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Manhunt launched after convicted Wigan rapist dodges police

An appeal has been issued for a convicted rapist from Wigan who has failed to notify police of his whereabouts.

Crime
Wigan MP Lisa Nandy

MP brandishes 'leaked e-mails warning of rail chaos'

Leaked e-mails show transport bosses were aware of possible problems with rail timetable changes as long as two years ago, Wigan's MP has told Parliament.
Transport
Manchester Road, Astley

Schoolgirl suffers head injury in road collision

A youngster has been taken to hospital with a head injury after a collision close to a primary school earlier today.
Transport
Offensive graffiti outside a store in Wigan

Wigan sees a rise in recorded hate crimes

The number of reported hate crimes has risen in the borough, new figures reveal.
Crime

VIDEO: Wiganers have a World Cup in sight

Never mind Gareth Southgate’s highly-paid charges, a down-to-earth duo from Wigan could be a more realistic bet for World Cup glory.

Lifestyle

Wigan cocaine ring swoop leads to hefty jail terms

An undercover drugs bust - which smashed a heroin and cocaine ring in Wigan - has now resulted in jail terms totalling more than 23 years.
Crime
A section of Bridgeman Terrace, Wigan, is closed as workmen fix a collapsed sewer in the road

PICTURES: Collapsed sewer opens up huge hole in Wigan road

One of Wigan's busiest roads could be closed for as long as TEN DAYS after the emergence of a huge hole.
Transport
Firefighters were alerted after a chip pan fire developed

Chip pan fire thwarted by firefighters and householder

A householder has been praised by firefighters after a chip pan fire at a house in Wigan.
News
Arrests have been made after alleged breaches of closure orders in Wigan

Closure orders in Wigan prompt fresh arrests

Suspected troublemakers are still continuing to defy a series of closure orders in Wigan.
Crime
Arson attacks have occurred at Gidlow Cemetery

Arson attacks on Wigan gravestones cause heartache for families

Two arson attacks have been carried out on headstones in a Wigan cemetery.

Crime
Some of the police haul

Wigan ‘Mr Big’ set to face 13 years in jail

A Wigan drugs gang “Mr Big” has been jailed for his role in a £12m plot to smuggle illegal tobacco into the UK inside fridges, microwaves and vacuum cleaners.

Crime
Market Place Wigan

A fresh hope for Wigan Market Place

An overhaul is back on the cards for one of Wigan’s best-known crossroads.

News
Paul Benson

Jail for raider whose victim was pregnant

Detectives have condemned an axe-wielding armed raider who targeted a heavily-pregnant woman and her partner in their own home.

Crime
Wigan Council homelessness champions with Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham

Fresh funding boost for homeless hubs bid

A major boost has been given to efforts to open two hubs for the homeless in the borough.
Community
One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village

War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.
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The fire-damaged Ford Focus in Atherton

Car wrecked in arson attack

A suspected arson attack on a car on a residential street has been tackled by firefighters.

Crime
Ben Levy, the fire service's group manager and Sgt John Brennan, of the road policing unit, at the World Cup drink-drive campaign launch

World Cup drink-drive appeal by emergency services

A drink-drive campaign has been launched by police in Wigan to tie in with the start of the World Cup.

Transport
The Markland Building in the centre of Tyldesley has been fenced off, amid safety concerns over the structure

Flats evacuated as building 'is in danger of collapse'

An evacuation notice has been served on a block of flats by landlords as a town centre building is in danger of collapse.

News
An arson investigation is centring on Hope Carr Road in Leigh

'Targeted' petrol bomb attack on home

A petrol bomb attack on a Leigh home is being probed by detectives.
Crime
Firefighters were called out to an arson attack in Westwood Lane

Fly-tipping appeal after arson attack in Wigan

Fly-tippers have sparked off an arson attack in Wigan.
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