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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.

Rapist Marc Partridge has prison sentence increased by Court of Appeal

Partridge, of Slaidburn Drive, Accrington, was originally jailed for nine years for raping two women and harassing another

Homeless Accrington man thanks community for raising funds to replace possessions destroyed in a fire

The blaze outside the former tax office left John Walsh's sleeping bag, blanket, stove and chair in ruins

Primary school praised by Minister for State Schools

Sacred Heart RC in Church has been congratulated in a letter by the Rt Hon David Laws

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New business park to create 2,000 jobs

Plans have been unveiled for the development which will be adjacent to junction 6 of the M65 motorway.

Hyndburn's booming manufacturing sector 'could help turn around the fortunes of Accrington town centre'

Business bosses say the manufacturing industry is currently thriving.

Coronation Street stars Bill Roache and Vicky Entwistle open Accrington Tory HQ

The Corrie stars were joined by Alice Barry of Shameless fame to support Kevin Horkin, Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Hyndburn.

Council tax rise imposed

For Hyndburn residents living in an ‘average’ Band D property it will be an additional £22 a year on top of their bill from April.

Coronation Street star William Roache to open Conservative Party's new office in Accrington

The star who plays Ken Barlow will be unveiling Hyndburn Tory candidate Kevin Horkin’s General Electino HQ

Patient left with medical waste piling up at Clayton-le-Moors home

NHS bosses have cancelled a contract to collect clinical waste from Hyndburn patients and claim it is the council's responsibility.

Independent stores are the future of town says retail expert

The plight of Accrington cannot be solved with ‘a bit of lipstick’, 'bold action' is needed.

Travel links are key to Accrington's success

With major multimillion projects beginning or nearing completion this year the town is soon set to benefit from increased access to the rest of the North West.

Prime Minister David Cameron picks trip to Accrington brickworks as a highlight of premiership

The PM, who has met Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama, describes visit to Hanson Brickworks factory in Huncoat as 'one of his favourite moments'

Hyndburn wages £5,000 below north west average

The average wage for the North West is £29,900 but workers in Hyndburn earn on average £25,000 per year, over £12,000 less than the highest earning local authority area in Trafford.

Combined authority rejected by Hyndburn councillors

The proposed authority would involve each of Lancashire’s councils retaining their local identities and services, while working together on specific issues including transport, regeneration and economy.

Council tax set for sixth year freeze

It comes as town hall bosses unveiled their budget plans for the next 12 months which includes rubber stamping £9m of investment across the borough.

Countdown begins: Date revealed for opening of new direct rail link from Accrington to Manchester...as well as how much it will cost you

Accrington’s struggling commuters, councillors, businesses and MP have all long bemoaned the successive delays to the opening of the line which was expected in May last year.

Accrington trader to lead Conservative bid for Hyndburn seat

Former mayor Kevin Horkan was selected as the Tories’ prospective parliamentary candidate at the hustings in Oswaldtwistle Conservative Club.

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."

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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