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Winds ease after Britain battered

Blackburn Citizen: The scene after a tree brought down by strong winds crushed a car in Birmingham (PA/West Midlands Ambulance Service)

3:26am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Winds are easing today after Britain was battered by gales which brought travel chaos and left a motorist seriously injured.

George III's papers to be digitised

Blackburn Citizen: During the launch at Windsor Castle, the Queen will be shown a small exhibition of documents from her forebear

3:26am Wednesday 1st April 2015

An ambitious project to digitise King George III's private papers will be launched today in the presence of the Queen.

Man faces jail over bomb manual

Blackburn Citizen: Erol Incedal was cleared of targeting Tony Blair and his wife Cherie as part of a terrorist plot (Elizabeth Cook/PA)

3:26am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A British law student cleared of plotting a terror attack following the UK's first secret terror case faces up to 10 years in jail for possessing a bomb-making manual.

England grounded in Turin

Blackburn Citizen: Roy Hodgson, pictured, confirmed he and his squad will return to England on Wednesday

1:56am Wednesday 1st April 2015

England were in for a prolonged stay in Italy following Tuesday night's 1-1 friendly draw after their flight was held up due to a "technical issue".

Hodgson hails super-subs

Blackburn Citizen: Andros Townsend's goalscoring display off the bench against Italy drew praise from manager Roy Hodgson

1:52am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Roy Hodgson hailed Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley after the pair helped England salvage a 1-1 draw against Italy in Turin.

Briton among 19,000 on death row

Blackburn Citizen: Mohammad Asghar is among at least 19,000 people on death row around the world, according to Amnesty 
(Family handout/PA)

1:26am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A mentally-ill British grandfather is among more than 19,000 people on death row around the world, according to a new report from Amnesty International.

Tiny bird's journey 'extraordinary'

Blackburn Citizen: A blackpoll warbler is being fitted with a miniaturised light-sensing geolocator (Vermont Centre for Ecostudies/PA)

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A tiny songbird that makes its home in forests routinely undertakes non-stop flights of up to 1,700 miles across open ocean, scientists have confirmed.

I can't watch Brits fall - Madonna

Blackburn Citizen: Madonna said it was a miracle she did not get hurt in the tumble

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Madonna has revealed she cannot bring herself to watch footage of the moment she fell on stage while performing at this year's Brit Awards.

Woman killed in bus collision

Blackburn Citizen: Police are appealing for witnesses

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

An off-duty police officer has died and her young daughter was taken to hospital following a collision on a "confusing" city centre road dubbed dangerous by safety campaigners.

Drug 'ineffective for back pain'

Blackburn Citizen: Researchers say paracetamol is ineffective for back pain

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Paracetamol is ineffective for lower back pain, a study has suggested.

GP appointment plans 'unrealistic'

Blackburn Citizen: Experts say pledges to improve access to GPs appointments are unlikely to be achieved within a parliamentary term

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Pledges by the Tories and Labour to improve access to GPs appointments are unlikely to be achieved within a parliamentary term and the "public should question the promises of politicians", health experts have said.

Facebook hails Messenger changes

Blackburn Citizen: Facebook Messenger has now been turned into a platform, making it accessible to third-party developers

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Facebook believes the updates it has made to its Messenger service could help spark the creation of the next generation of big companies.

Alps crash video 'found at site'

Blackburn Citizen: Flowers in front of a monument in the area where a Germanwings aircraft crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board (AP)

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

A video of the last moments on the doomed Germanwings plane has been found on a mobile phone memory card at the crash site in the French Alps, according to reports.

Miliband faces new business attack

Blackburn Citizen: Labour leader Ed Miliband is expected to announce that his party would put an end to zero hours contracts if they win the General Election

12:20am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Labour leader Ed Miliband is facing a fresh onslaught from business as he prepared to set out plans effectively to outlaw "exploitative" zero hours contracts.

Uptown Funk is the biggest selling single of 2015 so far

Blackburn Citizen: Uptown Funk is the biggest selling single of 2015 so far

12:11am Wednesday 1st April 2015

The hit song has outsold the likes of Ellie Goulding and Hozier.

Social care changes 'built on sand'

Blackburn Citizen: Norman Lamb said limiting the amount anyone may have to pay for their care would make the system fairer

12:04am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Major changes to the social care system which come into place in England today are "built on sand" unless more funding is allocated, charities have warned.

Queen set for Royal Maundy day

Blackburn Citizen: The Royal Mint's commemorative Royal Maundy coins

12:04am Wednesday 1st April 2015

The Queen will undertake the pre-Easter tradition of handing out commemorative Royal Maundy coins tomorrow for the 60th time since her accession to the throne.

Half of workers have had a pay rise

Blackburn Citizen: The typical increase has been 2% for the past two years

12:04am Wednesday 1st April 2015

Just over half of workers had a pay rise last year and more are optimistic about seeing their salaries increase in 2015, according to new research.

Madonna: I can't watch Brits fall

Blackburn Citizen: Madonna: I can't watch Brits fall

11:56pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The Queen of Pop still can’t bring herself to face that moment on the stairs.

GP appointment plans 'unrealistic'

Blackburn Citizen: Experts say pledges to improve access to GPs appointments are unlikely to be achieved within a parliamentary term

11:30pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Pledges by the Tories and Labour to improve access to GPs appointments are unlikely to be achieved within a parliamentary term and the "public should question the promises of politicians", health experts have said.

Murray sees win number 500 in Miami

Blackburn Citizen: Andy Murray reached the quarter-finals in Miami (AP)

10:30pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Andy Murray racked up his 500th career win by beating Kevin Anderson over three sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Miami Open.

Townsend strike seals Turin draw

Blackburn Citizen: Andros Townsend fires home the equaliser

9:58pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Andros Townsend came off the bench to rescue England from defeat with a stunning strike in Turin.

Horror fans delight in zombie fest

Blackburn Citizen: One of the zombies that ran amok inside the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, during survival chase game 2.8 Hours Later

9:26pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Horror fans will be running for their lives as hordes of zombies are set to invade streets across Britain once again.

Facebook hails Messenger changes

Blackburn Citizen: Facebook Messenger has now been turned into a platform, making it accessible to third-party developers

9:26pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Facebook believes the updates it has made to its Messenger service could help spark the creation of the next generation of big companies.

Farah set for Doha test

Blackburn Citizen: Mo Farah will race in Doha in May

9:06pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Mo Farah will race over 3,000 metres at the opening Diamond League meeting of the year in Doha, organisers have announced.

Scales's dementia 'manageable'

Blackburn Citizen: Prunella Scales is best known for her role in Fawlty Towers

7:40pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Actor and director Samuel West has said his mother Prunella Scales's dementia is "pretty manageable" for the family.

Iran cancels Briton's jail term

Blackburn Citizen: Ghoncheh Ghavami

7:40pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

An Iranian-British woman jailed for trying to attend a men's volleyball game in Iran will not have to return to prison.

Selby through despite neck injury

Blackburn Citizen: World champion Mark Selby is through to the second round of the China Open

7:29pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

World number one Mark Selby booked his place in the second round of the China Open after beating Mark Joyce 5-3 despite suffering from neck pain.

Ward happy to fight Froch in UK

Blackburn Citizen: Carl Froch, pictured, could relish the chance to avenge his defeat to Andre Ward

7:29pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Andre Ward has revealed he would be happy to give Carl Froch a re-match in the United Kingdom - but said he will not face the Nottingham fighter in his hometown.

Giant slides to return at gallery

Blackburn Citizen: Carsten Hller's Carousel Mirror, which forms part of the Carsten Hller: Decision exhibition at the Hayward Gallery in London

6:07pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The giant spiralling slides which proved a huge hit at Tate Modern are returning to London's South Bank.

'Icon' tag the wurst for Conchita

Blackburn Citizen: Conchita Wurst grabbed glory for Austria in the Eurovision Song Contest

6:07pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Bearded Eurovision star Conchita Wurst has said she is "not comfortable" with being seen as a gay "icon".

Meet the Korean singer currently beating Taylor Swift in the Time 100 Reader’s Poll

Blackburn Citizen: Meet the Korean singer currently beating Taylor Swift in the Time 100 Reader’s Poll

5:57pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

CL is part of 2NE1 a K-Pop girl group.

Clarkson live tour set to go ahead

Blackburn Citizen: Clarkson live tour set to go ahead

5:57pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The former Top Gear presenter will join Richard Hammond and James May in live shows as planned.

'Icon' tag the wurst for Conchita

Blackburn Citizen: 'Icon' tag the wurst for Conchita

11:15pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The Rise Like A Phoenix singer, who won Eurovision last year, said she doesn’t really see herself as a role model.

Rugby star wins assault appeal

Blackburn Citizen: Ian Gough had his conviction overturned

5:50pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Welsh international rugby star Ian Gough has had his conviction for assaulting his beauty queen ex-girlfriend overturned.

Who is Ed Miliband tipping to be the first female Bond?

Blackburn Citizen: Who is Ed Miliband tipping to be the first female Bond?

5:37pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

It’s 2015 and the Labour leader reckons we can “move with the times” and have a 007 with a difference.

Did David Cameron just say he and Kim Kardashian are ACTUALLY RELATED?

Blackburn Citizen: Did David Cameron just say he and Kim Kardashian are ACTUALLY RELATED?

5:18pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Yes, we are as surprised as you are.

Scott expedition pictures for sale

Blackburn Citizen: Scott's name is synonymous with the Antarctic

5:04pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Fascinating images showing Captain Scott's doomed expedition team setting off on their ill-fated trek to the South Pole have come to light.

How did Jamie Dornan practise for his serial killer role?

Blackburn Citizen: Jamie Dornan wants to keep a low profile and avoid 50 Shades fuss

4:48pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The actor has admitted he followed a woman on the Tube to research his TV role.

Vanessa Hudgens: I used to hate Zac Efron fans

Blackburn Citizen: Vanessa Hudgens: I used to hate Zac Efron fans

4:36pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

High School Musical fans – if Vanessa Hudgens gave you a death stare, she’s sorry.

Kirstie Allsopp urges NSPCC to act on porn

Blackburn Citizen: Kirstie Allsopp urges NSPCC to act on porn

4:36pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The TV presenter wants to see more done to protect youngsters online.

Tory Ashcroft gives up Lords seat

Blackburn Citizen: Lord Ashcroft is giving up his House of Lords seat

4:28pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft has quit his seat in the House of Lords.

Hear Dame Helen Mirren on helium

Blackburn Citizen: Hear Dame Helen Mirren on helium

4:17pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Jimmy Fallon persuaded the actress to inhale helium for her interview on The Tonight Show.

Game time linked to behaviour

Blackburn Citizen: No clear association was seen between violent games and the extent to which the children showed aggression

3:45pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Children who play video games for more than three hours a day are more likely to be hyperactive and unruly at school, a study has shown.

Damages for sex assaults immigrant

Blackburn Citizen: Naseer Chawki won his High Court fight after a hearing in London

3:45pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

An illegal immigrant convicted of "revolting" sex offences is to receive damages after a judge concluded he was illegally detained by Home Office officials for around seven months.

It's not Susanna Reid's week - now her dress has split on Good Morning Britain

Blackburn Citizen: It's not Susanna Reid's week - now her dress has split on Good Morning Britain

3:06pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The breakfast news presenter suffered a “spectacular” problem with her outfit this morning,

Tina Turner star Angela Bassett lands TV role

Blackburn Citizen: Tina Turner star Angela Bassett lands TV role

2:54pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The actress will star in a post-World War II series for the BBC.

Former Batman stars to return to screen

Blackburn Citizen: Former Batman stars to return to screen

2:46pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The stars of the 1960s TV series, Batman, will reprise their superhero roles for a new animated movie.

One Direction are still all together - in waxwork form at least

Blackburn Citizen: One Direction are still all together - in waxwork form at least

2:46pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

The group will remain as a five-piece for the foreseeable future at Madame Tussauds.

The Rolling Stones announce US tour

Blackburn Citizen: The Rolling Stones announce US tour

2:46pm Tuesday 31st March 2015

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will play 15 cities across North America.

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