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Nursery celebrates after good rating from education watchdogs

Inspectors visited Little Brook Children’s Nursery, on Blackburn Road, Great Harwood and delivered an improved rating from the ‘satisfactory’ result achieved in 2011.

Teen who exposed himself on a bus is hunted by police

Officers believe the teen, who was accompanied by another teenage man, then got on a double decker Lancashire United bus in the direction of Great Harwood.

Beavers and cubs in trip to the beach

The children tested their head for heights by climbing the high wire assault course, crossing wobbly ropes and bridges and taking leaps of faith at Kaos.

College team hangs tough at ‘Mudder’

Twelve employees completed the 10-mile obstacle race to raise money for local charity Papyris, which works to prevent suicide in young people.

School achieves highest rating

St. Oswald’s R.C. Primary and Nursing School was inspected at the beginning of September, having previously been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted.

Reece Bibby joins 8 piece X Factor band

The 15-year-old has joined the largest group ever assembled for the singing reality TV show, although as yet they do not have a name.

Snooker trophies found in clean-up

Gordon Mason, who was in charge of the Accrington and District Sunday Schools League, kept hold of the trophies after the league folded nearly 15 years ago.

Dance student Mary becomes the teacher

Mary Green spent three years at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance, but it was always her intention to return home and now she is a dance teacher at The Performance Academy in Accrington where she honed her skills.

Snake stick ‘vet’ is back on his feet

Dave Almond’s snakeskin design sticks are all individually hand-crafted by recycling walking sticks he picks up at car boot sales and charity shops.

Police appeal after theft of quad bike

Thomas Ward, 21, formerly of Broomhall Road in Pendlebury, Swinton, is wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary on First Avenue in Church on Friday, August 22.

Former home linked with claims of abuse

Politicians have called for a thorough investigation of claims by a national newspaper that ‘members of the public were able to abuse children’ staying at the former Dyke Nook children’s home on Whalley Road.

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.

Nursery celebrates after good rating from education watchdogs

Inspectors visited Little Brook Children’s Nursery, on Blackburn Road, Great Harwood and delivered an improved rating from the ‘satisfactory’ result achieved in 2011.

Teen who exposed himself on a bus is hunted by police

Officers believe the teen, who was accompanied by another teenage man, then got on a double decker Lancashire United bus in the direction of Great Harwood.

Rovers hope plans will fund new facilities

As part of the proposed development, the football club would move to a new site at Heymoor Farm.Proceeds from the sale of the ground, together with a grant from the FA, would fund a pavilion and facilities.

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.

Beavers and cubs in trip to the beach

The children tested their head for heights by climbing the high wire assault course, crossing wobbly ropes and bridges and taking leaps of faith at Kaos.

Snooker trophies found in clean-up

Gordon Mason, who was in charge of the Accrington and District Sunday Schools League, kept hold of the trophies after the league folded nearly 15 years ago.

Couples celebrate 60 years’ marriage

Kevin and Marion Wissett, Charles and Lucy Dawkins and Tom and Jean Booth are all delighted to celebrate their sixtieth wedding anniversary this week with friends and family.

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.

TV shame of £94k benefits swindler

A BBC programme ‘Saints and Scroungers’ broadcast earlier this week spoke to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) fraud unit and Hyndburn council staff about the case of Cleo Embley.

24-hour Vegas endurance challenge for super Sean

Sean Williams from Rishton is travelling to Las Vegas in November to take part in the World’s Toughest Mudder competition.

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.

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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