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Millwall fan violence mars Wigan FA Cup win

Wigan Athletic have reached the FA Cup final for the first time in their history, beating Millwall in a match that was marred by scenes of violence involving fans of the London club.

Wigan goalscorers Shaun Maloney (l) and Callum McManaman
Wigan goalscorers Shaun Maloney (left) and Callum McManaman Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman scored in a 2-0 win for the Latics, whose victory means the club qualify for Europe.

Millwall fans could be seen fighting each other in the stands throughout the second half of the Wembley semi-final.

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Man who snuck into ex wife’s house to steal cash every week for three years escapes jail

A man who snuck into his ex wife’s house in Wigan every week for five years in order to steal cash from his brother-in-law has been given a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Bernard Young admitted six counts of fraud by false representation at an earlier hearing.

The victim in this case is a 68-year-old man. Due to him living alone his sister, Young’s ex-wife, became a signatory on his account.

She would make weekly withdrawals of about £160, which she would use to buy his shopping.

Young split from his wife but still had a key to the home.

Over a further three years, Young frequently broke into the house using his key, usually in the early hours of the morning.

He would then take the card, withdraw cash from a nearby ATM and return it straight away.

Over a six year period he stole £30,280, his brother-in-law’s life savings.

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Car stolen with seven-week-old baby in the back

A car with a seven-week-old baby in the back seat was stolen and then abandoned, police said.

The 24-year-old owner of the car was stood near to the the blue Subaru Impreza car, parked on Moor Road in Wigan, talking to a friend when a man sneaked into the driver's seat of the car on January 22.

The owner tried to open the passenger door shouting his baby was in the car, but the offender drove off onto St James’ Road in the direction of Billinge with the newborn baby in the back.

Around 15 minutes later, Merseyside Police was informed of a baby being left in an abandoned car close to the Billinge Arms pub on Maine Street in Billinge. The baby was found safe and well and reunited with his parents shortly afterwards.

We can only imagine the distress that the parents of this young baby must have gone through after their son was taken from them in this manner.

– Detective Constable Brendan Greally from Wigan CID
  • The offender is described as a white male in his 20s wearing a dark coloured bob hat, a dark hooded top and lighter coloured trousers or tracksuit bottoms.
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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Two arrested after 'contaminated' ecstasy deaths

Police have made two arrests after the deaths of two men from Wigan who took possibly contaminated ecstasy pills.

Jordan Chambers, 19, and Gareth Ashton, 28, were both admitted to hospital after feeling unwell.

A Greater Manchester Police statement said:

On Monday 21 January 2013, police were called to Wigan Infirmary following the death of a 28-year-old man. He was admitted to hospital after complaining of being unwell.

Police were also made aware of the death of a 19-year-old man at Oldham Hospital on Sunday 20 January 2013 who suffered similar symptoms. The post mortems are scheduled to take place later this week.

A 34-year-old man and 33-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of being concerned in supplying a controlled drug and remain in custody for police questioning. Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 7149 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

Police seek robbers who dressed in Halloween masks

Police have published footage on YouTube of armed men in clown and Halloween masks robbing a jewellers in Wigan.

The three robbers, armed with crowbars and a hammer, threatened people in the shop and ordered two men to get on the floor before taking a large amount of jewellery last week.

One of the men was wearing a clown mask with a red curly wig, the second man was wearing a Halloween-style mask with a white dreadlock-type wig and the third man was wearing what was believed to be a clown mask with a black curly wig.

They were also carrying charity collection buckets.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington from Wigan CID said: "These men have terrified staff and customers, including a pregnant woman, as they carried out this robbery dressed in horror style masks and armed with weapons."

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