• Arson attack spreads to Accrington mosque

    FOUR blazes were started in Accrington today in an arson spree which spread to a mosque. Four blazes were lit within a 200-metre radius of the Spring Hill Community Centre in Accrington during the early hours of this morning. Firefighters

  • Blackburn family who flee fire ‘incredibly lucky’

    A FAMILY were forced to flee their home in the middle of the night after a discarded cigarette may have set fire to the kitchen. Terry Bolan and his partner, Concheeta Grech, were in the house with their four young children when a blaze began

  • What's on: Lancashire Hotpots

    FRESH from wowing the crowds at Glastonbury by playing on the same night as rock giants U2, cult comedy folk outfit the Lancashire Hotpots come to Clitheroe on July 15. The St Helens-based band have turned the comedy song into an art form with

  • Lancashire hold on for narrow win

    Lancashire Lightning took a huge step towards reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals as they beat Northamptonshire Steelbacks by three runs at Wantage Road, despite Alex Wakely's half-century. The Lightning were restricted to 110 for nine from

  • Freddie’s delight at Lancashire progress

    Former Lancashire and England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff believes Ashes cricket can return to Old Trafford in 2013. Flintoff strongly supported proposals for the ground’s redevelopment, which were given the go-ahead. He told said: “The club are very

  • Read batsman posts record knock

    READ ace Mohammed Jamal says he didn’t go out with the intention of smashing the club’s batting record – but relished every moment of his stunning 157 not out in a Twenty20 match. The 21-year-old former Burnley ace smashed the gigantic score from just

  • Blackburn man's suspended sentence for fraud

    A BUSINESSMAN who turned into a near £15,000 conman when he fell on hard times has walked free from court. Peter Crosbie, 45, ran a lighting and sound company, which had got into debt. He already had existing debts and was trying to hide his severe

  • Review: The Day We Sang @ Opera House, Manchester

    VICTORIA Wood is a national treasure and with The Day We Sang she deservedly has a huge hit on her hands. Spare seats were at a premimum in the Opera House as the affectionate audience lapped up every minute of this remarkable, feel good production

  • Closing waste centres is just illogical

    WE are told all the time that we have to be more conscious of the need to preserve raw materials and maximise recycling. Depending where you live households now have multiple wheelie bins and boxes so different types of waste can be separated

  • Accrington Stanley chief scales Kilimanjaro

    ACCRINGTON Stanley’s chief executive Rob Heys has returned triumphant from Mount Kilimanjaro. Pictures of the journey show him standing at the peak of the world’s highest free standing mountain after a 16-hour trek. Rob is now back at

  • Woodnook top of Hyndburn regeneration list

    HYNDBURN Council has pledged to make Woodnook in Accrington its first priority with future regeneration funds. Deputy leader Coun Clare Pritchard said: “I want to reassure residents that the regeneration of the Woodnook is this council's number one

  • Cyclist seriously injured in Haslingden crash

    A 36-year-old cyclist has been seriously injured in Haslingden, police say. The man, from Helmshore, was found lying in the middle of Grane Road just past the Duke of Wellington Hotel. He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where he

  • Immigration charity with Blackburn base closes

    A CHARITY which has provided immigration advice to hundreds of families in Lancashire has gone into administration. Bosses at the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS) have closed their offices in Ainsworth Street, Blackburn. It provided

  • Hill trek to join Clitheroe Ladies Circle

    Two East Lancashire women have scaled new heights after being inducted into the Ladies Circle at the top of Pendle Hill. Jacqui Harrop, 35 and Rachel Pinder, 34, both from Clitheroe, were made members of Clitheroe Ladies Circle by area chairman Alex

  • £50m Blackburn plan could create 1,000 jobs

    PLANS to attract restaurants, a hotel, offices and industrial buildings to the outskirts of Blackburn have been announced. Bosses behind the venture, off Haslingden Road, believe the scheme could create 1,000 jobs and cost £50million.

  • Ramsbottom cats brought back to life after blaze

    THREE cats were brought back to life after being saved from a blaze by firefighters. The fire broke out at Sunny Top Cottages in Hawkshaw, near Ramsbottom. Residents from the cottage on fire and the two neighbouring properties were able to escape before

  • Roberts nets treble in Blackburn Rovers friendly

    JASON Roberts scored a hat trick for Blackburn Rovers this morning in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Oldham Athletic. The striker's treble was added to by Michel Salgado and Adam Henley as Rovers won one of two games being played at

  • Accrington Stanley blog: Coley must prove them wrong... again!

    LESS than two months ago, Accrington Stanley named their team to take on Stevenage in the second leg of their League Two play-off semi final. It read Alex Cisak, Dean Winnard, Phil Edwards, Sean Hessey, Joe Jacobson, Luke Joyce, Andy Procter, Jimmy Ryan

  • Arrests follow Chorley 'samurai sword and spade' fight

    ARRESTS have been made after a fight in Chorley between two men armed with a samurai sword and a spade. Officers were called to Longworth Street at 7.30pm on Monday, July 11 after reports men were fighting on the street using weapons.

  • Vandals strike at Burnley's Towneley Golf Club

    A LATE-night intruder at a golf club damaged a putting green by digging up more than 36 divots. Bosses at Towneley Golf Club and Professional Shop, in Todmorden Road, Burnley, called police when they opened up at 7am on Monday after discovering the

  • Protesters in pledge over Pendle school

    PARENTS protesting about a failing school in Earby have pledged to continue their campaign after the school holidays. Education inspectors have told parents of pupils at Earby Springfield Primary that the results of their monitoring visit will not

  • Annual hope for Brierfield cricket contest

    PLANS have been drawn up to make a cricket tournament in memory of a 21-year-old Brierfield girl who died of a brain tumour an annual fixture in Pendle’s sporting calendar. Family and friends of the late Rachel Husband are hoping to beat the £850 they

  • Residents groups form to fight Ribble Valley homes plans

    RESIDENTS and community leaders are fighting plans to allow thousands of new homes to be built in the Ribble Valley. New community groups have been formed and numerous meetings are being held to battle any potential for large-scale housing

  • Accrington Stanley ready for first friendly

    ACCRINGTON Stanley go into tonight’s first pre-season friendly at Radcliffe with 10 players now under contract after Craig Lindfield committed his future to the club. The 22-year-old striker had been out of contract but yesterday penned a one-year

  • Striker Austin pleased with first Burnley strike at Bury

    CHARLIE Austin believes he can find the net regularly in the Championship this season after scoring his first goal for Burnley on his comeback from a long-term shoulder injury last night. Austin needed only seven minutes to hit the target in

  • Young Blackburn Rovers striker wanted by Plymouth Argyle

    Blackburn Rovers’ 18-year-old striker Tom Hitchcock is wanted by League Two Plymouth Argyle on loan, having progressed through the club’s academy. Hitchcock has consistently scored goals at all age levels and opened his pre-season for the reserves

  • Darwen pupils picture perfect for contest

    Pupils at Sudell Primary School, Darwen, clicked with the town’s Civic Society photography competition. They won first, second and third prizes in the competition, which asked for pictures throughout the seasons. It was to mark the 150th anniversary

  • Image of Clitheroe flasher released

    THIS is the man police want to speak to in connection with a string of indecent exposures in Clitheroe over the past 18 months. A total of seven incidents have been reported to police, with all but the most recent taken place in the Newton

  • Blackburn mum's relief that Mersey body may be missing son

    A BLACKBURN mum last night spoke of her relief that she may finally be able to lay her son to rest. Yesterday two judges ruled that a body pulled from the River Mersey could be Blackburn man, David Adams, who went missing in 1996. The

  • Man, 22, shot with air pistol in Altham

    A 22-YEAR-old man sustained minor injuries after being shot in the abdomen with an air pistol. Armed response police officers were mobilised to Walton Street, Altham, following reports that a man had been injured around 1.40pm yesterday. Officers

  • Haslingden friends buy their local pub after it closes

    THREE regulars at a pub that closed down were so upset to lose their local they went and bought it. When the Crown Inn, in Manchester Road, Haslingden, closed, Ben Greenwood, 28, Stephen Sourbutts, 27, and Lindsay McGuire, 31, lost the pub

  • Alleged victim in East Lancashire rape case breaks down

    ONE of the alleged victims of a gang of men accused of raping teenagers in an empty house broke down as she gave evidence. The girl was being cross-examined via video link during the trial of Shahid Hussain, 37, of Drake Street, Tanveer Butt

  • Armed police attend ‘teens with gun’ in Burnley

    ARMED response officers were called to Burnley after a group of youths were seen waving around what was believed to be a fire arm. Police received a call from a distressed resident who believed four teenagers in a communal garden had a weapon. Officers

  • Millionaires with feet on the ground

    LOTTERY fever swept the country yesterday with the chance to bag a Euromillions jackpot of £166 million. But for four lucky East Lancashire couples, the feeling of scooping the big one was something they already knew about. The really brilliant thing

  • Cohesion works in this town

    This week I visited Oldham, a town with its own history of ethnic and religious tension, to find a refreshingly different attitude to academies and divisiveness. Oldham has new academies which have been formed by taking schools with predominantly Asian-heritage

  • One rule for one, one for another

    can someone explain why it is acceptable to create an Islamic Girls High School in Blackburn but not acceptable for a Church of England Academy to make Christianity a priority for its intake? Most other schools in Blackburn do not favour any religion

  • Climbing tale was uplifting

    I strongly object to the reference (LT, July 7) to the young Darwen climbers as “idiots”. They most certainly were not anything of the kind. In fact it was very uplifting to hear that there are still young people with a spirit of adventure in

  • Lancashire lottery winners reflect on their triumphs

    LOTTERY fever was sweeping the country last night as a single UK ticket holder won £166million Euro Millions. Yesterday in the North West, some of the region’s biggest winners met up for a ‘millionaires’ street party’ to celebrate their personal successes

  • Burnley chippy man’s stairs death an accident - coroner

    THE POPULAR owner of a Burnley chippy died after falling down a flight of stairs while on holiday in Egpyt, an inquest heard. Burnley Coroner’s Court was told that 65-year-old Ken Hankinson, of Rosegrove Lane, lost his balance at the top of a flight

  • East Lancashire roofer facing two new probes

    A ROOFER accused of being a ‘rogue trader’ by Watchdog is back in business — and facing two fresh Trading Standards investigations. Simon Fielding, 51, of Sunderland Street, Burnley, was featured by the BBC consumer programme in October, which accused