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Ribble Valley MP arrested in rape allegations

Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, 55, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The MP is being questioned about the alleged attacks on two men in their 20s. Police have said that the alleged offences took place between July 2009 and March 2013 in Pendleton, Lancashire. Lancashire Police, who have not named …

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Preyed on Blackburn pensioner before killing him in fire

A Blackburn man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 88 year-old pensioner Christopher Proctor. Anthony Curry, 39, of Dyson Street, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Christopher Proctor following a fire at an address in Pleckgate, Blackburn. He also pleaded guilty to arson, burglary and two counts of attempted theft. Curry’s partner, Clare Randall, 31, also of Dyson Street Blackburn …

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Look to the stars before eating out this Bank Holiday

Ribble Valley Borough Council are saying that people should: “Check before you choose” if you are planning a bank holiday meal out. All food premises, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, have star ratings from five to zero for food hygiene. The outlets are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, …

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New rules to stop double parking start in Blackburn & Darwen tomorrow

Blackburn with Darwen Council will introduce new parking enforcement powers from Wednesday 1 May 2013. This means the Council’s civil enforcement officers will be able to issue penalty charge notices to any vehicle found to be obstructing crossing points or driveways with dropped kerbs, or the flow of traffic on a road by parking alongside another vehicle or a distance …

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Electricity Power outages hit Blackburn

Primary electricity substation, Borehamwood (David Hawgood) / CC BY-SA 2.0

Many areas of Blackburn have suffered electricity power cuts in Blackburn today. In the latest official statement published on the website of Electricity Northwest it says that although supply has been restored to many properties, the cuts could continue until 6am on Wednesday 1 May 2013. The statement on their website says: “We have a high voltage fault affecting Blackburn. This fault …

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Police appeal for information after indecent exposure

Police are appealing for information after a man exposed himself to two women in Blackburn on Sunday 21 April 2013. The incident took place around 1:10 am when the man exposed himself to the two women at the junction of St James Road and Whalley New Road. The man is described as being Asian, around 20 years of age and wearing a …

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Horrific attack as man punched to floor in Blackburn park

Police are hunting for a group of men following an attack in a Blackburn park. The 51 year old man was attacked from behind as he walked home through Griffin Park in the town on Friday 19 April at about 11.50 pm. The victim passed a group of three or four men who are thought to be in their 20s. …

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Blackburn man dies in Grane Road accident

A 33 year old man from Blackburn died in a collision on the Grane Road near Haslingden in the early hours of this morning – Sunday 21 April 2013 Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward to assist with their investigation. The incident happened at 1.55am when a silver Vauxhall Vectra travelling towards Haslingden from Blackburn left the road on a right hand bend …

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Council moves advice service to new location

Blackburn with Darwen Council are moving the advice services they offer to a new base in Blackburn Library. From Monday, 22 April 2013, the service entitled “Advice for All” will be the new face of free, local and independent advice in the borough bringing together services into a central point. Already on offer is confidential and impartial advice on welfare benefits, …

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Jail after woman set fire to her own home

Blackburn resident, Asiya Atiq Saddique, 33, of Notre Damn Gardens, who set fire to her Blackburn home after becoming angry about a leak, has been sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. Saddique appeared at Preston Crown Court this afternoon after pleading guilty to arson. She admitted setting fire to her home around 3pm on Saturday 24 November 2012. She had become angry …

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“Shocking” sexual assault in Blackburn

Police are hunting for two men in Blackburn following a serious sexual assault in the town earlier this week. Police were called to an address in the Hereford Road area shortly after 8:30pm on Monday evening.  The woman victim had been approached by two men while out in her garden and had been subjected to a sexual assault. Officers are appealing for information …

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Cannabis factory discovered in Blackburn house

Cannabis with an estimated street value of £15,000 has been seized from a house in Blackburn. Over 30 plants were found in the loft at the house on New Wellington Street on Thursday 11 April. A 57-year-old woman has been spoken to in relation to the plants and enquiries continue. Community beat manager PC Scott Boast said: “As a result of …

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Blackburn man jailed after manslaughter plea following drunken, violent assault

A Blackburn man has been sentenced to four years in prison for the manslaughter of another man in the town. Michael Cocker, 26, of Fielding Crescent, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court yesterday after previously pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Thomas Hill. At 11.15am on Tuesday 13 November 2012, the ambulance service attended an address at Fielding Crescent where they found 32 …

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Accrington drugs’ dealer jailed after £400k find

An Accrington man, who was behind one of Lancashire’s largest ever seizures of cannabis resin, has been sentenced to four years eight months imprisonment. Ian Batey, 30, of Dill Hall Lane, Accrington, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply cannabis and producing cannabis. His conviction comes after an investigation by Eastern Division’s …

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Darwen Investigation: Son charged with murder of his father

31 year old Anthony Hughes of no fixed address has been charged with the murder of his father, 60 year old, Brian Hughes. Police were called to a house on The Lea in Darwen in the early hours of Sunday morning, after reports of an assault. A post mortem has concluded that Mr Hughes died from head injuries. Anthony Hughes …

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Darwen murder investigation launched after 60 year old found dead

Police are investigating the murder of of a 60 year old man in Darwen. Police were called at shortly before 3.30am this morning (Sunday, March 31st 2013) by the ambulance service to reports that a man had been assaulted at an address at The Lea. When officers arrived the man had already died and subsequently a 31 year old man was …

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Ex-policeman extradited from Australia to face child sex charges

An ex-policemen appeared before Blackburn Magistrates charged with 20 sexual and cruelty offences against children. Jeffrey Lake, 77, of Peregian Springs, Queensland, Australia appeared before Blackburn Magistrates yesterday and was remanded to appear at Burnley Crown Court on 10 April. He is charged with seven offences of indecent assault on a girl under 13; four offences of gross indecency on a girl under …

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Children given the chance to make their mark on new Athletics Facility

Pupils from schools in Blackburn with Darwen are being invited to submit designs to brighten up the main outside wall of new athletics facility in Witton Park in the town. Youngsters are being asked to come up with drawings of the first things they think of when they hear the word “Athletics”. The pupil who comes up with the winning design …

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Council celebrate local volunteers at Your Call event

Blackburn with Darwen Council celebrated the achievements of dozens of volunteers as part of the council’s Your Call campaign at an event at King George’s Hall in Blackburn. The Your Call campaign, started in November 2011, was set-up by the council in response to the budget cuts. The cuts has meant that some services that have been lost have needed …

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Blackburn man with indecent images jailed

A Blackburn man has been sentenced to 28 months imprisonment after he was found to have indecent images of children on his computer, Anthony Astley, 45, appeared at Preston Crown Court on Monday 18 March after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing images of children. In addition to his sentence, Astley will also be subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order …

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Darwen cannabis factory discovered in house

Police discovered a cannabis factory after raiding a house in Darwen yesterday morning. Officers found 38 plants in the back bedroom after raiding the house on Inverness Road. The plants, which have a potential street value of £19,000 have been seized. A 41-year-old man will be interviewed about the find. Community beat manager PC Mark Edwards said: “Once again we …

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Unprovoked attack in Great Harwood bar

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man was head-butted in an unprovoked assault as he entered a Great Harwood bar last month. The incident took place around 12.30am on Sunday 17th February when the 39 year old victim made his way inside Snuffy’s Bar on Commercial Road when he was approached by another man and was immediately …

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Darwen man jailed for 40 year history of child sex offences

A Darwen man has been jailed for 18 years for the sexual abuse of girls going back 40 years. James Corbett, 74, of Ashton Road, Darwen appeared at Preston Crown Court on Friday 15 March 2013 after he pleaded guilty to numerous sexual offences, including rape, indecent assault and sexual assault. He was sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with an …

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Businesses targeted by mobile phone thieves in Clitheroe

A spate of mobile phone and cash thefts from Ribble Valley businesses have prompted the police to urge people to be more vigilant. Officers are currently investigating five crimes, at least three of which they believe to be linked in the Clitheroe area. The first offence took place just before 2pm on Saturday 9 March at Garays hairdressing shop on Wellgate, Clitheroe …

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Great Harwood residents urged to join in clean up

Great Harwood residents are being invited to help clean up their community as part of a joint operation in the town this weekend. Neighbourhood Police officers have teamed up with Hyndburn Borough Council for the event which will take place in the Hameldon View, Princess Street and Park Street areas of the town between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 16 …

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Police facebook page has gone to the dogs

The police in Lancashire have launched a facebook page just for the police dogs. The page includes photos of the dogs and updates on some of the work they have been involved in has been launched by the Constabulary’s Dog Unit. Sgt Neil Fitzgerald from the Dog Unit said: “We find that residents are always really interested to see our police …

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Arts Council Scheme will put Blackburn “on the cultural map”

Blackburn town centre is set to receive a boost following news it will receive more than £80,000 for an ambitious two year programme of artistic events and projects. The Arts Council has announced that has given the go-ahead to the innovative scheme drawn up by Blackburn with Darwen Council. The £85k scheme is part of the Council’s regeneration strategy and is …

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Elderly man killed in car collision near Mellor

A 79 year old man from Mellor was killed in a car collision in Blackburn yesterday afternoon. The accident happened at 4.40pm on Monday 11 March. A Ford Fiesta was involved in a collision with a Renault Megan at the junction of Preston New Road and Further Lane near Mellor. The elderly driver of the Fiesta was taken to Royal …

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