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Happy 90th Birthday to King George’s Hall

King George’s Hall staff donned 1920s outfits and stepped out in style to mark the venue‘s 90th birthday. The much loved concert hall was opened in October 1921 after being temporary used as a red Cross Hospital during the First World War. Over the years it has played host to thousands of famous faces including the Beatles and David Bowie. …

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Police issue warning after elderly man conned by doorstep traders

POLICE are warning residents to be on guard against door step traders after an elderly man was conned into handing over cash for six leather jackets. The 82-year-old man from Darwen was approached by a man on School Street on 21 September who claimed to know him. He offered him free fruit and vegetables and then took him to his …

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Blackburn Cathedral Bell Ringers aim for ringing record

An international team of bell ringers will next weekend (October 29) aim to set a ringing record at Blackburn Cathedral, with a peal of 10,000 ‘changes’, lasting up to six and a half hours. Most full peals involve 5,000 ‘changes’ or numerical permutations of how the bells are rung. The 500th full peal was achieved in the Cathedral tower earlier …

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Police hail crime figures – Lancashire a ‘safe place’

LANCASHIRE continues to remain a safe place, with higher than average crime reductions according to Home Office figures released today. The statistics show a 4.8 per cent reduction in all crime from July 2010 to June 2011, which means 5,063 fewer victims of crime in comparison to the same period the year before. This compares to the national average of …

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Family pay tribute to grandad killed in car accident in Rishton

The family of a man who was killed following a collision in Rishton yesterday have paid tribute to him. 80 year old Mr Fielding died after being hit by a car as he crossed High Street in Rishton at 5pm yesterday (18th October). Frank’s family said;” Frank will be very sadly missed by his close family, daughters Mandy and Pam, …

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Man dies after being hit by car in Rishton – Appeal for information

Police are appealing for information after a man died after being hit by a car in Rishton this afternoon. At around 5pm today (18th October), the man believed to be in his 60’s was hit by a car as he crossed High Street in Rishton. The man suffered serious head and leg injuries and was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital …

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Pendle Hill restrictions for Hallowe’en

HALLOWEEN revellers are being advised not to head for Pendle Hill on 31 October. The hill will be closed to fairground rides, mobile catering units and parked cars from 5pm until 3am and there will also be a one-way system in place for traffic travelling from the A59 to Sabden. Pendle Hill had become a hotspot at Halloween, attracting thousands …

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East Lancashire Hospice open new shop in Mill Hill

East Lancashire Hospice have opened their new shop in New Chapel Street, Mill Hill.  Retail Manager for the Hospice, Dawn Neary, said “The new premises are modern and bright, we hope it will attract customers with a wide range of goods including clothing, books and bric-a-brac”. This is the seventh East Lancashire Hospice shop in the area; the others being on …

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Blackburn Solicitor pleads guilty to drugs charge

A well known Blackburn solicitor who was charged with possessing cocaine and pleaded guilty of three counts in court. Basharat Ditta, 42, of Adelaide Terrace, Blackburn, appeared before South Sefton Magistrates Court. He will be sentenced on October 26th. Mr Ditta is a partner at well known local firm Forbes who are based in Richmond Terrace and specialises in criminal …

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Blackburn Murder Investigation report in Lancashire Telegraph was incorrect

Lancashire Police

Following a report in the Lancashire Telegraph that the Independent Police Complaints Commission were looking into the police‘s investigation into the alleged murder of Neil Ryan, the police have said this is not the case. The police confirmed that they had previously had contact with the family and so they voluntarily referred this matter to the IPCC. The IPCC have made the decision that this …

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Police appeal for witnesses to College attack

POLICE in Blackburn are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a 17 year old male student was assaulted at Blackburn College. The assault took place around 12.30pm on Tuesday 4th October when the victim was walking through the college sixth form campus. The three offenders, who were in a group of Asian lads approached the victim and shouted abuse …

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The Mall Blackburn advertise on TV

In a push to promote the Mall in Blackburn a TV advert has been launched and seen by Blackburn Life tweeters on TV today. Here is the advert. What do you think? The advert features local people. Are you featured in the advert? The ad will be shown on ITV during The Chase later today, between 5pm and 6pm and further …

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Northern Rail wins Transport Operator of the Year Award – Does the award match your experiences?

Northern scooped the top award at last week’s National Transport Awards, winning the accolade of Transport Operator of the Year 2011 in the Rail category. The judges were full of praise for the way they had improved performance and reliability, the approach to working with stakeholders and their success in attracting 38% more passengers since the start of the franchise in 2004. Professor …

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Three named in fatal car accident in Darwen

POLICE have this afternoon named the three people who sadly lost their lives in a road traffic collision in Darwen yesterday afternoon (Saturday 8th October). The incident happened around 3.30pm on the A666 Bolton Road, Bull Hill, outside the Ocean Palace Restaurant. A red Peugeot 206 with four occupants was travelling towards Darwen when for reasons unknown the car has …

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Three dead in road accident in Darwen – Police appeal for witnesses

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after three people died in a road traffic collision in Darwen this afternoon. The incident happened around 3.30pm on the A666 Bolton Road, Bull Hill, outside the Ocean Palace Restaurant. One car, a Peugeot hatchback travelling towards Darwen has collided with a lamppost. Sadly one person was pronounced dead at the scene …

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Blackburn Life continues to grow and says a big thank you

Blackburn Life reached a milestone today with 400 followers on twitter and a growing band of followers on facebook. This makes us bigger than some of the official Blackburn twitter feeds supporting the town and all in less than a few months. So thank you to all our followers and supporters and we look forward to moving forwards. If you …

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New trial library service in North Turton

An innovative new library service is to be piloted in North Turton to ensure residents still have access to books following reductions in budgets. The 12 month pilot is being introduced after the mobile library was withdrawn in June as a result of the £33m cuts to Blackburn with Darwen Council‘s budget. The mobile library served people living in rural …

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Lest We Forget

Remembrance services are being held throughout the borough to commemorate the lives of those who perished in the two World Wars and other conflicts. A two minute silence will be observed by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Royal British Legion on Remembrance Day, Friday, November 11. It will take place outside Blackburn and Darwen town halls at 11am. …

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Blackburn poppy appeal needs your help

The Royal British Legion is seeking a new generation of volunteers from October 27 — November 12 2011. The generous donation of your time is the most critical factor in the success of the annual Poppy Appeal. Each year volunteer numbers drop in Blackburn and by thousands across the UK as many of our older collectors decide that they can …

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EDL Leader convicted of common assault following Blackburn rally

[caption id=”attachment_81688″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stephen Lennon convicted of Common Assault”][/caption] A 28 year old man has today been convicted of common assault following an English Defence League rally in Blackburn. Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, of Layham Drive, Luton was found guilty following a one day trial at Preston Magistrates Court today (Thursday 29 September). He will be sentenced on Thursday …

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Bishop urges parishes to pray for ‘crippled county’

The Bishop of Blackburn, the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade, today pledged the ‘full support‘ of the Church of England in Lancashire to individuals and communities ‘devastated’ by more than 1,400 aircraft manufacturing job losses announced by BAE. ‘As the Church of England we care for and pray for every individual and community in our county,’ the Bishop said. ‘That means …

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Traders continue to be attracted to the new Blackburn Market

Blackburn‘s new £8m market is continuing to be a popular draw for local businesses with several new stalls having opened recently. With leases completed on over three quarters of the available pitches, the market is nearing full capacity. One of the newcomers, bakers Sandersons, know more than most what it takes to run a successful business having been established in …

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Volunteers take over their community centre

Dedicated volunteers have taken over their community centre — and pledged to keep it at the heart of the area. Ivy Street Community Centre was one of four centres that the Council has worked with to help it transfer the day to day management of the centre from the council to the community. There are 30 volunteers, including Christine Connell …

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Cannabis Factory worth £24000 discovered

POLICE discovered a cannabis factory worth an estimated £24,000 after an anonymous tip off in Accrington this afternoon. Officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing team raided an address on Stanley Street today and found 61 cannabis plants in the loft. Lighting, fans and cultivation equipment was also seized from the house. A 29-year-old man was interviewed regarding cultivating cannabis and …

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