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Smoke warnings as crews fight timber yard fire near Wigan

Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue

Eight fire engines are at the scene of a timber yard fire in Wigan.

It's at the Park Lane Industrial Estate.

Firefighters say they are making good progress to bring it under control, but have closed a section of the A49 Warrington Road roundabout because of smoke.

Highways England have closed the northbound slip road at Junction 25 of the M6 motorway.

People are being advised to keep doors and windows shut because of smoke.

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Woman in hospital after being hit by her own delivery van as it was stolen in Wigan

Police are appealing for witnesses after a delivery driver was robbed and hit by her own van in Worsley Hall, Wigan.

The woman, aged 45, was taken to hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

Eyewitnesses have described seeing a man, aged in his 30s, wearing a black waterproof jacket, light coloured baggy jeans and work boots, getting into the van as the woman got out to make a delivery.

The man then made off in the blue Vauxhall Aglia Expression van in the direction of Sherwood Drive, colliding with the woman in the process. The registration number for the van is BD05 CUX.

Detective Sergeant Chris Broad said:

"This was a terrifying robbery which has left the victim requiring hospital treatment, my thoughts are with her, I hope she is able to make a swift recovery.

“This robbery happened today in broad daylight, so I’m hoping someone may be able to help us quickly find the man before he can do any further damage.

“Anyone who witnessed the robbery, or has seen a van matching this description in the area should get in touch. The man has proved already that he has no regard for anyone else and we therefore need to find him as soon as possible.”

– Detective Sergeant Chris Broad

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 7967 alternatively call 101 quoting the reference number 929 of 09/03/19 or call Crimestppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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