East Lancs mum left ‘traumatised’ after waking up moments before operation

Blackburn Citizen: Alexandra Bythell, 36, came round minutes before surgery to remove her appendix at Royal Blackburn Hospital

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MOTHER who was left ‘traumatised’ when she woke up on an operating table has won compensation from the hospital.

East Lancs taxi drivers face ‘scrap car’ threat

Blackburn Citizen: taxi-limit.jpg

4:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TAXI drivers in Hyndburn will be forced to scrap cars that don’t meet emissions targets, it was revealed.

Red moon rises over East Lancashire

Blackburn Citizen: The ‘blood moon’ captured by Andy Bellard

2:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

SKYWATCHERS across East Lancashire caught a rare celestial show on Tuesday night.

Man airlifted to Royal Blackburn Hospital after motorbike crash

Blackburn Citizen: Traffic problems on A30 near Victoria after crash and hail storm

1:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PENSIONER has been air lifted to hospital after losing control of his motor bike in Rishton this morning.

Booze kills 149 people in East Lancashire

Blackburn Citizen: MINE’S A PINT: Canada has had a minimum price per unit of alcohol for decades and the UK is being urged to follow suit

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ALCOHOL cost the lives of 149 people in four East Lancashire boroughs over two years – and left taxpayers with an annual bill of around £122 million.

Darwen firm hit by arson attack before opening

Blackburn Citizen: The blaze at the former East Lancashire Warehousing building

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DARWEN company preparing to open to the public tomorrow suffered a setback after being hit by an arson attack.

£50 reward for Hyndburn 'pooper snoopers'

Blackburn Citizen: BIN IT: Reader Alan Grubb refers to people not picking up dog waste bags, not dog mess itself.

11:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

REWARDS of £50 are being offered to ‘dog detectives’ who catch irresponsible owners not clearing up their pet’s mess.

Live VIDEO: Queen in Blackburn for Maundy Thursday service

Blackburn Citizen: HRH Queen Elizabeth II visits Blackburn Cathedral for Maundy service 17/04/2014

9:04am Thursday 17th April 2014

THOUSANDS of people lined the streets of Blackburn today as the Queen arrived for the traditional Maundy Thursday service.

VIDEO: East Lancs knifeman jailed after £30k travel agent raids

Blackburn Citizen: Jason Thompson has been jailed

9:31am Thursday 17th April 2014

AN ex-care home worker who carried out a £30,000 string of terrifying knifepoint raids at travel agencies after he was sacked has been jailed for eight years.

East Lancs couple tell of agony after double baby death

Blackburn Citizen: Laura Gray and Jordan Monaghan with their son Logan

9:27am Thursday 17th April 2014

A COUPLE already grieving the loss of a baby have told of their devastation after ‘failing to get any answers’ about the sudden death of their 21-month-old son.

UK's first 'instant' homes assembled on Blackburn street

Blackburn Citizen: UK's first 'instant' homes assembled on Blackburn street

9:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

THE UK’s first ‘instant’ homes have been put together in a Blackburn street, officially launching a project being touted as ‘the solution to the housing crisis’.

Repairs plan to save Burnley Elizabethan building

Blackburn Citizen: Spenser House as it is today

4:04pm Thursday 17th April 2014

REPAIRS have been proposed to help preserve the internal fabric of one of Burnley’s oldest and most significant buildings.

‘Your views are vital’, says chief hospital watchdog

Blackburn Citizen: Be alert to the symptoms of lung cancer

3:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE chief hospital watchdog for England has urged people to attend two public events as he prepares to bring a team of 50 inspectors to the Royal Blackburn and Burnley General.

Lancashrie wildlife lovers hop to it for survey

Blackburn Citizen: A grey squirrel

4:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE world’s biggest wildlife survey has reported a chorus of frogs hopping around in Lancashire gardens – but our native squirrels are in the red.

East Lancs golfers teeing off for cerebral palsy sufferer

Blackburn Citizen: Jamie Jordan and his mum Anita prepare for the fundraising ‘golfathon’

4:02pm Thursday 17th April 2014

GOLFERS will be clubbing together to help fund part of a new wheelchair for a 17-year-old with cerebral palsy.

Health Minister’s praise for the work of East Lancs charity

Blackburn Citizen: Jane Ellison, centre, with volunteers and supporters in Towneley Park

3:54pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PUBLIC health minister Jane Ellison paid a visit to East Lancashire yesterday and heaped praise on a charity which offers volunteer work for people recovering from drug or alcohol misuse.

Blackburn Queen visit will bring £1m boost for economy

Blackburn Citizen: Queen Elizabeth II, East Lancashire

6:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

BLACKBURN town centre will see an economic uplift as a result of the royal visit.

UPDATE: East Lancs house blown to pieces in explosion

Blackburn Citizen: Four fire crews were called to the property in Cumberland Avenue at 2am this morning (Picture: Wayne Shuttleworth)

5:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A HOUSE exploded after being ‘packed with flammables’ in a suspected arson attack on a quiet estate in Clayton-le-Moors.

Disabled fans meet Rovers stars

Blackburn Citizen: Luke Wolfenden with Rovers’ star striker Jordan Rhodes

5:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

DISABLED football fans were able to rub shoulders with their heroes during an annual awards night at Blackburn Rovers.

Tributes paid to loving East Lancs dad and husband

Blackburn Citizen: Daniel enjoying one of his favourite loves, fishing

3:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

LOVING tributes have been paid to an ‘immensely popular and well known’ golfer who died on Sunday after being thrown from his bicycle.

WW1 display shares poignant messages from Lancashire soldiers

Blackburn Citizen: Lancashire soldiers from World War One

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

POSTCARDS and letters sent home from the trenches by Lancashire soldiers during the World War One have gone on display.

HOORAY: Britannia Coconut Dancers set for comeback


1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TRADITIONAL morris dance which was saved from going out of existence after 158 years is set to make a comeback this weekend with a new leader at the helm.

Increase in demand for Lancashire foodbank help

Blackburn Citizen: There has been growing demand for help from foodbanks locally

12:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE number of adults and children being provided with emergency food in Lancashire has contributed to a 238 per cent rise across the North West.

Fears grow for missing East Lancs worker

Blackburn Citizen: The search goes on for Trevor Whitehead

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

POLICE are growing ‘increasingly concerned’ for the welfare of an Accrington man who has been missing for a week.

Blackburn ready for Royal party

Blackburn Citizen: Heather Heaton, left, and Dianne Mason, who would like the Queen to officially cut the ribbon on their new salon No. 9 Barbers

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

FINAL preparations are under way before the Queen arrives in Blackburn tomorrow morning.

Former East Lancs mayor backs call for Sir Cyril Smith child abuse inquiry

Blackburn Citizen: Sir Cyril Smith

9:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER mayor who says he was beaten by Sir Cyril Smith is backing calls for a full public inquiry into allegations of child abuse.

Tributes paid to 'inspirational angel' from Haslingden

Blackburn Citizen: Abigail Rawson suffered from Jacobsen Syndrome

7:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to ‘an inspirational angel’ with a rare genetic disorder who passed away aged seven.

East Lancs patients miss out on GPs’ extended hours

Blackburn Citizen: One in five patients in Bradford are unable to make an appointment to see a GP

6:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

PATIENTS in Lancashire have missed out on government money to fund extended opening hours for GP surgeries.

Officers target East Lancs rogue traders

Blackburn Citizen: Police are investigating assault on Widnes pub landlord

3:02pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

ROGUE traders were targeted by the police and Trading Standards officers during a week-long national enforcement and awareness initiative.

Darwen pub lines up Easter fun

Blackburn Citizen: Great Malvern Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow (Saturday)

2:59pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE recently refurbished Ranken Arms in Queen Street, Hoddlesden, has unveiled a packed schedule of events over Easter.

Appeal as Darwen charity shop runs short

Blackburn Citizen: Pharmacies join drive on age benefits

2:58pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHARITY shop Age UK in Darwen has appealed for donations of small electrical items as stocks are running low.

Blackburn school’s mission for Syrians

Blackburn Citizen: A Syrian man looks at the wreckage of what used to be his home

2:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BLACKBURN school is hoping to help alleviate suffering in Syria.

Blackburn students’ £360 for Age UK

Blackburn Citizen: Pharmacies join drive on age benefits

2:43pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

IT was a lucky 13 for Age UK as a group of Blackburn College students raised £360 for the local branch of the charity for the elderly.

Improvements at Blackburn nursery

Blackburn Citizen: Education watchdog Ofsted today published its findings following its visit to the borough in February

2:42pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NURSERY judged as ‘inadequate’ is said to have made ‘robust’ improvements.

High hopes for new Blackburn skatepark

Blackburn Citizen: Mike Curley shows off his bike tricks watched by Coun Kate Hollern, Coun Trevor Maxfield, skaters and bikers

2:42pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

BLACKBURN’S new BMX and skatepark will be called ‘Junction4’, the town’s young people have decided.

Son of tragic East Lancs violinist hopes review will help

2:40pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE son of a gifted violinist who killed herself days after she gave evidence at a sex abuse trial involving a choirmaster and his Rossendale ex-wife said he hopes processes will be improved to prevent the tragedy being repeated.

Technology update for youngsters at Accrington Academy

Blackburn Citizen: An iPad

2:40pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A HIGH school has implemented a new IT scheme using iPads.

Tip-offs lead to police raid on cannabis factory in Crawshawbooth

Blackburn Citizen: Cannabis seized at property in South Woodford

2:34pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CANNABIS plants with a street value of more than £4,500 were seized by police in a dawn raid at a house in Crawshawbooth.

East Lancs drug addict ‘risked lives’ to steal electricity

Blackburn Citizen: Police are investigating assault on Widnes pub landlord

2:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CROOK who by-passed his electricity meter using a metal handle could have put lives at risk, Burnley magistrates heard.

File on Burnley teen’s drugs death passed to prosecutors

2:30pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FILE on the circumstances surrounding the drugs-related death of a vulnerable Burnley teenager has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.

East Lancs man kept quiet over £34,500 pot

Blackburn Citizen: Cash boost given to Duke of Edinburgh Award project

2:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who made a claim for pension credit kept quiet about a £34,500 inheritance, a court heard.

Follow-up Ofsted visit praised raised standards at Baxenden school

Blackburn Citizen: Education watchdog Ofsted today published its findings following its visit to the borough in February

11:35am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SEVERAL teachers have left a school which Ofsted inspectors said required improvement.

Lowerhouse Cricket Club bowled over by £50k grant

Blackburn Citizen: Lowerhouse CC team celebrating their Lancashire League T20 win in July 2013

11:15am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TOP Foster’s Lancashire League cricket team has landed a £50,000 cash boost to develop new changing rooms at their ground.

Lancashire police officer faces misconduct hearing after suspect tasered in custody

Blackburn Citizen: The IPCC report also found evidence of police staff making ‘inappropriate’ comments about an arrested man

5:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A LANCASHIRE police inspector faces a misconduct hearing after a watchdog said he ‘abdicated responsibility’ when a suspect was Tasered in custody.

East Lancs pair for trial over sale of horsemeat

Blackburn Citizen: Abattoir owner Peter Boddy leaves Westminister Magistrates Court yesterday

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A CROWN court hearing has been listed for two men from Todmorden who were charged over the traceability of meat following last year’s horsemeat scandal.

East Lancs addict dealt heroin to undercover police

Blackburn Citizen: Drug dealer Ibran Khan was jailed

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A STREET dealer who repeatedly supplied heroin to undercover police, including in the grounds of an Accrington church, has been jailed for three years.

East Lancs comedian Lee Mack in hunt for old Blackburn pub sign

Blackburn Citizen: Lee Mack lived at the Centurion pub before it was burnt down

2:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

COMEDIAN Lee Mack has appealed for information about the old sign at the entrance to the pub he grew up in.

Headteacher leaves as Blackburn school changes denominations to survive

Blackburn Citizen: SACRED HEART SCHOOL

1:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SCHOOL which is switching denominations to survive has lost its headteacher.

Finishing touches in place for Queen's Blackburn visit

Blackburn Citizen: Bunting flutters in High Street

12:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

PREPARATIONS are now well underway for the Queen’s visit to Blackburn on Thursday.

Police searching for missing East Lancs man

Blackburn Citizen: Trevor Whitehead

9:19am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched for an Accrington-man after he didn’t turn up to work for three days.

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