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Hospital told to improve children's services

Hospital watchdogs say that a hospital in Wigan must improve the safety of some services. The Care Quality Commission highlighted concerns at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary. They say improvements must be made in children's care and urgent and emergency services.

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary Credit: ITV Granada

Although there were some improvements made since a previous comprehensive inspection in June 2016, CQC found further improvements were needed in the safety of both services.

Dad's world record bid to help son

A dad from Wigan is hoping to set a new world record, in a vintage deep sea diving suit. Nigel Brookwell, 44, will attempt to complete the longest land walk to raise awareness and funds for his son's condition, chronic fatigue syndrome.

Nigel and his son Harry Credit: ITV

Not much is known about the illness but people with it often complain of feeling heavy and extremely tired, especially after exerting themselves. And there's where the 4 stone diving suit comes in.

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Court appearance for man charged over Ellen's murder

18 year old Ellen Higginbottom whose body was found last week Credit: ITV Granada

A man's due to appear in court charged with the murder of a young student in Wigan.

The body of 18 year old Ellen Higginbottom was found in Orrell Water Park at the weekend after she didn't return home from college.

51 year old Mark Buckley from New Hall Lane in Preston will appear in court later.

Tributes to the teenager who's body was found in Orrell Credit: ITV Granada

Ellen's family released a statement in tribute to her saying the 18 year old wasn't into clothes, make up or jewellery but she loved baking, had a love of learning and animals.

They said 'Ellen was beauty and love and kindness."

Two more arrests in Ellen Higgingbottom murder probe

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the murder of a teenager in Wigan.

Ellen Higgingbottom, 18, was found with multiple wounds to the neck in the Orrell Water Park area on June 17th.

Ellen Higgingbottom Credit: ITV Granada

A man and a woman, both aged 30, are being questioned on suspicion of assisting an offender.

“As of this evening, we have two further people in custody and, although we are making quick progress with our investigation, we still need people with information to get in touch with us.

“My thanks again goes to those who have already come forward with information and to those who continue to support us and Ellen’s loved ones as we carry out our enquiries.”

– Detective Superintendent Howard Millington
  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 9908, alternatively call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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