• Good pupils given driving lessons at Rawtenstall school

    CHILDREN at a Rawtenstall school are being offered taster driving lessons as a reward for good achievement. Sixteen Year 11 pupils are to take part in the lessons at All Saints Catholic High School, in Rawtenstall, after behaving well this

  • £3,000 fees for Burnley 'football university'

    STUDENTS at Burnley’s ‘university of football’ will pay just over £3,000 a year in tuition fees when it opens in September. The University and College of Football Business, based at Turf Moor, will teach students about the business management

  • Blackburn police in £80,000 'bubble' drug haul

    BLACKBURN police have made their biggest ever seizure of the party drug known as ‘bubble’. The four kilogrammes of mephedrone, worth £80,000, were found after a Ford Fiesta was routinely stopped by officers in Gorse Street. Less than a gram is generally

  • Inspections begin for Pendle food hygiene ratings

    A CRACKDOWN on filthy takeaways and chaotic kitchens has begun across Pendle. Food hygiene ratings are being displayed across the borough for anywhere serving food to the public, from fast food shops to pubs, hotels and restaurants.

  • Son organises Burnley charity night in memory of father

    A CHARITY night, in aid of an Alzheimer’s charity and a care home, has been organised by the son of a man who died of the condition last month. Gavin Roper, 34, started to organise the event in January, but his dad Bruce’s condition deteriorated

  • Top butcher joins new Blackburn Market

    ONE of the North West’s top butchers is returning to his home town to open a market stall at the new Blackburn Market. Mark Duckworth, who started his career on the town’s market as a 17-year-old, has run a successful business in Kirkby Lonsdale

  • Tributes to 'singing sensation' Darwen pensioner, 75

    THE FAMILY of a ‘bubbly’ Darwen pensioner who became a singing sensation in his seventies is to release a new record in his memory. Darwen vocalist Steve Simpson marked his 72nd year in 2007 by recording his debut CD, raising hundreds of pounds

  • Anwar all set for Worsley Cup return with Rawtenstall

    WORSLEY Cup hero Anwar Ali will roar back into the heat of the famous competition on Saturday as he plays for Rawtenstall in their rearranged first round tie at Nelson. The Pakistani pace ace, who bowled Colne to the crown last year with a

  • Finch: It’s too soon to talk about how Lowerhouse will do

    STAR all-rounder Jonathan Finch insists it is far too early to start getting carried away with Lowerhouse’s flying start to the season – but he admits that years of hard work behind the scenes at Liverpool Road is making the club stronger.

  • Helmshore property developer convicted of £1.3million scam

    A HELMSHORE commercial property developer has been convicted of duping investors across the country in a £1.3million scam. Shaun Kiely, 43, of Limewood Close, was the director and shareholder Sky Properties (Northern) Ltd, a development and

  • Great Harwood town hall revamp unveiled

    A NEW business hub has been unveiled at a former town hall building after a £500,000 renovation. The historic Great Harwood Town Hall had lain empty for years in a near-derelict state. But now, after being taken over by Globe Enterprises, the site

  • Blackburn dad thanks Burnley hospital which saved son's life

    A DAD who ‘never stops talking’ spent a day at work in silence to raise funds for a neonatal intensive care unit that helped keep his son alive. Peter Wilcock, of Grisedale Avenue, Blackburn, did not say a word from 8am to 4pm during his shift

  • The Eddie Howe story: Part two

    THEIR union was more by circumstance than design, but you get the impression that Eddie Howe has found his ultimate right-hand man in Jason Tindall. For starters, they share the same ethos when it comes to football. They want to play

  • Blackburn Rovers fans to enjoy best value again

    BLACKBURN Rovers have once again blown away their Premier League rivals in terms of offering their fans value for money – with the Ewood Park faithful given top flight football at less than £12 per game. Rovers announced their season ticket prices

  • Burnley patient in racial attack on nurse

    A NURSE working at Royal Blackburn Hospital was attacked by a patient. Blackburn magistrates heard Ian Anthony Litherland approached the nurse from behind and refused to let go despite her screams of protest. And when security staff rushed to her

  • Burnley woman kept knife under bed

    A WOMAN beaten up by her partner was so scared she took a knife to bed and hid it under the pillow, a court heard. Laura Everitt, who had suffered an asthma attack while she was being attacked by Robert Mark Bushell, her boyfriend of three

  • Judge’s praise for vigilant Burnley residents

    A JUDGE has praised three neighbours who helped thwart a gang of hooded burglars after a raid on a house in Padiham. Recorder Alan Conrad, QC, thanked residents for their ‘commendable and very public spirited behaviour’ which led to the three defendants

  • Darwen new father flouted driving ban

    A NEW Darwen dad who got behind the wheel twice while banned will be locked up the day the baby was supposed to be Christened, a court heard. Marc Bamping, 26, who had also been subject to a suspended jail term when he struck, drove to work. He

  • Blackburn budding singer, 15, set to wow thousands

    A TALENTED 15-year-old singer is preparing to take to the stage twice this month. Miranda Myles, a year 10 student at St Bede’s Sports College, will perform pop songs at the Thwaites Theatre Rotary Variety Performance on May 26, and to thousands attending

  • Top award for Darwen health champion

    AN OCCUPATIONAL health champion from Darwen has been recognised for his 30 years of service. Steve Sumner, from the Jack Keys area, has been influential in developing the management of health and safety within local authorities. And now the Royal

  • Bands flock to record at new Blackburn College media centre

    MEDIA students from Blackburn College will be given the exclusive opportunity to direct, record and film London-based group The High Llamas. The High Llamas, who formed in 1990, released their latest album Talahomi Way in April, is the latest band

  • Blackburn secretary accused of £26k fraud

    A COMPANY secretary of a Blackburn firm appeared in court charged with fraud offences. Victoria Forshaw, 38, of Watson Street, Oswaldtwistle, is alleged to have obtained £26,000 from Vanguard Packaging over a two-year period. She is charged with

  • No justice here in Toytown

    I fully agree with Ex-Fusilier (Opinion, May 10) on having a referendum for a return to corporal punishment, and hanging for murderers. The government will have a referendum on anything except what people want. The AV vote was time and money wasted

  • Hopes high for next season

    AFTER almost 10 months of high drama, the football season has ended in dramatic style. And 2010/11 will certainly go down as historic in these parts, even if not always for the right reasons. Blackburn Rovers were sold by the Jack Walker family

  • Burnley contemporary artist allows visitors to see into her art

    ONE of the area’s top contemporary artists gave visitors to Towneley Hall, in Burnley, an insight into her creative process at a ‘Messy Day’ demonstration at the weekend. Former St Hilda’s RC High School pupil Olivia Pilling set up in the hall’s art

  • Samlesbury apprentice helps to keep the Typhoon soaring

    AN APPRENTICE who has saved a multi-billion business time and money while training has won an award. Alan Maguire, who secured a placement at BAE Systems in Samlesbury, was awarded the Advanced Apprentice of the Year by the National Apprenticeship

  • Howe: Jay's pride of Burnley

    BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe has urged Jay Rodriguez to reflect on “a magnificent season” and not dwell on the disappointment of missing out on the latest England Under 21s squad. The Clarets’ 15-goal joint top scorer was named in Stuart Pearce

  • Hoilett: I love it at Blackburn Rovers

    JUNIOR Hoilett admits he is loving life under the Steve Kean regime at Blackburn Rovers as he prepares for talks to extend his Ewood Park stay. Rovers’ Canadian starlet has flourished since Kean replaced Sam Allardyce as manager in December

  • East Lancashire people await Olympics ticket news

    THOUSANDS of East Lancashire people are anxiously awaiting news on their London 2012 Olympics ticket applications. Applicants will find out by June 24 whether they have got any of the 6.6million tickets available. Thousands of people

  • Blackburn boy runner-up in Junior Memory Championships

    NEW faces, names, complex numbers and words are no match for an 11-year-old boy who proved he can remember almost anything. Leaon Leech, from Blackburn, beat thousands of schoolchildren to be named runner-up at this year’s national Junior Memory

  • Blackburn man admits killing but denies murder

    A MAN has admitted killing a Blackburn College caretaker. But Glen Mould, 36, of Delph Close, Blackburn, will still face trial in July for 31-year-old Dominic Bibby’s murder after prosecutors rejected his plea. Mould denies murdering

  • Accrington Stanley boss misses out on award

    CHESTERFIELD'S John Sheridan last night beat Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman to the League Two manager of the year award. Coleman had been tipped by some to be in contention for the League Managers Association honour after guiding Stanley to fifth

  • Top award for Rossendale police volunteer

    A 20-YEAR-OLD police volunteer who regularly gives up his social life to pound the beat in Rossendale has been honoured with a prestigious award. Since joining the Special Constabulary 14 months ago, Callum Nuttall has assisted police officers

  • Lancashire's Maharoof called up by Sri Lanka

    FARVEEZ MAHAROOF has been called up by Sri Lanka for their forthcoming Test series against England The all rounder joined up with his international team mates after helping Lancashire Lightning beat Notts Outlaws in a CB40 match at Old Trafford on Sunday

  • Shopping, make a day out of it!

    I SEE we are to have a shopping guru, Mary Portas, advising the government on how to regain the high street. Here in Blackburn, a good start would be to open Church Street then, along with Darwen Street, we could have a proper shopping centre

  • County’s cuts set to shut East Lancashire youth clubs

    SEVERAL youth clubs look set to close and almost 70 jobs will be lost as part of a major shake-up of the county’s provision for children and young adults. County Hall bosses say £8.4m must be found as part of the £179m cuts programme over the

  • Blackburn Rovers blog: Dancing with Wolves on surreal day

    The first thing that needs to be said is well done to all connected with Blackburn Rovers for avoiding what would have been a disastrous relegation. Dropping out of the Premier League would have had much wider ramifications for our town

  • Every little helps as Burnley town centre nets cash boost

    SEVERAL key schemes are set to be given the go-ahead to make life easier for the travelling public in Burnley. Before the end of June 2012 town hall bosses must spend a £176,000 budget, which stems from the construction of the Tesco Extra store

  • Turner one of Stanley's shed seven

    ACCRINGTON Stanley have allowed seven players to leave following their play-off exit – with winger Chris Turner revealing that he turned down a new deal. Turner and fellow fringe players Andy Parkinson, Rory Boulding, Jon Bateson, Andy Owens, Tom Smyth

  • Burnley's £32million mental hospital plan scrapped

    PLANS to build a new £35million mental health hospital near Burnley have been scrapped in a bid to save NHS cash. And the future of psychiatric wards 18 to 20 at Burnley General Hospital appears to be in doubt as part of a fresh review.

  • The Rumour Mill - May 24

    BLACKPOOL chairman Karl Oyston will attempt to convince Ian Holloway to stay as manager despite their relegation from the Premier League. CARDIFF manager Dave Jones is West Ham's top target to replace sacked Avram Grant. Mario Balotelli is in hot

  • Nelson business counting cost after copper piping theft

    A BUSINESS has been left counting the cost after a prolific burglar stripped copper piping from several floors, causing thousands of pounds in flood damage. Jason Harrison, 42, who has 62 previous convictions, broke into Bellwoven, in Newmarket

  • Northern Premier League Saturday: Rain’s a pain for Darwen

    DARWEN’S batting charge towards a much deserved Northern League win at Blackpool was halted by the rain on Saturday as they were left kicking their heels when well on course for success. John Cordingley’s men were well set for just their second

  • Ribblesdale League Saturday round-up

    BRILLIANT Baxenden made it six wins from six as they put 11 points between themselves and the chasing Ribblesdale League pack as the rain hit Read’s hopes. Bash battered reigning champions Clitheroe while Read were left frustrated as their

  • Lancashire League Saturday round-up

    BRILLIANT Jon Fielding bowled reigning champions Ramsbottom clear at the top of the Lancashire League as he claimed another five-wicket haul to add to his impressive collection to sink Accrington. The sides went into the Acre Bottom showdown

  • Hyndburn parking tickets since 2008 'could be invalid'

    EVERY parking ticket issued in an East Lancashire borough over the last three years could be invalid, it has emerged. Hyndburn Council failed to update its bylaws in line with a new Traffic act in 2008. Parking campaigners have described