Wigan vs Warrington: The battle for HS2

Council bosses in Warrington are lobbying the Government in a bid to replace the proposed HS2 spur at Golborne.
Wigan Town Hall

Cheat crackdowns leads to £88k saving for Wigan Council

Counter-fraud action in Wigan - sparked off by housing benefit and council tax misdemeanours - has resulted in £88,000 being recouped for the public purse.


Crack addict jailed for four years

A crack addict who robbed a social worker helping a Wigan estate’s vulnerable drug users has been jailed for four years.

Lee Edwards, who served with the Royal Veterinary Corps, and his dog Molly

Hero soldier from Wigan backs journey to The Somme

A soldier from Wigan - who saved the life of a comrade blown up by a roadside bomb - is backing an epic journey through the battlefields of the Somme.

The Betafence site

145 new homes planned at Wigan site

A prime brownfield site in Wigan could be about to welcome 145 new homes.

Holly the West Highland terrier -  who belonged to former magistrate Gail Bradshaw and her daughter Nicola - developed a severe skin condition

Animal cruelty toll still second worst in the UK

RSPCA complaints in Greater Manchester have dipped slightly over the past 12 months, new figures have revealed.

Gates padlocked at Haigh Hall

Picnic protest will highlight Haigh Hall fears

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for a protest picnic at Haigh Hall on Sunday – in response to controversial changes introduced at the historic landmark in recent weeks.

Ronnie Dutch

Wigan clubs mourning a rugby legend

Tributes have been paid across the rugby world in Wigan following the death of a much-loved coach.

John and Clare Wignall in a rapeseed field, at Wignalls Farm

Wigan farm’s success is cropping up

A family firm in Standish has been oiling the wheels of progress to come up with a popular addition to any culinary experts’ cupboards.

John and Pauline Wardropper, Robert Lamberth and Samantha Thompson are busy preparing the building and painting furniture which has been donated, for Sams Armed Forces Hub

Hub to offer a warm welcome at cafe venture

A recovery cafe is set to be launched by a military charity in Ashton - to offer an alcohol-free environment to socialise.

Rev Roger Gibbard

Shock at sudden death of popular ex-Wigan vicar

Tributes have been paid to a popular former vicar who lived in Wigan for decades following his sudden death the day before his 70th birthday.

One of the units at Wigan Enterprise Park, which is set to be fully demolished

Bid for 325 new homes in Wigan moves a step closer

Demolition work is set to take place which should kickstart a project to bring 325 homes to a prime site in Wigan.

Stephen Murphy, owner of ABC Nursery, Orrell, upset by rumours the nursery is closing

Wigan nursery is ‘not for sale’ say owners

The owners of a nursery in Wigan have strongly dismissed speculation that they are thinking of selling up - amid anticipated redevelopment work nearby.

Kathleen Wilson, of the former Singleton Day Solicitors

Two Wigan solicitors set to face watchdog over 'failings'

Two lawyers are set to face a professional watchdog over allegations that they allowed a shortfall to develop on client accounts at their Wigan firm.
David Dargan

Gang behind violent armed raid gets 34 years in jail

A gang of violent armed raiders who held up a convenience store have been jailed for 34 years in total.
Career criminal Alfie Adams

ATM explosive yob from Wigan jailed for 12 years

A prolific burglar from Wigan, who used explosives to blast three cash machines from their moorings as part of a nationwide crime spree, has been jailed for 12 years.

Wigans native bird, the willow tit, has been spotted across Lancashire

Twitchers’ delight as willow tits are spotted

Conservation efforts to preserve ‘Wigan’s native bird’ have led to the tiny creatures being spotted at nature reserves across Lancashire.

Family and friends laid red roses, watched by gathered crowds

Remembering the Wiganers who fought against fascism, 80 years on

A memorial to Wigan’s Spanish Civil War heroes has been unveiled - following a long and determined campaign by trade unionists in the borough.

HMP Hindley

Tribunal to challenge Government over prison officer pensions

Union bosses representing prison officers at Hindley say it is unfair some of their new members might be expected to work until they are 67.

Gender pay differences in Wigan revealed

Revealed: Wigan's gender pay gap

Council bosses say they are “bucking the trend,” health chiefs admit they have some way to go, and others have blamed shift patterns.

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