• Long wait for Sabden road repairs

    SABDEN residents have a long wait ahead of them after highways chiefs revealed that a large hole in a busy road will not be fixed until Christmas. The section of Padiham Road, close to the White Hart pub, collapsed into a brook due to a heavy

  • Final curtain comes down on Burnley's forgotten theatre

    HOPES of rekindling Burnley’s Empire theatre appear to be dwindling as it became the fourth most endangered in the country, according to a report. The Theatres Trust's national survey highlights 58 theatres 'at risk' of closure or never returning

  • Shoplifter stabs Blackburn cashier in buttock

    A Blackburn cashier was stabbed after confronting a shoplifter last night. The 30-year-old shop assistant was working at IJ Rasiah Ltd shop, formerly Wine Cellar, in Parkinson Street, Mill Hill, Blackburn at 6pm. Police said a man walked in, picked

  • Fundraiser to 'Raise the Roof' for Blackburn hospice

    A TERMINALLY ill cancer patient is hoping to raise thousands of pounds this Sunday for the Raise the Roof appeal. Sheena Scott, 44, from Darwen, was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. With the help and support of East Lancashire

  • Pendle pupils get lessons in fire safety

    A CAMPAIGN to tackle the rise in nuisance blazes in Pendle has been taken into the classroom by community firefighters. An eight to 10 per cent rise in the rate of deliberate smaller-scale incidents, like rubbish being torched, wheelie-bins

  • Man's body found in Haslingden

    A MAN was found dead in his vehicle on a road in Haslingden this afternoon. His body was discovered in Hud Rake, at around 3.10pm. That road was closed for some time and traffic was diverted in either direction around the A680 Blackburn Road, High

  • Travellers will stay in Blackburn until weekend

    TRAVELLERS who pitched up on fields next to a community centre are set to stay until at least the weekend. After being kicked off Haslingden Leisure Centre by police at 3pm on yesterday, the 40 caravans turned up at Greenfield Community Centre

  • Rossendale ‘errand boy’ drug dealer jailed for three years

    A DEALER found with hard drugs worth over £3,000, but who had claimed he was simply an ‘errand boy’, has been locked up for three years. The prosecution said ‘chronic addict’ David Roberts, 37, had text messages on his mobile phone, suggesting he was

  • A healthy turnout for Burnley cycling event

    CHILDREN from across the North West flocked to Burnley for an event aimed at encouraging youngsters to walk or cycle to school. The Sustrans School Travel Action Day involved primary and high school pupils and was held at the Towneley Park City Learning

  • Pendle MP pleased at cheque rethink

    ANDREW Stephenson, MP for Pendle, has welcomed the news that plans to axe the cheque clearing system have been shelved. The Payments Council this week announced that its target of closing the system in 2018 had been cancelled. The body, which is

  • Review: Falling Skies, FX

    I’m a sucker for sci-fi series and had great hopes for this new one, mainly because of Steven Spielberg’s credit as executive producer. But the opener left me somewhat deflated as really it’s just another metaphor for good ol’ gun-toting Americans

  • What's on: Wu Lyf

    YOU might not realise it yet, but Wu Lyf are a big deal. A really big deal, in fact. The cogniscenti have been chattering excitedly about them for a while and Jay Z has announced that he is a fan. Without the four boys lifting so much as

  • Review: Dexter, FX

    One of my favourites is a series which has one of the most compelling opening credit sequences I’ve ever seen, and quite the weirdest lead character you’re ever likely to meet. You see, Dexter was found in a pool of his murdered mother’s blood when he

  • Review: The Killing, Channel 4

    THIS dark and compelling Danish TV series which garnered a cult audience in Britain has been remade by American TV. You may think this is not a good move given how much American cop TV shows often rely on over-acting and dramatic shoot-outs usually leading

  • No faith in country’s leadership

    DEAR Prime Minister, I, like many others, feel exasperated about many things that we hear in the news. However, I feel I would like to pass on my thoughts and concerns on to you as Prime Minister regarding the phone hacking and the people in positions

  • Make sure travel cover is up to date

    I AM writing to alert those people who plan to travel in Europe this summer to check that their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid, as more than six million of these cards are due to expire this year. The cards offer free or reduced-cost

  • What's on: Dean Taylor Productions' Twelfth Night

    THE popular outdoor Shakespeare by Dean Taylor Productions returns to Turton Tower on July 15 to 17 with one of the bard’s best comedies, Twelfth Night. The play is full of romance and wit as identities are muddled, hearts played with and stuffy

  • Let public interest be the priority

    THE UK has a reputation for interpreting EEC ‘laws’ more strictly than anyone else. There’s a joke which refers to the French and Germans writing the rules, Britain following them to the letter (and beyond) while the Italians and Greeks say ‘rules

  • Relatives search by old soldier

    AN old British soldier who grew up in the North West wonders if he has any relatives still here. George Mason was born on September 10, 1926 to Harry and Mary Mason (nee Burns). He had brothers Harry and Edward, and sisters Veronica who married a Conroy

  • Parents create ideas of division

    The Head of St Wilfrid’s states its open policy will welcome students of any faith, but do the other faith schools have the same policy? Perhaps on paper, but policy is not enough when the choice of school is along religious grounds as it is the parents

  • Confusion over grass and weeds

    I know I speak on behalf of all home owners on both Dawlish Close and Rewe Close, Blackburn. The grass around our homes is like a jungle. It hasn’t been cut all year. The council has decided it is unadopted land after cutting it for the last 37 yrs.

  • Burnley defender Carlisle completes Preston North End move

    Clarke Carlisle’s season-long loan move from Burnley to Preston has finally been completed. The switch took some time to go through as the 31-year-old held talks with North End over a possible option for a contract for the 2012/13 season. Carlisle

  • Woman hurt in Blackburn street assault

    A WOMAN'S neck was injured in a violent street mugging in Blackburn early this morning. The attack happened in Pringle Street, close to Bennington Street, after the woman finished work at 12.30am. The 59-year-old Lithuanian woman was confronted

  • East Lancashire business achievers at Buckingham Palace

    An enterprising East Lancashire firm and a business leader will attend a Queen's Awards For Enterprise reception at Buckingham Palace tonight. Linemark, from Rawtenstall, has won the award for innovation with a new device for marking sports

  • 1878 Lancashire pay-off shows compensation culture is not new

    DOCUMENTS going back more than 150 years have shown ‘compensation culture’ is nothing new - with some bizarre examples in Lancashire. Papers unearthed by the insurance firm Aviva revealed an amazing catalogue of customers' accident claims dating

  • Harry Potter fever to hit East Lancashire

    SPECIAL midnight screenings for excited Harry Potter fans are to be held at cinemas across East Lancashire tonight. The cinemas in Accrington, Blackburn, Burnley and Longridge are bracing themselves for an onslaught of movie lovers who cannot

  • Hyndburn councillors told they need receipts for meals

    CHANGES to expenses rules will see councillors told to provide meals receipts for the first time in more than 10 years. Hyndburn Council members are currently allowed to claim ‘full entitlement’ for meals, without showing receipts for the amount

  • 30 dental students graduate from £5.25m school in Lancs

    THE first 30 dental students have graduated from the University of Central Lancashire’s £5.25million School of Dentistry. The school was set up by the Cumbria and Lancashire Medical and Dental Consortium, in partnership with primary care trusts

  • Chants charges dropped against Blackburn Rovers fans

    TWO men charged with chanting racist and homophobic remarks at players during a Blackburn Rovers match have had the case against them dropped. Graham Gooden, 42, and Craig Rhodes, 41, were reported to police by fellow supporters during the FA Cup game

  • Blackburn Rovers still looking for shirt sponsor

    BLACKBURN Rovers are still looking for a shirt sponsor for the coming season, the Lancashire Telegraph understands. Pictures emerged today of players modelling a kit with the logo of owners Venky’s on the front. However, this is understood

  • There is good work by all faiths

    THE announcement last week, to coincide with its Academy status, that St Wilfrid’s Technology College was to tighten its admission policy in favour of those of the Anglican faith, has stirred quite a hornet’s nest. But is it fair to criticise St Wilfrid

  • Whittle-le-Woods comes to a standstill for schoolboy Dylan

    A VILLAGE paid its respects yesterday to a “loving and exuberant” 13-year-old boy who drowned in a flooded quarry. Hundreds gathered at St John’s Church, Whittle-le-Woods, for the funeral of Dylan Ramsay, who died while swimming at Whittle Hill Quarry

  • Burnley players on the climb on bonding day

    Burnley players and management took a break from their pre-season schedule to enjoy a team bonding day. The squad, along with boss Eddie Howe and his backroom team, visited an outdoor activity centre in Simonstone to take part in individual and team

  • Vandals target new playground at Colne nursery

    CHILDREN at a nursery school were left heartbroken when they turned up yesterday morning to find vandals had attacked their new playground. The new equipment, including a large slide, was set to open in the next few weeks at Newtown Nursery

  • Disabled Ramsbottom boy left stranded by theft

    A DISABLED teenager has been left a virtual prisoner in his own home after thieves stole his specialist pushchair. Macaulay Bardsley, who needed to use the £250 pushchair every time he left his home, is now unable to go outdoors because he

  • Mongongu: Blackburn Rovers are my first choice

    CEDRIC Mongongu is ready to turn down a number of top European clubs to pursue his Premier League dream with Blackburn Rovers. The Monaco defender’s agent told the Lancashire Telegraph yesterday no deal had yet been completed but admitted the player

  • Radcliffe Borough 0 Accrington Stanley 4

    TRIALIST Kurtis Guthrie was the star of the show as Accrington Stanley won 4-0 at Radcliffe Borough in their opening friendly of pre-season last night. The 18-year-old target man, who contacted Stanley for a trial after featuring for Jersey

  • Fletcher ‘sorry’ to Burnley fans who have to move seats

    BURNLEY chief executive Paul Fletcher has apologised to season ticket holders angry at having to move seats for the new season – but insisted it had to be done to allow the club to compete with their Championship rivals. The Lancashire Telegraph has

  • Report: Colne Grand Prix 2011

    More than 1,500 people lined the streets last night as Olympian Ed Clancy proved he still has the golden touch to win the annual Colne Grand Prix. After 59 laps of the ultra-tight around the town centre, the chequered flag could have gone to

  • Mystery as Diouf ‘missing’ from Blackburn Rovers training

    CONFUSION surrounds El-Hadji Diouf’s absence at Blackburn Rovers’ pre-season training with the player yet to report back this summer. People close to Diouf have said the club gave him permission to come back late to fulfill charity commitments

  • Big Fat Gypsy Stand-Off in Rossendale

    TRAVELLERS and police were in a seven-hour stand-off yesterday as 35 families refused to leave their camp at an East Lancashire beauty spot. A dozen police officers were called to Haslingden Leisure Centre following a flood of complaints from

  • Skip wagon crash causes traffic chaos in Nelson

    AN 18-TONNE skip wagon overturned this morning shedding its load across a main road. Scotland Road, Nelson, was closed at the roundabout form Reedyford Road near to junction 13 of the M65 following the accident around 7am. Rubbish and