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Road closed for an hour after car blaze

A fire crew attended the car on Hexham Close, Baxenden at around 7.45am this morning.

Row over fields plan

The meeting was held by Hyndburn Borough Council on Tuesday evening, after residents expressed strong concerns about the council’s intention to dispose of Lyndon Playing Fields on Harwood Lane.

Popular duo set for Reds return

The duo’s return to the Store First Stadium was set to be confirmed ahead of the weekend fixture, with negotiations all but complete as the Observer went to press.

Sheep that's worth £10,000

George Cropper, 24, was rubbing his hands after he sold one of his prize winning Beltex sheep for a record breaking £9,995.

Blind drugs baron jailed for 21 years

Rizwan Arshad, 33, was sentenced to 21 years at Leeds Crown Court for his part in three plots to supply Class A drugs.

Popular duo set for Reds return

The duo’s return to the Store First Stadium was set to be confirmed ahead of the weekend fixture, with negotiations all but complete as the Observer went to press.

Town Hall flies the Saltire

Conservative councillor Peter Britcliffe wanted the borough to show its support for keeping the United Kingdom together by raising the St Andrew’s Cross above the town hall building in the lead up to the historic vote on independence.

X Factor star at old school

Pupils at Peel Park Primary School were delighted by the visit of old boy and singing starlet Reece Bibby.

Dance teacher reveals the success of her new school

Alice Blokland, 23, of Baxenden has established the Wonderland School of Dance at the Baxenden Conservative Club and has attracted more than 40 students in five weeks.

Blind drugs baron jailed for 21 years

Rizwan Arshad, 33, was sentenced to 21 years at Leeds Crown Court for his part in three plots to supply Class A drugs.

Sex offender used library to trawl web

James Craft, 24, was jailed for 18 months after breaching a sexual offences order which requires him to notify police within three days of a change of name or address.

Knife man terrified OAP and girl, four

Glenn Morley, of Dowry Street, Accrington, went over to the woman who is in her sixties and started swearing at her and ‘waving’ a knife around, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Police 'lack strategy' - watchdog

The findings emerged from a HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report into crime prevention and police attendance in police forces in England and Wales.

Row over fields plan

The meeting was held by Hyndburn Borough Council on Tuesday evening, after residents expressed strong concerns about the council’s intention to dispose of Lyndon Playing Fields on Harwood Lane.

Strongmen in challenge event at Victoria Hotel

An estimated 350 spectators watched the strongmen battle for supremacy over six different events in The Great Harwood Novice Strongman Classic.

Staff taken on blind folded tour of town

Great Harwood councillor Jenny Nedwell, who is a registered blind, arranged for trainers from Guide Dogs for the Blind to take people on a walk around the town centre.

Thug caught after Facebook apology

Joseph Andrew Robinson, of Belfield Road, Accrington, punched Sam England outside Snuffy’s bar in Great Harwood.

Knife man terrified OAP and girl, four

Glenn Morley, of Dowry Street, Accrington, went over to the woman who is in her sixties and started swearing at her and ‘waving’ a knife around, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Luke Blackledge and Artif Ali are Kings on Blackburn's big night

Accrington fighters maintained their momentum with impressive wins at the weekend.

Man's body pulled from canal water

Officers received a call at around 12.50pm on Sunday, September 7 reporting the body of a man in the water in the Leeds Liverpool canal near to Blackburn Road in Oswaldtwistle.

Tributes paid to Con club stalwart

John Farrer, of Malard Place in Oswaldtwistle, passed away on Friday, August 22 after a long illness.

Lancashire League review

Heavy Hyndburn presence in top half of the Lancashire League table after the final games of the season last Sunday.

More than £100,000 worth of cannabis seized

Four warrants were carried out at addresses in Hermitage Street and Chapel Street in Rishton on Friday, September 5, and altogether 16 plants were found.

Hospice fundraiser will be in honour of organiser

East Lancashire Hospice volunteer Brenda Musgrove died suddenly last month and over the years had raised more than £7,200 for the charity.

Lancashire League review

ENFIELD turn their attention to claiming the runners-up spot after Lowerhouse clinch the title with two games to spare

Road closed for an hour after car blaze

A fire crew attended the car on Hexham Close, Baxenden at around 7.45am this morning.

Sheep that's worth £10,000

George Cropper, 24, was rubbing his hands after he sold one of his prize winning Beltex sheep for a record breaking £9,995.

Coffee shop worker to stand for Labour for the fourth time

David Hartley, 21, has been a member of the Labour Party since he was 18 and has been selected to run in the Conservative-held ward for the fourth time.

Dance teacher reveals the success of her new school

Alice Blokland, 23, of Baxenden has established the Wonderland School of Dance at the Baxenden Conservative Club and has attracted more than 40 students in five weeks.

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