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Blackburn “violent and dangerous man” jailed following knife attack on woman

Christopher Corkin

[caption id=”attachment_220947″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Christopher Corkin”][/caption] A man, who stabbed a woman in the neck before running off with her handbag, has been jailed. Christopher Corkin, 19, of Ravensglass Close, Blackburn was today given an indeterminate sentence to serve a minimum of four years before he is eligible for parole and will only be released when he can prove that …

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Break in at Whalley New Road Takeaway – Appeal for Information

Lancashire Police

Police in Blackburn are appealing for information after a break in at a takeaway on Whalley New Road. Some time between 5am and 6am on Wednesday morning (28th of March) the ‘Funky Fried Chicken’ takeaway was broken into. It is thought that the offender has climbed into the back yard of the property before climbing up onto a flat roof and forcing …

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Lancashire Fire Chief warning about storing Petrol at Home

Paul Richardson

The Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Lancashire has warned against “large amounts of petrol at home”. Commenting on the potential tanker drivers‘ strike, Paul Richardson, Deputy Chief Fire Officer said: “It’s understandable that people may be worried about the impact of a potential shortage of petrol, but we would advise not to store large amounts of petrol at home. Petrol …

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Blackburn with Darwen Council want feedback on new website proposal

Blackburn with Darwen Website

[caption id=”attachment_220708″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Blackburn with Darwen Website Proposal”][/caption] Blackburn with Darwen Council is currently redesigning its corporate website and is seeking residents views on how it will look. The Council say that residents have said the current website is not user friendly so the Council is looking to improve it. It will be designed to be much easier to read and understand as …

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Crackdown on dangerous driving outside Blackburn Schools

Motorists who drive dangerously outside schools have been targeted as part of a road safety crackdown. Yesterday members of the Queens Park Neighbourhood Policing Team stood outside Audley Junior School, to speak to drivers and parents about dangerous driving and illegal parking. Checks were also carried out on those travelling on Pringle Street, Queens Road and Queens Park Road. One …

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Blackburn Nurse receives Award after return to University

Louise Hartley - Jennifer Humphries Bursary Award

[caption id=”attachment_220479″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Recognition: Louise with Nigel Harrison receiving her “]-300×200.jpg”>[/caption] A Blackburn nurse has recently been awarded the Jennifer Humphries Bursary Award by the University of Central Lancashire in recognition of her academic efforts. Louise Hartley returned to university to graduate the two-year long BSc (Hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nursing) part-time course, while still continuing …

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Over 50% of Blackburn Taxis found to have Serious Defects in Safety Crackdown

Taxi operators are being urged to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy after a crackdown in East Lancashire. Police joined forces with HM Revenue and Customs, VOSA and council officials to carry our checks on the vehicles after concerns were raised by passengers. On Friday night (23 March) police in Accrington checked 24 taxis during a five hour road side …

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Fake Courier who robbed Blackburn woman is jailed

ARMAND CHOUDHRY

[caption id=”attachment_220317″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Armand Choudhry”][/caption] A Newcastle man, who posed as a courier before robbing a woman at her Blackburn home, has been jailed for four years. Armand Choudhry, 25, of Hamilton Place, Newcastle, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to robbery. Choudhry was one of two men who forced his way into the house on …

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Can you walk the Three Towers Trek and create Miles of Smiles?

Three Towers Trek

The Anthony Ainsworth Three Towers Trek is a 34 mile sponsored walk from Darwen Tower to Blackpool Tower. It has been organised by Ian Ainsworth from Blackburn in memory of his father and will raise vital funds for local charity Miles of Smiles. The sponsored event will take in three famous Lancashire towers, starting at Darwen Tower, going via Hoghton Tower …

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Check Out High Flying Nail and Beauty Centre Split n’ Polish

Split n’ Polish based in the Cheery Tree district of Blackburn and was established in 1999 and is our “Business of the Week”. They offer a wide range of beauty treatments for both women and men and are the only Collin Resultime 4 star salon in Lancashire. Delivering the finest possible treatments and advice has helped the team at Split n’ …

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Local Community Working Together to Improve their Area

Young volunteers in Fernhurst Woods

[caption id=”attachment_220199″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Young volunteers helping clean up in Fernhurst Woods”][/caption] A local group of residents have joined together to improve the quality of life in their area. The group, which is based around the Fernhurst and Oakdale areas near Jack Walker Way, tackled an area of woodland behind the Fernhurst pub which had become strewn with litter. Volunteers worked over …

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Concern for Man missing from Blackburn Hospital – Since found Safe and Well

Richard Baird

[caption id=”attachment_220131″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Richard Baird”][/caption] Police are appealing for information about a man who has gone missing from hospital in Blackburn. Richard Baird, 25, left Royal Blackburn Hospital on Haslingden Road at around 2:50pm yesterday afternoon and was last seen on Shadsworth Road at around 3pm. He is described as white, around five feet nine inches tall, of slim …

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Funds will release Griffin residents from limbo

A recent successful bid for money by Blackburn with Darwen Council will allow residents in the Griffin area of Blackburn, left in limbo after the collapse of the Housing Market Renewal programme to be re-homed. The Council previously received money from the Government’s HMR programme for the Griffin area to carry out the refurbishment of terraced houses that were still …

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Now “Mindless” Vandals target Blackburn School

Markazul Uloom School

[caption id=”attachment_220056″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Markazul Uloom School”][/caption] Following last week’s reports of “mindless vandalism” at Darwen schools, police are now appealing for information about instances of criminal damage to a Blackburn school. On three separate occasions this month, windows at the Markazul Uloom School on Park Lee Road have been broken. The first incident took place around 7:30pm on the …

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Business of the Week is “Split n’ Polish”

The first winner of  Blackburn Life‘s “Business of the Week” is Split n’ Polish in Cherry Tree, Blackburn. The company can look forward to a feature article on Blackburn Life in the next few days as well as 7 days free advertising on the blackburn.com website from Monday. If you entered the draw, but were not lucky this week, do not …

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Darwen Schools are targets for “mindless vandals”

Holy_Trinity School Darwen

[caption id=”attachment_219637″ align=”alignleft” width=”200″ caption=”Holy Trinity School Darwen”][/caption] Police in Darwen are appealing for information after two schools were targeted by vandals in Darwen and Hoddlesden. Around 9.40pm last night, four windows were smashed at St Pauls School, Baynes Street, Hoddlesden causing around £700 damage. A further 15 windows were smashed as vandals targeted Holy Trinity School on Bank Top …

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Grants available for community Jubilee celebrations

Your Town Your Call Blackburn

Community groups will be able to bid for cash grants as part of Blackburn with Darwen’s Jubilee celebrations. Council leader Councillor Kate Hollern last night announced a pot of money for volunteers to put on events for the Jubilee at a special Your Call celebration event for volunteers and community groups . The pot will be made up of funds …

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Young people elect new Youth MP for the borough

[caption id=”attachment_219566″ align=”alignleft” width=”240″ caption=”Councillor Hollern with Danielle Wallace, Hamzah Ahmed and Ammaarah Patel”][/caption] Young voters have chosen Blackburn College student Danielle Wallace to be their new Youth MP. The 16-year-old said she was overwhelmed at being elected. Visibly tearful while making her victory speech, Danielle promised she would represent young people to the best of her abilities. The teenager, …

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Recruitment drive for Special Constables in Blackburn

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

PEOPLE looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills while making good use of their spare time are being invited to become a Special Constable. Special Constables are unpaid volunteer police officers who have the same powers as regular police officers, wear the same uniform and are issued with the same equipment. Special Constables carry out local …

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Business of the Week launched by Blackburn Life

Business of the Week

As part of our mission to support local independent businesses, charities and organisations, Blackburn Life are launching our new scheme “Business of the Week”. All you need to do to become a Business of the Week, is complete the form at the bottom of this news story and have at least one of the following: Website Page Facebook Page Twitter …

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Council warn benefit changes will mean “tough decisions” in Blackburn with Darwen

Andy Kay

[caption id=”attachment_218932″ align=”alignleft” width=”199″ caption=”Andy Kay”][/caption] Blackburn with Darwen Council is warning that tough decisions will have to be made locally if the Government’s planned changes to benefits take place. The government is telling all Councils to get ready to put in place a local Council tax benefit scheme. At present, central government decides who is eligible for support and …

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“Terrifying Ordeal” for couple in Great Harwood burglary

Lancashire Police

Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Great Harwood. The incident happened the early hours of Saturday morning (March 17th) at around 12:25am at an address on Britannia Street. Two men dressed in dark clothing forced their way into the house and threatened the occupants with a crowbar and a knife whilst and demanded money. An iPhone …

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Accrington Woman arrested as part major fraud investigation

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Lancashire police have charged seven people with fraud offences as part of a major investigation. The charges are part of a Lancashire Constabulary Operation — Ismine – and are part of an ongoing investigation. They were arrested on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday last week at addresses in Accrington, Manchester, Oldham, Little Hoole, Preston and Nottingham. All seven are charged with conspiracy …

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Great Harwood Waste recycling centre closes – Will fly-tipping increase?

Great Harwood Waste Centre Closes

Four household waste recycling centres in Lancashire, including the one in Great Harwood have closed after attempts to save them failed. This expands the closure programme that in the past has included the site at Langho near the Petre Arms. The sites in Bacup, Colne, Garstang and Great Harwood have been shut as part of Lancashire County Council‘s £179m budget …

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Thwaites Empire Theatre pay tribute to a committed volunteer and true gentleman

Thwaites Empire Theatre have paid tribute to a supporter and volunteer who passed away last night. The Theatre have published a tribute on their website which reads, “Jim Wilkinson was a committed supporter of Thwaites Empire Theatre. With his trademarks beard, bow tie and trilby he was a character well known to theatre goers throughout Blackburn with Darwen. A long …

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Accrington Booze Corner closed twice for selling to children

A shop, which lost its licence for selling alcohol to children, has been forced to close for a second time. The owner of Booze Corner on Burnley Road, Accrington, surrendered the shop‘s licence on 10 January 2012 before a review hearing took place. The action came after neighbourhood police officers and members of Lancashire County Council‘s trading standards department gathered …

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Red Rose Award Winners – Success for Local Companies

Red Rose awards

Local companies have had great success at the Lancashire Business View Red Rose Awards this evening. The awards were presented at an event at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. WEC Group in Darwen were double winners with the Industrial Business of the Year and the Large Business of the Year Awards. Farleys Solictors who have offices in Blackburn, Burnley, Accrington …

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