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  • David sails in

    THE Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Dr David Clark, was today paying a visit to Henri-Lloyd Ltd in Smithfold Lane, Worsley. read more

  • Moors tumble woman's ordeal

    MOUNTAIN rescuers were scrambled after a Bolton woman was injured on moorland. read more

  • University challenge

    GOVERNORS at Bolton Institute have launched a high profile campaign in a last ditch effort to win university status. read more

  • Mystery stream has water chiefs baffled

    A MYSTERY flow of water alongside the Jumbles Reservoir was still being investigated by North West Water today. read more

  • False fears

    SIR: I would like to clarify my letter of February 26 concerning Bolton Age Concern. read more

  • No regrets: Defiant Leigh back decision to move up

    Leigh Centurions 20, Wakefield Trinity 32 KEITH Latham steadfastly defends the Centurions' decision to take up the invitation to join Division One despite a fourth straight defeat leaving them anchored at the foot of the table. read more

  • Whelan takes control

    DAVE Whelan finally fulfilled his Wigan dream when he put the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle together by acquiring control of the rugby league club. read more

  • A ramp's needed

    SIR: When I was at the Reebok recently, I noticed the remarkable bridge that was near enough complete. This a very good idea as it serves those who wish to use the rail service to get to the retail park. But I also noticed that the new bridge did not have any access for disabled users. The bridge boast two sets of steps on the intended train station side but no ramp. read more

  • Hit and run

    SIR: I am outraged that the person driving the red car Friday tea-time failed to stop after hitting my 16-year-old daughter in the vicinity of the busy dual carriageway near Sainsbury's and Bolton Institute, Deane Road, Bolton. read more

  • My rats of the week

    SIR: I wish to nominate for "Rats" the person or persons who stole my elderly parents' bird table out of their back garden one recent Friday afternoon between 1-3 pm. read more

  • Child's seat

    SIR: I reply to 'Rat of the week' (February 25). I wholly agree and empathise with Mrs Rodely regarding the 'rat' who broke into her car. However, I resent the implication of "I hope the seat now rots and it fails to do its job". The only one to suffer if this happened would be the child sitting in it. read more

  • MP takes legal aid fight to Minister for Justice

    THE Justice Minister is being urged to guarantee a Bolton woman sufficient legal aid cash to take her eight-year case for compensation over the death of her husband to court. Her MP, Brian Iddon, is pressing for the case against a health trust to be settled by a judge. He has sent papers to Geoff Hoon, the Lord Chancellor's spokesman in the Commons, in a bid to ensure his constituent is not forced to settle for a reduced sum because the money runs out. read more

  • Office firms' hospice car park plan

    DEVELOPERS who have been given the go-ahead to build offices on the former Bolton Royal Infirmary site, creating 200 new jobs, will hand over part of their land to Bolton Hospice to help their expansion plans. read more

  • Improved access

    Sir: I refer to a recent letter from Mrs Rita Crossfield. who complained about poor toilet facilities for the disabled at Bolton Market on Ashburner Street. Mrs Crossfield will be pleased to know that the offending hand drier she refers to in the ladies' loos at Bolton Market was repositioned some six months ago to improve access for the physically impaired. However, as well as the normal provision of toilets for male and female shoppers, and a Baby Changing room, there is also a separate large toilet cubicle especially for our disabled shoppers. This has ample room for wheelchair users. Additionally, should any disabled shopper have forgotten their RADAR key, one is always available at the market office. read more

  • Hope snuffed out in six minutes!

    Liverpool 2, Bolton Wanderers 1 COLIN Todd probably won't give up trying to sign new players until transfer deadline day. read more

  • Neighbour helps save fire victim

    FIREFIGHTERS have praised a woman who raised the alarm and tried to rescue a man lying semi-conscious in a fume-filled flat after a chip pan fire. read more

  • Torture man's nightmare in Arab hellhole

    A BOLTON torture victim is is trying to win compensation for his nightmare ordeal in a Middle East jail. Computer programmer Yasser Al Sayegh has accused security services of degrading treatment and barbaric practices to force him to confess to owning pro-democracy leaflets while he was working in Bahrain. Mr Sayegh, a British passport owner, says he was beaten, burned with cigarettes, tied up by his wrists for long periods of time and subjected to painful form of torture known as falaqa when prisoners are hung over a stick by their knees while their feet are whipped and hit with a metal bar. read more

  • Bolton's treble chance

    WANDERERS' Premiership fate will be decided in three home games in the space of 18 days. read more

  • Ringing up a brave new world

    GPT of Carr Lane in Chorley has won an order worth £1.4 million to supply New World Payphones with its Emerald intelligent and multi-pay range of payphones. Also, a supply contract is being developed which is hoped will lead to a significant commitment to GPT for several thousand payphones. The Emerald system handles all payment methods from coin operation to credit and telephone cards. read more


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  • Bid to halt Middlebrook expansion

    AN environment watchdog has called on councillors to block plans to expand the Holiday Inn at the Middlebrook Sports Village development in Horwich. read more

  • Swan killer is still on the loose

    A REWARD stumped up by shocked BEN readers has failed to find the sadist who hanged a wild swan in the Croal Irwell Valley last autumn. But some of the cash offered by kind hearted readers may have helped to save the struggling North West Swan Study Group. The paper reported in October how Croal Irwell Valley warden Wes Halton - a founder of the Swan Study Group -was investigating the sick killing near Smith's Lodges, Moses Gate. A magnificent mute swan was found hanged in the fork of a tree and had been savaged by a dog. read more

  • Set fair for jobs advice

    A JOBS fair will be staged in Bolton this week to help people find work and improve their career options. read more

  • Living lost

    SIR: What utter claptrap is being discussed on TV about the Manchester Commonwealth Games. I refer to the announcement that the shooting will take place over 200 miles away, at Bisley in Surrey. read more

  • Labour of love

    RUTH Kelly has recently announced that she is pregnant with her second child. And the news that the Labour MP for Bolton West, one of the youngest MPs in Parliament, is expecting a child has initiated a far-reaching debate. read more

  • From the BEN files

    25 YEARS AGO read more

  • Heart attack fear as driver, 68, dies

    A MAN is believed to have suffered a massive heart attack seconds before his car ploughed into a fence at a Horwich factory. read more

  • Statue's destiny . . . a school yard

    A CONTROVERSIAL statue in Westhoughton could end up in a school playground. read more

  • REVIEW: Bouncers and Shakers, Bolton Little Theatre. Runs until March 15.

    THIS bums-on-seats production is played almost wholly for laughs - usually dirty ones. Bolton Little Theatre have previously staged both Bouncers and Shakers during separate runs. This latest two-for-the price-of-one offering adds more topical jokes while retaining the essence of the originals. Sometimes the females play fellas and and at others the guys strut their staff as women . It's all good, not-so-clean fun. read more

  • Safety-nets in legal aid shake-up

    MANY of the court cases that have grabbed the headlines in recent years have centred more on the vast amounts of legal aid cash that has been involved than on the issues of guilt or innocence. read more

  • More scope ahead for older people

    SIR: I wish to reassure readers about the future of Age Concern, Bolton, following the misleading and inaccurate letter entitled "Ghost Town" (BEN February 26. read more

  • RMI frustrated again

    Leigh RMI 0, Guiseley 0 HIGH FLYING Leigh have yet to break their duck after four games against the Yorkshiremen this season. read more

  • They're superstars!

    IT'S the sort of super family story that could be a ready-made subject for a Hollywood movie. And if our exclusive front page story on Saturday didn't pluck at your heartstrings, you must be made of stone. read more

  • The Daily Poem

    BABY You are the miracle of love, read more

  • Big race disgrace

    THOSE who missed a night's sleep because of the Australian Grand Prix at the weekend, probably blew a gasket when they saw Coulthard hand the victory to Mika Hakkinen. Forget the nonsense from the McLaren boss about a team win - the result did Formula One credibility no favours. It wouldn't have happened in Stirling's day... read more

  • Fluoride drink

    SIR: When I was a small girl at infants school, I, like all other schoolchildren of a similar age, had to drink a small bottle of milk every school day. This was to help to ensure that we grew up to be strong and healthy because of all the good things in the milk. read more

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