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Official Blackburn Market Opening this Saturday – What’s on Offer?

Blackburn Life – Buy Local Campaign The New Blackburn Market is due to open this Saturday 9th July 2011. Taking place from 9-4pm the launch will star celebrity chef, Nigel Howarth — a Michelin Star chef and star of the BBC‘s Great British Menu and Saturday Kitchen. The Bee Radio’s roadshow will be on hand to provide music and entertainment …

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Sunbed shop flat large scale Cannabis Factory in Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_95794″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”UV Lounge on ” title=”View all articles about Bolton Road here” >Bolton Road“][/caption] POLICE discovered a large scale cannabis factory after a raid at a disused sun-bed shop in Blackburn. Officers uncovered 111 plants in an upstairs flat at the property, UV Lounge, on Bolton Road yesterday morning (Wednesday 6 July). The plants, which had an …

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Life for murderer of Blackburn man

[caption id=”attachment_94895″ align=”alignleft” width=”225″ caption=”Glen Mould must serve at least 16 years”][/caption] A man has been sentenced to life in prison for killing a Blackburn man. Glen Mould, 36 years old of no fixed address, was told by the judge he must serve at least 16 years before being eligible to apply for parole for killing Dominic Bibby. Another man, …

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Early Evening Trundle up the Tower

Join an early evening walk to Darwen’s famous landmark, the Jubilee Tower. The Trundle up the Tower walk takes place on Friday, July 8 at 6.30pm. The two mile walk, which is graded moderate, is just one of the events taking place as part of the Weavers Way Walking and Cycling Festival. Following the event tired ramblers will return to …

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CCTV images after Blackburn letterbox fires

POLICE in Blackburn have issued CCTV images of two men they are keen to trace after several fires were started in the letterboxes of homes in Blackburn in the early hours of Thursday 23rd June 2011. Lit fire lighters were put through letter boxes of four terraced properties in the Hollin Bridge Street area. Fortunately nobody was injured and minimal …

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Official Opening of Blackburn Market this Saturday

The official launch of Blackburn‘s new £8m Market is set to take place on Saturday, July 9. With 20,000 shoppers attracted to the new site — part of the £66m extension to the Mall, Blackburn – on its opening day on June 1 and many more visiting since — the time has come to officially open the brand new state-of-the …

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Appeal for information following assualt on child

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on a 13 year old girl in Great Harwood. The incident took place on Wednesday 29th June at around 3:25pm when the girl was walking on what is known locally as the White Path near to the playing fields of Norden High School. The victim was approached by a man who has …

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Diana Vickers leaves record label for “creative” reasons

[caption id=”attachment_89390″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Diana Vickers has left RCA record deal”][/caption] Diana Vickers has announced that she’s parted company with record label RCA.The former X Factor contestant wrote on her Tumblr blog that she wants to take a new path and the decision is “purely based on a creative level”. She added: “I will always be really thankful for the …

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Police Blitz on Road Safety in Ewood – Fines

MOTORISTS driving at excessive speed, without a seatbelt and using mobile phones whilst driving have been given fines during a road safety crackdown. The action came as part of a drive to raise awareness about the consequences of driving irresponsibly or illegally. In a bid to reduce the number of collisions, a day of action was carried out on Wednesday …

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CCTV images released following Blackburn burglary

DETECTIVES have today released CCTV images and are re-appealing for information after burglars broke into a house in Blackburn and tied the occupant up on Friday (24th June) Police are continuing their search for three men who tied up and stole from a woman in her home on Goodshaw Avenue at about 11am on Friday morning. One of the men knocked …

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‘Whitebirk Witches’ given 2 year ASBOs by Blackburn Magistrates

[caption id=”attachment_87443″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Amanda Holt and Tori Duxbury given 2 year ASBOs”][/caption] TWO teenage girls, who terrorised residents in a Blackburn neighbourhood, have been given two-year anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs). Blackburn Magistrates gave 16-year-old Amanda Holt and 15-year-old Tori Duxbury the ASBOs after hearing how their unruly behaviour had caused significant problems for people living in the Whitebirk area. …

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Final List of Schools still open tomorrow in Blackburn

Of the 73 schools across Blackburn with Darwen eight schools are staying open. They include: • Belmont Primary School • Our Lady of Perpetual Succour RC Primary School • St James Primary School; Darwen • St Bede’s RC Sports College • Tauheedul Islamic Girls’ High School • Ashworth Nursery • Longshaw Nursery • Turncroft Nursery Three schools will remain partially open which …

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Does Blackburn need to take a leaf out of Ormskirk’s book?

Car parking charges have been cut in a Lancashire town to encourage more shoppers. The long stay car park at West Lancashire Borough Council offices in Ormskirk will drop from £10 to £3. Thirty minute parking will remain free, said the council. More spaces are to be made available to the public as council staff are relocated. Ormskirk Town Centre …

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Plan to improve Livesey Branch Road anti-social behaviour

POLICE have joined forces with the local community to drive down crime and disorder in a Blackburn neighbourhood. Members of the South West Neighbourhood Policing Team have been working with local residents to clean up the Livesey Branch Road area of the town. Action taken to improve the area has included repainting of the alleyway, the removal of weeds and …

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Consultation begins on Police Premises – Have your say

A public consultation process will begin on 1 July 2011 which could help determine the future of police premises across the county. The 12-week consultation process will give local people the chance to have their say on Lancashire Constabulary’s plans to review front counter services and potentially close some of the county’s police buildings. Consultation will begin with officers and …

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Blackburn’s appeal fails against Preston Tithebarn project

Blackburn with Darwen Council‘s appeal against the giant Tithebarn project in Preston has been rejected in a Manchester Court today. It now means the scheme can proceed in Preston which includes the demolition of the bus station and the inclusion of a John Lewis store. It would be interesting to see how much money has been spent on this legal …

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Local Rail Landmark Sinking

The longest railway viaduct in Lancashire is to undergo structural repairs after it was discovered one of its arches had started to sink. The Victorian viaduct, known locally as Whalley Arches, carries trains between Clitheroe and Manchester. Network Rail engineers have found that one of its 49 arches began to slip because wooden pilings have rotted. New steel pilings will …

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Police investigate body in canal at Blackburn

Police are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in the Leeds Liverpool canal on Bolton Road, Blackburn yesterday morning (Saturday). He has now been identified as Mark Atherton, 40, from Hamilton Street, Blackburn. Mr Atherton spent Friday evening socialising with friends in the Infirmary Public House on Bolton Road. He left at about 1.45am to take the …

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Further details emerge about Blackburn house raid

Police are continuing their search for three men who tied up and robbed a woman in her home on Goodshaw Avenue in Blackburn at about 11am yesterday morning (Friday, June 24th. It is now known that there were three men involved in the incident, all of whom were Asian males in their forties. One of the men knocked on the …

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EDL Founder denies assault at Blackburn Rally

[caption id=”attachment_81688″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stephen Lennon denies Assault”][/caption] The founder of the English Defence League (EDL) has denied assault after an altercation at a Lancashire rally. Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, was arrested in connection with a brawl at the EDL demonstration in Blackburn on 2 April. He denied common assault against Alan McKee when he appeared at …

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Three men’s knife threats in house burglary in Blackburn

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after burglars broke into a house in Blackburn and tied the occupant up before stealing money and jewellery. At around 11am this morning, three men approached the house on Goodshaw Avenue, claiming to be collecting for charity before threatening the occupant with a knife and forcing their way into the house. They then forced the …

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Blackburn Drink Driver row man jailed for 12 weeks

“A MOTORIST has been jailed for 12 weeks for driving while banned after police were slammed for not charging him with drink driving. Aaron John Pendlebury, a previously convicted drink driver, gave a positive breath test at the roadside and failed another test at the police station. But officers believed his claims that he had drunk vodka after a crash …

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Blackburn Couple accused of Child Neglect – Switched Child Identities

Mohammed and Nafisa Karolia deny neglecting their baby A Blackburn couple accused of neglecting one of their twin daughters tried to switch the children’s identities, a court heard. The court was told the switch took place in the weeks leading up to the death of their seven-month-old baby on 15 June 2009. Mohammed Karolia, 29, and Nafisa Karolia, 22, of Meadow …

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Ceremony marks the start of building the new Blackburn Fire Station

Tuesday 21st June marked the steel-erection ceremony for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s new Fire Station for Blackburn, just across the road from the present fire station on Byrom Street. The construction is part of a wider PFI programme which will see 16 fire stations built by Mansell, a Balfour Beatty company, across Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside, with Lancashire’s four …

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Blackburn Drink-Driver story is jaw-dropping!

The story in today’s LT about a disqualified drink-driver is jaw-dropping. It is reported that police believed a man’s story that he had gone to drink vodka after an accident to clam his nerves before returning to the scene. The police searched the house where he is alleged to have drunk the vodka and found no evidence of vodka. He was breath-tested …

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Depots that help needy households to close in Blackburn

Two depots which offer free reconditioned furniture and white goods to needy households in east Lancashire are to close. The stores are being forced to shut their doors because Blackburn with Darwen Council can no longer offer them the money they need to survive. In addition, the trustees say a change in government rules regarding traineeships has made their popular …

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Crime Author Neil White to visit Blackburn Library

Crime Writer – Neil White Crime author Neil White, returns to Blackburn library on Tuesday, 19th July at 7pm, to talk about his 5th novel, Cold Kill. Tickets £1 available from Blackburn library. He’ll stuff your jaws till you can’t talk He’ll bind your legs till you can’t walk He’ll tie your hands till you can’t claw And he’ll close …

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