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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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Blackburn men arrested at private school for girls in Lancaster

Three men were arrested following an investigation into the welfare of a group of teenage girls at the privately run Jamea Al Kauthar School in Lancaster. A 30 year old man from Blackburn was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault and false imprisonment and has been released on police bail pending further enquires. A 53 year old man from Blackburn was arrested …

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Local company sailed in to help local families

Plain sailing for families thanks to Canal Boat Cruises A family run company have sailed to the rescue of Child Action Northwest to offer four families the chance to treat their mums this Mother’s Day. Lesley Yates of Canal Boat Cruises based at Riley Green, Hoghton was touched by an appeal to enable young carers to give a gift to …

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Ewood Florist Springs in to help on Mothers’ Day

Young Carers will be able to express their love this Mother’s Day thanks to the generosity of a Blackburn flower shop.  Debbie Schofield at Ewood Florist on Bolton Road in Blackburn responded to an appeal by Child Action Northwest for gifts for children who might otherwise not be able to afford to give a simple present on the special day. …

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Accrington security van bank raid – Masked raiders

Masked men raided a security van in Accrington as cash machines were being loaded in Accrington town centre last night. The robbery took place at 8.40pm when two G4S guards were loading the ATM machines at the Santander Bank on Union Street. The guards were approached by two men in dark clothing and balaclavas who smashed through the bank’s glass …

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Brave soles have burning desire to help the Youth Zone

Forty one brave people braved walking on a bed of hot coals at an event to raise funds for Blackburn Youth Zone The group which included Youth Zone Chief Executive Peter Little and the Dean of Blackburn, the Very Rev’d Christopher Armstrong, were led on the firewalk by Scott Bell, twice holder of the Guinness World Record for the greatest …

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Police warning to lock doors after intruder spotted opportunity

Police in Blackburn are warning residents to make sure that their homes are secure at all times. It follows and incident where an intruder gained access to the house of a 58 year-old man who “nipped out” for 5 minutes. The offence took place around 7.15pm on last Friday at Oakenhurst Road when the 58 year old victim briefly left his flat complex …

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Man who terrorised Shadsworth estate given ASBO

A 21 year-old man who terrorised the Shadsworth estate in Blackburn has been given an ASBO (Anti-Social Behaviour Order). Jess Volkert, 21, of Arran Avenue, Blackburn appeared at Blackburn Magistrates Court where he was given the two year ASBO. Under the conditions of the ASBO, Volkert is banned from going into Shadsworth, the Delph Estate and some of the Queens Park …

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500 jobs to go at Blackburn with Darwen Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council have confirmed that 500 council jobs will go over the next two years. In setting their budget for 2013/14, the council tax rates were held at the same level as 2012/13, but will mean cuts in grants to local voluntary groups, reductions in street cleaning, increased charges for leisure centres and reduced library opening hours. Kate Hollern, …

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Canal Path flasher hunted by police

Police are hunting for a man in his 40s or 50s who exposed himself to a group of people including very young children. The incident took place at approximately 2.15pm on Sunday 24 February when two women, aged around 30 were pushing their toddlers in prams along the canal path next to Higher Audley Street, when a man has deliberately exposed himself to them. …

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Drugs seized in Darwen house raids

Police have seized drugs following raids on two houses in Darwen last week. Houses on Holker Street and Dove Lane were raided on Friday 1 March. A large bag of cannabis bush was found at the house on Holker Street and a 46-year-old man will be questioned about the find. Two women, aged 38 and 19 were arrested for possession …

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Blackburn Man charged with attempted murder following brutal attack

A 30 year old man from the Shadsworth area of Blackburn has been charged with attempted murder. Steven Quigley of Rothesay Road, Blackburn was due to appear before Blackburn Magistrates’ Court today. Another man, Gary Quigley, 42, of Hancock Street, Blackburn, has been charged with assisting an offender. The victim of the crime, a 41 year old man, remains in a …

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New Bishop of Blackburn Appointed

Downing Street have today announced the appointment of the Venerable Julian Henderson as the new Bishop of Blackburn having been approved by the Queen. His appointment follows the retirement of the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade in October of 2012. The 58-year-old has been Archdeacon of Dorking in the diocese of Guildford in Surrey since October 2005, while his wife Heather …

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Police hunt for exposing driver in Accrington

Police are hunting for a man in his 40s who exposed himself to a teenage girl under the pretence of asking for direction. On Tuesday 26 February, the 15 year old girl was walking home when a man pulled up in a silver hatchback vehicle at the junction of Annie Street and Foster Street. He asked the girl for directions, before …

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Ribble Valley pubs caught serving alcohol to children

A  police operation in conjunction with Trading Standards has caught pubs supplying alcohol to children as young as 15. Police used volunteer teenagers to make test purchases in pubs in Whalley and Longridge and from the eight pubs tested, 5 were found to sell drink to the children without making any check of their age. PC Martin Midgley, project coordinator for the Community Alcohol …

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Vicious attack leaves Blackburn man in critical condition

Police are hunting for a gang of three men that viscously attacked a man in his home in Blackburn. Police were called to a house in Coleridge Street in the Redlam area of the town in the early hours of Sunday morning (24 February). They discovered the resident, aged 41, with critical injuries. Three men are believed to have broken into …

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Machete raiders in “Terrifying Ordeal” for Whalley couple

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Police are hunting for two men in their twenties who terrorised a couple in their Whalley home. The men forced their way into the home on Clitheroe Road last Friday evening wearing face coverings and armed with a machete. They made demands from the occupants of the house before searching the property and leaving with just £50 in cash. “Terrifying” Detective Inspector …

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Blackburn Getaway Driver jailed after catering store raid

A getaway driver who aided in the raid of a local catering company has been jailed for 2 years. Simon Jones, 38, of Skye Crescent, Blackburn appeared at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to robbery and admitting driving the vehicle that was involved in the raid. The raid took place in December 2012 when the gang targeted A-Z Catering on …

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Ribble Valley freeze council tax for fourth year running

Ribble Valley Borough Council has fixed its Council Tax rates at the same level as the last four years, despite an eight per cent reduction in Government grants. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will be maintained as well as no requirement for compulsory redundancies or service cuts. Ribble Valley Borough Council was given permission by the Government to increase its share …

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Blackburn is full of romance – Survey results

A recent survey of shoppers in Blackburn Market has revealed that the Blackburn shoppers are still a romantic bunch, Out of the 163 people questioned, 75% said they celebrated St Valentine’s Day and a whopping 79% told their partners that they loved them every day. The majority of those who celebrated Valentine’s Day did so with cards, gifts, flowers and a meal …

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Gang terrorise teenage boys with stun gun in house robbery

A gang of four men wearing balaclavas burst into a house on York Street in Church near Accrington brandishing a stun gun. They threatened the teenage boys in the house who are aged 14 and 17 when they broke in at about 7.30pm on Sunday 10 February. The gang escaped with a wallet containing cash and credit cards. The men drove off …

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Bradford Gang jailed for multiple East Lancashire burglaries

A gang of men from Bardford, who targeted and broke into 26 houses in Blackburn, Accrington, Nelson and Burnley, have been jailed for a total of 15 years. Michael Darling, 20, of Moorlands Avenue, Bradford; Zeeshan Khan, 19, of Tyersal Avenue, Bradford; Zahir Hussain , 18, of Valley View Grove, Bradford and Joesel Rohman, 26, of Upper Rushton Road, Bradford appeared …

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Builder wanted by police after £11K jewellery theft – Photograph

A builder who is wanted for not finishing jobs he has already been paid for is also being hunted by police in relation to a jewellery theft. The theft took place on Saturday 26 January 2013 at a house on Haredon Brook Close, when the victim’s jewellery was stolen from a wardrobe inside the bedroom. The police also want to question the man, who was trading …

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Blackburn HMV identified as loss making and will close as part of administration

The administrators of HMV, Deloitte, have announced that the Blackburn branch of HMV has been identified as one of the chain’s loss making stores and will close. The administrators have identified 66 stores that will close of part of this process. Nick Edwards, Joint Administrator, commented:  “As part of our on-going review of HMV’s financial position, we have now completed a …

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