Wigan lose to reigning super league champions Leeds
A man from Wigan is in hospital after being stabbed four times by a burglar in his own home.
Wigan have signed utility forward Sam Hopkins from neighbouring Championship club Leigh.
A new team of police officers, social workers, housing, probation and drug alcohol workers is being launched in Wigan to tackle domestic abuse. The Integrated Safeguarding and Public Protection team will be based at Bamfurlong Police Station.
It will see officers from Greater Manchester Police’s public protection unit working alongside children’s social care; Wigan and Leigh Housing and Neighbourhood Anti-Social Behaviour Unit, probation, drug and alcohol services and Independent Domestic Violence Advocates service.
Wigan boss Owen Coyle made five changes to his side as the Latics chased a place in the last 32 of the Europa League.
A goalless draw between Group D leaders Rubin Kazan and Maribor meant Wigan knew before kick-off at the DW Stadium that victory over Belgians Zulte Waregem would be enough to seal progress in their first ever European campaign.
Stephen Crainey, Thomas Rogne, James McClean, Jordi Gomez and James McArthur all came into the team from Saturday's 1-0 Championship defeat by Brighton, their first at home in any competition this season.
A fireman has been jailed for five years, after arranging for his £47,000 BMW to be torched so he could claim insurance money.
Anthony Murray, 43, from Orrell near Wigan, had a conspirator set the blaze in his fire station car park - while he was out fighting fires.
Murray, a 17-year veteran of Lancashire Fire and Rescue, planned a hoax call while he was on duty to ensure he was away from the crime scene.
Gareth Collier, 34 and from Wigan, phoned 999 to report a fake accident, seemingly so serious, it required all the station's staff. He then lit the blaze.
The pair worked together as part-time doormen, and Murray offered Collier £1000 to carry out the plot.
Murray tried to avoid arrest by claiming the fire was started by an unknown person who held a grudge against him and Collier. The fireman even wrote fake threatening letters to bolster the lie.
But police suspected both of them. Collier's car was spotted near the scene, and his DNA was found on a cigarette lighter close by.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court told them their crimes were motivated by "greed" and a desire to pay off debts. He said to Murray: "You gave yourself what you must have thought was the perfect alibi because you were nowhere near the car when it was set on fire".
Murray was jailed for 60 months for conspiracy to commit arson and perverting the course of justice. He was also sentenced for fraud. Collier was jailed for 27 months for conspiracy to commit arson.
Police have released an image of a dog owner and his pet after a jogger was attacked on a canalside path.
A 47-year-old man was jogging with his pet near Warrington Road in Abram when they were attacked by a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, leaving the jogger with a bite on his leg.
The owner of the Staffordshire refused to give his details, and walked off toward the Dover Lock Inn.
PC Gordon Beattie of Wigan East INPT said: "This innocent runner and his dog were set upon by an aggressive dog that had been let off its lead.
"As if that wasn't bad enough, the owner didn't apologise or hang around to check is he was OK or give his details. He is exactly the sort of irresponsible person who gives other dog owners a bad name."
The parents of a girl from Wigan who was mauled to death by dogs will meet with Peers at the House of Lords today.
Jade Lomas Anderson died in March when she was savaged by dogs at a friend's house.
Her parents want Peers to support an amendment to the dangerous dogs bill to introduce Dog Control Notices.
The boy was with his Aunt on Standishgate in Wigan at around lunchtime on the 9th November. A green Renault Megane pulled up outside Hartley's Emporium pub and a woman got out. The boy and his Aunt began to cross the road behind the car when it began reversing knocking him over.
The driver left the scene at speed despite onlookers beckoning him to stop. The 5 year old was treated in hospital for shock and soreness, but later released. The green Megane has a dent to the front offside wing mirror which was there before the collision.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Jools Holland has been confirmed as the star act headlining The Wigan International Jazz Festival next year.
He will be performing with his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the show takes place at Robin Park Indoor Sports Arena on Thursday 10 July 2014, at the start of a four day jazz spectacular.
Jools said: "This will be my first time playing in Wigan and I'm really looking forward to being part of the jazz festival." Ian Darrington, Director of Wigan International Jazz Festival, said:
“We are extremely excited to have signed Jools Holland and his guests for the festival and are really looking forward to welcoming them to Wigan in what looks set to be a fantastic summer for live music in the borough.
Jools will join a long list of world class stars such as Diana Krall, The Count Basie Orchestra and Frank Sinatra Jnr to have performed in Wigan since the inaugural Festival in 1985. Tickets for the Jools Holland gig go on sale tomorrow.
A £60m revamp for Wigan town centre has been unveiled.
The proposed development - to be called the 'The Makinson Quarter' - will remodel the Galleries shopping centre and return the town centre’s former street layout.
The aim is to create space for a new supermarket and return the markets to their original location.
There will also be a leisure hub centred around a new square.
The re-development is expected will create 400 jobs.
Adrian Oliver of Vale Retail, which represents the Galleries, said: “This development will make Wigan a great place to shop, keeping shoppers shopping here rather than migrating to out of town retail parks and the internet.
Mr Oliver added: “The leisure hub incorporating a multi-screen cinema, gym, restaurants, bars and cafes will attract more people into the town centre and help build a night time economy."
Members of the community can view the plans and give feedback at Ashton Gallery, on the first floor of The Galleries, on Friday 22 November between 11.00am and 7.00pm and on Saturday 23 November between 9.00pm and 6.00pm.
People can also share their thoughts on a dedicated website at: www.gallerieswigan.co.uk
A planning application is expected to be submitted in December this year.
A man from Wigan is wanted on recall to prison. Robert Harrison-Wood, 22, was recalled to prison in October 2013 after breaching the terms of his licence.
Harrison-Woods is known to have links to the Bickershaw, Leigh and Platt Bridge areas of Wigan.
He also has links to Chorley in Lancashire and Merseyside.
A man suffered a skull fracture and bleeds to his brain following an assault outside a Wigan nightclub. A 26-year-old man was near to Bamboogi on King Street on 19th October 2013, when the offender approached and punched him repeatedly in an unprovoked attack.
The victim was knocked to the ground and taken to hospital for treatment to serious head injuries, including a fractured skull and two bleeds to his brain. He remains in a serious but stable condition.
Police believe the offender to be white, of large build and wearing dark clothing.
– Detective Constable Kevin Telford
"At this stage we believe this was a totally unprovoked assault that left the victim with very grave injuries.
“We are reviewing CCTV from the town centre and are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area at the time who may either have been making their way home from a night out or heading to or from work.
“I also want to appeal to the wider group of people we believe the offender was with as they are perhaps unaware of the extent of the injuries the man suffered and may even be oblivious to the fact that he has carried out this assault."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.