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New mum given the "gift of life" through double transplant

A borough mum, who is one of only dozens to have given birth after a double transplant, is backing the campaign for organ donation following the death of fellow organ recipient Dave Hughes.

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The protest is against a move to WWL Solutions

Borough hospital strike set to go ahead following last-minute failed talks

A hospital walk-out looks set to go ahead as last-minute talks between union members and the NHS trust fail.

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Police at the scene of what was initially a murder probe

Wigan murder probe dropped as police call death a "tragic incident"

A man and a woman who were arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a Wigan man have been released and will face no further action.
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Promising footballer Niall Dearnaley

Thousands raised in memory of promising young footballer

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of a young Leigh footballer who died in May last year.
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Becky Hampson with son Vinnie. Photo by Darren Turner

Borough yoga teacher promotes home birth, reiki and placenta smoothies

A pole dance and yoga teacher has used her talents to raise money for a home birth charity after giving birth to her second son in a pool in her living room.

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Firefighters caught the flames before they set fire to a nearby property

Warning after hot ashes melt three bins and set fire to a garden fence

Firefighters are urging people to be vigilant after a blaze which started in a Leigh garden melted three wheelie bins and set fire to a fence.
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Firefighters tackled the trolley blaze in a Leigh garden

Fire crews find melted dolls' heads in garden rubbish fire

Melted dolls heads were found in a pile rubbish set alight in a trolley in a Leigh back garden, firefighters have reported.
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Sean Bean will appear in the drama

Sean Bean drama filmed on major borough road

One of the borough’s biggest roads will close for three nights as BBC crews film the latest prime-time drama.
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Fire crews received reports of a traffic collision

Three fire crews told dumped car had people trapped inside

Firefighters found a burning car which had been dumped after turning out to reports of a road traffic collision.

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Lack of exercise is one of the main contributing factors in obesity

Inactivity levels high in borough

New data has shown that borough residents are some of the most inactive in the region, just days after we reported they are among the most obese people in the country.
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Leigh Cats and Dogs Home

'Extreme concerns' spark probe at borough animal shelter

A borough MP has fought for the review of a local animal shelter following “extremely concerning” revelations.

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The crash on Newton Road

Multi-vehicle crash involved "top of the range" 4x4 and mini digger

Police have been called to reports of a multi-vehicle crash in Lowton in which the driver of a 4x4 allegedly ran from the scene.
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Fire crews extinguished the Peugeot which burst into flames on the East Lancs.

Car fire causes delays on East Lancs

A car fire on East Lancs Road this afternoon caused traffic chaos for motorists.

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Outside Bedford Care Home

Safety errors at borough care home

A Leigh care home has been warned by health watchdogs after seven safety regulation breaches were discovered during a routine inspection.

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Police are investigating fake bomb threats made to schools

Schools close following 'hoax bomb threats'

Schools have been closed across the country following "malicious" hoax bomb threats.
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Trevor Barton MBE from Trust in Leigh and Gemma Atkinson, office and business development manager from Wigan Borough Community Partnership, outside the former Shopmobility building outside Spinning Gate shopping centre

Charity announces cafe and youth zone plans for empty building

A borough building which was left empty following the collapse of a charity branch is soon to be reopened for public use.

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Police posted the message following an incident on Friday night

Police ask parents to know where their children are

Wigan parents are being asked if they know where there children are at night after police discovered "gangs" of drunken youths on a park.

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Firefighters stopped the diesel running into the drains

Warning to motorists after fuel spill outside supermarket

Firefighters are urging motorists to take care after diesel was spilled on a road next to a busy supermarket.

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Michael Hunter, 32

Former borough sport coach jailed for child sex offences

A former local sports coach has been jailed for a string of sexual offences against boys as young as 10.
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Haydock Island

‘Drivers are risking their lives’ at accident blackspot

Hundreds of motorists have signed a petition demanding increased safety measures at an accident blackspot.

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