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Brave Wigan dad on "long road to recovery" following heart transplant

A Wigan dad who battled through a 12-hour heart transplant begins the "long road to recovery" following a traumatic few days. Dave Hughes, 32, is currently in Newcastle Hospital surrounded by close family after undergoing the procedure on...

today, 17:46 in Regional North West

Driver flees scene after ploughing into garden in Wigan

Two people have been arrested for fleeing the scene after crashing into a garden in Standish. Police were called to reports of a road traffic collision in Almond Broad Road, Standish, at around noon today (Saturday, February 25). On arrival they found...

today, 16:06 in Regional North West

Pledge to improve Wigan hospital discharges

Hospital staff have taken a 10-point pledge to ensure a patient’s departure is as comfortable and efficient as possible. Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust launched its Always Events initiative four years ago to focus workforce commitment to...

yesterday, 15:21 in Regional North West

Temperatures set to plunge as low as -8c

Wiganers are bracing themselves for a bitter cold snap which could see temperatures in the borough drop into the minuses. Freezing air from Russia is set to grip the UK in what is set to be the coldest end to February in five years. The cold blast -...

yesterday, 10:27 in Regional North West

Wigan man had vile child abuse images on his computer

A Wigan man has admitted possessing hundreds of indecent images of children. David Blackburn, 67, had 229 of the most serious photographs – ranked as category A - of children. He also had 71 category B images and 54 category C images of children, as...

yesterday, 09:37 in Regional North West

Wigan man cut from car after crashing into garden wall

Firefighters had to free a man from his vehicle after he ploughed into a garden wall. Firefighters from Wigan station were called to reports of a one-vehicle road traffic collision in Springfield Road at around 2.30am today (Saturday, February 24). On...

yesterday, 09:00 in Regional North West

Police van stopped in its tracks by overturned vehicle in Wigan

A police van transporting a detainee to the cells was delayed in its journey by a van on its side in the road. The police vehicle was driving through Bolton Road in Aspull around 1.25am today (Saturday, February 24), when it came across a van on its...

yesterday, 08:42 in Regional North West

Wigan man attacked his girlfriend and her mum

A Wigan man attacked his girlfriend and her mother, as well as wrecking her property. Connor Greenlees, 21, of Severn Drive, Norley, appeared before Wigan magistrates to be sentenced having pleaded guilty to assaulting Judith Loudon and Louise Hendry...

yesterday, 06:07 in Regional North West

Wigan Reverend speaks out about youth group drug issues

A vicar has spoken out about the closure of a youth group due to teenagers using drugs and alcohol. The weekly sessions at St Barnabas’ Church in Marsh Green ended last month due to the behaviour of the youngsters. They had been run by various...

Friday, 16:15 in Regional North West

Final whistle for Wigan landlord

A pub landlord is set to retire after four decades at the helm of a popular Wigan watering hole. Eddie Dugan has been in charge of the Brickmakers Arms for 40 years, but has announced he is handing over the reigns after spending almost two thirds of...

Friday, 16:06 in Regional North West

Grieving Wigan family donates more than £1,000 to hospice in cancer dad's memory

The devastated family of a Wigan dad who lost his battle with cancer have donated more than £1,000 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice following a fund-raiser in his name. Neil Aspinall, father to five-year-old Jacob, died in October last year after fighting...

Friday, 15:53 in Regional North West

Lancashire's worst civilian air crash

Through the howling winds and driving snow the noise was barely audible. Just a faint whooshing sound was all the six strong team of engineers working on Winter Hill’s television mast heard. A short time later there was an agitated knock on the door....

Friday, 15:48 in Regional North West

Wigan brewery opens long-awaited micropub

A Wigan brewery has welcomed its first customers through the door of its new microbar after a long saga to gain its own watering hole. The Twisted Vine Ale House in Ashton, owned by Hophurst Brewery, opened to the public on Saturday evening following...

Friday, 15:48 in Regional North West

Stephen Fry revealed he has been battling prostate cancer

Stephen Fry has revealed he has been battling prostate cancer. The TV presenter said he underwent surgery in January to have the prostate removed and that "it all seemed to go pretty well". Fry, 60, shared the news in a 13 minute long video...

Friday, 14:40 in Regional North West

Enjoying a string and a sing at the Hospice

Members of Wigan Ukulele Club hold weekly music sessions for patients and visitors to join in, at The Oak Centre at Wigan and Leigh Hospice. The project has been boosted by Symphony Music, in Wigan, who kindly donated 10 ukulelels.

Friday, 14:32 in Regional North West

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