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AMONG the stories in this Friday's Accrington Observer ...

POLICE have arrested five youths in connection with a spate of vandalism in the Spring Hill area of Accrington. The five aged 15 and 16 are accused in connection with damage to the community centre and carrying offensive weapons. The arrests follow an attack which caused extensive damage to the centre in Fairfield Street.

COUNCIL Tax is set to rise by around 10 per cent in Hyndburn. The majority of residents will pay an extra £68.66 next year. Hyndburn Cabinet approved plans for the increase this week. Councillor Jean Battle deputy council leader, said: "We have been out and about in the community and this budget is a direct result of listening to and acting on, residents' views.''

NEW South Wales batting ace Greg Mail has been named as the new professional at Church Cricket Club for the coming season. The club had though last years pro Mark Higgs was to return only for him to join Surrey team Avorians. Mail, a right-hand opening batsman is now awaiting the nod from officials in Australia - a formality before he is expected in this country in April.

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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