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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.

Councillors call on new Accrington rail link to be extended to Manchester Airport

Direct train services from Accrington to Manchester come on track from May 17

Drunk reveller who 'ruined a man's face' with glass avoids jail

Daniel McDermott, of Broadfield Street, Oswaldtwistle, left his victim Thomas Brindle needing three operations following an incident at a pub

New 3G pitch to be unveiled at Hyndburn Leisure Centre

The £330,000 project has been supported by Sport England and Hyndburn Borough Council

New Accrington police station attacked as "policing on the cheap"

The town centre police station will move onto Broadway later this year and will generate £100,000 for council

Allotment rule changes for pigeon holders in Hyndburn

The council were approached by the Oswaldtwistle Homing Society after concerns were raised about the current guidelines

Hyndburn festive lights and decorations budget cut by 75 per cent

The amount spent across the townships will be slashed from an 'unsustainable' £60,000 a year to £15,000

Accrington trains to city will take an hour

Direct services to Manchester Victoria will be running from May 17

Church primary school bans energy and sports drinks over links to 'behavioural' issues

Headteacher at St Nicholas CE Primary school Vicky Axon has written to parents explaining the ban

'Jimmy Savile effect' has trigged a surge in reported sex offences in Hyndburn

Officials and police bosses have credited the publicity and increased media reporting for encouraging victims to come forward

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Council taxes set to rise to protect frontline services

Bosses have defended precept rises by the council council, fire and police authorities

Councillor claims government 'hates' Hyndburn 'because we're poor'

Coun Joan Smith told the full council meeting that Hyndburn misses out in funding compared to "rich southern boroughs"

Hyndburn Council needs to make swingeing cuts of £5.3m over next three years

Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson said it is 'one of the harshest austerity measures in living memory'

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.

Videos & Photos

Looking back: All Saints memories, young cricketers and the day a chancellor came to town

WATCH: A shop owner tells of his heartache after a fire ripped through his town centre family business

PICTURES: Eyes to the skies for solar eclipse 2015

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