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Guilty plea after robbery from “vulnerable man” in Blackburn

A MAN, who targeted a vulnerable gentleman with learning difficulties, has pleaded guilty at court. Mark Jones, 45, of Heath Street, Salford, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Friday 22 July) where he pleaded guilty to robbery and theft. Jones admitted targeting a 63-year-old man at Morrisons in Blackburn on 23 October. He led the man from the supermarket in the …

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Another Cannabis find by Police

CANNABIS with an estimated street value of up to £76,000 has been discovered at a house in Darwen. Officers found 190 plants after a raid at the address on Blackburn Road last night (Thursday 21 July). Hydroponic equipment including lights and fans was also found at the house. No one was arrested and enquiries continue to find out who was …

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Man robbed and attacked in Blackburn street

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was robbed in Blackburn. The incident happened on Wednesday 20th July at around 10:00pm on Montague Street close to the Ugo store, formerly known as Netto. The victim, a 44 year old man who has learning difficulties, was walking down the road when he was approached by a man who punched him …

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New Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Blackburn

OVER 80 residents in a Blackburn community have joined forces with the police to launch a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The crime prevention scheme, which was launched in the Dalglish Drive, Garner Close, Flowers Close and Whelan Close areas of the town on Wednesday 20 July, encourages local residents to report suspicious activity to the police. A group email address …

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Covers stolen in Blackburn and Darwen

POLICE are appealing for information after a number of grid covers in total have been stolen from around Blackburn and Darwen. Between the 4th and the 14th July, a total of 21 gulley grid covers have been stolen from Progress Street, Meadow Street, Whalley Crescent, Ellenshaw Road, School Street, Tythebarn Street, Marsh House Lane, Bury Fold Lane, Green Arms Road …

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Blackburn with Darwen Guide to Fun for Summer now available

Off for Fun is a guide to what’s on offer across the borough this summer. The colourful brochure is jam packed with events to keep children and young people occupied. There are lots of free places on a wide variety of activities organised at venues such as parks, community centres, children’s centres and libraries. Whatever your age and ability, there …

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New Police Chief joins Eastern Division in Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_105090″ align=”alignleft” width=”291″ caption=”Dean Holden”][/caption] A NEW police chief has been appointed to oversee criminal investigations in Lancashire Constabulary’s Eastern Division. Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden, 38, has taken over the role following the departure of DCI Martin Kay and will take charge of CID, Public Protection and Intelligence within Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley. The …

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BBC air Blackburn Edwardian film collection – Available on iPlayer

The BBC are repeating the 3 part series that feature some of the short films from the Edwardian Age, made by pioneering film-makers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon from Blackburn. Rescued after lying hidden in a cellar for over 80 years and restored to their original clarity, they throw new light on Britain at work and play before WWI. This first …

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Blackburn College launch Summer Slam for 11 – 16 year olds

Blackburn College has created the ultimate cure for the summer holiday blues. With activities, which range from Glee style workshops, bushcraft and survival skills and sports, to art and cookery, Blackburn College has formulated Summer Slam 2011. Summer Slam is two full weeks of exciting, free activities for 11 to 16 year olds in the local area. Corwynne Whitehead, School Liaison …

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Lancashire Speed Camera Data released online Tomorrow (Wed 20 July)

DATA on every fixed speed camera in Lancashire will be posted on the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety’s website tomorrow (Wednesday 20 July). Figures showing the number of collisions and casualties at the fixed camera sites – both before and after the cameras were installed – will be published and updated on an annual basis. The number of speeding offences …

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Blackburn with Darwen Age Concern Photography Competition – Open to Everyone

For all you budding or polished photographers, Age Concern in Blackburn with Darwen are running a photography competition. Winning entries will feature in their 2012 calendar and photography vouchers are up for grabs for the top prize winner. Full details of the competition can be found on the Age Concern wesbite. Good Luck! Closing date: 5pm on Friday 30th September 2011

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Wanted Man could be in Blackburn Area

POLICE are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a man who is wanted on prison recall. Stephen Sergeant, 24, who is from Preston, was convicted of a robbery in August 2008 and was sentenced to six years in prison. He was released from prison in May this year but has since breached the terms of his licence and is …

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Assault and Handbag snatch in Queen’s Park Area Blackburn

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was assaulted and had her handbag stolen in Blackburn. Around 12.30am on Thursday 14 July, the 59 year old was walking home along Pringle Street near to the junction with Bennington Street when she was confronted by a man who began shouting at her. The man tried to wrestle her handbag from …

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Awards for local police volunteers at Blackburn HQ

MEMBERS of the public who give up their time to help carry out volunteer work for Lancashire Constabulary were honoured at a special awards ceremony last month. The event, held at Eastern Division‘s Headquarters in Blackburn, recognised those who have spent between three and ten years volunteering for the force in various roles and community projects. [caption id=”attachment_102761″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ …

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Review : Last Night of the Proms – Blackburn Cathedral

Blackburn Cathedral‘s annual ‘Last Night of the Proms’ concert took place on Saturday night to a capacity crowd. The concert featured the Northern Chamber Orchestra and the choirs from Blackburn Cathedral along with some other performers. The evening began with the anthem ‘I Was Glad’ by Parry which many will know as the music that Kate Middleton walked down the aisle …

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Appeal for information after man exposes himself : Blackburn News

POLICE in Blackburn are appealing for information after a man was seen touching himself inappropriately in public. At around 4:45pm on Thursday (7th July) an elderly lady had just arrived home at her flat on Swallow Drive, Blackburn when she saw a man at the bottom of the steps of the block of flats exposing himself and touching himself inappropriately. …

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Man has both ears ripped off during attack

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a vicious assault on Whalley Road Accrington in the early hours of Sunday 10th July 2011. At around 1:30am, an 18 year old local man was in a takeaway on Whalley Rd with friends. The man and his friends then separated and the victim had walked along Whalley Road towards Eastgate. As he walked along …

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Scrambler Bike Warning in Darwen

POLICE in Darwen are warning that they will take a tough stance on anyone found riding a motorbike illegally. The warning comes after officers received several reports about the use of motorbikes at the Manor Road entrance to the Moors leading up to Darwen Tower. A local horse riding group have reported concerns after several of their members were startled …

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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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