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Police in three-and-a-half hour siege

Officers were called to Albert Street in Church at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, July 23 to arrest a man wanted in connection with a house burglary.

Estelle was our beautiful girl

Estelle Thompson was a front seat passenger in a car travelling through Hapton when it collided with a stone wall.

Mount Carmel school reunion a big success

Dozens of alumni met up after 10 years apart for a party at Enfield Cricket Club.

Firefighters investigating after 'malicious' call

Crews from Hyndburn were called to a house on Edleston Street in Accrington after the owner received a message from someone while he was out saying his home was on fire.

Sporting fun for schoolkids

The event took place at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.

Mount Carmel school reunion a big success

Dozens of alumni met up after 10 years apart for a party at Enfield Cricket Club.

Firefighters investigating after 'malicious' call

Crews from Hyndburn were called to a house on Edleston Street in Accrington after the owner received a message from someone while he was out saying his home was on fire.

Offenders to look after Garden of Hope

The offenders have been working on the overgrown Garden of Hope, on Livingstone Road, in Accrington as part of a community payback scheme.

Musicians set to visit from across the pond

Enfield Cricket Club is all set to host an exciting evening of old-time fiddle and banjo music this August, when American/Canadian duo Matt Gordon and Leonard Podolak are welcomed to the club on Saturday August 9.

Dad’s drugs farm caused house fire

Flames took hold in the roof of Robert Collinge’s Great Harwood home where he had tampered with the electrics to help him grow 38 cannabis plants.

Woman stabbed mum during row

Carla Ball hit her mother, dragged her along the floor by her hair and stabbed her with a knife at her mum’s Oswaldtwistle flat, a court heard.

Woman stabbed mum during row

Carla Ball hit her mother, dragged her along the floor by her hair and stabbed her with an knife at her mum’s Oswaldtwistle flat, a court heard.

Licence for appeal doctor

Dr Abiodun Olumuyiwa Bale, 42, was convicted of assault last year following a dispute with a patient while working at an Accrington medical practice.

Automatic calls cost fire service £140,000

Figures obtained by the Observer show fire crews were called out to 164 incidents in Hyndburn in the last 12 months, costing £139,072.

Headteacher appeals for help to find missing pupil

Maryam Mahmood was last seen at about 8.30am on Thursday, July 17 outside Norden High School on Stourton Street, Rishton where she was dropped off by a relative.

'All legal avenues exhausted' in bid to reopen viaduct path

The Observer reported earlier this month how an online petition had been set up to open the 800m stretch of disused railway line which links the town with Read.

Health bosses apologise for 'sauna' like conditions in waiting areas

Health bosses have apologised after patients attending the £3.15 million Great Harwood Health Centre complained that waiting areas and treatment rooms have felt like 'a sauna' over the past few months.

Ribblesdale League review

BOTH Great Harwood and Oswaldtwistle Immanuel beat the rain on Saturday to record wins and further their ambitions in the upper section of the table.

Sporting fun for schoolkids

The event took place at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.

Tasty gift for good cause

The Strictly Starlight Walk, organised by East Lancashire Hospice, turned Blackburn streets into a sea of red tutus and flashing headgear as the ladies completed a five or eight-mile sponsored walk, raising money for patient care.

Automatic calls cost fire service £140,000

Figures obtained by the Observer show fire crews were called out to 164 incidents in Hyndburn in the last 12 months, costing £139,072.

Lancashire League review

CHURCH made it a perfect weekend by beating derby rivals ACCRINGTON by 10 wickets at Thorneyholme Road on Sunday.

Automatic calls cost fire service £140,000

Figures obtained by the Observer show fire crews were called out to 164 incidents in Hyndburn in the last 12 months, costing £139,072.

Headteacher appeals for help to find missing pupil

Maryam Mahmood was last seen at about 8.30am on Thursday, July 17 outside Norden High School on Stourton Street, Rishton where she was dropped off by a relative.

Fear for whereabouts of missing teen

Maryam Mahmood, 15, was last seen at about 8.30am on Thursday, July 17 outside Norden High School on Stourton Street, Rishton where she was dropped off by a relative.

Ribblesdale League review

BOTH Great Harwood and Oswaldtwistle Immanuel beat the rain on Saturday to record wins and further their ambitions in the upper section of the table.

Ribblesdale League review

GREAT Harwood remain second despite returning to winning ways at Ribblesdale Wanderers last Saturday.

Dog walker falls 30ft after suspected assault

The 51-year-old man was walking his dog in a secluded wooded area at the rear of Warmden Avenue and Southwood Drive in Baxenden between 10.30pm and 11.15pm when he was approached by two men.

VIDEO: Bins not collected for ONE month

All waste services across Hyndburn had to be cancelled last Thursday after not enough staff came into work due to a row with the government over pay rises.

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