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UK is 55 million years too late for fracking to work, says expert

The geology of the UK is unsuitable for fracking and the opportunity of the new energy source has been "overhyped", a geoscience expert has claimed.
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HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's newest aircraft carrier arrives in Portsmouth

The UK's new £3 billion aircraft carrier is a clear signal the country will remain a fully engaged global power, Theresa May said, as the ship arrived in Portsmouth.
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Discarded rubbish left in the sandpit at Crankwood Park

Park mess is left behind by travellers

This was the mess left behind by a travelling community after their eviction from a children’s park.

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Bins left in an alleyway and fly-tipped items on Bolton Road, Ashton

Pledge to get tough on fly-tipping

The council is promising to clamp down on selfish residents not storing bins correctly and fly-tipping following a series of complaints.

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Damaged track at Three Sisters

Track safety concerns after serious crash

A serious crash in which a man was airlifted to hospital has sparked a series of safety inspections at a Wigan sporting landmark.

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Travellers at Crankwood Park in Abram

Travellers to be evicted from park

A travelling community is set to be evicted from a children’s park which they have been occupying for several days.

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Market stalls on Bradshawgate

Images show £900,000 regeneration initiative in Leigh town centre

This is how the revamped Bradshawgate will look after a £900,000 regeneration initiative in Leigh town centre.

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Drugs paraphernalia

Shocking increase in discarded drug items

Wigan Council were called out to pick up used needles off the streets on average more than once every two days last year.

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Special report: Concerns about impact of thousands of new homes in Leigh

Special report: Concerns about impact of thousands of new homes in Leigh

A vast influx of developments springing up across Leigh is causing questions to be raised about the impact of hundreds of new houses.

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Artist's impression image of homes for North Leigh Park

Approval given to North Leigh Park plans

One of the first phases of housing for North Leigh Park can officially go ahead.

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and Wigan Council officials at the public consultation in Newtown on the new cycling lanes

Residents give views on £2.1m cycling plans

Dozens of Wiganers gave their opinions on efforts to get the town on its bike at a consultation on a new £2.1m cycling scheme.

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Tenants’ flourishing garden designs triumph again

Tenants’ flourishing garden designs triumph again

Borough residents are celebrating an award for their “dreamy nostalgia”-themed garden at the RHS Tatton Flower Show.

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Wigan Council planning officer Chris Leather, Coun Myra Whiteside, pupils from Bedford High School, Nick Burdekin from Wigan in Bloom and Stewart McGarrie from Old Leigh Photographs unveiling the sculptures in Leigh town centre last year

Artwork ‘worn in just months’

Concerns have been raised after the deteriorating condition of artwork installed in Leigh town centre less than a year ago.

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Impressions of the �10m Astley Point development

Unique scheme creates affordable new homes

The official launch date for an ambitious multi-million pound housing and leisure development has been revealed.

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The Rose Centre in Lowton

Hopes civic hall could be saved are dashed

Efforts to save a popular community building appear to have reached the end of the line.

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The site which Bellway wants to build homes on

Planning D-day in new homes row

A new housing development at the centre of a long-running dispute with unhappy residents is to go before the planning committee on Tuesday.

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Members of Mesnes Park community allotments, who will be entering the competition

Green-fingered contest open to all

The borough’s annual gardening competition has been widened so everyone can enter instead of just housing tenants.

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A footpath near the area of the dispute

Dispute over blocked footpath rumbles on

Residents’ frustration with Wigan Council over a long-running dispute about a blocked-off public footpath has finally boiled over.

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Theresa May, Secretary of State James Brokenshire, and Arlene Foster at the Balmoral Show last month

A deal for every vote: How the DUP will support Theresa May

The DUP and the Conservatives are working towards an arrangement which would allow the DUP to negotiate a fresh deal every time the government needs its support in the Commons.

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Theresa May's future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired.

Theresa May's future as Prime Minister is questioned after snap election backfires

Theresa May's future as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservatives was being openly questioned after her decision to hold a snap election disastrously backfired.

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