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Royal Mail workers transformed by fundraising drive + MORE

Co-op store to close for refurb

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THE CO-OP store at Fearnhead Cross will close for a 10-day period next month as a refurbishment takes place.

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FIREFIGHTERS are tackling a large blaze in a derelict building in Haydock Street near St Peter’s Way in the town centre.

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PENKETH Library is one of nine libraries to have its opening hours slashed in a month long trial by LiveWire.

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Cat with unusual paws seek new home

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A PAIR of cats with a rare genetic condition that gives them extra toes are looking for a new home.

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POSTAL workers at Royal Mail Warrington who raised more than £3.5k for charity have found that fundraising brings them together as a community.

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This week in the news in Warrington from years gone by + MORE

TIME for us to delve through our archives to look back at the week that was.

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Warrington Festival to return in 2016

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WARRINGTON Festival is set to return in 2016 as part of ambitious plans from Culture Warrington.

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SIXTH formers trained with Royal Commandos to see whether they would be up to the challenge of becoming a marine.

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Lymm as you have never seen it before

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REMARKABLE aerial shots of Lymm providing a unique view of the village have been released.

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STUDENTS hoping to make a name for themselves in the showbiz industry have been given added inspiration to reach their goals after X Factor finalist Kiera Weathers visited Warrington Collegiate.

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Callands gamer picks up Smite World Championship title and £100k prize + MORE

WARRINGTON residents visited the cinema around once every six weeks between May and July last year – 15 per cent more than the UK average.

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WHILE you will have passed over this bridge probably more times than you could count, you probably do not recognise this perspective.

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THREE talented students from Priestley College will have their app launched on the market after winning the national Apps for Good Awards 2015.

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DAVID Mowat hosts his fourth jobs fair in town on Friday with the main goal being apprenticeships.

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HE was told by some people he was ‘wasting his time’.

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Search launched to find volunteers to assist in police misconduct hearing + MORE

IT may only be a light dusting so far, but a flurry of snow has started to fall across Warrington this evening.

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A TOWN centre charity has thanked residents and businesses for donation toys and good over Christmas.

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AFTER months of traffic problems, West End Motors in Penketh have been forced to close the petrol side of their business.

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VICTORIA Park is set to host its third Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile in March and this year participants will be able to try out the new running track in the park as part of the challenge.

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VOLUNTEERS are needed to sit on police misconduct panels.

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PICTURES: Remember when: 50 years since Pele came to town + MORE

THE charity Action for Blind People has launched a free and confidential counselling service in the town for people affected by sight loss.

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A CHARITY is on the look out for readers aged between 45 and 60 who want a challenge in 2016 ahead of National Walking Month this May.

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THERE are lots of anniversaries to celebrate in 2016.

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A YEAR six pupil who is ‘always happy to help’ has won an award given in memory of a 14-year-old girl.

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CHESHIRE Police have released a number of CCTV images of suspects officers want to speak to for a range of alleged crimes.

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Police boss welcomes introduction of new domestic violence law + MORE

LONGFORD’S Jesse Lingard was among the Manchester United first team players who provided children in south Manchester with a pre-Christmas treat.

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A NEW law targeting domestic abusers has been welcomed by Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner.

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POLICE are appealing for information after a wheelie bin was deliberately set on fire in Grasmere Avenue last night, Friday.

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THE ENVIRONMENT Agency has responded to concerns over the effects of flood defence work in Cinnamon Brow.

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GIVING gifts to loved ones and friends is common practice over Christmas.

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LOOKING BACK: The day William Gladstone came to Warrington + MORE

PARTS of Warrington are experiencing severe waterlogging after heavy rainfall overnight and this morning.

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ONE lane of the M6 was closed this morning after a car crashed near the Thelwall Viaduct.

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MINISTERIAL visits to Warrington are nothing new.

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SEVERAL roads have been shut, sandbags have been deployed and further flood warnings have been issued after heavy rainfall hit Warrington.

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THE new cheerleading squad at the Warrington Wolves are ready to perform in 2016.

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The Warrington Guardian advent calendar – door 19 + MORE

A ‘CARING’ youngster has been named the winner of a Disney beauty pageant.

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THE Wizard of Oz is coming to Culcheth when the village’s drama group performs one of their favourite stories.

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Review: Into The Woods, Royal Exchange

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Into The Woods, Royal Exchange

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JINGLE bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way, oh what fun it is to give another prize away.

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A WILDFLOWER meadow will be created at Larkfields Park as part of a £25k improvement scheme.

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Lymm Panto raises £30k

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THE cast of Snow White have raised £30,000 for the Lymm Grass Roots clubhouse appeal following an eight-show panto run.

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STUDENTS at Woolston Sixth Form College have put together a charity recipe book.

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Inspirational Stockton Heath youngster switches on Christmas lights at Downing Street + MORE

AN inspirational eight-year-old from Stockton Heath was invited to Downing Street to switch on the Christmas lights yesterday, Thursday.

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PUPILS at Brook Acre Community Primary School have been planting trees and bulbs in Padgate.

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OUR prize today might have you walking on air.

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WARRINGTON Disability Partnership has reached the halfway mark of an appeal to raise £150,000 before it was officially launched.

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FIREFIGHTERS at Warrington Fire Station were honoured to receive a visit from a 94-year-old former station officer who shared tales of his time with the service.

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Council launches domestic violence campaign + MORE

OFFICERS have released a number of CCTV images of suspects they want to speak to for a range of alleged crimes.

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AN EMPLOYEE at a town centre convenience store has been fined over £2,000 for selling illegal cigarettes.

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WHEN I look back on 2015, it has been an amazing 12 months.

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WARRINGTON Borough Council has launched the Warrington White Ribbon Campaign to tackle domestic abuse in the town.

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Even Plumbers Are Using YouTube Now!!

I was talking to a friend of mine the other day who owns a plumbing business in Cheshire. He has been growing well over the last few years and has become very successful. I asked him what it was down to, and was quite surprised at his response!

Apparently, he doesn’t attribute his growth to just being reliable, and well priced. Although, of course, that is an important aspect! He has, however, focussed on the fact that he targets new customers and prevents them going to his competition! Once they are his, he ensures they sign up to his service and gives them such good treatment that they want to stay with him in case of any other times they need a plumber!

How does he get customers to go to him instead of his competition? He is using the internet! He has been developing a range of short YouTube videos for each area, as well as a website for each area in the North-West. Apparently a lot of people even use Google to look for plumbers now, so he is well ahead of a lot of his profession, who still rely on Yellow Pages and other outdated marketing methods. By doing this, he gets a lot of new customers each month, especially emergency plumbing jobs!

Here’s an example of one of his new videos:

You can find it on YouTube here. Apparently many areas like this one, don’t have any other plumbers videos, so anyone using youtube will only find his! Excellent!

I wish him all the best, and I am very impressed he had the brains to go for this (I didn’t think he was very internet savvy at all). How wrong was I?

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Cudis CPN Nominated for ‘Made in Bury’ Business Awards Event

A good friend of mine works at Bury-based electrical equipment suppliers Cudis CPN. The firm is quite big and well known worldwide, for its range of electrical equipment. This year they have been nominated for the ‘Best in Class Award – Technology’ category at the ‘Made in Bury’ business awards, which is a well-deserved achievement. Their sister company (Rowe Hankins), have also been nominated, for two awards no less, in the ‘Best in Class – Family Business’ category, and the ‘Best in Class – Manufacturing & Engineering’ category. So quite a year for the Manchester firm!!

The awards event will be held on the 20th November, with  celebration dinner held at the Drill Hall in Bury – personally, I think the location looks fantastic judging by the image below, and cannot wait to attend. It is a black tie dress code, with ball gowns for the Ladies, and will run from 7pm until 1am, with plenty of live entertainment and good food! Tickets are £60+ VAT and available here if you’re interested. They are also promising ‘surprises’ during the night, so I would guess that means a celebrity appearance or perhaps some prizes to be won on the night.

To be in with a chance to win, organisations have had to be nominated in writing by another company or member of the public. There is then a committee that decides which companies are short-listed, to proceed to the event dinner on the 20th.  The short-listed organisations will also be invited to a ‘meet and greet’ on the 17th ctober to present to the judges and display more information abut why they feel their company should win.

My friend Michael (from Cudis), believes they have a good chance to win. Cudis are known for their consumer unit products and items such as the ‘3 phase distribution board‘. Over the last few years, they have been taking a great approach to innovating what might seem ‘standard’ electrical products. The innovation that has got them short-listed for this award is called the ‘Lumo illuminated consumer unit’. A consumer unit is a very common piece of electrical equipment, used in most houses and work premises. It is basically the fuse board as most of us know it! See this video to recognise what we’re talking about:

Now compare that old looking one, to this from Cudis:

Lumo consumer Unit by Cudis

The Lumo illuminated consumer unit is very clever though. We have all been in that situation at least once, where the fuse trips. You then have to stumble around in the dark looking for the fuse board, and if you’re lucky, you get to use the light from your mobile phone. (Because if you’re like me, you have no idea where the torch is, even when the lights are on!) Cudis have looked at this issue, and come up with a very simple, yet brilliant fix. They have added in-built LED lights to the panel, powered by a small battery, so even in the dark it is easy to see what you are doing, and you can have two hands available. Obviously this is ideal for everyone, but especially the elderly, or those who have their panels in dark, inaccessible places, such as under the stairs!

The Lumo has proved very popular so far and was centre-stage at the recent ‘Elex’ event that Cudis attended. It was also ‘highly commended’ at the 2013 Electrical Industry Awards, which is a great achievement in itself. Cudis CPN’s Managing Director Jason Hallam (great guy), said this at the 2013 Electrical Industry Awards:

“The Lumo illuminated consumer unit is an innovative and unique product solution which is why it will take centre stage on CPN’s Elex stand this year. The response from contractors and wholesalers is that there is an obvious requirement for Lumo and that it brings clear benefits for users in certain sectors, especially where the elderly or visually impaired may be required to reset a circuit breaker – we’re looking forward to getting in front of customers and telling them about the solid added value proposition the Lumo offers to those wanting to improve system maintenance.”

The Lumo is available in 3 different sizes, and up to 22 different configurations, which apparently makes it suitable for the majority of needs. I’m really pleased that Michael and Cudis are getting the recognition they deserve as they have been very diligent in their approach to research and development, something a lot of companies miss. Innovations like the Lumo prove that even though a product is taken for granted and seen as at it’s peak, an improvement can always be made – and more often than not, it is a simple tweak with enormous benefits.

You only have to look at the world’s top companies to realise R&D  can play a major role is success and growth – take Apple as an example. Their R&D budget is huge, and they openly admit they no qualms about spending as much as is required, because the end result fully justifies itself.

Cudis are up against these other Bury based companies:

  • Computer Troubleshooters (Manchester) Ltd
  • Fluid Digital
  • Lex Business Equipment Ltd
  • Lone Worker Solutions Ltd
  • PC Edutech Ltd

Whilst I wish them all good luck, I really do hope Cudis win as I feel they deserve it to cap off an extraordinary year! I hope to see you at the event too!

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Warrington woman jumps from plane for Young Dementia UK + MORE

AN Orford woman said she carried all the inspiration she needed with her to leap more than 15,000 ft from a plane in aid of Young Dementia UK.

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Teaming up to clean up the streets

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GREAT Sankey residents are coming together today, Thursday, to clean up the roads in their area.

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PUPILS at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary have been showcasing their work into the history of Penketh. Teachers praised the youngsters at Walton Avenue for their hard work throughout the term writing news reports, creating fact files and building models of the area.

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Family fun day at Crosfields

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A FUNDRAISING family fun day takes place at Crosfields ARLFC, Hood Lane in Great Sankey on Saturday.

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THEY say that men are no good at multi-tasking.

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IT may not have felt like the ‘short week’ promised post-bank holiday but now you have got through it, it’s that time of the evening to grab a brew and biccy and catch up on the day’s headlines.

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Wilkos staff in Warrington to raise money for Guide Dogs + MORE

STAFF at the Wilko store at Cockhedge will be doing their bit to help sponsor a guide dog.

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CELEBRITIES in the town have been setting hearts aflutter today-keep scrolling to find out what you have missed.

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Help fund tools for allotment clearing

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A GROUP of youngsters are fundraising for equipment to clear a section of land into an allotment for over 50s.

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Warrington youngsters urged to vote

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YOUNG people in Warrington can now cast their votes to decide what issues will be debated by members of the Youth Parliament.

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Parade plans are bigger and better

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ORGANISERS of this year’s Penketh Carnival have already got plans in place for next year’s parade after it proved a successful addition to this year’s event.

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The wrap: Six of the top headlines in Warrington from August 15 + MORE

HEALTH chiefs are investigating a national outbreak of sickness bug salmonella after 33 cases were confirmed in Cheshire and Merseyside.

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Penketh children left wanting more

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YOUNGSTERS at a Penketh primary school no doubt left their audience asking for more after performing their production of Oliver.

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ALL lanes are now open after a car tipped onto its side during a crash on the M6 that saw two lanes of the motorway closed at Winwick.

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A PROGRAMME launched to train the citizens of tomorrow has already helped hundreds of young people to make their mark in the town.

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GET that Friday feeling with our round-up of the day’s top headlines in Warrington.

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Ask Warrington's top doc Andy Davies during Q&A session + MORE

A WOOLSTON-BASED business has been appointed by the Ministry of Defence to provide protective covers for a range of military vehicles as they are withdrawn from Afghanistan.

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Could this summer’s movie mark the end of the road for The Inbetweeners? Probably, but it’s been one heck of a fun ride, as the lads tell Susan Griffin

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A GREAT Sankey mum has been thanking the hospital team who saved her life and her twins after beating the odds to give birth to them.

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EVENING wrap fans, it’s your favourite time of the day again where we round-up the headlines that have got you twittering and clicking.

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GOT a burning question you would like to ask Warrington’s top doc?

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A MOTORCYCLIST involved in a crash near Fiddlers Ferry power plant on Tuesday night has died.

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Sports groups in with chance to win £500 + MORE

A PENSIONER who stole more than £12,000 from a dementia patient she had befriended is now behind bars.

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MOTORISTS have been warned of hour long delays for those travelling south on the M6.

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A CHARITY has warned many residents in the town are not receiving the information or support they need after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

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Our top stories of the day in one bite-sized chunk.

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SPORTS clubs and organisations can sign up to be in with a chance to win £500 from Miller Homes.

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Photographing for Warrington charity + MORE

LOOKING for something for the children to do this summer?

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DRAMATIC footage of the moment a man accused of running someone over attacked another car months before the death has been shown in court this morning.

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EVENING wrap fans, we’re back to help you with that Friday feeling with our round-up of the day’s top headlines.

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Photographing for Warrington charity

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OUR charity of the month for July, make a real difference to the families of terminally ill children.

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MOTORISTS heading for the town centre will face a traffic headache on Monday as improvement works begin on Sankey Way, Cromwell Avenue and the Sankey Green roundabout junctions.

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Public join Warrington fracking meeting + MORE

Evening wrap fans, here’s our round-up of the stories that have got the town talking today on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

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We list your favourite memories of the legendary nightclub.

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MOTORISTS face delays during the evening rush hour as a lane closure has caused tailbacks to Birchwood on the M62.

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a 25-year-old man suffered a broken jaw in an unprovoked attack on Padgate Lane.

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Public join Warrington fracking meeting

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MEMBERS of the public joined experts to discuss fracking on Thursday.

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UPDATED: Police presence increased in Culcheth following spike in criminal activity since Wednesday + MORE

THE rAe Team picked up £1,4000 after tackling a 12.5km obstacle race.

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A MAN, who was diagnosed with Marfan’s syndrome five years ago, fears for his health after living in a flooded flat for more than a year.

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CHESHIRE Police has increased its presence in Culcheth after a family was assaulted at their home.

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Raising money for Orford lad Alfie

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TOPLESS waiters, strippers, goodies for the bedroom.

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