as his side were too good for Nelson at West End. Fergusson made 100 from 142 balls as Nelson were forced to play minus a pro after new signing Burton de Wett was delayed. Church paid

  • Lancashire League Saturday: Rishton pro skittles Colne

    Rishton professional Andrea Agathagelou claimed a hat-trick in his figures of 6-31 as his side won for the first time this season at Colne. Colne raced to 50 inside five overs with sub pro Agha Sabir Ali hitting a blistering 76 but Colne slipped from

  • Lancashire League Saturday: Ramsbottom blast past Todmorden

    Ramsbottom hit the Todmorden attack for 255-6 at Acre Bottom with Alex Bell hitting an unbeaten 106. Andy Caunce made 39 and skipper Jon Fielding 37 in the massive score. Fielding then claimed 4-58 as Todmorden were restricted to 191-9. Ramsbottom

  • Blackburn widow and son’s tribute to husband

    A YOUNG widow and her two-year-old son took part in a colourful tribute to her late husband in Blackburn. Bilal Lorgat died of cancer, aged 28, last year and his friends and family, including wife Yasmine, 27, and son Ray, two, completed a

  • Ramsbottom Cup round-up

    BIG hitters Padiham are claiming a place in the record books after a run feast in their win over 2001 winners Great Harwood. Padiham’s total of 382-5 from 48 overs is believed to be the highest score in the history of the competition. And the aggregate

  • Blackburn Canon is moving to London

    CANON Chris Chivers is to leave Blackburn Cathedral after being named as the next vicar of a church in London. The 42-year-old, who has spent the past five years as Canon Chancellor at Blackburn Cathedral, will take up his new duties at John Keble Church

  • Ramsbottom Cup: What a way to Joe for Cherry Tree stars

    UPBEAT Cherry Tree maintained their fine start to the season as they marched into the second round of the Ramsbottom Cup as impressive amateur performances helped them to a big first round win over Clitheroe. The first round draw pitted the two in-form

  • Beautiful birds need protection

    AT 5 ft from tip of bill to the end of the tail, the mute swan is our largest bird. This is the time of the year to watch the breeding behaviour of this proud and graceful species. Because they are so conspicuous, mute swans have been the subject of

  • Spurs boss praises 'excellent' Burnley

    TOTTENHAM Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp with his side's second half display but praised Burnley for their comeback in the 4-2 win. Redknapp said: "I'm bitterly disappointed. At 2-0 it wasn't even a game and you couldn't see any way we wouldn't go

  • Blackburn cancer survivor’s 10k ‘thanks’ run

    A ROSSENDALE cancer survivor will be saying a big thank-you to the borough’s hospice by running the Lancashire Pennine 10K. Mother-of-two Bernadette Gisbourne was diagnosed with breast cancer last year despite a history of good health and no trace of

  • Hanley gives Blackburn Rover manager food for thought

    Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce hailed Grant Hanley’s display in the heart of the defence as ‘one of our man of the matches’ and knows the importance of the cub’s young guns for the future. Allardyce bravely opted to hand Hanley and Amine

  • Weather or not to trust the forecasts!

    When people throw their arms in the air and scream at the TV, football – or another sporting activity – is usually behind it. With me, it’s the weather forecast. I don’t usually pay it much attention, but at this time of year, with two parties within

  • Lancashire wilt as Sussex shine on

    LANCASHIRE went down to another defeat in the CB40 as they fell short at Hove in their game with Sussex. The Red Rose, who had target the competition as one of their silverware aims this season, were put onto the back foot when the home side batted first

  • Darwen lose on last ball against Morecambe

    There was heartache for Darwen as they lost in a dramatic last ball finish against Morecambe at Birch Hall. Kamran Anwar was brilliantly caught by Chris Williams at backward square leg off Richard Cupit to leave Tommy Clough’s men winners by

  • Burnley boss praises stirring fightback

    BRIAN Laws praised his side's superb comeback in the 4-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur - but bemoaned the fact they had to battle back from two down. Gareth Bale and a Luka Modric rocket handed Spurs a 2-0 lead. Wade Elliott pulled a goal

  • Chorley chopped by derby rivals Leyland

    CHORLEY’S hopes of sinking early leaders and derby rivals Leyland were sunk in the Saturday sun as they lost a thriller at Fox Lane. Leyland Brett Pelser was the hero as he hit an unbeaten 85, rescuing his side from 70-6 as they chased 146.

  • Blackburn Rovers blog: Sam has silenced his critics

    HARRY Redknapp and Roy Hodgson will rightly get most of the Premier League managerial plaudits this season but Sam Allardyce can't be far behind them in terms of achievement. Just a few months ago some were claiming Rovers' boss 'Big Sam' was

  • Green Burnley company in major link-up

    A ‘GREEN’ energy company has secured new investment as it bids to boost turnover five-fold in the next three years. Bosses at Ensign Energy Ltd have signed a joint venture deal with Welsh firm West Coast Energy Limited, one of the UK’s leading

  • Rare Gawthorpe Hall chandelier set to return

    A RARE chandelier is to be returned to its rightful hanging place at Gawthorpe Hall after being sent to Venice for vital repairs. Made up of pink and pale blue flowers and stems from Murano glass, a very distinctive style of glass found in Venice, it

  • The wrong way to park a car

    Whilst I don’t want to upset the majority of disabled badge holders who park legally, I find it hard to see why a holder needs to park part on the pavement, part on double yellow lines and, for good measure, part on zig-zag lines at a pedestrian crossing

  • Park dogs: bowing to a minority

    I AM dumbfounded at Burnley Council’s decision to even contemplate reviewing the dog ban in Thompson and Queen’s Park (LT, May 5). Once again we appear to be re-inventing the wheel for the benefit of a minority, ie dog walkers, or more correctly dog

  • Shameful scene at ‘stop’ lights

    AT noon on Friday April 30, I stopped in my car at the traffic lights on Revidge at Four Lanes End, because they were on red. On my right was a man, followed by a young girl, both on bicycles. He edged his way into the middle of the junction and when

  • Hunters – yobs on horseback

    WITH regards to the possible reintroudction of bloodsports, may I make one point about the people who not only take part but also those who support these pastimes. Is it not true that studies have proved that serial killers, paedophiles and such-like

  • It’s our job to keep kids safe

    THE news of a massive increase in the number of children on the 'at risk' register in Lancashire is alarming. More than 800 children in the area are now subject to child protection plans or have suffered 'significant' harm or abuse. The total is up

  • Burnley fans turn on Brian Laws

    BURNLEY bowed out of the Premier League with their eighth win of the season – but it might not be enough to save Brian Laws’ job. Fans’ used the last game of the 2009/10 campaign to voice their discontent about having the former Sheffield Wednesday

  • New beat manager in Rosehill

    A POLICE officer has vowed to tackle drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour after being stationed in a rundown area of Burnley. Community beat manager PC Louise Blackey will patrol the Rosehill with Burnley Wood ward with PCSO Bill Ogden

  • Burnley cocaine dealer jailed for three years

    A COCAINE dealer caught in the act of preparing drugs for sale in Burnley will be behind bars for three years. When police raided a flat in Colne Road, Burnley, in January, they said they found Jonathon Smith, 23, in the process of preparing the Class

  • 826 Lancashire children on 'at risk' register

    THE recession and the Baby P case prompted a massive increase in the number of children on the ‘at risk’ register in Lancashire, it was revealed today. More than 800 children in the area are now subject to child protection plans or have suffered

  • Win Family Tickets for Superslam Wrestling Thrills

    Britain’s longest-established matchmakers All Star are celebrating 40 years in wrestling during 2010. We have teamed up with All Star to promote this great competition to our readers. Enter now for your chance to win one of six VIP family tickets

  • Win a copy of Autumn on DVD

    ”Silence Is Your Saviour" As the last autumn leaves peel away from the trees, a mysterious airborne virus ravages the planet and within a few hours, billions die. Victims suffer horrific deaths as their internal organs liquefy and whole

  • Win Tickets to See Jethro in Carlisle, Cumbria

    Jethro, The Sands Centre, Carlisle, May 23, 7.30pm Cornish comedian Jethro returns to Carlisle for another evening of laugh out loud comedy. Newsquest Northwest has joined forces with The Sands Centre to promote this competition. Our lucky

  • The Rumour Mill - May 10

    NORWICH and Barnsley are in a race to sign Southampton's former Burnley defender Wayne Thomas. WOLVES want to sign Shrewsbury's 17-year-old striker Tom Bradshaw. Birmingham are also monitoring the player. ALAN Pardew says he fears being sacked by

  • Allardyce hails Blackburn Rovers team spirit

    SAM Allardyce has hailed the growth of a ‘rare’ Ewood Park spirit – after admitting he is close to reproducing the team unity created during his Bolton glory days. Richard Dunne's 86th minute own goal gave Blackburn Rovers a 1-0 win at Aston

  • Barnoldswick Town 4 Ashton Town 3

    Barnoldswick Town ended their promotion-winning season on a high after beating Ashton Town 4-3. Paul Barrett got the ball rolling with a 22nd minute penalty then Joe Skelmerdine made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute before Spencer Jordan netted on the stroke

  • £800K boost for relegated Burnley

    BURNLEY’S coffers were boosted by £800,000 after yesterday’s 4-2 win over Spurs pushed them above Hull City in the bottom three. The Clarets will already be going down strong thanks to parachute payments, up to the value of £48million, which