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Ribble Valley MP, Nigel Evans, arrested on further indecent assualt charges

Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans, has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault and sexual touching of two further alleged victims. A Lancashire Constabulary spokesperson said: “A 55 year old man from …

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New Sunday train services for Blackburn & Clitheroe

Northern Rail, in partnership with Community Rail Lancashire, is launching a new winter Sunday train service between Blackpool North and Hellifield. The service named ‘Ribble Valley Rambler’, will operate from Sunday 15 September through to Sunday 11 May next year. …

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Woman in critical condition after Whalley car accident

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious road traffic collision in Whalley which has left a young woman critically injured. The accident occurred at the junction of the A671 Accrington Road with the Springwood Picnic Site at around 4.30pm this …

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East Lancashire NHS Trust placed into “special measures”

Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, today announced that the East Lancashire NHS Trust was one of several NHS Trusts placed into special measures. This follows an investigation by NHS medical director Prof. Sir Bruce Keogh following “excess” death rates over several years. …

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Ordinations across Lancashire for the Diocese of Blackburn

A Lecturer in Medical Physics, a former policeman and a former actor are just three of the candidates that were ordained by Blackburn Diocese (The Church of England in Lancashire) this weekend. A total of nine Deacons were ordained at Blackburn …

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Keep in touch with local police on new Twitter accounts

Lancashire Constabulary are encouraging the residents of East Lancashire to keep up-to-date with what’s going on in their area. The Force has launched five new Twitter pages for the Blackburn, Darwen, Ribble Valley, Accrington and Great Harwood areas. The area …

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Recruitment drive for Special Constables in East Lancashire

People looking for an exciting challenge that will give them new skills while making good use of their spare time are being invited to become a Special Constable. The latest recruitment evening will be held at the Coppice Theatre, Sandy …

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New Bishop of Blackburn inauguration to take place in October

The dates for both the Consecration and Inauguration Services for the next Bishop of Blackburn have now been announced. Julian Henderson, currently Archdeacon of Dorking, will be consecrated as a Bishop at a special service at York Minster on Thursday, …

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Stop cutting the verges say Council

Ribble Valley Borough Council has asked residents and landowners to stop and think before they cut and slash grass verges. They say that intensive grass verge cutting is putting wildlife at risk and destroying biodiversity sites. In the statement they …

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Blackburn Diocese are joining “Enough Food for All” campaign

The Diocese of Blackburn is encouraging people to take part in an international fast, organised by charity Christian Aid.   As part of the action around the G8 Summit to be held in Belfast in June organisers say, “We’re going …

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Police crackdown on rural crime nets 8 arrests

A Police crackdown on rural crime in the Ribble Valley has been hailed a success. The six-week operation has been a joint effort between Lancashire Constabulary, the Forestry Commission, the Environment Agency and the Ribble Fisheries Consultative Association, which represents …

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Church of England attendance up in Diocese of Blackburn

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The Church of England today released its annual statistics for 2011, including figures for Blackburn Diocese, revealing a strong and growing trend for Christmas attendance, an increase in baptisms and stability in weekly service attendance. Blackburn Diocese, the Church of England …

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Whalley Pickwick set to celebrate 25 years

The popular Whalley Pickwick Festival that sees the centre of the town transformed into a Christmas event of music, food and entertainment is set to celebrate its quarter century this year. The event which raises funds for local good causes, …

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Police facebook page has gone to the dogs

The police in Lancashire have launched a facebook page just for the police dogs. The page includes photos of the dogs and updates on some of the work they have been involved in has been launched by the Constabulary’s Dog Unit. …

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New Bishop of Blackburn Appointed

Downing Street have today announced the appointment of the Venerable Julian Henderson as the new Bishop of Blackburn having been approved by the Queen. His appointment follows the retirement of the Rt Rev Nicholas Reade in October of 2012. The …

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Ribble Valley pubs caught serving alcohol to children

A  police operation in conjunction with Trading Standards has caught pubs supplying alcohol to children as young as 15. Police used volunteer teenagers to make test purchases in pubs in Whalley and Longridge and from the eight pubs tested, 5 were found to sell …

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Machete raiders in “Terrifying Ordeal” for Whalley couple

Blackburn Drugs' Raids by Lancashire Police

Police are hunting for two men in their twenties who terrorised a couple in their Whalley home. The men forced their way into the home on Clitheroe Road last Friday evening wearing face coverings and armed with a machete. They made demands …

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Ribble Valley freeze council tax for fourth year running

Ribble Valley Borough Council has fixed its Council Tax rates at the same level as the last four years, despite an eight per cent reduction in Government grants. Support for charities and voluntary organisations will be maintained as well as no requirement …

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PM announces East Lancashire hospital trust to be investigated

The Prime Minister has announced that the East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is to be investigated in the wake of the public enquiry results at Stafford Hospital. In response to questions in the House of Commons today, David Cameron, said …

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Northern Rail : Lowest Customer Satisfaction

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In the National Passenger Survey, published today, Passenger Focus have identified the train operator with the lowest satisfaction rating in the country is Northern Rail. The overall satisfaction rating for Northern Rail was 80%, which represented the lowest percentage of …

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Overall decrease in Lancashire crime figures – Burglary, Violent Crimes & Fraud increase

The new Police and Crime Commissioner for Lancashire, Clive Grunshaw, has hailed the overall reduction in reported crime in Lancashire as “positive for the County”. He said after the figures were released by the Home Office that, “These reductions in crime …

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281 people caught drink driving over Christmas in Lancashire

Police have released the figures for drink driving over the Christmas period, which showed an increase in the percentage of positive tests from the previous year. Including those who refused to provide a specimen, 281 people were caught drink driving, …

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Blizzard forecast for this week in Blackburn, Darwen & the rest of East Lancashire

The Met Office have issued an amber warning of severe weather for Friday (18 January 2013) from 3am in the morning. In the statement issued they say, “As the weather breaks down, an area of snow looks increasingly likely to spread from …

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Invitation to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn

The Church of England in Lancashire are inviting people to attend Blackburn Cathedral tonight (Wednesday 16 January 2012) to pray for a new Bishop of Blackburn. The previous Bishop of Blackburn,  the Rt Revd Nicholas Reade, left the post in October …

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Snow likely today for Blackburn & Darwen along with the rest of East Lancashire

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With reports of snow already falling in Blackburn, the Met Office have updated their weather warning for Blackburn & Darwen and the rest of Lancashire including Accrington, Whalley and Clitheroe regarding the snow that was expected tomorrow (Monday 14th January …

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Get ready for the snow – Weather warning for Monday

The Met Office have issued a warning of snow for Monday 14 January 2013 for Blackburn and Darwen, along with the rest of Lancashire. In the report they say, “An area of rain, sleet and hill snow spreading into north-western Scotland by early Monday …

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Northern Rail services over Christmas and New Year 2012

Northern Rail have reminded customers about the reduction in services over the coming festive season. Services will start to wind down across the network from 7pm on Christmas Eve, with very few trains running after 9pm. Services will not run …

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Police shocked at alcohol levels in Mums on the School Run

Lancashire Police are shocked at the number of women they have stopped on the school run who have alcohol in their system. Lancashire Constabulary’s annual Christmas Drink Drive campaign kicked off on December 1st and checkpoints are carried out across the …

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Local Police and crime commissioners’ election fails to engage voters – Lancashire Results – Labour win

The Local Police and crime commissioners’ elections have failed to engage large numbers of electors in Blackburn and Darwen and nationally, with turnout in the Blackburn area at 16.9%. Labour win Lancashire PCC election with 52% of final vote [caption id=”attachment_304430″ …

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For a Happy Halloween – Police issue the Halloween Code – Poster to Download

Lancashire Police have issued advice to everyone about how to enjoy Halloween safely. It includes guidance for those going trick or treating and also for people who do not want to take part. A spokesperson for Lancashire Constabulary said, “Halloween …

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