A COMMUNITY is being advised there may be delays between Golborne and Ince this afternoon (Friday), with large crowds expected to gather for a funeral.

Patrick Connors, known as Paddy, was fatally injured in a car crash in Salford on Wednesday, September 23. The car was being pursued by police.

His friend Thomas Sharpe, known as Tommy, also died. Three people in another car were injured.

The police watchdog is investigating the incident.

The funeral of Paddy, 36, from Wigan, will take place on Friday afternoon in Ince.

There are restrictions on how many people can attend a funeral due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, a large turnout is still expected.

Meanwhile, some pubs took to social media to say they had closed on the advice of the authorities.

It was reported crowds started gathering in Lowton last night ahead of the funeral.

Wigan Council has warned motorists there could be traffic disruption and have encouraged people to leave extra time for their journeys.

In a statement, the council said: "If you’re travelling through the borough this afternoon (1pm to 3.30pm) between Golborne and Ince please be aware that there may be delays to your journey due to a funeral procession.

"GMP is aware and is working with the family and partners to allow them to pay their respects safely while minimising disruption. Where possible please avoid this route."

Chief Inspector Liz Sanderson, of GMP's Wigan division, said: "This is a very difficult time for the family and the community as they grieve the loss of their loved one who sadly passed away, and it is important that they are able to mourn.

"Our approach has been a sensitive and respectful one as we acknowledge the hurt that many people feel at this time.

"We are working closely with the family of the man, and with local partners, to ensure that the attending group are able to join together in a safe environment, whilst trying to minimise any disruption to those in the local area.

"It is important that the public remember the value of observing the guidelines and regulations in relation to gatherings and we would like to express our thanks and gratitude to all those who continue to play their part during this extremely difficult time."