• Seven taken to hospital after Blackburn crash

    SEVEN people were taken to hospital after a crash in Blackburn town centre tonight. A Suzuki Swift, carrying a woman and a child, and a silver Honda Accord, carrying two adults and three children, crashed at around 7.30pm at the Penny Street and Barbara

  • Darwen teenager makes top dance school

    A TEENAGER from Darwen has been chosen to train at one of the country’s top dance schools. Fifteen-year-old Sophie Charnock, of Cranberry Lane, will study with professional teachers and choreographers at The Lowry’s Centre for Advanced Training

  • Blackburn Rovers striker Kalinic hits brace for Croatia

    BLACKBURN Rovers striker Nikola Kalinic scored twice for Croatia this evening in their 4-2 win over the Czech Republic. Kalinic added to Eduardo's early opener with a header to put his 2-0 up. The Czech's fought back to level through

  • Lowerhouse Cricket Club hit for six by repair bill

    A CRICKET club faces a hefty bill to repair a 150-year-old wall that has come crashing down. The stone wall at Lowerhouse Cricket Club, Burnley, fell down during the recent cold snap and is still to be rebuilt. Bosses at the club said the frost had

  • Rawtenstall family's escape from fire

    A FAMILY has spoken about their "lucky escape" after fleeing their terraced home when a blaze was sparked by a faulty tumble dryer. Mum-of-four Michelle Johannsen, 46, had left the appliance on to dry her last load of washing whilst the family

  • Blackburn garage boss handled stolen 4x4 parts

    THE owner of a 4x4 parts company has admitted handling stolen goods. Lee Hall, 35, pleaded guilty to receiving four stolen Land Rovers at his North West 4x4 Ltd repair and service company in St Ives Road, Blackburn. In December 2009,

  • New Accrington hospital breast cancer bombshell

    A DAMNING report has laid bare the ‘unforgivable’ blunders by a leading consultant radiologist who failed to spot breast cancer in scores of East Lancashire women. The independent inquiry found the number of patients affected was far higher

  • Rossendale man threatened to do 'Hungerford all over again'

    A MEDICAL centre was shut down the day after last June's shootings in Cumbria when a troubled patient claimed to be armed with a gun, a court heard. Daniel Laws, 44, a hard-up alcoholic with mental health problems, was believed to have made

  • Racist Accrington flasher jailed

    A DRUNKEN and racist flasher who struck as children played in an Accrington street has been jailed for 26 months. Daniel Ainsworth, 29, had insulted a group of Asian youngsters, made a lewd suggestion to a young woman and incited his dogs to

  • Burnley polling agent due in court over election fraud

    A POLLING agent is set to appear before magistrates accused of conspiracy to defraud Burnley’s returning officer. Asif Manzur, 35, has been charged in relation to the May 2010 borough elections for Burnley’s Daneshouse and Stoneyholme ward and will

  • New market was all so modern

    THERE seem to be a lot of letters in your columns about the demise of Blackburn, and in particular the market. I can remember going there in the mid-1960s when it first opened. Everything was so modern – under one roof – and the stalls sold everything

  • Ingrained system is to blame

    Here we go again, bashing the bankers for their bonuses. I was under the impression, living in a Capitalist system with a zero sum model (winners and losers), that making money was the prime motivator driving successful businesses. More

  • Multi-culturism has been failure

    David Cameron’s speech on multi-culturalism in Munich was quite correct. Multi-culturalism has failed and the tragedy of this was that governments over the last 50 years were naive in the extreme not to have known this. Mr Salim Mulla, Chair of

  • Sport blog: No youth issues for Blackburn Rovers and Burnley

    THE stories are heart-warming and significant for East Lancashire. Among the England under 21 squad for yesterday’s friendly in Italy were Blackburn Rovers’ Frank Fielding and Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez. Phil Jones would have been there too

  • Sentence sends right message

    AN URGENT call for help went in to police. Serious concerns were reported over the welfare of a woman. She was feared to be suicidal and needed help. Unfortunately, Police Constable Michael Fletcher was sent to her home. Instead of assistance

  • 200 workers being recruited at Camelot Theme Park

    A LANCASHIRE theme park is recruiting more than 200 staff to work in a uniquely historic environment - the realm of King Arthur. Camelot Theme Park, near Chorley, has begun a search for seasonal staff to work in a variety of roles when the

  • Burnley business raise £3,700 for kids

    STAFF at uPVC window supplier VEKA raised £3,700 for the NSPCC. HR manager Gabriela Hammond said: “We are delighted with the way everyone here at VEKA stepped up to the challenge when it came to fundraising.” VEKA is based in Farrington Road, Burnley

  • Orange bricks in Stacksteads are defended

    COUNCIL bosses have defended installing bright orange bricks behind sandstone-built homes in Stacksteads as part of a regeneration project. New rear walls are being built at a number of David Street, Farholme Lane and Holme Street as part of a Regenerate

  • Nelson company celebrates

    A NELSON communications company will celebrate the successes of its learners during National Apprenticeship Week this week. Daisy Group has seen 100 staff achieve NVQ qualifications relevant to their field in just one year, with the help of local training

  • Changing views of Earby man's 33-year career

    THE manager of an electrical retailer is celebrating 33 years with the family-run firm. As soon as Iain Heald left West Craven High School in 1978, he went to work for Harry Garlick on the shop floor at the firm’s Burnley branch. The 52-year-old

  • England ban for suspected Burnley hooligans

    TWO suspected football hooligans from Burnley have been barred from attending England’s match in Denmark tonight. The two men, aged 19 and 25, were ordered to hand over their passports to police, who will keep them until tomorrow. Police believe

  • Padiham in for a double

    PADIHAM have completed an award double after a tremendous January. Boss Craig Chadwick has been named the Vodkat League Premier Division manager of the month. And centre back Keiran Fletcher has been named as player of the month.

  • Brent’s delight at Bacup Borough talent

    BACUP BOROUGH boss Brent Peters is growing frustrated at the stop-start nature of the season – especially after another postponement left them kicking their heels again. Bacup were outstanding in thumping Squires Gate last week only for Saturday’s game

  • Motorway mayhem can’t stop Blackburn Hawks

    Blackburn Hawks got their play-off push back on track with an impressive 6-4 win away to Nottingham Lions. And the victory was made all the more remarkable given the fact that the locals suffered a delayed journey to the East Midlands and arrived at

  • Rising Chorley squash star Massaro goes for British title

    CHORLEY squash star Laura Massaro says she can cope with the extra pressure ahead of the British Championships after beating world number one Nicol David in America last week. The 27-year-old stunned the Malaysian squash star to win the Cleveland

  • Blackburn Youth Zone work forges ahead

    WORK is pressing ahead to build Blackburn’s new £8million Youth Zone, despite the announcement of huge cuts. Demolition work is due to be completed at the former Jubilee House site later this month, and foundation work is to start in March. New

  • Padiham path still dark 18 months on

    A ROW has broken out over street lights along Padiham Greenway which have not been turned on since being installed 18 months ago. The £1.5million Greenway runs from Rosegrove to Memorial Park along the disused railway line and was created by Lancashire

  • Blackburn Rovers boo boys out of order

    I was appalled by the vocal minority among the Rovers support at the Spurs game and their treatment of Keith Andrews. In 23 years watching, this is the worst I have seen a player treated. To boo one of your own is pathetic at the best of times, but

  • Four more get freedom of Hyndburn.

    FOUR new people are to be given the freedom of Hyndburn. A total of eight new people have now been awarded the top honour after a public appeal for nominees. West Accrington residents’ champion Joan Pilkington; founder member of Accrington Stanley

  • Darwen-based charity boss loses car licence

    A CHARITY boss banned for speeding has lost a fight to keep his driving licence. Andrew Redmond, 48, who set up the Debt Advice Foundation, had earlier been disqualified for six months, under the totting up procedure, after clocking up 36mph in a 30mph

  • Tax precept frozen as Lancashire Police finds £14m savings

    POLICE chiefs in Lancashire have managed to find £14million of savings needed for the next year. Lancashire Constabulary’s budget of £288million for 2011/12 was approved at the full Lancashire Police Authority meeting today and members were

  • Nelson woman slashed partner with glass

    A DRUNKEN woman slashed her partner with a piece of glass from a broken mirror and inflicted a deep wound. Burnley Crown Court heard how Rachel Tovey, 38, left Bernard Tennant with a gash on his arm, with partially-severed tendons visible. He had smashed

  • Blackburn Rovers owners thank young fan for support

    THE owners of Blackburn Rovers have made one young fan’s day — after ringing him to thank him for his support. Nine-year-old Tyler Cole waited outside Ewood Park in the rain last week ahead of the Tottenham Hotspur match to get an autograph

  • Blackburn Rovers start chairman process

    BLACKBURN Rovers have started the search for a new chairman as they look for someone with the necessary ‘experience’ to help take the club forward. Former chief John Williams ended his 13-year tenure at Ewood a week ago with Venky’s now looking

  • Darwen man's sex case accused on extra charges

    A DARWEN man accused of trying to arrange for a Serbian girl to be brought to England for sex is facing further charges. Darren Lee Cook, 25, formerly of Birch Hall Avenue, but now living in Saxon Close, Oswaldtwistle, initially appeared before Blackburn

  • Barnoldswick mum's on the run in memory of daughter

    THIS weekend marks the first anniversary of when 16-year-old Chloe Oldfield tragically lost her three-year battle with a rare form of liver cancer. The Barnoldswick teenager had been diagnosed with hepatacellular carcinoma in 2007 and had endured

  • Ros is boss for Flitcroft's Chorley

    GARRY Flitcroft says he is delighted to have snapped up prolific striker Adam Roscoe from Radcliffe Borough as he bids to push Chorley towards the Evo-Stik First Division North title. The one-time former Everton starlet returned to Victory

  • Blackburn Market's lost 'good stalls', admits councillor

    SOME ‘good stalls’ have been lost to Blackburn market, the councillor in charge has admitted. Labour’s Dave Harling said rent reductions had been introduced to try to persuade other traders to stay in the market ahead of its delayed move to

  • Darwen firm admits breach after crush death

    A DARWEN firm has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws after a worker was crushed to death. At Hyndburn Magistrates Court, managers of Brookhouse Tooling Ltd, of Holme Mill, admitted breaching their duty to 50-year-old Allan Sanderson

  • Lancashire woman's killer linked to other cold cases

    Detectives across the country are to investigate whether a killer who bludgeoned a woman to death in Lancashire more than 35 years ago had committed other unsolved serious crimes. Christopher Smith remained at large over the murder of Joan Harrison

  • Blackburn ASBO teen back behind bars

    A TEENAGER who terrorised a Blackburn estate is back behind bars after a second breach of an ASBO. Blackburn magistrates heard that as a result of the latest offences Jess Volkert was to be recalled under prison licence which expires in July. Magistrates

  • Disgusted to see area blighted

    I love to walk in the countryside and feel blessed that we have so much beauty literally on our doorstep. However on my regular walks I have been disgusted to see more and more rubbish being left on the roadside and verges. Beer cans, fast food

  • Blackburn Rovers’ reserve game switches

    BLACKBURN Rovers’ reserve team match against Liverpool at Tranmere’s Prenton Park will now take place on Monday, February 28 at 7pm. Rovers’ second string clash trip to Manchester City, due to be played at Hyde United’s ground, has been rearranged

  • Barnoldswick postie’s stamp of approval for Gok

    A POSTIE underwent a makeover from TV stylist Gok Wan after he visited her at work. Rachel Woods’ transformation saw her ditch her usual dowdy workwear for a glam outfit as part of the Channel 4 show Gok’s Clothes Roadshow. The 37-year-old from

  • Blackburn Rovers' Olsson on form for Sweden

    Blackburn Rovers’ Martin Olsson impressed and set up one of Sweden’s goals yesterday as he claimed his second senior cap in a 2-0 win in Cyprus in a friendly tournament. First-half goals from Tobias Hysen and Markus Berg were enough to give Erik Hamren's

  • Blackburn Rovers keeper Fielding can’t stop Italian job

    BLACKBURN Rovers goalkeeeper Frank Fielding made several key saves for England Under-21s in their friendly clash with Italy in Empoli. But he could not stop the only goal of the game – a late penalty from Manchester United striker Federico Macheda.

  • What's on: Wednesday, February 9

    EVENTS in East Lancashire and further afield for Wednesday, February 9. Pick of the day Comedian Stephen K Amos will be performing at the Charter Theatre in Preston tonight, fresh from a busy filming his own BBC2 comedy series The Stephen

  • Blackburn Rovers defender is his own man, insists Hendry

    COLIN Hendry has tipped Grant Hanley to forge his own name in the game after insisting any comparisons with him are unfair to the Rovers teenager. The 19-year-old defender is expected to make his Scotland debut from the bench in the Carling

  • Burnley Mechanics in ‘no permit for hypno show’

    COUNCIL bosses were left bamboozled after a TV hypnotist booked a stage show at Burnley Mechanics. Ken Webster, dubbed the Mentalist Hypnotist, is booked to appear at the Manchester Road venue on February 25. But there is no provision for a hypnotism

  • 'Outrageous' pay hike for East Lancashire housing boss

    A HOUSING association boss was given an ‘outrageous’ £27,000 pay hike last year, it has emerged. Phil Richards, chief executive of Prospect Homes, saw his total pay and bonuses rise from £167,000 to £194,000 last year - a 16 per cent increase

  • Bathroom bliss

    BATHROOMS are an increasingly important room in the house. Second to kitchens, they are rooms which buyers will look most closely at, so if yours is not up to scratch, it will put people off. Years ago all but a tiny minority of houses had just

  • Our liking for sugar has turned sour

    PUTTING on weight and having to lose it has never been one of life’s serious problems. Okay I did get rather anxious when the realisation hit in middle age that my waist measurement had crept up by a couple of inches over 20 years. In my view

  • Brighten up your home

    THE long dark months continue, with spring still a distant dream — so why not give yourself and your home a lift. As winter weather bites, we all want to turn up the temperature in our rooms. But snuggly throws and cushions are just so predictable

  • Beware silent killer

    THE Heating Helpline has warned that too many people still needlessly die every year from preventable gas-related carbon monoxide poisoning — a silent and lethal killer. 50 people each year are killed by its fumes and hundreds more made seriously ill

  • Agent's charity drive

    BELVOIR, the residential lettings agency, is planning to raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support this year. Branches across the country — one of them is in Padiham Road, Burnley — began their fundraising with a go green day. Staff wore shades

  • New build figures rise

    DESPITE the economic conditions, private new build registrations have risen 20 per cent according to the Home Building Council. Following Housing Minister Grant Shapps' vow to ease barriers to self-build, it is expected that this figure will steadily

  • Dobson: World is at Burnley striker's feet

    FORMER Clarets and England midfielder Martin Dobson has told Jay Rodriguez the world is his oyster, after the striker became only the third Burnley player to feature for the England Under 21s. The 21-year-old Burnley-born forward came off

  • TV show on the road

    A PLACE in the Sun Live is the show which highlights overseas property. It will be taking place at Earls Court in London from March 11 to 13, when more than 150 exhibitors representing more than 40 countries worldwide will feature properties to suit

  • Surveys save you money

    HOME buyers are facing bills for thousands of pounds by failing to have a sufficient survey of their new property before moving in. A survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors found that a quarter of buyers who only had a mortgage valuation

  • Record breaking wrestling pensioner back in Blackburn

    A WORLD record breaking wrestling pensioner returned to the ring 50 years on from his last appearance in Blackburn. Buddy Ward last graced King George’s Hall in 1961 when British wrestling was in its heyday and attracted millions of TV viewers

  • Fears at Pendle youth service revamp

    A CAMPAIGN has been launched amid fears that a youth service overhaul could result in cutbacks for Pendle. Just over £2.3million must be saved by Lancashire’s young people’s service during 2011-12 and that figure will double the following year