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Britain's 12 Brexit objectives - which are the most important?

Here are the 12 objectives for Britain's Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May's speech at Lancaster House. Here are the 12 objectives for Britain's Brexit negotiations, as set out in Theresa May's speech at Lancaster House. But which ones are t

today, 14:47 in Regional North West

NHS bill for swimming infections

It is always recommended that we teach our children to swim because it could be a life-saver. But those lessons come at a hefty cost to the NHS, research reveals. And that’s because £1.3m will be spent on medicine alone this year to treat contaminated wa

today, 14:27 in Regional North West

Road closed after man seriously injured in crash

A man is in a serious condition in hospital after a car crash this morning. The emergency services were called to Scholefield Lane, at the junction with Bryham Street in Scholes, at 9.45am. A white Toyota Estima had been in a collision with two other veh

today, 12:56 in Regional North West

New year fitness crusade to save lives

A major charity initiative is urging families across the North West to take action to combat the “January blues” by taking simple steps which will also help to protect their long-term physical health. A UK-wide survey commissioned by the National Charity

today, 12:06 in Regional North West

Man charged after 12-hour stand-off at flat

A man will appear in court this morning after a stand-off lasting more than 12 hours. Raymond Smith, 49, of Logwood Place, Newtown, has been charged with criminal damage and affray. He is due to go before Wigan And Leigh Magistrates’ Court today. Police

today, 10:54 in Regional North West

Motorists to face more big car insurance rises

Drivers in the North West are facing a steep climb in the cost of car insurance. According to the latest car insurance price index, over the last 12 months, prices have rocketed by 13 per cent - equivalent to £92 – on average. And historical

today, 10:34 in Regional North West

Pensioner homes flood thought to be sabotage

Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night when they woke to find they were flooded. A deluge of filthy water poured into Pool Street in Poolstock after canal locks were deliberately opened at around 11.30pm on Sunday. I

today, 10:02 in Regional North West

Employee thief ‘utter disgrace’

A trusted employee of a family-run borough retail company who stole £154,000 from her unsuspecting bosses has been jailed for three years, nine months. Not only did Rita Swan’s employers, Ena Mill Retail, which is based in an historic former cotton mill

today, 09:56 in Regional North West

Murdered teacher’s inquest to have jury

A jury will be called to sit at the inquest into the death of murdered Wigan-born teacher Ann Maguire. Assistant West Yorkshire Coroner Kevin McLoughlin made the decision that the proceedings should be held in front of a jury during a pre-inquest review

today, 09:29 in Regional North West

Delays on Southbound M6 after a multi-vehicle accident

Drivers are experiencing delays on the Southbound M6 after a multi-vehicle collision. The accident happened between junctions 25 and 24 during this morning's rush hour. Lane three is currently closed. It is not known if anybody was injured in the acciden

today, 09:04 in Regional North West

Bus stop crusade victory

Transport chiefs have pledged finally to replace a bus shelter following the intervention of a councillor and the Wigan Evening Post. Coun John Hilton had first raised concerns about the lack of cover for passengers for more than five months now after th

today, 09:04 in Regional North West

MP demands borough plan be ‘torn up’

A local MP has called for the controversial 20-year planning blueprint for future borough homes and businesses to be “ripped up”. Yvonne Fovargue is the latest Labour politician to break party ranks and call for a radical re-think of the Greater Manchest

today, 09:04 in Regional North West

Sir Ian’s pride at his family roots

Sir Ian McKellen’s next big appearance is as himself, tracing his roots in BBC One’s Who Do You Think You Are? The acclaimed actor, who was raised in Wigan, discovers in next week’s show that he has creative family tree, which includes a painter, a singe

today, 08:28 in Regional North West

Maximum gains in record time

Our fitness column with the Colonel from Xercise4Less... Q)Amy Parker, 19, from Wigan asks: I always find it’s a struggle to fit in exercise around my busy work life, but am not afraid to work hard to achieve my fitness goals. A friend suggested metaboli

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

‘I want to help you’ judge tells mum who dumped baby in hospital bin

A judge has told a new mum who dumped her new born son in a rubbish bin in a toilet at Wigan Infirmary that he wants to help her. Orsolya-Anamaria Balogh, 27, who has admitted attempted infanticide, has served the equivalent of a 12 month sentence while

yesterday, 14:21 in Regional North West

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