• Developer pledges to build more affordable housing in Burnley

    A HOUSEBUILDER has pledged to build in Burnley for the next decade in a timely boost to the town’s property market. Keepmoat, which already has two developments in the town, has revealed it is in talks with Burnley Council about building more low-cost

  • Police end probe into Burnley armed siege

    AN investigation into a suspected shotgun incident, which prompted a four-hour siege in Burnley, has been dropped, police said. Armed police surrounded a home in Ivory Street, Ightenhill, on March 3, after several neighbours reported hearing

  • Padiham firm 'odour' upsets nearby residents

    AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after Padiham residents complained of stench from a nearby factory. Offensive odours caused by rotting waste and anti-social noise problems are just two of the protests lodged by people in Waterside Mews regarding

  • Woman who glassed Blackburn actress jailed

    A WOMAN who threw a broken wine glass at an actress from Blackburn leaving her blind in one eye has been jailed. Sarah Harding, 21, of Horwich near Bolton, admitted grievous bodily harm but was cleared of wounding with intent after a trial

  • Darwen residents anger over 'forgotten street'

    RESIDENTS in a ‘forgotten’ Darwen street are demanding talks with the council over ‘disgusting houses left to rot for five years’. Three houses in Harwood Street were bought by Blackburn with Darwen Council five years ago when the block was earmarked

  • Clitheroe fundraiser Bethany does her mum proud

    A BRAVE Clitheroe girl who wanted to raise £5,000 in memory of mum has smashed her target. NIne-year-old Bethany Rose, whose mother Katy Rose died from breast cancer, has raised more than £9,200 as part of the Candle 4 Katy campaign she launched

  • What's on: Thursday, April 7

    EVENTS taking place in Blackburn, Burnley, Darwen, Hyndburn, Pendle, Ribble Valley and Rossendale for Thursday, April 7 and the days ahead. What's on today 4pm-7pm - Free health checks are on offer at Darwen Health Centre. Nurses from

  • Congleton Town 3 Barnoldswick Town 3

    Barnoldswick’s Aaron Hollindrake headed a late leveller as four goals came in a mad five minutes in a 3-3 Vodkat League Premier League draw at Congleton. Hollindrake’s effort added to goals from Spencer Jordan and Liam Garbutt.

  • St Helens 4 Colne 8

    Colne recorded a stunning 8-4 win at St Helens in the Vodkat Premier Division. Nigel Coates’ men led 6-0 at the break before adding two more in the second half. Mark Threlfall and Danny Boyle bagged hat-tricks with Joe Garvin and Andy Tinker scoring

  • Ramsbottom United 3 Stone Dominoes 0

    A first hat-trick for the club from joint player boss Anthony Johnson gave Ramsbottom United three points. They beat Stone 3-0 in their quest for Vodkat Premier Division runners-up spot.

  • Two lorries collide on Accrington bypass

    TWO lorries collided on the Accrington bypass this afternoon. The incident, on the A56 near junction 8 of the M65, happened around 3.45pm. Witnesses said the cabin of one of the vehicles was partly crushed in the accident. But a police spokesman

  • 'Misadventure' verdict on Blackburn Rovers fan

    A CORONER has raised concerns about alcohol sale at stadiums after a fan died when he headed a bin ’as if it were a football’. Stoke Coroner Ian Stewart Smith today gave a verdict of misadventure following the inquest into the death of John Taylor

  • Rishton animal therapy centre to open

    A FORMER social worker has created a ‘haven’ for people with learning disabilities on a Hyndburn farm. Lynn Fielding said the new 23-acre Rishton attraction would provide the only animal-themed therapy currently available in Lancashire.

  • New Rawtenstall £1.1m children’s home open

    A NEW home for young people in Rawtenstall has been officially opened. Crestmoor, off Haslingden Old Road, provides short-term accommodation for up to six young people before they return home or go to a permanent placement. The £1.125million

  • Earthquake leads to new tsunami fears in Japan

    JAPAN has been rattled by a strong aftershock and tsunami warning today - nearly a month after a devastating earthquake and tsunami flattened the north-eastern coast. The Japan meteorological agency issued a tsunami warning for a wave of up

  • Volvos go for low CO2

    THE new Volvo S60 (above) and V60 (right) offer sub-120 g/km emissions from their 1.6 litre turbo diesel engines. Fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox and start/stop technology, the S60 and V60 DRIVe models produce 114 g/km and 119 g/km respectively

  • ‘£10bn’ potholes cost

    LOCAL authorities need more than £10billion to get roads back into reasonable condition, according to a report. The shortfall in the highway maintenance budget received from central Government by councils in 2011 amounted to £895million, 12 per cent

  • Help for Heroes gets boost from Vauxhall

    Vauxhall has supplied Help for Heroes with four support vehicles, including three Astra Sport Tourers and a Movano van, as part of its two-year partnership with the charity. The four vehicles were handed over to chief executive officer and

  • Saab models are now even better

    SAAB has announced full pricing and specifications for the updated 9-3 model range which goes on sale this month. The enhanced specification includes alloy wheels, leather trimmed interior, heated front seats, park assist and Bluetooth phone integration

  • No cohesion for Blackburn communities

    I read Jack Straw’s comments (LT, April 4) on how the EDL demo would hurt the EDL, not the cohesion of the community. There is no cohesion of the community in Blackburn. We do not have multi-cultural cohesion in Blackburn; we have many communities

  • Where has the money gone?

    Yet again (LT, April 2) we have another highly-paid employee of Burnley Council expounding the merits of Burnley and telling residents how ‘great’ it must be to live here. Does the council’s director of regeneration Mike Cook live here? Mike Cook has

  • Barnoldswick stores hit by burglars

    AN appeal for witnesses has been issued after three break-ins or attempted raids in Barnoldswick. In the first incident, Purcell’s deli, in Frank Street, was broken into between 2pm on Sunday and 6am on Monday. Thieves smashed a rear window before stealing

  • Pendle pupils 'walk to Camp Bastion'

    Students in Pendle completed an epic ‘trek to Camp Bastion’ – without leaving Lancashire. Eighty youngsters from the public service department at Nelson and Colne College walked a total of 3,557 miles – the distance from Nelson to Helmand Province,

  • BAE Samlesbury in ejector seat development

    Lancashire workers played a pivotal role in developing an ejector seat for a world-leading fighter jet. Engineers at BAE Systems’ plant in Samlesbury worked on the escape system for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. It will help pilots escape

  • Prince William has charmed Blackburn before

    CHILDREN at a Blackburn primary school know exactly what to expect when Prince William and Kate Middleton visit the borough on April 11. The heir to the throne visited St Aidan’s Primary School, Mill Hill, in May 2008 in his capacity of president of

  • Ribble Valley under-age drinking crackdown

    MORE than 50 children were handed warnings in a crackdown on underage drinking in the Ribble Valley. And undercover youngsters were also used in swoops on local retailers to see if they were selling booze to teenagers. Sergeant Graham Marshall said

  • Kia hoping for a good 2011

    WITH three all-new vehicle ranges, Picanto, Rio (right) and Optima, to be launched by Kia this year, the company expects to hold on to or even beat its 2010 total volume. Although scrappage boosted sales at the start of 2010, Kia has sold more cars

  • Free fuel for six months with Yaris

    TOYOTA is giving customers six months’ free fuel to get their new Yaris off to a flying start. The offer, which applies to a new Yaris ordered before the end of April and registered before June 30, is worth more than £500 at the pumps. That’s enough

  • Jaguar efficiency

    JAGUAR has unveiled its most efficient engine yet in the form of a new 2.2-litre diesel unit. Developing 190 PS and 332 lbs ft of torque, the new engine is capable of returning 52.3 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting 149 g/km of CO2. It’s

  • Way clear for longer lorries

    SOME lorries may be allowed to use longer trailers after independent research showed it could cut carbon without compromising safety. The research was published by Roads Minister Mike Penning alongside a consultation seeking views on the proposed changes

  • Panamera is a top performer

    THE new Panamera Turbo S, Porsche, an addition to the Gran Turismo range, offers a combination of performance and efficiency, driving dynamics and comfort. It’s 4.8-litre, V8 twin-turbocharged engine delivers 550 hp (410 kW) and increases to 750 Nm

  • North West exports rose by six per cent

    BUSINESSES in the North West raked in £25billion through exporting last year, a rise of six per cent on 2009. UK Trade and Investment said the increase was down to a boost in sales in Brazil, Russia, India and China. Director Clive Drinkwater

  • Parkes life at Blackburn Rovers event

    Blackburn Rovers will be hosting a Q&A with legend Tony Parkes at Blues Bar, Ewood Park, on April 14, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5. Call 0871 222 1444 to book a place.

  • What's on: Autism charity gala dinner

    A FATHER whose two sons are autistic has recruited music stars to raise cash for charities. Flava Dance group and Greg Pritchard, from Britain’s Got Talent, Jamie Archer, from the X Factor, and Martin Finn and Carly Ryan, from BBC3 Autism Superstars

  • London's calling for cyclist Burke

    EAST Lancashire’s only medallist at the last Olympics, Colne cyclist Steven Burke has already visualised what he wants from London 2012. The date will be August 3 and the venue the newly built London Velopark, where the 23-year-old currently

  • Ribble Valley Forecourt Watch launches

    A scheme to tackle thieves who fill up and drive off from service stations in the Ribble Valley has officially launched. As reported in the Lancashire Telegraph in March, police have joined forces with The British Oil Security Syndicate (BOSS) and

  • Swift, 71, all set for epic journey in aid of Heroes

    While thousands will be relaxing over the Bank Holiday weekend at the end of May, John Swift will not be settling for the easy option. The long-time member of Chorley Athletic Club will spend Saturday, May 28 attempting to run 70 miles within 24 hours

  • Burnley midfielder McCann to be offered new deal

    BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe has revealed the club is in the process of offering Chris McCann a new contract, despite the midfielder missing all of the season so far through injury. The popular Dubliner has played only 100 minutes of first team

  • Police hunting 13 men over Chorley football violence

    POLICE have released images of 13 men they want to speak to after disorder among rival football fans in Chorley. After the match between Chorley and Chester on February 19, five people were arrested, a 72-year-old man was struck on the head

  • Reunion of wartime evacuees and host families

    DURING the Second World War, Belthorn welcomed children evacuated from Liverpool and Manchester into their community. Seventy years on, the Belthorn Village History Society is planning an evening when both evacuees, and family members and friends of

  • Mammoth turn-out at Pendle Fell Race

    WELL off the beaten track, Barley Village is usually one of the most tranquil places in East Lancashire, but on Saturday it was more akin to organised chaos as close on 600 fell runners turned out for one of the sport’s busiest days of the year

  • Darwen man recalls childhood in Canada

    SHE was only a young teenager when Bessie first spotted her husband-to-be. Her instant reaction was to tell a friend ‘He’s mine’ – and 68-years later, Donald Holden still is! The couple, who are both in their 80s and live in Windermere Drive, Darwen

  • Crime rise blamed on television

    THE word from the Law in the early sixties was that Britain was becoming more and more lawless, as crime figures went up, and up. Indeed, the police were concerned that more and more ‘amateurs’ were indulging in crime, believing that it really did

  • Clearly all was well at source of dirtiest river

    VISITORS used to come from all over the country to look at a hillside farm above Bacup. They didn’t come to see the panoramic view from Irwell House Farm, on Deerplay, or admire the beef cattle grazing in the fields. No, they came to look at a stone

  • Royal Wedding day schedule

    Here is the estimated schedule for Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding day. 0830: Guests in the 1,900-strong congregation start to arrive at Westminster Abbey. 1030: The Royal Family begin to take their places at the Abbey, with the Queen

  • Church of England's prayer for William and Kate

    The Church of England today published a prayer asking for God's help in keeping Prince William and Kate Middleton faithful to each other. The prayer asks that God "deepen their love and strengthen their wills to keep the promises they will

  • Accrington Stanley pledge to be debt free

    ACCRINGTON Stanley have signalled their intention to be debt free by the end of next week after boss John Coleman hailed the way his players coped with another wage setback before Tuesday’s win over Southend. The Reds squad have seen a portion of their

  • Rocket launch line-up

    BLACKBURN'S Rocket Centre have announced their team line-up for the forthcoming North West AMCA, British and British Masters Championships. The team includes Lee Buck, from Darwen, on his Yamaha YZ450F, together with a trio of local Honda riders

  • Lancashire Automobile Club's entries are open

    LANCASHIRE Automobile Club are inviting entries for their annual St George's Day Rally on Sunday April 17. "We had over a hundred cars taking part last year and we'd like to beat that figure," said spokesman Nigel Bentley. "It's part of a national

  • 900 extra staff roles for East Lancashire hospitals

    EAST Lancashire Hospitals has taken responsibility for 900 extra staff and a range of community-based services. The hospitals’ trust will now be in charge of providing district nursing, nurse-led community treatment rooms, wound care, dietetics

  • Blackburn school's 'royal couple' are a class act

    ‘PRINCE William’ and ‘Kate Middleton’ married a month early at a special ceremony in a Blackburn high school. Our Lady and St John Catholic Arts College staged a mock wedding with their very own Prince William, Callum Boyle, and Coleen McCullion as

  • Darwen Vale school closed as teachers strike

    MORE than 60 disgruntled teachers are protesting outside Darwen Vale High School this morning. The NUT and NASUWT members at the school demonstrated after claiming management had failured to back up disciplinary actions against unruly pupils

  • Elephant story was upsetting

    I WAS very upset about the circus elephant (LT, April 4). I am glad it has been brought to light and the chappie has been fired. Poor animal: I hope the RSPCA has been informed. I hope things are checked. I don’t believe

  • Better ways to spend a million

    In this time of cutbacks, why are marches such as the EDL protest allowed to happen? £1million could be better spent getting people back to work, and protecting jobs, or filling the holes in the roads. Alan Woodhouse, Queen’s Road, Blackburn.

  • Living the lotto dream

    LOTTERY winner Anthony Young must be feeling on top of the world today. One minute he is checking car parts for a Burnley firm and the next he is £2.3million richer. Now he can afford to buy anything he wants. But he said his priority was looking

  • Nelsen's rallying call to Blackburn Rovers team-mates

    RYAN Nelsen admits Rovers’ heroic Emirates Stadium draw has set their standards high – and warns they can’t afford to slip below those levels as they fight to beat the drop. Blackburn’s club captain is relishing Saturday’s crucial visit of

  • Rossendale Magistrates' Court closes for last time

    JUSTICE has been served at an East Lancashire magistrates’ court for the last time. Rossendale Magistrates’ Court, based at St Mary’s Chambers, in Rawtenstall, has closed it doors. All criminal matters from Rawtenstall, Bacup and Haslingden

  • Retiring Blackburn nurse was diabetes treatment innovator

    A NURSE whose vision helped hundreds of diabetic people avoid leg amputations has retired. Kath Eccles, 59, dedicated more than 40 years to nursing in East Lancashire. Naming Florence Nightingale as her heroine, she was dubbed an NHS

  • Going to the vets? No, the dogs

    WHAT a wonderful country we live in. Thank God for the NHS. What’s the reason why I’m feeling so chipper? It’s the result of a trip to an emergency vet for Archie, my prized Jack Russell. Archie, who I love to bits (indeed Mrs B suspects more than

  • £315m deal Dream for Rolls-Royce

    AEROSPACE giant Rolls-Royce has bagged a £315million contract with Norwegian Airlines. The firm will supply Trent 1000 engines for Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and also offer its TotalCare service. It means 21 airlines have chosen

  • First blemish on licence for Darwen driver, 81

    AN 81-year-old man with an unblemished driving record going back 61 years failed a breathalyser as he drove home to Darwen. Blackburn magistrates heard that Arnold Walsh gave a reading of 44 against the legal limit of 35. But he declined the

  • Burnley midfielder's Harley Street hope

    JACK Cork is hoping to be made available for Burnley’s crunch weekend clash at Leicester if given the all-clear by cardiac specialists at world-renowned Harley Street. The 21-year-old loanee has been with parent club Chelsea since suffering

  • Burnley school enters the Dragons' Den

    BUDDING entrepreneurs from Burnley have entered the Dragons' Den to take up a challenge from retail king Theo Paphitis. Rymans boss Theo appeared via a video link to give students at Hameldon Community College their task - design and market

  • United we can defeat EDL

    IF you’d seen what I saw, the last doubt you had about the real purpose of the English Defence League invading our town last Saturday would have gone in a flash. Thirty or so EDL thugs running from the shopping centre to go into the mainly

  • Three charged over Blackburn bowling alley brawl

    THREE East Lancashire men have been charged in connection with a bowling alley brawl in which the suspects fled the scene in a Rolls Royce and a Lamborghini. A 20-year-old man was glassed in the head after a fight broke out at Bowlplex on the

  • Blackburn couple arrested in Pakistan over boy's 'murder'

    A BLACKBURN couple have been arrested in Pakistan on suspicion of murdering a 10-year-old boy. Malik Mohammed Ali, and his wife, Irfana, are being questioned after the child was kidnapped from a mosque, hanged and had his head smashed by a

  • Padiham man wins £2.3million on lottery

    A CASH-strapped plasterer who has won £2.3million on the National Lottery said: ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me!’. Anthony Young, 33, from Padiham, was weeks away from losing his stop-gap factory job and feared for his financial future