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Blackburn Market opening delayed – Again!

It appears that the new Blackburn Market will now open 3 days later than originally announced, as traders need more time to get their new stalls ready. This is the second delay to the opening of the market and negates the marketing that the council have been doing regarding the revised opening date of 28 May. The market will now open …

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Teenager charged with Darwen assault on 16 year old

DETECTIVES have charged a 17 year old boy in connection with an assault on another teenager in Darwen. Around 10pm on Friday 6 May, police received a call from the Ambulance Service reporting a boy had been found on Highfield Road with serious head injuries. The 16 year old was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but was later transferred to …

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Police appeal for witnesses after 16 year old suffers serious head injuries

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 16 year old boy was seriously assaulted in Darwen. Shortly after 10pm last night (Friday 6 May), police received a call from the Ambulance Service reporting a boy had been found on Highfield Road with serious head injuries. He was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital but was later transferred to Royal Preston Hospital …

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Blackburn rejects AV 72% voted No in the referendum – No to AV in UK

Following the Blackburn count of votes in the referendum to change the voting system, 72.33% have voted no to a change to AV. The ‘No’ votes totalled 29787 against 11393 in favour. There was a turnout of 40.75% According to the BBC, the ‘no camp’ needed to get more than 9.8m votes nationally to clinch victory. The threashold was crossed …

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Blackburn Council Election Results – All the information you could ever need

Blackburn Life has compiled all information you could ever need about the Blackburn with Darwen Council elections of May 2011. The full results table follows, which shows which wards changed hands and the turnout for each ward as well as the percentage share of the vote each candidate gained. Further below you will find turnout comparisons, council seats (before and …

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Blackburn Election Results – Labour gain 2 seats so far

Labour have gained 2 seats so far in the council elections. They have taken Sunnyhurst from the ‘For Darwen’ Group (which was held by their leader Tony Melia) and taken Marsh House from the Lib Dems. Labour hold Ewood and Lib Dems hold Sudell. More results as they happen.

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Too many degrees or too few jobs?

Blackburn butcher, Doug Ewens, has had applications from law graduates for an assistant role on Blackburn market paying barely above minimum wage. He had 235 applications for the apprentice role including out of work managers and surveyors. Mr Ewens, 43, said he could not believe the level of interest from people who would normally expect a well-paid professional job but  were …

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Blackburn in Top 10 – Insurance Fraud

The Daily Mail are reporting that Blackburn features in the Top Ten of suspicious insurance claim areas. The paper states, “Each year, Keoghs – a law firm specialising in investigating suspicious claims on behalf of insurance companies – publishes the worst areas for fraud. But it also provides insurers with secret information on the worst postcodes. This list, which is …

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Dragons’ Den Success to speak at Blackburn dinner

Kirsty Henshaw, who was one of the most notable Dragon slayers in the BBC TV programme Dragons’ Den, is due to speak in Blackburn. Young mum to Jacob, Kirsty established Worthenshaws in 2009, a frozen dessert free from allergens, artificial colours and flavourings. Jacob was and still is the inspiration behind the Freedom range. After learning Jacob suffers from a …

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Focus DIY into administration

Focus DIY, which has a store in Blackburn and others in Lancashire, is set to go into administration. The chain, which has 178 stores and employs more than 3,900 staff, revealed that it has sought consent from its lenders to appoint Ernst & Young as administrator. In a statement, the company said it had defaulted on its senior credit facility and …

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£300,000 Drugs factory discovered in Blackburn

A CANNABIS factory valued at £300,000 has been uncovered at a Blackburn property. Police made the discovery at the detached house on Bolton Road at 9am this morning (Wednesday 4 May) after executing a warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act. 600 plants, each with an estimated street value of £500, were found in the premises along with a sophisticated …

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Blackburn Railway Station Platform to close for five months

Work starts on Sunday 22 May at Blackburn Station to improve platform 4 when it will close for approximately five months Alan Howarth, Network Rail‘s project sponsor, said: “The changes we are making mean getting to platform 4 and the time spent on it will be a much more pleasurable part of the journey. “Even so, I know some passengers will …

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Blackburn Council investigation into mobile phone abuse

The Lancashire Telegraph has reported that there will be a “full and open investigation” following the audit report that found widespread abuse of mobile phones at Blackburn with Darwen council. Council leader Kate Hollern said: “There will be a full and open investigation and anyone who has been involved in any wrongdoing will face disciplinary procedures, and any ex-employees who have …

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LibDem councillor jumps before he is pushed!

Following Councillor Abdul Rehman’s resignation from the Liberal Democrat Groups on Blackburn with Darwen Council. Lib Dem Group Leader Cllr. David Foster said, “I think this is a case of a councillor resigning before he was kicked out of the Group. All Liberal Democrat councillors sign up to an agreement when they join which list their responsibilities. One of those responsibilities …

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Fire Chief urges Public to be Vigilant following spate of fires on moors

Lancashire Fire and Rescue is currently tackling a number of moorland fires throughout the county. Fires have broken out in Ormskirk, Bacup and in Belmont, where there have been over 100 firefighters fighting the blaze. Following these fires, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer Paul Richardson is urging members of the public to be extra vigilant whilst …

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Memorial Service for Bishop’s Wife today

A Memorial Service in thanksgiving for the life, work and witness of Jennie Chesters will take place on Saturday 30th April 2011 at 11am in the Cathedral. Mrs Jennie Chesters, wife of Bishop Alan Chesters, died on Tuesday 8th March 2011 aged 77 after a long period of illness. Jennie and Bishop Alan lived for seven years in Tarvin, near Chester, …

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Caravan Destroyed by Fire

A caravan was destroyed by fire on Haslingden Road, Queens Park, Blackburn early this morning. The fire also caused moderate smoke damage to two floors of a disused poublic house. The fire brigade attended.

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Jack Straw’s £30K job at International Company

Jack Straw, the MP for Blackburn, has gained a consultancy role with a salary of £30K a year. The role is with ED & F Man which describes itself as one of the leading providers of sugar, molasses, animal feed, tropical oils, biofuels, coffee and financial services. He will be an advisor on foreign affairs. Following criticism that MP‘s should …

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The 3rd Middle Earth Beer Festival

The 3rd Middle Earth Beer Festival, Thursday 28th — Saturday 30th April 2011 The 3rd Middle Earth Beer Festival will take place between Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th April 2011 at Hurst Green Memorial Hall, Ribble Valley Lancashire. The event will feature over 40 real ales and ciders from around the UK, there will be great local food available and …

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Local Students’ Success

Two students from Westholme School have had recent successes. UVI student Victoria Green has been awarded a Silver certificate in the Chemistry Olympiad.  This places Victoria in the top 30% of the best A Level Chemistry students in the country. The Chemistry Olympiad involves Chemistry students sitting a two hour examination paper containing difficult questions that go beyond the Advanced …

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Youth MP urges people to use their vote

Blackburn with Darwen’s Youth MP is calling on people to make sure they have their say in the upcoming local elections. At 17, Chris Bleasdale, from Higher Croft, might be too young to vote himself but the Blackburn College student is still urging people who can vote to turn out on May 5. Chris, who has been Blackburn with Darwen’s …

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TB screening misses 70% of latent cases following Blackburn research

Experts have called for a change to tuberculosis (TB) screening policy. They suggest that a relatively new blood test should now be used to screen arrivals to the UK from the Indian subcontinent for hidden TB as well as arrivals from other high-risk areas of the world. This, they say, would mean treatment could be given to prevent most cases …

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Elderly couple victims of despicable crime

Police are appealing for information following a burglary in Rishton whereby an elderly couple’s life savings were stolen on Monday 25th April 2011. The offence took place around 2pm at an address on Station Road when the couple, who are aged 87 and 90 years old, had left their home for a few minutes to post a letter. On their …

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Star chefs return to Blackburn

Star chefs are due to appear at Nigel Haworth’s Fantastic Food Show 2011 to be held at Ewood Park on 11th and 12th June 2011. Over 4000 people attended the event last year and hopes are high for another successful event this year. The host of celebrity chefs that will be appearing this year include, Nigel Haworth (Michelin Star Chef …

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Shocking abuse of mobile phones at Blackburn with Darwen Council

An audit has discovered some shocking revelations regarding the use of publicly funded mobile phones at Blackburn with Darwen Council. An audit was prompted by the discovery of a mobile phone that was still being used by an ex-member of staff who had left 3 years earlier. The audit has examined bills for only one month and found: 327 untraceable phones …

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