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Grieving relatives of the Tunisia attack to sue tour operator

Grieving relatives of some of the British victims of the Tunisia terror attack plan to sue tour operator TUI after a coroner ruled all 30 were unlawfully killed.

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Waspi members taking their message to Wigan Council

State pension campaign set for major demo

Women from the borough protesting about changes to the state pension age will take their battle to London for a mass demonstration.

Michelle Brindle was in charge of Golborne St Thomas primary school up to 2015

Wigan headteacher at centre of dispute

A former headteacher of a Wigan primary is at the centre of a school closure storm.
Samuel Ainscough

Wigan teenager jailed for sexually abusing three children

A Wigan youth who sexually abused three young children has been described as a “predatory” sex offender as he was put behind bars for nine years.

OAP in court over sex charges

OAP in court over sex charges

A pensioner has been accused of historical sex offences against girls - one dating back almost 40 years.

Jenny Meadows winter training at Robin Park.
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Equality centre stage on Women’s Day

Celebrities and gender equality activists will descend on Wigan this International Women’s Day.

Dan Williams and Andrew Smith filming in Wigan

‘Please help fund our new movie!’

A young Wigan film-maker is turning to the borough’s culture enthusiasts in the hope that they can crowd-fund his latest short movie about mental illness.

James Brice left a woman paralysed

Man who left woman paralysed at crash scene is jailed

A man who fled the scene of a motorway crash which left a woman paralysed has been jailed for 43 months.

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Commuters were facing tailbacks at the junction 25 roundabout at Landgate

Gridlock grips Wigan borough's road network

Motorists are facing tailbacks at many major commuter routes through the borough on Tuesday morning.
The digger before it was stolen from the site of the former Last Orders in Standish

Digger stolen in full view of commuters

Brazen thieves made off with a three-ton mechanical digger right under commuters’ noses.

Sir David Higgins

All aboard for HS2 summit meeting

Wigan will play host to a meeting about the HS2 rail masterplan this week, days after its first stage cleared a parliamentary hurdle.

Police appeal

Woman armed with iron bar robs shop

Police are appealing for information after a masked woman armed with a metal bar robbed a shop.

Wigan artist Marsha Balaeva

Artist’s honour at making folio contest longlist

A Wigan artist is celebrating after being chosen to compete for a prestigious prize illustrating a new edition of a classic novel.

One third of eating disorder sufferers not receiving adequate care

One third of eating disorder sufferers not receiving adequate care

One third of eating disorder sufferers do not receive referral to a mental health service, despite clear medical guidance that stresses the need for immediate referral.

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People opposed to the proposals brave heavy rain to protest on Drummers Lane in Ashton

Campaign pledge to fight major plan

Residents who registered their opposition to a controversial jobs and housing plan have been thanked by Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue.

Kicking the habit

Number of Wigan smokers at a record low

Kicking the habit is becoming a habit for Wiganers as the number of regular smokers in the borough has hit a record low.

Wigan Beer Festival

Beer festival is ale and hearty

Wigan Beer Festival is taking real ale fans on a nostalgic trip along memory lane as it counts down to celebrating 30 years.

The tangled wreckage of the disaster which claimed 10 lives on 1979

Golborne disaster will always stay with me

An ex-miner has described his horrific experiences of the Golborne pit disaster, ahead of its 38th anniversary next month.

Leah Cunliffe with boyfriend Nathan Hesketh

Family pay tribute to ‘happy and bubbly’ Leah

A grieving family has paid tribute to a “bubbly” Wigan woman who died just weeks after her 21st birthday.

Ian Darrington, founder of Wigan Jazz Club

All that jazz to carry on, says festival boss

The director of one of Wigan’s biggest cultural events has promised it has an exciting future, despite an urgent sponsorship appeal.

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