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Financial director who stole £150k in cash and expenses ordered to pay less than a TENTH of his criminal earnings

Christopher Horsfield, or Orchard Drive, Oswaldtwistle, stole the money over a six-year period

Revealed: Benefits cheats cost Hyndburn's taxpayers £800,000 over last three years

Shocking figures obtained by the Observer show the number of prosecutions has gone up by 60 per cent

Wife's tribute to 'one-off' Rishton pub landlord who lost fight against brain tumour

Ian Walsh, 54, married his partner of nine years, Glenda, in a ceremony at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in April.

Pictures: Can you spot anyone you know at the Oswaldtwistle Mills fun day?

The event at Oswaldtwistle Mills included an appearance from Ted Robbins

Police attempt to identify man with a distinctive tattoo after a 12-year-old boy was 'grabbed'

Officers said a man grabbed and pulled the boy by the arm who then managed to break free and run away

Wife's tribute to 'one-off' Rishton pub landlord who lost fight against brain tumour

Ian Walsh, 54, married his partner of nine years, Glenda, in a ceremony at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in April.

Looking back: Garth Dawson's trip back down memory lane

We take a look at former Observer photographer Garth Dawson's snaps.

Is Reece Bibby coming back in a new boyband?

The Accrington X Factor star has been teasing fans with his tweets this week

WATCH: Accrington's Julie Hesmondhalgh teams up with 'real-life Hayley Cropper' for two-woman show

Annie Wallace helped Julie with her character on Coronation Street after being approached by the producers

Before the bench: Hyndburn cases heard by magistrates

The following people have all appeared before Blackburn or Burnley Magistrates Courts

Financial director who stole £150k in cash and expenses ordered to pay less than a TENTH of his criminal earnings

Christopher Horsfield, or Orchard Drive, Oswaldtwistle, stole the money over a six-year period

Family's terror as 'Sunday arsonist' strikes for fifth time

Terrified victims tell the Observer 'we don't feel safe in our own home'

Family forced to flee home after a fuel cannister attached to a flaming rag was thrown through window

Detectives believe 'sinister crime' could be linked to 'similar' incidents in the area

Before the bench: Hyndburn cases heard by magistrates

The following people have all appeared before Blackburn or Burnley Magistrates Courts

PICTURES: Proposed mental health facility in Oswaldtwistle would create 45 full-time jobs

Pathways Northwest have submitted plans for the former social club site on James Street

Police attempt to identify man with a distinctive tattoo after a 12-year-old boy was 'grabbed'

Officers said a man grabbed and pulled the boy by the arm who then managed to break free and run away

Two-inch 'Asian hornet' found in Great Harwood garage revealed to be harmless wasp

Animal experts at Blackpool Zoo confirmed that the insect was not dangerous

Looking back: Ladies team gathered to offer advice on health

We take a look at former Observer photographer Garth Dawson's snaps from yesteryear

Before the bench: Hyndburn cases heard by magistrates

The following people have all appeared before Blackburn or Burnley Magistrates Courts

Financial director who stole £150k in cash and expenses ordered to pay less than a TENTH of his criminal earnings

Christopher Horsfield, or Orchard Drive, Oswaldtwistle, stole the money over a six-year period

PICTURES: Proposed mental health facility in Oswaldtwistle would create 45 full-time jobs

Pathways Northwest have submitted plans for the former social club site on James Street

Before the bench: Hyndburn cases heard by magistrates

The following people have all appeared before Blackburn or Burnley Magistrates Courts

PICTURES: 'Nomadic artist' stranded in Rishton after raft started to sink

Ben Cummins is appealing to local residents and businesses for help for blue barrels to keep him afloat

PICTURES: Proposed mental health facility in Oswaldtwistle would create 45 full-time jobs

Pathways Northwest have submitted plans for the former social club site on James Street

Wife's tribute to 'one-off' Rishton pub landlord who lost fight against brain tumour

Ian Walsh, 54, married his partner of nine years, Glenda, in a ceremony at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in April.

Happy couple say 'pie do' with wedding cake made of Holland's Pies

Guests chomped their way through hundreds of pies at the wedding of Jenna Wallis and Stephen Tobin

Garage fire in Baxenden sparked by ashes from a fire pit

Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to a garage on Southwood Drive

PICTURES: Hollins Technology College students give GCSE reaction

Students across the borough have been opening their results this morning

Thug attacked man with rounders bat, breaking his elbow

Jake Kirby 'repeatedly' struck Anthony Farey as he was working at Baxenden Autowash

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Pictures: Can you spot anyone you know at the Oswaldtwistle Mills fun day?

PICTURES: Sneak peak at new £5m centre set to open at Accrington and Rossendale College

Motorists warned over closure of major Accrington town centre road for NINE WEEKS

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Stuart Pike
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Alex Bell
Crime
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Beth Abbit
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Jon Macpherson
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Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist