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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.

Sitel workers win six-figure payout

The settlement follows a three-year battle for compensation by 120 former Sitel UK employees, who lost their jobs in 2011.

Planners set to reject fracking plans

Planning officers are due to reject planning permission for two shale gas sites near Blackpool following pressure from campaigners.

Police cutbacks ‘put public at risk’

Lancashire Police Federation chiefs have launched a campaign to oppose coalition funding cuts they say are ‘bound to put the public at risk’, resulting in ‘a field day for criminals’.

Third man arrested after shotgun incident

Mark Walsh, 35, sustained serious head injuries after a shotgun was fired near his home in Maudsley Street at about 9pm on Monday, January 12.

Council tax cut ‘not an option’

However, residents could still see their bills rise after Lancashire County Council opened a consultation into a near 2 per cent rise.

Arrests after shotgun incident

Mark Walsh, 35, sustained serious head injuries after a shotgun was fired near his home in Maudsley Street at about 9pm on Monday, January 12.

Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne visit Accrington factory

Mr Cameron was at the factory in Huncoat with Chancellor George Osborne and said the plant was a shining example of how the government's economic plan was working.

Top honours for former councillors

Jean Battle and Dorothy Westell both received the honour at a County Hall meeting of the full council on Thursday, December 18.

Twenty thousand reasons to say thanks: Christmas joy as our appeal for Holly
House centre smashes its target

Our fantastic readers and supporters of Holly House have donated generously and held a series of fundraising events since we launched the campaign in 2012.

Thirteen councillors fail to pay bills on time

A Freedom of Information request revealed that 13 members of the council have failed to pay their bills on time at some point over the last five years.

Plaque for ‘Mr Huncoat’ Colin

The bench plaque was unveiled for Colin Feeley, who passed away earlier this year, in a special ceremony attended by dozens of friends and family members on Sunday, November 16.

More than 100 illegal traveller encampments reported in Hyndburn

The encampments totalled at least 261 vehicles with 11 legal notices and four court orders being issued to move some of them on.

MP takes Prime Minister to task over NHS

Speaking in Parliament at Prime Minister’s Questions, Graham Jones MP said: "The NHS in my constituency is in crisis."

Shoplifting up by 25 per cent over five years

The number has increased every year since 2009 with 483 incidents recorded in 2013/14 – a 25 per cent increase from the 382 figure in 2009/10.

Coffee and cake day raises £120

The event was organised by residents who live at Accrington Crossroads on Empress Street, run by the Salvation Army.

Former home linked with claims of abuse

Politicians have called for a thorough investigation of claims by a national newspaper that ‘members of the public were able to abuse children’ staying at the former Dyke Nook children’s home on Whalley Road.

Town Hall flies the Saltire

Conservative councillor Peter Britcliffe wanted the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.

MP hits out at watchdog over pay rise plans

Hyndburn MP Graham Jones branded the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority, Ipsa, a ‘disgrace’ and said that MPs had not been consulted properly over plans to increase their pay.

Top honour for Maundy patron Julie

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of awarding the Accrington actress and Maundy Relief charity patron one of Hyndburn’s highest honours.

Coffee shop worker to stand for Labour for the fourth time

David Hartley, 21, has been a member of the Labour Party since he was 18 and has been selected to run in the Conservative-held ward for the fourth time.

Council pays tribute to 'father of the community'

Sardar Ali suffered a suspected heart attack on Sunday, August 31, after collapsing in front of family and friends during afternoon prayers at the Raza Jamia Masjid Mosque on Grimshaw Street.

Call to fly St Andrew's cross

Conservative Councillor Peter Britcliffe wants the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.

Julie to attend cancer debate

Julie, who is from Accrington, has been campaigning for greater research of the disease since bowing out of Coronation Street earlier this year, where she played cancer sufferer Hayley Cropper.

Residents urged to support plan for new Oswaldtwistle parish council

Hyndburn council’s controlling Labour group decided to abolish area councils in the borough as a cost saving measure earlier this summer.

TV star Julie to get Freedom of Borough

The Accrington actress has been nominated by the council to receive the Freedom of the Borough at a ceremony next month.

Rail link on hold for 6 more months

The £8.8m replacement of the ‘Todmorden Curve’ stretch of track was completed in May, but rail bosses now say services will not starting running on the line until May 2015 at the earliest.

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.

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In This Week's Paper

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