UPDATE REGIONAL: Major fire at Christie Hospital

A major fire has broken out at a laboratory research centre attached to Christie Hospital in Manchester.
David Patterson-Swankie

Inquest hears tragic tale of father-of-two's death

A popular Wigan dad who “always had a smile on his face” took his own life following a series of devastating events, an inquest has heard.

‘Development plan has not gone away’

Campaigners are urging Wigan residents to keep a controversial development plan at the forefront of their minds in the coming months.
Bags of syringes collected by Lizzie Hagan

Gran’s horror at huge stash of used needles

A Wigan grandmother has collected dozens of dirty needles after discovering them on a family walk.

Ian Sinclair

Residents reassured as coffee shop approved

Plans for a coffee shop in Shevington which proved controversial among neighbours have been approved by Wigan Council.

Grunge lost a legend in this year

1994: A look back at the big stories

This week in 1994, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, died in a New-York City hospital four days after suffering a stroke. He was 81.
Standish Rec

Rivalries formed over park plan

A number of community groups are jostling for position as the future of a Wigan recreation area remains uncertain.

The combined ambulance and fire station, Robin Park Road, Wigan

New 999 hub to open within months

There are just a few months left until Wigan’s new fire and ambulance station will be ready to open its doors.

Members of Friends of Lilford Park, from left, Stephen Aspden, David Sykes and Alan Cox, are campaigning for now facilities at the park held at stall with information for shoppers to enquire at Spinning Gate shopping centre, Leigh

Park friends group on the lookout for fresh blood

A community group which has helped transform a popular park is urgently looking for new blood to take it forward.

Vickie Battersby, manager of Mrs Lyon's Tea Room, Standish, is celebrating National Tea Day with a pot of tea

Borough brews to mark Tea Day

It is the second most consumed beverage in the world behind water, and now it’s being honoured with its own national celebration.

Marsh Green resident Lee Gaskell

Yobs are ruining my life says dad

A Wigan dad says he feels like a prisoner in his own home after being terrorised by a spate of horrific anti-social behaviour.

Golborne Library

Questions remain on library reforms

Job losses have still not been ruled out ahead of Wigan Council’s library reform plan going before the full council chamber tonight.

Young fundraiser Emily Cunliffe

Emily is a glorious fund-raiser champ

A Wigan teenager has generated thousands of pounds for charity with a marathon fund-raising effort.

19-year-old James Higgins meets with Bolton West MP Chris Green over the recent closure of Atherton Outdoor Skate Park

Free skate park needed

The young BMX rider leading an online campaign to replace a demolished skate park says new free equipment in his area is absolutely vital.

Siah Bajinka told Prince Charles about her sash when they met in Cumbria

Royal meeting for pageant finalist

A Wigan schoolgirl who met Prince Charles will be hoping to pick up a new crown of her own during a trip to Paris.

Stadium Way

Figures reveal road is a crime hot-spot

A Wigan sporting haven is a hive of anti-social behaviour, figures have revealed.

News 2
Parental controls can keep your child safe and feeling less lonely

Pressures on teenagers are making them lonely

Thousands of young people are turning to Childline for help with feelings of isolation as they struggle with the pressures of growing up in today’s society.

Stressed teachers are turning to drink

Stressed teachers are turning to drink

Stress at work is leading some teachers to become increasingly reliant on caffeine, alcohol and prescription drugs, while a number have seen relationships breakdown, it has been suggested.

News 1

Big expansion on cards for Wigan nightspot

One of Wigan’s most popular nightspots is planning a major expansion that may put the council’s tough booze licence stance to the test.

News 3
Postal staff will use their local knowledge to intercept scam mail before it reaches potential victims

Royal Mail initiative to spot any scam mail before it’s delivered

Postal staff are to be used at the forefront of the on-going fight against the rising tide of scam mail.

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