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Poundland plan to create 800 jobs with new distribution centre in Wigan

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Retail chain Poundland are aiming to create 800 jobs with a proposed new distribution centre in Wigan.

The facility will be located on the South Lancs Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield, subject to planning approval, and will serve the company's North West network of shops.

David Molyneux, Wigan Council's cabinet member for economy, said:

"This is fantastic news for Wigan Borough and shows why we are a major player in the creation of a Northern Powerhouse."

"Major investments in the borough are crucial to the local economy and will enable our local residents to access good quality jobs and new opportunities."

"This will be the largest single employment-creating application that we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and in my view would rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 1950s."

– David Molyneux, Wigan Council

The Poundland site will cover more than 30,000 square metres on the former land of Georgia Pacific in Lockett Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. A planning application for the site has been lodged with the council and will be decided on a date to be set.

The development has the potential to create up to 800 jobs in the coming years, including skilled jobs both full-time and part-time as well as apprenticeships, said the council.

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Rugby player 'provoked' attack that ended his career

A former rugby league player "provoked and initiated" an attack that left him partially blind in one eye and ruined his career.

Sean Gleeson's injuries ended his career Credit: PA Images

Sean Gleeson, who was playing for Hull Kingston Rovers at the time having left Wigan Warriors.

The injuries ended his career.

Liverpool Crown Court was told Gleeson was involved in a row with Terrence Riley and Lee Jones. Riley admitted affray, while Jones was cleared of the same offence.

Riley received a 12-month community order and was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work

Recorder Jeremy Lasker said: "In my view the incident was provoked and initiated by Sean Gleeson."

Demolition starts on Wigan fire flats

Demolition work has begun on the flat block on Wigan that was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Residents collected some of the few remaining belongings this morning before the roof of the structure is taken down.

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Wigan fire flat residents prepare for demolition of their homes

Residents from a block of flats in Wigan are preparing for the demolition of their homes after they were ripped apart by fire over the weekend.

Greater Manchester Fire Service are demolishing the flats over fears that they may not be structurally safe.

Wigan fire flats to be demolished

A set of flats in Wigan is to be demolished after a fire destroyed the structure over the weekend.

The Wharfside flats in Wigan were evacuated in the early hours of Sunday, as emergency crews doused the flames.

Firefighters fear that the structure could be at risk of collapsing and have decided the best course of action is to demolish the flats.

The video from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service shows the extent of the damage.

Wigan Council have set up an emergency helpline number for residents affected by the wharf-side fire. The number is 01942489014.

More than 100 firefighters tackle blaze at Wigan flats

The block remains shrouded in smoke Credit: GMFRS
Fire crews move to tackle the blaze Credit: GMFRS
An aerial platform moves into position Credit: GMFRS

More than a hundred firefighters are tackling a blaze at a block of flats in Wigan. They were called to Wharfside off Heritage Way just before four o'clock this morning to a fire on the upper floor of the five storey block. A hundred homes were evacuated and residents taken to a nearby community centre. Fifteen fire engines are at the scene.

We are working extremely hard to bring this fire under control.

We have more than 100 people here at the scene and they are tackling the fire from inside the building wearing breathing apparatus, from outside on an aerial platform and from the roof where they are cutting away sections to get better access to the building.

The building itself is built using lots of timber and is complex in its design. We are using our new firefighting capabilities including the Ultra-High Pressure Lance technology. Our primary aim is to stop this fire from spreading.

– Area Manager Warren Pickstone, GMFRS

Wigan police incident: Efit released after man grabs woman's handbag

An Efit has been released after a man grabbed a woman's handbag in Wigan Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A picture has been released after a man grabbed a woman's handbag in Wigan.

The 24-year-old woman was walking home after a night out at around 1.30am on Sunday when a man riding a bike approached her from behind before grabbing her bag and pushing her to the floor.

The incident happened on Gidlow Lane in Wigan.

The man is described as being white, in his 30s, 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 8 inches tall, with dark hair that was thinning on top, of thin build and wearing a dark hooded top. The bike is described as a dark mountain bike.

Detective Sergeant Graham Clare said:

“The victim suffered bruising when she fell and has been left shaken by her ordeal. We are determined to catch who is responsible but for us to do so, we need the help of the public."

“Did you see the robbery take place or did you see the offender ride off? If you did, we are keen to hear from you.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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