• Residents attend fiery meeting over KFC development

    SIXTY residents turned out for a fiery meeting about unpermitted changes to a fastfood restaurant on a busy main road between Blackburn and Preston. Organisers Maria and Andrew Morton clashed with South Ribble Borough Councillors Barry Yates and Peter

  • Tributes paid to Darwen teen by head teacher

    TRIBUTES have been paid to an ‘energetic and charismatic’ 13-year-old boy who was found dead at his care home on Monday. Mohammed Alam Naseem, known as Alam, had been living at Woodside House in Tockholes Road, Darwen, a specialist children’s home.

  • Blackburn council chiefs blasted in pot hole row

    COUNCIL chiefs have been blasted for taking too long to spend an extra £1million repairing potholes in the Blackburn with Darwen borough. Last July town hall bosses announced that an extra £1m had been set aside to pay for potholes to be repaired between

  • Policeman appears in court on Ramsbottom death driving charge

    A POLICE officer accused of causing the death of a Ramsbottom restaurant worker has appeared in court. PC Brendan Buggie, of Rochdale Road, Edenfield, is charged with causing death by driving without due care and attention whilst unfit through drink


    RICHARD HAWORTH May, Ian, Susan, Michael and family wish to thank all relatives, friends and neighbours for the many cards of condolence, kind messages of sympathy and donations received for the East Lancashire Hospice following our recent sad loss

  • Blackburn matchday parking victory

    RESIDENTS in a Blackburn estate have taken a step towards their goal of tackling match day misery. People living in streets off Livesey Branch Road have long-complained about ‘thoughtless and dangerous’ parking outside their homes when football

  • Darwen teenager found dead in his bed

    A 13-year-old boy has been found dead at his care home. The body of Mohammed Alam Naseem was discovered in his bed at Woodside House in Tockholes Road, Darwen, a specialist children’s home. Lancashire County Council confirmed the Asian

  • Unemployment on the rise in East Lancashire

    EAST Lancashire unemployment rates have risen, new figures released this morning reveal. There are now 13,787 people out of work in the area. There were 662 more people claiming job seekers’ allowance in the region in January compared

  • Prince Charles: I'm a Burnley FC fan

    PRINCE Charles has given the Clarets a royal seal of approval after revealing for the first time that he is a Burnley FC fan. His Royal Highness told an audience at a reception and dinner at Windsor Castle that he was a keen fan of the Clarets. The

  • Apprentices soar to 1000 in Ribble Valley

    THE number of apprentices in the Ribble Valley has soared, it has been revealed. New figures show there are now 1,000 apprentices, aged between 16 and 24, in the borough – a 47.1per cent increase on the previous year. The data, for 2010-2011, has been

  • Vital £258,000 lifeline funding announced for Pendle charity

    A VITAL £258,000 lifeline has been thrown to a community action group in Pendle which faced closure without new funding. Supporters of Brierfield Action in the Community (BAIC) are celebrating a the cash injection from the Big Lottery Fund. And the

  • ASBO Bacup teenager used as 'poster boy' for police crackdown

    A TEENAGER who caused mayhem in Bacup is being used as a poster boy for a new police public disorder campaign. Seventeen-year-old Jamie Swain was responsible for more than 30 flashpoints in the town centre before he was given a two-year anti-social

  • Hoos in call to Clarets' fans

    NEW Burnley chief executive Lee Hoos is ready to tell Clarets supporters: ‘Your club needs you’. The American is set to next week launch a drive to boost season ticket holders for the 2012/13 campaign. Brochures are due to go out to existing and potential

  • Hyndburn landlord told to pay £1,600 over 'slum' building

    A LANDLORD has been prosecuted for leaving a building looking ‘like a slum’ on a historic square. Colin Hooper, 43, was told repeatedly by Hyndburn Council to tackle the scruffy taxi office in Great Harwood’s Town Hall Square, next to some of the borough

  • Homes plan unveiled for fire-ravaged Rossendale United site

    PLANS have been drawn up - in the wake of a devastating fire - for 50 new homes at the historic former home of Rossendale United. Andrew Connolly, owner of the Dark Lane ground, says it would help to repay some of the former Vodkat League club’s debts

  • Car hits two parked vehicles in Blackburn accident

    A CAR hit two stationary vehicles in Preston New Road early this morning. Police said the crash, near the junction with Montague Street, happened around 5.25am. The driver of the car did not sustain any injuries but was said to be shaken

  • Miekle in at the double as Hawks make it eight unbeaten

    David Miekle scored twice as Blackburn Hawks held their nerve to stretch their unbeaten run to eight games with a 4-2 win over a well-drilled Sheffield Spartans. The Hawks had to come from behind to claim a crucial English National Ice Hockey North Two

  • Nelson return in top Form

    Nelson had plenty to celebrate after their last 13 games were postponed as they beat Formby 2-1 in the second round of the North West Counties League First Division Trophy.

  • Barlick rocked by double late blow

    Barnoldswick Town missed the chance to hit the top of the North West Counties League Premier Division last night when a two late goals gave Squires Gate a 2-1 winat the Silentnight Stadium. With Bootle only drawing Ben Hall’s men seemed to be heading

  • Richardson sure his Cook partnership will flourish at Stanley

    LEAM Richardson is confident his partnership with new Accrington Stanley boss Paul Cook can prove a success – although there was disappointment at signing off his caretaker spell with defeat last night. Stanley were beaten 1-0 at Rotherham, with Cook

  • Spanish ace Rochina wants to assist Yakubu at Ewood

    RUBEN Rochina is determined to show Steve Kean that he is ready for a Blackburn Rovers recall as the perfect foil for the in-form Yakubu. Rochina impressed in the opening months of the season with six goals in 12 appearances but has not started a league

  • Rovers Fans Forum welcome more support

    THE Blackburn Rovers Fans Forum is welcoming involvement from a greater number of supporters in an attempt to restore contact with owners Venky’s. Nine members of the club’s official fans forum travelled to India in October, to express their concerns

  • Ice not nice for Bacup boss

    Brent Peters admits he can’t wait to get back to action after the big freeze – although Bacup’s return to action tonight is likely to be put on ice. Peters would love to see non-league bosses move the season to the summer when pitches are better and

  • Cup heroes aren't run of the Mill

    Mill Hill FC beat Rochdalians 2-1 last night to reach the final of the LFA Sunday Trophy. Luke Hargreaves scored twice in the first half for the Blackburn Sunday League side before Davey Luker pulled one back after the break at Padiham FC.

  • Darwen make their point

    AFC Darwen drew 0-0 at home to Rochdale Town in the North West Counties First Division last night. It lifts the Salmoners up to 13th in the table, with 14 matches remaining this season.

  • Howe always knew his hotshot Austin would come good

    BURNLEY manager Eddie Howe said he always believed Charlie Austin would end his goal drought. The striker had gone six games without a goal before last night’s 2-0 win over Barnsley. Austin scored the second soon after the hour, after having a header