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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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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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