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Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Judith Grinter – Reporter

Past Articles

An appeal to keep houses bright

Since 9 December there has been three burglaries reported on the Saddleworth North area.

On 9 December at 20:01hrs unknown offenders threw a plant pot at a rear window of a property, setting off the alarm, no entry was gained to a property on Ripponden Road in Denshaw.

Between 22:30 on 9 December and 07:15 on 10 December unknown offenders gain access to a property via a locked rear door of a property on Rochdale Road in Denshaw. Offenders steal […]

Planting bulbs in the snow

The Little Deerhill Co.

Reporter : Judith Grinter


The UCAN group have been busy completing the task of removing the wet and slippery leaves along the towpath from Wade Lock to the viaduct.

One last snowy bulb planting session took place following the kind donation of a batch of bluebell bulbs. The team are really hoping for a colourful show in spring as over 1000 bulbs have now been planted. Plans for the new year are underway and […]

Saddleworth Bright Lights – Saddleworth Christmas Illumination Results

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The judging of the Annual Saddleworth Christmas Illuminations competition took place on Wednesday 6th December 2017. The panel of judges consisted of the Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Nikki Kirkham, Parish Councillors John Hudson and Pam Byrne and the Clerk to the Council, Pam Bailey. Entries had been invited for the following categories:

• Best Shop Window; • Best Pub / Licenced Premises; • Best Residential Property; and • Best Community;


The judges’ decision […]

Have you seen 74yr old James?

Have you seen 74-year-old James who is missing from Ashton?

James Bentham, 74, was last seen at around 10am this morning (Friday 8 December 2017) at a hospital on Wigan Lane.

He is described as 5ft 9inches tall, of a slim build, with greying short hair and a beard.

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James was last seen wearing a brown flat cap, a tweed jacket and jeans with black trainers that have a white sole.

Inspector Nicola Williams of […]

Oldham Man jailed for sexually abusing a 15yr old girl

Saddleworth NEws

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A man who plied a young girl with drugs and alcohol before sexually abusing her at his flat in Oldham has been jailed.

Jordan West (23/09/1990) of Hollis Road, Coventry was sentenced earlier today, 30 November 2017, at Minshull Street Crown Court to six years and three months in prison after being found guilty of three counts of sexual activity with a child and one count of supplying cannabis. He also received a five-year sexual harm prevention […]

Burglaries in the area are on the increase

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Burglaries in the area appear to be on the increase again. This is possibly due to the “Darker nights”

You can help us by making your home look occupied in the darker evenings by leaving a light on. If you have an alarm then make sure you set it and make

sure your doors and windows are locked. Also keep car keys and other valuables hidden from view. If you see any suspicious behaviour then […]

Man sought after rape in the city centre

Saddleworth news

Police investigating a city centre rape still want to speak to a man.

At around 5.35am on Saturday 18 November 2017, police received a report of a concern for the welfare of a 27-year-old woman in the city centre. Initial enquiries revealed the woman had been raped sometime in the early hours of Saturday morning. Officers are specifically piecing together information between 12.20am and 4.30am that morning to gain a fuller picture of what happened and still need to speak […]

Local computer company giving children a helping hand at Christmas …

Saddleworth News

A computing company from Uppermill have gathered a large stash of presents and continue to do so for needy children in Manchester. The presents have been dropped off by locals to support Key 103’s ‘Mission Christmas’. All donations go to Cash for Kids Charity and are distributed around Manchester.

Infinity Computing have been a drop-off point for Mission Christmas for 4 years now. They told Saddleworth News : “Each year the pile gets bigger thanks to generous people bringing them […]

Dr Kershaw’s choir ‘Stands Together’ with Choirs of Purpose with hopes of No.1

#people Reporter : Judith Grinter

Dr Kershaw’s very own choir, the Kershaw’s Crooners, along with other choirs from across the UK have joined forces to create the compilation album ‘Stand Together’ for release Christmas 2017. Choirs with Purpose will also be releasing one epic single that brings together all voices from all ten choirs.

You may have recently heard about The Parrs Wood High School Choir who came together to perform with Ariana Grande at One Love Manchester after […]

Santa Dash – Santas everywhere! Video and Images

Saddleworth News greeted runners as they arrived on Grove Road in Uppermill.

And a few images 🙂 Please share and mention Saddleworth News and Life!



Teenage boy died following collision in Hyde

Investigators are appealing for information after a teenage boy died following a motorway collision in Hyde.

At 5.25pm yesterday (Friday 1 December 2017) police were called to Junction 3 of the M67 to reports that a boy was unconscious on the hard shoulder.

On arrival, officers discovered the teenager in a critical condition and he was taken to hospital where he sadly died.

It has been established that a grey convertible BMW was driving eastbound when it was involved in […]

Previously homeless Callum passes his driving test

Reporter: Judith Grinter

Last year Callum Pressley was homeless, spending night after night sleeping on friends sofas. This month the 24 year old is celebrating passing his driving test, following support from homelessness charity, Emmaus.

Callum, joined Emmaus Mossley as a companion (formerly homeless person) in October 2016, following a two-year stint sofa surfing. Since then he has been receiving support and training to enable him to re-build his self-esteem and move on with his life.

As part of his […]

Attempted car theft in Mossley

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

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Officers are searching for two Asian men, after an attempted car theft in Mossley. This is similar to a recent Saddleworth incident. One man around 6ft tall wearing dark clothing and sports type top with stripes on arms, the other was around 5ft6 wearing dark clothing. The attack happened at 8.25pm on Tuesday 28 November.

Police were called after a 63-year-old man was attacked and robbed, leaving him with significant facial […]

Next of kin sought for Derek Conwell – can you help?

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace the next-of-kin of a man from Rochdale.

Derek Conwell, 83, passed away at Braeside Care Home in Rochdale on 25th November 2017.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Anyone with information about Derek or his family are asked to contact the Police Coroner’s Office on 0161 856 8097.