End of NHS strike is hailed but questions remain over details

The sudden deal brokered by Wigan Council to end the borough’s NHS dispute has been welcomed but questions over details still remain.

Unison general secretary Dave Prentis and MPs with strikers

Bitter wrangles and strikes in health issue which lasted months

The battle over the implementation of WWL Solutions has been the story dominating discussion of the NHS in the borough in 2018.

The Lottery Winners

"It's important we remember Viola Beach" says borough band

A leading band from the borough will play one of its biggest headlining gigs to date on an emotional night in memory of a tragic indie group.

Jo Platt MP

Frontbench role for MP Jo Platt

An MP from the borough has been appointed to a prestigious role in Labour's latest front-bench reshuffle.
Fire service

Group celebrating successes in arson crackdown

A group set up to prevent deliberate fires has met again to review its success and pledge to continue tackling hotspots for anti-social behaviour.

Martin Hibbert with the 5th Tyldesley Cubs

Borough Cubs inspired by brave arena attack survivor

Cubs in the borough received an inspirational visit from a man recovering from horrific injuries suffered in the Manchester Arena terror attack.

A picket line during the dispute

NHS strikes over as council's offer stops subsidiary firm

The industrial action that has gripped the borough's NHS is over after the council agreed a deal which will stop a controversial subsidiary firm going ahead.
Police incident

Digger used to smash vehicles in scrap yard

A digger was used to damage vehicles at a scrap dealer in a brazen wrecking spree.

Coun Steve Jones

Call for council to do more on homelessness

An opposition councillor is hoping to win favour in the chamber for a radical new plan to tackle homelessness in the borough.

Andrew Foster

NHS row deepens over ban

The borough’s bitter NHS row has deepened further after a hospital boss banned trade union officials from a dispute over comments made during a meeting walk-out.

Fire incident

Fury after camp fire sparks blaze on field

Firefighters have blasted whoever was responsible for a grass fire in the middle of a field.

Employees on the picket line during the five-day dispute

Seven-day strike in NHS dispute

A seven-day strike has been announced in the industrial dispute over the creation of an NHS subsidiary firm.

Police appeal

Arrests as police probe armed bank raids

Police have made a number of arrests in the borough as part of a probe into a series of armed bank robberies.
The picket line outside Wigan Infirmary this morning

Plans for hospital firm get the green light

A controversial new firm which has been at the centre of a bitter row has received the backing of the board of Wigan's hospitals.
Neil Rigby

Biggest Colour Run yet to pay tribute to tragic Neil

One of the borough’s most vibrant charity events will be tinged with sadness this year as it is dedicated to the memory of a Wigan fundraiser.

Fester, who died after being shot last week

Owner’s fury after thug shoots pet cat

A devastated cat owner has spoken out after a thug with a weapon fatally shot her beloved pet.
Police appeal

Disabled woman punched in head during attempted robbery

A disabled woman was punched in the head during an attempted robbery.
Coun David Molyneux

Sort it out! Council leader's plea to resolve hospital dispute

The leader of Wigan Council has made an impassioned plea for an end to the bitter industrial dispute over moving staff into a subsidiary company.

NHS employees on strike over WWL Solutions

Five-day strike planned in NHS dispute

Health bosses are under pressure to end a major NHS employment dispute after unions announced a five-day strike.
Jack Harper

Runner's gruelling challenge for hospice

For the hundreds of cyclists pedalling from Manchester to Blackpool for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, completing the 63-mile course will be a fair challenge.

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