• Gulf suicide of love tangle teacher

    A SCHOOLMISTRESS committed suicide in the Gulf state of Oman as her short term affair with another teacher crumbled, an inquest was told. Christine Garford's naked body was found hanging from an electric fan at a rented house in Madinat, Quaboos, after

  • Advice at the Institute

    THE next meeting of the Bolton branch of the British Thyroid Foundation is on Saturday. Members and non-members are invited to the Barlow Institute, Bolton Road, Edgworth, for local advice and friendship. For further details contact Carole on 01204 853557

  • Tales of shocking stocks continue

    By Rob Arkwright Hargreave Hale Ltd THE FTSE 100 has fallen below the 5400 point level this week following further technology woes and difficulties in the banking sector. The Lloyds TSB £19 billion bid for Abbey National was blocked on the grounds that

  • Jobs on offer at NHS career day

    A CAREERS day is being staged to encourage administrators and secretaries to join the NHS. People looking to return to work or looking for a change of direction are being urged to turn up at a recruitment day on July 24. Details of jobs on offer within

  • Carnival plans underway

    PLANS are already well underway for next year's Horwich Carnival which will be called 'Going for Gold'. The title has been chosen in honour of the Queen's Golden Jubilee and the Commonwealth Games and will be an even bigger celebration as Horwich Carnival

  • Blooms lift the gloom at church

    WORSHIPPERS at an Astley Bridge church are hoping blooms will help them lift the gloom caused by vandals. Funds raised at Lee Clough Mission's flower festival on July 21 and 22 will go towards meeting the cost of some of the £5,000 worth of damage inflicted

  • Computing competition

    SCHOOLS and colleges in Bolton are being urged to get their entries in for the ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) in Practice Awards 2002 recognises projects and initiatives that make imaginative use of ICT to encourage learning. It is organised

  • Girls get a taste for engineering

    BOLTON sixth formers Jennifer Tobin and Julia White have helped bridge the gap for women in engineering by learning more about the nuts and bolts of the profession from the experts. The pair, both aged 17 and students at Thornleigh Salesian College, were

  • Lover in court over Bolton man's axe murder

    THE lover of a Bolton businessman, found dead in the bedroom of his plush home with head injuries caused by an axe, has appeared in court. Mother-of-one Janet Charlton, aged 35, who lives in the Wakefield area, faced a charge of murdering Daniel O'Brien

  • Sissie, the Centurian

    A CARD from the Queen and a visit from the Mayor marked the 100th birthday of a Farnworth pensioner. Mary Fisher, pictured above, is also known as "Sissie" and lives at Mill View Nursing Home, Bridgeman Street. She was treated to a champagne celebration

  • Barry's charity goal

    KINDHEARTED staff at an engineering company have helped out a footballing friend in his charity trek. Fund-raiser Barry Calvert from Kearsley is set to cycle non-stop to Edinburgh in support of the Nathan Howarth Appeal. The father-of-two, who works for

  • Town's health shake-up gets the rubber stamp

    HEALTH bosses have rubber-stamped a major shake-up in the town's health -- despite 32 per cent of the town's GPs objecting to the moves. Members of the Wigan and Bolton Health Authority have told the secretary of state that they will accept the new system

  • Future of nursing home in balance

    THE receiver in charge of a Bolton nursing home has sparked fears it may be forced to close after applying for permission to create housing on the site. Newlands Nursing Home, in Chorley New Road, which caters for around 40 elderly residents, was put

  • Minister tackles an age old problem

    PENSIONS Minister Ian McCartney has pledged to tackle age discrimination and champion better services for the over-50s at national and local levels. He told a recent conference: "Many employers value the experience and commitment of older workers, but

  • Support network is relaunched

    BBEN -- the Bolton Business Environment Network -- has been relaunched as a not-for-profit, limited liability company. The organisation, which is based at Bolton Enterprise Centre in Washington Street, provides environmental and health & safety support

  • Arena nets top tournament

    THE £15million Bolton Arena, officially opened today, has been awarded a major tennis tournament. The Lawn Tennis Association has decided to use the purpose built centre for the National Championships in October. And just to highlight the centre's importance

  • Local cricket is hardly kids' stuff any more

    READING the two columns about Little Lever in the Daily Telegraph, one in the main paper, the other in the sport supplement, I was forcibly struck yet again by the vast gulf that divides junior cricket nowadays with that of my own youth, when I was a

  • Taxi driver hails spy in cab launch

    A TAXI driver who was robbed at gunpoint two months ago has welcomed the introduction of pioneering CCTV cameras to protect cabbies. Yesterday, the town's three MPs joined council officials and taxi drivers for the official launch of a new in-car system

  • Bolton teaches a lesson in success

    WTH its dreaming spires, unrivalled museums and thousands of tourists, Oxford would seem to be a city which has everything. Money flows in as quickly as applications to its academically brilliant university and trade is brisk throughout the year. Yet

  • It's the Rio thing

    WHEN England takes on Brazil in an under-17s football match tomorrow at the Reebok it will be more than just 22 players going head-to-head -- it will be a culture clash. For 90 minutes, the home of Bolton Wanderers will be the scene of two sets of supporters

  • Little Lever Darts League

    MEN SECTION 1 P W L Pt Tot White Horse A... 5 52 25 8 60 Ring o'Bells A... 6 55 43 4 59 Stopes... 5 45 30 10 55 WMC G... 5 46 31 8 54 Q.Anne A... 5 33 48 4 37 Ring o'Bells Z... 6 32 66 4 36 Ring o'Bells D... 5 17 68 0 17 MEN SECTION 2 White Horse B...

  • Young lovers in library sex romps

    YOUNG couples are using toilets at Bolton Library and Museum for sex, the BEN can reveal today. Staff say they are fed up having to evict teenagers, some as young as 15, from cubicles at the Le Mans Crescent building. One couple were even caught on CCTV

  • Karla death: Dentist may face new action

    A DENTIST could face disciplinary action from the General Medical Council after a five-year-old girl died at his surgery An inquiry into the death of Karla Selley recommended that South Lancashire Health Authority considers taking action against dentist

  • Bakery contract

    BOLTON baker Warburton's has offered a £1.5 million contract to a local firm to build its West Midlands factory. Hargreaves has been given the deal to extend Warburton's existing bakery in Wensbury. The Bolton firm won the contract after it was put out

  • Parachute plunge

    THRILL-seeking Bolton residents can take the plunge for charity this summer. The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign are holding 10,000 ft parachute plunges at venues across the North-west later this year. Training will be provided and anyone raising £340 can

  • Centre milestone

    HORWICH Resource Centre will be celebrating its 10th birthday on Saturday, July 21. The centre in Beaumont Road opened to provide a home to Horwich community groups and to allow networking between volunteers and group members. Representatives from committees

  • Wage increases could be costly for business

    BUSINESSES are worried by the prospect of a National Minimum Wage set at £5 or £6. The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants surveyed 500 of its members in the UK who represent around 10,000 small and medium-sized enterprises. Growth Nearly 80

  • Finance project for teenagers

    A PROJECT which aims to help Bolton teenagers through the maze of personal finances is about to enter its second year. Britannic Assurance's Britannic Street is a soap-opera style video with a distinctly fiscal flavour which has already proved to a be

  • Robbery case pair to face re-trial

    TWO men are to face a re-trial next year over Britain's biggest cash robbery. A jury said it could not reach a verdict on 58-year-old James Power -- the last of four defendants being tried in connection with the theft of £6.6 million in cash and cheques

  • Dentist to remain struck off

    A FORMER Bury dentist -- struck off for excessive prescribing of unnecessary crowns for a female patient's teeth -- lost his bid to be restored to the dental register. Mohammed Mazharuddin, 59, of the Unsworth Medical Centre, Parr Lane, had been struck

  • Jake heads for trouble

    JAKE the dog got more than he bargained for when a gust of wind blew open a garden gate -- jamming his head between the bars! The five-month-old terrier-spaniel yelped in fright but was unable to free himself forcing his owner to call out firefighters

  • Places left for school reunion

    MANY of us have fond memories of our school days. If your memory is of Colliers Row Road School, there is to be a reunion on Saturday July 21. Ex-pupil Ann Haslam has organised the event to be held at Smithills Coaching House at lunchtime. More than 40

  • Residents' anger over soot nuisance

    RESIDENTS living close to a Horwich factory have called for an investigation into the source of ash which is affecting their homes. People from Chorley Old Road, Stevenson Street and Tredgold Street claim Horwich Castings is emitting the soot which floats

  • David's new role

    DAVID Cash, the architect responsible for some of Manchester's big redevelopment projects, including Marks and Spencer, is the new chairman of promanchester, the organisation which promotes the city as a professional services centre.

  • Cable company ring the changes

    CABLE company NTL, which supplies telephone and television services to thousands of local customers, has appointed a new managing director for the North West. She is Debbie Lucas, aged 37, promoted from sales and field operations director from August

  • Boss gets 3-year ban

    A BLACKROD man has been disqualified from acting as a company director for three years. Anthony Scott Williams, of Dark Lane, Little Scotland, was barred as a result of his conduct as a director of Astech Design Services Ltd. The company traded as electrical

  • Safety first at work

    BOLTON and Bury Chamber is advising companies that it could be legally required to investigate all workplace accidents from 2002. Mr Steve Horrocks, the Chamber's Health and Safety Manager, said: "A Health and Safety Commission consultation is currently

  • Currency changes are cause for concern

    ENGINEERING bosses are worried that many local firms will not be prepared when bills have to be paid in Euros from January 1 next year. The legal currencies of Belgium, Austria, France, Finland, Luxembourg, Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Italy

  • Edenfield the only choice for top final

    THE Bolton League will play their MEN inter-league final against the Ribblesdale League on August 12 at Edenfield's ground. That was decided last night after the sponsors had earlier rejected the Ribblesdale's appeal to play the game at Ribblesdale Wanderers

  • Wounded Leigh can't afford any more slips

    WOUNDED pride will be Leigh Centurions' driving force as they negotiate a tricky route to the NFP Grand Final. The hurt of last Sunday's shock home defeat by Oldham has been replaced by a fierce determination to re-assert their authority on the competition

  • STUART RAPER writes exclusively in the BEN

    Kear gets Warriors' role I CAN exclusively reveal to BEN readers that John Kear will be starting as our assistant coach from Monday. Since I came to Wigan, I have had to fulfil many roles that I did not have to at my old club Castleford. This is why I

  • A plan of great vision

    ACTION is being taken to reduce waiting times for cataract patients at the Royal Bolton Hospital's new £1 million eye unit. Doctors, nurses and optometrists are working hand in hand with high street opticians and GPs to streamline the service -- which

  • Tragedy goes on . . .

    THE mother of a teenager killed in the French Alps coach crash four years ago is still battling to come to terms with the tragedy. Carole Ridding has been reliving the afternoon of her son Keith's death after the accident, once again, hit the headlines