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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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Weekly Pump Price update for Blackburn

In a shock table this week, Asda do not feature at all! This is only down to the fact that the supermarket giant are redeveloping their station in Blackburn into a Pay at Pump only facility. This will mean that there will no longer be any cashiers based at the Blackburn Asda. The M65 Service Area are cheapest for unleaded …

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Police appeal after police officer injured

POLICE in Blackburn are appealing for information after a police officer was injured by a car in the town on Monday The incident happened around 1140pm on Livingstone Road when officers approached the occupants of a silver VW Golf. Without warning the driver suddenly reversed the vehicle at speed, colliding with the wall of a property on Oozehead Lane. The …

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Blackburn Life weekly pump prices update

Pump prices are back to the more predictable results with Asda featuring at the top of the tables. Tesco are currently running a promotion where based on total spending in store and buying certain items means you can gain up to 15 a litre off the price of their fuel. May be worth remembering if you already shop here or …

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Serious Assault in Whalley Range Blackburn and three charged

POLICE in Blackburn are appealing for witnesses to come forward following a serious assault on Whalley Range near to its junction with Blackburn Street on Tuesday 6th September 2011. The offence took place at 4.30pm when a 33 year old Asian man was approached by a group of Asian men in the street and assaulted. He suffered serious head injuries …

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Family Tributes to man discovered at waste disposal site

The family of a man whose body was found at a waste disposal site in East Lancashire have paid tribute to him. Jason Mark Marren, 32 years old from Burnley, was found dead by workers at the site on Whinney Hill Road in Accrington. A post mortem examination was conducted but was inconclusive and further tests are to be carried …

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Appeal to trace man following petrol ‘drive off’ in Blackburn

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to after a car was filled with petrol and the driver drove off without paying in Blackburn. Sometime between 7am and 6pm on Sunday 24 July front and rear number plates were stolen from a Peugeot 406 parked on Addington Street in the town. At 6.10pm that …

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Blackburn Solicitor charged with possessing drugs

Local solicitor Basharat Ditta, 42, of Adelaide Terrace, Blackburn has been arrested at his home and charged with possessing cocaine. Mr Ditta is a partner at well known local firm Forbes who are based in Richmond Terrace and specialises in criminal law. Mr Ditta denies the charges and will be strenuously defending the charge. According to the Forbes website on …

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