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Recruitment drive for Special Constables in East Lancashire

People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills while making good use of their spare time are being invited to become a Special Constable. The latest recruitment evening will be held at the Coppice Theatre, Sandy Lane, Accrington at 7pm on Thursday 27 June 2013.The event is aimed at those who wish to become involved in …

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Group of local residents tackle eyesore in Pleckgate

A group of residents joined forces on 10th April 2013 to clean up of Wooldridge Playing Fields in Pleckgate. More than 20 bags of litter were collected by the residents who decided to take action after becoming fed up of the constant untidy appearance of the leisure facility.

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Arts Council Scheme will put Blackburn “on the cultural map”

Blackburn town centre is set to receive a boost following news it will receive more than £80,000 for an ambitious two year programme of artistic events and projects. The Arts Council has announced that has given the go-ahead to the innovative scheme drawn up by Blackburn with Darwen Council. The £85k scheme is part of the Council’s regeneration strategy and is …

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Van break-in at Blackburn Tesco car park

A van was broken into, in broad daylight, in the car park of Tesco, Hill Street, Blackburn. On Monday 14 January 2013, a white Ford Transit van was forced open, probably with a crowbar, or something similar, before stealing various tools, including two drills, an angle grinder and a saw. PC Anna Gavela said: “This happened in broad daylight, in the middle of …

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100% hike in lottery ticket price is “unfair” according to MP

Ribble Valley MP, Nigel Evans, has criticised Camelot, the company behind the National Lottery, for increasing prices by 100%. His comments come after the announcement that Camelot plans to raise the price of a ticket from £1 to £2 in the autumn. He said, “Notwithstanding the higher winnings, I do think that this is bad timing on Camelot’s part. Most …

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Police confirm that missing Leyland boy found dead

Police have confirmed that missing Leyland boy Anthony Stubbs, aged 16, has today been tragically found hanging from a tree. The body of a boy was found hanging from a tree in an area of Brickfield Wood, next to Worden Playing Fields at Leyland. The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage although a post mortem examination will …

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What did you do on Christmas Day? How about your tax return?

HM Revenue and Customs have published figures that show whilst most people may have been tucking into turkey, opening presents or nodding off in front of the TV on Christmas Day, over 1500 still took time out to to submit their tax return online. In the festive build-up, Christmas Eve was also very popular compared to last year, with 14,330 …

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David Young drowned in River Ribble inquest determines

An inquest into the death of Blackburn man David Young has said that his death is consistent with drowning. David Young’s body was found in the River Ribble in Preston after he had been missing for more than a month. The inquest is due to be reopened after toxicology and histology tests are carried out.

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Reidy’s become latest patron at Blackburn Youth Zone

Blackburn Youth Zone have announced that their latest Patron is music empire Reidy’s. Based in Blackburn, Reidy’s have supported several of BYZ’s music events by supplying equipment and technical experitse and the Youth Zone welcomed them on board as our official music partner. Reidy’s recently relocated to a new superstore next to Feilden Street car park in Blackburn

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Can you help catch the sneak-in thief? – CCTV picture

POLICE in Rishton have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak with following a sneak-in burglary at an Indian takeaway in Rishton last Thursday, 19th July 2012. The offence took place at the Balti House takeaway on the High Street in the early hours of Thursday when a man has entered the takeaway through the staff …

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Fire Service rescue residents from Darwen house

Blackburn Fire Service

The Fire Service were called to a house fire in Darwen on Thursday evening at around 11.45pm. Two people were rescued from the property on Snape St, Darwen with the Fire Service using a ladder to get them out of the property. One further person was led from the house to safety. Breathing apparatus was used. It is not thought …

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Blackburn Cathedral celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Blackburn Cathedral started the celebrations early for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, when a special service was held. The service which took place last Sunday (13th May) was attended by a range of  representatives of the county, boroughs and parishes of Lancashire. The Bishop of Blackburn paid tribute to the Queen and particularly the Queen’s Christian leadership of our nation. The Bishop, who announced his …

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Warning for residents and visitors on Olympic Torch route

Blackburn with Darwen Council have said that residents are being requested not to park their cars on the official Olympic Torch route as it moves through Blackburn on 23rd June 2012. They have said that “A large amount of people are expected to line the route and it is possible that damage could occur to vehicles or that they may cause an …

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Two charged regarding death of 4 month old in Burnley

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Two people have been charged after the death of a 4 month old baby boy in Burnley in December last year. Natalie McMillan, 24, from Bradford has been charged with Manslaughter by Gross Negligence and Child Cruelty – Contrary to Section 1(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. Edward Hanratty, 40, from Bradford, has been charged with Child …

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Fire at Blackburn Home this evening – Quick News Story

Blackburn Fire Service

Quick News Story Blackburn Fire Service have attended a fire at a home in Notre Dame Gardens, Blackburn at 9pm this evening. The fire appears to have been confined to the entrance hall area of the house. Fire fighters used one hose and a thermal imaging camera to extinguish the blaze and have confirmed that all people have been accounted …

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Determined to look cool in the rain!

You could only admire the courage of a lady driving her convertible car yesterday on the road to Ribchester, who in the face of a  massive downpour of rain continued driving with her roof down. It took her a good 5 minutes and a couple of miles before she surrendered to vanity and pulled in to raise the roof of her car. We hope …

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Blackburn Visitor Centre Moves Again

Blackburn with Darwen Council have announced that the Blackburn Visitors’ Centre has moved from Blackburn Central Library to the new Blackburn Market. It is located opposite Coffee Exchange, presumably on one of the unoccupied stalls. The centre has previously been located in King George’s Hall, Church Street, the Old Market before moving to the library.  

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Environmentally Friendly Now or Then

We are almost forced to be environmentally friendly nowadays and our children believe they have a new attitude to the planet. But who really were the ‘green’ generation? These thoughts were prompted by a facebook status update and certainly make you think! These are thoughts based on different people of different ages, but we are sure some will ring true with you. …

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Shop assistant tied-up in Clitheroe robbery at Blockbuster

Blockbuster Clitheroe

Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at the Blockbuster store in Clitheroe. Around 6pm last night (Tuesday 13 December), three men entered the store on Wellgate and demanded the lone female shop assistant open the safe. She stated she couldn’t do this and was made to open the till instead. She was then forced into a backroom where the …

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East Lancashire Hospice – Lottery Results

Draw Results – Draw Date Friday 25 November 2011 1st Prize of £1000 – Winner lives in Great Harwood – 52352 2nd Prize of £5000  – ITS A ROLLOVER!!               3rd Prize of £100   – Winner lives in Accrington – 07768 15 x £10 prizes: 09043       69229       40911       07233       09091 83153       05922       64281       08129       05256 02129       69162       07356       07262       56819

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Blackburn Market Christmas Opening Hours – Lots of time to visit

The town’s fantastic new market hall is ready for Christmas — and there is more than enough time to get all your festive shopping done.         Here are the opening times up to the New Year: Sunday, November 27 — 10.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Saturday, November 28 to December 3 — Open as usual, 9am – …

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Are you going to the Blackburn Christmas lights switch on?

Blackburn town centre will be ‘peppered’ with Christmas spirit at this year’s Christmas lights switch on. That’s because kids TV star Peppa Pig will be flicking on the switch in the town centre on Thursday November 24! The event, taking place on King William Street from 5.30pm-7pm, will see a show packed full of performances as well as a fantastic fireworks …

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Blackburn Road Runners – Preston 10 Mile results

Results for Blackburn Road Runner competitors in today’s Preston 10 Mile Road Race are as follows: Position – Name – Time 43 — Chris Grayson — 01:02:18 86 — Shafiq Khan — 01:06:40 158 — Robert Jackson — 01:12:27 174 — Michael Moran — 01:13:46 179 — Andrew Oates — 01:14:22 203 — Phil White — 01:16:03 212 — Julie …

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New PCSO joins Policing Team in Bank Top and Wensley Fold area

RESIDENTS in a Blackburn neighbourhood are to benefit from a new Police Community Support Officer. PCSO Beth Perkins joins Blackburn’s North West Neighbourhood Policing Team to work alongside Community Beat Manager PC Karen Wallace covering the Bank Top and Wensley Fold area of the town. The 22-year-old officer joined Lancashire Constabulary in July 2011 as a PCSO after working as …

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Darwen’s Firefighters Organise Fire Safety Event at Darwen Market

On 11th November, firefighters from Darwen are hosting a fire safety event at Darwen Market, on Croft Street from 10:00 until 15:00. With Friday being Remembrance Day, the firefighters will take part in a short service and two minutes silence in front of the market to commemorate the armed forces who have died in battle since World War 1. Throughout the …

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M6 and M61 overnight closures

The Highways Agency have confirmed that sections of the M6 and M61 affected by today’s solvent spill will need to be resurfaced overnight. This will involve lane-by-lane closures of the M6 and the full overnight closure of the M61 link onto the M6. The solvent spill has affected around half a mile of the M61 northbound and 150 yards of …

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