Borough woman's relief as Windrush scandal finally highlighted

A woman from the borough caught up in the ongoing Windrush scandal has spoken of her relief the issue has finally been put in the spotlight.

Richard Johnson (left) and Jordan West

Jail for violent duo over hotel robbery

Armed robbers who carried out a terrifying attack on a well-known borough hotel and stole a safe have been put behind bars.
Jo Platt MP

MPs' concerns about British involvement in Syria

Local MPs from opposite sides of the House have condemned the use of chemical weapons in Syria and expressed reservations about British involvement.


Pub giant Wetherspoon closes social media profiles

The borough's JD Wetherspoon pubs will no longer be on social media after the pub company decided to pull all its accounts.
Street Paws running outreach sessions at the Homeless Support Project in Leigh

Volunteer vets to help homeless people's pets on the borough's streets

A team of generous vets are giving up their time to help homeless people’s pets on the streets of the borough.

Work on the site

Work begins at contested site in Leigh

Work is well under way at a Leigh site next to a nature reserve which has been the subject of lengthy battles over planning permission.
Maxilead Metals' site at  Parr Bridge Works

Waste centre plan is put on hold

Work on a waste recycling centre has suddenly been put on hold following a dramatic intervention by the Government.

BYOU+ managing director Zak Bretherton

'Great idea' to record LGBTQ domestic abuse

A borough organisation has applauded a police decision to record domestic abuse in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.


VIDEO: Little warrior Archie back home after miraculous recovery

A brave young North West schoolboy who spent four days in a coma battling meningitis B is back home with his family.
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Delia Clarke, lead nurse at Leigh, with members of the new Leigh Warblers singing group

Singing group will hit the healthy notes in Leigh

A successful singing group for people with lung and breathing difficulties is expanding across the borough by starting sessions in Leigh.

The guided busway

Guided busway to shut for maintenance

The guided busway will be shut for the entire weekend for maintenance work.

Fire service

House targeted in suspicious blaze

Police are investigating after the front door of a house was set alight in a suspicious blaze.

Laurel and Hardy delight at autism film screening

Film fans who have autism could enjoy the magic of the movies as a community arts group put on a special screening of classic comedy.

Hospice fund-raiser Katie Stevenson (right) with the replacement eggs donated by kind Winstanley residents

Residents rally round after charity's Easter eggs stolen

Kind-hearted Wiganers stepped in to save the day after callous thieves stole dozens of Easter eggs intended for a charity event.

Firefighters were on the scene

Car fire being treated as arson

A car was torched in a fire believed to have been started deliberately.

Know where your children are, police urge.

Investigation after car crashes into house

A police investigation is under way after a dramatic incident in which a car ploughed into a house.
Fire service incident

Car completely destroyed by fire

A car was totally gutted in a blaze which is being treated as suspicious.

Fire service incident

Outhouse fire at terraced house

Emergency services spent several hours at the scene of an outhouse fire.
Wigan Infirmary

Strike threat looms as hospital staff reject employment move

The threat of strike action at the borough’s hospitals is looming after a controversial plan to alter employment terms was rejected by staff.
Police incident

Police investigating after attempt to torch car

Police have launched an investigation after offenders tried to torch a car in Leigh.

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