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Four-year-old boy in hospital after dog attack in Wigan

A four-year-old boy is in hospital after being attacked by a dog in Wigan. Credit: ITV Granada

A four-year-old boy is in hospital after being attacked by a dog in Wigan.

Police and paramedics were called to Adelphi Street yesterday afternoon.

The boy suffered serious head injuries. The dog has been seized and officers say an investigation into the attack is underway.

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Fans flock to charity rugby match for hero Tony Barrow

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More than a thousand fans showed their support for a former rugby league player diagnosed with cancer.

Stars of the game joined supporters to raise money for Tony Barrow who played for Oldham and Swinton.

The father of three has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of the disease.

Ou reporter Ralph Blunsom was there:

Poundland plan to create 800 jobs with new distribution centre in Wigan

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Retail chain Poundland are aiming to create 800 jobs with a proposed new distribution centre in Wigan.

The facility will be located on the South Lancs Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield, subject to planning approval, and will serve the company's North West network of shops.

David Molyneux, Wigan Council's cabinet member for economy, said:

"This is fantastic news for Wigan Borough and shows why we are a major player in the creation of a Northern Powerhouse."

"Major investments in the borough are crucial to the local economy and will enable our local residents to access good quality jobs and new opportunities."

"This will be the largest single employment-creating application that we have dealt with since the authority was formed in 1974 and in my view would rank alongside Heinz coming to Wigan in the 1950s."

– David Molyneux, Wigan Council

The Poundland site will cover more than 30,000 square metres on the former land of Georgia Pacific in Lockett Road, Ashton-in-Makerfield. A planning application for the site has been lodged with the council and will be decided on a date to be set.

The development has the potential to create up to 800 jobs in the coming years, including skilled jobs both full-time and part-time as well as apprenticeships, said the council.

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Rugby player 'provoked' attack that ended his career

A former rugby league player "provoked and initiated" an attack that left him partially blind in one eye and ruined his career.

Sean Gleeson's injuries ended his career Credit: PA Images

Sean Gleeson, who was playing for Hull Kingston Rovers at the time having left Wigan Warriors.

The injuries ended his career.

Liverpool Crown Court was told Gleeson was involved in a row with Terrence Riley and Lee Jones. Riley admitted affray, while Jones was cleared of the same offence.

Riley received a 12-month community order and was ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work

Recorder Jeremy Lasker said: "In my view the incident was provoked and initiated by Sean Gleeson."

Demolition starts on Wigan fire flats

Demolition work has begun on the flat block on Wigan that was destroyed by fire over the weekend.

Residents collected some of the few remaining belongings this morning before the roof of the structure is taken down.

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