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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.

Ladies keep their Cup march going

Accy extend their best-ever run in the FA Women's Cup after going through the second qualifying round

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.

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.

Plans approved for controversial Accrington bus station scheme

Work on the £6.4m scheme to create a new bus station in Crawshaw Street is due to begin next year after the Secretary of State approved plans following a public enquiry.

Ladies keep their Cup march going

Accy extend their best-ever run in the FA Women's Cup after going through the second qualifying round

Plans approved for controversial Accrington bus station scheme

Work on the £6.4m scheme to create a new bus station in Crawshaw Street is due to begin next year after the Secretary of State approved plans following a public enquiry.

Mum pays tribute to tragic Olivia Diamond after shock death

The family of 12-year-old Olivia Diamond have paid tribute to the schoolgirl who died of a heart condition at Manchester Children’s Hospital, on Thursday October 9.

Could your group win our £1k cash bonanza?

A community group in Hyndburn is set for a £1,000 boost - thanks to the Accrington Observer.

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).

Police appeal after theft of quad bike

Thomas Ward, 21, formerly of Broomhall Road in Pendlebury, Swinton, is wanted in connection with an aggravated burglary on First Avenue in Church on Friday, August 22.

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.

Seaside comes to school to boost pupils' writing

Instead of travelling to the beach, staff at Great Harwood Primary School created a seaside scene setting in the school hall.

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.

Free tickets to Pals play for Armed Forces

The play is based on the story of the group of young men from Accrington who fought during the First World War.

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.

Tributes paid to boy, 12 killed in motorbike accident

Mount Carmel RC High school pupil Logan Wood suffered a heart attack after the fall on a motorcross dirt track in Whitworth and was pronounced dead in hospital.

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.

TV shame of £94k benefits swindler

A BBC programme ‘Saints and Scroungers’ broadcast earlier this week spoke to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) fraud unit and Hyndburn council staff about the case of Cleo Embley.

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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