• Fire at derelict mill in Oswaldtwistle

    A DERELICT mill set ablaze in Oswaldtwistle earlier this evening. Two fire engines were called to the building in Stonebridge Lane around 5.30pm. Firefighters are now damping down the building. Two officers wearing breathing apparatus tackled

  • Barnoldswick man caught stealing diesel jailed for 27 weeks

    A MAN from Barnoldswick has been jailed for 27 weeks for attempting to steal diesel shortly after he had been released from prison for a similar offence. On hearing the sentence, Michael Haggerty told magistrates in Skipton that he thought

  • Shock £2million cost of metal thefts in North West

    METAL theft costs electricity customers in the North West up to £2million a year, it has been revealed. Electricity North West, which owns and operates the regin’s local power grid, said it has seen a 40-fold increase in thefts over the past

  • Former Blackburn defender Rathbone at Chorley event

    Ex-Blackburn Rovers star Mick Rathbone visits the Chorley branch of the Everton Supporters Club tomorrow. An evening with Mick Rathbone, who is Everton's medical chief, takes place at the Duke of York pub, Bolton Road, at 7.45pm.

  • Chorley 0 Northwich Victoria 0

    Chorley and Northwich Victoria shared a goalless draw in the battle of two promotion hopefuls. Striker Steve Foster was withdrawn at half-time in the clash in front of 805 supporters. The Magpies remain top on goal difference from the Vics who are

  • No FC United fans at Chorley clash

    Chorley’s Evo-Stik Premier Division clash with FC United at Victory Park on Saturday will kick off at 12.30pm following a meeting between the clubs, the league and Lancashire Police. FC United have decided not to accept their allocation of tickets

  • Former Blackburn Rovers winger Diouf training at Preston

    El-Hadji Diouf is training with League One club Preston North End after being released by Blackburn Rovers last week. The 30-year-old is keeping himself fit with North End as he looks for a new club. Read Kevin Gallacher's column only

  • What's on: Whitworth Scarecrow Festival 2011

    THE first Whitworth Scarecrow Festival is taking place from September 5 to 11. 73 scarecrows, depicting characters including Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Spongebob Squarepants, will be displayed across the town during the festival week

  • Campaigners to meet over Worsthorne wind turbine plan

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for a 55-metre high wind turbine on a farm near Worsthorne will meet to discuss the issue next week. Ken Tyson wants to install the single turbine, which is a third of the size of Blackpool Tower, at Causewayside Farm, in

  • Pendle village in SOS to appear on primetime TV show

    A TINY village is sending out an SOS to a primetime TV show as part of its bid for £100,000 to breathe new life into its community hub. Over the past month, millions of viewers have tuned in to watch presenter Sarah Beeny and her team lend a hand to

  • First look inside new £25m Blackburn school

    HERE is the first look around the brand new £25million school which has kick-started the transformation of education in Blackburn with Darwen. The new Pleckgate High School Mathematics and Computing College, boasts an indoor-outdoor winter

  • Ibisevic still open to Blackburn Rovers move

    VEDAD Ibisevic’s agent says his client could still be open to a move to Blackburn Rovers in January – even though the Bosnian suffered disappointment over a potential Ewood switch before the closure of the transfer window. Rovers had made

  • Rawtenstall man attacked friend over 'sexy beast' comment

    A RAWTENSTALL man has claimed at Burnley Crown Court that he attacked a friend after he called his partner a 'sexy beast' and deliberately groped her. Neil McAthey, 35, of Bacup Road, has confessed to assaulting Matthew Grimshaw on June 2.

  • Report: Grease @ Coppice Theatre, Accrington

    Young people from Hyndburn took part in a summer drama production of the hit musical Grease. The show, at Accrington and Rossendale College's Coppice Theatre, was directed and produced by Sharon Burch, from YNOT Hyndburn and Joanne Kennedy from Lancashire

  • £9k Accrington skunk cannabis farm man is jailed

    A BENEFITS claimant who was growing and planning to sell cannabis so he could go on holiday has been jailed for 32 months. Police found a near-£9,000 skunk cannabis farm when they raided the home of John Cruikshanks, 57, in February, after

  • Drink up, the lesson is starting!

    PUBS have taken a real hammering in the past decade. As lives get busier and money gets tighter the number of people popping into their local for a pint or two has dropped drastically. The traditional big factory employers have disappeared and with

  • Delays on Bolton-Preston train services

    TRAIN services between Preston and Bolton are being delayed by up to 40 minutes this morning due to a signalling problem at Lostock. The delay is mainly affecting northbound services on the line, which runs through Horwich Parkway, Blackrod, Chorley

  • Drive out the dealers in death

    THERE’S no doubt that drugs are a scourge on our society in East Lancashire. What may start as a lark becomes an addiction and otherwise law-abiding people turn to robbery, theft and burglary to get the cash to pay for the heroin and crack cocaine they

  • Squash club anniversary

    East Lancs Squash Club is approaching its 40th anniversary and I am arranging a reunion of as many past and present members as I can find. I have already contacted more than 140 members and the response has been fantastic. If you have played

  • Research reveals family links

    I AM researching the Birt-wistle family, and looking for a Stephen Birtwistle, b 1959, and his brother Andrew b 1965. They were born in the Amounderness district of Lancashire. Their parents were Duncan b 1920 in Blackburn, and Eileen Larkin. They

  • One-way reversal is a nightmare

    We are very unhappy with the reversal of traffic in King Street, Blackburn. We have a shop on St Peter Street and it is a real pain to drive to it anyway. Now, since this week’s changes, it’s even worse! Customers struggle to find us as it

  • Just cut the high wages

    IN an attempt to save money, the lights on the M65 are to be switched off at night between Burnley and Colne. This is silly as the first accident regardless of how severe will nullify the meagre savings. A far safer and more effective way to save

  • Junior is nappy to be at Burnley

    JUNIOR Stanislas is revelling in a new chapter on and off the pitch, after his move to Burnley coincided with him becoming a father for the first time. The 22-year-old celebrated the arrival of twin boys – Alex and Jacob – on Sunday, just four

  • Darwen road resurfacing dug up already

    LONG-awaited road resurfacing work on Darwen’s A666 has been dug up within a week of being finished. Workmen have begun installing two build-outs in the road adjacent to Maria Street and Blackpool Street, which will help passengers board buses.

  • Call for bigger bus shelters in Darwen

    “USELESS” shelters at Darwen bus station need to be improved before winter, a councillor has urged. Sudell ward representative Roy Davies has called for an overhaul of provisions at The Circus after a raft of complaints from passengers. He said

  • Burnley drug-dealer ordered to pay back £20,000

    A drug-dealer who led police on a high speed chase has been ordered to pay back more than £20,000. Jobless addict Imran Azam, 24, was jailed for 27 months in February 2009 after being caught with a stash of cannabis and a large amount of cash

  • Councillors to monitor Earby building

    COUNCILLORS will continue to monitor Earby Sports and Social Club to ensure it doesn’t fall into a dilapidated state. The New Road club falls within a conservation area and notices have previously been issued to ensure it is tidy. Kathryn Hughes, of

  • Music firm moves to Hapton business park

    A COMPANY which provides music for TV, videos, computer games and mobile phone ‘apps’ has moved to a Hapton business park. Lisn Music, which has worked with MTV, Microsoft, Suzuki and a number of major advertising agencies, has moved its headquarters

  • Colne actress set for dream debut on Coronation Street

    AN actress from Pendle will tonight be seen walking down the famous Coronation Street cobbles in her dream role. Colne’s Natalie Gumede will arrive in Weatherfield to play Kirsty Soames, who is destined to become mechanic Tyrone Dobbs’ new

  • 10 arrested in Lancashire police swoops

    A MASSIVE blow has been dealt to a drugs ring, police claim, after 10 men were arrested in Blackburn and Preston yesterday. 200 officers took part in dawn raids in Blackburn, Preston, Barrow-in-Furness, Liverpool and Huddersfield. In

  • Former Accrington Stanley wide man joins Clitheroe

    FORMER Accrington Stanley winger Chris Turner has agreed a deal to play for Evo-Stik League First Division North outfit Clitheroe. Turner made his debut for the Blues in Saturday’s 4-0 FA Cup win over Skelmersdale United. Final instalment

  • Accrington Stanley 3 Carlisle United 2

    BIRTHDAY boy Craig Lindfield led the way as Accrington Stanley knocked holders Carlisle United out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at the first hurdle. The Cumbrian side were reduced to nine men in the second half, but the Reds were in danger

  • Blackburn Rovers win friendly against Celtic

    BLACKBURN Rovers’ triple new signings Yakubu, Scott Dann and Jordan Slew enjoyed their first taste of action for the club yesterday in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Celtic. The trio were all selected for the game, along with Vince

  • Investigation into Burnley fire drama

    An investigation has been launched to determined the cause of yesterday's fire which saw nine Burnley homes evacuated, police said. Around 36 residents of Lowerhouse Lane, Burnley, were evacuated when fire ripped through the roof of a mid-terrace property

  • Thief who crashed into seven cars in Burnley jailed

    A CAR thief left a scene of 'carnage' after the stolen vehicle he had been driving at 100mph careered into a row of seven parked cars in Burnley. Paul Denwood's stolen Honda Civic momentarily became airborne after the high-speed crash in Manchester

  • Ex-Blackburn Rovers midfielder in Strictly Come Dancing

    Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage has confirmed he will be slipping into sequins for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing. He is among 14 stars who will battle it out for the glitter-ball trophy when the show returns to