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

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Flicks on Saturday in Denshaw

Debbie demands government action on fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Dobcross highlighted by Saddleworth News recently

Story sponsored by Wainwright Stump Removal:

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, has written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP, demanding that the Government do more to tackle the growing scourge of fly-tipping.

Saddleworth News has highlighted the issue of fly-tipping a number of times in the last […]

Moorland fires endangered local wildlife and livestock

Fire near Dovestones – photo Rebecca Lyons

Reporters: Stuart Littleford and Ken Bennett

These dramatic pictures highlight the fury and frustration of farmers and conservationists battling to protect a major beauty spot.

James Crowther, whose the family have farmed 5,000 acres of rugged moorland for generations, tackled the blaze with student Luke Harrison assisted by an elderly neighbour.

It was the second fire, believed to have been started by children, which caused chaos on hillsides above Greenfield on Saturday.


Police appeal after truck hijacked and driver left in Saddleworth

The truck that the offenders got away in (the one where they moved the laptops to)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for witnesses after thousands of new laptops were stolen and a driver assaulted and left near a dirt track in Saddleworth following a truck robbery yesterday morning.

The incident occurred at between 4am and 5am when a dark coloured Audi hatchback approached a grey HGV with a blue cab which was parked up on Shorten Brook Drive […]

Armed police units deployed in Saddleworth to help fight against soaring burglaries

Armed police helping with crackdown on burglaries in Saddleworth – photo Stuart Littleford

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Armed police units have been drafted into Saddleworth to assist local police officers who are working to combat soaring domestic burglaries.

The last few weeks have seen have seen various parts of Saddleworth affected by this type of crime with Delph, Denshaw and Dobcross particularly targeted.

Most of the recent burglaries have involved offenders breaking in through windows and conducting untidy searches of […]

Flytipper who dumped waste in Saddleworth fined following airport arrest

Land near Windy Hill mast

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a flytipper after he was arrested at Manchester Airport.

On September 23 last year a resident contacted the council and reported waste had been dumped at the Windy Hill radio mast, Saddleworth.

Following an investigation by Environmental Health Officers the waste was traced to Ciprian Sorica, 22 of Camberwell Street and ABS Properties, of Tamworth Street Oldham.

The property firm had asked Sorica to remove the […]

M62 near Saddleworth now open after serious collision this morning

Long tailbacks after the accident on the M62

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The M62 near Saddleworth has now fully reopened following this morning’s serious collision between Oldham and Rochdale.

Both carriageways of the motorway between junction 20 and Oldham and junction 21 at Milnrow were closed at around 9.35am earlier today after police received a number of reports of a collision just before junction 21 of the M62.

Officers attended and found that a car travelling on the Eastbound carriageway […]

Reward offered for missing Akita dog

A dog has gone missing in Saddleworth on September 6.

A reward has been offered for any information on the dogs whereabouts.

The adult male Akita was last seen near junction 22 towards Denshaw.

If you have any information please contact the owners via the details shown on the poster.

Whit Friday: Thousands turn out for Whit walks and band contest despite poor weather

Kilngreen Sunday School – Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Thousands of people lined the streets of Saddleworth on Friday for the annual Whit Friday walks despite a wet and cold start to the day.

Church congregations together with their brass bands marched into Uppermill from various local villages cheered on by large crowds of onlookers who had turned out in force despite the poor weather. Children and adults walked together into the village centre carrying banners for their churches and […]

Man remains in critical condition after Denshaw crash

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with life threatening head injuries after a traffic collision in Saddleworth.

Shortly before 2.40am yesterday, a 24-year-old man was driving a white BMW along Ripponden Road in Denshaw towards the M62 motorway, when he came up to a left hand bend and lost control of the car.

The vehicle collided with the armco safety barriers and hit a stone wall before overturning onto its roof and coming […]

Denshaw Village Cinema films

Denshaw Village Cinema will show the film ‘Most Wanted Man’ on Saturday 24 January.

They have also released a list of future films they will be showing.

Refreshments are served before each show.

Emergency services at the scene of Denshaw crash this afternoon

Fire-fighters attend to a trapped casualty in one of the cars

Emergency services are at the scene of a two car accident on the A672, Oldham Road, at Denshaw this afternoon.

The accident happened at approximately 3.15pm today on a bend near a lay-by. It is thought the bad weather may have played a part in the accident.

Emergency services are using cutting equipment to rescue the occupants of one vehicle.

At the time of reporting the road is […]

First Denshaw village Christmas lights switched on

Denshaw village Christmas lights switch on – photo Stan Bowes

By Stan Bowes

Denshaw village switched on its Christmas lights last night with a good-sized crowd gathered on Huddersfield Road to watch the event.

The event was organised by Paula Parlsow and Denshaw Village Community Association, with support from the Rotary Club of Saddleworth and other local organisations.

A small brass band accompanied carol singers with a number of items such as mulled-wine on sale.

The tree itself is […]

Denshaw Village Cinema films

Denshaw Village Cinema has announced its line up of films for the next few months.

The Book Thief will be showing on August 9 2014.