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Young chefs battle it out

Three pupils from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School took part in the first round of the competition by Rotary International.

Warning after a spate of van thefts across Hyndburn

Police are appealing to van owners to be vigilant after a spate of thefts targeting workers' vans, often containing often expensive tools or building materials.

Arsonists blamed for caravan fire

Crews from Hyndburn and Rawtenstall were called to land off Northfield Road in Rising Bridge and tackled the blaze using a hose reel.

Heroin user died at friend’s house

Jonathan Mallen, of Edgar Street, Accrington,was found by long-time friend Michael Bolton at his home on Town Hall Square in Great Harwood on August 5 this year. Paramedics were called however he was pronounced dead at the scene aged 38.

David's joy as work begins on new £100k playground

Three years ago St Christopher’s student David Reid, then 11, was so unhappy at the shabby state of the West End play area, on Blackburn Road where his siblings Jack and Megan played, that he wrote to Peter Britcliffe of the Oswaldtwistle Area Council to complain.

Warning after a spate of van thefts across Hyndburn

Police are appealing to van owners to be vigilant after a spate of thefts targeting workers' vans, often containing often expensive tools or building materials.

Dad died after taking drugs inquest is told

Trevor White, 43, was found dead at his friend’s home in Water Street, Accrington on Monday, October 6.

Drivers warned over roadworks

Lancashire County Council are set to start the works at the busy junction in Oswaldtwistle as part of the Pennine Reach public transport scheme.

Building materials set alight

Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to Booth Street in Accrington and used a triple extension ladder, hose reel and ventilation unit to bring the fire under control.

Police seize hundreds of cannabis plants at factory

PC Vicky Wilson and PCSO Chris McKiernan from the Neighbour Team executed a drug warrant at St Lawrence Street with the assistance of the Operations Support Unit.

Police called to reports of sexual assault at popular town park

Police said they were called to Peel Park in Accrington in the early hours of Saturday, December 13.

Police seize over 200 cannabis plants

PC Vicky Wilson and PCSO Chris McKiernan from the Neighbour Team executed a drug warrant at St Lawrence Street with the assistance of the Operations Support Unit.

Police appeal to trace four men

Police are hunting burglars who stole 45 handbags from a home in Didsbury
Police are appealing for help to trace four men they would like to speak to in connection with various offences across the borough.

Heroin user died at friend’s house

Jonathan Mallen, of Edgar Street, Accrington,was found by long-time friend Michael Bolton at his home on Town Hall Square in Great Harwood on August 5 this year. Paramedics were called however he was pronounced dead at the scene aged 38.

Florist wins best dressed window

Garlands Florist on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle claimed the prize in the competition organised by the Hyndburn Chamber of Trade for a second year.

Major blaze at former social club

Six fire engines and an aerial ladder platform were called to the old Grand Social Club in Great Harwood at around 11.15pm last night and spent more than two hours tackling the fire.

Police seize hundreds of cannabis plants at factory

PC Vicky Wilson and PCSO Chris McKiernan from the Neighbour Team executed a drug warrant at St Lawrence Street with the assistance of the Operations Support Unit.

Young chefs battle it out

Three pupils from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise School took part in the first round of the competition by Rotary International.

Warning after a spate of van thefts across Hyndburn

Police are appealing to van owners to be vigilant after a spate of thefts targeting workers' vans, often containing often expensive tools or building materials.

David's joy as work begins on new £100k playground

Three years ago St Christopher’s student David Reid, then 11, was so unhappy at the shabby state of the West End play area, on Blackburn Road where his siblings Jack and Megan played, that he wrote to Peter Britcliffe of the Oswaldtwistle Area Council to complain.

Florist wins best dressed window

Garlands Florist on Union Road in Oswaldtwistle claimed the prize in the competition organised by the Hyndburn Chamber of Trade for a second year.

Lawnmowers destroyed in blaze

Fire crews from Hyndburn were called to Nurture Landscapes on Park Road in Rishton and hose jets and 20 litres of foam to put out the blaze inside a large green house.

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.

Hard man tackles desert challenge

Sean Williams, from Rishton, travelled to Las Vegas to compete in the World’s Toughest Mudder and was ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Police appeal to trace four men

Police are hunting burglars who stole 45 handbags from a home in Didsbury
Police are appealing for help to trace four men they would like to speak to in connection with various offences across 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.

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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