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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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Jobs boost for Accrington with new BT call centre

Telecoms group BT is to create 300 jobs in Lancashire when it opens a new call centre in Accrington town centre. The company worked with Lancashire County Council to find suitable offices in the county and the centre is now expected to open in the autumn. They are already working together on a project to install “superfast” broadband – defined …

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Blackburn Fire Service tackle two house blazes in the same day

Blackburn Fire Service

Blackburn Fire Service were kept busy on Tuesday 10th April 2012, when they were called to 2 separate house fires in Blackburn. The first was at a house on Moorgate Street in Mill Hill, Blackburn at around 1.20pm. A fire appears to have started in the front room of the property which caused severe heat and smoke damage to the …

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Young Boy attacked by dogs in Accrington

Lime Road

[caption id=”attachment_223065″ align=”alignleft” width=”240″ caption=”Lime Road Accrington”][/caption] Police in Accrington are appealing for information after a young boy was bitten by a dog last month. At around 3:45pm on Monday 19th of March, an 11 year old boy was walking home from school along Lime Road in Accrington and just as he approached the junction with Marlborough Road, two dogs ran up …

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Reported Crime figures show overall reduction in Lancashire

Chief Constable Steve Finnigan Lancashire Police

Crime is continuing to fall in Lancashire, with the latest statistics showing there were 3,160 fewer victims of crime in the county last year, according to the levels of reported crime. The final end of year statistics for April 2011 — March 2012 show that Lancashire Constabulary saw reductions across the majority of different crime categories, despite crime already being …

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Early Hours’ Street Robbery in Blackburn Town Centre

Stonyhurst Road

[caption id=”attachment_222729″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stonyhurst Road Area”][/caption] POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man had his mobile phone stolen during a robbery in Blackburn in the early hours of Saturday morning. The robbery took place around 3.15am when the victim left his girlfriend’s house and was walking down Stonyhurst Road near to King Street in Blackburn Town …

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Unprovoked Attack and Theft on Blackburn Street

Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a man had his bag stolen in Blackburn during a robbery on Easter Sunday. The offence took place around 12.30am when the victim had been walking along Thornton Close in the Fishmoor area of Blackburn with two friends when three men walked towards them. One of the men then approached the …

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Letterbox Arson attack at Blackburn Home – Appeal for information

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Following our report yesterday of a fire in a house in Notre Dame Gardens in Blackburn, the police are now appealing for witnesses and information, as the fire appears to have been started deliberately. The arson attack took place around 9pm when police were called by the fire service to reports that some paper had been pushed through a letterbox …

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Massive Supermarket on the way to Blackburn Town Centre? Will Local Traders Survive?

Blackburn Old Market

According to reports in the Lancashire Telegraph today, Blackburn with Darwen Council want discussions with an unnamed proposed purchaser of the former Blackburn market site. The site, which closed last year when the market was relocated to a new development underneath The Mall shopping centre, has been empty whilst the council considers the options from potential developers. The scheme would comprise of …

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Alan Shearer becomes ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone

Alan Shearer Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_222188″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Alan Shearer at a recent visit to Blackburn Youth Zone”][/caption] Blackburn footballing hero Alan Shearer has signed up as an official ambassador for Blackburn Youth Zone. As an ambassador for The Youth Zone, Alan Shearer will act as a spokesperson for the work they are doing, he will be meeting young people from The Youth Zone …

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Police discover cannabis plants at Tintern Crescent address in Blackburn

POLICE discovered 45 cannabis plants at a Blackburn house after a community tip off. Neighbourhood police officers executed a warrant at the address on Tintern Crescent yesterday morning and found 25 mature plants and a further 20 smaller plants in an upstairs bedroom. Lighting and ventilation equipment was also seized from the address. The action followed information from members of …

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Bishop of Blackburn – Easter message about Pasties, Cash for Influence and the NHS

[caption id=”attachment_408″ align=”alignleft” width=”173″ caption=”Bishop of Blackburn“][/caption] The Bishop of Blackburn will raise questions about the future of the National Health Service, Disability Rights and the tanker drivers‘ dispute in his Easter message. These and other leading questions about recent social and political controversies will be raised by the Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade when he preaches …

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