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Charity wants expert to help blind patients

A charity is calling on health bosses to provide a specialist employee as blind and partially-sighted Wiganers could be missing out on advice and help. Anne Fairhurst, secretary of the Wigan and Leigh Blind Society, wants the borough to have its own Eye

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Second fares hike plans for ring and ride users

A fares hike for older travellers using Wigan and Leigh’s ring and ride service is under consideration again. And those who currently use concessionary passes may be forced to fork out for the first time as part of proposals currently being considered by

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Police appeal after ‘spice’ blights town

A fresh outbreak of people caught in “zombie-like” trances due to the psychoactive drug spice has prompted a police appeal to catch suspected dealers. Police and community support officers in Ince have reported increased sightings of men and women locall

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Train users warned over closures and reduced services over bank holiday

Train users hoping to travel to and from London over the August bank holiday weekend are being warned to plan their journeys now as a major London station is set to close for engineering works. Network Rail is warning passengers that no train services wi

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

FIVE cats dead in one Wigan street in a week

A spate of poisonings has left five cats dead in a Wigan street in the space of week. Cat owners in Aspull are “scared to death” of letting their cats out following a disturbing trend which has seen a number of pets poisoned on one street. Claire Gibbons

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Road closure after car overturns

A road has been closed after a collision caused a car to overturn. Police were called to St James Road in Orrell at around 8.50am to reports of a road collision. Two cars had collided and caused one of them, a red Ford Galaxy, to flip over. Pictures show

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Rise in the number of people going bust

Wigan is ranked fourth worst when it comes to personal insolvencies in the North West. Only Blackpool, Preston and neighbouring St Helens notch up poorer results in a survey of individual hardship. For the first time in six years levels of personal insol

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Drink-driver had no licence

A man has been hit with a 22-month road ban after being stopped by the police drink-driving with no insurance or licence. Deniss Dmitricenko, from Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to all three charges when he appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court. The bench w

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Hygiene ratings - latest results

A massive 94 per cent of the borough’s food establishments subjected to a hygiene inspection in June scored top marks. In a stand-out month, an incredible 35 out of 37 establishments inspected by health officers were awarded the highest possible rating o

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Nine-year-old to tackle 127-mile trek

A father-daughter duo are preparing to walk the entire length of the Leeds to Liverpool Canal for charity. Jayne Wallis and dad Phil will take on the 127-mile-long trudge for Cancer Research, after the idea struck the nine-year-old by chance on a random

18 July 2017 in Regional North West

Wigan confirmed as gateway to HS2 in the North West

Business and council leaders today welcomed final approval from Government of the HS2 route which confirms Wigan as the North West’s gateway to high speed rail. The decision to approve the phase 2 HS2 route was announced by Transport Secretary Chris Gray

17 July 2017 in Regional North West

Future of Victorian landmark to be debated

Controversial plans to turn a historic Wigan landmark into flats have been recommended for approval by town hall officers. The Famous Pagefield, on the corner of Park Road and Gidlow Lane, has been earmarked for development into 10 apartments, with nine

17 July 2017 in Regional North West

Ellen’s funeral to take place

The funeral of murdered Wigan student Ellen Higginbottom will take place later this week. More than a month since the 18-year-old’s body was found at Orrell Water Park, the area coroner has finally allowed its release following a second post-mortem exami

17 July 2017 in Regional North West

Artists take up residence to work with community

Eight dynamic local artists are setting up shop across libraries in Wigan Borough as part of the exciting Imago arts project. Artists-in-residence will have their own individual workspaces on the Mezzanine Floor of Wigan Life Centre, creating a variety o

17 July 2017 in Regional North West

Sweet maker bags starring role on screen

The Willy Wonka of Wigan is securing celebrity status after starring in a new TV show about the history of sweets. Andy Baxendale, 50, will appear in a three-part series about confectionary through the ages, exploring sweets in Tudor, Georgian and Victor

17 July 2017 in Regional North West

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