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.

Sheila and other friends of Hindley station

Prize joy for station friends

Volunteers who have turned an ordinary railway halt into a beautiful and novel attraction were celebrating double honours today.

Delegates at the Carbon Landscape launch

Project to create green wonderlands in ex-industrial areas

A multi-million pound project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund has been launched to restore areas of Wigan borough and other parts of the North West transformed by heavy industries like coal-mining, peat extraction and iron and steel production.

Protestors at The Bell

Hopes of green belt reprieve as plan is revisited

Campaigners against a blueprint to build on parts of the borough’s precious green belt will be delighted at the wind of change which could be about to blow these plans off course.

Wigan Business Expo 2017

Wigan Business Expo gets underway

The biggest day in the borough's calendar is under way with the launch of the annual Wigan Business Expo.

Ellen Higginbottom

Misconduct probe in connection with Ellen Higginbottom murder investigation

Three police radio operators are under investigation for alleged misconduct in connection with the disappearance and murder of Wigan student Ellen Higginbottom.
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