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Residents were at risk in Wigan care home

Residents at a Wigan care home have been put at risk from potentially gone-off food, fire and poor infection control, health watchdogs have revealed. Alma Green Residential Care Home, in Up Holland, has been slammed by Care Quality Commission auditors...

today, 11:52 in Regional North West

New Wigan restaurant hopes it has recipe to thrive

A popular couple from the Wigan pub trade have transformed an historic hotel into a smart modern bar and eatery for their latest project. Forbes on the Lane opened recently in the building previously known as the Bel Air on Wigan Lane close to the...

yesterday, 17:09 in Regional North West

When will our train services be reinstated?

Dozens of the suspended train services between Preston and Blackpool will not be coming back until September. Here are the affected routes: All services between Blackpool and Manchester Airport - via Preston - will be reintroduced on July 30. Ten of...

yesterday, 17:09 in Regional North West

Wigan glue company sticking with homelessness

A global brand has joined forces with a Wigan homeless charity to help run a service which teaches trade skills to volunteers. Gorilla Glue has pledged to provide an ongoing supply of its products to the borough homelessness charity, The Brick. The...

yesterday, 17:09 in Regional North West

Wigan mum's plea after borough patients wait for organs

A total of 20 Wigan people are currently in desperate need of a transplant - yet last year fewer than five locals donated organs on their death. These stark figures show the daunting - and heartbreaking - task transplant officials face as they strive...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Man fails in bid to have horse cruelty fine quashed

An equine enthusiast has failed to overturn a conviction for allowing three ponies to go lame at a Wigan farm. But John Declan Ashurst O’Shaughnessy has seen a disqualification from keeping animals reduced from five years to two. O’Shaughnessy was...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

'Hitman' wanted over attempted murder of North West man

A man from Manchester was shot in the head as he sat outside a cafe in Amsterdam, in what Dutch Police believe was a "gangland feud". Police say the 55-year-old victim, originally from Sale, remains in a stable condition in hospital...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Your Wellbeing at the forefront of new Wigan hub

Wiganers worn down by the daily grind of life can now be lifted up to a better place thanks to the opening of a lavish new mindfulness hub. Not-for-profit organisation Wellbeing Wigan CIC opened the doors of its new base on Gidlow Lane recently, with...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Wigan residents' fury over internet repair delays

Wiganers have been cut off from their phones and the internet after vandals and thieves sabotaged efforts to repair network problems. Openreach said police are investigating after metal cables taken to Gidlow Lane were pinched by offenders. The...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Delight as new Wigan allotment scheme is a huge success

Despite the passing of decades, many folks still frown at expanses of allotments, dubbing them as eye-sores. But the 50 new allotments on land off Vicarage Lane at Shevington have already won fine plaudits and high praise. Other news: Thousands of...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Thousands of Wiganers could have sex "superbug"

Thousands of people in Wigan could be carrying a new sexually transmitted “superbug” which can leave women infertile. Mycoplasma genitalium, known as MG, affects between one per cent and two per cent of the population, according to the British...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Cherry tree planted to mark new beginnings for garden site

A tree has been planted on the Cherry Gardens field in a bid to signal new beginnings on the community land. The Friends of The Cherries Community Garden are continuing in their campaign to save the garden at the side of the Cherry Gardens Hotel, from...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

VIDEO: Wigan gran fears for family's safety after racial abuse

A Wigan grandma is terrified for the safety of her family after suffering more than a decade of racial abuse. Monika Zeid Egerova, a Czech woman living in Platt Bridge, said that England is “the most racist” place she has ever been. The 48-year-old...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Barrier-lifting given go ahead despite concerns from Wigan councillors

Opposition councillors have reacted with fury after failing in an attempt to delay a decision on a contentious Wigan road link. Elected members clashed during heated exchanges about proposals to remove a barrier that restricts access to the Martland...

yesterday, 14:30 in Regional North West

Paramedics set for weekend strike over pay dispute

Ambulance staff are set to go ahead with a weekend walk-out over a pay dispute, despite last minute negotiations to avoid industrial action. Paramedics will walk out for a fourth day on Saturday July 21, despite efforts by the North West Ambulance...

Thursday, 14:18 in Regional North West

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