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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

Sports stars shine for Young Achiever of the Year

Five young people have been nominated in the category for the Hyndburn Sports Awards

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

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

Wanted man who fled to South Africa hands himself into police after eight years on the run

Wayne Abbott, formerly of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, fled the country in 2007 after headbutting a man at Baileys nightclub

Fantasist downloaded 'degrading and repulsive' cartoon images to inspire his own artwork

Andrew Whitham, 43, of Worston Lane, Great Harwood, has avoided jail after pleading guilty to the offences

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

Wanted man who fled to South Africa hands himself into police after eight years on the run

Wayne Abbott, formerly of Richmond Avenue, Accrington, fled the country in 2007 after headbutting a man at Baileys nightclub

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

Woman trapped in car following car collision in Oswaldtwistle

Paramedics, police and the fire service were called to the junction of Harvey Street and Ash Street this morning

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

The event at Oswaldtwistle Mills included an appearance from Ted Robbins

House left on fire after massive lightning strike hits

Firefighters were called to Burns Avenue in Oswaldtwistle after houses were hit by lightning on Saturday night

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.

Man found dead in Rishton canal named as Brian Prescott

Mr Prescott, 52, was found in the Leeds-Liverpool canal near Harwood Road by a member of the public on August 18

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?

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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
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Jon Macpherson
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Kate Watkins
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Garth Dawson
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