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Britain's Got Talent winner to perform at Accrington Christmas lights switch-on

The festive fun will kick off at 6pm with entertainment outside the Market Hall before Jai McDowall helps flick the Christmas lights switch.

Storage Hunter star Jesse to deliver Christmas card to young artist

Accrington Market Online is calling on children to get arty this Christmas by designing their very own Christmas card.

Swimmers take the plunge for charity

The Accrington Rotary Club event, organised in partnership with the Observer, was attended by more than 200 spectators and saw 15 teams complete 1,552 lengths for a charity or community group of their choice.

This year, you can be Santa Claus too

Dozens of toys and games have already been donated to Accrington Lions as part of the annual Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Accrington Observer.

Cheerleaders head over heels with contest success

The ‘Jungle Fever’ event was the first themed Cheer and Dance contest of the 2014-15 season and saw teams from across the North West dancing it out in a variety of categories.

Britain's Got Talent winner to perform at Accrington Christmas lights switch-on

The festive fun will kick off at 6pm with entertainment outside the Market Hall before Jai McDowall helps flick the Christmas lights switch.

Storage Hunter star Jesse to deliver Christmas card to young artist

Accrington Market Online is calling on children to get arty this Christmas by designing their very own Christmas card.

This year, you can be Santa Claus too

Dozens of toys and games have already been donated to Accrington Lions as part of the annual Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Accrington Observer.

Vicious thug set his dog on cabbie

Guy Wallace, of Manor Street, Accrington, goaded the ‘dangerous dog’ into attacking Sajid Hussain as he walked home from his taxi shift in the early hours of May 17 this year, Burnley Crown Court heard.

Convicted Accrington burglar wanted by police

Steven Hargreaves is wanted on recall to prison after absconding from an address in Accrington where he was living as part of his licence conditions.

Heartless thieves target 80-year-old Accrington man

The pair entered the back door of the victim’s home on Hyndburn Street, Accrington at around 11am on Wednesday, November 19 and made off with a safe containing cash.

Jail for sex attack takeaway boss

Guo Xun Li, of Blackburn Road, Accrington, forced entry into a room and attacked his victim before sexually assaulting her.

Police appeal for wanted man

Thomas Ward, 21, who is known to frequent the Blackburn and Hyndburn areas, is wanted in connection with burglaries where items of jewellery were stolen.

Toilet scheme branded ‘failure’

Councillors in Great Harwood launched the project back in March following the closure of public toilets in the town.

Football legend Paul Merson entertains crowd at fundraiser

The former England, Arsenal and Aston Villa midfield was invited by Great Harwood Rovers Football Club for their sportsmans’ fundraiser evening which was attended by more than 200 people

Football legend Paul Merson entertains crowd at fundraiser

The former England, Arsenal and Aston Villa midfield was invited by Great Harwood Rovers Football Club for their sportsmans’ fundraiser evening which was attended by more than 200 people.

Borough ready to honour and to remember...

Large turnouts are anticipated to attend events in Altham, Church, Great Harwood, Huncoat, Baxenden, Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-le-Moors, Rishton and Accrington to mark the centenary of the start of World War One and pay their respects to the brave men and women who have died on the battlefield, including the Accrington Pals.

This year, you can be Santa Claus too

Dozens of toys and games have already been donated to Accrington Lions as part of the annual Christmas Toy Appeal, supported by the Accrington Observer.

Vandals target Oswaldtwistle Christmas tree

The offenders struck at the weekend at Jubilee Gardens and stole around a third of the festive lights from the tree.

Mum’s plea for more help for young mental health sufferers

Dawn Johnson, of Blackburn Road in Oswaldtwistle, lost her teenage daughter Lauren when she plummeted from the Arndale car park in Accrington on June 5, an inquest heard.

Isaac is North West champion

A team of juniors from the Bredakwai Judo Academy, based at Accrington Academy, competed in the North West closed tournament at Sutton, St Helen’s.

Hundreds pay tribute to Doug

The family of Doug Raith, known as Dougie, have said that they were ‘overwhelmed’ by the outpouring of support at the dad-of-four’s funeral on Friday, November 7.

Post Office worker assaulted and robbed in Rishton

Police said the incident happened at around 5.25pm on Friday, November 7 after two men entered the Post Office on High Street in Rishton.

Man cashed in betting winnings

Police were alerted on September 21 after the victim lost his wallet in Accrington town centre, and then found his betting slips, worth £350, had been cashed.

Shock at death of Rovers fan Dougie

Douglas Raith, known as Dougie, of Talbot Street, Rishton, died suddenly on Tuesday, October 28 after succumbing to septicaemia.

Swimmers take the plunge for charity

The Accrington Rotary Club event, organised in partnership with the Observer, was attended by more than 200 spectators and saw 15 teams complete 1,552 lengths for a charity or community group of their choice.

Police appeal for wanted man

Thomas Ward, 21, who is known to frequent the Blackburn and Hyndburn areas, is wanted in connection with burglaries where items of jewellery were stolen.

Head is 'inspirational' says glowing report

Baxenden St John’ CE Primary School was given a ‘good’ rating by Ofsted and headteacher Christina Regan was praised as an ‘inspirational leader’

Community group to create woodland walkway

The grant, obtained from a £7,750 Biffa Award and a £7,500 the Windfall Fund, will be spent surfacing paths in Hollins Wood, behind Hollins School.

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