• Man missing after leaving Royal Blackburn Hospital A&E

    A MAN has gone missing after leaving hospital having had treatment to cuts on his arm. Michael Hope, 54, of no fixed address, was last seen at about 8.30pm on Saturday, when he left the Royal Blackburn Hospital’s A&E Department. MORE TOP

  • Hospitality Professionals Meet Up and Coming Talent

    Chefs Jobs UK recruitment consultant Amy Hutcheson and executive chef Simon Bower met with catering students at Accrington and Rossendale College [Wednesday 11th March] as part of National Apprenticeship Week to discuss what it’s like to work in the hospitality

  • Champions Chorley eye clean sweep

    DAVID Lloyd Chorley 1 are just two games away from completing a season-long clean sweep of victories. The recently crowned North West Counties Squash League Division One champions marched ominously towards achieving that 100 per cent record with

  • Burnley fall to muscular opponents

    Burnley 0 Ashton-under-Lyne 34 BURNLEY were sunk by play-off hopefuls Ashton-under-Lyne at Holden Road. The visitors outmuscled a young home side in a display of brute force and slick passing. Trailing from two early scores, Burnley never

  • Blackburn set to secure top spot on the road in April

    Blackburn 48 Whitehaven 0 TITLE hunters Blackburn will be aiming to clinch the North Lancashire and Cumbria championship on the road next month. Blackburn go to Aldwinians on April 11 and then lock horns with Wigan a week later knowing that

  • Red Plane to Tackle Lancashire Cloud Migration Fear

    A cloud computing specialist is launching a brand new service to help East Lancashire companies migrate their IT into the cloud after research showed a lack of understanding is holding businesses back. In a survey undertaken by Red Plane, 47% of businesses

  • Salesbury win by a country mile!

    SALESBURY Primary School’s boys team produced one of the greatest displays of running in recent years to storm to victory in the annual Blackburn and Darwen Cross Country Championships. The Lovely Hall Lane school won all three team titles but

  • Summer football can brighten up club plans

    THE East Lancashire Football Development Association is looking to launch a summer 11-a-side football league - the first to be held in the borough. The ELFDA, in conjunction with the Blackburn Sunday Football League and the Blackburn and District

  • Climber combines studies with Euro and World champs

    CONNOR Byrne is getting to grips with his latest climbing challenge as he prepares for more action on the international circuit. The 18-year-old from Clitheroe has been selected to represent Great Britain in both the World Youth Championships and

  • There’s no touching brilliant Blacko

    BLACKO Primary School were the winners of the Pendle tag rugby competition to seal their place at this year’s Lancashire School Games for the second year running. The team competed against eight schools from the Pendle area and beat Park Primary

  • Super Saints spot on to win borough final

    SUPER St Cuthbert’s held their nerve to beat The Redeemer B in a penalty shoot-out in the final of the Blackburn and Darwen Primary Schools Tournament. The event, funded by a Sports Premium grant, was aimed at key Stage Two pupils who enjoy playing

  • New catering facilities

    ACCRINGTON and Rossendale College is set to widen its provision this September due to the development of its new Heartwood Centre, set to be completed in time for the new year. The Heartwood Centre will house the college’s Hospitality and Catering

  • Head’s retirement

    ANDREW Davidson, who is a deputy head teacher at Ribblesdale High School in Clitheroe, will begin a phased retirement after the East holidays. In a letter to parents headteacher Stephen Cox said: “Mr Davidson came to Ribblesdale to drive applied

  • University opens biomedical labs

    A BIOMEDICAL research facility has been launched at the University of Central Lancashire, which has an East Lancashire campus. The series of high-tech laboratories have been designed to focus multi-disciplinary postgraduate research across a breadth

  • Paying respects

    PENDLE students flew across the channel to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers of the First World War, as part of the Centenary Battlefields Programme. Lewis Gott and Chloe Bond, Year 9 students from Colne Primet Academy, visited various war memorials

  • Bigger sixth form

    ST Christopher’s CE Sixth Form will have an extra20 places in September. The school says this is due to an ‘unprecedented high number of exceptional applications’. The new Coates Building means the sixth form has more places. Applications deadline

  • Ruby anniversary

    HASLINGDEN High School is set to celebrate its ruby anniversary in September. There will be a series of activities and events throughout the year and the school is interested to hear from former staff and students to attend the events. Email

  • Aid money must be spent wisely

    LAST week, parliament committed to spending at least 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on development aid. But we must ensure our aid money is spent in the right way. An increasing amount of our aid budget is being spent on supporting big

  • The Vicar of Dibley takes to the stage

    AT THE height of its success the Vicar of Dibley was a huge TV ratings success for the BBC which aired for 13 years. Created by Richard Curtis and written for actress, Dawn French, it received multiple British Comedy Awards, two international Emmys

  • Show support for Stanley

    AS an avid fan of Accrington Stanley it mystifies me why we have such a low home crowd. It is a great family club and a friendly club. There is a supporters’ club to join and websites for having discussions or a laugh. There are around 80,000

  • We need more say about area

    THE New Homes Bonus scheme commenced in April 2011 and match funds the additional council tax raised for new homes and empty properties brought back into use for a period of six years. The 3,225 dwellings which are in the process of being built

  • Lib Dems have blood on hands

    IN 1931 the Liberals swallowed Tory austerity and were destroyed as a political force for a generation. Will 2015 be a repeat? Undoubtedly the Liberal Democrats have blood on their hands over austerity since 2010. No doubt they will say that they

  • Teachers have found right gear on cycle safety

    WITH every year that goes by, our roads get more and more congested. In tandem with that, accident figures remain deeply worrying — particularly among the under-25s. We live on a small island and we cannot keep building roads across our beautiful

  • Social media being used in bankruptcy hearings

    AN EXPERT in litigation is warning that social media is increasingly being used to summon debtors to court in bankruptcy hearings. Tom Smith, solicitor at Lancashire law firm Napthens, highlighted a number of cases which have seen websites used

  • Burnley out-of-school club rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted

    A BURNLEY out-of-school club has been rated ‘inadequate’ by the education watchdog Ofsted. Christ The King RC Primary School Out of School Club, which had previously been rated as ‘good’ when it was inspected in October 2009, was given the lower

  • Clarets and Rovers leading the way for English players

    BURNLEY are leading the way in terms of English qualified players starting in the Premier League, based on figures from the last round of top-flight fixtures. Seven of the 11 who started the Clarets’ 2-0 defeat at Southampton could have represented

  • Encaustic painting

    AN ENCAUSTIC art workshop will be held at the Civic Arts Centre, in Union Road, Oswaldtwistle, from 10am until noon tomorrow. Encaustic art involves using heated beeswax on a surface such as wood or canvas. The event costs £2.

  • Get tips from craft group

    THE Make It And Mend It (MIAMI) group will meet at the Prospects Environment Centre, in Broadway, from 10am until 2pm next Tuesday. The group will work on a variety of craft projects. A spokeswoman said: “The group will gladly pass on skills

  • Road closure

    STANHILL Road in Oswaldtwistle will be closed to traffic from tomorrow until Friday, April 24. The closure will allow workers from the county council to “reconstruct the footway”, a spokesman said. The work will be carried out from Moss Lane to

  • Play your part

    RESIDENTS in Rishton have been urged to play their part in democracy in May. Town councillor Ken Moss said: “ Despite regular public statements and news stories about what local councillors are up to, there is still the perception that elected

  • Cars warning

    CAR owners are being urged to make sure they keep their car doors and windows locked to help prevent them becoming victims of crime. It comes as residents in the Ewood area of Blackburn said the police should make tackling the problem one of their

  • Youth issues

    YOUTHS hanging around in a back alleyway are causing a nuisance for residents. Police said they have received complaints from people living in Queens Road, in Blackburn, describing how youngsters were loitering after 10pm on most days. Anybody

  • Drunk charge

    A 52-year-old woman was remanded on bail by Blackburn magistrates. Jannette Haigh, of Trinity Court, in the town, pleading not guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Darwen Street. She also pleaded not guilty to two charges of police assault

  • Parking reminder

    DRIVERS are being reminded to park conscientiously near schools for pupils’ safety. Police are to carry out patrols around The Redeemer and Lower Darwen Primary Schools during drop off and pick up times to make sure nobody is parked on the zigzag

  • Almost 1,800 Hyndburn homes don't have central heating

    ALMOST 1,800 homes in Hyndburn do not have central heating, it has been revealed. The figure has been blamed on “some of the oldest housing stock in the country” by the borough’s housing boss. MORE TOP STORIES: The council said 5.2 per

  • Grave work

    THE Friends of Darwen Cemetery will host its next working party on Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Volunteers are urged to go along and help out and there will be jobs to do for people of all ages and abilities. Anyone is welcome to attend the cemetery

  • Join pub quiz

    THE Sunnyhurst pub in Darwen will host its fortnightly pub quiz tomorrow night, from 9pm. A £200 jackpot will be up for grabs with spot prizes also on offer and supper is provided. Joint licensee Jeff Lawrenson said: “Old and new quizzers are very

  • Pupils tackle speeding

    POLICE in Mellor took to the streets with schoolchildren to teach them about the dangers of speeding. The officers from the neighbourhood policing team, withYear Six pupils from St Mary’s Primary, also wanted to educate drivers about the potentially

  • Cat rescued from behind fitted wardrobe

    FIREFIGHTERS were called to rescue a cat stuck behind a fitted wardrobe. Marmalade, the ginger cat, had become lodged behind a panel in a property in Rowan Avenue, Oswaldtwistle. Crews were called to help the pet around 5.10pm on Saturday.

  • Show support for your team

    FOOTBALL fans in Darwen can see their local side in action when AFC Darwen take on Atherton Collieries in the North West Counties First Division tomorrow at the WEC Group Anchor Ground. Kick-off is at 7.45pm as the Salmoners continue their push

  • Battle lines drawn over anti-social behaviour in Darwen

    NEIGHBOURHOOD police officers in the Marsh House and Whitehall areas of Darwen have outlined their priorities following meetings with residents. The neighbourhood team hosts monthly street PACT (Police And Communities Together) meetings in the

  • Pupils make giant igloo from empty milk cartoons

    YOUNGSTERS at a Hyndburn school have found a novel use for empty milk cartons. After a term of working on an eco project learning about the Arctic and Antarctic, pupils at St Nicholas Church of England Primary School constructed a giant igloo in

  • Six-screen cinema set for shopping mall extension

    A SIX-screen cinema is set to be built in Chorley when a shopping mall is extended. National chain Reel Cinema announced its commitment to be part of extension plans for the Market Walk centre. The operator is the first business to publicly

  • Midfielder Chris Taylor: I want to stay at Blackburn Rovers

    CHRIS Taylor would ‘100 per cent’ like to sign a new deal with Blackburn Rovers. But the midfielder admits it was not too long ago he feared he would be forced to call time on his Rovers career. MORE TOP STORIES: Taylor is one of eight

  • Burnley set to play key role in American TV history

    BURNLEY will play a key role in a revolution of live coverage of Premier League football in the United States when NBC host action on-site for the first time, starting with Arsenal’s visit to Turf Moor on Saturday, April 11. NBC will all work together

  • Dave Burnley column: Fans around country want Clarets to stay up

    IT LOOKS like we may have to alter our defiant chant of ‘no one likes us, we don’t care’, spawned from the turn of the millennium when Burnley were voted the second most disliked club behind runaway leaders Manchester United. Now it seems an increasing

  • Benefits fraud mum given 100 hours’ community service

    TRACEY Lee, 44, of Kingsbury Place, Burnley, has been given 100 hours’ community service by Pennine magistrates after she falsely claimed benefits for children she was no longer responsible for. Lee admitted to offences of failing to notify a change

  • Community cafe working to break Asian drug taboo

    DRUG rehab worker Mubashir Khan said a new community cafe is helping the Asian community tackle the taboo subject of substance misuse, but wants to reach out to more addicts and their families. A former user himself, the 34-year-old from Burnley

  • Blackburn pensioner denies raping woman

    A BLACKBURN pensioner faces trial after denying the rape of a woman. Arthur Procter, 78, of Ferrier Close, pleaded not guilty to the allegation of rape between 2009 and 2014 when he appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday. MORE TOP STORIES

  • UPDATE: Man charged in connection with six-year-old's kidnap

    A 33-YEAR-OLD man has appeared before magistrates charged in connection with the abduction of a six-year-old girl. Imran Khan, of Pendle Street, Accrington, indicated not guilty pleas to allegations of intentionally causing or inciting a girl under

  • Police investigation launched after woman allegedly raped

    AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a 23-year-old woman was allegedly raped in Burnley. The attack happened in Hammerton Street, near the Job Centre, during the early hours of Friday morning. MORE TOP STORIES: A man, 25, has been arrested