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Charity defends controversial traveller site plan

The Rossendale council plan to create a site for five pitches on land off Blackburn Road in Rising Bridge has attracted widespread criticism, but a charity representing travellers has defended the council.

Dad hurled from motorbike in 'terrifying' collision

Jonathan Garratty, 23, was hospitalised and left with concussion after he was thrown from his bike.

Roadworks misery as five mile stretch on M66 shuts

A ​huge section of the A56 and M66 will be closed as Highways England carry out repairs on a bridge over the East Lancashire Railway.

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Charity defends controversial traveller site plan

The Rossendale council plan to create a site for five pitches on land off Blackburn Road in Rising Bridge has attracted widespread criticism, but a charity representing travellers has defended the council.

Dad hurled from motorbike in 'terrifying' collision

Jonathan Garratty, 23, was hospitalised and left with concussion after he was thrown from his bike.

Roadworks misery as five mile stretch on M66 shuts

A ​huge section of the A56 and M66 will be closed as Highways England carry out repairs on a bridge over the East Lancashire Railway.

Looking back: Do you know these faces from the 70s?

They were snapped by the former Observer photographer in 1977.

Oswaldtwistle man takes on the Iron Man

Aircraft engineering instructor with BAE Systems, Russell Williams , completed the Iron Man event in Bolton.

Former solider wanted after failing to appear in court

Joseph Andrew Robinson of Accrington is believed to have left the country

Redevelopment sites for Rishton Canalside project revealed

Five sites have been identified for development

Accrington drug dealer spared jail after being stopped by police on his motorbike

Chad McMurrough of Richmond Street, Accrington was handed a 12 month sentence, suspended for two years.

Drug dealer caught after police followed a trail of cannabis bags he had dropped to find him hiding up a tree

Court hears that was Andrew Moores, from Oswaldtwistle, was caught in a modern day version of 'Hanzel and Gretel'

Pub doorman gets tattoo tribute to Luis Suarez after being bitten by pub goer

Nathan Walker got into a 'struggle' with the bouncer at The Broadway in Accrington

Great Harwood bank to close after drop in customer numbers

The Great Harwood Barclays branch will shut up shop on Friday, November 13.

Cannabis set-up found in Accrington house

Police in Central and Springhill seized the drugs from a property on Malham Avenue

House music fans aim to improve Accrington nightlife

A newly formed group has organised an event at The Attic featuring former Radio 1 DJ Lottie.

High value machinery stolen from Great Harwood Golf Club

Burglars stole the tractors and mowers from a garage before driving them away

Jailed burglar tells court: I did it for new born baby

Christopher Ryder, 22, was jailed for two years and six months after pleading guilty to burglary and theft of a family home in Clayon-le-Moors.

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New Brickworks pub and restaurant forced to temporarily close due to travellers

PICTURES: 2,000 job business and recreation park gets go-ahead

GALLERY: Hyndburn schools celebrate success in Lancashire School Games

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