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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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Blackburn with Darwen MMR catch up to prevent outbreak

Health chiefs in Blackburn with Darwen have unveiled their plans to immunise children aged 10 to 16 who missed out on their MMR vaccine to prevent a local measles outbreak. Starting immediately, the Council’s public health team and Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group have agreed extra vaccination sessions will be offered in every GP practice in the borough. The …

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Police crackdown on rural crime nets 8 arrests

A Police crackdown on rural crime in the Ribble Valley has been hailed a success. The six-week operation has been a joint effort between Lancashire Constabulary, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, which represents anglers in the Ribble, Hodder and Calder catchment areas. Officers carried out both highly visible and covert patrols in rural …

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Damage at Blackburn school could be linked – CCTV images

Police believe that recent incidents of vandalism at St Silas CE Primary School in Blackburn could be linked. The school, on St Silas Road, has had two windows damaged in the past month.The first incident was on the 19th of April at around 6:30pm and the second on the 24th of April at around 6:55pm. CCTV has shown on both occasions, a …

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AFC Darwen event raises over £8500 for Sam Shaw appeal

A bank holiday charity fun day and football match organised by AFC Darwen at the Anchor Ground has raised over £8500 for the Sam Shaw appeal. The event which featured a bouncy castle, raffle, auction, sumo wrestling and a range of stalls was held last Monday. The football match, which featured a “Lancashire Allstar Team” also helped to add to …

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Church of England attendance up in Diocese of Blackburn

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The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2011, including figures for Blackburn Diocese, revealing a strong and growing trend for Christmas attendance, an increase in baptisms and stability in weekly service attendance. Blackburn Diocese, the Church of England in Lancashire, is a key part of this growth story, showing the third highest Diocesan rise in average Sunday attendance …

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Police seize dangerous motorised go-cart in road safety drive

Police officers in Blackburn have been taking action to tackle community concerns about road safety.  Officers carried out dedicated patrols and handed out crime prevention kits as part of a traffic education week which was aimed at tackling parking issues and dangerous driving in the Queens Park and Audley areas of the town. Police also seized a motorised go cart …

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Lower Darwen house hid cannabis factory

Police have seized cannabis with an estimated street value of £13,600 from a house in Lower Darwen. Officers discovered 34 plants in an upstairs bedroom at the house Tottenham Road around 9.30am yesterday after a tip off from a member of the public. A 45-year-old man will be spoken to in relation to the plants and enquiries continue. Community beat …

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Ribble Valley MP arrested in rape allegations

Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, 55, has been arrested on suspicion of rape and sexual assault. The MP is being questioned about the alleged attacks on two men in their 20s. Police have said that the alleged offences took place between July 2009 and March 2013 in Pendleton, Lancashire. Lancashire Police, who have not named …

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Preyed on Blackburn pensioner before killing him in fire

A Blackburn man has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 88 year-old pensioner Christopher Proctor. Anthony Curry, 39, of Dyson Street, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Christopher Proctor following a fire at an address in Pleckgate, Blackburn. He also pleaded guilty to arson, burglary and two counts of attempted theft. Curry’s partner, Clare Randall, 31, also of Dyson Street Blackburn …

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Look to the stars before eating out this Bank Holiday

Ribble Valley Borough Council are saying that people should: “Check before you choose” if you are planning a bank holiday meal out. All food premises, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, sandwich shops, food retailers and supermarkets, have star ratings from five to zero for food hygiene. The outlets are assessed on a wide range of criteria, such as the preparation, cooking, re-heating, …

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New rules to stop double parking start in Blackburn & Darwen tomorrow

Blackburn with Darwen Council will introduce new parking enforcement powers from Wednesday 1 May 2013. This means the Council’s civil enforcement officers will be able to issue penalty charge notices to any vehicle found to be obstructing crossing points or driveways with dropped kerbs, or the flow of traffic on a road by parking alongside another vehicle or a distance …

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