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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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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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