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Wigan family remembers Joe with Light for a Life

The family of a Wigan dad killed tragically young by a rare and aggressive cancer has launched one of the year’s most moving charity appeals. Relatives of Joe Jolley, who lost his battle for life aged just 23 in April, have announced the beginning of...

today, 13:29 in Regional North West

Loan shark avoidance plan in Wigan

A Wigan credit union has launched a campaign to help borrowers escape high cost debt and loan sharks by finding a better way to borrow and save. Unify’s new crusade #YoureBetterOffWithUs sees them join forces with Greater Manchester opposite numbers...

today, 09:53 in Regional North West

Wigan teen in court accused of assault and smashing train window

A Wigan teen faces accusations of assaulting a man and smashing the window of a train at Hindley station. Joshua Cadman, of Grasmere Avenue in Hindley, appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court this week charged with one count of assault by beating and one...

today, 09:39 in Regional North West

Feed canal birds this winter: But spare them the white loaf!

Wiganers are being urged to feed birds on the borough’s canal network this winter - but steer clear of bread. While a white loaf is considered the traditional treat for our feathered friends, it is in fact bad for them. The Canal and River Trust says...

today, 09:12 in Regional North West

Police launch new operation to hunt down criminals

Police have released a list of wanted criminals being targeted under a new operation. Merseyside Police is appealing for the public’s help in tracing a number of wanted individuals from the St Helen’s area as part of ‘Operation Aspen’. Operation...

today, 09:03 in Regional North West

Wigan's Powerleague site survives closure threat

A Wigan five-a-side football centre has escaped the chop as its struggling tenant tries to make drastic savings. Powerleague is to axe more than 100 jobs under plans to shut sites as part of a rescue deal. The group, owned by Patron Capital Partners,...

today, 08:45 in Regional North West

Youngsters tormented by online animal abuse images

A fifth of local secondary schoolchildren have witnessed animal cruelty and neglect on social media. A shocking new report by the RSPCA reeveals that large numbers of 11 to 18-year-olds are being exposed to horrific incidents of animal suffering...

today, 08:30 in Regional North West

M6 southbound closed following five vehicle smash

Traffic has been stopped on the M6 southbound this morning following a collision involving four cars and one van. The incident took place between junction 23, Haydock, and 22 Newton Le Willows, of the southbound M6. Two lanes have now also been closed...

today, 07:36 in Regional North West

Woman stabbed in the leg as she disturbs teen burglars

A woman was stabbed in the leg with her own garden tool as she apprehended two teens burgling her garage. Jan Hull, was at her Holden Street home in Leigh just before 10pm on Sunday, when she came across two youngsters who had broken into the building...

yesterday, 15:51 in Regional North West

Wigan man gets suspended sentence for fraud after lying about sales at pizza takeaway

A Wigan man who lied about the sales at his pizza takeaway has walked free from court after being given a suspended jail sentence for VAT fraud. Karwan Osman, of Bradshaigh House, fleeced the public out of more than £23,000 after spending two years...

yesterday, 15:45 in Regional North West

Wait for cancer tests is ‘worrying’

A charity has raised concerns about the length of waits for potentially life-saving tests that could diagnose cancer. Under NHS rules patients should wait no more than six weeks for the two vital tests. But data from NHS England shows more than 40...

yesterday, 15:45 in Regional North West

VIDEO: Wigan police believe fire bomb was targeted attack

Police believe a fire bomb at a Wigan house, which left a woman in a critical condition with severe burns, was a targeted attack. The woman, in her 60s, was left severely burned after her home in Montreal Street was targeted with a "fire...

yesterday, 15:31 in Regional North West

Four of the top ten most dangerous council-managed A-roads in England are in Lancashire

Around 1,450 deaths and serious injuries will be prevented over the next two decades due to the "rehabilitation" of the riskiest council-managed A roads in England, according to new research. Among the 10 stretches of road expected to see...

yesterday, 13:19 in Regional North West

Motorists suffer 'most frustrating weekly rise' in petrol prices

Motorists have been hit by "the most frustrating weekly rise" in petrol prices. Government figures show the average cost of a litre of petrol rose by 0.7p in the past week to £1.31 at UK forecourts despite wholesale costs falling. READ THIS:...

yesterday, 12:31 in Regional North West

Rise in Wigan A&E waiting times

More people are facing waits of longer than four hours to be seen at Wigan Infirmary’s A&E department - despite improvements in recent months. New data published by NHS England shows a drop in the number of patients being seen within the target...

yesterday, 12:04 in Regional North West

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