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Hospital staff in protest over job changes

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Non clinical staff at Wrightington, Wigan & Leigh Foundation Trust are protesting today following plans to move their jobs to another company.

Employees working in catering, cleaning and portering walked out yesterday against the proposals. Staff are determined to prevent the Trust from moving them to a new private company called WWL Solutions. The union UNISON say staff want to remain direct employees of the Trust and the NHS, and they fear that the changes would put their jobs, pay and conditions at risk.

The Trust maintains jobs are safe.

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"The Trust needs to listen to their staff and drop their divisive and damaging plan to set up WWL Solutions. "Staff are taking a courageous stand to do all they can to keep the NHS together. There is lots of support for the strike action from colleagues, the public and community leaders.

– Lizanne Devonport, UNISON


Teenager "amazed" by response to song she wrote for mum she lost to cancer

A teenage girl says she's amazed by the response to the song she wrote for her mum who she lost to cancer.

Caitlin Burke, 16, from Leigh, wrote the song for her mum Carolyn who died in May after a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was just 45.

After sharing a video of herself singing Not That Far Apart on Facebook, it has now been viewed more than 35,000 times.


New signing for Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions have signed Tonga international Samisoni Langi. He'll join the squad on the 7th of July until the end of the season with a further Club option after that.

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Neil Jukes said: "We have been monitoring Samisoni for a few years now and at one point of trying to take it further he suffered a big injury and so it went on the back burner.

"Since his return to action he has been in great form and has gone close to getting in the first grade Penrith side which is some achievement given the strength of players in their team.

"Samisoni is a true footballer who covers a number of positions but plays them very well. He is a big, strong, athletic player with a hunger to succeed and he will add a wealth of size, speed and strength to our back-line or middle unit.

Man charged after attacking and robbing 96-year-old woman

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A man has been charged after a 96-year-old woman was attacked and robbed at a care home in Leigh.

Jake Morris, 23, of Holden Road, Leigh has been charged with assault and three counts of burglary.

He has been remanded into custody and is due to appear at Wigan Magistrates’ Court today.

Shortly after 7am on Saturday January 28, police were called to a care home on Battersby Street in Leigh to reports that carers had discovered that three rooms had been broken into during the night and a 96-year-old woman with dementia had been assaulted.

The woman was treated for minor injuries and is recovering well.

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