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Dispute over street patrol costs

Rows have broken out over the cost of private street patrols in Wigan. Disputes surrounding the infrastructure and funding of community patrols in Abram has boiled over into heated debates. Wigan Today revealed in January that some residents had taken it

yesterday, 15:51 in Regional North West
 

Irene’s very prickly love affair

A kind-hearted animal lover and her team of volunteers are running an incredible home-grown service to help one of our best-loved animals. Irene Thomson set up Lowton Hedgehog Rescue around three years ago and now cares for up to 25 of the prickly creatu

yesterday, 15:16 in Regional North West
 

Hygiene ratings - latest results

The latest hygiene ratings revealed a positive start to the year for the Wigan’s eateries. Out of the 43 takeaways, restaurants, cafes, schools and pubs inspected in January, 35 achieved a rating of five (very good). An impressive 80 per cent of establis

yesterday, 11:53 in Regional North West
 

Dangerous ‘chicken’ games on busway spark warning

Transport bosses have warned about the dangers of trespassing on the guided busway after youngsters were spotted playing suspected games of ‘chicken’. Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) responded after video footage of the children’s potentially-let

yesterday, 11:20 in Regional North West
 

Safety features added to junction after revamp

A number of tweaks to the layout of a notorious Wigan road junction are hoped to improve safety, council bosses have said. New lane markings and a sign have been laid out at the Marus Bridge junction following a public outcry last year. Several accidents

yesterday, 11:12 in Regional North West
 

Tributes to much-loved Charlotte Cash

Tributes have poured in to the young Wigan mum who died at Wigan North Western Station on Friday. Heartbroken friends and relatives of Charlotte Cash have left scores of messages of sympathy for the mother-of-four following the tragedy. Commuters on the

yesterday, 10:48 in Regional North West
 

Brendan Cole All Night Long

I may not have been alone on this Valentine’s date with a difference but my evening with Brendan Cole was certainly one to remember. The atmosphere at Preston’s Guild Hall was turbo-charged with a mixture of passion and excitement all night long as the S

yesterday, 10:48 in Regional North West
 

Allotment arson spree fury

A shocking vandalism spree at a Wigan allotment in which a caravan was set on fire and glass smashed to smithereens is being treated as arson. Greater Manchester Police are urgently asking anyone with information about the devastation caused at the plot

yesterday, 09:50 in Regional North West
 

Lane closed on M6 Northbound after two car-crash

A lane has been closed on the M6 Northbound after a two-vehicle accident, say North West Motorway Police. The accident happened at junction 27 at around 7.20am this morning, 20 February. Lane three is currently closed while police deal with the incident.

yesterday, 07:52 in Regional North West
 

Labour moves swiftly to replace vacant cabinet role

The latest recruit to Wigan Council’s ruling cabinet has said she is looking forward to stepping up to the borough’s top table. The Labour group has replaced Coun Paul Kenny with Ashton representative Coun Jenny Bullen following last week’s dispute. Coun

Sunday, 15:06 in Regional North West
 

Wigan Jazz Festival under threat

Wigan’s jewel-in-the-crown international jazz festival could be axed if businesses don’t come to its rescue. Bosses of the event, which is acclaimed all over the globe, are holding an urgent rallying event for sponsorship because it desperately needs sup

Sunday, 11:54 in Regional North West
 

Body find - police appeal for fresh information

Detectives investigating a mystery body found in Wigan more than four years ago have launched a fresh appeal for information. The body of a man was discovered on waste ground between Westwood Cemetery and Westwood Way on 15 January 2013. He had no form o

Sunday, 11:54 in Regional North West
 

Drink-driver banned after four-car smash

A drink-driver who wrote off four cars in an early hours smash has been banned from the roads for 17 months. Dean Percival was more than twice the legal limit when breath-tested after the collision on Ormskirk Road, Pemberton, last month, Wigan and Leigh

Sunday, 09:40 in Regional North West
 

Hero firefighter commended for dramatic rescue effort

A teenager rescued from a burning building has met the firefighters who saved his life. Josh Swarbrick, 18, became trapped when a fire broke out at a hostel on Mesnes Park Terrace, Swinley, in August. He could not get out of the smoke-filled room in the

Saturday, 17:06 in Regional North West
 

Council bosses deny union claims about staff morale

Wigan Council has hit out at a trade union over its claims scores of jobs are at risk and town hall staff feel depressed and worn down by their work. Unison claimed the local authority’s current round of restructuring could see more than 100 posts shed.

Saturday, 14:31 in Regional North West
 


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