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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".

Daughter 'crying her eyes out' as mum says final farewell to beloved horse

The daughter of a woman who was visited by her beloved horse at hospital just hours before she died, says she was "crying her eyes out" as the two were reunited.

Shelia Marsh was visited by Bronwen hours before she died Credit: Andrew Foster

Shelia Marsh was allowed to see her horse Bronwen at Wigan Wrightington and Leigh Hospital. She lost her life to cancer just hours later.

Her daughter Tina Marsh, 33, told the Manchester Evening News, her mum’s hospital bed was wheeled outside for the meeting. She said: “I was crying my eyes out and all the nurses were crying too. She took comfort out of it and it was a beautiful moment.”

Tina said: “She loved her horses and she loved and adored all animals. She had six horses, three dogs, three cats and other animals.

“Her condition did not get any better and the hospital allowed us to bring Bronwen in. It was a matter of hours later that she passed away. I want to thank the hospital and all the nurses.

“It was very important for my mum. She was one of the most hard-working people that you could meet and she would do anything for anyone.”

Woman threatened to stab 10 year old boy for cash

Police in Wigan are hunting a woman who threatened to stab a 10-year-old boy if he didn’t hand over a few pounds in change. The boy was approached last Friday afternoon (Halloween) when he was walking from his Aunt's house to a shop on Somerset Road in Norley Hall.

The terrified child handed over everything he had in his pocket, just £3.61 in total, before the woman told him ‘If you tell anyone I will get you, I know where you live.” She then walked along Somerset Road and on to Grasmere Road.

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