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Blackburn and Darwen Christmas Lights Switch On – Celebrities Revelead

A difficult choice of celebrities between Blackburn and Darwen this year – would you pick Peppa Pig or Gina G? Blackburn town centre will be ‘peppered’ with Xmas spirit at this year’s Christmas lights switch on. That’s because kids TV star Peppa Pig will be flicking on the switch in the town centre on Thursday November 24! The event, taking …

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Motorcyclist killed in collision on M65 – Police appeal for witnesses

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M65 earlier this morning. At around 7:30am, police received reports of a collision between a motorcycle and a white Vauxhall Insignia between junctions 2 and 1 of the westbound carriageway. The 41 year old motorcyclist, who was from the Burnley area received multiple injuries and was taken to Royal Preston …

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Blackburn teen pair given ASBOs left residents ‘vulnerable, frightened and suicidal’

[caption id=”attachment_183245″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Dylan Hibbert”][/caption] TWO brothers, who terrorised residents in a Blackburn neighbourhood, have each been given a two year Anti-Social Behaviour Orders. Blackburn Magistrates gave 15-year-old Dylan Hibbert and 14-year-old Scott Hibbert the ASBOs after hearing how their unruly behaviour had caused significant problems for people living in the Shadsworth area of Blackburn. Police had received a …

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Spooky Family Fun at Darwen Market tomorrow

Darwen Market is hosting a Halloween activity day on Saturday, October 29. There will be pumpkin carving, a bouncy castle, freaky face painting, arts and crafts as well as bone-chilling balloon modelling. The Dance Crazy Theatre school will perform and there will  be chances win on the terrifying tombola and chilling competitions. The market is open from 10am-4pm.

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Review – Sarah Millican at Blackburn King George’s Hall

Sarah Millican is a comedian in high demand and is a regular on comedy panel shows such as 8 Out Of 10 Cats and The Marriage Ref. She came to Blackburn as part of an extensive national tour last night to perform to a sell out crowd. The set was simple to say the least, with a plain backdrop, a …

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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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