Profits tumble at troubled retailer

Profits at scandal-hit Sports Direct have taken a hammering following the collapse in sterling - but it has not stopped billionaire owner Mike Ashley splashing out on a new corporate jet.

Pressure on train company to retain popular service

Pressure on train company to retain popular service

MPs are piling pressure on a train company to retain a popular commuting route after research showed passenger numbers are up.

Mark Smith

Solicitors’ practice is shut down

A solicitors’ practice has been forced to close down by the industry watchdog.

Bin collecting in Platt Bridge

Fortnightly collections to be binned

Waste bin collections in the borough are set to move to a three-week rota as part of town hall plans to make huge savings as a result of budget cuts.

Personal shopper Jenny Norton at Debenhams

Santa’s real life little helper

It is one of the dilemmas of the Christmas countdown just what do you get for that person in your life who has everything. A personal shopper might just have the answers. Mike Hill reports

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The New Fleece Hotel

Director’s vow to save rock pub

A director of the firm which runs a crisis-hit pub has vowed to turn things round after the venue’s licence was revoked.

Poultry keepers are advised to keep their birds inside.

Keepers of poultry warned to keep birds inside to protect from bird flu

The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe
Yvonne Fovargue MP

MP’s consumer rights backing

A borough MP pledged her support to a campaign to help protect consumer rights.

Wigan Council commissioned a report into demand for Hackney Carriages

Drivers to pay cost of Wigan taxi demand survey

Wigan’s hackney carriage drivers will have to stump up the £7,000 cost of an independent survey that found there was no need for more vehicles.

Drivers should expect delays due to a broken down vehicle.

One lane closed on M6 Northbound between junctions 27 and 28

One lane has been closed on the Northbound M6 between junctions 27 (Standish) and 28 (Leyland) due to a broken down vehicle.

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John Austin

Call for inspector to look at town hall plan

An unhappy resident is calling for the controversial plan to transform Ashton Town Hall into a health centre to be looked at by the Government.

Waterfields Bakery

Family firm axes 11 of its baker’s shops

One of Wigan borough’s oldest businesses is set to close a quarter of its branches, putting jobs at risk in its stores and factory.

TalkTalk headquaters in west London

TalkTalk hit by massive cyber attack

TalkTalk has said it has been affected by the same cyber attack that left Post Office broadband customers without an internet connection.

A number of accidents have been reported on the M6 this morning.

Accidents on M6 Southbound causing delays

There have been a number of accidents this morning (Friday, 2 December) affecting Southbound traffic on the M6 around the Wigan and Cheshire areas.

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Wigan Council's business team which is encouraging businesses to use available council grants to hire an apprentice

Council launch apprentices incentive plan

Wigan Council has pledged to help local firms enlist a whole host of new apprentices in a novel Christmas countdown.

The Go Outdoors store in Wigan.

Camping chain taken over by sports retailer

One business with a major interest in Wigan has taken over another.

The Thermoseal team

Thermoseal eyes up another trophy

A Wigan-based manufacturer is set to compete with entrepreneurs and businesses from across the UK after being shortlisted for an Amazon Growing Business Award.

Two lanes are currently closed on the M6

Delays on the M6 between junctions 18 and 17 southbound due to serious accident

The accident, which involved two lorries and one car, happened at around 11.30am this morning (28, November).

Services are expected to be disrupted until 1pm today.

UPDATE: Line reopened but major delays still affecting train services to Manchester

Some train services to Manchester are delayed or have been cancelled following an earlier train derailment in Eccles.
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Football coach Barry Bennell whose abuse of young men in his care has prompted Crewe Alexandria to launch a review of how the allegations were handled

Overnight news digest - More than 20 ex-footballers report abuse, prisoner suicide hits epidemic levels and May to host summit ahead of Article 50

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