Councillor slams plans to extend college onto nearby recreation ground

A COUNCILLOR has launched a stinging attack on his own council saying plans to extend a nearby college display a ‘complete lack of transparency’. A planning application put forward by Burnley College seeks to build a new campus on Princess Way, affecting residents of Daneshouse, Stoneyholme and Clifton Street – with large swathes of greenery and a recreation ground set to be built if passed. Trinity ward Cllr Andy Fewings, of the Green Party at Burnley Council, is ‘furious’ that the plans have

'An absolute legend': Daughter's tribute to father who 'had friends everywhere'

A DAUGHTER has paid tribute to her 'legendary' father, who sadly passed away just one month after learning of a terminal diagnosis. Johnny Mason, 65, was a Mill Hill resident and well-loved by those who knew him - particularly at his local pub, the Moorgate Arms, where he was a regular. The father-of-five was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer just five weeks ago, and his untimely death has left the local community 'in shock'. Mr Mason's daughter, Stacey, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "Our

'It's disgusting': Shopper furious after supermarket 'filth' complaints ignored

A DISGRUNTLED shopper has been forced to ‘go elsewhere’ after his complaints regarding a supermarket’s uncleanliness were ignored. Vincent Donnelly has been shopping at Tesco in Great Harwood for many years but decided to ‘stay away’ when he noticed 'filth' accumulating within the store. Over a period of six months, Mr Donnelly photographed the unclean areas and presented the evidence to customer care, who endeavoured to address the issue but he says, up to now, have not. Mr Donnelly said: “T

Figures show percentage of vaccinated care home staff in Lancashire

MORE than 83 per cent of Lancashire care home staff have been vaccinated against Covid-19, new figures show. Of the 13,320 staff eligible for the jab in Lancashire, 11,176 have been vaccinated. In Blackburn with Darwen, the figures show that nearly 87 per cent (998) of 1,125 eligible care home staff have now been vaccinated. The data comes as Government prepares to make the vaccine mandatory for care home workers across the country. Health secretary Matt Hancock is believed to favour the move,

Popular indie rock band heading to these E Lancs venues this autumn

A POPULAR indie rock band will begin an 'intimate' UK tour in Blackburn this October. The Sherlocks, who supported The Kooks at Castlefield Bowl in 2019, will embark on a tour of smaller, independent venues to help 'keep them alive' post-pandemic. In an announcement on social media, the Yorkshire rockers revealed 15 tour dates for the 'Keep Our Independent Venues Alive Tour', with Blackburn's Electric Church (October 1) and Preston's The Ferret (October 23) on the list of dates. The band wrot

'Love and friendship': Annual inter-faith cricket match a success once again

AN annual cricket match designed to promote 'love and friendship' between players of Christian and Muslim faiths took place for a third time in Preston last week. Blackburn Diocese, representing the Church of England in Lancashire, took on a team from the Lancashire Council of Mosques (LCM) at New Longton Cricket Club on Wednesday - with the Diocese taking victory for the first time in a tight game. The teams were made up of players from several Lancashire locations including Blackburn, Accrin

Burnley striker sentenced in court after drink driving admission

BURNLEY footballer Ashley Barnes has been ordered to pay a £13,000 fine and banned from driving for 12-months, after admitting to drink driving. The Premier League striker was pulled over by police near his Wilmslow home on May 11, having been out celebrating the Clarets' top-flight survival in a victory against Fulham. Barnes, 31, was stopped at 3am on Balmoral Way while driving a black £55,000 Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The footballer pleaded guilty to the charge at Stockport Magistrates Court a

'Very clearly in Darwen': Court case sparks debate over 'true' location of Lower Darwen

A COURT case has sparked a geographical debate regarding the 'true' location of Lower Darwen. A solicitor who described himself as "Darwen born and bred" struck a blow for his hometown "sovereignty" during a case heard by magistrates. Damien Pickup argued that his client had not entered Blackburn, in breach of a monitoring tag condition of his bail, because he had gone no further than Lower Darwen. Mr Pickup said: "I have lived in Darwen all my life and in my book he has not entered Blackburn

CREDIT: Lancashire begin investigation into historical offensive tweets from players

Lancashire have begun an “immediate investigation” into historical offensive tweets by a number of their players, the club have confirmed. The Lancashire Telegraph unearthed more than 50 tweets, dating as far back as 2011, containing racist, homophobic, misogynistic and anti-disability content on the accounts of several first-team contracted players — Alex Davies, Luke Wells, Josh Bohannon, Richard Gleeson and Liam Hurt. The posts have since been removed. Davies, Hurt and Bohannon were all age

CREDIT: Lancashire condemn offensive tweets sent by five of their players

Lancashire condemned offensive tweets involving five players on Friday amid intensifying scrutiny of English cricketers' social media use. More than 50 historical posts dating back to 2011 were unearthed by the Lancashire Telegraph newspaper, which allegedly contained racist, homophobic, misogynistic and anti-disability content. Richard Gleeson, who was selected by England as Covid cover last summer, Alex Davies, Josh Bohannon, Liam Hurt and Luke Wells, who joined from Sussex, were reportedly

CREDIT: Lancashire investigate alleged offensive tweets by their players

Lancashire have started an "immediate review and investigation" into allegations of offensive tweets by five of their players. Since historic racist and sexist posts by Sussex seamer Ollie Robinson emerged during his Test debut last week, the social media feeds of a number of internationals have been scrutinised and the England and Wales Cricket Board is currently looking into the cases on an individual basis.

EXCLUSIVE: Lancashire County Cricket Club investigating players over 'abhorrent' historic tweets

LANCASHIRE County Cricket Club has launched an ‘immediate investigation’ after discriminatory historical tweets on several of its players' accounts came to light, the Lancashire Telegraph can exclusively reveal. More than 50 tweets, dating back to 2011, were found to contain racist, homophobic, anti-disability or misogynistic content. The offending material was posted on the accounts of Darwen-born Alex Davies, 26, Liam Hurt, Luke Wells, Josh Bohannon and Richard Gleeson several years ago but

Pub owners' fury as review with 'unfounded' allegation of racism left online

MANAGEMENT at one of Lancashire's top gastropubs are 'flabbergasted' and 'disappointed' that a TripAdvisor review accusing a staff member of racism has been allowed to remain online. On Thursday last week, two families arrived at the Parkers Arms in Newton-in-Bowland, Ribble Valley, and were told that they could not enter the pub as they were shut prior to the evening sitting. After a verbal exchange between management and an 'angry' family, a scathing TripAdvisor review was left for the pub w

Ex Corrie favourite to star in adaptation of legendary play

FORMER soap favourite Wendi Peters is set to star in a theatre production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Peters, 53, from Blackburn, shot to fame while portraying Cilla Battersby-Brown on Coronation Street between 2003 and 2007. The adapted show will take place in October at Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford and will see another former Corrie star, Bill Ward, co-star alongside Peters. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is a horror in which Ichabod Crane is reimagined as an English professor and tu

Euro 2020: Where can you watch with friends? All you need to know

WHILE pubs will not be six deep at the bar and fan park capacity is to be limited greatly this Sunday, the buzz around England's first group stage game of Euro 2020 remains palpable on the streets of East Lancashire. A cocktail of forecasted sunshine and a feverish anticipation to see how Gareth Southgate's fearless young lions fare in the primarily home-based tournament, many will be making plans to watch the match with their fellow fans. However, with some Coronavirus restrictions still in p

'Tread carefully': Health director on further easing of restrictions in Lancs

LANCASHIRE'S public health director has said that the proportion of people double vaccinated can vary from 20 per cent to 70 per cent, depending on the area. Dr Sakthi Karunanithi was speaking on national television after health secretary Matt Hancock further urged Lancashire residents to 'get vaccinated' and 'minimise travel' during a brief address to the House of Commons yesterday. A 'strengthened package of support' will be provided in Lancashire to tackle a rise in the Delta variant of cor

Euro 2020: Where to watch England v Croatia outdoors on big screen with £2.50 pints

BLACKBURN ROVERS will host a family fun day on Sunday, as England begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Croatia. Along with a large outdoor screen showing the big game, there will be inflatable goals, dart boards, ice cream vans and balloons for all the family to enjoy while cheering on the Three Lions. For the adults, the new look Blues Bar will offer food and drink - including a burger and a pint deal for just £8.95 and pints of Fosters and John Smiths for £2.50. The club website says: "It

Community's £225,000 race to get troublesome cinder athletics track updated

A ONCE groundbreaking 400m running track has been declared not fit for purpose, so community groups have launched a £225k fundraising campaign to upgrade it. Rossendale Borough Council owns the running track at Marl Pits, Rawtenstall, and when its predecessor Rawtenstall Borough Council opened the facility in 1967 it was reported to be the first 400m track in the country; others were still imperial 440-yard tracks. However, its cinder surface is outdated making the track is impossible to use i

'Jeffrey's Biker Journey': UK biker tour to help boy with incurable disease

AN Accrington man will embark on a charity bike tour of the United Kingdom after being "horrified" by the story of a four-year-old boy with an incurable disease. Darren Haslam, 50, is a friend of the family of Jeffrey Charlesworth, four, who was diagnosed with the incurable CLN2 Battens Disease in May and will require specialist and expensive treatment as his illness progresses. Being a keen motorcyclist, Mr Haslam felt compelled to help out in some way and decided on a monumental relay tour o

'Cover for drug dealers': Residents battle to overturn planting of fruit trees

ANGRY residents in Nelson are bidding to overturn Pendle Council's decision to plant fruit trees on a nearby recreation ground. The plans have been vigorously opposed by 84 residents (as of 1 June), who have cited potential ‘cover for drug dealers’, ‘leaves clogging gutters’ and ‘feeling unsafe around so many trees’ as reasons to prevent the planting on Ringstone Crescent, Nelson from going ahead. The group have informally met with local councillors to express their dismay at a ‘lack of consul
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