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Mercer House to get sustainable refurbishment

Bosses at Mercer House have submitted plans to Hyndburn council to re-roof the Grade II-listed building and provide new office space on the second floor level.

Lottery funding bid of £500,000 for Memorial Park

The Friends of Memorial Park (FoMP) group have teamed up with Hyndburn Council to apply for the Lottery funding to bring the park facilities up to Green Flag status.

GALLERY: World Book Day in Hyndburn: Amazing costumes from creative kids

Take a look at just a few of the pictures of amazing outfits we've been sent

Consultation is held over canal masterplan

Residents, businesses, stakeholders and councillors gathered at Rishton Conservative Club to discuss ideas with town planners Barton Willmore.

Looking back: Digging in on the Coppice and a Church chimney's demise

Accrington's old covered market, winning first-aiders, and volunteers planting trees on the Coppice all feature in this week's photo gallery, using archive photos taken by former Accrington Observer photographer Garth Dawson.

Looking back: Digging in on the Coppice and a Church chimney's demise

Accrington's old covered market, winning first-aiders, and volunteers planting trees on the Coppice all feature in this week's photo gallery, using archive photos taken by former Accrington Observer photographer Garth Dawson.

Lead thieves target primary school for a THIRD time

Peel Park primary school in Accrington has suffered more than £1,000 damage in recent months

Family shocked at dad's sudden death

Steven Holden died unexpectedly at Blackpool Victoria hospital from heart failure on Thursday, February 19.

Kind hearted residents raise funds for a homeless man

Residents have set up a fundraising campaign after items belonging to a homeless man were caught up in a fire outside a former tax office.

'Vulnerable' pensioners targeted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers

Offenders have targeted residents in Rishton and other parts of East Lancashire and the victims are in their 70s and 80s

Man arrested following incident at Rising Bridge petrol station

Officers were called to the Shell garage just after 11am after a report of suspicious activity

Man, 32, had 70,000 child porn images on his computer

James Cormier, formerly of Accrington, told officers when he was arrested that 'I appreciate artistic artwork of teenagers'.

Men stand trial over 'stolen vehicles' claim

The three men are accused of working together to alter 23 vehicles stolen from West Yorkshire and sell them on for a profit

Lottery funding bid of £500,000 for Memorial Park

The Friends of Memorial Park (FoMP) group have teamed up with Hyndburn Council to apply for the Lottery funding to bring the park facilities up to Green Flag status.

Hyndburn Council needs to make swingeing cuts of £5.3m over next three years

Hyndburn council leader Miles Parkinson said it is 'one of the harshest austerity measures in living memory'

Hyndburn police cadets claim top award

Youngsters were named Best Group of the Year at the annual Lancashire YOUth 2015 awards

Accrington pupils bid to improve road safety by clocking offending motorists

Four schools have signed up to the police-backed scheme to improve child safety

Cat and parrot killed in Oswaldtwistle house fire

Firefighters said the fire at Frederick Street is believed to have been caused by an overloaded tumble dryer

Men stand trial over 'stolen vehicles' claim

The three men are accused of working together to alter 23 vehicles stolen from West Yorkshire and sell them on for a profit

More than 1,200 crimes have been committed by the top 50 worst offenders in Hyndburn

The most habitual criminal is a 36-year-old man from Accrington who has committed 51 crimes

Hyndburn police cadets claim top award

Youngsters were named Best Group of the Year at the annual Lancashire YOUth 2015 awards

'Vulnerable' pensioners targeted by fraudsters pretending to be police officers

Offenders have targeted residents in Rishton and other parts of East Lancashire and the victims are in their 70s and 80s

Consultation is held over canal masterplan

Residents, businesses, stakeholders and councillors gathered at Rishton Conservative Club to discuss ideas with town planners Barton Willmore.

Rishton United FC get £75K playing fields boost

Club bosses will put the money towards a £280,000 redevelopment scheme of Norden Playing Fields

Concerns raised over future viability of Hyndburn Leisure Trust

Council funding will cease from 2018 however bosses said 'huge investments' are being made to make it self-sufficient

Knife-wielding robbers jailed for petrol station raid

Jordan Haworth and Lewis Banham were each jailed for four years for the incident at a Shell garage

Snow causes travel chaos and school closures

Long delays have also been reported on the M65, M66, A666 and other roads throughout the borough.

Police appeal to trace wanted man

Ryan Gordon, 24, was jailed for 16 months at Burnley Crown Court in January for a burglary at an address in Baxenden in September 2013.

Countdown to Christmas has begun

Christmas carols and the big switch-on came to Great Harwood on Friday evening at Towngate Square, and on the same evening Rishton's lights were turned on outside the Civic Centre/Library.

Videos & Photos

GALLERY: World Book Day in Hyndburn: Amazing costumes from creative kids

Looking back: Digging in on the Coppice and a Church chimney's demise

WATCH: Hundreds pay tribute at Accrington Pals service

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Journalists

Stuart Pike
Deputy editor specialising in politics
Alex Bell
Crime
Bethany English
District reporter
Beth Abbit
Court reporter
Jon Macpherson
Reporter
Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist