On the lamb! Rabbits play woolly jumpers for sheep thrills

Three wild rabbits have managed to escape rising floodwaters in New Zealand by clambering aboard a flock of sheep and surfing to safety on their woolly backs.

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More than 100,000 over-90's still hold driving licences

More than 100,000 people aged 90 or over still hold driving licences, figures from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) show.
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A 255 million fund is expected to be unveiled to help councils speed up local measures to deal with pollution

New petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned from 2040

New diesel and petrol cars and vans will be banned from 2040 as part of efforts to tackle air pollution, the Government is expected to announce.

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The surge in ticketing comes after clamping on private land was banned in 2012

Code of conduct urged as number of parking tickets from private companies rises

The number of parking tickets handed out by private companies has soared, leading to support for proposed new laws to end the industry's self-regulation.

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A car driving around a pothole

Huge rise in complaints about roads

The number of complaints about Wigan’s roads has rocketed, new figures reveal.

The statepension agewill rise from 67 to 68 from 2037

State pension age to rise to 68 earlier than planned

The state pension age will rise from 67 to 68 from 2037, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke has announced.

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Andy Burnham, police and transport chiefs

Public transport safety blitz is launched

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has announced a major investment in the safety of area’s public transport system.

Second fares hike plans for ring and ride users

Second fares hike plans for ring and ride users

A fares hike for older travellers using Wigan and Leigh’s ring and ride service is under consideration again.

Train users are being warned of disruption ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend

Train users warned over closures and reduced services over bank holiday

Train users hoping to travel to and from London over the August bank holiday weekend are being warned to plan their journeys now as a major London station is set to close for engineering works.

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Carolyn and Stuart Croft are trying to track down the couple from Burnley who came to their aid on holiday

Wigan couple appeal for holiday heroes who came to their rescue

A Wigan couple are looking for the good Samaritans from Burnley who came to their rescue when their money was stolen on holiday.

Leigh Market Hall

Review of borough’s markets launched

A major review of how the borough’s markets are managed has been launched by Wigan Council.

All fees and charges associated with unplanned overdrafts are set to be removed by Lloyds Bank Group.

Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax to scrap charges for unplanned overdrafts

Lloyds Banking Group is to launch a simplified "pay-as-you-go" overdraft charging system and scrap some fees, in a shake-up affecting millions of customers.

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Wigan bus station

Fewer Wigan buses left on time

Bus service punctuality for subsidised services across Wigan and Leigh has deteriorated year-on-year, according to latest figures.

Insurance office to close with the loss of up to 200 jobs

Insurance office to close with the loss of up to 200 jobs

Almost 200 jobs are under threat after an insurance company said it is to close its Fylde offices in a move described by unions as “brutal”.

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MP Chris Green shared this photo of Leigh Road

MP highlights concerns over accident hotspot

A borough MP has raised concerns over an apparent accident hotspot following several dangerous incidents.

The former Colliers Rest pub

D-Day is looming for closed pubs

The fate of two community pubs in Leigh is hanging in the balance with different regeneration bids lodged for the sites

The number of zero hours and agency contracted workers has doubled in the North West since 2011, according to the GMB union.

Number of zero hours workers doubles in north west

The number of zero hours and agency contracted workers has doubled in the north west since 2011, according to the GMB union.

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The new Snap Map

VIDEO: Everything you need to know about Snapchat's new location sharing Snap Map - according to Snapchat

Social media service Snapchat has introduced a new tracker in its latest update allowing people to see the exact location of their friends.
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West Coast Mainline

Companies in bid to run West Coast Mainline announced

The three companies which will bid to run trains on the West Coast Mainline have been announced today.

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Noel Chadwick's in Standish

Hygiene ratings - latest results

More than 80 per cent of the borough’s food establishments subjected to a hygiene inspection in May scored top marks.

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