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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.

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Aston Martin Vantage

First drive: Aston Martin Vantage

Could this really be the much-loved British brand's Porsche 911 beater? Rebecca Chaplin heads to Portugal to see if it lives up to the hype.
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Speed limits are set for a reason

Half of drivers think speeding is acceptable, poll finds

Half of drivers (50%) think it is acceptable to break speed limits, new research suggests.

Transport
Changes to the payments of Universal Credit have been rolled out in Wigan

Wigan braced for controversial changes to Universal Credit payments

Benefits in Wigan were being paid differently as of this week following the full service roll-out of Universal Credit.
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Wigan Council's finance team with the certificate

Wigan Council highly commended for efficiency

Council chiefs in Wigan are celebrating after they were named as England’s most efficient local authority.
Business
Debenhams

Debenhams profits plunge nearly 85% after battering by Beast from the East

Debenhams saw its half-year profits plunge nearly 85% after extreme weather brought in by the Beast from the East gouged earnings.

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Potholes are worse than ever after this winter

Pothole breakdowns soar following harsh winter weather

The harsh winter led to one of the worst three-month periods for pothole-related breakdowns, new figures show.

Transport
A Southwest Airlines plane sits on the runway at the Philadelphia International Airport after it made an emergency landing

What happens when a plane window is smashed?

The death of a passenger on a US airliner shows the potentially serious consequences of a damaged plane window.

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Learner driver

New drivers could be BANNED from driving with car full of friends in 'boy racer' crackdown

New drivers could soon face tough new driving restrictions after passing their tests under new laws being considered by the Government.
Transport
The site in Orrell up for auction

Former Wigan council depot going under the hammer

Land behind former council offices in Orrell has been placed up for auction – with a £500,000 guide price.

Business
A burnt out Smart car in London

Small cars likelier to be vandalised, says insurance firm

Small cars such as Smart cars and Minis are most at risk from vandalism, new research has suggested.

Transport

Pub giant Wetherspoon closes social media profiles

The borough's JD Wetherspoon pubs will no longer be on social media after the pub company decided to pull all its accounts.
Business

IN PICTURES: 17 cars from British Leyland’s 50 year history

British Leyland dominated the domestic motoring scene making some of the most famous names on the nation’s roads during the 1970s and 1980s.

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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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The controversial new road markings at Haigh Hall

Hotel boss defends Haigh Hall changes as protests grow

A protest picnic is planned as tensions rise between opposing camps over access to historic Haigh Hall.

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Motorists advised to ‘fill up today’ ahead of expected petrol price hikes

Industry experts are advising motorists to top-up their tanks ahead of fears that petrol costs could soar.

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The stretch of Penny Lane in Haydock which will be developed

Pharmaceutical jobs boost with new venture

A flagship pharmaceuticals firm’s headquarters near the Ashton and Haydock border could bring up to 175 new jobs to the area.

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Carpetright Robin Park

Jobs under threat as retailer announces Wigan branch closure

The Wigan branch of a once booming retail store is set for closure just weeks after the company announced serious financial difficulties.
News
The intelligence agency is often referred to as the UK's listening post

GCHQ to open a new base in the north west

GCHQ is expanding its network of sites as Britain bolsters its defences against terror, cyber and other threats in the digital age.

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The UFO-like roof at the new Wigan bus terminus

Space-age roof in place at Wigan bus terminus

No, the aliens haven’t landed in Wigan!

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