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Wigan steps back in time to World War One

Wigan will step back in time to life in World War One this bank holiday. The Heritage Day at Trencherfield Mill, will host a number of events including military drill sessions and wartime cooking.

The event will also mark the start of a project by artist Julie Dodd to create a commemorative sculpture featuring 8,000 handmade Doves of Peace, representing the number of soldiers from Wigan and Leigh who lost their lives in the war. People will be able to see the sculpture taking shape over the next four years, leading up to 2018 which marks the centenary of the end of the conflict.

"We hope families will come down to this year's Heritage Day as it promises to be a fascinating and fun day out for all ages.

"As part of the council's commitment under the community covenant Wigan Council has set aside £250,000 for World War One projects.

"This will ensure that all generations remember the sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families.

– Linda Fisher, Wigan Council

Watch: CCTV of club robbery as police hunt burglars

Police have released CCTV footage in a bid to catch to burglars who broke into working men's club, in Wigan.

It happened at about 1.50am on Sunday, April 5, when two men forced their way into the working men's club on White Street in Pemberton.

Police say the pair managed to steal a significant amount of cash from the safe.

One of the men is described as white and was wearing a dark jacket and trousers and a baseball cap.

The second man is described as white and was wearing dark trousers and a dark top with the hood up.

"If you recognise either of the men in the footage or saw anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time of the burglary, I would urge you to contact police."

– Pc Roy Lunio, Greater Manchester Police
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The two men forced their way into the club. Credit: Greater Manchester Police.


Sam Tomkins explains why he's back at Wigan after Kiwi spell

Full-back Sam Tomkins has been explaining why he's decided to return to his home club, Wigan Warriors, after two years playing in New Zealand.

Wigan announced the re-signing of 26-year-old England International Tomkins for a transfer fee in excess of £200,000 on a four-year contract, starting at the beginning of next season.

Tomkins scored 144 tries in 152 games for the Wigan Club and left to join New Zealand Warriors after winning the double in 2013.

The former Wigan St Patrick’s amateur has enjoyed success Down Under and played in every Vodafone Warriors game in 2014 scoring 13 tries, amassing 13 try assists and 108 tackle busts – the fourth highest in the NRL.

Sam will re-join his brother, Joel Tomkins, who also returned to the Warriors last year after three years at Saracens Rugby Union Club. The pair are also joined at the Club by youngest brother Logan.

Chairman Ian Lenagan said: “Sam is undoubtedly one of the finest players in world rugby and we acted swiftly when it became apparent that he wanted to return to the UK.

“This is another tremendous signing for the Wigan Club and only serves to justify our policy of allowing players to experience other competitions whilst always keeping the option available for them to return to the Club in the future.''

Speaking on the move back to Wigan, Tomkins said: “I am really happy to have this sorted and to be returning home to Wigan. All of my friends and family live in Wigan, a lot of them play for Wigan. It really was a no-brainer for me when I sat down and thought about things.

“It’s been a fantastic experience to test myself in the NRL but the reality is I am 13,000 miles away from my friends and family. When I left Wigan I always knew in my heart that I would return to play for the Club one day and I am very excited at the thought of returning to the DW Stadium and pulling on that famous jersey once again.''

Head Coach Shaun Wane commented: “Once I heard that Sam was looking to come back to England next year I knew we had to pull out all the stops to have him here.

''He is one of our own and a truly world class player. Sam knows what we are all about here at Wigan. He understands our culture and our systems and will slot perfectly back into my squad.''

Sam Tomkins returns to Wigan - his career in numbers

Tomkins - back in Wigan Credit: PA Pictures

England international Sam Tomkins will return to Wigan next season. Here are some of the telling figures in his career to date.

5 - The number of tries Tomkins scored on his Wigan debut, in a Challenge Cup tie against Whitehaven, in 2008. It was a record haul for a first-grade debut.

19 - The age Tomkins was when he played in that game.

22 - The number of tries he has scored in 28 England appearances.

26 - How old Tomkins was last month.

107 - His Super League try tally.

129 - The number of Super League appearances he made.

144 - How many tries he scored in 151 appearances for Wigan until he left in 2013.

2009 - The year he made his England debut, against Wales.

2011 - The year he played rugby union for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham.

2012 - The year he was named Man of Steel.


Helpful neighbour hit in the head with a hammer

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A man was hit in the head by a hammer after he came to the aid of his neighbours who were being threatened by armed intruders.

A 21-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman were at their home on Fairclough Street in Hindley, Wigan at about 11pm on March 31, when three armed men forced their way in through the front door of the house.

One was brandishing a machete, another a hammer. The offender carrying the machete waved it menacingly towards the man and threatened him.

Hearing the commotion, the couple's neighbour, a 56-year-old man, came to their aid but as he went into the house, he was struck in the head with a hammer. He later required hospital treatment to stop the bleeding and was later discharged.

The gang stole the 21-year-old man's Hugo Boss watch and then fled towards Ladies Lane.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information to come forward, for a full description of the men: CLICK HERE

We are investigating this deeply unsettling incident which has left a young couple extremely traumatised and another man, who was only being a good neighbour, with a head injury that needed hospital treatment.

I have to pay tribute to the bravery of the neighbour, who did not turn a blind eye but showed great courage in risking his own safety to help out his neighbours. For his trouble, he was smashed in the head with a hammer and lost a considerable amount of blood while the other offenders stole an expensive watch.

– Police Constable Chris Waddicar

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Petition to fill quarry where teenager drowned

More than 3,700 people have signed a petition to get a quarry filled in after a 13-year old boy drowned in Wigan. The body of Miracle Godson was found by police divers after a frantic search at East Quarry in Appleby Bridge on Friday afternoon. Tributes have been paid to the talented rugby player and a minute's silence was held before Wigan Warriors game against Catalans Dragons.

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WATCH: What next for Wigan and Blackpool?

The search is on for a new manager at Wigan Athletic after they sacked Malky Mackay after just five months in the post.

He was appointed by Dave Whelan in controversial circumstances back in November - now both men have left the club.

Chris Halls considers who is in the running as his replacement, and looks back at a miserable weekend for Blackpool, who have been relegated.

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