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Dyche plays down Burnley expectations

Sean Dyche is offering no promises to Burnley fans hoping their return to the top flight can be as spectacular as the first time Turf Moor hosted a Barclays Premier League game.

That was in 2009, when the Clarets announced themselves by beating Manchester United 1-0 - Robbie Blake scoring the goal and Brian Jensen saving a penalty.

Burnley were relegated at the end of that season but earned a surprise return after four seasons in the Championship by finishing second last term. Their welcome back to the big time is a visit from title favourites Chelsea tonight.

What we are looking to guarantee is that we're ready, we're able, we're certainly mentally and physically motivated to go and deliver performances. Where that takes us we'll only know once the season gets off and running.

"There's always confidence because you believe in how you work, your staff's work and your players' work. That's what coaching and management is about.

"But you can only get to that point when you're ready. When that whistle blows, it really is down to players and how they perform. That's the magic moment.

"We're obviously looking to show we can at least be competitive, give good performances and see where that takes us."

– Sean Dyche

CCTV: Robber armed with 2-foot long sword in Burnley

A robber armed with a sword has targeted a betting shop in Burnley.
A robber armed with a sword has targeted a betting shop in Burnley. Credit: Lancashire Police

CCTV images have been released after a robber armed with a sword targeted a betting shop in Burnley.

The man, who was wearing a balaclava, threatened staff with the two-foot long weapon at the Coral shop on Harry Potts Way at around 9pm on Monday.

He slashed at the till and jumped over the counter before making off with around £200.

This was a violent and aggressive attack which left two members of staff terrified and fearful for their own safety. I would like people to take a close look at these CCTV images and if anyone knows who this man may be, please get in touch with us as soon as you can."

– DC Dave Greenwood of Pennine CID
The man who covered his face with a balaclava threatened staff
The man who covered his face with a balaclava threatened staff Credit: Lancashire Police

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Lukas Jutkiewicz becomes Burnley's sixth summer signing

Burnley-bound Lukas Jutkiewicz Credit: PA Pictures

Barclays Premier League newcomers Burnley have signed striker Lukas Jutkiewicz from Middlesbrough.

The 25-year-old joins for an undisclosed fee from the Championship side and has signed a three-year deal at Turf Moor.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said on burnleyfootballclub.com: "We're looking forward to getting him into the group and making him feel welcome here.

"I still think there is development in Lukas. He's 25 and has been around a little bit now and he finished last season very strongly."

Jutkiewicz impressed during a loan spell at Bolton at the end of last season, scoring seven goals in 20 games, and the Trotters were also reported to be after his signature.

Jutkiewicz began his career with Southampton before moving on to Swindon, where he caught the eye of Everton.

Jutkiewicz impressed at Bolton Credit: PA Pictures

A £1million move to Merseyside followed but he made just a single appearance for the Toffees and eventually left in 2010 to join Coventry before moving on again to Middlesbrough.

Jutkiewicz is Dyche's sixth summer signing ahead of Burnley's return to the Premier League, with Matt Gilks, Michael Kightly, Steven Reid, Matt Taylor and Marvin Sordell also joining the Clarets.

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Three men laugh as they await sentencing for animal cruelty

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Three men who filmed themselves trying to shake a cat from a tree, so their dog could attack it, are being sentenced at Burnley Magistrates.

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Josh Varey, 24, Shaun Mullens, 22, and Paul Ashworth, 49, all from Colne, admit animal cruelty offences. The trio laugh during the video.

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The three defendants are now in the dock. Varey is laughing. Mullens is yawning. Ashworth wants his case adjourned.

Clarets sign defender Steven Reid

Steven Reid proudly showing the Claret's colours. Credit: Burnley FC.

Burnley Football Club has confirmed the signing of former West Bromwich Albion defender Steven Reid.

The 33-year-old, a free agent, becomes the Clarets fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Michael Kightly, Matt Gilks, Marvin Sordell and Matt Taylor, after agreeing a one-year deal at Turf Moor.

Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, the former Republic of Ireland international began his career at Millwall and made his debut in the 1997-98 season at the age of 17.

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