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Report: Farm owner must pay bill to remove travellers

The owners of a farm in Greater Manchester say the law needs to change after finding out they'll be liable for a bill to remove travellers from their land.

A group of travellers moved into a field at Hope View Sensory Farm in Astley last month.

It's led to a number of compaints of loud music and threatening behaviour from residents nearby, while local businsses say they've also been affected.

Wigan Council say they'll help with carrying out an eviction, but they won't cover the cost.

Amy Welch reports.

Man charged after woman found unconscious

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A man from Wigan has been charged with attempted murder. Anthony John Sherburn, 36, of Darlington Street East, has been charged with attempted murder. He appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court this morning. It's in relation to an attack on a woman on Bryham Street in Wigan. She's been found unconscious and remains in hospital in a critical condition.


Wigan's Royal Court Theatre to be restored

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There hasn't been a big theatre in Wigan for years, not one capable of staging touring shows and productions.

But that looks set to change.

Because renovation work is underway on the town's Royal Court Theatre, which until recently was run as a nightclub.

Tim Scott reports:

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
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