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New look for Wigan Pier. Pictures released.

Wigan Pier transformation

The transformation of Wigan Pier has moved a step closer. The council's agreed to a ten-year plan which will see a former nightclub knocked down to make way for an arts venue, and housing and leisure developments.

New look for Wigan Pier

It focuses on the area at the bottom of the Wigan locks on the Leeds Liverpool canal. It's popular with visitors and the local community. It might sound like a seaside pier but of course Wigan is inland and traditionally an industrial town.

Dave Whelan accepts he brought game into disrepute

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has accepted the FA's charges following alleged racist comments. His fate will be decided before Christmas.

Wigan chairman to answer FA charges

Dave Whelan Credit: PA

The Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan has to answer FA misconduct charges today. It comes after the 78 year old allegedly made racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people response to criticism of the club's decision to appoint Malky Mackay as the Latics' new manager.. Mr Whelan was given a week extension to respond to the charges which ends at 6 o'clock tonight.

Whelan publicly apologised for the comments attributed to him in the Guardian whilst also suggested he was misquoted.


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Report: Fury after a grandmother was left lying in the road for 90 minutes waiting for an ambulance

A 69-year-old woman from Atherton says she was left lying in the road for 90 minutes as she waited for an ambulance following a road accident.

The case of Margaret Freeborn has been raised in the commons by her MP, Julie Hilling.

Mrs Freeborn, from Atherton, had been knocked unconscious by a car and spent more than a week in hospital.

She's been talking to our correspondent Matt O'Donoghue.

Please be advised that the report contains images you may find upsetting:

Responding to the case, the North West Ambulance Service said it was sorry for any upset which had been caused.

We understand that waiting for an ambulance can be distressing and we are sorry for any upset caused to the patient and her family.

“We take complaints about our service extremely seriously and have now made contact with the family, and have invited them to work with us on this investigation.”

– North West Ambulance Service

Wigan Warriors' new home kit is a blast from the past

New kit is blast from the past Credit: Picture: Wigan Warriors

Wigan Warriors have released the first images of the brand new home kit that will be worn by the team in 2015.

The club says the new shirt reverts to a traditional Cherry and White design, inspired by the shirt worn 50 years ago in the 1965 Challenge Cup Final win over Hunslet - a game widely regarded as one of the best Finals of all time.

In tribute to the game, the shirt features narrow Cherry & White hoops with the famous Wigan Crest on a black patch.

For the first time in five years the replica kit will have a black collar, an element which has been specifically requested by fans over recent years.

Speaking about the new kit Rugby General Manager Kris Radlinski said:

“We are really happy with the design and quality of the new shirt, which takes inspiration from the 1965 Challenge Cup winning side. It is great that we can celebrate 50 years since that memorable game.”

Man jailed for raping boy in Manchester Arndale toilets

John Richard Ferrier Credit: Greater Manchester Police

A 70-year-old man has been jailed after he raped an 11-year-old boy who was at the Arndale Centre in Manchester.

John Richard Ferrier, from Wigan, was found guilty of rape and sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of eight years.

Ferrier approached the boy in the toilets. When the boy refused to go into a cubicle with him, he dragged him in and raped him.

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Dying mum was 'over the moon' that she said goodbye to her horse

The daughter of a woman who succumbed to cancer has told Good Morning Britain how her mother was "over the moon" that she could say goodbye to her beloved horse.

Sheila Marsh, 77, passed away just hours after nurses agreed she could be taken outside Wigan Royal Infirmary to say goodbye to her horse Bronwen.

It had been her dying wish to say goodbye to her horse, who she had looked after for 25 years.

Deputy director of nursing at the hospital, Pauline Law, said her "heart jumped into action" when she was first asked to see if Mrs Marsh could say goodbye to Bronwen.

Luckily, the team had a "perfectly choreographed plan" that helped Mrs Marsh fulfil her dying wish.

Her daughter Tina said her mother has "over the moon" and "clear as day shouting Bronwen's name".

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