Atherton sports ground helped launch England careers

Local historian Alf Ridyard takes a look back at an iconic football ground for yesteryear in his Tash Tales...
Nick Sullivan

Murder accused in crown court after Hindley pub death

A Hindley man accused of murder has appeared before a crown court judge.
Wrestler Kevin Lloyd

Wrestler hits big screen in new film

A pro wrestler from the borough has taken part in a high-profile new comedy film bringing the ring to the silver screen.
Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Book review: Faithful by Alice Hoffman

When a teenager escapes with her life in a tragic accident, instead of counting her blessings she embarks on a journey of self-destruction.


Tesco swings axe on supermarket staff in jobs cull

Tesco is to axe 1,700 shop floor jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive at Britain's biggest retailer.

Beautiful Star & Other Stories by Andrew Swanston

Book review: Beautiful Star & Other Stories by Andrew Swanston

History isn’t just about the big names and the big battles… the past is littered with the little people who experience history as it happens.

The Chinese Emperors New Clothes by Ying Chang Compestine and David Roberts

Book reviews: A cunning emperor, two madcap pranksters and a neon chameleon

There’s laugh-out-loud fun, super space adventure and fantastic fairy tale twists in a dazzling collection of new children’s books to brighten up the January gloom.

Nucleus by Rory Clements

Book review: Nucleus by Rory Clements

It’s 1939 and maverick professor Tom Wilde is in a race against time to save the world from a deadly threat.

The Night Market by Jonathan Moore

Book review: The Night Market by Jonathan Moore

If you like your thrillers to come with a liberal helping of the macabre, then the murky, dystopian world of Jonathan Moore’s gripping new mystery will soon have you seeking out the back numbers in this top-notch series.

Jo Platt MP

Police cuts putting residents at risk, says MP

A local MP has told a Government minister police cuts across the region are putting residents at risk during parliamentary proceedings.
Nick Sullivan

Man in court charged with murder after Hindley pub death

A Hindley man has appeared in the dock accused of murder.
Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank

Princess Eugenie to marry long-term boyfriend

Princess Eugenie is to marry her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank - at the same wedding venue as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
The Georgia Brown pub in Hindley, where the assault took place

Man charged with murder after Hindley pub fight

A man has been charged with murder after a man died following a fight in a pub in Hindley.
Police appeal

Flasher exposes himself to girl on her way to school

A schoolgirl was left “traumatised” after a man exposed himself in front her.
Leigh Film Society and Leigh Waspi are screening Suffragette in the parish church

Leigh church film night of women’s campaigns

Women’s rights will take centre stage at a community film event celebrating an important centenary and highlighting a modern campaign.

Beth Meadows in India

Leigh volunteer Beth supports Indian families

A Leigh woman gave up her Christmas to help educate young people in India, describing the experience “absolutely amazing.”

Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Pete Burt, MP Jo Platt, Angela Pike and Maxine Armstrong, of Wigan And Leigh Hospice

On your marks for next Leigh 10k

The countdown to the next Leigh 10k run is under way after the town’s MP launched a campaign to get more residents to take on the challenge.
Michelle Young, whose story was featured in Millionaire Ex-Wives Club, battled her husband in the courts for 10 years

Millionaire Ex-Wives Club - A measure of sympathy for the devil?

It’s difficult to feel any sympathy for the mega-rich. There they go, swanning around in their Bentleys, insulated from the years of austerity everyone else has been forced to go through.

The Harris Orphanage and Christopher Hartley

'Sly and cunning' Preston children's home abuser is caged by senior judge

A former Army sergeant who raped and abused vulnerable youngsters in a children’s home has been caged for 13 years.

North West
Coun Stephen Hellier spoke against the plan to use local green belt

Planners allow homes to be built on green belt land

Planners agreed to depart from local policy and allow construction on the green belt as an ambitious scheme for an old waste recycling site got the go-ahead.
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