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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


Wanted - Jamie Andrew Ellison, Wigan

Wanted - Jamie Andrew Ellison, Wigan
Wednesday 29th October, 2014
Police in Wigan are hunting a man who is wanted for breaching a restraining order. Jamie Andrew Ellison (born 30/01/1990), from the Wigan area, is being sought by officers in connection with an assault, criminal damage and a breach of a restraining order which occurred on Chatsworth Avenue on 18 October 2014. During the incident, a woman was assaulted and the win...More


Wigan Borough remembers
Wednesday 29th October, 2014
Thousands of people are expected to attend events in Wigan Borough to mark Remembrance Sunday (November 9). And the Mayor, who will lay a wreath at the war memorial outside Wigan Parish church, has urged the public to support the occasion in the centenary year of the outbreak of World War One. Councillor Phyll Cullen said: “Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for ...More


Fashion show celebrates slimmers

Fashion show celebrates slimmers
Wednesday 29th October, 2014
SLIMMERS from Wigan’s Lose Weight Feel Great weight management programme became models for the night at a special fashion show. Lost Weight, Feel Fabulous, took place at the DW Stadium to celebrate the successes of the scheme carried out by WLCT in partnership with Slimming World, on behalf of Wigan Council. The event, which is sponsored by clothing company Simply B...More


Tickets on sale for bonfire extravaganza
Monday 27th October, 2014
THE skies in Wigan are set to light up with another dazzling firework display as Haigh Hall and Country Park’s bonfire extravaganza returns. Tickets are on sale for this popular annual event, which takes place on Sunday 2 November with live music, family fairground rides, food stands and the headline bonfire and firework finale. Gates open at 3.45pm. Wigan’s very o...More


Wigan Borough wins big

Wigan Borough wins big
Monday 27th October, 2014
Wigan Borough has won big at the annual North West in Bloom Awards - taking home 20 prizes at Friday’s (24th October) awards ceremony – even scooping gold in the “Large City” category. Shevington in Bloom and the Bridger's Community group (Howe Bridge) also won gold in their categories. Slackey Fold and Hindley Green were awarded 'outstanding' in the "small neighbo...More


Major rail report is on the right track for Wigan Borough
Monday 27th October, 2014
Plans to turn Wigan Borough into a major transport hub in the heart of the North West could be realised if “HS3” is given the go ahead by Government ministers. The report, prepared by HS2 Ltd chairman Sir David Higgins, endorses proposals put forward by northern cities for improved east-west links, named HS3, to complement the north-south scheme. Leader of Wigan ...More


Local leisure provider to deliver outdoor education
Tuesday 21st October, 2014
Leisure and culture provider, WLCT, has been chosen to deliver Wigan Council’s outdoor education provision as part of a deal to transform services for young people. WLCT officially took over responsibility for providing land and water based outdoor education in the borough earlier this month. Activities include kayaking, canoeing and climbing and are open to adults...More


Church garden transformed by local young volunteers

Church garden transformed by local young volunteers
Monday 20th October, 2014
A team of young volunteers from Wigan have transformed the gardens of a local church. The grounds of St Johns Church in Hindley Green have traditionally been enjoyed by local people and families. But in recent years they’d been neglected and overgrown with weeds. The 10 volunteers, aged between 17 and 23 were taking part in the Princes Trust programme, which is de...More


 
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