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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


Looking after someone? Know your rights
Friday 28th November, 2014
To celebrate Carers Rights Day, carers from across Wigan Borough are invited to an information event at Sunshine House, Scholes this Friday (28th November) where they can learn more about their rights. A carer is someone who looks after a family member, a friend or neighbour who is disabled, ill, old, or has drug or alcohol problem. Currently there are 4249 regis...More


Learning mentor from a primary school has been sentenced for sex offences

Learning mentor from a primary school has been sentenced for sex offences
Friday 28th November, 2014
Nigel Williams (born 01/03/1964), of Orrell, Wigan has today, Thursday 27 November 2014 been sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 12 years in prison. He was found guilty at an earlier hearing of rape, indecency with a child and sexual activity with a child. He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders register indefinitely. The offences took place between 2001 ...More


Officers called to deal with 'Black Friday' sales crowds
Friday 28th November, 2014
Police have been called to seven Tesco stores across Greater Manchester following disturbances at ‘Black Friday’ sales events. At 11.37pm on Thursday 27th November 2014, officers were called to Tesco Central Park, Wigan after reports of several hundred people trying to enter the store. Two men were ejected before control was regained. Officers were also called to...More


Young people take over Wigan Council
Friday 28th November, 2014
On 11 Million Takeover Day 30 young people across Wigan Borough put on their work shoes for the first time. Throughout the day staff at Wigan Council, WLCT, Wigan Youth Zone and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service took young people under their wing giving them exciting roles to take over for the day. Sheila Martland, service manager for early intervention an...More


80-year-old woman victim of distraction burglary
Friday 28th November, 2014
An 80-year-old woman was victim to a distraction burglary in Golborne. At 8.40pm on Tuesday 25 November 2014, a man knocked on the back door of the woman’s home on Lowton Road, claiming there had been had been an explosion. He told her he had to come in and check the radiators and asked her to stay in the kitchen to fill pots and pans with water. As she was dist...More


Man jailed for life after raping 11-year-old boy

Man jailed for life after raping 11-year-old boy
Friday 21st November, 2014
A man has been jailed after he raped an 11-year-old boy. John Richard Ferrier (02/12/1944) of Ormskirk road in Wigan was found guilty of rape at Manchester Crown Court on Friday 21st November 2014. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years. On Thursday 18 Oct...More


Yvonne Fovargue MP helps to defeat the government and deliver a fair deal for local pubs
Thursday 20th November, 2014
On Tuesday, Yvonne Fovargue MP voted to protect local publicans from the predatory practices of large pub owning companies (known as pubcos) by backing a new cross-party clause to the Small Business Bill. Following a report into the industry by the cross-party BIS Select Committee in 2010, Labour has campaigned alongside a broad coalition of groups in the industry –...More


Officers respond to community concerns - Wigan
Thursday 20th November, 2014
Officers from the Road Policing Unit have been responding to concerns from the community over speeding cars. Residents contacted police after a number of people in 'max power' style cars continuously met at the Saddle Junction in Wigan. At around midnight on May 20 2014, an officer was watching traffic when he saw three cars being driven at speed. Two of the cars...More


Wanted - Khalid Ahmed

Wanted - Khalid Ahmed
Tuesday 18th November, 2014
Police are hunting a man who is wanted in connection with a serious assault. Khalid Ahmed (born 17/12/1978), of Wigan, was arrested in May 2014 in connection with a serious assault that took place on New Year's Day on 2006. He was due to answer bail in July 2014 but failed to turn up at a police station, and has been circulated as wanted. The last contact he ha...More


Criminal damage - Standish
Tuesday 18th November, 2014
Car windows were smashed and a pig's head was left on the driver?s seat in Wigan. Between 7.30am and 8.10am on Tuesday 11 November 2014, the 54-year-old man parked his grey Landrover Freelander on a dirt track off Wigan Lower Road, Standish. He walked his dog in nearby Elnup Woods before returning. When he got back, he realised his car had been damaged and a pi...More


Communities given a say
Tuesday 18th November, 2014
Local communities in Wigan Borough will be given a greater say in how local crime and anti-social behaviour issues are dealt with. The neighbourhood resolution panel gives residents, including victims, the opportunity to decide how low level crimes, including theft, assault, anti-social behaviour, are dealt with and how those responsible can make amends. The firs...More


Awards for trampolining stars

Awards for trampolining stars
Tuesday 18th November, 2014
YOUNG people with disabilities have been applauded for their trampolining achievements. Participants of WLCT’s Rebound Therapy Programme received Winstrada Awards, recognising the progress they have made in the sport. Rachael Dashouri-Darling, of WLCT’s Sports Development team, said: “The young people have worked really hard to build their trampolining skills and t...More


A woman was attacked and had her car stolen in Wigan
Wednesday 12th November, 2014
Detectives have launched an investigation after a woman was attacked and had her car stolen in Wigan. It happened between 12.15pm and 12.20pm on Thursday 6 November 2014, when a man rode onto Aldi car park on a pedal bike. He approached a woman who was sat in the driver's seat of a black Volkswagen Touran with registration YA05HTY; the keys were in the ignition, bu...More


Besses Band blows in to town

Besses Band blows in to town
Wednesday 12th November, 2014
Besses o’ th’ Barn Band is tuning up to join Bolton Cancer Voices on stage in the Victoria Hall Bolton for a night of well-known carols and festive melodies. ‘Jingle Bell Sing-A-Long’ is being staged on Saturday, 6th December at 6.45pm. With plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in, the night promises entertainment for the whole family at the bargain pric...More


Let's stay together
Monday 3rd November, 2014
This year’s National Adoption Week (3rd – 9th November) is focussing on siblings in a bid to encourage more people to come forward who can adopt brothers and sisters. Currently there are seven sets of siblings in desperate need of a loving family across the three WWiSH (Warrington, Wigan and St Helens) authorities. Since 2013, there has been a 65 per cent decrease ...More


Police hunt woman who threatened to stab 10-year-old boy during robbery
Monday 3rd November, 2014
Police in Wigan are hunting a woman who threatened to stab a 10-year-old boy if he didn’t hand over a few pounds in change. The shocking incident took place at around 3.30pm on Friday 31st October 2014, when the 10-year-old victim was walking from his Aunt’s house to a nearby shop on Somerset Road, Norley Hall. He was approached by the woman, who demanded that he...More


Libraries, museums and archives move over to the council
Monday 3rd November, 2014
Wigan Borough’s libraries, museums and archives have moved over to Wigan Council as part of the new Deal for Leisure. From Saturday 1st November, the responsibility for running all 15 of the borough’s libraries, two museums and the archive service was transferred from Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT) to Wigan Council. There will be no disruption to services a...More


 
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