Joe's stunning life turn-around feat

A man who has turned his life around after finding himself homeless has championed a scheme that helped him get there.

Andy Baxendale aka The Sweet Consultant

Sweets expert reveals country's favourite Christmas confections

Everyone loves tucking into sweets and chocolates at Christmas – now research from the UK’s leading confectionery expert has revealed the country’s favourite festive treats.

The potholed car park off Rodney Street

Wigan's 'worst car park' to get a facelift

Improvements have been pledged to a Wigan car park after a visitor to the town branded it the worst she had ever seen.

Ashley Highfield

Local democracy is firmly in spotlight

New reporters are being recruited to cover local councils across the North West.
Teens are reporting increasing amounts of abuse from their peers

Teens sexually harassed by their peers

Nearly a third of young teenage girls have been sexually harassed online by children their own age.

Tony Callaghan on the roof-top terrace and outside bar

Tony’s most ambitious pub project yet

New life has been breathed into an old Wigan pub - and it has more than a few novelties to boast.
Wigan Infirmary

Overcrowded A&E in ‘stay away’ plea

Health chiefs issued a fresh “stay away” warning to all but strict emergency cases as Wigan A&E faced overload again.

Drink-drive shame

Wigan has one of the worst drink and drug-driving records in the country

Wigan was unveiled today as having one of the worst drink and drug-driving records in the country.

Police at Balcarres Avenue, Whelley

Allotment search fails to find body in ‘grave’

No body or other human remains have been found beneath a suspected “grave” uncovered by a gardener on a Wigan allotment.
Ted and some of his missing mail

First-class mix-up as Wigan pensioner's mail goes missing ... for a year!

A Wigan pensioner discovered that bungling postal workers had been delivering his mail to the wrong address for more than a year.

Principals, including Louise Tipping (front row far right), protest over funding levels

College chiefs’ fund plea

The principals of Wigan’s sixth form colleges have urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to boost funding for all sixth form students - not just those studying maths.

The scheme aims to offer extra help for those most at risk in the criminal justice system

New service aiming to help vulnerable criminals

Vulnerable Wigan people who fall foul of the law were being guaranteed “the right support, in the right place, at the right time,” under a new service launched today.

The currently empty site

New era of hope for abandoned outlet

Job hopes have risen for a large abandoned retail unit after the building was snapped up by a mystery buyer.

Rothay Manor dates back to the Regency period

Travel review - Rothay Manor, Ambleside

Within walking distance of Ambleside town centre can be found Rothay Manor: for many years a byword for good taste, comfort and fine dining.
Father Christmas at the annual Santa parade in Wigan

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Wigan now.
Police incident

Have-a-go-heroes who stopped car thieves praised

Have-a-go heroes have been praised by the police for helping to capture would-be car thieves - just days after such an incident ended in a fatality.
Chronic fatigue

Borough hospital's role in medical breakthrough

Experts are hailing a major breakthrough in the diagnosis of an exhausting medical condition - and Wigan has played a key role.
Darren Ashurst

Louise Sellars' killer takes first steps towards freedom

A notorious Wigan killer has taken his first steps towards freedom.
Don Maguire and daughter Emma arrive at Wakefield Coroners court

Students shown murder knife

A 15-year-old boy who knifed Wigan teacher Ann Maguire to death in her classroom told schoolmates that he also wanted to stab a pregnant teacher because he wanted to kill her baby, an inquest has heard.

Pat swatting up again at home

Pat completes quiz career grand slam

Wigan-based brainbox Pat Gibson has finally completed his career grand slam of quizzing.

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