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Police social media abuse uncovered

New figures, obtained using Freedom of Information laws, show that more than 20 Lancashire Police officers have been disciplined over their use of Twitter and Facebook in the last five years.

Boy breaks foot in 'hit and run' crash

A-jay Whittaker-Smith, 13, was crossing the road to get his hair cut when the incident happened, leaving him with a broken foot.

Store staff raise nearly £13k for the Alzheimer’s Society

Staff at Argos in Accrington have collected nearly £13,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society since April last year through various fundraising activities. Over the past 15 months they have held pub crawls, dress-up days in store, raffles, an auction and race night and car boot stalls.

Residents urged to turn lights off for service

People in Hyndburn are being invited to attend the ‘Lights Out’ event at the Accrington Pals Memorial on Church Street in Accrington on Monday, August 4 at 10pm.

Plaque honour for Accy Pals legend

It will be unveiled at the Richard Ainsworth Room in Accrington Library by his wife Ruth Turner at a ceremony next week to coincide with the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Store staff raise nearly £13k for the Alzheimer’s Society

Staff at Argos in Accrington have collected nearly £13,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society since April last year through various fundraising activities. Over the past 15 months they have held pub crawls, dress-up days in store, raffles, an auction and race night and car boot stalls.

Reshuffle raises rail link hopes

Claire Perry MP has replaced Stephen Hammond MP as rail minister and Hyndburn MP Graham Jones has said that he has cornered the incoming transport chief about the rail link.

Celebrating a year of ‘weird and wonderful’

Weird and Wonderful on Whalley Road, Accrington, is described as a natural history store which specialises in taxidermy and entomology.

Ex-soldier held knife to man's throat

Anthony Paul Quinn left small cuts on the victim’s throat and lashed out at a police officer ‘catching him’ with the weapon during the incident in Accrington, a court heard.

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.

Future funding warning for community groups in town

Hyndburn Council have agreed to unfreeze left over monies from the recently abolished Area Council.

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.

Cyclist injured in hit-and-run- in Oswaldtwistle

The 52-year-old male bike rider was riding along Haslingden Old Road in Oswaldtwistle near to De Niro's restaurant when a white vehicle collided with him and knocked him off his bike.

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.

100 years not out for cricket wall ‘graffiti’

Generations of fans at rival Church and Accrington cricket clubs have grown up hearing about the days when supporters of the winning team celebrated by painting the scoreline on the boundary wall after a game.

Sporting fun for schoolkids

The event took place at Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School.

Man’s Japanese Akita dogs in attack on sheep

Two Japanese Akita dogs, owned by Jason Sleddon, killed a lamb and two sheep after escaping from his back yard in Clayton-le-Moors.

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.

'Rats and foxes' fear after bins are left out for weeks

Residents and councillors said they have seen rats and foxes snooping around overflowing bins and an increase in fly-tipping on back streets.

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.

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