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Olympic champ Wiggo creates new cycling team

Sir Bradley Wiggins. Credit: Press Association.

Sir Bradley Wiggins is to launch a new professional cycling team this year as he prepares for the team pursuit at the 2016 Olympic Games.

Wiggins, who would become the most decorated British athlete in Olympic history if he clinches an eighth medal in Rio de Janeiro next year, says he is keen to give something back to the sport and wants to use his success to encourage a healthy cycling culture within the UK.

The team will be sponsored by Sky and Wiggins, 34, will officially join them early in May after leaving Team Sky.

Now I want to build something to inspire kids and to reach all those people who might be on the fringes of the sport.

"My message is simple: If I can do it, then so can you."

– Sir Bradley Wiggins

The new team - named 'Wiggins' - will be sponsored by the 34-year-old's long-time supporter Sky and is fully endorsed by UK governing body, British Cycling.

CCTV appeal after "unprovoked" attack on pub-goer

Do you know this man? A CCTV image of the assault suspect. Credit: Lancashire Police

Detectives in Chorley have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to over an assault at a pub.

The victim suffered a broken jaw in the attack by two men at the Imperial Pub on Union Street in Chorley.

Lancashire Police say the incident happened in the early hours of Saturday, August 9.

The incident took place at around 1.30am on Saturday 9 August at The Imperial, Union Street when the victim, a 28 year old local man, was approached by a man in the smoking area and punched in the face, causing him to fall to the ground.

As the victim left the premises he was approached by a second man, who is believed to have been in company with the first offender, and was punched again in the face.

The offender is then believed to have made his way back into the pub.

As a result of the attack the victim sustained a broken jaw which required surgery.

The first offender is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 9ins, slim build with short light brown hair and was wearing an electric blue t-shirt.

The second offender is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 8ins tall, slim build with short dark brown hair and was wearing a white t-shirt, light blue jeans and had a full sleeve of tattoos on his left arm.

This was an unprovoked attack which initially started in the smoking area and continued at the front of the pub around closing time.

"We are keen to speak to the man pictured and I would urge him or anyone who may recognise him to come forward.

"Similarly I would ask that anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who may have any information about what happened to contact us on 101.”

– PC Lee Tickle, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information can call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting crime reference number CA1408690 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Do you know him? Hunt for man who threw a pint glass at McDonalds worker and broke her nose

Do you know him? A CCTV image of the suspect. Credit: Lancashire Police

A woman was left with a broken nose after a man threw a pint glass at her as she worked at a McDonalds.

The incident happened at around 4.20am on Sunday, September 28, at the McDonalds on Clifford Street in Chorley.

A man is believed to have entered the restaurant with a pint glass which has been thrown at a woman working behind the till.

The glass hit the 43-year-old worker and she received treatment at hospital for a broken nose as well as cuts and bruises to her face.

The man is described as a white male, approximately 5ft 10 tall of a slim build with short fair hair, thought to be aged in his early 20s.

He was wearing a grey hooded top worn open with a white polo shirt underneath and dark coloured three quarter length shorts.

If you know the suspect you can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Credit: Lancashire Police

This has been a completely unprovoked attack in which the victim has been left extremely shaken.

"I would urge people to take a good look at the CCTV images and anyone with information about the identity of the man is asked to contact police."

– PC Stuart Hart of Chorley Police

Anybody who knows the man should call Lancashire Police on 101 quoting CA1409416 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Wiggins off the road. The inside track ... Commonwealth Games

Chorley cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins is in Glasgow for the Commonwealth Games but won't be seen on the road this time.

The action starts tomorrow and will see Sir Bradley return inside to the Velodrome cycle track.

The 2012 Tour de France winner says he needs to concentrate on the team pursuit because that's what he'll be chasing in 2016 at the Olympics in Rio.

Teen dies after petrol poured on garden fire in Lancashire

Lisa Jones

A teenager has died in hospital after an explosion involving a garden chimenea in Lancashire.

Lisa Jones, 19, suffered severe burns at a house in Chorley, when petrol was poured onto the fire.

House where chiminea explosion took place

She died from her injuries eleven days later.

A 19-year-old man was interviewed under caution in connection with her death but has since been released pending further investigations.

Lisa Jones

Chorley's Bradley Wiggins rules himself out of Tour de France

Team Sky set to make official announcement on Sir Bradley Wiggins later Credit: PA Images

Chorley's Sir Bradley Wiggins has confirmed he will miss the 2014 Tour de France.

Team Sky are expected to announce later today their nine-man team for the race, which starts in Leeds on 5 July.

Speaking after winning the British time-trial championship, 34-year-old Wiggins said he will not be competing in the race he won two years ago.

"It's disappointing on a personal level, but I think from a team point of view they've probably put the strongest squad up as it stands," he said.

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