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New Pleckgate School opens doors to pupils in Blackburn

Students at a school in Blackburn have moved into a new £25m complex. Pleckgate High School, Mathematics and Computing College is the first Building Schools For the Future (BSF) school in Blackburn. Highlights of the new school include a TV studio and gardens growing banana plants. Head teacher Robin Campbell said: “To say everybody at the school is incredibly excited …

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Suspended Darwen Head Teacher Quits

[caption id=”attachment_150979″ align=”alignleft” width=”186″ caption=”Hilary Torpey”][/caption] A Lancashire head teacher whose staff went on strike over pupil behaviour at her school has resigned. Hilary Torpey had been suspended since May after the one-day walk-out by teachers at Darwen Vale High School in April. Staff complained of a lack of support in tackling problem pupils. Mrs Torpey said she plans to …

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Dawn raids by police in crackdown on organised crime in Blackburn and the county

Eighteen people have been arrested after police carried out a series of co-coordinated dawn raids in Preston, Blackburn, Cumbria and Merseyside in a crackdown on serious and organised crime. Officers swooped on properties as part of a major investigation into the supply of class A drugs across the three counties. The operation – code named Operation Oak – began at …

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Major Traffic Flow changes in Blackburn Town Centre from today

As if to confuse Blackburn drivers even more, the direction of traffic on King Street has today been reversed. Traffic will now flow out of the town centre. One of the reasons for this change is to enable buses to access the new health centre in Simmons Street. No doubt, the council will be hoping the changes will force more …

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Can you help the police catch petrol thieves in Blackburn?

POLICE have released CCTV images of people they would like to speak to following a number of petrol station ‘drive offs’ in Blackburn. At 3.30pm on 22 June, a man drove his car onto the petrol station forecourt at the Tesco store on Hill Street, filled up his car to the value of nearly £52 before driving off without paying. …

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Copper cabling seized by Police in Blackburn and Great Harwood

SIXTY kilos of copper cabling, believed to have been stolen from British Telecom, has been seized by police during a joint operation this week. Officers from British Transport Police and Lancashire Constabulary visited two scrap metal yards in Blackburn and Great Harwood on Wednesday 31 August in a bid to crack down on metal thieves. The copper, worth an estimated …

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Weekly update of pump prices in Blackburn

Great to see a local company at the top of the pump price chart this week, with both Unleaded and Diesel. Grimshaw Park Service Station has beaten the main supermarkets on both types of fuel. If you know of anywhere sell

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Appeal for witnesses to serious accident in Blackburn

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Blackburn this morning. (Saturday 27th August) The incident happened at around 6:00am this morning on Roman Way close to the junction with Centurion Way when a car and a motorcycle collided. The rider of the bike, a man in his 30’s has been taken to the Royal Blackburn …

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Local Police to send warning letters as part of crime crackdown

THIEVES can expect to receive a warning letter from the police as part of a crime crackdown in East Lancashire. Launched this week, Operation Astraea will focus on reducing vehicle crime, shoplifting and scrap metal theft. Police will be patrolling hotspot areas across Blackburn with Darwen, Hyndburn and the Ribble Valley, sending letters to known criminals and visiting scrap metal …

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Diversions after essential maintenance to close Garden Street and Dixon Street

Essential maintenance work is required to Garden Street Bridge that lies between the junctions of Pleasington Street/Dixon Street and Apple Street, Blackburn. The work involves replacement of the weak deck of the bridge and strengthening of railings on either side of the bridge. Advance works to gas mains is to be carried out along with the bridge works. The diversion …

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Bogus charity collector at Blackburn pub jailed

A man, who falsely claimed he was collecting money for a kick boxing club, has been jailed for 90 days. Norman Jones, 61, of Albert Street, Nelson, appeared before Burnley Magistrates Court on Tuesday 16 August after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation. Jones told people in the Witton Inn pub, Redlam, Blackburn that he was working as part …

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A-level results – How have you all done?

Students have been receiving their A-level results today and will be finding out if they have got places at universities and colleges. How have you done today? Are you a proud parent and want to let everyone know? Post your messages of congratulations on Blackburn Life website or facebook wall at www.facebook.com/blackburnlife If everything is not quite what you needed …

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Police Appeal for missing man who could be in Blackburn

POLICE are appealing for information about a man who is missing from home in Burnley. Neil Turner, aged 32, has not been seen by his family for five weeks and they are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare. He was last seen by a neighbour near to his home address on Edgeworth Grove in Burnley on the 24th of July …

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£39.5 million bid for super bus lane – What are your views?

Blackburn with Darwen Council have resubmitted a bid for £39.5m of funding to create a revised version of the ‘super bus lane’ between Darwen, Blackburn and Accrington. This follows the rejection of the original £50m bid last year. The scheme was labeled the Pennine Reach Scheme. Some of the reductions are by removing the lane from Darwen, some routes from …

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Blackburn men convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm

FIVE men from Blackburn have been convicted of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm, causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder at Preston Crown Court following a serious assault in Blackburn in September. Sohail Ilyas, 19 of London Road and Amar Babar, 30, of no fixed address have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to inflict grievous bodily harm and violent disorder. …

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Lancashire Police warn social media users to stop ‘rumour mongering’

Lancashire police are urging people not to use social media sites to create false rumours about disturbances. Blackburn Life noticed several suggestions that riots were happening or due in Blackburn and Preston. Assistant Chief Constable Peter White from Lancashire Constabulary said: “Fortunately in Lancashire, we have had no major incidents of the kind of disorder seen elsewhere over recent nights. …

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What can I recycle in Blackburn with Darwen waste collections?

It is often difficult to remember what you can and cannot put in the grey recycling bins in Blackburn with Darwen. Leaflets were issued some time ago, but often these get lost or damaged. Blackburn Life thought it would be useful to republish the full list of items you can recycle. It may be more than you think! Click here …

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Blackburn Life weekly pump price update

If you are heading off for a UK break this weekend, you need to know the places to top up the car before you go. Our weekly update shows the prices of unleaded and diesel fuel for local Blackburn stations. If you are heading off somewhere, have a great time and cross fingers for good weather!

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Cannabis has been seized by police in Darwen

CANNABIS with an estimated street value of £8000 has been seized by police. Officers raided an address on Radford Street, Darwen yesterday afternoon (Thursday 4 August) and found 750g of cannabis bush drying in an upstairs bedroom. Cultivation equipment including lighting and fans were also seized from the house. The action came after members of the public reported concerns to …

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Blackburn Council have a flash sale to raise cash

In an effort to generate some money, the Council is selling off pieces of equipment that is no longer needed. The items range from snow chains to large skips, from woodwork machinery to large planters. As a result of losing £33m from its budget as part of the Government cuts, the Council is continually looking at new ways to raise …

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Police appeal for witnesses after Blackburn man injured in collision on M65

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a motorcyclist was seriously injured on the M65 at Accrington this morning (Saturday 31st July). The collision took place around 11.20am on the M65 eastbound at Accrington just prior to junction 8 when a 50 year old Blackburn man has come off his BMW motorcycle. The rider sustained severe facial injuries, …

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Blackburn Council Scores on the Doors Food Hygiene Ratings

If you want to find out the last Food Hygiene Compliance rating for a take-away, food outlet or restaurant you can visit the Scores on the Doors website. The link to the Blackburn with Darwen Council section of the website is http://www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk/council/blackburn-with-darwen-borough-council It makes for some very interesting reading with quite a few surprises, as you can look at all establishments …

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Result for Beardwood with Lammack by-election in Blackburn

[caption id=”attachment_121514″ align=”alignleft” width=”180″ caption=”Julie Daley”][/caption] The results for the Beardwood with Lammack ward by-election on Thursday, July 29 2011 were: Elected: Julie Daley — Conservative Party Candidate (1,097 votes) Ashley Richard Whalley — Labour Party Candidate (572) Salim Lorgat — Liberal Democrat (51 votes) This was a Conservative hold and followed Sheila Williams, last year’s mayor, stepping down who said she …

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Blackburn Rovers in Venky’s Chicken advert in India – See it now

Well everyone is tweeting, facebooking and talking about the Blackburn Rovers‘ Chicken Advert so here it is! It appears to have caused much hilarity across social networking sites. What will be the best joke to come out of all this? How do you feel about the advert and the new Rovers image? Click play and tell us what you think.

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Samlesbury Hall hosts Wild Lancashire Day – Fancy some ferret racing?

Samlesbury Hall will host it’s ‘Wild Lancashire day’ for the third year running on 31stJuly 2011. The event promises a ‘fantastic family day out’ with food and craft stalls, Punch and Judy, countryside displays, live music and even Ferret racing! Hall Director Sharon Jones said: “This year’s Wild Lancs day is set to be bigger and better than ever before. It is …

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East Lancashire Hospice want your bulky items for their furniture warehouse – They will even collect free

Please remember that East Lancashire Hospice, as well as running 4 retail shops, have a furniture warehouse in Blackburn. East Lancashire Hospice opened its furniture warehouse in Brunswick Street, Blackburn in April 2010. The warehouse sells furniture, household goods, electrical items, bric-a-brac and much more; it is one of those places where you need to keep popping in and you …

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