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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.
Police incident

Traffic chaos as collision blocks road

Motorists faced severe delays in the morning rush hour after a collision blocked a popular commuting route.
The crash on the M6

Motorway blocked after crash between two lorries and a car

Drivers are facing delays of around 90 minutes after a three-vehicle crash blocked the M6.
Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene

Branson urged to meet unions over Virgin West Coast pay row as strikes loom

Union leaders are urging Sir Richard Branson to intervene in a dispute over pay which is set to spark a series of strikes on Virgin Trains West Coast.

The dispute is about winning independent representation for pilots

Ireland-based Ryanair pilots to strike five days before Christmas

Some Irish-based Ryanair pilots are to take pre-Christmas strike action.

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

Festive decorations taking shape at the library and community hub

Library craft event wreathed in festive fun

Creative Wiganers got in the Christmas spirit by making festive wreaths at a community hub.

Pontoon at the Pier

Canoe pontoon at the Pier

Boaters and canoeists are set to benefit from a new £80,000 pontoon at Wigan Pier.
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.

Men are also more susceptible to complications

Enormous televisions and reclining chairs recommended in fight against man flu

The much-debated phenomenon of "man flu" may have some basis in fact, researchers have said.
Researchers suggested that momentary distraction is a common contributor to road traffic deaths

Full moons can increase likelihood of fatal motor bike crashes

More fatal motorbike crashes take place on nights where there is a full moon, research has found.

Peppa Pig is broadcast in more than 180 countries

Peppa Pig blamed for 'inappropriate use of Primary Care Services'

Cartoon character Peppa Pig has been blamed for contributing to patients' unrealistic expectations of what they can expect from their GP.

TV and Film
Joan and Cyril Smith

Grandparents appeal for help to see Sana again

The devastated grandparents of a schoolgirl who was kidnapped by her own dad are appealing for help to be reunited with the youngster in the Middle East.
A candle burns dangerously out of control

Deadly dangers of Christmas candles

Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of candles and decorative lights as people truss up their homes for the festive season.

Stephen and Allison Rainford

Couple turns down dog rescue reward

A couple who helped reunite a mother-of-two with her beloved pooches have explained their decision to turn down a £20,000 reward.

Wigan Council director of children's services James Winterbottom with care leavers

Council tax break for young care leavers

Young care leavers have been made exempt from paying council tax under a new move introduced by the borough’s ruling cabinet.

NHS Organ Donor Register card

Opt-out organ donation system moves closer

Families should overcome the "fatal reluctance" to talk aboutorgan donation, the Health Secretary urged as he launched a consultation into plans for an opt-out system.

The Saddle Junction

Adam Bridge delays finally set to end

Major traffic hold-ups have seen traffic grind to a halt around Wigan's busiest junction today.

Gary (left) and Jason (right) after the Lakeland Monster Miles Challenge

Hard-working duo happy with fruits of their 52-mile challenge

Two charities will benefit from the fruits of the hard labour of staff members from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

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