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  • Sasa steps into Jason's footsteps

    SASA Curcic will be asked to play the role Jason McAteer perfected when he makes his Wanderers debut in tonight's Burnden showdown with Bruce Rioch's Arsenal. read more

  • Go ahead for plans to transform valley

    OUTLINE plans for the multi-million pound transformation of an industry-scarred valley have been approved by Bolton councillors. read more

  • Bolton bands hit the high notes

    THREE Bolton bands were on a high note today after successes in the national championships. read more

  • Takeaways OK for local enterprise

    TWO hot food takeaways have been approved by councillors who ignored planning guidelines to back business enterprise. read more

  • Blessing for church that's risen from ashes

    HUNDREDS packed St Bartholomew's at Westhoughton on Saturday to celebrate the consecration of the new parish church. read more

  • Bolton's top judge dies, 68

    JUDGE Henry Kershaw, Bolton's senior judge until his retirement in 1992, died yesterday at the age of 68. read more

  • Deborah gets the bird

    MORTIMER, the pet jackdaw who went AWOL, is back home with his owners - just hours after a BEN appeal. read more

  • Jobs talks on hold

    JOBS crisis talks have been put on hold at a Bolton factory. read more

  • Norweb plugs into town with £3.5m customer care HQ

    NORWEB has officially unveiled its new £3.5 million hi-tech customer care headquarters in Bolton. read more

  • Guns are fire-proof, shop owner claims

    THE owner of Soldier Soldier Army Surplus in Farnworth says there is no way the weapons sold at his shop can be fired. The man, who would not be named, said: "Bars are put up inside the barrel and the end is welded shut. The back half of the block inside is missing and there is no way they can be re-activated." read more

  • Fears over gun sales

    HIGH-POWERED firearms which could bring terror to Bolton's streets are being sold legally in high street shops, the BEN can reveal today. read more

  • Juniors prove a big success at launch of new club

    THE NEW Bolton le Moors Junior Badminton League proved to be a smash-hit at its launch. read more

  • Stant's a class act - Hughes

    BURY goal hero Phil Stant is in a class of his own, according to the man who made his full debut alongside him in Saturday's sensational 5-1 victory at Mansfield. read more

  • 25 YEARS AGO

    A GERMAN coaster docked at Dover today with 10 Pakistanis picked up from a rubber dinghy in Dover Straits. A strong contingent of police and immigration officers met the coaster and took the men into custody. Later, a Briton wearing a skin diver's suit, who was also picked up, was landed and taken to the police station. read more

  • Weapons should be banned

    WE have no doubt that the sales of deactivated weapons should be banned. read more

  • Exclusive Showbiz interview

    An exclusive interview with Jo Brand will appear in tomorrow's BEN and on the Internet read more

  • Boro turn on the Friday style

    RADCLIFFE Boro's experiment of staging a UniBond Division One home fixture on a Friday evening proved highly successful as a crowd of 211 saw Kevin Glendon's side beat Bradford Park Avenue. read more

  • Unlucky RMI give leaders a real fright

    NETHERFIELD'S 1-0 home victory over Leigh RMI took them to the top of the UniBond first division...but they won't have a sterner test all season. For Leigh pushed them all the way, having the better of the first half despite conceding the only goal of the game and then completely dominating the second, bringing complimentary remarks from the opposition. read more

  • Skull will be upset

    SIR: I read with great interest the article by Doreen Crowther concerning the skull of the Earl of Derby's executioner, entitled "Book Your Place with the Ghost of George" in the BEN (October 23). I must, however, draw your attention to an inaccuracy in the book by John Timpson on which the article is based. read more

  • Road to reason

    SIR: Thank you for printing my letter (October 6) regarding "stop these snarl-ups" (Beaumont Road/Chorley New Road junction). read more

  • Jobcentres from A to Z opened by Minister

    MICHAEL Bichard, permanent secretary at the Department for Education and Employment, opened Bolton's new look Job Centre service. read more

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