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‘More tests might have saved my Charlie’

A grieving mum told an inquest that her cancer-battling son might not have died if more medical checks had been made. Four-year-old Charlie Logan Taylor succumbed to pneumonia in July 2016 following a long battle with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of

14 min. ago in Regional North West

Rugby lads tackle ballet challenge

Young rugby league players taking part in a pioneering dance programme will swap boots for ballet shoes when they visit a top London venue. Wigan Warriors academy players who are part of the Pianos, Pies and Pirouettes scheme will spend time at the Royal

today, 08:54 in Regional North West

Police appeal to find missing woman and baby

Police are appealing to find a woman who has gone missing with her 10-week-old baby. Sophie Callaghan, 25, who is from the Toxteth area, was last seen on Wednesday March 22in Prescot. Extensive enquiries have been ongoing to locate her, and her 10 week-o

yesterday, 19:57 in Regional North West

Police: Man wanted over hit and run has fled the country

A senior detective in the hit and run case which killed a four-year-old girl and left her grandmother in hospital has appealed for one of the suspects to “search his conscience” after it emerged he had fled the country. Det Chief Insp Chris Sephton said

yesterday, 16:53 in Regional North West

Wigan grandma fighting for life after crash

A Wigan grandmother remains in a serious condition after being mown down in a hit and run collision that killed her four-year-old grand-daughter. Both Angela French and Violet-Grace Youens were taken to hospital on Friday as the incident, on Prescot Road

yesterday, 16:07 in Regional North West

Protest groups join fight

Campaign groups battling plans for Billinge’s greenbelt land have rounded on a decision to give the controversial Florida Farm development the go-ahead. The Rainford Action Group and Residents Against Florida Farm Development criticised the government’s

yesterday, 16:00 in Regional North West

Academy backtracks on library ban

Abraham Guest academy has U-turned on a decision to ban its own pupils from using the in-house public library. The Academy in Orrell was panned by school watchdog Ofsted last March for its decision to keep the Lamberhead Green Public Library locked to pu

yesterday, 15:33 in Regional North West

Investigation launched after 12-year-old injured in road collision

Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a girl suffered serious injuries in a Wigan road rollision. At around 6.30pm on Friday March 24, police were called to Wallgate close to the junction with Miry Lane to reports a 12-year-old girl had been

yesterday, 13:23 in Regional North West

Pledge to spare greenbelt

A mayoral candidate has vowed to rip up a controversial home and jobs plan that includes building on Wigan greenbelt. Will Patterson, the Green Party’s Greater Manchester mayor hopeful, says his “people’s housing plan” will seek out brownfield sites for

yesterday, 12:30 in Regional North West

Plea to MPs to join march against cuts

Wigan and Leigh MPs and councillors are being called to join a campaign against “devastating” NHS funding cuts. Wigan Trades Council has sent letters to political figures across the borough outlining plans to hold a public meeting and a march to highligh

yesterday, 11:56 in Regional North West

Photographer’s drone footage of devastating gas explosion

A local photographer captured these shocking images of the huge explosion which levelled a restaurant and trapped several people under the resulting rubble. Scott Dow, 34, rushed to the scene of the Wirral disaster to take the aerial drone footage of the

yesterday, 10:14 in Regional North West

Fresh hopes for borough to meet housing targets

A spate of developments earmarked for Wigan will contribute to housing targets set by the Greater Spatial Framework (GMSF), the town hall has said. Developers and the council have recently announced several schemes across the borough, totalling hundreds

yesterday, 10:09 in Regional North West

Les strums his way to stroke recovery

Half of a popular Wigan folk duo has returned to the stage - just months after suffering a stroke. Les Hilton, from Chonkinfeckle, fell ill in December and the right-hand side of his body was affected. It meant he was unable to play the ukulele and other

yesterday, 09:41 in Regional North West

Pledge made to cut AIDS deaths

More than 200 people are receiving treatment for HIV in Wigan despite the borough being classed as a “low prevalence” area. Latest Government figures - from 2015 - say the 213 patients equates to 1.13 in every 1,000 borough residents. But despite the low

yesterday, 09:33 in Regional North West

Lyndsey Vaux murder trial delayed by six months

The murder trial of a Wigan mother and daughter has been delayed by six months. Gillian Reid, 56, of Closebrook Road, Worsley Hall, and Becky Reid, 32, of Hayward Road, Atherton, had been due to stand trial this week for the unlawful killing of Lyndsey V

Saturday, 13:02 in Regional North West

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