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.
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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.

Lisa Rigby

Dealers jailed following drugs turf war shooting

A gang of drug dealers was caught out after gunshots were fired through the windows of a house.

Millingford Brook, in Golborne, seen from Barn Lane

Dog walker rescued after brook plunge

A dog walker was nearly swept away along a fast-flowing waterway after jumping in to rescue her pet.
Darren Charnock, who was jailed today for drugs offences

Drugs gang jailed for nearly 70 years

A heroin and crack cocaine dealing gang has been jailed for nearly 70 years after trying to flood the borough’s streets with hard drugs.
Stagecoach will up its prices in the New Year

New Year bus fares rise confirmed by operator

One of Wigan’s main bus operators says fares will be rising from January 2.

Gerrard Williams

Dad jailed for five years after torching home in drunken rage

A father-of-three who left his estranged wife and their children homeless when he torched the family home has been jailed for 59 months.

Murdered schoolgirl Lisa Hession

Reward to catch schoolgirl's killer - 33 years on

A £50,000 reward has been offered to finally name the murderer of schoolgirl Lisa Hession.
A Vantage vehicle on the guided busway

Police called to late-night busway brawl

A serious brawl on a guided busway service heading to the borough led to police being alerted.
A new sexual health service is being introduced across the borough

New approach to tackling sexual health issues

A new outfit has been drafted in to unite sexual health services for adults and younger people across the borough.
Stuart Gerrard

Backlash over town upgrade project snub

Wigan Council stands accused of being poised to snub Atherton after neighbouring Leigh was nominated for assistance by Greater Manchester’s mayor.

Green Lane, Leigh, where the naked jogger has been spotted

'Naked jogger' spotted several times by residents

A naked jogger - who is thought to have struck at least three times - is being hunted by police.
Paul McKevitt

Council rent to dip – for now

Rents for tenants at 22,000 council houses across the borough are set to dip slightly next year, it has been confirmed.

The holiday resort of Puerto Rico where Ian Scholes died after a fall

Holiday fall ends in tragedy for family

A couple’s holiday to Gran Canaria was tragically cut short when the husband stumbled on steps near their hotel, an inquest heard.

Mick Martyn, the record Leigh try-scorer, who has died at the age of 81

Tributes pour in after death of rugby legend

Tributes have been paid to the former Great Britain international Mick Martyn after his death at the age of 81 following a short illness.

Westleigh Park, the scene of another arson attack

Fresh arson attack on wheelie bins in park

Youths have torched four wheelie bins in the latest arson attack on a borough estate.
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