Hearing into Manchester Arena suicide bombing deaths confirmed for Friday

A pre-inquest hearing into the deaths of the 22 victims of the Manchester Arena suicide bombing will go ahead on Friday, the city's coroners office has confirmed.
A total of 16 defendants, including 15 men and one woman, have been charged over the major disturbance at Hindley Prison, which took place in May last year

Charges over jail disturbance

Fifteen men and a woman have appeared in court charged in connection with an alleged major disturbance at Hindley Prison.
Police are searching for the masked robbers

Betting shop smashed up by masked robbers with sledgehammers

Police are hunting for armed robbers who smashed through a betting shop with sledgehammers, trapping staff inside.
Wigan And Leigh Courthouse

Week in court

A round-up of people who have appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates.
The  Co-Op store in Church Lane, Lowton

Store is hit by another raid

Masked men fled with a substantial amount of money and cigarettes after another raid on a convenience store.

Det Chief Supt Mary Doyle

Call for gun owners to hand over weapons

A new campaign has been launched to get guns off the borough’s streets.

Wigan and Leigh magistrates court

Thief's plea for mercy falls on deaf ears

A serial shoplifter begged magistrates for mercy as she was jailed for a spree of thefts.

Firefighters were called to the park three times

Drunk adults start several fires at park

Firefighters were repeatedly called to a park to tackle blazes started by adults who had been drinking.

The scam in action

Police issue warning over supermarket money-off voucher scam

Police have issued a warning about a new scam currently doing the rounds on WhatsApp involving 'money off vouchers'.

The dead swan at the side of the canal

Sick yobs kill swan

A swan was shot dead and its body left by the side of a canal after a horrible attack.

Andy Burnham

Mayor’s anger as he is caught up in yob ambush of fire engine

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has blasted yobs who ambushed a fire engine in which he was riding out with a crew.
Rolf Harris

Rolf Harris launches fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions

Disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris is launching a fresh bid to challenge indecent assault convictions.

Liverpool Crown Court

Motorist was six times over drug drive limit

A motorist who was six times the cocaine legal limit while driving through Wigan has been jailed for four weeks.

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Man's six-pack photo prompted a 'good-hiding'

A teenager tracked down a youth who sent a photo of his “six pack” to his partner and gave him a bloody nose, borough magistrates were told.

Cremated and sent to the bottom of the sea: Ian Brady's unceremonious end

The body of the Moors Murderer Ian Brady has finally been cremated following a legal battle over his last wishes. Here is how the remains of the infamous child killer were disposed of:
Youngster in the firing line for watching TV illegally

Young TV licence dodgers caught red-handed

Nearly 150 young Wigan adults were caught watching TV without a licence last year, shock new figures reveal.
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

Homeless man 'stole to survive'

A homeless man who stole whisky and clothing because he was on the streets has been given a chance to mend his ways by magistrates.

The case centres on the 2006 Health Act

Prisoner takes fight against illicit smoking in jails to Supreme Court

A prisoner concerned about his exposure to "second-hand" smoke is fighting at the UK's highest court to make illicit lighting up in jails a criminal offence.

A flashback to the original travellers encampment on the car park next to Howe Bridge Crematorium

Travellers spark anger after returning to crematorium's car park

Travellers have sparked controversy by returning to the car park of a crematorium in the borough.

Jeffrey Wiltshire and Rosalin Baker

Baby 'bus death' pair's 'excessive' prison sentences reduced

A couple who tried to cover up their baby's torture and death at home by staging the discovery of her body on a bus have won a challenge against their "manifestly excessive" prison sentences.

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