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Local Rail Landmark Sinking

The longest railway viaduct in Lancashire is to undergo structural repairs after it was discovered one of its arches had started to sink. The Victorian viaduct, known locally as Whalley Arches, carries trains between Clitheroe and Manchester. Network Rail engineers have found that one of its 49 arches began to slip because wooden pilings have rotted. New steel pilings will …

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Police investigate body in canal at Blackburn

Police are investigating the discovery of the body of a man in the Leeds Liverpool canal on Bolton Road, Blackburn yesterday morning (Saturday). He has now been identified as Mark Atherton, 40, from Hamilton Street, Blackburn. Mr Atherton spent Friday evening socialising with friends in the Infirmary Public House on Bolton Road. He left at about 1.45am to take the …

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Further details emerge about Blackburn house raid

Police are continuing their search for three men who tied up and robbed a woman in her home on Goodshaw Avenue in Blackburn at about 11am yesterday morning (Friday, June 24th. It is now known that there were three men involved in the incident, all of whom were Asian males in their forties. One of the men knocked on the …

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EDL Founder denies assault at Blackburn Rally

[caption id=”attachment_81688″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stephen Lennon denies Assault”][/caption] The founder of the English Defence League (EDL) has denied assault after an altercation at a Lancashire rally. Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, was arrested in connection with a brawl at the EDL demonstration in Blackburn on 2 April. He denied common assault against Alan McKee when he appeared at …

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Three men’s knife threats in house burglary in Blackburn

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after burglars broke into a house in Blackburn and tied the occupant up before stealing money and jewellery. At around 11am this morning, three men approached the house on Goodshaw Avenue, claiming to be collecting for charity before threatening the occupant with a knife and forcing their way into the house. They then forced the …

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Blackburn Drink Driver row man jailed for 12 weeks

“A MOTORIST has been jailed for 12 weeks for driving while banned after police were slammed for not charging him with drink driving. Aaron John Pendlebury, a previously convicted drink driver, gave a positive breath test at the roadside and failed another test at the police station. But officers believed his claims that he had drunk vodka after a crash …

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Blackburn Couple accused of Child Neglect – Switched Child Identities

Mohammed and Nafisa Karolia deny neglecting their baby A Blackburn couple accused of neglecting one of their twin daughters tried to switch the children’s identities, a court heard. The court was told the switch took place in the weeks leading up to the death of their seven-month-old baby on 15 June 2009. Mohammed Karolia, 29, and Nafisa Karolia, 22, of Meadow …

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Ceremony marks the start of building the new Blackburn Fire Station

Tuesday 21st June marked the steel-erection ceremony for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s new Fire Station for Blackburn, just across the road from the present fire station on Byrom Street. The construction is part of a wider PFI programme which will see 16 fire stations built by Mansell, a Balfour Beatty company, across Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside, with Lancashire’s four …

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Blackburn Drink-Driver story is jaw-dropping!

The story in today’s LT about a disqualified drink-driver is jaw-dropping. It is reported that police believed a man’s story that he had gone to drink vodka after an accident to clam his nerves before returning to the scene. The police searched the house where he is alleged to have drunk the vodka and found no evidence of vodka. He was breath-tested …

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Depots that help needy households to close in Blackburn

Two depots which offer free reconditioned furniture and white goods to needy households in east Lancashire are to close. The stores are being forced to shut their doors because Blackburn with Darwen Council can no longer offer them the money they need to survive. In addition, the trustees say a change in government rules regarding traineeships has made their popular …

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Crime Author Neil White to visit Blackburn Library

Crime Writer – Neil White Crime author Neil White, returns to Blackburn library on Tuesday, 19th July at 7pm, to talk about his 5th novel, Cold Kill. Tickets £1 available from Blackburn library. He’ll stuff your jaws till you can’t talk He’ll bind your legs till you can’t walk He’ll tie your hands till you can’t claw And he’ll close …

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Blackburn and Darwen Town Halls to mark Armed Forces Day

Over 450 councils across the UK and over two thousand members of the public, businesses and schools are expected to take part in flag raising ceremonies next Monday, June 20, to celebrate Armed Forces Day. And the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Councillor Karimeh Foster will be joined by Vice Lord Lieutenant Mr Rodney Swarbrick and other dignitaries, to raise …

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Founder of English Defence League charged with assault at Blackburn demo

[caption id=”attachment_68687″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Stephen Lennon – Founder of EDL“][/caption] The founder of the English Defence League (EDL) has been charged with assault following an altercation at a rally in Lancashire. Stephen Lennon, also known as Tommy Robinson, was arrested in connection with a brawl at the EDL demonstration in Blackburn on 2 April. On Wednesday, he was charged with …

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Blackburn Woman missing on licence from Prison

[caption id=”attachment_68458″ align=”alignleft” width=”225″ caption=”Sandie Louise Barton – Wanted by Police”][/caption] Police are looking for  Sandie Louise Barton, who is 24 years of age and from Blackburn. She was originally jailed for a burglary but she has since been released from her sentence on licence but has breached the terms of that licence and has been called to serve the …

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Traffic Lights in Blackburn get the Red Light

Traffic lights across Blackburn town centre are being switched off to cut delays for drivers. Sets of lights on Eanam, Penny Street, Ainsworth Street, Mincing Lane and King Street in Blackburn are currently off as redevelopment plans take shape. Some switch offs are permanent as part of a change to the road network to cut traffic in the town centre. Blackburn …

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Warning to mini moto users in Darwen

Lancashire Police

[caption id=”attachment_68227″ align=”alignleft” width=”251″ caption=”Lancashire Police”][/caption] POLICE in Darwen are warning that they will take a tough stance on anyone found riding a mini moto illegally. This comes after officers received several reports about the use of mini motos, particularly in the Manor Road area, which leads up to Darwen tower. Police are reminding parents and their children that it …

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Gang with Liverpool accents tie up workers and steal cigarettes in Blackburn raid

Lancashire Police

[caption id=”attachment_68227″ align=”alignleft” width=”251″ caption=”Lancashire Police”][/caption] POLICE are appealing for information following a tie up robbery at a warehouse in Blackburn. Around 8am today (Wednesday 15 June) three male workers were loading cigarettes into a vehicle at the warehouse on Geddes Street when a white Mercedes Sprinter van arrived at the site. Around six to eight people got out of …

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Blackburn Focus DIY to close on 22 June

Following the move of the Focus DIY chain into administration, it would appear that a purchaser for the group has not been found. Some of the premises have been taken over by new tenants, but the Blackburn store will close on 22 June. This is sad news for the staff at the store, but also the whole Retail Park that …

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Mental Health Wards proposal to concentrate on Blackburn – “Highest Need”

Mental health wards at eight hospitals in Lancashire could close under plans for a major shake-up of services. In-patients would instead be admitted to one of four new or redeveloped units in Blackburn, Blackpool, Lancaster or central Lancashire. Health bosses said the reorganisation would focus treatment on community-based services which, they said, evidence showed was more effective. The proposals, subject …

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Blackburn woman missing for over a week – Appeal for information

[caption id=”attachment_67116″ align=”alignleft” width=”255″ caption=”Denise Warburton – Missing from Blackburn“][/caption] POLICE are appealing for information about the whereabouts of a 53 year old woman who has gone missing from her home in Blackburn. Denise Warburton was last seen on Kingsbridge Wharf at 4pm on Monday 6 June. She is described as white with collar length, blonde, wavy hair. She is …

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Blackburn man in custody row claims “death threats”

[caption id=”attachment_66898″ align=”alignleft” width=”300″ caption=”Qasim Akbar”][/caption] A Lancashire man involved in a custody battle in Pakistan said he fears for his life after allegedly receiving death threats. Ali, 34, wants to return to Blackburn with his half-brother seven-year-old Qasim Akbar, who lost his family in a car crash. Mr Ali has been granted custody but an appeal by family friends in …

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Congratulations to the Lancashire Pasty Company from Blackburn Life

THE winners of the Fine Food Awards 2011, run by Food North West, were announced at Nigel’s Fantastic Food Show by TV chef Nigel Haworth. This year’s awards saw nearly 400 products entered by 132 companies from across Cheshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Merseyside. The awards were judged by a select panel of food experts including top chefs, food …

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Public to be consulted on closure of Police Stations & Front Counter Services

THE Lancashire public are to be asked for their views on the future of police premises and front counter services in the county after the Constabulary considered a report outlining potential savings of up to £1million annually and one-off sales of over £4million. The front desks in the Eastern Division suggested for closure are Darwen, Great Harwood and Longridge. The …

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Thinking of buy a used car in Lancashire? Read and share this first

POLICE in Lancashire are warning members of the public to be particularly vigilant if considering buying a used car. The warning comes after a spate of reports of stolen and cloned vehicles over recent weeks. In the past fortnight, police have received six reports from people who have bought second hand cars that have been advertised on the internet that …

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Community Football Pitch destroyed by fire – Appeal for information

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a fire at a community football pitch in Blackburn. Just after 5pm on Friday 3rd June, police were called to reports of a fire that had been started on the synthetic football pitch opposite Bangor St Community Centre. The damage to the surface was extensive and will mean that the pitch will be out …

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Appeal for information – Darwen assualt after Beer Festival

POLICE are appealing for information after a 21 year old man was assaulted at an address in Darwen. The man, who is from Great Harwood, had been at the Darwen Beer festival with friends on the evening of Sunday 29 May, however they left him around 9.30pm. The last thing the man remembers is having a drink in the Bridgwater …

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Blackburn Cathedral appoints new Director of Music

Following the departure of Richard Tanner earlier in the year, it is reported that Samuel Hudson has been appointed as Director of Music at Blackburn Cathedral. Samuel went to Girton College, Cambridge in 2002, when he matriculated as a music undergraduate and organ scholar. During the following three years, he accompanied the Chapel Choir on visits to Cathedrals across the …

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