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Local subcontractors wanted for exciting housing programme
Friday 23rd January, 2015
Construction companies, Seddon and Willmot Dixon Housing are on the lookout for local subcontractors to help deliver a new and exciting housing programme for Wigan and Leigh Homes. The programme will see 250 new homes built over the next five years. A supply chain event giving local companies an overview of the programme and information about the packages of work...More


Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations
Thursday 22nd January, 2015
Two special events are being held in Wigan Borough to commemorate the atrocities of the Nazi concentration camps during World War II and other genocides. People are invited to attend Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies at the Museum of Wigan Life (9.30am) and Leigh Town Hall (11.30am) on Tuesday 27th January. Lynda Jackson, community history manager at the museum, ...More


Wanted - Nicholas Clough

Wanted - Nicholas Clough
Thursday 22nd January, 2015
A man is wanted in connection with two thefts in Wigan. Nicholas Clough (29/11/1988) is wanted following a theft at a store on Norley Hall Avenue, Norley Hall on 2 August 2014 and a shop on Beech Hill Avenue, Beech Hill on 1 December 2014. Clough has links to the Norley Hall, Worsley Hall and Beech Hill areas of Wigan Anyone with information should phone police...More


Residents in Wigan Urged to Make 2015 the Year of Warmth and Wellbeing
Monday 19th January, 2015
With more than a third of people expected to break their New Year’s resolutions by the end of the month, a warmth scheme is encouraging residents in Wigan to ensure warmth and wellbeing is at the top of their list throughout 2015. The npower Health Through Warmth scheme, which is available to residents across England and Wales, works with a range of community organ...More


First Folk Forward – Folk Sundays at The Old Courts
Monday 19th January, 2015
Sunday 25th January will be the first night of ‘Folk Sunday’ at The Old Courts on Crawford Street, Wigan. Folk Sunday at The Old Courts will become a monthly event which will occur on the third Sunday of every month. The monthly event will feature a selection of traditional, acoustic, modern, and commercial Folk music from; Chonkinfeckle, Degsy and Malcom Kaye. The...More


Plans to freeze council tax for second year in Wigan Borough as council saves a good 'deal'
Friday 16th January, 2015
Plans to freeze council tax for the second year in a row will be put before councillors in Wigan next month after the authority saved thousands of pounds thanks to its innovative “deal” with the public. The council still needs the support of residents to help it cope with unprecedented budget cuts but can afford to keep council tax at its current rate. It follows...More


New managing director announced at WLCT

New managing director announced at WLCT
Friday 16th January, 2015
LEISURE provider WLCT has appointed a new managing director. Pete Burt has taken the helm at the organisation, which offers a healthy lifestyle service for partners and clients, following Stuart Murray’s announcement that he is planning to retire at the end of March 2015. Pete joined WLCT in 2004 with an impressive CV from the private sector where he’d worked for m...More


Attempted robbery in Newtown
Friday 16th January, 2015
Police are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery in Wigan. At 6.40am on Friday 16 January 2015, a security staff member was delivering money to Asda on Soho Street, Newtown when she was approached by a man holding a tubular weapon. She ran into the store for her own protection before the offender got back into his car and drove off. Nothing was sto...More


Shopowner assaulted during violent robbery
Tuesday 13th January, 2015
A shopowner was threatened with a lump hammer, bundled into a toilet and attacked during an armed robbery in Wigan. The 34-year-old man was attacked at about 4.30am on Saturday 10 January 2015 as he was opening his shop, the Thoroughgood Stores on Warrington Road in Platt Bridge. After opening the metal shutters at the front of the shop, one of the offenders, who...More


Have your say on accommodation and services
Tuesday 13th January, 2015
A survey asking social housing tenants over the age of 55 what improvements could be made to their accommodation and the services they receive has launched today. The online housing survey gives tenants of Wigan and Leigh Homes the opportunity to share their ideas about how their accommodation and the service provided could be improved to better meet their needs an...More


Police are appeal to trace owners of stolen property in Wigan
Tuesday 13th January, 2015
Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing the owners of stolen property in Wigan. At about 3am on Friday 9 January 2015 a man was stopped by police on Shevington Lane in Shevington, carrying numerous bags containing tools and a pair of trainers. The 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed pending further enquires. I...More


Unify opens on the high street
Tuesday 13th January, 2015
Unify Credit Union has launched its very own high street bank in the centre of Wigan – thanks to a cash injection from Wigan Council as part of its new Deal with residents. The credit union, which was launched in 2002, was awarded £252,570, through the council’s Deal for Community Investment Fund (CIF), to open the branch which is based on Crompton Street. The bran...More


Man has jaw broken outside nightclub

Man has jaw broken outside nightclub
Wednesday 31st December, 2014
Police have released a CCTV still of three men they wish to speak to after a man was seriously assaulted outside a nightclub in Wigan. At around 3:50am on Sunday 7 December 2014, the victim – a 21-year-old man – was stood outside Queens nightclub on Wigan Road, Ashton in Makerfield when he was punched in the face from behind by an unknown man for no apparent reason....More


Attempted robbery at post office, Aspull

Attempted robbery at post office, Aspull
Wednesday 24th December, 2014
A man with a knife attempted to steal cash from a post office in Aspull. At 8.20am on Tuesday 23 December 2014, a man went into Aspull Moor Post Office on Scot Lane. He bought a packet of mints before producing a 12" knife and demanded cash. The woman at the till refused his demands after which the man said that he was only joking and left. He got into dark red o...More


Bereavement team best in the UK

Bereavement team best in the UK
Wednesday 24th December, 2014
WIGAN Borough’s bereavement services are officially the best in the UK. The team, part of WLCT who deliver the service on behalf of Wigan Council, has been named the best performing cemetery and crematorium service in the UK for the second year running. APSE Performance Networks, the UK’s largest voluntary data benchmarking service for UK local councils, announced ...More


Don't suffer in silence this Christmas
Wednesday 24th December, 2014
Last Christmas, 686 incidents of domestic abuse were reported in Wigan Borough – an increase of 164 compared with the same period a month before. Statistics show that domestic abuse increases over Christmas, when the pressure of family life, money and an increase in alcohol consumption places additional strain on relationships. This time last year, Jenny Whitfiel...More


Police urge vehicle owners to be vigilant
Wednesday 24th December, 2014
Police in Wigan are warning the owners of Volkswagens vehicles, with built in sat navs to be vigilant, after a number of cars have been broken into and had their sat navs stolen. Since the start of December 2014, 10 cars in the Wigan areas of Atherton, Hindley Green, Leigh and Lowton have been broken into. On each occasion, the offender has smashed the window of the...More


Man dressed as Elvis attacked on his own stag do

Man dressed as Elvis attacked on his own stag do
Wednesday 3rd December, 2014
A man dressed as Elvis who was celebrating his own stag do was knocked unconscious and suffered three breaks to his jaw. The 33-year-old man was attacked outside Rainbow Taxis on Wigan Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield, at about 5.45am on Sunday 16 November 2014. The victim had been enjoying a night out with his friends celebrating his stag do and was waiting for a taxi...More


Man jailed for decade for stabbing man in street

Man jailed for decade for stabbing man in street
Wednesday 3rd December, 2014
A man has been jailed after he stabbed a man repeatedly in the street. Raymond Gardner (28/05/73) of no fixed address was found guilty of Section 18 Assault at an earlier hearing. He was sentenced today, Wednesday 3 December 2014, at Liverpool Crown Court to 10 and a half years in prison and will serve an extended period of four years on licence on his release. ...More


Arson attack at a supermarket in Wigan
Wednesday 3rd December, 2014
Detectives are investigating an arson at a supermarket in Wigan are appealing for the public's help. It happened at 8.30pm on Monday 2 December 2014, when an offender approached the back of Tesco Express on Gidlow Lane. They set alight a clothing bin and a large refuge bin which caused a fire that spread to nearby cages which contained cardboard and a refrigerato...More


 
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