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Police cuts U turn as crime rates rise

Huge rises in areas of crime in the borough including assault, burglary and public order offences

Body found in Oswaldtwistle

Police are treating the death as 'unexplained'

Sign our petition to save Hyndburn's libraries

Show your support for keeping open libraries in Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Rishton, Great Harwood and Clayton-le-Moors

Looking back: Hyndburn celebrating the good times in years gone by

Former Observer photographer Garth Dawson looks back at snaps from yesteryear.

PICTURES: Pub boiler stables transformed into restaurant

Owners of the Abbey Hotel have launched Th'Owd Stables restaurant

Time-trip: Our column of classic Accrington Observer pictures from the recent past

Do you recognise any of the faces in our photographs as we turn back the clock?

Before the Bench: People appearing at the magistrates' court

The following cases have been heard at Blackburn Magistrates Court

Man found dead in Rishton canal had taken '10 times fatal' drug overdose - inquest

Brian Prescott, 52, was found by two walkers as they went along the tow path between Harwood Road and Cut Lane

Accrington couple to renew wedding vows for 50th anniversary

Margaret and Michael Coyne tied the knot on November 20, 1965

Carer who died on 47th birthday failed to have perforated bowel diagnosed for 22 hours - inquest

A 'serious incident report' was ordered by the hospital after Elaine Hargreaves, of Orange Street, Accrington, passed away

LOCKED UP: JCB driver who caused the death of Accrington father-of-two in collision

Craig Foster was travelling along Blackburn Road in Simonstone when he was collided with a JCB driven by Harry Shaw

Join battle to save libraries from the axe

The shocking impact of Lancashire County Council’s funding crisis was laid bare this week after it was revealed that it is to shut half its libraries across the county.

Fomer World Snooker Champion Steve Davis supports children from Accrington

Davis visited a Paul Hunter Foundation event and gave personally signed snooker cues and cases

Hairdresser hangs up scissors after 53 years

Gary Moores is shutting up shop on Abbey Street after more than five decades

Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Accrington

The arrest comes after a woman was found dead in a house on Richmond Street

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PICTURES: Pub boiler stables transformed into restaurant

Time-trip: Our column of classic Accrington Observer pictures from the recent past

Time Trip: Classic Observer photos from our archives


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In This Week's Paper


Stuart Pike
Deputy editor specialising in politics
Alex Bell
Bethany English
District reporter
Beth Abbit
Court reporter
Jon Macpherson
Kate Watkins
Reporter specialising in communities
Garth Dawson
Photographer and columnist