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WATCH: Bolton's 'Munitionettes'

As the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War approaches, we're looking back at the role of those back home.

The conflict wasn't just fought in the trenches on the Western Front, but on the home front too. Almost a million women worked in munitions factories all over the country, including Horwich near Bolton.

The local heritage centre is paying tribute to the so-called Munitionettes.

Paul Crone reports.

60 years on: remembering the victims of the Winter Hill plane crash

Commemorations are taking place to mark 60 years since 35 people lost their lives in the Winter Hill air disaster.

60 year 35 people died when plane crashed in snow and fog on Winter Hill

A plane travelling from the Isle of Man to Manchester came down in bad weather on the moors near Bolton in 1958.

35 of the passengers were killed, many of whom were connected with the Isle of Man motor trade, and on their way to a car show.

The three crew were among the seven that survived with injuries.

35 people died in the crash. Credit: British Pathe

The people of Horwich were praised at the time for helping with the rescue efforts.

Credit: British Pathe


North West backdrop for new Hollywood film

The North West has been the location of choice for many filmmakers in the past. Some of those partly shot here include Brief Encounter, Chariots of Fire and 51st State.

And one of the locations for the latest blockbuster A Monster Calls, starring Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver, was Rivington Pike, near Horwich.

Man charged with sexually assaulting boy in cinema toilet

The boy was assaulted in the toilets of this cinema in Bolton Credit: Google Maps

A man has been charged after a boy was sexually assaulted in a cinema toilet in Bolton.

Brian Hill, 78, of Lee Lane, Horwich has been charged with sexual assault and bailed to appear before Bolton Magistrates Court on September 20.

The news comes after a 14-year-old boy was sexually assaulted in the toilets at Middlebrook Vue Cinema in Horwich in March.

Concern for missing 14 year old girl

Jessica Budworth

A 14 year old girl has gone missing from her home in Horwich.

Police say Jessica Budworth, was last seen leaving her home address on Gresley Avenue at 6.30pm last night.

She is described as white, slim, 5ft 4in tall with blue eyes and long black hair. She was last seen wearing a black jacket, black cropped top, short black skirt and black tights.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.


In pictures: Crews tackle large fire at recycling plant

Up in flames. Fire crews tackle recycling plant fire in Horwich Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters have spent the night tackling a large fire at the Horwich Loco Industrial Estate, off Chorley New Road.

The fire involved a recycling plant, used for manufacturing bottle tops, and a large amount of plastic.

Fire crews tackle large fire in Horwich Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

Station Manager Wayne Guffogg said: "Firefighters worked hard to contain the fire to the building involved and stop it spreading to neighbouring businesses.

"We worked with local businesses to re-open the roads on the industrial estate and allow workers to go about their day to day business."

Fire is now being scaled down Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service