Drink-driver crashed into a parked van

A man has been banned from getting behind the wheel after crashing into a parked vehicle while nearly double the legal drink-drive limit.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Thief went on a trolley dash on his birthday

A man made multiple attempts to steal almost £1,000 in items from supermarkets, including one shoplifting spree on his birthday in order to feed his drug habit, a court heard.

Rachel Rasburn

Fury as thieving care worker avoids jail

A campaign organisation has blasted a decision by magistrates not to send a care worker who stole from a 90-year-old woman to jail.
Police probe

Would-be car thieves threaten to stab owners

Have-a-go heroes who challenged two would-be thieves trying to break into their cars in Wigan were threatened that they would be stabbed with a shard of broken glass, a court heard.

Eat Out

Man who obtained personal data of 165,000 Just Eat customers pleads guilty to hacking

A cybercriminal has admitted hacking the websites of companies including Uber, Sainsbury's and Argos in a bid to obtain customers' details to sell on the dark web.

Employees held at gunpoint during robbery

An armed man held employees at gun point during a robbery at a shop in Billinge.
Some 1,727 motorists were questioned by the RAC.

Drivers admit getting behind wheel when they may have been over drink limit

Around five million drivers believe they have got behind the wheel while over the drink-drive limit at least once in the past year, according to new research.


Woman denies pocketing £7k of Wigan school funds

A school business manager pocketed funds from a pupils’ outing, the proceeds from a breakfast club and nursery subs totalling nearly £7,700, a court heard.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Week In Court

Round-up of people brought before Wigan and Leigh magistrates ...
Marie McConnell

Hunt for scammer who stole late mum's ring

A woman forced to sell her late mother’s ring to make ends meet was conned out of hundreds of pounds by an online fraudster based in the borough.
Gerrard Williams

Dad jailed for five years after torching home in drunken rage

A father-of-three who left his estranged wife and their children homeless when he torched the family home has been jailed for 59 months.

Lidl in Pemberton where radiers struck

Terror at the supermarket: Raiders swinging baseball bats demand cash

Terrified staff at a Wigan store were confronted by armed raiders swinging baseball bats in the latest closing-time supermarket attack in the borough.
Wigan Police HQ

Man told police "I'm going to chop someone's head off"

A man found outside Wigan police station with a kitchen knife in his trousers threatened to “chop someone’s head off" a court heard.
Demi Pearson, 14, her eight-year-old brother Brandon and seven-year-old sister Lacie died in the blaze in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on Monday.

Two charged with murder over house fire that killed three children

Two people have been charged with murder after a house fire left three children dead.

The Greyhound

Thief’s unfair job axe claim backfires

A one-time hotel manager caught cheating his bosses has been left with a £7,500  legal bill over a backfiring claim that he was unfairly  dismissed

Stephen Maish

Darts player jailed for VAT gang fraud

A semi-professional Wigan darts player is behind bars today for his involvement in a £2.4m VAT scam.

Greater Manchester Police said three men, aged 23, 20 and 18, and a 20-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Five quizzed over suspected murder of three children who died after house fire

Five people are being questioned over the suspected murder of three children who died after a house fire.

Murdered schoolgirl Lisa Hession

Reward to catch schoolgirl's killer - 33 years on

A £50,000 reward has been offered to finally name the murderer of schoolgirl Lisa Hession.
Wigan And Leigh Magistrates' Court

Drunken teen’s dock apology

A teenager apologised to magistrates after drinking lager and breaching the peace.

A Vantage vehicle on the guided busway

Police called to late-night busway brawl

A serious brawl on a guided busway service heading to the borough led to police being alerted.
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