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Van driver who chased ambulance to avoid traffic says people have 'over-reacted'

A delivery driver from Wigan who filmed himself following an ambulance on an emergency call, quipping that it was the ''quickest way into work'', says people have over-reacted to what he did.

Danny Jones drove directly behind the paramedics' vehicle on a 999 call in Warrington.

He now faces losing his licence and says he's sorry he did it.


Former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell says Latics can beat Arsenal in the FA Cup

Ex-Wigan boss Paul Jewell Credit: PA Pictures

The former Wigan Athletic boss Paul Jewell would not be surprised to see his old club write another unlikely chapter in their history when the FA Cup holders face Arsenal.

Wigan will return to Wembley where they stunned Manchester City in one of the greatest FA Cup final upsets of all time.

"You can't predict with Wigan," Jewell said.

"Arsenal have had a few struggles since Liverpool beat them terribly and I watched the game on Sunday at Everton, they were very well beaten.

Current Latics boss Uwe Rosler Credit: PA Pictures

"I'm sure Uwe will be saying we've got to be careful with the wounded animal because they've had a bit of stick in the press. But I look at the way Wigan have played this season and they're aggressive in their style of play, their movement is good and I think they have a chance.''

Wigan Warriors' Josh Charnley 'out for two months' with injury

Wigan's Josh Charnley Credit: PA Pictures

Wigan winger Josh Charnley will be out for up to two months with a knee injury.

Charnley, Super League's leading try-scorer for each of the last two seasons, twisted his knee in the early stages of the Warriors' 58-6 Challenge Cup win over Dewsbury.

"Josh is going to be out for six to eight weeks," Wane said. "He doesn't need an operation but needs time off his legs. He's slightly twisted his knee but there's no ligament damage."

Top try-scorer Josh Charnley Credit: PA Pictures

Reserve winger Dom Manfredi is set to deputise, starting with Friday's home game against London Broncos, who have yet to win a game in 2014. Wane admits he is tempted to rest some of his senior players ahead of the Easter schedule.

"I'll pick a very competitive team," Wane said. "We've had a few tough games this year so, if I need to rest someone before the Good Friday game at St Helens, I will.

"I've not made my mind up yet.''

Man charged in connection with death of baby

A man has been charged in connection with the death of a baby in Wigan.

Martin Thomas, 30, of Beech Hill Avenue, Wigan, has been charged with six counts of assault.

On 21 February 2013, police were called by paramedics who had attended a call at an address on Beech Hill Avenue in Wigan, where they found a four-month-old girl unconscious and not breathing.

He is due before Wigan magistrates’ court on Friday 11 April 2014.

A 24-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect has been released without charge.

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