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HSBC closes relief charity trust account

The Bolton News: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

8:13pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A BOLTON Islamic relief charity is among a group of Muslim organisations to be told by banking giants HSBC that it will close its account in September.

Joy for elderly veterans as plans for disabled ramp at Farnworth war memorial are approved

The Bolton News:

8:32am Tuesday 29th July 2014

ELDERLY veterans will soon be able to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in conflict after plans for a new disabled ramp at Farnworth war memorial were approved.

Romantic Farnworth pensioners get married - aged 75 and 81

The Bolton News:

8:10pm Monday 28th July 2014

ROMANTIC pensioners John Walkden and Joan Williams promised to be true to each other “in every way” as they tied the knot.

Little Lever UKIP councillor 'regrets' sexist joke on Facebook

The Bolton News:

8:51am Monday 28th July 2014

A councillor has said he “regrets” making sexist remarks on his Facebook page.

Five-year-old airlifted to hospital after being hit by car in Deane

The Bolton News: MAN ASSAULTED: Police are hunting a man who assaulted a man who intervened in an altercation in Redcar

2:35pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A FIVE year old girl is in a serious condition in hospital after she was knocked down in Deane.

UPDATED: Strongman returns to Victoria Square

The Bolton News:

6:43pm Saturday 26th July 2014

STRONGMAN Bolton returned to Victoria Square this weekend, with hundreds of people gathering to watch the athletes lift eye-watering weights.

Car mounts another car in freak Deane crash

The Bolton News:

2:12pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A CAR ended up with one of its front wheels on top of another car after a freak crash in Deane.

UPDATED: Dog walker in coma after he is punched 'two or three times in the face' and left unconscious in street

The Bolton News:

11:57am Saturday 26th July 2014

A DOG walker who was found collapsed in the street was violently attacked in the early hours of Friday morning, police say.

Breightmet trees 'are making our lives a misery', claim residents

The Bolton News:

9:54am Saturday 26th July 2014

HUGE overhanging trees are making Breightmet residents' lives a misery, they say.

'Take tougher action on Israel over bombing of Gaza', says Bolton MP

The Bolton News: Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22

11:37am Friday 25th July 2014

A BOLTON MP has called on the government to take tougher action on Israel for its bombing campaign in Gaza.

UKIP bosses defend Little Lever councillor after his 'joke' about women making tea

The Bolton News: UKIP Euro MP Paul Nuttall

9:27am Thursday 24th July 2014

DEPUTY leader of UKIP Paul Nuttall has defended a Bolton councillor who joked that newly-appointed cabinet ministers could “take it in turns to make the tea” in Number 10.

Hospital should have a taxi rank, say cab drivers

The Bolton News:

6:00am Thursday 24th July 2014

A BLACK cab rank should be allowed at the Royal Bolton Hospital for patients, say taxi drivers.

Tennis courts at Moss Bank Park re-open after makeover

The Bolton News:

9:58am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

BUDDING tennis players made a racket at Moss Bank Park after the tennis courts underwent a facelift.

'No plans to introduce three-weekly bin collections', say council

The Bolton News: NEW COLLECTIONS: Wheelie bins will replace recycling bags.

6:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

BIN bosses insist there are no plans to introduce three-week collections in Bolton — after Bury Council introduced the policy.

'More women in cabinet? They can make the tea', says Bolton's first UKIP councillor

The Bolton News:

6:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

BOLTON’S first UKIP councillor has refused to apologise for posting derogatory comments about women on his Facebook page — despite criticism from his own party and female politicians.

Ironman will bring estimated £2.6 million to Bolton economy

The Bolton News: RACING SUCCESS The crowd cheers on this year’s winner Dan Halksworth in Victoria Square on Sunday

3:52pm Friday 18th July 2014

THOUSANDS of visitors are set to boost business in Bolton town centre this weekend.

This weekend's Ironman will be biggest ever - and it will be back next year

The Bolton News:

9:56am Friday 18th July 2014

BOLTON is bracing itself for its biggest ever Ironman boost — as organisers announced the massive event will be back next year.

The 'war against the bedroom tax' is being won, say Bolton campaigners

The Bolton News: Campaigners against the ‘bedroom tax’ on the steps of the town hall

9:41am Friday 18th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS from pressure group Bolton Against The Bedroom Tax say they are winning the war against the controversial policy - after senior Liberal Democrats called for it to be axed.

Unemployment in Bolton 'almost at pre-recession levels', claims government

The Bolton News: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

3:05pm Thursday 17th July 2014

UNEMPLOYMENT across Bolton has fallen again to almost pre-recession levels, the government announced yesterday.

New support group to help people foster Muslim children

The Bolton News: Muslim Foster Family

12:03pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A NEW support group to help Muslim foster children will be launched next month, the first of its kind in Bolton.

Bolton vicars celebrate after church allows women to become bishops

The Bolton News:

10:02am Wednesday 16th July 2014

VICARS across Bolton are celebrating after the Church of England voted to allow women to become bishops.

50 patients left waiting in ambulances outside A&E for more than an hour - in just one month

The Bolton News: Boy hit by car on way to school

9:38am Wednesday 16th July 2014

FIFTY patients were left waiting in ambulances outside the Royal Bolton Hospital’s A&E department for more than an hour during just one month, figures have revealed.

Only two businesses get grants to open shops in Bolton town centre - from 50 applicants

The Bolton News: Churchgate in Bolton town centre

10:03am Friday 11th July 2014

ONLY two businesses have taken advantage of a £20,000 grant scheme to open shops in the town centre, it has emerged.

Student's mural depicts history of the deaf in Bolton

The Bolton News:

9:34am Thursday 10th July 2014

A DEAF student has made his mark on a wall as part of a revamp of a centre.

Other councils to copy Bolton's union flag and national anthem idea

The Bolton News: The Union flag

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

BOLTON’S call for schools to fly the Union Flag looks set to be copied by other councils.

Campaigners plan protest over allegations of police brutality

The Bolton News: Coffee time

11:00am Sunday 6th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS from Bolton will protest outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London over allegations of police brutality.

Hospital bosses travel to Madrid to recruit nurses from Spain and Portugal

The Bolton News: The Royal Bolton Hospital

6:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

HOSPITAL bosses travelled to Madrid to recruit 40 Spanish and Portuguese nurses to work at the Royal Bolton to help a shortage of staff, it has been revealed.

Tory councillor defects in row over who will represent Westhoughton at next election

The Bolton News:

8:59am Friday 4th July 2014

A ROW over who should stand in Westhoughton at next year’s local elections has led to a Conservative town councillor becoming and independent.

Council workers to strike next week in row over pay

The Bolton News: Unison steward Christine Smith

12:06pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

CARERS, bin men, street cleaners and teaching assistants across Bolton are among thousands of council and school support workers in Bolton set to strike next week.

Crackdown on people who dump rubbish in back streets

The Bolton News: Aftermath of the latest fly-tipping in Darwen – this is the back of Primrose Street

11:26am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

RESIDENTS who continually dump rubbish could face automatic enforcement notices telling them to clean up their act, under plans being mooted by councillors.

300 homes could be built in Tonge Moor

The Bolton News:

11:18am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

MORE than 300 new homes could be built on a rundown industrial site in Tonge Moor, if plans are approved tomorrow.

Bolton MPs join fight to make hospital a specialist centre

The Bolton News: Car parking costs set to rise at the Royal Bolton Hospital

2:53pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

BOLTON’S three MPs have met with hospital chiefs to discuss the Royal Bolton’s bid to become a specialist centre.

Ironkids is fully booked

The Bolton News: AND THEY’RE OFF Youngsters run round Bolton Town Hall in this year’s event

1:59pm Monday 30th June 2014

BOLTON’S popular Ironkids event is now fully booked.

Universal credit 'could be beginning of the end' for homeless charity

The Bolton News: Sharon Betton

11:56am Monday 30th June 2014

A HOMELESSNESS charity has said the introduction of universal credit could be the beginning of the end of its service — which would leave young people with nowhere to go.

Government has not got universal credit details right, warns Citizens Advice Bureau

The Bolton News: Bolton residents could lose £10,000 in benefit cuts

9:52am Monday 30th June 2014

STAFF at Bolton Citizens’ Advice Bureau say they are braced for the introduction of universal credit — but warn the government has not got the details right.

Whistleblower predicts troubled start for new universal credit system

The Bolton News: Elizabeth House

9:50am Monday 30th June 2014

A WHISTLEBLOWER inside one of the government’s pilot centres for universal credit has warned how numerous errors will make a smooth introduction of the new system “highly unlikely”.

Backlash as Bolton adopts new 'universal credit' benefits system

The Bolton News: JobCentre move strengthens role of Ealing Hub among ex-offenders

8:44am Monday 30th June 2014

JOBSEEKERS in Bolton today become the next to join the government’s benefits system “revolution” — despite a backlash from politicians and charities.

Would-be Wimbledon stars of the future hone their skills in Bolton

The Bolton News: Would-be Wimbledon stars of the future hone their skills in Bolton

7:00am Saturday 28th June 2014

CHILDREN across Bromley Cross got into the swing of summer — and Wimbledon — with free tennis lessons at their schools.

Cancelled commuter train WILL call at Westhoughton again - in four months

The Bolton News: Westhoughton station

8:00am Friday 27th June 2014

A POPULAR peak hour train WILL stop at Westhoughton again — but commuters will have to wait four months before it is back on the tracks.

Bolton Council bans badger cull - despite no plans for one

The Bolton News: It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton

8:00am Friday 27th June 2014

TOWN Hall bosses have voted to protect Bolton’s badgers from a cull — even though one had not been planned.

Badgers and business: Full meeting of Bolton Council round-up

The Bolton News: Badger     (6247416)

9:55pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Councillors vote to recommend a ban on any future badger culls in Bolton at a Town Hall meeting, and discuss a range of business initiatives

Full meeting of Bolton Council

The Bolton News: Bolton town hall

5:49pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

Badgers, austerity measures and the worst teeth in the country will be discussed as we bring you live updates from tonight's full council meeting.

Town hall bosses to debate ban on badger cull in Bolton

The Bolton News: It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton

7:46am Wednesday 25th June 2014

TOWN Hall bosses will debate banning a badger cull in Bolton — despite there being no plans for one in the borough.

Sex attacks could increase if taxi rules are relaxed, warns police commissioner

The Bolton News: Bolton's crime commissioner calls for extra powers so police can investigate mobile phone technology

10:01am Tuesday 24th June 2014

MORE people could be raped or sexually assaulted if plans to cut red tape for private hire drivers are made law, police and crime commissioner Tony Lloyd has warned.

Six-year-old girl writes to council over 'filthy' play area

The Bolton News: Courtney Haslam with her letter

9:53am Tuesday 24th June 2014

WHEN little Courtney Haslam found her local playground was full of glass and litter, she decided to take matters into her own hands.

Tributes to 'proud Boltonian' who died in hospital

The Bolton News: Frank Waterworth

10:01am Monday 23rd June 2014

A FORMER Astley Bridge councillor described as a “proud Boltonian” by friends has died, aged 87.

£80 million needed to repair all Bolton's roads, claims transport boss

The Bolton News: CONCERN Cllr David Chadwick

6:00am Saturday 21st June 2014

AN extra £700,000 to help fix potholes is just a “drop in the ocean” of the £80 million needed to get Bolton’s roads up to scratch, a top transport boss has said.

Bus service loss ‘will isolate us’

The Bolton News: Local residents with Cllr Stuart Haslam, left, with Cllr Walter Hall, right, and Cllr Mudasir Dean, second right

12:49pm Friday 20th June 2014

WORRIED residents say the loss of the 480 will leave them and their neighbours isolated.

Takeaway forced to close early 'because late opening is adding to crime'

The Bolton News: Spice Hut in Bradshawgate, which has been forced to close early

12:38pm Friday 20th June 2014

A TAKEAWAY will be forced to close early for a fortnight after police complained that its late opening was adding to crime in the town centre.

Bolton Council given £700,000 boost to repair potholes on borough's roads

The Bolton News: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

9:55am Friday 20th June 2014

BOLTON will receive more than £700,000 to help fix potholes plaguing the town’s roads.

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