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Beautiful send off for little Ava-Jai

The fifteen-month-old tot had been battling leukaemia and had received a bone marrow transplant seven months ago.

Spate of car thefts in Accrington

Police are investigating six incidents in the Woodnook and Barnfield areas of the town.

Road closes as gale force winds hit

Police closed Paradise Street, Accrington at 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 21 at the request of Lancashire County Council.

Scouts team up with creepy crawlies for Halloween challenge

The group has organised a lot of activities for the Cooper’s Creepers fun day with a range of creepy crawly themed games, including a challenge to lie in a coffin with a snake.

Concern over rats reports in park

Hyndburn Council received calls from residents concerned about the number of rats that had reportedly spotted in Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle.

Spate of car thefts in Accrington

Police are investigating six incidents in the Woodnook and Barnfield areas of the town.

Road closes as gale force winds hit

Police closed Paradise Street, Accrington at 12.30pm on Tuesday, October 21 at the request of Lancashire County Council.

Stanley footballer pays emotional tribute as girlfriend dies aged 22

It's believed Ashley Dickson passed away following a long-term illness.

Olivia Diamond, 12, missed out on live-saving jab just two weeks before shock flu death

Olivia Diamond died suddenly of acute myocarditis - a type of heart infection - earlier this month, just four days after falling ill with the flu.

Teen sexually assaulted in Great Harwood

The incident took place at around 5pm on Saturday, October 18 when the victim was approached by a man on Town Hall Street.

Shoplifting up by 25 per cent over five years

The number has increased every year since 2009 with 483 incidents recorded in 2013/14 – a 25 per cent increase from the 382 figure in 2009/10.

House burglars jailed for a total of seven years

Luke Maher, 25, and Daniel Beardsworth, 24, both admitted entering a house on Dill Hall Lane in Church through an unlocked front door and stealing the £7,000 car.

Benefits cheat shamed on TV

Dawn Wood, 37, was living on Westwood Street in Accrington when her crime was uncovered by a joint investigation between Hyndburn Council’s benefit fraud team and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Teen sexually assaulted in Great Harwood

The incident took place at around 5pm on Saturday, October 18 when the victim was approached by a man on Town Hall Street.

Protesters' anger at fields sale plan

Around 20 protesters gathered at an extraordinary cabinet meeting in a bid to persuade councillors to halt their plans for Lyndon House Playing Fields in Great Harwood.

'Career predator' jailed for 9 years

Michael Alcorn, of Barnes Street, Clayton-le-Moors, was found guilty by a jury at Burnley Crown Court of burgling an 81-year-old dementia sufferer and also breaching an ASBO by distributing leaflets offering his roofing ‘services’.

Great Harwood fields protesters rally ahead of key meeting

Campaigners are set to call on the council to delay a decision over controversial plans to sell of a popular playing field for a 250-home development.

Beautiful send off for little Ava-Jai

The fifteen-month-old tot had been battling leukaemia and had received a bone marrow transplant seven months ago.

Scouts team up with creepy crawlies for Halloween challenge

The group has organised a lot of activities for the Cooper’s Creepers fun day with a range of creepy crawly themed games, including a challenge to lie in a coffin with a snake.

Concern over rats reports in park

Hyndburn Council received calls from residents concerned about the number of rats that had reportedly spotted in Rhyddings Park, Oswaldtwistle.

Tributes after death of Ava-Jai

Fifteen-month-old Ava-Jai McInerney, from Oswaldtwistle, passed away on October 10.

Teen sexually assaulted in Great Harwood

The incident took place at around 5pm on Saturday, October 18 when the victim was approached by a man on Town Hall Street.

Van containing £10,000 of medication stolen

The theft took place at around 1pm on Thursday, October 16 when a white Mercedes Sprinter van was parked outside High Street Medical Centre on High Street.

Nurse in funding challenge for pal

Elisabeth Devey, from Rishton, has set herself a series of challenges including marathons, skydives and a charity ball in aid of the Brain Cancer Charity.

Rishton Beer Festival proves 'huge success'

Hundreds of people attended the two-day event at Rishton Conservative Club in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Road closed for an hour after car blaze

A fire crew attended the car on Hexham Close, Baxenden at around 7.45am this morning.

Sheep that's worth £10,000

George Cropper, 24, was rubbing his hands after he sold one of his prize winning Beltex sheep for a record breaking £9,995.

Coffee shop worker to stand for Labour for the fourth time

David Hartley, 21, has been a member of the Labour Party since he was 18 and has been selected to run in the Conservative-held ward for the fourth time.

Dance teacher reveals the success of her new school

Alice Blokland, 23, of Baxenden has established the Wonderland School of Dance at the Baxenden Conservative Club and has attracted more than 40 students in five weeks.

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