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Leigh's week in court

A round-up of people who have appeared before Wigan and Leigh magistrates.

EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham has died aged 71

Eastenders actor Leslie Grantham, famous for playing 'Dirty' Den Watts, has died aged 71.
One of the previous protests against the south Hindley urban village

War of words now set to resume over controversial urban village

Outline plans for a new "urban village" in south Hindley - promising 2,000 new homes - have resurfaced.
The fire-damaged Ford Focus in Atherton

Car wrecked in arson attack

A suspected arson attack on a car on a residential street has been tackled by firefighters.

NHS employees on strike over WWL Solutions

Five-day strike planned in NHS dispute

Health bosses are under pressure to end a major NHS employment dispute after unions announced a five-day strike.
The Markland Building in the centre of Tyldesley has been fenced off, amid safety concerns over the structure

Flats evacuated as building 'is in danger of collapse'

An evacuation notice has been served on a block of flats by landlords as a town centre building is in danger of collapse.

An arson investigation is centring on Hope Carr Road in Leigh

'Targeted' petrol bomb attack on home

A petrol bomb attack on a Leigh home is being probed by detectives.
Stray dogs will be sent to Bancroft Kennels and Cattery

Council announces new stray dog service for borough

Stray dogs found in Wigan will now be homed at a kennelling facility in Lowton after taking the service in-house.

Jack Harper

Runner's gruelling challenge for hospice

For the hundreds of cyclists pedalling from Manchester to Blackpool for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, completing the 63-mile course will be a fair challenge.

Donna Hall

New joined-up health care era for borough

A bid to improve borough health and social care and make them more efficient has led to an unprecedented union.

Associate director Alex Summers. (s)

Lancashire Police spotlight child grooming in new theatre resource

Lancashire Police are using the power of theatre to highlight the dangers of child grooming.

Wigan Infirmary

Weeks of on-call industrial action in NHS dispute

Union members at the borough’s hospitals are taking part in a lengthy period of industrial action as part of an ongoing NHS dispute.

Westleigh High School students working on the play about mental health

School play urges mental health talk

School pupils have staged a brave performance aiming to break the stigma of talking about mental health among young people.

David Duckenfield, match commander at Hillsborough

Ex-police boss in bid to block deaths action

Six men are trying to block charges over the deaths of 95 football supporters who died in the Hillsborough disaster - which includes two fans from the borough.

Fire crews are tackling the blaze on Gerard Street in Ashton

Borough main road closed as crews tackle car blaze

A borough main road has been closed off as firefighters tackle a car blaze.


Legoland bins Northern Rail attractions to get behind furious rail passengers

The Northern Rail models at the heart of Legoland’s popular attraction have been binned in a bold move to back millions of rail commuters.
Palliative care nurse specialist manager Jo Carby

Call to hasten hospice help

The borough’s hospice says more could still be done to ensure residents get the care they need at the end of their lives following a major report.

Leigh Film Societys Rob Tongeman, Pat Starkey, Paul Costello, Mary Berry,  Sam Rigby and Elizabeth Costello, with Fr Kevin Crinks (third right) with Alfie Sales (front centre), dad Kieron (front right) and Matthew McNulty (front left)

Film society's generous gift to brave film fan Alfie

Movie buffs will take their efforts for their community to infinity and beyond with a fund-raising screening of a brave little boy’s favourite movie.

WARNING UPSETTING IMAGE: RSPCA suspect dumped dog had been strangled or suffocated

Animal lovers have spoken of their shock and disgust at a potential cruelty case after a dead dog was found dumped in a patch of undergrowth.
The play area on Grasmere Street in Leigh

Play area vandals blasted by council

Council bosses have condemned vandals who forced the temporary closure of a borough play area.

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