Million school pupils missed lessons in 2015-16 due to family holidays in term

Around a million schoolchildren missed lessons last year after taking family holidays during term time, official figures suggest.

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"It is paramount this funding discrepancy is swiftly plugged."

Drivers 'at risk of skidding' on a quarter of A roads in England

Motorists could be at risk of skidding on more than a quarter of England's A road network, official figures show.

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Wigan Warriors' Morgan EscMorgan Escare scored his first try for the club at the weekend

The Liam Farrell Column: Morgan has been even better than I expected

I was gutted to be ruled out on Friday. And a bit surprised!

Bill Kenyon

Ex-Latics chairman’s hunt for the ultimate pie

His pies have been sent into space, and now they’re descending on your local supermarket.

Ribby Hall recipe. Smoked haddock and spinach kedgeree

RECIPE: Smoked haddock and spinach kedgeree

Michael Noonan, head chef at The Spa Hotel at Ribby Hall Village, has enjoyed an illustrious career, including working at the Sydney Opera House.

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Romain Navarrete drives into the Huddersfield defence and, inset, Tom Davies points to his great-grandads name on the Wigan heritage number list

The 18th Man: ‘Why can an ex-Giants player referee them?’

A point won or a point lost?

Jamie Hanson

Talking football: Lack of passion not the problem

International breaks always come at either at the most perfect or most inopportune time, depending on how it fits a team’s narrative.

Romain Navarrete has a golden chance to strengthen his claim

Talking RL: Competition, player-cam, referees and dark horses

When you draw a game and still go top, you know things are going pretty well for you.

Wigan's schools could plummet down funding tables

Cuts will see schools fall in league tables

Wigan borough schools are set to plummet down funding league tables if proposed changes go ahead, education leaders have said.

Emergency services at the scene outside the Palace of Westminster

Manchester Mayor slams Westminster terror attack

Greater Manchester’s Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner said that the terrorist attack at Parliament which killed five people was an “attack on the values which make our nation great”.

Shock rise in child sex abuse

Shock rise in child sex abuse

The number of child sex offences recorded by police in Greater Manchester rose to 3,210 last year – an average of nearly nine a day.

Eight charged with violent disorder in Wigan town centre

Eight charged with violent disorder in Wigan town centre

A group of eight accused of violence in Wigan town centre will appear at crown court next month.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

Week In Court

Round-up of people brought before Wigan and Leigh magistrates ...

Dan Burn

The 12th Man: Baby steps in the right direction...

Despite a two-goal reversal to Aston Villa, I left the DW Stadium on Saturday feeling a bit more positive than usual – and a lot more entertained.

University student Travis Frain is set to undergo surgery tonight after being deliberately run down by a 4x4 on Westminster Bridge

Lancashire terror victim 'lucky to be alive' says mum

The mother of a teenager left with serious injuries from the London terror attack has admitted her son is "extremely lucky" to be alive.

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An example of SDA Architecture Ltd work

Couple making amazing dream homes come true

It is the stuff lottery winning fantasies are made of. Using your multi-million pound windfall to create your very own dream home with every luxury catered for.

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Women are being invited to a unique photoshoot to normalise breastfeeding

Focusing on making every feed count

A photoshoot with a difference will take place at the weekend - to highlight the beauty of breastfeeding.

Residents are calling for more police

Residents call for more police following surge in crime

Residents who say their community is plagued by a serious wave of burglaries and vehicle crimes are demanding more police following an emergency meeting.

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