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Ged Fitzgerald suspended from council role in Liverpool

A former chief executive of Lancashire County Council has been suspended from his current role following an investigation by Lancashire Police.
E-cigarettes: help or harm?

Smokers should be told of little evidence on benefits or harms of e-cigarettes

GPs should warn smokers there is currently little evidence on the long-term benefits or harms of e-cigarettes, health officials have said.


Delays on southbound M6 after vehicle fire

An accident on the southbound M6 brought traffic to a standstill this morning.
Joanne Ellis of Stephenson's Solicitors

Seven-point guide for freshers ...

With freshers living away from home for the first time to occupy rented accommodation ahead of the new term, Wigan-based national law firm Stephensons has issued a seven-point guide on what they must do to keep hold of their tenancy deposit.

Armed police on trains for the first time ever back in May 2017

Police respond to terror

British Transport Police has reassured Wiganers not to be alarmed by increased police patrols at some of the borough’s railway stations.
Cyril Smith

Cyril Smith abuse victim will be a key witness at inquiry

An ex-residential school pupil from Wigan who claims he was abused by Sir Cyril Smith is set to be a key witness at the national child abuse inquiry.
Flashback to 2014 when local firemen like Jeff Westwell (pictured) trained in CPR and passed on skills to others

Fire crews axe CPR cover

A life-saving pilot scheme which sees firefighters tending to Wigan borough heart attack victims has been axed in a pay dispute.

What is antimicrobial resistance

Everything you need to know about antibiotics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a stark warning that the world is running out of antibiotics.

Neil with wife June on their way to the race

Funds raised for race tragedy dad

Hundreds of pounds have been raised for the family of a man who died tragically during a charity fun run.
The inquest took place at Bolton Coroner's Court

Family baffled at man's death

The family of an industrial tank cleaner from Wigan have been left baffled after he took his own life at the age of 31.

Some of the seized bikes are loaded onto a trailer

Police in off-road biking crackdown

Off-road riders as young as five are believed to have been targeted by a police operation designed to seize illegal bikes.

An appeal has been lodged on behalf of Stephen Corfield

Appeal to free police officer attacker

The family of a man jailed for punching a female police officer in an intimate area are set to launch an appeal to free him from prison.

The figures showed "worryingly high rates of depression"

One in four girls aged 14 suffer from depression, survey shows

Almost one in four teenage girls are depressed, researchers have found.

Travellers have now moved off this site at Riley Bank Road, near Crankwood

Travellers evicted from land - but some don't move far

Travellers have been shifted from land near a multi-million pound housing development on the border of Leigh and Lowton.
Just 48% of 13 to 15-year-olds play outside

Digital age sees change in childhood playing patterns

The number of teenagers who play outside, read books or get enough sleep has dropped dramatically on previous decades, a survey has found.

Sir Ian McKellen

Acting legend Sir Ian's doodle for epilepsy charity

Sir Ian McKellen has demonstrated a latent flair for art as he joined a host of celebrities backing a new charity campaign.

Up to 12.4 billion of means-tested benefits were left unclaimed in 2015-16

Britain’s unclaimed benefits: four million families miss out on £12.4 billion

Up to £12.4 billion of means-tested benefits – including pension credit, housing benefit and jobseekers and employment support allowance – were left unclaimed in 2015-16, according to new data released by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions.

Neil Rigby with his wife June on the way to the Colour Run on Sunday

Tributes paid to popular dad who died in charity run tragedy

Tributes have been paid to a “happy, loving family man” who tragically collapsed and died at a popular borough fundraiser.
Complaints can involve multiple allegations

Police receive 100 complaints a day from public, figures reveal

Police are receiving nearly 100 complaints from members of the public every day, new figures show.

Karen and friends at the charity walk

Tumour mum’s fight to raise awareness

A mum-of-four with 36 rare inoperable brain tumours has described them as “little ticking time bombs”.

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