Whitehall Hotel Darwen storms to a TV victory

Whitehall Hotel Darwen Celebrate

[caption id=”attachment_225223″ align=”alignleft” width=”238″ caption=”Neil & Tracy Bullows celebrate their win”][/caption] The Whitehall Hotel in Darwen has stormed to victory in the Channel 4 show “Four in a Bed”. The hotel took part in the week long challenge where 4 sets of B&B owners visit each others businesses and pay for their rooms based on what they think the room …

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Man flown to hospital by air ambulance following Mellor crash

North West Air Ambulance

A man had to be cut free from a car after an accident on Mellor Lane, Mellor near Blackburn at around 2.50pm this afternoon. The man appears to have crashed his vehicle, a BMW, into a bin wagon near the Spread Eagle pub. Blackburn fire service had to rescue the man by using cutters and spreaders to enable access to the man in the …

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Final Whistle set to blow for “Blackburn Rovers” Police Officer

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

A police officer, who helped to keep football spectators safe, is set to blow the final whistle on his role as Football Intelligence Officer in Blackburn. PC Martin Crook, who took over the role in 2006, has retired from Lancashire Constabulary after 21 years with the force. Preston-born Martin, 51, spent 14 years in the Army (Royal Signals) before joining …

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Jobs boost for Accrington with new BT call centre

Telecoms group BT is to create 300 jobs in Lancashire when it opens a new call centre in Accrington town centre. The company worked with Lancashire County Council to find suitable offices in the county and the centre is now expected to open in the autumn. They are already working together on a project to install “superfast” broadband – defined …

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Blackburn Fire Service tackle two house blazes in the same day

Blackburn Fire Service

Blackburn Fire Service were kept busy on Tuesday 10th April 2012, when they were called to 2 separate house fires in Blackburn. The first was at a house on Moorgate Street in Mill Hill, Blackburn at around 1.20pm. A fire appears to have started in the front room of the property which caused severe heat and smoke damage to the …

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Young Boy attacked by dogs in Accrington

Lime Road

[caption id=”attachment_223065″ align=”alignleft” width=”240″ caption=”Lime Road Accrington”][/caption] Police in Accrington are appealing for information after a young boy was bitten by a dog last month. At around 3:45pm on Monday 19th of March, an 11 year old boy was walking home from school along Lime Road in Accrington and just as he approached the junction with Marlborough Road, two dogs ran up …

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Reported Crime figures show overall reduction in Lancashire

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan Lancashire Police

Crime is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 3,160 fewer victims of crime in the county last year, according to the levels of reported crime. The final end of year statistics for April 2011 — March 2012 show that Lancashire Constabulary saw reductions across the majority of different crime categories, despite crime already being …

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Early Hours’ Street Robbery in Blackburn Town Centre

Stonyhurst Road

[caption id=”attachment_222729″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stonyhurst Road Area”][/caption] POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man had his mobile phone stolen during a robbery in Blackburn in the early hours of Saturday morning. The robbery took place around 3.15am when the victim left his girlfriend’s house and was walking down Stonyhurst Road near to King Street in Blackburn Town …

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Unprovoked Attack and Theft on Blackburn Street

Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man had his bag stolen in Blackburn during a robbery on Easter Sunday. The offence took place around 12.30am when the victim had been walking along Thornton Close in the Fishmoor area of Blackburn with two friends when three men walked towards them. One of the men then approached the …

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Letterbox Arson attack at Blackburn Home – Appeal for information

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Following our report yesterday of a fire in a house in Notre Dame Gardens in Blackburn, the police are now appealing for witnesses and information, as the fire appears to have been started deliberately. The arson attack took place around 9pm when police were called by the fire service to reports that some paper had been pushed through a letterbox …

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Massive Supermarket on the way to Blackburn Town Centre? Will Local Traders Survive?

Blackburn Old Market

According to reports in the Lancashire Telegraph today, Blackburn with Darwen Council want discussions with an unnamed proposed purchaser of the former Blackburn market site. The site, which closed last year when the market was relocated to a new development underneath The Mall shopping centre, has been empty whilst the council considers the options from potential developers. The scheme would comprise of …

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Alan Shearer becomes ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone

Alan Shearer Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_222188″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Alan Shearer at a recent visit to Blackburn Youth Zone”][/caption] Blackburn footballing hero Alan Shearer has signed up as an official ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone. As an ambassador for The Youth Zone, Alan Shearer will act as a spokesperson for the work they are doing, he will be meeting young people from The Youth Zone …

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Police discover cannabis plants at Tintern Crescent address in Blackburn

POLICE discovered 45 cannabis plants at a Blackburn house after a community tip off. Neighbourhood police officers executed a warrant at the address on Tintern Crescent yesterday morning and found 25 mature plants and a further 20 smaller plants in an upstairs bedroom. Lighting and ventilation equipment was also seized from the address. The action followed information from members of …

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Bishop of Blackburn – Easter message about Pasties, Cash for Influence and the NHS

[caption id=”attachment_408″ align=”alignleft” width=”173″ caption=”Bishop of Blackburn“][/caption] The Bishop of Blackburn will raise questions about the future of the National Health Service, Disability Rights and the tanker drivers‘ dispute in his Easter message. These and other leading questions about recent social and political controversies will be raised by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade when he preaches …

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Recent Planning Decisions from Blackburn and Darwen including Gypsy Caravan Site & 2 Factory Demolitions

Planning Permission has been recently granted by Blackburn with Darwen Council for the following:     Oakhill Caravan Park, Lower Eccleshill Road, Darwen Continued use of land as gypsy caravan site – 2 static caravans, remainder would be a transit site. Westholme School, Wilmar Lodge, Meins Road, Blackburn Permission to fell 2 sycamore trees and replace Newmans Footwear, Garden Street, …

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Blackburn Crematorium Extension Plans Approved

Plans to extend the Crematorium at Pleasington have been approved. The extension will mean that new upgraded equipment can be installed that also reduce the environmental impact of the Crematorium. In particular the new technology will reduce the amount of mercury pumped into the atmosphere from teeth fillings. These improvemnts will also mean the Crematorium will be able to cope …

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Lancashire Police seize nearly 1900 cannabis plants in clampdown

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

A month-long Lancashire Constabulary operation to stop cannabis growers in their tracks has ended with some “excellent results.” Operation Broadley ran as a regional campaign throughout Lancashire during March and involved officers executing warrants county-wide and working with local authorities and other organisations to identify signs of cannabis cultivation and take action. With the operation now over, police can reveal that 1890 …

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Trapped woman cut free after car collision in Blackburn

Atlantic Pub Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_221770″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Atlantic Pub Blackburn“][/caption] Fire fighters had to free a woman from her car, following a collision with another car at the junction of Highfield Road and Mossley Street, Blackburn, near the Atlantic pub at around 8.30am this morning. The fire service used cutting and spreading equipment and the woman was conveyed to hospital. Her injuries are …

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Supermarket Opening Times for Blackburn, Darwen, Accrington and Clitheroe

Here are the major supermarket opening times over the Easter Holiday period. Now don’t forget, most shops are only closed for one day. There is no need to panic buy or store extra Easter Eggs, unless you want to!   Tesco Blackburn – Hill Street Thursday 5th 24 hours Good Friday 24 hours Saturday 7th open until midnight Easter Sunday Closed …

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Free Paint from Blackburn Police to beat Vandals

Free anti-vandal paint

[caption id=”attachment_221629″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Free anti-vandal paint”][/caption] Residents in Blackburn are being offered free anti-vandal paint as part of a drive to reduce theft across the borough. Officers from the North-West Neighbourhood Policing team are offering the paint, which never dries and leaves a sticky residue on hands and clothes it comes into contact with. The action comes after a …

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Favourite buildings and structures in Blackburn and Darwen

Soho Foundry

[caption id=”attachment_221617″ align=”alignleft” width=”200″ caption=”Soho FoundryBlackburn with Darwen Council is asking locals to nominate buildings as well as structures which enhance the personality and distinctiveness of the borough.”][/caption] Blackburn with Darwen Council is asking locals to nominate buildings as well as structures which enhance the personality and distinctiveness of the borough. There are actually approximately 300 statutory listed buildings in …

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Child Action North West celebrate historic Pound Day

Child Action North West are Blackburn Life‘s “Business of the Week”. Over 125 years ago the charity‘s founder, James Dixon began working with vulnerable children and young people across the region, caring for those in need in what he established as Blackburn Orphanage.  The majority of those ‘orphans’ weren’t bereaved of parents, but brought from families experiencing a wide range …

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George Galloway celebrates ‘Blackburn triumph’ on Twitter

George Galloway appears to have become a little confused after celebrating his recent by-election victory in Bradford when he took to Twitter to laud his “Blackburn triumph”. He then quickly corrected the mistake, tweeting just minutes later: “Bradford is home for me now.” He then suggested to his 63,000 followers that his account had been hacked, tweeting: “Nice try. Password …

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£100K boost for Blackburn and Hyndburn to help bring life back to high street

Mary Portas

Blackburn with Darwen and Hyndburn Councils have been handed £100,000 each of Government cash today in a move designed to breathe new life into boarded-up buildings. The new High Street Innovation Fund is given to areas with the highest number of empty shops and businesses. Ministers said the grants would be used to support new businesses hoping to set up …

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