Man fails in bid to have horse cruelty fine quashed

An equine enthusiast has failed to overturn a conviction for allowing three ponies to go lame at a Wigan farm.

It is a criminal offence to offer or allow a person under the age of 18 to use a sunbed

Council issues under-age alert for tan salons

Tanning salon bosses are being warned not to fall foul of under-age laws as they launch a summer crackdown.

William the guinea pig who was found abandoned in a box

Guinea pig cruelty increases

The RSPCA is urging families to think before they buy a guinea pig after a huge increase in neglect and cruelty cases involving the furry animals.
Devenn Sutherman

Jealous partner jailed for 13 years for Christmas Day stabbing.

A jealous partner who repeatedly stabbed his former lover's new man, after breaking into her home in the early hours of Christmas Day, has been jailed for 13 years.
Hindley Prison

Prison worker released as part of jail drugs probe

A prison worker at Hindley has been released by police probing the supply of drugs at the jail.

Ironman competitors riding through Standish at a past event

Controversy as Ironman is cut short by promoters

Protests have greeted plans to cut short part of an Ironman challenge which starts in Wigan borough.
Bolton Coroner's Court

Coroner's warning over dangers of drugs

A coroner has issued a warning about intravenous drug abuse after a warehouseman was admitted to hospital with no fewer than 16 abscesses. on his lungs.

Hindley Prison

Hindley Prison sports day provokes protests

Plans for a sports day and barbecue at Hindley Prison - featuring inmates and staff - have divided borough residents and penal reformers.
Mass brawl in street

Metal bars and wood embedded with nails used in mass street brawl

A gang of up to 40 men confronted police when they were alerted to a brawl outside a takeaway, a court heard.
Manchester Road, Astley

Schoolgirl suffers head injury in road collision

A youngster has been taken to hospital with a head injury after a collision close to a primary school earlier today.
One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village

War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.
The fire-damaged Ford Focus in Atherton

Car wrecked in arson attack

A suspected arson attack on a car on a residential street has been tackled by firefighters.

The Markland Building in the centre of Tyldesley has been fenced off, amid safety concerns over the structure

Flats evacuated as building 'is in danger of collapse'

An evacuation notice has been served on a block of flats by landlords as a town centre building is in danger of collapse.

An arson investigation is centring on Hope Carr Road in Leigh

'Targeted' petrol bomb attack on home

A petrol bomb attack on a Leigh home is being probed by detectives.
David Duckenfield, match commander at Hillsborough

Ex-police boss in bid to block deaths action

Six men are trying to block charges over the deaths of 95 football supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster - which includes two fans from the borough.

The play area on Grasmere Street in Leigh

Play area vandals blasted by council

Council bosses have condemned vandals who forced the temporary closure of a borough play area.

NHS trust Bridgewater

Health trust Bridgewater rapped by commissioners

Clinical commissioners across three boroughs, including Wigan, have now expressed concerns about an under-fire health trust.


Masked raider caught out

An armed raider who terrorised a heavily-pregnant woman and her partner in their own home was tracked down thanks to an eagle-eyed resident.
Patrick Ward has been jailed after selling puppies like this one suffering from a string of problems including parvovirus, worm infestations and neurological conditions  and four had died or had to be put to sleep

Cruel puppy trader finally behind bars

A puppy farm trader who had been on the run for nearly two years has now been jailed for 22 weeks.

An image of the two suspects in the Westleigh Cricket Club vandalism incident, with their identities obscured

Youths blasted over club raid

Cricket club officials have condemned teenagers believed to be responsible for the latest spate of vandalism at their ground.

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