• FULL-TIME: Accrington Stanley 3 Southend United 1

    FINALLY Accrington Stanley are were they always felt they deserved to be. After years of trying, they occupy a League Two play-off place at the business end of a season for the first time. Victory over Southend, an eighth consecutive

  • Burnley reserves 3 Morecambe reserves 1

    CHRIS McCann came through an encouraging first hour as Burnley reignited their reserves' title charge. The Clarets returned to the top of the Central League West Division after coming from a goal behind against Morecambe Reserves

  • Burnley grandma is volunteer of year

    A BURNLEY grandma who has dedicated her time to helping people learn computer skills has been honoured. Christina Grice, 48, has been named South West Burnley's 'Volunteer of the Year' for passing on her IT skills she learned as part of the

  • Accrington Cricket Club in £80k fundraising appeal

    ACCRINGTON Cricket Club has launched an urgent fundraising appeal in a bid to pay off an £80,000 debt. The historic Thorneyholme Road club owes brewery Thwaites the cash after borrowing to pay for two refurbishment projects. But, after

  • Row over use of Darwen mayoral chains at party

    THE MAYOR of Darwen has been accused of ‘cheapening’ his chains by wearing them to a 40th birthday party. Paul Browne brought the mayoral regalia to the party that was thrown for the wife of fellow Liberal Democrat councillor Martin McCaughran

  • Nelson dealt blow as Argos announces plans to close

    RETAIL giant Argos is set to become the latest high street name to pull out of Nelson after the loss of Tesco and Poundstretcher. Around 40 Argos staff at the Victory Centre branch have been told the store will close on July 29. Last year Tesco

  • Accrington Stanley goalkeeper nets award

    ACCRINGTON Stanley goalkeeper Alex Cisak has been voted the ESPN PFA Fans’ League Two Player of the Month for March. The Australian goalkeeper took the award ahead of Chesterfield’s Jack Lester and Gareth Ainsworth of Wycombe, and will be presented his

  • Lancashire squash star to fight for her sport

    Lancashire squash star Laura Massaro says it is a crying shame that the sport will not get a chance to showcase itself at next year’s London Olympics. But she insists that everyone involved in the sport will carry on fighting to get the sport included

  • Stars out to support new Burnley FC book

    BURNLEY players past and present will be at the launch of the latest book about the club, Entertainment, Heroes and Villains, on April 14. Chairman Barry Kilby, defender Clarke Carlisle and ex-Clarets including Jimmy McIlroy, Frank Casper, Stan Ternent

  • Teachers strike at Ribble Valley school over academy plans

    TEACHERS went on strike today over plans to turn their school an academy. Placards, banners and high-visibility jackets greeted parents who took their children to Bowland High School, Grindleton, as NASUWT members went on strike. The union balloted

  • Kean praises Blackburn Rovers battlers

    Steve Kean has hailed the spirit of his Blackburn Rovers side after they battled to keep Arsenal out on Saturday, despite being reduced to 10 men. Steven Nzonzi’s red card was the third big debatable refereeing decision to go against them in

  • Major clean up of Blackburn park ahead of royal visit

    A MAJOR clean-up is underway to ensure Witton Park is fit for a future king and his princess. Bosses at Blackburn with Darwen Council with the help of volunteers and the Probation Service are clearing the athletics track and repainting areas

  • Accrington Stanley blog: I believe we are going up

    What a fantastic week to be an Accrington Stanley fan two home wins, seven goals for the Reds and the ownership battle has been won by Ilyas Khan. There were times during the 4-0 thrashing of Hereford last Wednesday when we looked unstoppable

  • Rossendale mountain rescuers help ambulance crew at farm

    MOUNTAIN rescuers were on hand to help ambulance crews this morning after a man suffered a cardiac arrest on a rural farm in Rossendale. The emergency services were called to the farmhouse in Hurst Lane, Rawtenstall, at around 10am. Andy Simpson

  • Paramedics’ ‘thank you’ to hero Blackburn schoolgirls

    TWO schoolgirls have been praised for going ’above and beyond’ the call of duty to help a woman lying in a field bleeding with head injuries. Blaise Kay, 15, and Jessica Duckett, 15, ignored the 30-year-old woman’s pleas to be left alone after

  • Crush warning to Rossendale's rogue bike riders

    THE rogue riders who tear up moorland around Rossendale and Ramsbottom are being warned that their bikes could be crushed. People who are caught using scramblers and mini-motos across the South Pennine Moors will face having their prized bikes confiscated

  • Accrington Stanley boss nominated for manager of month

    ACCRINGTON Stanley boss John Coleman has been nominated for League Two's manager of the month award for March. Stanley picked up 15 points from their eight games during the month and Coleman has been nominated along with Stevenage's Graham

  • Call for investment at Burnley Michelin site

    COUNCIL chiefs have pledged to continue to press the owners of the former Michelin site in Burnley for further investment. The 40-acre site was bought by the North West Regional Development Agency in 2002, but the agency is being closed down next March

  • Barnoldswick care worker stole £500 from clients

    A CARE worker admitted stealing £500 from two vulnerable adults she was looking after. Elaine Hanson, 40 of Barnoldswick, withdrew the cash from the bank account of Gillian Fox and Susan Barsby over a 12-month period. She had been employed to help

  • Darwen woman who battled illness takes on 128-mile treck

    A WOMAN who has battled through two traumatic illnesses in the past decade is walking 128 miles for charity, now that she is on the road to recovery. But Julia Melia, 41, who lost her father Alan Dixon to a brain tumour in 2005, said she would only

  • Blackburn actor Ian McShane in new role

    IAN McShane has joined the cast of a modern retelling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. The Blackburn actor, who plays Blackbeard in the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie, has signed up alongside Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, Nicholas

  • Samba insists home form is key for Rovers

    CHRIS Samba has urged Blackburn Rovers fans to help make Ewood Park ‘hell’ for Birmingham City as he stresses the importance of returning to winning ways. Rovers’ skipper believes their four remaining home games will prove pivotal in their battle to

  • Howe: The tougher the better for Burnley

    OPTIMISTIC Eddie Howe believes a tough run of fixtures is just what Burnley need to get out of their Championship rut. The Clarets have had hopes of a second top six finish in three seasons dented after taking only one point from a possible

  • Towneley mastermind leaves Burnley council

    THE woman who managed the £3.2million restoration of Towneley Park has left Burnley Council. Annette Birch has taken up a new role as project manager for a Heritage Lottery Fund scheme to restore a cemetery in Liverpool. Annette spent seven years

  • Webcam’s window on £18m centre

    STUDENTS can get a sneak preview of Blackburn College’s £18 million teaching centre through its live webcam. The view of the Beacon Centre’s development is captured from 5th floor of the Feilden Street development and provides a minute by minute update

  • Blackburn school has outstanding Ofsted features

    A BLACKBURN high school has proved it has outstanding elements to education watchdogs, Ofsted. Pleckgate High School Mathematics and Computing College impressed inspectors who rated the school as good with outstanding features. Inspector Michael

  • Lancashire constabulary's money chief awarded MBE

    LANCASHIRE Constabulary’s retiring director of resources has been presented with his MBE by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. David Brindle, who was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, travelled to London with his family to receive the

  • Nelson man jailed after £10 drug deal

    A DRUG dealer spotted in the process of a £10 heroin deal by police has been jailed for two and a half years. Burnley Crown Court heard how Sajad Afmed, 27, who lived with his parents at Fleet Street, Nelson, struggled with officers after he

  • Super sevens is making its Marc

    MARCO Vaghetti has set his sights on making the north of England a hot-bed for sevens rugby. The Blackburn player is the founder and festival director of the Manchester Rugby Sevens – a compet-ition now in its third year and attracting teams from around

  • Pendle grandad's daft about his 35,000 blooms

    A ONCE-derelict farm has been transformed by a retired grandad with 35,000 yellow daffodils. Coach driver Harry Johnson, 64, has spent the last five years creating the 11-acre blossoming haven. The garden, which he estimates has cost several thousands

  • Fledgling Burnley UK Uncut group plans protest

    PROTESTERS are set to hit the streets in Burnley town centre in the latest wave of anti-capitalist action. UK Uncut, the movement behind the recent occupation of London’s Fortnum and Mason store, now has a Burnley branch. The fledgling

  • Rossendale 24 Billingham 16

    ROSSENDALE have set their sights on the end of season play-offs after their bonus point win cut the gap on second place to four points. With Chester and Bradford and Bingley, the two teams immeditately above Dale in National League Three North

  • Tarleton 21 Burnley 23

    BURNLEY racked up another victory but it was far from impressive as bad habits returned. The Holden Road side have been in fine form in recent weeks playing some flowing rugby. But as coach Getty Schinkel targets a top five place in North Lancs One,

  • Blackburn 56 Whitehaven 9

    BLACKBURN finally produced the performance they had threatened all season with a 10-try romp against Whitehaven – a team they had lost to earlier in the season. The Ramsgreave Drive side showed what giant strides they have made under John Morgan this

  • Action call to regenerate Burnley's deprived neighbourhood

    THE regeneration of the Burnley neighbourhood revealed as the seventh most deprived in England is well under way, according to a campaigner. The Government’s deprivation index study found that part of the Trinity area, was the seventh most

  • Darwen motorsport team in world-famous race

    AN East Lancashire-based team is set to compete in the world’s most famous motorsport race. Drivers from RLRM Sport will compete in five races across Europe this year in the hope of qualifying for the 2012 Le Mans 24-hour. The world-famous

  • Ribble Valley heart-throb in TV affair

    WATERLOO Road star Karen David has said she was ‘nervous’ about filming a controversial on-screen affair with Read heart-throb Lucien Laviscount. Karen, 31, appears in the BBC drama as Spanish teacher Francesca Montoya. This series’ plot sees Francesca

  • Proud to back Grass Roots awards

    UNITED Utilities is very proud to be backing these awards. East Lancashire has a rich heritage of sport and the Grass Roots Heroes are the perfect way to highlight what is being achieved at local level. Our aim is to work within the

  • Arrests in East Lancs 'bogus weddings' probe

    A NUMBER of people have been arrested in an immigration probe centring on bogus weddings between East Lancashire people and Vietnamese nationals. A specialist policing unit has ‘several’ cases where officers suspect local people of being paid

  • Man is steward of the planet

    AS an atheist who has reached that belief through long and careful study and consideration, I was delighted that Blackburn and Darwen schools will be recognising its relevance. However, the article (LT, March 29) was biased by implication and contained

  • Fewer signs, slower roads

    The severe weather has taken its toll on our roads, and essential work is in hand by the authorities. Road safety is their priority. Such a pity we road users don’t appreciate what is done on our behalf. However, I cannot understand some of

  • Repairs have gone to pot

    Although the report that Lancashire County Council are to make repairs to potholes longer lasting first appeared in the LT on March 31, I thought it was an April Fool’s Day hoax. Surely, this should have always been the policy. Unfortunately it

  • Old beliefs are questionable

    I THINK the decision to teach humanism and atheism in schools is long overdue. The various, unproven and mythological professional religions have for too long had a free market for the lives of our children. Before birth, it’s assumed the child

  • Hoaxers must be caught

    ALOT of work has been done in recent years to clamp down on the menace of hoax callers. Prominent warnings have been issued through the media and advertising campaigns. In addition, extra powers have seen the phones of those responsible being barred

  • Rossendale mum's graveyard tribute ban battle

    A ROSSENDALE mother who lost her three-year-old son is leading a campaign against a proposed clampdown on graveside keepsakes. Karen King, 47, of Hardman Avenue, Rawtenstall, has set up a Facebook group after Rossendale Council banned any sentimental

  • Accrington Stanley to unveil plaque in memory of ‘Coxy’

    A CHARITY football match will pay tribute to an Accrington Stanley terrace legend, with a balloon release and plaque. Following the death of Oswaldtwistle man and former Tinker and Budget landlord Antony Cox last August, there has been an outpouring

  • Blackburn Rovers 'no' to Nzonzi appeal

    STEVEN Nzonzi will have to miss Blackburn Rovers’ next three Premier League matches after the club reluctantly decided not to appeal against his Emirates sending off. Boss Steve Kean is adamant Phil Dowd’s decision to give the midfielder

  • I dread to think what this has cost

    I HAD a definite feeling of deja-vu on Saturday when I did a three-hour shift in Zy Bar as the EDL demo took place. It was one of just four town centre pubs allowed to open to ensure the marchers were all in one place. And it was under

  • Deal success for Accrington firm

    A HYNDBURN media company will promote another town after success singing Accrington’s praises. Accrington-based Huckleberry Films saw their creation ‘Animating Accy’ receive almost 3,000 YouTube hits last year. Now the company has been chosen to

  • Fly-tipped rubbish torched in Church

    FLY-TIPPED furniture and rubbish was torched at a notorious former pub in Church. Firefighters said the blaze, at the Commercial Hotel, in Blackburn Road, took place in a back yard of the building. The site forms part of the Church and Oswaldtwistle

  • Blackburn protests: Police radios failed at demonstration

    POLICE controlling thousands of demonstrators had to rely on mobile phones to stay in contact after their radio system crashed, it has emerged. Part way through Lancashire Police’s biggest ever operation on Saturday afternoon, its Airwave communications

  • Why did Rooney do it?

    OK we’ll get “he’s not very bright”, “he’s just a thick footballer”, “why would you expect any better”! But why did Rooney do it? I was watching the West Ham/Man Utd game live on telly as it happened and from an apparently rudderless

  • Accrington chippy raid: four arrested

    FOUR men have been arrested in connection with a chip shop robbery in Accrington. The men, all from the local area, were held over the weekend and have been bailed for further inquiries. Two female staff at Plantation Chippy, in Plantation Street

  • Sports Blog: Rooney should take his punishment for rant

    TAKE a bow Football Association bosses - for once you are on the right line. If anything the two game ban handed down to Wayne Rooney is a tad on the generous side - but at least the FA has taken action against the Manchester United player for his foul-mouthed

  • Gang robs boy, 15, in Blackburn alley way

    A SCHOOLBOY on his way home from work experience was surrounded by a gang in an alley way and robbed of £10. The 15-year-old had been on a placement in Blackburn town centre, but became concerned he was being followed by a group of five teenagers, police

  • AFC Darwen 1 Runcorn Town 1

    Bobby Langford struck as the Salmoners drew 1-1 with Runcorn Town. The draw stopped the visitors topping the Vodkat League First Division. Darwen travel to AFC Liverpool tomorrow.

  • Man arrested over murder and kidnap of Bacup man

    A MAN was arrested last night in connection with the murder and kidnap of a Bacup man. Michael Dunphy, 38, of no fixed address was arrested in Manchester on suspicion of conspiracy to kidnap and murder of Paul Brady in 2009. He was arrested

  • The Rumour Mill - April 5

    Struggling STOCKPORT COUNTY have appointed former Preston striker Graham Shaw as their new chief executive. TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp has described Wayne Rooney as ‘a silly boy’ over his outburst into a TV camera during MANCHESTER UNITED’S 4-2

  • Ex-Rammy ace admits new job hasn't sunk in

    Former Ramsbottom pro Michael Clarke admits his appointment as Australia captain is yet to sink in. Clarke will lead the side into battle for the first time since taking over from Ricky Ponting when the three-match one-day series in Bangladesh begins

  • Death of Lancashire cricket star's wife, 37

    CRICKETER star Graham Lloyd has paid tribute to his ‘brave, unstoppable’ wife after she died on Mother’s Day. Sharon Lloyd, of Accrington, died at dawn on Sunday after a five-year battle with a brain tumour at East Lancashire Hospice with cards

  • McCann in Clarets reserves tonight

    Burnley midfielder Chris McCann is aiming to step up his comeback from a serious knee injury in the reserves tonight. The Clarets’ second string host Morecambe Reserves at Turf Moor, kick-off 7pm.

  • Seach for East Lancashire's Grass Roots heroes

    TODAY the Lancashire Telegraph, together with United Utilities, launches a search to find East Lancashire’s grass roots sporting heroes. The brand new series of sports awards aims to recognise and reward those people who contribute so much