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Keep in touch with local police on new Twitter accounts

Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging the residents of East Lancashire to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in their area. The Force has launched five new Twitter pages for the Blackburn, Darwen, Ribble Valley, Accrington and Great Harwood areas. The area pages include updates, photos, PACT (Police and Communities Together) meeting details as well as hosting e-PACT meetings, Special Constabulary and …

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Darwen AFC offer free pint in pre-season match deal

As part of a promotion to attract people to Darwen AFC, the club are offering a free pint to supporters who attend pre-season matches. To join in the promotion for the free pint all you have to do is attend the Maine Road match at the Anchor Ground in Darwen on Tuesday 2nd July and for every paying adult you will …

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Children will quiz drivers caught speeding past their school

Pupils will be asking motorists why they have been speeding past their school in a bid to tackle irresponsible driving. The youngsters from Our Lady and St Huberts in Great Harwood will work with Community Roadwatch volunteers and their local neighbourhood police team to stop drivers who are driving too fast along Harwood Lane. Any motorists who are seen driving irresponsibly …

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Helicopter spots Cannabis Factory in house on Pleckgate Road, Blackburn

A Cannabis factory with an estimated street value of up to £40,000 has been discovered at a house on Pleackgate Road in Blackburn. Officers found 100 plants spread across two bedrooms after a raid on the house earlier this week.. The action came after the police helicopter spotted heat coming out of the house. Enquiries are on-going to find out who …

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New Bishop of Blackburn inauguration to take place in October

The dates for both the Consecration and Inauguration Services for the next Bishop of Blackburn have now been announced. Julian Henderson, currently Archdeacon of Dorking, will be consecrated as a Bishop at a special service at York Minster on Thursday, October 10. Once he has become Bishop of Blackburn, who is the most senior Anglican cleric in Lancashire, he then has …

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Blackburn School wins design award

St Silas’ C of E Primary School in Blackburn has won a  Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) design award. Described by the RIBA as “a beacon and a thing of wonder”. The award described the school further; “An utter joy to visit this spirited and colourful new intervention in the midst of Blackburn’s terraces, allows views in through its …

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Hit across the head and robbed in Accrington Street

A 29 year old man was robbed in an Accrington street last Sunday 9 June 2013. At around 11.40 pm the man was on Primrose Street when he was approached by two men and hit across the back of the head. His bag was stolen and the men, who were wearing dark clothing and had their faces covered, left the …

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Search for Accrington man’s next of kin

Police in Accrington are appealing for information as they try to trace the next of kin of a 63 year old man who was found dead at his home in Accrington last Friday 7 June 2013. John Halstead was found deceased in bed at his address on Nuttall Street, Accrington. A post mortem investigation has established he died of natural …

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Fake attack man is fined for wasting police time

An 18 year old man has been fined for wasting police time. The man had reported he had been attacked near the Observatory Pub on Haslingden Road on 1 June, in which it was reported his jaw had been fractured in two places. Lancashire Police said: “Following investigation, it has now been established that this offence did not take place. …

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Stop cutting the verges say Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council has asked residents and landowners to stop and think before they cut and slash grass verges. They say that intensive grass verge cutting is putting wildlife at risk and destroying biodiversity sites. In the statement they also say that “Grass verges make a significant contribution to biodiversity, providing an important refuge for flora and fauna.” Ribble …

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Double fractured jaw in gang attack

Police are appealing for information after an 18 year old man was seriously assaulted by four men as he walked home alone in Blackburn. The incident took place around 9pm on Saturday 1st June when the man was walking across a field near to the Observatory Pub on Haslingden Road towards Sullivan Drive. The victim was followed by four men who …

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Police crackdown on burglary incidents in Darwen

Police have been cracking down on burglary after a spate of thefts in Darwen. In the last month, thieves have been targeting garages and sheds in the Sudell and Marsh House area of the town making off with motorbikes, power tools and bicycles. To combat the thefts neighbourhood police teams have been carrying out extra patrols across the area to deter …

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Blackburn man caught on CCTV climbing drainpipe is jailed

A Blackburn man who was caught on CCTV as he climbed up a drainpipe into an open window, has been jailed for two years four months. Stuart Marsden, 48, of Charterhouse Place, Blackburn appeared at Preston Crown Court today after pleading guilty to burglary. Marsden climbed into the house on Willis Road, Blackburn, after spotting an open upstairs window around 8.30pm …

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Blackburn Library restoration to “original” 1920s look

Work on a £2m facelift for Blackburn Central Library is now well under way. The pedestrian bridge between the library and King George’s Hall has already been demolished and the library’s exterior covering will be removed and the building restored to something like its original 1920’s glory. The work has been required as the covering that was put on the building is …

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Changes to buses as Blackburn town centre redevelopment begins

Changes to some Blackburn town centre bus services will begin in June 2013 when work to move the bus station begins. As part of the market redevelopment plans and the Blackburn Cathedral development, some of the first stages of the work are due to begin. The work will be phased over a number of stages with phase one, seeing the …

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Healthwatch Blackburn & Darwen appoint Bill Taylor as Chairman

Healthwatch Blackburn with Darwen has appointed Sir Bill Taylor as its first chairman. Healthwatch is  a new organisation which will help improve health and care services in the borough. It intends to be an independent voice that will hold local health and social care services to account on behalf of residents. Sir Bill Taylor is a former leader of Blackburn with …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going to make hunger personal, just for one day, by choosing to go without food so the leaders of the world see how …

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Police scheme to encourage youngsters in Darwen to take up the musical beat

Aspiring musicians are being given a chance to try their hand at being a DJ whilst gaining a nationally recognised qualification as part of a new scheme in Darwen. The eight week programme provides free workshops to young people aged between 14 and 18 in a joint venture between the local neighbourhood policing team, the Youth Justice Service and Groundworks. The …

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Scammed by boot sellers in Blackburn

Police in Blackburn have issued a warning after bogus sales men duped two residents into handing over £2200 for what they later discovered were two bottles of water and a bag of catalogues. Around 3.30pm on Thursday 16 May, a woman was approached by two men in Argos on Great Bolton Street, Blackburn, who offered her an Ipad and a …

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£13.5m sports and swimming complex – Have your say

Blackburn with Darwen Council are asking for views on the new sports and swimming complex that is set to be built in the town. The development will be located on Feilden Street and due to maintenance and running costs it will replace Waves Water Fun Centre. The survey is open to existing and non users of Waves to gather a wide …

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Suspicious picture taking at schools investigated by police

Police are investigating a number of incidents of suspicious behaviour in Blackburn and Accrington around schools and are urging people to be vigilant. There have been reports of two Asian men, in a dark coloured car, taking pictures outside St Wilfrid’s C of E High School on Duckworth Street, Blackburn around 8.15am on Thursday 23 May 2013.. Police were also …

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Blackburn’s QEGS approved as a new free school

Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Blackburn has been approved to become a free school. Education Secretary Michael Gove today approved the school’s transformation along with another 101 schools across the country. Free schools are state-funded schools independent of local authority control. They are run by teachers – not local or central government bureaucrats. They have the freedom to decide the length of …

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Blackburn victim of air crash named

The Blackburn father who died in a light aircraft accident in North Wales on Sunday has been named as Iain Nuttall. The 37 year old was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, Caernarfon Airport, on Sunday morning. He was on his way with his father John Nuttall and his only child, Daniel, 5, for Sunday lunch in North Wales after …

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Blackburn Cathedral featured on BBC

Blackburn Cathedral featured on BBC1 this morning when a Eucharist for Pentecost was broadcast from the church in the centre of the town. The service, traditionally regarded as the birthday of the Church, was led by Canon Andrew Hindley and the preacher was the Dean, the Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong. With a range of music from the cathedral choir led …

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Putting the Bee back into Blackburn

An innovative campaign to put the “Bee back into Blackburn” is all set to take place on Friday 24th May 2013. Blackburn’s Big Planting Bee is being organised in partnership with Groundwork Pennine Lancashire, Blackburn Council in an attempt to bring the Honey Bee back to Lancashire. Blackburn’s Big Planting Bee Residents of Blackburn are being called upon to show their support and …

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Attack on lone woman as she walked through Blackburn park

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted in Blackburn. The incident took place on Sunday 12th May at around 10:45pm in the park off Worcester Road. The victim, a 39 year old local woman was walking through the park and as she approached the railings that lead from the park onto Hereford Road she was grabbed from behind by …

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Former Clitheroe mayor dies after losing control of car

Police are appealing for witnesses following the death of a former Clitheroe mayor after a car accident. The incident took place on Friday 3rd May 2013 at around 12:45pm on King Lane in Clitheroe. Joan Knight, 71, was driving a Peugeot 107 when for an unknown reason she lost control of the vehicle and has collided with some bollards then veered into …

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