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Girl in hospital after dog attack

A five-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog.
St Helens North MP Conor McGinn

MP disappointed after Helen’s Law omitted from Queen’s Speech

A campaigning MP says he is “disappointed” Helen’s Law - named in memory of a Billinge murder victim - was not included in the Queen’s speech.

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from left, Julie Hurst, Margaret Whalley and Helen Prescott, have formed a group to find answer to why their late relatives were put onto end-of-life care pathway.

Fears vulnerable do not get represented

Families who believe their loved ones were put on end-of-life care pathways say they fear vulnerable people have no-one to speak out for them.

The new Snap Map

VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Snapchat's new location sharing Snap Map - according to Snapchat

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends.
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William McDowell

Drug dealer evicted from council home

Council chiefs have used new powers for the first time to evict a convicted Wigan drug dealer.

Scarlett Lowe at Standish Community High School, with her design which was chosen by BBC Radio One as the cover for an online playlist

Scarlett’s design is a competition hit

A talented young graphic designer is enjoying the sweet sound of success after winning a contest to have her work used by BBC Radio One.

The Line in Standish

Cyclist’s paradise on The Line

The overhaul of an old Wigan railway line to create a cyclist’s paradise will soon begin with plans to open by the end of the year.

Scoring an opera hit with babies

Scoring an opera hit with babies

Sophisticated infants in Wigan can ditch nursery rhymes and lullabies and savour a pioneering opera crafted especially for babies.

WHAMM chair Sheila Ramsdale (left) at a fund-raiser for the miners' statue at the Victoria Inn in Aspull

Pulling together to create mining memorial

A campaign to give Wigan a permanent memorial to the thousands of people who worked in the coal industry is gathering pace.

GMP new recruit Corin Willans with father Barrie

Police work is a family affair for Corin

Donning a police uniform is very much a family affair for one new recruit from the borough.

Abigail Conway

Abigail’s sporting journey to Kansas

It is the home of wheat, sunflowers, soybeans, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, and from September, Wigan teenager Abigail Conway.

Restaurant business owner Obi Oderinde

Obi has the taste for hard work as he builds D’Empire

A one-time asylum seeker who fled his war-torn African homeland aged just 10 has spoken of his love for his new home of Wigan as he opens an exciting new town centre business.

Natasha Cromptonwith her horse Ferdi

Bus firm donates to riding club after spooking horse

Steps are being taken to ensure horse riders’ safety after a teenager was left injured when a bus caused her horse to bolt.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates' Court

Vengeful raid victim’s threat

A man threatened to destroy a pensioner’s house after believing a man who burgled him lived there.

Dustin Lyon and Anna FC Smith, the artists bringing Ultra to The Old Courts

When worlds of art and politics collide

A Wigan art gallery was being transformed into the conference of a powerful political party today as part of an unusual and striking new exhibition.

Josh Mason

Missing Appley Bridge teenagers are found

POLICE have confirmed that two teenagers - missing from Appley Bridge - have been located.

Lisa Doran and sister Sara Baxendale, co-owners of Circus Play

Burglars caught on CCTV ransacking play centre

CCTV cameras have captured the moment two burglars ransacked the office of a Wigan play centre.

Dean Speakman and Vicki Calland

Pair guilty of taking Ellen’s belongings

A couple has admitted handling the stolen laptop and mobile phone of murdered college student Ellen Higginbottom and then trying to destroy them.

Fire service

Flats evacuated due to blaze

A block of assisted living flats had to be evacuated after a fire broke out in one of them.

The scene in Shevington after a female cyclist was injured in an accident

Road closure after van knocks down cyclist

A busy Wigan road was closed after a van knocked down a cyclist in Shevington.

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