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The borough of Hyndburn is run by the Labour controlled Hyndburn Borough Council and Conservative-controlled Lancashire County Council. It is represented in Parliament by the Labour MP Graham Jones.

Police social media abuse uncovered

New figures, obtained using Freedom of Information laws, show that more than 20 Lancashire Police officers have been disciplined over their use of Twitter and Facebook in the last five years.

Reshuffle raises rail link hopes

Claire Perry MP has replaced Stephen Hammond MP as rail minister and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has said that he has cornered the incoming transport chief about the rail link.

'Time to get tough' as area is among worst for yobs

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones made the comments after police figures for the last year revealed the borough to be the sixth worst in England and the second worst in Lancashire for anti-social behaviour incidents.

VIDEO: Bins not collected for ONE month

All waste services across Hyndburn had to be cancelled last Thursday after not enough staff came into work due to a row with the government over pay rises.

Pals ale storms Parliament bar

A special beer brewed and bottled in memory of the Accrington Pals has gone on sale at Westminster.

Council bosses are left red faced over hanging baskets mix up

Councillors in Oswaldtwistle asked for hanging baskets to be installed around Rhyddings Park, but some were mistakenly also put up around Stanhill.

Council leader under fire

Last month’s decision to cut nine area councils across Hyndburn was met with outrage by residents at the first meeting of Oswaldtwistle’s new area forum. The forum was meeting for the first time since the area councils were scrapped as a cost saving measure.

Concert band gets special Pals banners

The Accrington Lions donated the music stand banners to the East Lancashire Concert Band for use at their First World War commemoration events.

Tributes paid to ‘Mr Accrington Stanley’

All corners of the community, from former colleagues and friends to past cricketers and footballers, have expressed their deep sadness at the passing of Eric Whalley, 73, on Friday, June 27.

MP backs campaign to open up pathway

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has written to Lancashire County Council to try and secure the reopening of the Martholme Viaduct in Great Harwood.

Councillors pledge to keep meetings with residents

The pledge came after Hyndburn council announced they would be scrapping area councils next year.

MP backs campaign to open up pathway

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has written to Lancashire County Council to try and secure the reopening of the Martholme Viaduct in Great Harwood.

Theatre pals win £10k arts grant

Eddie O’Brien and Shaun Tattersall, both from Accrington, have been awarded £10,000 from the Big Lottery’s Awards For All scheme to arm themselves with the latest sound and lighting equipment. 

Hyndburn MP is Twitter sensation

The Hyndburn MP is one of 436 MPs who use the social media site Twitter to interact with constituents, and currently has more than 3,000 followers.

Rape reports rise in shock figures

The figures, released to the Observer by Lancashire Police, show that more than a third of those reported have been cases of child rape.

'Lasting legacy' as showhomes open

Two new showhomes in the Woodnook area of Accrington were opened up to the community by developer PlaceFirst, Together Housing Group and partners Hyndburn Council.

Shadow rail boss is siding with Observer

Lilian Greenwood MP, who is the opposite number of rail boss Stephen Hammond in the House of Commons, has stated the current Todmorden Curve situation is ‘unacceptable’.

Hyndburn MP defends 19-day recess after scrutiny accusations

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said the recess, which ended this week after a two-week Easter holiday and ahead of a six-week summer break, is due to a lack of ideas.

UKIP cause big upset in Hyndburn

The biggest casualties of UKIP's rise were Labour's deputy council leader Clare Pritchard, at the hands of her father Malcolm, and veteran Conservative councillor Doug Hayes.

Hyndburn Borough Council Elections 2014

Eleven seats are up for grabs at Hyndburn council with Labour and UKIP fielding candidates in every ward, the Conservatives fielding nine, the Green Party with three and four independents.

Tributes paid to ‘Mr Huncoat'

Colin Feeley, who was known locally at ‘Mr Huncoat’, worked tirelessly for the community as a Labour councillor for more than ten years.

Dad accuses daughter Clare of electoral fraud

Clare Pritchard is due to contest her Milnshaw seat in Accrington in a head-to-head battle with her father Malcolm, a candidate for UKIP, in Thursday’s local elections.

Tribunal rules that workers at Sitel call centre in Accrington were unfairly dismissed

120 of its former employees had their claim upheld by a judge

Hyndburn MP : ‘Pressure is increasing on rail bosses’

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones said the Department for Transport are aware of the Observer campaign and are ‘trying to get a train on line before December’.

Accrington rail campaign: get us back on track

We reported last week that while work on the £8.8m Todmorden Curve is set to be completed on May 12, there will no services running for seven months due to a lack of diesel trains on the market.

Accrington rail link is delayed by lack of trains

Long-awaited work to restore the £8.8 million Todmorden Curve is set to be completed next month, but rail bosses have confirmed there will be no services running until December due to a lack of diesel trains on the market.

Teenager who slapped Accrington supermarket worker with fish apologises

The 13-year-old girl has written a letter of apology to the victim.

Hospital practice is set to stay

Accrington Victoria Hospital GP practice will be open until at least October 2015.

Trading fear over ‘click and collect’ shopping

Tory councillors said they are supportive of the council’s plans to introduce an online shopping facility into the Market Hall and surrounding area, but warned changes need to be made to ensure its success.

‘Growing up cold’: the plight of 4,000 Hyndburn youngsters

Many families are missing out on fuel rebates, it is claimed

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Journalists

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