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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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Health Chiefs urge people to stay healthy during Ramadan

Health chiefs are encouraging people to stay healthy during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The month of fasting starts on Monday, August 1st this year, until August 30th, and will see all adult Muslims give up food or drink and smoking, from around 4am to 9pm. NHS Blackburn with Darwen Care Trust Plus has issued guidelines for those fasting …

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How about a picnic from the market and a day of activities at the Cathedral?

Why not visit the new market this Saturday, make yourself a picnic and then make your way to the Cathedral for a whole host of free activities? Blackburn Cathedral Fete accompanies the outdoor children’s theatre production ‘The Secret Garden’ on Saturday 30th July. With Wellybobs Animal Roadshow and the North West Reptile Club bringing a selection of animals for viewing and …

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Blackburn Couple Guilty of Child Cruelty – Sentence in October

[caption id=”attachment_116291″ align=”alignleft” width=”225″ caption=”Mohammed Karolia”][/caption] A BLACKBURN couple have today been convicted of child neglect and cruelty offences following the death of a seven month old baby girl who died in June 2009. Mohammed Karolia, 29 and his wife Nafisa Karolia, 22 of Dickens Street, Blackburn both denied two charges of child neglect but were found guilty following a …

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Emergency Services host 999 community fun day in Darwen in August

EMERGENCY services will host a community fun day in Darwen next month. Organised by Darwen’s Shared Neighbourhood Team, which includes both police officers and council staff, the ‘999 day’ will take place outside Darwen Market on Saturday 6 August between 10pm and 3pm. The event will see representatives from different organisations such as the police, fire and ambulance service, as …

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Cathedral appoints new canon for Community Affairs and Blackburn College Chaplain role

Blackburn Cathedral have announced the appointment of The Revd Shannon Ledbetter as a new Residentiary Canon responsible for Community Affairs.This post seeks to combine the outreach and education role of the Cathedral with the pastoral responsibilities of a College Chaplain. The aim of the post is to enhance the partnership working of recent years by working with Blackburn College to provide Chaplaincy services …

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US Cultural Attaché visits Blackburn College

A group of politics students were given a unique insight into the inner workings of the US Government when a US envoy visited the College. Students from Blackburn College and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School put their questions to the US Cultural attaché when she visited the college this month. The two hour seminar, entitled ‘What you really need to know …

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Blackburn Rugby Club join facebook

Blackburn Rugby Club have now got a facebook page here. This looks like it is going to be a busy site for everything to do with Blackburn Rugby and deserves your support. Good Luck. Don’t forget to Like Blackburn Life while you are there! The use of all Blackburn Life portals including the website, twitter and facebook are all on the …

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Pump Prices weekly update for Blackburn

After a welcome drop in pump prices a couple of weeks ago, there seems to be no stopping the rise in Unleaded and Diesel Prices at the local pumps. If anybody can find better prices than these please let us know so we can spread the good news! Is the price of fuel changing the way you live your life? …

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Balloon Race winners from Blackburn Market launch

The lucky winners of a balloon race competition held on the launch day of the new £8m Blackburn Market have been chosen.500 Balloons were released into the sky on Church Street to mark the launch of the new market on Saturday, July 9. The winning balloon travelled 75 miles all the way to Barnsley where it was retrieved by lucky …

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Guilty plea after robbery from “vulnerable man” in Blackburn

A MAN, who targeted a vulnerable gentleman with learning difficulties, has pleaded guilty at court. Mark Jones, 45, of Heath Street, Salford, appeared at Preston Crown Court yesterday (Friday 22 July) where he pleaded guilty to robbery and theft. Jones admitted targeting a 63-year-old man at Morrisons in Blackburn on 23 October. He led the man from the supermarket in the …

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Another Cannabis find by Police

CANNABIS with an estimated street value of up to £76,000 has been discovered at a house in Darwen. Officers found 190 plants after a raid at the address on Blackburn Road last night (Thursday 21 July). Hydroponic equipment including lights and fans was also found at the house. No one was arrested and enquiries continue to find out who was …

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Man robbed and attacked in Blackburn street

Detectives are appealing for information after a man was robbed in Blackburn. The incident happened on Wednesday 20th July at around 10:00pm on Montague Street close to the Ugo store, formerly known as Netto. The victim, a 44 year old man who has learning difficulties, was walking down the road when he was approached by a man who punched him …

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New Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Blackburn

OVER 80 residents in a Blackburn community have joined forces with the police to launch a new Neighbourhood Watch scheme. The crime prevention scheme, which was launched in the Dalglish Drive, Garner Close, Flowers Close and Whelan Close areas of the town on Wednesday 20 July, encourages local residents to report suspicious activity to the police. A group email address …

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Covers stolen in Blackburn and Darwen

POLICE are appealing for information after a number of grid covers in total have been stolen from around Blackburn and Darwen. Between the 4th and the 14th July, a total of 21 gulley grid covers have been stolen from Progress Street, Meadow Street, Whalley Crescent, Ellenshaw Road, School Street, Tythebarn Street, Marsh House Lane, Bury Fold Lane, Green Arms Road …

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