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Police Search For Watch After Delph Burglary

Have you seen this watch? (picture: GMP)

Police investigating a burglarly in Delph last week have issued a picture of a watch taken during the raid, which they’d like to find. It’s a Hublo Emerald watch, and anyone who has seen it or who has any other information is asked to get in touch with officers.

Meanwhile, in a separate case, a man was due in court today charged with a burglary […]

Man Charged Over Scouthead Burglary

A man has been charged following a burglary at a house in Scouthead. The incident took place on Monday morning.

According to our local police, the man was due to appear in court today.

You can get up-to-date information from the Saddleworth and Lees police team at their website here, or from their Twitter feed here. You can ring them directly by calling the Uppermill office number 0161 856 4525.

In an emergency, always dial 999. But out of hours, […]

Phil Woolas Avoids Prosecution Over Election Leaflets

Phil Woolas

Our former Labour MP, Phil Woolas, isn’t going to face prosecution over the lies he told in election leaflets. Prosecutors today announced that a criminal case wouldn’t be in the public interest, because Mr Woolas had already been punished enough.

Mr Woolas was stripped of his victory in last May’s general election, and banned for standing for public office for three years, for making untrue statements about his Liberal Democrat rival Elwyn Watkins.

A specially-convened election court […]

Two Charged After Greenfield Burglary Arrests

Two men have been charged with going equipped for theft, after they were arrested in Greenfield.

They were detained when officers stopped a car on Manchester Road in the early hours of Tuesday. According to a police statement, a “number of items” were recovered.

Mark Stansfield, who’s 40 and from Rochdale, and 45-year-old Richard Carr of Smallbridge, were due to appear before magistrates in Oldham.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, our local police have also updated us about an incident […]

Man Charged With Holmfirth Murder

The boyfriend of a Holmfirth woman found dead in a suitcase has tonight been charged with her murder. Andrew Lindo, a 28-year-old teacher, was arrested following the discovery of Marie Stewart’s body on Sunday.

Police found the body of Ms Stewart, a 30-year-old mother-of-two, at an address in Perseverance Place. A post-mortem revealed that she had been beaten and stabbed.

A woman aged 29, who was also detained by police on Sunday, was later freed without charge.

Lindo is expected […]

Grains Bar Restaurant Owner Fined Again

The owner of the Vamasaki restaurant at Grains Bar has been fined for failing to comply with planning regulations. It’s the second time in less than a year that Jewel Miah has been successfully prosecuted by Oldham Council.

Mr Miah, of Shipla Close in Oldham, has been fined £1,040 along with £300 costs for his latest failure to give information about aspects of a planning development at the Ripponden Road premises, and for not adhering to rules about the storage […]

Lydgate Man Fined For Fly Tipping

A Lydgate man has been told to pay £695 after he was prosecuted by Oldham Council for fly-tipping. Stewart Hartley, of North View Close, admitted the crime at Oldham Magistrates’ Court last month, and was fined £320, with £375 costs.

According to a statement from the council, the alarm was raised by a local resident. He reported the fly-tipping to the council after seeing the driver of a white van dumping material on Park Street in Oldham back in January. […]

Lib Dem Challenges Saddleworth Election Result

Elwyn Watkins in Dobcross during the election campaign. He lost by 103 votes, but has now begun a legal challenge.

The Liberal Democrat who lost by just 103 votes in Oldham East and Saddleworth at the general election has begun a legal challenge to the result. Elwyn Watkins alleges that the winner, Labour MP Phil Woolas, broke the law by making false claims about him in election leaflets.

Mr Watkins has submitted […]

Grotton Detective Could Be Sacked

A detective from Grotton who used a police computer to check up on someone who owed him money is facing disciplinary action, and could get the sack. Detective Sergeant Alan Walker, who now lives in Marsden, illegally logged on to the Greater Manchester Police computer system 49 times.

The 46-year-old faced 12 charges under the Data Protection Act, but those charges were dropped at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court on Monday when DS Walker agreed to accept a caution. GMP’s […]

Grains Bar Restaurant Owner Fined

The owner of the Vamasaki Indian restaurant at Grains Bar has been told to pay more than £1,000 for breaching planning regulations. Jewel Miah failed to properly conceal an extraction system, didn’t provide a cycle rack and also neglected to stain a fence.

Mr Miah was prosecuted by the council, and when he didn’t turn up to Oldham Magistrates Court the case was proved in his absence. He was fined £700, and must also pay £300 costs and a £15 […]

Three Charged Over Fatal Crash

Three people have been charged following a fatal road crash on the A635 Holmfirth Road last year. Two teenagers were killed when a car flipped over and landed in a roadside ditch on Saddleworth Moor early one Sunday morning in September.

Adeel Tarar, who’s 18 and from Stockport, has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving, perverting the course of justice and causing a death while having no insurance.

Two other people have also been charged with perverting the […]

Greenfield Policeman Could Lose His Job

A policeman from Greenfield faces losing his job, after he was found guilty of running away from a fellow officer and evading arrest. Daniel Adams, who’s 21 and works in Rochdale, was ordered to pay £1,100 in fines and costs by Stockport magistrates.

The incident took place in Uppermill last September. For the full story go to the Oldham Chronicle website here.