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20th March 2003

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10 YEAR-OLD KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT

A schoolgirl has been killed as she crossed the road with her dad and younger brother.
The accident happened at 8.10pm on Friday(14th) as 10 year-old Rebecca Harrison was knocked down by a BMW Z3 sports car as she was crossing Wigan Road.
Rebecca, a pupil at RL Hughes County Primary School, lived with her mum Amanda and three year-old brother Jack, in Blenheim Road, Ashton.
At the time of the accident she was with her dad, Andrew Lloyd, who is separated from Amanda and lives in Haydock.
Mr Lloyd, who was also with his two-year old son Samuel, is believed to have tried unsuccessfully to grab Rebecca when he saw the car approaching.
Two off-duty nurses treated her at the scene before she was rushed, by ambulance, to Wigan Royal Infirmary where she died from head injuries.
The car was being driven by a 28 year-old local man and was travelling south along Wigan Road at the junction with Whitledge Green when the accident occured.
The vehicle stopped immediately after the collision. The driver was uninjured but badly shaken.
Flowers from family and friends now mark the scene of the tragedy.
The coroner has been informed and an inquest weill be opened later this week.
Police are now appealing for witnesses to the accident.


COUNCIL'S PROPERTY REVAMP WELL UNDER WAY

A facelift for every one of Wigan's council homes is well under way.
Over the next five years 25,500 new kitchens will be installed by three companies contracted by Wigan and Leigh housing.Other improvements, such as rewiring will also be carried out where necessary.
This week, one of the contractors - Wates- handed over the first completed property to Evelyn Ashcroft of Langton Place, Standish. Her home is one of 30 in an initial pilot scheme being carried out in Standish and Pemberton.
The other two contractors are Bullock Construction and Mears Building Services, who with Wates, are going to be fitting 100 new kitchens every week.
Wates director, John Shannon, said, "We are delighted to be in partnership with Wigan and Leigh Housing on this major refurbishment programme. However, Wates is also very keen to ensure that Wigan and Leigh Housing's investment benefits the local community. To this end we will be creating links with local employers and suppliers.
"Two local depots will also be opened, to enable delivery of the project, creating employment and training opportunities."
Peter Gee,chief executive of Wigan and Leigh Housing added, "I am very pleased that we have been able to make an early start on the kitchen replacement scheme. Even though this is a five year programme, we still need to be fitting 100 kitchens a week."


FAMILY'S DAY TO REMEMBER

Perhaps freakish birthday hat-tricks are not so rare after all.
Last month the "Observer"featured Yvonne, Ian and Adam Moogan from Standish who were all born on the same day of the year.
Mathematicians reckoned the chances of this happeninwere a colossal 48 million to one.
But now the "Observer" has tracked down another family with an identical claim and they live in the same Wigan township as the Moogans!
It was always a source of amusement when they first met that Robert and Betty Simpson shared the same birthday. It became a source of amazement years later when youngest son Andrew also turned up on January 11th.
Electrician Mr Simpson of Greenwood Road, Standish said, "It was never planned for Andrew to be born on our birthday. We have three older children, Ian, Peter and Kevin and they all managed to avoid it!
"Friends used to joke when I first met Betty that I had better not forget my girlfriend's birthday. Now I am just glad that the other lads weren't born on January 11th, otherwise it would have been an even more expensive day


NUISANCE TEENAGERS TO BE 'NAMED AND SHAMED'

Bored youngsters who cause a neighbourhood nuisance are to be publicly named and shamed under new measures to target yobbish behaviour.
Police will be given greater powers to tackle teenage gangs who terrorise neighbourhoods and parents who allow their kids to run riot could be forced to attend parenting classes.
The measures are part of radical new plans announced by Home Secretary David Blunkett in a policy blueprint to crack down on anti social behaviour.
The proposals have been welcomed by police and housing bosses in Wigan.Insp Simon Retford from Wigan police said "We welcome any additional powers that will enable us to deal positively with groups of youths who are causing problems to local communities.
"This type of proble affects people's quality of life and it is very important that we can act positively to restotre that quality of life."
Under the government proposals police will be issued with new powers to act against gangs of yobs who gather in trouble hotspots and intimidate passers-by.
Town centres, parks and shopping parades could be designated by police as special zones where they can order youngsters home if they are causing harrassment.


PLAY EVOKES MEMORIES OF THE 60S

Wake Up Little Susan, a musical set in the smokeless zones of the 1960s and penned by deputy headmaster Alan Wright, is the latest production by Standish High School.
Directed by Mrs Chris Hughes, it is the seventh major production at the school and marks a new and challenging direction in drama.
Wake Up Little Susan is a play of dreams of people with their feet, hopefully, on the ground.It has pathos and comedy but most of all it highlights the ups and downs of ordinary people who, in the end, lead extraordinary lives.


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