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Accrington man charged with alleged abduction of young girl

Imran Khan, 33, of Pendle Street, Accrington was due to appear at Burnley Magistrates Court

GALLERY: 20,000 people flock to Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival

Rain meant visitor numbers were down a third on last year, however organisers remained upbeat about the event.

GALLERY: Hundreds take part in Ron Hill Accrington 10k

Olympic legend Ron also took part in the race through the streets for charity

Accrington man arrested over kidnap of girl, 6

The 33-year-old is currently in police custody for questioning as part of an investigation into the abduction of a six-year-old girl

Oswaldtwistle man to ride 1,200 miles in memory of his mum

Leigh Thistlethwaite is raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice where his mum Denise Taylor died five years ago

Accrington man charged with alleged abduction of young girl

Imran Khan, 33, of Pendle Street, Accrington was due to appear at Burnley Magistrates Court

GALLERY: Hundreds take part in Ron Hill Accrington 10k

Olympic legend Ron also took part in the race through the streets for charity

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

School days from 1959, a mannequin parade and a dramatic crash are all among the pictures from this week's gallery of images by former Accrington Observer photographer Garth Dawson.

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

Mohammad Afzal rushed back to find Alisha’s Fashion shop on Church Street on fire on Friday\n

Accrington man arrested over kidnap of girl, 6

The 33-year-old is currently in police custody for questioning as part of an investigation into the abduction of a six-year-old girl

JAILED: Man, 61, who sexually touched young girl

Stephen Baldwin, of Worston Lane, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to sexually touching a child

A disabled man was left with broken ribs after an unprovoked attack

Paranoid schizophrenic Sean Marsden, of Loynd Street, Great Harwood launched the attacked for ‘absolutely no reason’, a court heard

Man due in court in relation to alleged shooting incident

Kevin King, 30, from Lytham St Annes, has been charged with conspiracy to commit murder

JAILED: Man, 61, who sexually touched young girl

Stephen Baldwin, of Worston Lane, Great Harwood, pleaded guilty to sexually touching a child

Tributes paid to retired doctor after sudden death

Dr Mamdouh Mohamed Ahmed ran the St Hubert's Road Surgery in Great Harwood for nearly 25 years

A disabled man was left with broken ribs after an unprovoked attack

Paranoid schizophrenic Sean Marsden, of Loynd Street, Great Harwood launched the attacked for ‘absolutely no reason’, a court heard

Fruit and veg shop owners celebrate 55th year

Katherine and Alan Barnes have run A&K Barnes shop in Clayton-le-Moors since March 1960

Teenager suffers broken leg in car collision in Oswaldtwistle

The 15-year-old was in collision with a Citroen C5

Fitness fanatic sisters complete ultra marathon

Alison King and Charlotte King took part in the 31-mile Canalathon

Rhyddings pupils meet Olympic star Rebecca Adlington

The students took part in a Q&A session with the freestyle world swimming champion

Oswaldtwistle man to ride 1,200 miles in memory of his mum

Leigh Thistlethwaite is raising money for the East Lancashire Hospice where his mum Denise Taylor died five years ago

Media students tour Sky News studios

Pupils from Norden High School in Rishton toured the studios and met with a producer and news presenter

Keyboard 'marathon man' entertains spring fair visitors

Alan Amos played for five hours at Rishton Methodist Church helping to raise £1,100 for church funds

Accrington trains to city will take an hour

Direct services to Manchester Victoria will be running from May 17

Two garages destroyed in suspected arson

Fire crews from Hyndburn were called to the bottom of Holt Street in Rishton at around 1am this morning

GALLERY: Hundreds take part in Ron Hill Accrington 10k

Olympic legend Ron also took part in the race through the streets for charity

Hundreds set to descend on town for Ron Hill 10K

Olympic legend Ron will take part in the race which aims to raise money for charity

Two Hyndburn businesses served with closure notices following metal theft crackdown operation

More than 150 police took part in Operation Tornado with other agencies, licensing teams and HMRC

UPDATE: Your Red Nose Day in pictures

Children and adults across Accrington got dressed up to raise money for Comic Relief

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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