• Tragic death of wife of Burnley General Hospital surgeon

    THE wife of a surgeon at Burnley General Hospital died after accidentally taking a lethal combination of sleeping pills and alcohol, an inquest heard. Patricia Cox, 66, of High Brake, Favordale Road, in Colne died on December 4 last year in her sleep

  • Former Pendle PC jailed for child sex abuse images

    A POLICE officer who has been warned he’ll face a ‘torrid time’ in prison after being jailed for possessing child sex abuse images. Ex-Nelson PC Andrew Moore, 30, started accessing adult porn, then more ‘risque sites’, before ‘curiosity got

  • Burnley truancy action plan

    AN ACTION plan to try and improve school attendance in Burnley is being put together by education bosses. The Burnley Children’s Trust Partnership, which features representatives from Lancashire County Council and Burnley Borough Council, as

  • To Thine Own Self

    WHY Can't we heal this rift Shift that only works to divide? The answer's not up high BY asking questions is how Not of others, but of you Stop all this useless FIGHTING soon you'll see We can find a way out Of this maze that we're

  • Rossendale medic's swim for poorly baby

    A KIND-hearted army medic is to attempting a 12-hour sponsored swim to help provide treatment for a baby struck down with a deadly cancer. Peter Williams, 23, of Crawshawbooth, is searching for support in an attempt to raise more than £2,000

  • Blackburn teenager takes a caring gap year

    JASMINE Gohil is not your typical teenager — instead of going out with her friends she has spent the past six months caring for a paralysed woman in Luton. The 19-year-old from Higher Croft, Blackburn, has been helpng Barbara to live independently

  • Hyndburn peace garden eight years in making

    A ‘PEACE garden’ is to be unveiled after eight years of work and fundraising. The £11,000 project, at the corner of Burnley Lane in Huncoat, has been ‘self-built’ by the local community forum. The project has now been completed, with

  • Review: Corrie! @ Palace Theatre, Manchester

    IF you’re planning to see Corrie!, it would be to your advantage if you knew something about the soap opera which inspired it. If you don’t, this affectionate and gloriously tongue-in-cheek play will mean nothing to you. All your favourite

  • Review: Lambing Live, BBC2

    THEY’RE small, woolly and taste great with mint sauce. Whether you’re a carnivore who enjoys eating them, or a vegetarian who prefers to see them frolicking in the fields, the birth of a lamb is oddly entertaining. Just ask the thousands who tuned

  • Review: Rumer @ Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

    RUMOUR has it. . that Rumer's next album will eclipse her Seasons of My Soul debut masterpiece that made her the fastest-selling new artist of 2010. Actually it's not a rumour at all. It's just wishful thinking on my part and a cheap shot at a gratuitous

  • 2011 elections: Rossendale Borough Council candidates

    CONSERVATIVES have a four-seat advantage in Rossendale and are planning to retain their control on May 5. Labour is six seats away from tipping the balance and have recently welcomed several new faces to the fold, including former county councillor

  • 2011 elections: Ribble Valley Borough Council candidates

    RIBBLE Valley Council only holds local elections every four years, meaning all 40 members are fighting to regain their seats on May 5 in this Conservative stronghold. Last week the Liberal Democrats celebrated the 20th anniversary of their famous by-election

  • 2011 elections: Pendle Borough Council candidates

    AS Pendle goes to the polls on May 5, it remains a wide-open race between the country’s three major political forces. Liberal Democrats were ousted as the leading party at the last General Election after a number of years in charge, and the

  • 2011 elections: Burnley Borough Council candidates

    BURNLEY residents go to the polls on May 5 with the Liberal Democrats still ruling the roost. However, the party, under Coun Charlie Briggs, is running a minority administration with 20 out of the borough’s 45 seats. The next largest

  • Ten East Lancashire schools win Big Lottery jackpot

    TEN East Lancashire schools and organisations have won a share of nearly £700,000 of lottery funding. The Big Lottery funding of up to £10,000 per project will make a real difference to communities, according to organisers. Schemes in East Lancashire

  • Doggie bin was never provided

    I agree with A Beckett (Opinion, March 28), especially as Stanhill is an area well served by dog waste bins. I walk my dog regularly around this area and know of at least four bins with a further three not too far away. Not so, however, in other

  • 'Street runner' damages Darwen cars

    A 28-year-old man who went ‘car running’ on a Darwen street, causing more than £2,500 worth of damage to parked cars, told police he thought it would ‘be a laugh’. And after he was bailed by the police, Dean Kehoe jumped on the roof of another

  • Powerless PCSOs have little point

    I address my letter to Andy Cooke, Assistant Chief Constable of Lancashire, and his comments about no new powers for PCSOs. If this is the situation, then get rid of all local PCSOs because according to Mr Cooke PCSOs are only allowed to give

  • Canal bank could be a beauty spot

    I live by the canal at Feniscowles, Blackburn, which could be a local beauty spot if it was not marred by bags of dog poo. In defence of dog owners though, there is not one bin. This does not give owners the right to just drop their mess, but

  • Appalling treatment of soldier

    IT’S certainly true that when someone signs up with our armed forces they are putting themselves at risk of injury or death combatting terrorism or serving in a war zone. It follows then that compensation payments are not likely to be as great as those

  • Party policy or survival of the fittest?

    Councillors of all three parties in Pendle joined forces last week to agree about something. A surprise? Well, no not really. The rare show of unanimity was their reaction AGAINST plans to cut the number of elected representatives by a third –

  • Burnley man jailed for repeated beatings

    A DRUNK who keeps beating up the woman he has previously claimed he wants to marry is behind bars for 15 months. Kidron Mills, 35, was last July given a 12-month community order after grabbing Samantha Dunn by the hair, banging her head against a wall

  • Padiham's Fildes chutes...and scores

    PADIHAM’S star striker Paul Fildes can never be accused of going down too easily on the field – but is ready for a winning dive later this month. The hotshot will plunge some 14,000 feet from a plane in a tandem skydive – and hopes to raise

  • Daisy takes over another company

    COMMUNICATIONS firm Daisy Group has made a second takeover in less than a week. The Nelson telecoms company has bought the trading assets of Telinet and Ipitomi from London-based Niu Solutions for £15.4million. The firm has just snapped up the Vodafone

  • Samba's 'hell' call to Blackburn Rovers fans

    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

  • ‘Keep Darwen town tidy’ posters ripped down

    POSTERS warning against dog fouling and flytipping in the Sudell area of Darwen have been ripped down. Ward councillor Roy Davies printed and laminated the signs as part of his crackdown on mess in the Industry Street area, and put them up on Friday

  • East Lancashire dad continues battle to deport death driver

    THE father of a 12-year-old girl killed by a failed asylum seeker driver will attend the High Court on Friday in a last-ditch attempt to throw him out of the country. Paul Houston will travel to the capital to hear the Border Agency verbally appeal a

  • Clothes shop boost for Darwen town hall units

    A SHOP selling personalised clothing is the latest addition to Darwen’s revamped town hall. Topz n Trainers has opened a new store in the new retail units at the front of the combined market and town hall. It sells printed T-shirts and hoodies and customers

  • New Ribble Valley garden centre opens

    A NEW home and garden centre in Wilpshire has opened. Carr Hall, off Whalley Road, has also added a butcher to the site. Owner Andrew Donelan said: “We specialise in supplying every type of product for use in the garden. “We also have a farm shop

  • NHS reform delay is welcomed in East Lancashire

    EAST Lancashire health chiefs, politicians and unions have welcomed the Government’s move to delay its NHS shake-up. Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to put the Health and Social Care Bill on hold for up to three months. The bill includes plans

  • MP ‘appalled’ at £10m East Lancashire hospitals temps bill

    GORDON Birtwistle is ‘appalled’ at the £10million East Lancashire Hospitals spends on agency staff. The Burnley MP sent a Freedom of Information request to the trust asking how much it spent on temporary workers in 2009/10 and what its projected expenditure

  • Beast puts pressure on for return to Burnley first team

    BRIAN Jensen could be in line for a first team recall after starting for the reserves last night. The long-serving Burnley goalkeeper, who made 60 consecutive appearances in the promotion-winning season of 2008/09, hasn’t featured since losing

  • Accrington copper thief jailed for 18 months

    AN Accrington man seen dragging a suitcase of stolen copper piping and tools has been locked up for 18 months. Burnley Crown Court heard how David Freeman, 38, who was in breach of a suspended sentence, gave police a story, claiming he had found it

  • Five years of Hyndburn Homes celebrated

    BOSSES and staff at social landlord Hyndburn Homes have celebrated five years since taking control of former council housing stock in the borough. General manager Nigel Fenton said the company has invested close to £40million, including 1,794 new kitchens

  • Three injured in Billington crash

    THREE people were taken to hospital after they were involved in a car crash this morning. Painter Wood in Billington, off Whalley Old Road, was closed for more than an hour following the accident involving a Volvo and a Peugeot at around 8.30am. Paramedics

  • Probe into 'confusing' referendum letters delivered in Chorley

    The Electoral Commission has been asked to investigate thousands of referendum letters sent to homes in Chorley after claims they have ‘confused’ voters. The council claims a mailshot has left some people wondering whether they are registered for a postal

  • Ribble Valley MP at ‘rural Oscars’

    RIBBLE Valley MP, Nigel Evans, attended the ‘rural Oscars’ at the House of Lords. Speaking after the reception at the Countryside Alliance Awards, Mr Evans said: “They call these awards the rural Oscars and they are a fantastic celebration of the magnificent

  • Blackburn Rovers fans meeting over trust plan

    Blackburn Rovers fans will hold a meeting at Blakeys in the town centre on May 11 to discuss the setting up of a supporters’ trust. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Entry is free and all are welcome. The bar will be open.

  • Archbishop of York to join Rossendale church celebrations

    A CHURCH which has been at the heart of Rossendale for 500 years is set to host the Archbishop of York. Right Rev John Sentamu, the charismatic Anglican church leader, will preach at St Nicholas, in Newchurch, on Palm Sunday. His arrival

  • Carl’s not feeling Blue over Clitheroe moves

    CLITHEROE chairman turned manager Carl Garner believes the Blues can continue to move forward after he replaced Peter Smith in the Shawbridge hotseat. Smith quit last Wednesday and in a shock move Garner resigned as chairman and was then appointed

  • Bacup Borough set for charity match

    BACUP BOROUGH manager Brent Peters has agreed to field a team in a charity match to raise cash fro the Rossendale Hospice and Cancer Research. Peters says he will send out a Borough XI against a Rossendale XI on Sunday May 1. Organisers have also

  • Two in at Chorley

    CHORLEY manager Garry Flitcroft had a busy Evo-Stik League deadline day. He signed former Bolton goalkeeper Chris Howarth and young defender Callum O’Conner from the academy at his old club Blackburn.

  • Blackburn Rovers jury question of the week

    EACH Thursday, only in your Lancashire Telegraph newspaper, our panel of Blackburn Rovers fans give their verdict on a big talking point of the week. And this season our online readers can get their views published in the newspaper too.

  • Burnley FC jury question of the week

    EACH Thursday, only in your Lancashire Telegraph newspaper, our panel of Burnley fans give their verdict on a big talking point of the week. And this season our online readers can get their views published in the newspaper too. A selection

  • Rossendale derby moved

    Bacup Borough host derby rivals Rossendale United tomorrow. The game, which starts at 8pm, has been moved from tonight to avoid a clash with the Chelsea v Manchester United Champions League quarter-final.

  • Change at the top at Barnoldswick Town

    BARNOLDSWICK Town now have co-managers rather than three bosses after Ben Hall took the decision to take a back seat at the Silentnight Stadium. Hall has decided to take a break from the frontline– but Stewart Airdrie and Kevin Richardson are

  • Burnley FC pitch up for gong

    BURNLEY have been shortlisted for the Championship’s ‘Pitch of the Year’ award, alongside Nottingham Forest and Norwich City. The Clarets spent £700,000 on installing a new Desso GrassMaster pitch in the summer, and it has been rated highly by referees

  • The Rumour Mill - April 6

    MANCHESTER CITY fans will turn their backs on the pitch, place arms around each other and bounce up and down in the Wembley seats during their FA Cup semi-final with MANCHESTER UNITED in tribute to supporters of Polish side Lech Poznan. Wayne Rooney

  • Hunt continues in East Lancashire murder inquiry

    SEVERAL more suspects are still being sought in the ongoing hunt for the murderers of a man near Bacup. Detectives detained 38-year-old Michael Dunphy in Manchester on Monday as part of the inquiry into the murder of housing manager Paul Brady. He had

  • Accrington Stanley boss up for award

    Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has been nominated for League Two’s manager of the month award for March. Other nominees are Stevenage’s Graham Westley, Aldershot’s Dean Holdsworth and Torquay’s Paul Buckle.

  • Two accidents cause M65 chaos near Blackburn

    TWO accidents on the M65 near Blackburn caused chaos for motorists this morning. Four vehicles were involved in a smash on the eastbound carriageway between junctions three and four at around 7.45am. The incident involved a silver Ford Fiesta, a blue

  • Kalinic to seek talks over Blackburn Rovers future

    CROATIAN international Nikola Kalinic is solely focused on helping Rovers beat the Premier League drop – but will be seeking summer talks over his Ewood future. Blackburn Rovers’ £6million man has not played a second in the last three matches

  • Sports Blog: It's time to back your club

    IT is well over a decade since Blackburn Rovers, Burnley and Accrington Stanley all reached this stage of the year with such uncertainty about which division they would be playing in next season. It is a time so long ago that John Coleman was not the

  • It's a Whit woo for brilliant Blackburn Hawks

    Blackburn Hawks produced their best performance of the season to claim a stunning 4-2 victory over Championship-winning Whitley Warriors in the first leg of their play-off semi-final. Whitley, unbeaten all season, were no match for Jared Owen

  • Newby lines up for Lancashire season start

    Read’s Oliver Newby is in line for a spot in Lancashire’s team for Friday’s Championship opener against Sussex. He came through the friendly at Oxford University without any ill effects following his cruciate problems.

  • Maimed Ribble Valley soldier's compensation slashed

    A RIBBLE Valley soldier maimed in a bomb blast has seen his compensation slashed by almost £60,000 to save the government money. Sergeant Rick Clements was sent a letter detailing payments for his horrific catalogue of injuries totalling £633,025. But