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Woman dragged to the floor by a teenager who tried to steal her handbag
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
It happened at about 8pm on Wednesday 18 February 2015, when the 63-year-old woman was walking along Bridge Street in Hindley Town Centre in the direction of Lancaster Road. She walked past The Acorns Care Centre and a teenager riding a pedal cycle passed her doing wheelies and continued to cycle onto Lancaster Road. The woman saw her friend, who she stopped to s...More


Awards event highlights the achievements of Wigan Borough's young people

Awards event highlights the achievements of Wigan Borough's young people
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
Hundreds of children, young people and carers from all over the borough came together at the DW Stadium to celebrate a year of caring at Wigan’s Winter Wonderland Awards. The Children in Care Awards is an annual event which recognises the achievements and dedication of children and young people living in care and their carers. Organised by the Voices For Choices ...More


Thieves steal 19 boilers from caravan park
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
Police are calling for plumbers and heating engineers in Wigan to be on alert after 19 LPG boilers were stolen from a caravan park. Between 8pm on Friday 6th February and 6am on Saturday 7th February 2015, an unknown number of offenders broke into a secure caravan compound at Pemberton Leisure Homes on Woodhouse Lane, Wigan. They broke their way through two metal f...More


New Wigan Italian restaurant on countdown to opening

New Wigan Italian restaurant on countdown to opening
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
An Italian restaurant in Appley Bridge is on countdown to opening after announcing it hopes to open its doors next week. Pesto at the Dicconson Arms, which has undergone an extensive refurbishment of the property on Appley Lane North, is set to open on the 2nd of March from 5pm after a £350K investment by the privately owned restaurant group. As the first Pest...More


Teenage pregnancies in Wigan Borough at lowest ever rate
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
The number of teenage pregnancies in Wigan Borough has fallen to its lowest rate for the fourth year running. The latest figures, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) today (Tuesday 24th February) show 153 girls aged under-18 became pregnant in 2013. This is the fourth consecutive year the number of teenage pregnancies has fallen in the borough wit...More


Plan launched to help 8,000 Wigan Borough children get online
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
Official figures reveal that more than 8,000 children in Wigan Borough don’t have access to the internet at home and another 44,000 adults have never been online. The figures, which coincide with the launch of Wigan’s new digital strategy – Go On Wigan - show that many of the borough’s residents and local businesses, are in danger of being left behind in the new di...More


Girl, 11, disturbs robbers attacking her dad
Wednesday 25th February, 2015
Police are hunting two robbers who fled after they were disturbed by the victim’s 11-year-old daughter returning home from the shops. At around 7.40pm on Monday 23rd February 2015, two men burst into the 48-year-old victim’s house on Marlborough Avenue, Wigan, and started to attack him. He attempted to fight them off, but they punched and kicked him to the face a...More


Student sentenced for grooming young girls on the internet
Thursday 12th February, 2015
A 19-year-old student has been jailed for grooming young girls on the internet. Mohammed Sarang (born 03/7/1994) of Pembroke Road, Wembley, pleaded guilty to inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, taking indecent photographs of a child under 16 and causing or inciting child pornography at Harrow Crown Court. He was given a two-year suspended sente...More


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


 
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