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Inspirational carer returns from Tanzania

Tanya Hart, 24, of Burnley Lane, Huncoat set off for the east African republic in October with Raleigh International, a charity which runs projects in poverty-stricken areas.

'Gurning' social worker held all-night party where children snorted cocaine and drank vodka

Young teenagers were given drugs and alcohol during the party at Susan Downing's Rishton home. Her co-defendant Rachel MacLachlan, who supplied drugs, was jailed for three years.

Four bailed and one charged after police officer 'run over'

Police said the female officer suffered leg injuries requiring hospital treatment after police investigating the break in were ‘rammed’ in the early hours of this morning.

Tanya returns from Tanzania

Tanya Hart, 24, of Burnley Lane, Huncoat set off for the east African republic in October with Raleigh International, a charity which runs projects in poverty-stricken areas.

Town chiefs fail to persuade Marks and Spencer to stay in Accrington

Company bosses met with councillors on Friday but said the Broadway store will move in May despite protests from thousands of campaigners.

Woman missing from Accrington care home

Shona Emmott, 24, was last seen by staff at the care home on Burnley Lane, Accrington on Friday, January 23.

Police issue warning after snowballs and stones thrown at cars

Officers said this has been taking place on a ‘regular basis’ in the evenings on Hyndburn Road in Accrington, in particular from the Oxford Road side near the junction and Matalan.

Sitel workers win six-figure payout

The settlement follows a three-year battle for compensation by 120 former Sitel UK employees, who lost their jobs in 2011.

Accrington Town Hall ballroom restoration to be unveiled

The venue has already held its first two events even before its official launch - a private party and Accrington Pipe Band performance both took place just before Christmas.

'Gurning' social worker held all-night party where children snorted cocaine and drank vodka

Young teenagers were given drugs and alcohol during the party at Susan Downing's Rishton home. Her co-defendant Rachel MacLachlan, who supplied drugs, was jailed for three years.

Four bailed and one charged after police officer 'run over'

Police said the female officer suffered leg injuries requiring hospital treatment after police investigating the break in were ‘rammed’ in the early hours of this morning.

Sponsored walk to remember genocide

Noordad Aziz is putting a team together to walk the route from Tuzla to Srebrenica in Bosnia on the 20th anniversary of the genocide which saw 8,000 people murdered.

Police cutbacks ‘put public at risk’

Lancashire Police Federation chiefs have launched a campaign to oppose coalition funding cuts they say are ‘bound to put the public at risk’, resulting in ‘a field day for criminals’.

Record numbers take part in 10k

Parents, children and running clubs from across the region gathered in the town for the annual event in aid of East Lancashire Hospice with youngsters also joining in a 1K fun run.

Sponsored walk to remember genocide

Noordad Aziz is putting a team together to walk the route from Tuzla to Srebrenica in Bosnia on the 20th anniversary of the genocide which saw 8,000 people murdered.

Tributes to former landlord

Keith Monk suffered a heart attack at his home in Great Harwood and passed away later at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Sunday, January 18 at the age of 55.

Residents get the spoils from cancelled Stanley match

Stanley were expecting a tasty Friday night home tie against local rivals Bury – but it had to be called off due to a badly waterlogged pitch.

Council tax cut ‘not an option’

However, residents could still see their bills rise after Lancashire County Council opened a consultation into a near 2 per cent rise.

Icy blast brings chaos to Hyndburn roads

Major routes including the M65 were gridlocked and commuters experienced long delays as the region’s road networks struggled to cope.

Plans to redevelop gateway get a boost from the council

Chilton (Accrington) Limited and Skyes International Trading Limited have been chosen by the council to promote the selling off of the land and attract development bids for the site near to the derelict Commercial Hotel.

Pensioner punched to the ground in unprovoked attack

The 76-year-old man was assaulted after he heard a disturbance outside his home on Thwaites Road in Oswaldtwistle on Saturday, January 3.

'Gurning' social worker held all-night party where children snorted cocaine and drank vodka

Young teenagers were given drugs and alcohol during the party at Susan Downing's Rishton home. Her co-defendant Rachel MacLachlan, who supplied drugs, was jailed for three years.

Shed destroyed in suspected arson attack

Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to Brook Street in Rishton at around 11.30pm last night.

Council tax cut ‘not an option’

However, residents could still see their bills rise after Lancashire County Council opened a consultation into a near 2 per cent rise.

Rishton trustees chairman at East Lancashire Hospice stands down

Audrey Platt, from Rishton, served as chairman for nearly 10 years after being elected in 2005.

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.

Picture gallery: Thousands flock to Accrington for Christmas lights

The 2011 winner performed to cheering crowds outside the Market Hall and was joined on stage by fellow musicians We Are Tiger Heart, Hannah Joy, Redd, Amy-Jo Clough and Matt Fitzgerald.

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.

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