New joined-up health care era for borough

A bid to improve borough health and social care and make them more efficient has led to an unprecedented union.

Lord Peter Smith

Council leader Lord Peter Smith quits after 27 years

Wigan Council’s leader Lord Smith has sensationally quit after 27 years in charge at the town hall.
Bolton Crown Court

Sex offender snared after tip-off from US

A trans-Atlantic tip-off led to the arrest of a borough sex offender who used the nickname Pervz.

Stephen Dorricott of Astley Hire, Westleigh Womble volunteer litter pickers Linzi and Bev Rigby, children Hannah Aspinall, 11 and Grace Rothwell 10, from Westleigh Methodist School's eco warriors team, and councillors Mark and Karen Aldred

Leigh firm lends a helping hand to keep the streets clean

A community spirited team of residents have doubled the amount of rubbish collected on their estate which was blighted by fly-tippers, thanks to a grant from Leigh firm Astley Hire.


Family's appeal for information after asbestos tragedy

Family of a borough woman who died after developing asbestos-related mesothelioma are urging her former workmates to come forward with information about the working conditions at the plant where they think she may have contracted it.
Gareth Winnard, Antony Winnard, John Winnard and Tony Callaghan

World famous Uncle Joe's launches Mint Ball gin

The tipple of the moment combined with Wigan’s most famous confectionary is proving a massive hit.

A Stagecoach bus

Borough bus services both cut and created

There were winners and losers today in a major shake-up of borough bus services.

Helen McCourt

Marie McCourt - I cannot rest until my daughter's body is found

Exactly 30 years ago today Helen McCourt went to work but never arrived home.
Marie McCourt on the 30th anniversary of her daughter Helen's murder

A mother’s 30-year fight for closure

On Friday this week a special mass will be said to commemorate, almost to the hour, the 30th anniversary of the disappearance and murder of Helen McCourt.
Rothay Manor dates back to the Regency period

Travel review - Rothay Manor, Ambleside

Within walking distance of Ambleside town centre can be found Rothay Manor: for many years a byword for good taste, comfort and fine dining.
Louise Sellars

Louise Sellars' killer takes first steps towards freedom

A notorious North West killer has taken his first steps towards freedom.
North West
Det Chief Supt Mary Doyle

Call for gun owners to hand over weapons

A new campaign has been launched to get guns off the borough’s streets.

Carly Fairhurst

Bitter-sweet pride of crusading couple

There were tears and smiles as a Wigan couple were honoured for the campaigning work they carried out in their tragic daughter’s memory.

Wreaths were laid

The borough falls silent to honour its war heroes

The borough bowed its collective head in respect as Remembrance Sunday was once again marked.
Empty wine bottles

Teens' lives blighted by parents' drinking

Hundreds of thousands of teenagers’ lives are blighted by the drinking problems of their parents.


Alert over antibiotic use

Borough folk are being urged in a new crusade to “keep antibiotics working.”

Fire service

Firefighters speak out about vile attacks on emergency services

Local firefighters have spoken out about the impact of having stones and bricks thrown at them when responding to incidents.
Bins being emptied

Councils working to reduce waste costs

More than three quarters of English councils, including Wigan, now pick up household rubbish which cannot be recycled or composted just once a fortnight, a survey reveals.

Firefighters were attacked twice in less than 24 hours

Fury over new 999 ambush

Fire chiefs have blasted yobs who pelted crews with stones in two ambushes within hours of each other.

Wigan Town Hall

Council plans a healthy future for Wigan

The face of health and social care in Wigan looks set be transformed by a pioneering act of unification.

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