An 11 year old girl managed to stop two men beating up her father and ransacking her home after accidentally disturbing them. Two men burst into the property in Wigan on Monday and started to attack the 48 year old. The victim was repeatedly punched and kicked at his home on Marlborough Avenue demanding property.
During the attack, the victim’s 11-year-old daughter returned home from a nearby shop and disturbed them. They men ran off with just £40 from the victim’s wallet.
The first offender is described as a white male and was wearing a light grey Converse sweatshirt, matching jogging bottoms, blue Nike trainers and a balaclava. The second offender is described as a white male and was wearing a purple jacket, stonewashed jeans, trainers and a balaclava.
A Wigan man has been found dead one month after he was convicted of indecent exposure after 'trying to have sex' with a post box.
Paul Bennett was discovered at the rear of the Shanghai Palace in Poolstock in the early hours of Sunday morning.
The story of last month's court case went viral on the internet and drew world-wide attention.
“Police were called at 1.35am on Sunday, February 22, following reports the body of a 45-year-old man was found in Poolstock.
“His death is not suspicious.”
A man from London posed as a modelling agent called Nicola to groom young girls from Wigan on the internet.
Mohammed Sarang admitted inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, taking indecent photographs of a child under 16 and causing or inciting child pornography at Harrow Crown Court.
He remotely hacked into the Facebook account of one of his victim's friends. He took over her identity and created a fraudulent account in the name of 'Nicola Hay', posing as a modelling agent.
Using this alias he befriended several young girls from the Wigan area on social media sites, leading them to believe he could find them modelling jobs.
In order to check out their ‘suitability’ for these imaginary jobs, he would offer them a webcam audition, during which he would ask them to undress and perform sexual acts.
Sarang’s identity was uncovered when the mother of one of his victims became suspicious and contacted Greater Manchester Police.
He was given a two-year suspended sentence, a supervision order for two years, a five-year Sexual Offences Prevention Order and was ordered to attend a 60-day training programme.
We visited more than 60 children in Wigan who had come into contact with Sarang, many of whom befriended him simply because their friends had.
All of the children and their families received safeguarding advice during these visits, as our top priority is ensuring the on-going safeguarding of vulnerable people.
This is a tactic that is used by sex offenders online who seek to cast their net as widely as possible and so I would encourage parents to be vigilant and intrusive about their child’s activities online.
With them holding the internet in the palm of their hands it is important to scrutinise who they are ‘friends’ with on social media sites and alert us to any concerns they have.”
The family of a 20 year old killed in an attack in Wigan have paid tribute to 'wonderful mum' and 'beautiful daughter.'
Police were called to Cameron Place in Worsley Hall on Sunday afternoon and found Joanne Harrison with serious injuries. Emergency services took her to Wigan Hospital where she died a short time later.
Her family said:
"Joanne was a wonderful mum, a beautiful daughter, she was beautiful, chatty, loving, fun, very creative and the most caring young lady anyone could ever ask for. You are the sister who always loved me. You have a twinkle in your eyes and your smile would always brighten my day up."
Christopher Foley, of Cameron Place, Wigan has been charged with murder and is due to appear before Wigan Magistrates’ Court this morning.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a woman was found with serious injuries in Wigan. Police were called to Worsley Hall last night and found the 20 year old. She was taken to hospital but later died. A 23 year old man was arrested and remains in custody. Tests will be carried out today to establish the cause of death.
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One of the North West's most famous destinations is preparing for a major overhaul.
A ten-year master plan to redesign and redevelop Wigan Pier has been agreed. Work on the project could start as soon as next year:
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.
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.
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has accepted the FA's charges following alleged racist comments. His fate will be decided before Christmas.
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