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Retail giant's exit sparks town fears

The exit caps a miserable new year for Accrington’s retail offer after Marks and Spencer and DIY chain Homebase both announced they were closing flagship stores.

Sitel workers win six-figure payout

The settlement follows a three-year battle for compensation by 120 former Sitel UK employees, who lost their jobs in 2011.

Accrington Town Hall ballroom restoration to be unveiled

The venue has already held its first two events even before its official launch - a private party and Accrington Pipe Band performance both took place just before Christmas.

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Retail giant's exit sparks town fears

The exit caps a miserable new year for Accrington’s retail offer after Marks and Spencer and DIY chain Homebase both announced they were closing flagship stores.

Sitel workers win six-figure payout

The settlement follows a three-year battle for compensation by 120 former Sitel UK employees, who lost their jobs in 2011.

Accrington Town Hall ballroom restoration to be unveiled

The venue has already held its first two events even before its official launch - a private party and Accrington Pipe Band performance both took place just before Christmas.

Tributes to former landlord

Keith Monk suffered a heart attack at his home in Great Harwood and passed away later at Royal Blackburn Hospital on Sunday, January 18 at the age of 55.

It's landlords v council part II

Council bosses are seeking to appeal a ruling by the Residential Property Tribunal made in favour of the landlords which dismissed or amended six conditions of its licensing scheme.

Hyndburn wakes up to winter wonderland

Snow reportedly caused some difficult driving conditions in some areas including Burnley Road.

Residents get the spoils from cancelled Stanley match

Stanley were expecting a tasty Friday night home tie against local rivals Bury – but it had to be called off due to a badly waterlogged pitch.

Gritters working around the clock ahead of snow

Lancashire County Council said that crews have treated the main routes throughout the county including non-trunk motorways and A roads, B roads and single routes in and out of villages.

‘Hairdresser to stars’ Lee visits the college

Former Men’s British Hairdresser of the Year winner and celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford attended the college as a special guest to deliver a hairdressing masterclass.

Police cutbacks ‘put public at risk’

Lancashire Police Federation chiefs have launched a campaign to oppose coalition funding cuts they say are ‘bound to put the public at risk’, resulting in ‘a field day for criminals’.

Fire at former working men's club treated as suspicious

Firefighters from Hyndburn were called to the disused Willow Mount WMC on Willows Lane in Accrington after a fire broke out in the basement.

Altham takes lead on speeding

Vehicle activated signs, which flash up the driver’s speed electronically at the approach of a vehicle, are set to be installed on busy roads across the borough, in response to residents’ concerns about road safety.

Great Harwood 10k rearranged after several inches of snowfall

The annual charity race, in aid of East Lancashire Hospice, had to be rescheduled as organisers feared for the safety of runners, with up to four inches of snow having fallen in some parts of Hyndburn.

‘I’m leaving branch in rude health’

David Peacock is coming to the end of this three-year tenure and a new chairman is set to be elected at the branch’s annual general meeting later this month.

‘Incredible’ Julie set for top award

And it will be a case of returning to her roots for Julie when she receives the honour in the Coppice Theatre at Accrington and Rossendale College, where Julie studied.

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Accrington Town Hall ballroom restoration to be unveiled

Great Harwood 10k rearranged after several inches of snowfall

VIDEO: Major investigation launched after man shot in the head on Accrington street

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