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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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Blackburn store thief does not have to pay the money back

The store manager at PoundWorld in Blackburn who fled to Spain after stealing £9500 of takings has escaped having to pay the money back to his ex-employers. Marc Atherton, 29, fled to Alicante with his boyfriend in January but returned to the UK after the money ran out and the couple fell out. He was given a 26 week jail term …

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Northern Rail – Person hit by train – Blackburn to Preston line

Northern Rail are reporting that a replacement bus service is running between Blackburn and Preston due to a person being hit by a train at Bamber Bridge. Because of this, buses are replacing trains between Blackburn and Preston, with journey times being extended by up to 40 minutes. This will continue until approximately 22:30. To find out whether this will …

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Is this the best dressed Pub in Blackburn?

The Brownhill Arms always seems to get decorated for our national celebrations and St. George’s Day is no exception. The  pub is decorated with St George’s flags and bunting galore. It makes quite a spectacle at Brownhill roundabout. Do you know anywhere that has dressed up better for the day? Send us your photos of St. George’s Day fun and …

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‘Car-key’ burglary by travelling criminals alert

Travelling criminals, who target high value cars by breaking into people’s homes to steal the keys, are being warned as part of a crackdown in East Lancashire. It comes after a spate of offences in rural areas of Rossendale, Pendle, Burnley and also the Ribble Valley, where a number of high value vehicles have been stolen. A Mitsubishi Evo, worth …

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Celebrate St. George’s Day in Blackburn

The town will come alive with celebrations for St. George’s Day today. In King William Street, Blackburn, there will be attractions including fairground rides, a car rally, maypole dancing, street dancing and cheer-leading . Roses are being handed out to ladies and judging of Royal Society of St George window dressing will take place. Some of the area’s best local bands …

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Bishop of Blackburn calls for ‘Resurrection’ for Government Cuts Victims

The Bishop of Blackburn, the the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, will call for a ‘reforming resurrection’ to help those ‘wounded’ by Government policies. In a preview of his Easter address to be given in Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday he will say ‘Austerity UK‘ needs a ‘new way of valuing individuals and communities much more in line with God’s passion for justice …

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Lisa Allen from Northcote is a winner with ‘beer-can’ chicken

Lisa Allen from Northcote won the North West heats of the Great British Menu. Her spectacular menu of Crispy shoulder of suckling pig with pancakes, Salt-baked rainbow trout, potato salad and fennel and samphire salad, BBQ ‘beer-can’ chicken, summer beans and tear and share bread and Chocolate and raspberry pavlova with sheeps’ milk and hazelnut ice cream won the day. The …

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All the Fun of the Fair – Witton Park 2011

The Easter Fair at Blackburn continues until next week. Blackburn Life visited today and was surprised how quiet it was. Has the fair lost its sparkle? Everywhere was very clean but the crowds were lacking. Do you have memories of the Easter Fair when it was based in the Market Square or at Ewood? It may be that just as we …

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Blackburn Supermarket Opening Times for Easter

Tesco Hill Street – Thursday – 24 Hours: Good Friday – 24 hours: Saturday – 7am – 10pm: Easter Sunday – Closed: Bank Holiday Monday: 9am – 6pm Asda -Thursday – 24 Hours: Good Friday – closes 9pm: Saturday – 7am – 10pm: Easter Sunday – Closed: Bank Holiday Monday: 9am – 8pm Morrisons – Thursday – 8am – 8pm: …

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Free parking comes to an end?

According to one of our followers (Blackburn Cash and Carry Carpets), one hour free parking on St Peter‘s Street is coming to and end. Is this the right decision or do we need more free parking to attract business to the town? Send us your thoughts.

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