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Tributes paid to former Observer photographer Garth Dawson
Garth passed away at his home on Wednesday aged 92
Black Panther Donald Neilson begged not to be resuscitated, inquest told
Serial killer Donald Neilson had asked prison staff not to keep him alive if his health deteriorated, an inquest has heard.
Accrington Observer's 125th birthday: 24-page souvenir pull-out in this Friday's edition
It's party time here at the Accrington Observer as we celebrate our biggest anniversary to date. The first edition of the paper went on sale to the people of Hyndburn 125 years ago this week and we have a whole host of events planned to celebrate the momentous occasion.
How Observer covered story that shook town to its very core
It was a murder that shook Baxenden to its very core and sparked one of the biggest manhunts ever in East Lancashire. Here we look at how the Observer reported on the horrific murder of sub-postmaster Derek Astin and the investigation leading to ‘Black Panther’ Donald Neilson’s arrest.
Black Panther death: Ambulanceman recalls horror of Baxenden murder
Ambulanceman James Holden was one of the first to arrive at the scene of the Baxenden shooting by the Black Panther Donald Neilson which left Derek Astin dead. Talking exclusively to the Observer for the first time, Mr Holden said what he was confronted with was one of the worst crime scenes of his career.
Death of 'The Black Panther': Donald Neilson, killer of Baxenden sub-postmaster, dies
Neilson gunned down popular sub-postmaster Derek Astin at Baxenden Post Office on Manchester Road on 6 September 1974.
End of era as editor retires after 30 years
OBSERVER Editor Mervyn Kay has retired after nearly 30 years in the hot seat.
Sex-crazed killer could be freed
AN INFAMOUS murderer who was told he would die in prison could soon be freed after a High Court judge scrapped his "life means life" tariff.
Evil Black Panther to die in jail
A WOMAN who saw her dad shot dead by one of Britain’s most notorious killers believes justice has been served after he was told he must die in jail.
Hero dad’s last action saves family
A MAN has been hailed a hero after saving his partner and three children by slamming on the brakes of his van just before he died at the wheel of a suspected heart attack.
Murder most horrid
ACCRINGTON has its dark side too ... with tales of murder stretching back over many decades.