• East Lancashire hospitals' sickness rate defended

    BOSSES have defended the sickness absence rate at East Lancashire’s hospitals after new figures showed almost 60,000 working days were lost last year. The newly-published Financial Statement for East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust showed more than

  • Bridge plans aim to unlock Burnley beauty spot

    PLANS have been unveiled by leisure chiefs for a bridge that should help to unlock a Burnley beauty spot. Council engineers are looking to create a link from Netherwood Road to the Brun Valley Forest Park, over the River Brun, to give walkers,

  • New community sports hall may be built in Whalley

    A NEW community sports hall could be built in Whalley after residents banded together to get the project off the ground. The new sports facility would be built on part of the Queen Elizabeth Playing Field, in Mitton Road, and organisers are aiming

  • Thieves sneak into Burnley care home to steal handbags

    A CARE home in Burnley was broken into by thieves as staff were checking on elderly residents. The offenders climbed into the staff room of Sun Hill Residential Care Home after forcing open a window. They got into the centre in Manchester Road

  • East Lancashire's free school backers answer critics

    MPs and schools have responded to Nick Clegg’s calls for tighter controls on free schools. Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg said only qualified teachers should be employed and must teach the national curriculum. As

  • Trial set for Pendle men accused of jet bomb threat

    A SIX-week trial has been pencilled in for two Pendle men who are accused of threatening to blow up an airliner in mid flight. Forty-nine witnesses are expected to be called by prosecutors in the case of supermarket employee Tayyab Subhani, 30,

  • Appeal following burglary at Nelson Mosque

    POLICE are appealing for information after a Nelson mosque was targeted by burglars last night, Tuesday 22nd October. The burglary took place around 7.45pm at the Islamic Mission Madina Mosque on Forest Street. Police believe the offenders have

  • Decrease in East Lancashire's over 50s drink drivers

    OLDER drink drivers are on the decrease in Lancashire according to the latest data. The number of over 50s charged with the offence dropped in the county from 299 people in 2011 to 245 last year. The information, which was revealed in a freedom

  • Zombies to crawl along the streets of Colne this weekend

    ZOMBIES will be crawling the streets of Colne during a 'thrilling' fancy dress walk for charity. The spooky goings-on, inspired by Michael Jackson's all-time best selling album Thriller, will see dozens of fans head up and down Albert Road and

  • Lancashire Telegraph launches Christmas card competition

    TODAY the Lancashire Telegraph launches a fantastic competition for children to design a Christmas card. The fabulous first prize is a £100 shopping voucher. Two runners up will each win £25 vouchers. The competition is open to children aged

  • Rossendale dialect to be subject of story-telling evening

    ROSSENDALE’S distinct dialect will be the subject of a poetry and story-telling evening in Rawtenstall. Dialect expert Sid Calderbank will be performing his show, A Lancashire Garland, in the town’s library, in Queen's Square, from 7pm on November

  • Rawtenstall primary school to launch 'forest pre-school'

    A RAWTENSTALL primary school is set to launch a ‘forest pre-school’ and it’s thanks to an £18,000 grant by the Lancashire Telegraph St Mary’s CE Primary School has teamed up with regeneration charity Newground to offer a year of free environmental

  • Designer T-shirt company launched in Ribble Valley

    A DESIGNER T-shirt and babygrow company has launched in the Ribble Valley. Inkrowd is aimed at football fans and was launched after local men David Crawley and Steve Ireland struggled to find tees they wanted to wear. David said: “A lot of

  • Dangerous dog leaflet to be launched in Colne

    COUNCIL officials, police and the RSPCA will be in Colne town centre next week to launch a new dangerous dogs campaign. From concerns about a dog’s behaviour, to what to do if they witness a dog attack, a new leaflet pulls together all the contacts

  • Firms urged to back Blackburn town centre safety bid

    PROPOSALS from traders to raise cash from town centre businesses to pay for extra CCTV and an additional PCSO have been backed by police and council bosses. A portion of any money raised by a levy on business properties in Blackburn’s main retail

  • Colne pub brawl lout keeps his freedom

    A LOUT who flouted a suspended jail term imposed after a Colne pub brawl by getting in trouble again, kept his freedom. Shane Hammerton, 20, had been given a five-month suspended term with 100 hours unpaid work in June last year after he, his mother

  • Letter: Remember and grow

    RE: Burnley poppy field to commemorate First World War (LT, October 18). This is a thought-provoking idea, and I, for one, would like to see this done, nationally, on an even larger scale, perhaps. I mean, every hamlet has its very own War

  • Letter: An invitation to thieves

    My Uncle, in Leyland, had his LOCKED shed broken into 4 times. He then decided to leave it UNlocked with a sign on it ‘Please help yourself to anything inside the shed but please leave it tidy afterwards’. Potential thieves must have thought

  • Letter: Let common sense decide

    RE:Accrington traders worried about new bus station (LT, October 18). Take note councillors and planners of Hyndburn. You will never listen to the people and what they want. It is their town not yours. All your costly improvements by all

  • Letter: Let market forces work

    RE: Plans to boost Blackburn Market (LT). Now we are scraping the barrel to get people to come to the market. I think the best way ahead is let the market go it alone if it fails then so be it, just turn it into something else. Increase

  • Letter: Each to their own – as long as it’s free will

    Re ‘Ribble Valley Hallowe’en experience bosses defend attraction’ (LT, October 19). Everyone has different tastes in ALL things, whilst this isn't something I'd go to, I'm quite sure it serves its purpose for those that do and that's fair enough

  • ‘No trains’ excuse is not good enough

    THERE was jubilation almost two and a half years ago when victory came after a lengthy campaign to re-instate the Todmorden Curve and speed up rail travel between Accrington, Burnley and Manchester. Work has carried on apace. A new Burnley Manchester

  • Burnley homeless charity to appoint new retail guru

    A HOMELESS charity is looking to branch out with the appointment of a new retail guru. Emmaus Burnley, which provides accommodation for 24 homeless people at the former Booth Court in Daneshouse, is on the hunt for a new retail manager. Former

  • Great Harwood businesses to raise funds for Neave Evans

    BUSINESSES in Great Harwood are teaming up to raise money for Neave Evans. Six people, representing businesses from across the town, will complete the Rotary Club of Accrington Swimathon next month. The money they raise will go to the family

  • Former takeaway to be turned into a family home

    A FORMER hot food takeaway in Darwen is to be turned into a family home. Jeremy Hanshaw of Emsworth in Hampshire wants to turn the vacant premises into a single residential house. Blackburn with Darwen Council planners have approved his application

  • Struggling families to get early help in Blackburn

    A SPECIAL event has been held in Blackburn to mark an initiative which works to ensure the right help and support is offered to children and families facing problems. More than 70 key representatives from the council, the Early Intervention Foundation

  • Great Harwood Health Centre to be demolished

    THE old Great Harwood Health Centre will be demolished to make way for a car park, health chiefs confirmed. A replacement £3.1m health centre is to be opened in Water Street by the end of this month. A car park for the new facility will be built

  • Colne girl, Natalie Gumede, is crowned soaps' best villain

    VOTES for Natalie Gumede were pouring in over the weekend but it seems they were not all for her dazzling quickstep on Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing. Television lovers up and down the country were also voting for Natalie for the Inside

  • Ambulance stations in East Lancashire at risk of closure

    AMBULANCE stations across East Lancashire are at risk of closure as part of a cost-saving review. North West Ambulance Service(NWAS) has launched a review of all 109 bases in the region, saying many are in a poor condition and cost too much to

  • Health commissioners to monitor East Lancashire hospitals

    HEALTH commissioners will continue ‘monitoring’ East Lancashire’s hospitals after a second major report made wide-ranging criticisms of the way they have been run. Former Burnley MP Peter Pike and patient champion Russ McLean have called for resignations

  • 'Lack of trains' to hold up new £8.8m Todmorden Curve route

    THE new £8.8million rail service from Blackburn, Accrington and Burnley to Manchester will be delayed by at least six months because of a lack of trains, the Lancashire Telegraph can reveal. Town hall leaders are bitterly disappointed that a proposed

  • Blackburn drug smuggler is jailed for five years

    A WOMAN who tried to smuggle cocaine with a street value of around £900,000 into the UK has been jailed for five years. Jacqueline Millar, of Livingstone Road, Blackburn was arrested by Border Force officers after she arrived on a flight from Toronto

  • Man arrested after car chase drama in Blackburn

    WITNESSES saw a car mount the pavement of a town centre street and watched as police chased a man down the road. The incident happened on Church Street, Blackburn yesterday afternoon after police stopped a blue Nissan at around 1.30pm. The

  • 2014 Tour de France route will skim East Lancashire

    The route of the 2014 Tour de France, which begins in Yorkshire will skim parts of East Lancashire it was confirmed this morning. The 2014 Tour de France includes five mountain finishes and just one individual time-trial. The Grand Depart is due

  • East Lancashire man loses everything in earthquake trauma

    A FORMER East Lancashire builder ‘lost everything’ and was left living in a makeshift tent after his luxury home was devastated by an earthquake in the Philippines. David Carter, who has lived in Clitheroe, Great Harwood, Burnley and Nelson, was

  • Food fighting talk for Joycelyn Neve

    IT’S very likely that Joycelyn Neve was one of those smart and beautiful girls who unintentionally instilled terror in feckless, spotty youths when she was younger. Now, at 27, the hospitality entrepreneur is on a mission, and woe betide any “fat

  • Vintage Style: Sequins never fade

    I'M not sure if it's the return of Strictly Come Dancing to our TV screens or the impending promise of glitzy Christmas parties, but it's that time of year when everyone seems to want one thing. Sequins. Sequins can also be referred to as spangles

  • Man died in Darwen quarry fall

    A FATHER-of-two died after falling 80ft into a disused Darwen quarry. Ian Thomson, 25, had been camping with his girlfriend and her family and was fatally injured after being separated from the group in the early hours of July 7, an inquest heard

  • Blackburn dad stole from church's donation boxes

    A 45-YEAR-old man who conned his way into a church by saying he wanted to pray for his dead grandmother actually went in to steal from charity boxes. Blackburn magistrates heard Peter Kevin Williams had been into the same church a week earlier

  • Stanway’s call-up

    Rovers starlet Georgia Stanway has been called up to an England Women’s U15s training camp. Stanway, who plays for Rovers’ Centre of Excellence U15s side, will join up with the 20-player squad at St George’s Park on Sunday ahead of two friendly

  • Rhodes in the award running

    Rovers star Jordan Rhodes has been shortlisted in the Championship Player of the Year category for the 2013 Northwest Football Awards. The prolific striker will be battle it out with Blackpool’s Tom Ince and Bolton’s Jay Spearing for the prize.

  • Lowe aiming for a new high

    JASON Lowe believes he is beginning to reap the benefits of the extra work he has put in on the training ground to make him a more complete midfielder. The 22-year-old felt he played within himself last season and has been working overtime at Brockhall

  • New Reds in for long haul

    COLNE’S new management team will look to continue their impressive start when their side welcome Abbey Hey to the XLCR Stadium tonight (7.45pm). Steve Pickup and Dixon Lambert have been placed in caretaker charge of the Reds after Nigel Coates

  • Rested Anderson ready for the Ashes

    England seamer James Anderson insists he is rested and ready to go again in another Ashes battle. Burnley’s pace ace played a key role in helping Alastair Cook’s side retain the miniature urn on home soil this summer, taking 22 wickets in the series

  • Double delight for North West Counties pair

    Barnoldswick Town claimed an impressive 3-1 win over AFC Blackpool in the North West Counties League Premier Division last night. Nelson were also celebrating. They beat Atherton LR 3-2 in an entertaining game at Crilly Park.

  • Delight for new boss Garner

    New Clitheroe manager Simon Garner got his Evo-Stik League First Division North career off to a winning start last night as a Danny Smith goal five minutes before half-time and a late Lloyd Dean effort earned the Blues a 1-0 success over the manager

  • Vokes wants Clarets to keep it simple

    STRIKER Sam Vokes has urged Burnley not to get distracted by the hype surrounding Saturday’s top of the table clash, and risk letting their guard down. The Clarets go head-to-head with second placed Queens Park Rangers, with the return of last


    KATHLEEN ARTHUR (nee Parker) Nothing could be more beautiful, Than the memories we have of you, To us they're very special, because they are of you. Love Mum and Natalie xxx

  • Robert Lucas

    ROBERT (BOB) FRANCIS JOHN LUCAS Peacefully on Wednes-day, October 16, 2013 at Royal Blackburn Hospital and of Roe Lee, Bob aged 86 years. The dearly loved husband and soulmate of Vanessa, a much loved father of the late Jason, a dear brother in

  • Wayne Martindale

    WAYNE PETER MARTINDALE On Sunday, October 20, 2013, suddenly at home, Wayne aged 40 years. Beloved son of Hazel and John, dear brother of Dean and Damian, a darling daddy of Brooklyn and Demie, a much loved nephew and cousin. “If love could have

  • thomas fox

    THOMAS (Tom) FOX Rosemary and family would like to say a heartfelt thanks to all family and friends for all the cards, flowers and donations made to C.A.P. A special thanks to Brian Jackson for his kind words and ministrations also to Gregg, Tricia

  • John preston

    JOHN JOSEPH PRESTON The family of the late John Joseph Preston wish to express their sincere thanks to all relatives, friends and neighbours especially my brother Chris, for cards of condolence, kind expressions of sympathy and floral tributes received


    DAVID GRANITE Birthday memories of a dearly loved son. Thinking of you today, Loving you every day. Love from Mum x Birthday wishes for my brother. Love from Kelly, Marcus and Megan xxx Happy birthday to my brother David. A special smile, a special face


    DAVID WAYNE SMITH 23.10.70-1.1.09 Thinking today of our precious son, David, on his birthday. Miss you more than words can say. Happy birthday David. With all our love, as always, from Caitlan, Mum, Dad, Rachel and Glenn and all your family xxxxxxx