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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.

'Strange hieroglyphics' left outside town hall after chewing gum removal

Power washes to clean chewing gum off the streets has left markings on pavements in Accrington town centre

Tributes paid to former Great Harwood councillor and mental health worker

David Forshaw, from Rishton, represented the Labour party on Hyndburn council in the late 1990s

General election hustings events announced

Parliamentary candidates in Hyndburn and Haslingden are set to lock horns in a series of election debates

VIDEO: Men spared jail for offences linked to organised dog fighting

District judge ‘satisfied’ banned dogs were ‘being used for illegal dog fighting’.

Clayton-le-Moors UKIP candidate also standing in Durham

A council candidate has defended standing in Hyndburn while also running for a parliamentary seat 100 miles away

World championship bodybuilder aims to muscle in on council seat

Aqeel Afzal, of Accrington, is running as an independent candidate in the Central ward in next month's local elections

Four colours and four couples to do battle for Hyndburn council seats

Twelve council seats are up for grabs in the forthcoming local elections on May 7

Council attacked over empty shops re-occupation record

There are 139 empty shops on the borough's high streets, but only two applications for rates discounts for occupying them have been made

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Five-way fight for Hyndburn Commons seat in general election

Candidates have been announced this morning for the parliamentary and local council elections on May 7

GALLERY: Mourners pay respects at funeral of former Hyndburn mayor Jack Grime

Mr Grime MBE was a councillor for Church for decades as well as an alderman, JP, school governor and Methodist preacher

Couple threatened with court action after erecting war memorial protest banner

The banner on the side of their house in Huncoat is calling on the village memorial to remain in its current location

'Stop the cuts' - Accrington public's manifesto pledge from our online policy survey

Our policy manifesto survey has produced six policy priorities for the people of Hyndburn

Tributes to former Hyndburn Mayor and Labour councillor

Jack Grime MBE was a councillor for Church for decades as well as an alderman, JP, school governor and Methodist preacher.

Calls to add Rishton and Huncoat train stations to direct Manchester city rail link

A motion will be submitted by Hyndburn council to the Secretary of State for Transport

Four Hyndburn councillors to stand down after elections

Dave Parkins, John Broadley, Brian Roberts and Nick Collingridge will not be restanding in May

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

Videos & Photos

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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