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Birds being shot in Darwen mystery

Police are asking for information after pigeons have been found shot dead in Darwen earlier this week. They believe the birds may have been shot over a number of days or weeks and are asking for anyone with information to come forward. The dead birds were found around the Redearth Road area. The shootings are being links to similar incident in …

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Labour are the big winners in Blackburn with Darwen 2012 local election

Labour appear to have been the major winners in Blackburn with Darwen, making 7 gains across the borough and tightening their grip on control of the council. Kate Hollern, the Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council was predicting the collapse of the LibDem vote when she tweeted “Liberals on melt down, feel sorry for the people who believed in them.” …

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Spate of burglaries in Accrington targeting hi-tech equipment and cash

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

The police are warning residents in Accrington to be cautious and ensure their houses are secure following a spate of burglaries. The Peel and Barnfield appear to have been particular targets with several thefts including televisions, laptops and cash. Most of the burglaries have been by forced entry into the properties, but some were where residents had not secured their …

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The latest scam to target pensioners – Blackburn pair conned

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Police are warning people to be alert and aware of the latest con that scammers are using in order to get money from vulnerable people. In the most recent case an elderly man handed over £800 in electronic money vouchers last month after being told he stood to get back PPI over-payments worth around £3,000. A 70 year old disabled woman from …

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Over 40 arrested in burglary crackdown in East Lancashire

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

More than forty people have been arrested during a cross border operation to take on burglary in East Lancashire. Operation Spartacus has seen patrols increased on a number of the main road networks across Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn as well as the Ribble Valley. Vehicles travelling on routes that are regarded as being used by suspected offenders have been stop …

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Car crashed into police officer and fled the scene

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

A car crashed into a police officer last month in Oswaldtwitsle and police are now appealing for information. The police want witnesses of the event to come forward after the police officer suffered an injury to his leg. The incident occurred around 12.15pm on Tuesday 27th March when a uniformed police officer was standing beside two stationary police vehicles across the …

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Council warns motorists to avoid major route into Blackburn for 7 weeks

Blackburn Sewer Improvement Scheme

Blackburn with Darwen Council are warning motorists to avoid using Preston Old Road as a route into Blackburn and also to avoid using J3 of the M65. United Utilities are going to be undertaking significant works on Preston Old Road, from 21 May 2012 for seven weeks. They’ll be working in between Tower Road and Witton Park main entrance. It …

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Missing Blackburn Woman Natalie Phillips has been found in Glasgow

Natalie Phillips - Woman missing from Blackburn

The missing woman from Tockholes, near Blackburn and Darwen, Natalie Phillips, 21 has been found safe and well in Glasgow. The facebook campaign recently announced that Natalie had been found and thanked everyone for their efforts in locating the student. Her brother Jamie, 19, tweeted, “To let everyone know, we have indeed found my sister, Natalie. Thanks for all your support!”, he added that she …

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Darwen church bell stolen probably for scrap metal value

St Marys Church Hoddlesden Darwen

Following a spate of lead thefts from church roofs, the thieves appear now to be targeting church bells. The Police are asking for information following the most audacious metal theft yet! The church bell from St Mary’s Church, Darwen was stolen at some point after the night of Monday the 23rd April 2012. The huge, bronze bell has been taken from …

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Natalie Phillips, missing from Blackburn – Now found!

Natalie Phillips - Woman missing from Blackburn

Now found – Read the good news here The search continues for missing student Natalie Phillips, 21, who has been missing from her Tockholes home near Darwen and Blackburn since Friday 20th April 2012. Natalie had told family that she was travelling to Manchester to visit the Frog and Bucket comedy club on Oldham Street and was intending to stay …

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Nominate your local community and sporting heroes in Ribble Valley

Blackburn Life Competition Trophy

A hunt is on for Ribble Valley‘s sporting heroes & local community champions. Nominations for the 2012 Ribble Valley Sports and Community Awards now are open. The honours will be awarded at a glittering ceremony at the Grand, Clitheroe, on Friday, 27 July 2012. Nominations are for the following areas: Club of the Year Coach of the Year Adult Volunteer …

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Blackburn criminal’s photograph is featured on poster campaign

A Blackburn man is to feature in a publicity campaign, but probably not in a way he would like. Christopher Corkin, who had previously been given an indeterminate jail term following a number of robberies, is to feature in a police poster advertising campaign as part of a bid to reassure locals. He was handed an indeterminate sentence and must …

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Lancashire police discover cocaine hidden under paving at Blackburn address

Blackburn drugs

Blackburn Police found cocaine concealed beneath a paving stone in a back garden after having executing a warrant at an address in Blackburn. Police officers discovered the drugs worth about £250 after searching a residence in Campbell Court, Blackburn on Wednesday afternoon (18th April 2012). Cannabis and money were also taken from the house and a 31-year-old man was arrested …

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Special Farewell service at Blackburn Cathedral for Bishop

Following the announcement last February that the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, will retire in October, the date for his farewell service has been announced. There will be a “farewell” Eucharist at Blackburn Cathedral on Saturday 20th October 2012 at 10.30am. The Bishop has been in place for over eight years and the service will also be an …

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Sellers of alcohol to children punished in clamp-down operation

Lancashire Police

Staff members in off-licences and pubs have been given fines after failing to make identification checks and selling alcohol to children. On Sat 31st March, police officers along with Trading Standards representatives visited thirteen locations throughout Accrington during a crackdown on underage drinking. 4 pubs and 1 off-licence did not make required ID checks allowing two 16-year-old girls to purchase …

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Band raise some brass for the Hospice and celebrate the Jubilee

East Lancashire Concert Band

The East Lancashire Concert Band are hoping their Jubilee Concert will raise vital funds for the East Lancashire Hospice. The band are performing a special concert to help celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Saturday 2nd June 2012 at the Thwaites Empire Theatre. They are hoping the event will combine a great way to celebrate the occasion and add to …

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Get a behind the scenes view of Blackburn’s new Community Fire Station

The new Blackburn Fire station is now open and operational. The newly built station is not the dramatic design as seen earlier in the year with the grass roof, but it certainly isn’t shy! With a dramatic black frontage and bright red angled addition to the corner of the building it certainly is a striking addition to Blackburn architecture. With …

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Warning after spate of scooter thefts in Rishton

Police are warning scooter owners to secure their bikes properly, following a spate of thefts in Rishton recently. Thieves are targeting 50cc mopeds, with three having been stolen from Chapel Street, Station Road and The Esplanade in the last two months. Owners are locking their mopeds but not chaining them to deter thieves. Officers are urging people to be extra vigilant and …

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Can you make a difference to animals’ lives in RSPCA Week?

The East Lancashire branch of the RSPCA has an Animal Centre based at Altham near Accrington and they provide care and support for a whole range of animals. A large proportion of the animals admitted come from the general public and many of the animals are brought in by Inspectors or AWO’s (Animal Welfare Officers). Traditionally, the first week of May …

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My Vintage – A modern business with a view to the past

My Vintage has been chosen as the “Blackburn Life Business of the Week”. My Vintage is a Darwen based on-line business that sells an ecletic mix of stunning vintage clothing, vintage accessories, vintage jewellery and homeware from a bygone era, or inspired by the past. They even stock a range of retro inspired goods, so they are sure to have just what you are looking for. The on-line business …

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Man who died in Darwen crash named as Jack Eatock

Jack Eatock names as man who died in Darwen BMW crash

Police have named the driver of a black BMW, who died in the early hours of Sunday morning (15th April 2012). Jack Eatock, 26, from Astley, Greater Manchester was driving the car on Bolton Road in Darwen when it collided with a barrier and dry stone wall. It is not thought at this stage that any other vehicles were involved. …

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BMW crash kills driver in Darwen

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for information following a fatal collision at Bull Hill in Darwen in the early hours of this morning. At around 2:50am this morning (15th April 2012), a Black BMW that had been travelling along Bolton Road, lost control and collided with a barrier and a dry stone wall. It is not thought at this stage that any other vehicles …

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My Vintage is the “Blackburn Life Business of the Week”

Blackburn Life‘s “Business of the Week” is My Vintage from Darwen. My Vintage, who sell vintage clothing, jewellery and accessories, can look forward to a feature article on Blackburn Life in the next few days as well as 7 days free advertising on the www.blackburnlife.com website from Monday. If you entered the draw, but were not lucky this week, do not worry as you …

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Whitehall Hotel Darwen storms to a TV victory

Whitehall Hotel Darwen Celebrate

[caption id=”attachment_225223″ align=”alignleft” width=”238″ caption=”Neil & Tracy Bullows celebrate their win”][/caption] The Whitehall Hotel in Darwen has stormed to victory in the Channel 4 show “Four in a Bed”. The hotel took part in the week long challenge where 4 sets of B&B owners visit each others businesses and pay for their rooms based on what they think the room …

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Man flown to hospital by air ambulance following Mellor crash

North West Air Ambulance

A man had to be cut free from a car after an accident on Mellor Lane, Mellor near Blackburn at around 2.50pm this afternoon. The man appears to have crashed his vehicle, a BMW, into a bin wagon near the Spread Eagle pub. Blackburn fire service had to rescue the man by using cutters and spreaders to enable access to the man in the …

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Final Whistle set to blow for “Blackburn Rovers” Police Officer

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

A police officer, who helped to keep football spectators safe, is set to blow the final whistle on his role as Football Intelligence Officer in Blackburn. PC Martin Crook, who took over the role in 2006, has retired from Lancashire Constabulary after 21 years with the force. Preston-born Martin, 51, spent 14 years in the Army (Royal Signals) before joining …

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