Health chiefs battle alarming rise in drug hospital admissions

Health chiefs say they are working hard to tackle an alarming rise in drug-related admissions the borough’s hospitals.

Hindley Health Centre where the pharmacy is located.

"Red flag" system review following death of man

Borough healthcare providers have been ordered to review their "red flag" system after a prescription failure led to the death of a Wigan man.
Doctors warn of "spike" in scarlet fever cases

Parents' scarlet fever warning

Residents are being urged to ensure they are vigilant in spotting the signs for Scarlet Fever after a rapid rise in the number of cases across Greater Manchester.

Three men have been charged by police.

Three charged after armed robbery at sporting lodge

Three men have been charged following an armed robbery at a sporting lodge in Leigh.

Martyn Woods, 72.

Pensioner jailed for years of sex abuse against children

A sex offender from Lowton who preyed on children for more than a decade has been put behind bars.
More hate crimes have been reported

Race crimes a growing issue in borough

Hundreds of hate crimes were reported in the borough last year, two thirds of which were race-related.
Police are warning motorists to avoid St Helens Road

Road closed in Leigh following 'serious' collision

Police have reported road closures and long delays following a "serious crash" in Leigh.
Police issue a warning following reports of a suspicious man

Residents warned of potential door-knock scam targeting elderly people

Police are warning people to look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours following a potential door-knock scam.
Two people were rescued from the River Lune on Saturday.

Woman escapes house fire started by electric heater

A woman escaped from a burning house in the early hours of the morning after fire engulfed her bathroom.
Thomas Jackson with his loot

Wigan man finds historic coins in brook

A spectacular hoard of centuries-old coins found in a brook in the borough gives a small but perfectly-formed window into the past.

The Dray King, picture by Daniel

Hopes of work at Wigan eyesore

Hopes are rising that work is finally about to begin on renovating a former pub which has become an eyesore and magnet for anti-social behaviour.
The McDonald's in Leigh

Unaccompanied teens hit by McDonald's evening ban

Staff at a branch of McDonald’s in the Wigan borough have caused controversy after banning unsupervised teenagers from sitting in the fast food restaurant in the evening.
Picture posed by model

Council survey reveals shock toll of abuse

Wigan Council conducted more than 1,000 investigations into the safety of vulnerable adults in a 12-month period, exploring allegations of physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
Have you seen Stewart Barnes?

Have you seen Stewart Barnes?

Police are searching for a man who went missing after a trip to Asda.

Firefighters say the fire may have been a "malicious act"

Shed fire thought to be "malicious"

Firefighters who battled a shed fire at a Leigh home have said it could be a "malicious act".

The incident happened just off The Greyhound roundabout on the East Lancs

Woman taken to hospital following East Lancs crash

A woman was taken to hospital after crashing into the central reservation on East Lancs Road.
Joan and Cyril Smith

Grandparents appeal for help to see Sana again

The devastated grandparents of a schoolgirl who was kidnapped by her own dad are appealing for help to be reunited with the youngster in the Middle East.
A candle burns dangerously out of control

Deadly dangers of Christmas candles

Fire chiefs are warning of the dangers of candles and decorative lights as people truss up their homes for the festive season.

Leigh Miners

Vehicle torched in club car park

Firefighters fought a blaze in the early hours after a car was doused in petrol and torched on a Leigh car park.

Chief executive officer Pam Gilligan, third from right, with staff and volunteers at Compassion In Action

Could you help make someone’s Christmas?

A Leigh charity is appealing for the public’s help to give deprived families a magical Christmas.
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