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The Accrington Observer is a weekly newspaper which was founded in 1887, covering the areas of Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Great Harwood, Clayton-le-Moors, Baxenden, Huncoat, Altham and Church.

The paper is part of the M.E.N Media group and comes out every Thursday morning. It is edited by Gareth Tidman and has many dedicated journalists.

M.E.N. Media is one of the north west's leading media providers reaching 7 out of 10 people in Greater Manchester every week, it is owned by the publishing company Trinity Mirror Plc.


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Stuart Pike
Deputy editor specialising in politics
Alex Bell
Bethany English
District reporter
Beth Abbit
Court reporter
Jon Macpherson
Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist