Safety needs to improve at ‘prison’ for youngsters

Action is urgently needed to make sure young people detained in youth offending institutions and secure training centres such as Hindley Prison are safe, council leaders say.

Ian Brady

Moors murderer Ian Brady died of natural causes, coroner rules

Moors Murderer Ian Brady died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled.

Aidan McAteer

Aidan McAteer handed extra time in jail for Instagram boast

Aidan McAteer has had his jail sentence increased after he posted pictures on social media from prison.

Some of the seized bikes are loaded onto a trailer

Police in off-road biking crackdown

Off-road riders as young as five are believed to have been targeted by a police operation designed to seize illegal bikes.

Travellers have now moved off this site at Riley Bank Road, near Crankwood

Travellers evicted from land - but some don't move far

Travellers have been shifted from land near a multi-million pound housing development on the border of Leigh and Lowton.
Stephen Barron, 66, was reported missing from his home in Mintlaw, and was last seen on Friday, 8 September 2017

Police search for man missing for over a week

Police in Scotland are searching for a missing man who they believe may be in Blackpool or Morecambe.

Police are questioning a man

House at centre of rape investigation

Police are investigating a property in the borough and a man has been arrested following a suspected serious sex attack.


Biker jailed for 'hair-raising' wheelie-pulling, selfie-taking motorway stunts

A biker who took selfies and pulled wheelies on a motorway before speeding at up to 117mph has been jailed for eight months and given a 28-month driving ban.

The UK's lead police officer on child protection has said forces will "potentially" have to look at working with so-called paedophile hunters (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Police forces may have to consider working with ‘paedophile hunters’

The UK's lead police officer on child protection has said forces will "potentially" have to look at working with so-calledpaedophile hunters.

The shop on Atherton Road. Pic courtesy of Google Street View

Bosses fined thousands for illegal workers

Two Wigan companies have been fined thousands of pounds after a Home Office raid revealed illegal employees on its books.

Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink driving

Footballer Wayne Rooney has pleaded guilty to drink driving on a night out while his pregnant wife and their three sons were on holiday.
The 14-year-old has been found in Leigh

Missing teen found

The hunt for a missing 14-year-old Atherton teen has ended.
Police continue their enquiries

Atherton home focus of rape investigation

Police are investigating a property in Atherton and a man has been arrested following a suspected rape.

Charlotte Jones

Search for missing teenager Charlotte

Police are appealing for help to find a teenager missing from her home in the borough.
The incident happened at Asda in Atherton

Thieves flee from supermarket empty-handed

Raiders left empty-handed when they targeted a supermarket early this morning.

The cash machine at the Co-operative was targeted. Pic: Google Street View

Another cash machine targeted by raiders

Thieves have targeted another cash machine, the latest in a series of attacks across the borough.

Crews from Leigh fire station attended

Car damaged after being set alight

Arsonists are thought to have set fire to a car in the early hours of the morning.


Police release body cam footage of Mark Buckley's arrest on suspicion of murder

This is the moment police dramatically swooped on the suspected killer of Wigan student Ellen Higginbottom.
Ellen pictured with her boyfriend Ryan Warren

Ellen Higginbottom murder: A crime that shocked the borough

The murder of Ellen Higginbottom is “every parent’s worst nightmare” – a  young woman brutally targeted at random by a stranger.
Wigan And Leigh Magistrates' Court

Week in court

A round-up of people who have appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates.
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