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Former Wigan cattle market site could provide space for dozens of affordable homes

Wigan’s affordable rental property stock could get a major boost if a development bid on the site of a former cattle market is approved by planners. Housing association Adactus has submitted proposals to build 72 houses and one-bed flats on brownfield...

41 min. ago in Regional North West

Victim of Wigan paedophile felt she had "no choice" but to keep her abuse a secret

The victim of a Wigan paedophile, who was jailed yesterday 40 years after indecently assaulting her as she babysat his children, told the Wigan Post how his campaign of sexual and emotional abuse has had  a “devastating impact” on  her life. Ronald...

48 min. ago in Regional North West

Lancashire dog lovers needed for Blue who was overlooked by 3,000 people

A dog which has been overlooked by more than 3,000 potential owners is the subject of a national RSPCA appeal to find him a forever home. Blue the lurcher was taken into the animal charity's care in May 2017 when his owners could no longer care for...

today, 06:11 in Regional North West

Wigan pensioner jailed for sexually abusing young teen in his home after she babysat his children

The victim of Wigan paedophile wept in court this afternoon as her abuser was sentenced to 18 months in jail after “evading justice” for 40 years. Ronald Peters, of Petticoat Lane in Ince, was found guilty by a jury of two counts of assault by...

yesterday, 15:47 in Regional North West

Wigan viaduct checked after Italian bridge tragedy

Council chiefs have moved swiftly to reassure residents of a Wigan bridge’s safety after it emerged it was made the same way as the one which collapsed in Italy, killing dozens. Maintenance teams were sent to the Adam Viaduct, which carries a railway...

yesterday, 15:37 in Regional North West

'Misleading advertising' case sent for trial

A Wigan business will face a judge and jury after being accused of false advertising. Freestart PLC (trading as The Local Planning Handbook) faces eight allegations of engaging in advertising which is misleading, under the Business Protection from...

yesterday, 13:47 in Regional North West

Volunteers give canal locks in Wigan a summer makeover

Just because the canal is closed to traffic from the famous flight of locks at Top lock to Wigan doesn’t mean that nothing is happening on the waterway itself. Canal Trust volunteers have been taking advantage of the heatwave-induced shutdown to help...

yesterday, 13:42 in Regional North West

Woman assaulted in Wigan still in critical condition

A woman subjected to a vicious assault in Wigan remains in a critical condition in hospital. Greater Manchester Police (GMP) confirmed the victim of the attack still has serious injuries requiring expert medical treatment. She was discovered...

yesterday, 12:43 in Regional North West

Wigan crook jailed after ripping off curfew tag to commit crimes

A Wigan man who ripped off his monitoring tag to commit a series of thefts has been put behind bars. Thomas Stewart removed the device which was checking his adherence to a curfew, before stealing a bicycle, designer sunglasses and a laptop charger....

yesterday, 11:03 in Regional North West

Students reminded of A-level safety net

When A-level results come out on Thursday, more than three quarters of students who want to go to university are likely to get into their first choice. But not everyone will get their grades - and it doesn’t mean you won’t get a degree if you still...

yesterday, 10:58 in Regional North West

Wigan man jailed for armed raid is vile far-right leader

A Wigan man jailed for threatening shop staff with a weapon is also a notorious local far-right leader, it emerged today. Anti-extremism organisations and politicians reacted with relief to the news Daniel Lewis, of Wigan Lane, is now behind bars....

yesterday, 10:33 in Regional North West

Unemployment total still rising in the borough

The number of borough residents needing out-of-work benefits is still going up following the introduction of the full Universal Credit service. Labour market statistics for July showed there were 5,905 people in the borough receiving assistance while...

yesterday, 09:44 in Regional North West

Water top day! Wigan children have wet 'n' wild time

Youngsters enjoyed a wild and wet day of activities during Wigan Youth Zone’s summer holiday programme. Wacky Water Wednesday takes place every week during the holidays at the Parson’s Walk facility. Children enjoyed testing their ability to stay...

yesterday, 09:44 in Regional North West

Multiple Wigan drivers caught in police speeding operation

More than 50 motorists were caught in just an hour-and-a-half during the most recent mobile police speeding operation in Wigan. Traffic unit officers targeted the A49 Warrington Road for 90 minutes during a routine crackdown last week. And 52 drivers...

yesterday, 09:34 in Regional North West

New Wigan fishing shop is angling for success

When Michael Roberts decided to open a new fishing tackle shop, there was only one name he was ever going to call it. His dad Terry Roberts spent years working in the fishing industry, but had to take time off after being diagnosed with cancer. But...

yesterday, 09:28 in Regional North West

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