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Crime reduction in Wigan Borough

Crime across the Wigan Borough has reduced by six per cent thanks to the work of the Police, the Council and other local agencies over a 12 month period. This means that there have been 1,072 fewer victims of crime in the area.

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Great Manchester Cycle Entry Fee Is Reduced

Cyclists of all abilities will benefit from the introduction of a reduced entry fee for the Great Manchester Cycle event. It will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 4th June and will cost just £10 for adults who take part.

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Titanic find on sale

Wigan antiques dealer Colin de Rouffignac didn’t give much thought to the undistinguished looking medal that he bought in a bric-a-brac shop 40 years ago, little did he know how valuable it was. The medal was one of a very limited number of medals that were awarded to the crew of the ship Carpathia which rescued more than 300 passengers from the doomed Titanic.

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Emma appeal is boosted by fans

Wigan Athletic fans who took part in the ‘Walk for Emma’ earlier this year have raised an amazing £18,000. The 450 or so supporters left their cars and walked to the stadium for Wigan’s game against relegation rivals Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium. Nearly all of the donations for the Emma Hoolin appeal have now been handed over.

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Hollywood comes to Wigan

Writer and broadcaster Stuart Maconie, rugby league legend Billy Boston and John Winnard, one half of the team behind Uncle Joe’s Mintballs have been honoured as three of Wigan’s most famous sons. They have had their names immortalised in a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame at the Wigan Life Centre.

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Community rallies round con victim

The Wigan community has been thanked by a pensioner for helping her get back on her feet after she fell victim to a rogue workman. Theresa Byrne had her garden cleared and tidied by Good Samaritan David Blackburn, of DB Gardening Services in Billinge, after she was conned out of £80 for work that was never done.

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Wigan schoolgirl’s monster role

Wigan schoolgirl Sophia Andrews has won the role as the voice of a lead character in a hit American TV show. She will be playing the lead character of Tiny in the animated series Dinosaur Train which follows the adventures of the Pteranodon family. It has gained millions of fans around the world and will be given a new English-accented soundtrack before it is broadcast on British screens.

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Wigan is safe

Wigan has been named as the safest place to live in Greater Manchester. The latest police statistics have shown that there are fewer crimes committed in the town than any other part of Greater Manchester.

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£21,480… it’s finders keepers

A Lancashire couple, who did the honest thing and handed in £21,000 that they found on their doorstep to the Police, have been allowed to keep the cash. Ian Roberts, 61, and Pam Curtis, 58, found the £21,480 windfall in £20 notes in a plastic bag inside a wicker basket outside their home. The Lytham St Annes locals, who are both retired, decided to give the money to the police because they had no way of knowing who it belonged …

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