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Appeal for witnesses after 14-year-old boy attacked outside DW Stadium
Tuesday 16th September, 2014
Police are appealing for witnesses after a 14-year-old boy was the victim of an unprovoked attack outside a rugby stadium. At around 10pm on Thursday 11th September 2014, the victim and a group of friends were watching Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium, Wigan, when they noticed a group of youths glaring at them. Later, when the victim and his f...More


Operation Alloy issues over £20,000 in fines
Monday 15th September, 2014
Police have struck another blow against metal theft after more than £20,000 was collected in fines last week during an operation in Wigan and Leigh. From 8 to 14 September, traffic and motorcycle units targeted illegal metal collectors, or 'hawkers', using roads around the borough, and dealt with any other traffic offences they came across. Officers also ran chec...More


Sporting talent celebrated at awards ceremony

Sporting talent celebrated at awards ceremony
Monday 15th September, 2014
TALENTED local sports stars and the volunteers who support them were celebrated at the 14th annual Believe Sports Awards on Friday (12 September). Nearly 400 people gathered at the DW Stadium for the special event, which saw 97 nominations made over nine categories. Among this year’s winners were the Leigh St Mary's U18s Water Polo Team, which was awarded Team of t...More


Man jailed for 25 years after subjecting women to campaign of physical and psychological abuse

Man jailed for 25 years after subjecting women to campaign of physical and psychological abuse
Monday 15th September, 2014
A man who stalked his female victim and subjected her and another female victim to a torrent of sexual abuse including rape has been jailed. Kevin Gibbons (born 28/08/1964), of Rivington Avenue, Standish was found guilty of 11 indictments including stalking, rape, false imprisonment, sexual assault and child cruelty following a trial. Today, Friday 12 September 20...More


Yvonne Fovargue MP votes against hated Bedroom Tax
Monday 8th September, 2014
Yvonne Fovargue MP voted against the hated Bedroom Tax during a debate in parliament on Friday, 5th September. The Bedroom Tax has caused hardship for hundreds of thousands of people across the country, costing low-income families an average of £700 a year. Two thirds of those hit by the Bedroom Tax have disabilities and 60,000 are carers. In the North West alone ov...More


Warriors unveil biggest trophy yet

Warriors unveil biggest trophy yet
Monday 8th September, 2014
An 8ft high Superleague Trophy, made from thousands of tins of food, was unveiled by the Wigan Warriors ahead of their penultimate league clash with the Leeds Rhinos as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the work of local food banks in the borough. Wigan Chairman, Ian Lenagan, was joined by Houses for Homes directors Ann Fairhurst and Phil Shanks and 7 year ol...More


Wigan residents urged to put warmth and wellbeing on their agenda
Monday 8th September, 2014
Following recent headlines around the importance of improving warmth in the homes of vulnerable people, a warmth scheme which is available to residents across England and Wales, including Wigan, is reminding people that help is on hand for people who need it most. npower Health Through Warmth works with a range of community organisations, charities and local authori...More


Man charged after attempted abduction of child
Monday 8th September, 2014
A man has been charged after the attempted abduction of a child in Wigan. Stephen Robert Cox (born 26/04/1968), of no fixed abode has been charged with the attempted abduction of a child, possession of a Class B drug and possession of a weapon in a public place. He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Wigan Magistrates Court on Monday 8th September 2014...More


Wanted - Anthony Stephen Parr, Wigan

Wanted - Anthony Stephen Parr, Wigan
Friday 5th September, 2014
Police in Wigan are hunting a man who is wanted on recall to prison. Anthony Stephen Parr (born 11/05/1965) was released from prison on licence on 8 June 2014 having been jailed for handling stolen goods in the Atherton area of Leigh. His licence was revoked on 1 August 2014 because Parr has failed to abide by the terms of his licence and he is now circulated as ...More


Wanted - Anthony Seddon, Wigan

Wanted - Anthony Seddon, Wigan
Friday 5th September, 2014
Police are appealing for the public's help to trace a Wigan man who is wanted on recall to prison. Anthony Seddon (born 18/09/63) was recalled to prison on 14 August 2014 after his licence was revoked. A number of attempts have been made to locate Seddon but he remains at large. Officers also want to speak to Seddon in connection with an assault on 12 August 2014...More


Detectives investigating the attempt abduction of a child in Wigan have made an arrest
Friday 5th September, 2014
It happened between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 1 September 2014, on Holmes House Avenue in Winstanley where it was reported a man had attempted to abduct an eight-year-old girl. The girl was riding along on her scooter with her friend who was just ahead, she passed the electrical substation when the man came out from behind the substation and grabbed her ponytail and...More


Women are urged to take one vital last step to make their Race for Life count

Women are urged to take one vital last step to make their Race for Life count
Thursday 4th September, 2014
Jennifer Ward, the Events Manager for Cancer Research UK is calling on everyone who took part in Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life Wigan to make their Race for Life count – by returning their sponsorship money as soon as possible to help beat cancer. Last year, a third of the women who took part in Race for Life didn’t return any sponsorship money. Many don’t real...More


Free activities for Heritage Open Days
Tuesday 2nd September, 2014
A SERIES of free activities are planned in Wigan and Leigh for this year’s Heritage Open Days celebrations. A World War One-themed event will take place in the Civic Square in Leigh on Saturday 13 September between 10.30am-3pm. Visitors can enjoy a family history fair, vintage car rally, tours of the town hall and parish church, a WW1 display in the parish church ha...More


Exhibition to commemorate World War One
Monday 1st September, 2014
AN exhibition commemorating World War One launches at The Museum of Wigan Life next week. Home Front to Battle Front – Wigan Borough at War 1914-18 opens on Saturday 6 September and runs until Saturday 28 March. Lynda Jackson, Community History Manager at the museum, said: “The exhibition will focus on what life was like in Wigan Borough during wartime, as well a...More


CCTV image released after a man's phone stolen

CCTV image released after a man's phone stolen
Friday 29th August, 2014
Police have released a CCTV image of a woman after a man's phone was stolen from a shop in Higher Ince, Wigan. At about 11am on Monday 7 July 2014 the man was in the Nisa Local shop on Smithy Green and, whilst he paid for his newspaper, he put his mobile phone on the counter. He then left the shop but forgot his phone, and upon realising his mistake fifteen minu...More


Home-made BMX track to be removed from Wigan's Greenheart
Friday 29th August, 2014
A home-made and unsafe BMX track located at the Wigan Flashes is scheduled to be removed. Wigan Council and its partners at the Wildlife Trust have been aware of the track for over a year and have closely monitored the impact of the track on the environment. Following growing concerns about the safety and environmental impact of the track, Wigan Council has taken a...More


Warriors 'Drive' to help local food bank

Warriors 'Drive' to help local food bank
Friday 29th August, 2014
Wigan Warriors have delivered a huge boost to a local food bank as the club makes final preparations to unveil ‘Some’tin Amazing’ at ‘The Big One’ against Leeds Rhinos on Friday 5th September. Warriors Head Coach Shaun Wane along with Rugby Manager Kris Radlinski, lent a hand at The Brick Project, on Arcade Street in Wigan, by delivering a kit-van full of tinned foo...More


Jimmy sows the seeds for retirement

Jimmy sows the seeds for retirement
Friday 29th August, 2014
GARDENER Jimmy Holt has racked up an amazing 49 years keeping Wigan Borough’s parks and green spaces beautiful. Jimmy, from Whitley, started working for Wigan Council’s parks and cemeteries team just before his 16th birthday in 1965 – the year when The Sound of Music won the Best Picture Oscar and American troops arrived in South Vietnam. He has seen many changes ...More


Mesnes Park plans awarded
Friday 29th August, 2014
Plans to renovate Mesnes Park in Wigan have won a prestigious award. Wigan Council has been applauded by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as one of the best recent planning achievements in the region and has been awarded the Planning Achievement award for Collaboration in Planning Work, 2014. Deputy leader of Wigan Council, Councillor David Molynuex said: ...More


WWI in the park
Friday 29th August, 2014
A World War I themed concert will take place later this month, giving local residents the opportunity to step back in time and learn more about the war and the era. As part of the borough’s centenary celebrations, Wigan Council has organised a whole host of WWI era themed acts for the free event. From brass bands to promenade theatre, the day aims to remember the vi...More


 
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