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GALLERY: Mourners pay respect to councillor and former Mayor Pam Barton

Dozens of family, friends and colleagues gathered for a service today

Oswaldtwistle care home rated 'Good' by Care Quality Commission

Vine House was told by inspectors it required improvement in just one area

Ex-offenders part of 'No Way Out' day at Accrington school

Police, prison officers and charity workers were also part of the project at Hollins Technology College

Accrington Age UK shop issues 'desperate' plea for donations

Staff said donations have 'plummeted dramatically' in the last three months

Switch and save on your energy bills with Hyndburn's energy switching partner

Residents are being urged to take advantage of community switch to save on their energy bills

GALLERY: Mourners pay respect to councillor and former Mayor Pam Barton

Dozens of family, friends and colleagues gathered for a service today

Ex-offenders part of 'No Way Out' day at Accrington school

Police, prison officers and charity workers were also part of the project at Hollins Technology College

Accrington Age UK shop issues 'desperate' plea for donations

Staff said donations have 'plummeted dramatically' in the last three months

Accrington VE Day veteran recounts memories of victory in Europe

Harry Dickinson, 91 was in Germany when victory was declared
Burnley Crown Court

Man goes on trial accused of raping a teenager after night out in Accrington

James Dean, of Hermitage Street, Rishton, denies two counts of rape at Burnley Crown Court

Jailed: 'Sadistic' bully who hanged children from door hooks and locked them in cupboards

David Lamb, 47, terrorised two young boys in sadistic campaign during the 90s

School children set to visit police cells and speak to ex-convicts to help prevent crime

It comes as police figures show a 5.3 per cent increase in violent crime across Hyndburn over the last 12 months

Accrington men arrested on suspicion of rape bailed

Five men - including two from Accrington - have been bailed pending further enquiries into historic allegations of sexual abuse

Watch: Motorcyclist lets schoolgirl ride on the front of his bike during rush hour

The footage shows a blonde youngster perched in front of a biker as he rode through Great Harwood during rush hour

Ten thousand people expected at Great Harwood Agricultural Show

Jousting, a strongman competition and vintage car display will be among attractions at the Bank Holiday event

Electric car users praise new Accrington charging point

The equipment has been installed outside the town hall

PICTURES: Hundreds take part in Hyndburn's biggest annual charity walk

Organisers at Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club said more than £25,000 has been raised for good causes

Kind-hearted Oswaldtwistle pupils raise £570 for Nepal earthquake appeal

The West End Primary youngsters are also hoping to get involved in the new Rotakids project

More entries as deadline approaches for Carnival Queen contest

Molly Greenwood, 20, and Emma Duckett, 18, are the latest applicants to be Queen in the historic 50th anniversary carnival year

Roads chiefs apologise after completion of major works in Oswaldtwistle put back by a month

Part of the Pennine Reach public transport scheme, the works began in January but won't be completed until the end of June

PICTURES: Hundreds take part in Hyndburn's biggest annual charity walk

Organisers at Church and Oswaldtwistle Rotary Club said more than £25,000 has been raised for good causes

Man trapped in car for nine hours with broken leg and internal injuries

Police have appealed for information after the man was discovered by a passing member of the public near Rishton

Man goes on trial accused of raping a teenager after night out in Accrington

Burnley Crown Court
James Dean, of Hermitage Street, Rishton, denies two counts of rape at Burnley Crown Court

Rishton United bidding for £25,000 funding boost from Aviva Community Fund

Club bosses appeal for people to vote in a competition to help get the club's playing fields upgraded

Sporty youngsters strike gold at schools athletics meeting

St Charles Primary School in Rishton excelled at track events, javelin and the long jump

Last chance to enter Accrington Carnival Queen contest as May 22 deadline approaches

Gemma Grimshaw, from Church, Sarah Louise Munroe, from Baxenden and Cassandra Jones, from Accrington, are all in contention for the crown

New leadership team installed at Hyndburn Conservative group after Peter Britcliffe steps down

New Tory leader Tony Dobson and deputy Terry Hurn
Tony Dobson has been voted group leader, with Terry Hurn as deputy leader

Pupils excel at British Schools Biathlon Competition

Four pupils from Baxenden St John's CE Primary School travelled competed at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Five new entrants for Carnival Queen competition

Five new contestants have entered the bid to become Accrington's 25th Carnival Queen

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