Animal cruelty toll still second worst in the UK

RSPCA complaints in Greater Manchester have dipped slightly over the past 12 months, new figures have revealed.

David Dargan

Gang behind violent armed raid gets 34 years in jail

A gang of violent armed raiders who held up a convenience store have been jailed for 34 years in total.
The Bridgewater Canal

Eight-year wait for footpath adoption too long

An eight-year wait - and possibly longer - is being faced by countryside campaigners wanting to get a new borough footpath adopted.

Police say staff were threatened at the Atherton store

Armed gang told they will receive long prison terms

Violent robbers who held up a convenience store in the borough – wielding a sledgehammer and crowbar – are expected to receive significant jail terms when they are sentenced next month

Slag Lane

Horse riders to protest at dangerous motorists

A protest ride has been arranged by horse riders to highlight the dangers posed to those tackling a popular route in the borough.

Hindley train station parking

Wigan councillor says it’s a ‘scandal’ as proposals for station are dropped

Campaigners say that a controversial decision to abandon a long-awaited park and ride scheme for a Wigan railway station is a "scandal".

Police hunt

Teen flasher exposed himself to schoolgirl

Police are hunting a teenaged flasher who exposed himself to a schoolgirl.

The building once used as Leigh Magistrates' Court

Leigh homelessness hub opening delays

Work is yet to be completed on Leigh’s promised homeless hub - despite rough sleepers facing the coldest week of the year.


Police officer suffers broken fingers after patrol car is rammed

A police officer suffered broken fingers when his patrol car was rammed by a vehicle last night.
Police raid a suspected cannabis firm in Firs Lane, Leigh

Police bust £40k cannabis farm

A suspected cannabis farm said to contain drugs with a street value of up to £40,000 has been busted in Leigh.

One of the new pet gas masks being demonstrated by a firefighter

Pet gas masks will help four-legged friends in fires

Pet-friendly oxygen masks are being rolled out to North West firefighters to assist our four-legged friends in the event of a house fire.

Police probe

School worker in court over missing cash

A third case of financial irregularities in two years concerning the schools sector has been identified by the council’s spending watchdog.

Anthony Grainger

Misconduct probe for police officers over man's shooting

Two senior police officers in Greater Manchester are understood to be facing gross misconduct proceedings over the shooting of an unarmed man nearly six years ago.
Yvonne Fovargue MP

Hundreds trapped in Universal Credit rent crisis

Almost 1,500 residents are trapped in a rent arrears crisis caused by the government’s controversial changes to the universal credit system.

The popular Leigh Sports Village which requires some remedial work

Structural work begins at sports centre

Leisure bosses are set to spend nearly £500,000 on repairing the walls at a showpiece sports centre.

Hoax callers have been criticised by firefighters

Hoax 999 call about a 'hurt child' angers firefighters

A hoax 999 call to a child said to be pinned underneath a car has been highlighted by firefighters
Atherton Community School

Academy will turn things around

An academy trust which manages Atherton Community School has been propped up with a £750,000 cash injection from one of the government’s executive agencies.

Turnpike House

Turnpike House to turn over a new leaf?

A major building in Leigh - said once to be a “blight” on the town centre - might be transformed into an apartments block.

Scamblers on the M6

Police condemn scrambler riders "pulling wheelies" on the M6

Motorway police have slammed young riders who were filmed pulling wheelies on the M6.
North West
The Limes, which once housed hospital doctors, could be pulled down to make way for up 40 new homes

Plan to convert infirmary site into 40 homes

Forty new homes could be introduced in the grounds of Leigh Infirmary - under plans lodged with Wigan Council.

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