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

Past Articles

Record numbers of birds seen at Dovestone

Golden Plover

Reporter Ruby Anstee

Wading birds gathered in record numbers at our beloved nature spot Dovestone Reservoir this breeding season, thanks to an ambitious ongoing bog restoration programme.

Over the summer, RSPB staff and volunteer surveyors recorded 49 pairs of dunlins at the Saddleworth site, up a quarter from the 39 pairs observed in 2014 and up five pairs on last year’s previous record of 44.

The RSPB also saw golden plovers increase at Dovestone by a fifth, […]

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.


Year-long mystery of man found dead at Dovestone is solved

CCTV of the dead man police have now identified.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Officers who have worked tirelessly around the clock for the past 13 months, were today able to name the man whose body was discovered at the Dovestone area of Saddleworth in December of 2015.

A detective who worked very hard to identify the mystery man found dead on a track near Dovestone Reservoir told Saddleworth News how his team’s painstaking work helped to solve the mystery.

The […]

Former ranger creates unique Dovestone website

Geoff Frost – Dovestone website now live

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A former Peak District National Park ranger from Saddleworth has created a unique website to chronicle the heritage of the Dovestone area of Greenfield.

Geoff Frost, who lives in Greenfield, has spent over 25 years of his working life at Dovestone and after retiring decided to create the website after suffering a serious illness.

He has compiled a huge amount of factual information as well as superb photographs […]

Emergency planning exercise to take place in Greenfield next week

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Around 36 organisations across Greater Manchester and nationally will be taking part in an emergency planning exercise next week that will see the Dovestone area of Greenfield featuring in one of the emergency scenarios.

Exercise Triton II – the biggest, major live exercise of its kind ever held in the region – will test how local authorities, emergency services and other partners are equipped to tackle a major emergency together.

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, it […]

Police appeal for information after man found dead near Dovestone Reservoir at Greenfield

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are trying to identify a man who was found dead near Dovestone Reservoir at Greenfield.

On Saturday 12 December 2015, the body of the man was found on the Chew track leading from Dovestones Reservoir boating lake to Indians Head.

He is described as being white, of slim build, had a receding hairline with grey hair to the side and back, had a large nose which may have been previously broken and was clean shaven.

The […]

Detectives launch fresh appeal for information about Craig Wilcox murder

Craig Wilcox

Detectives investigating the murder of Craig Wilcox have launched a fresh appeal on the anniversary of his death.

Craig was last seen just over a year ago on 6 January 2014, at the home of relatives on Norfolk Crescent in Failsworth.

His parents reported him missing and an investigation was launched by detectives in Oldham. The investigation established Craig had confided in a friend to say he feared for his safety.

On Monday 24 February 2014 at […]

Fires on moorland above Greenfield tonight

The fire on moorland above Dovestone. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A large grass fire has been burning on moorland above Dovestone in Greenfield for the last few hours.

The fire spreading out. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

There are also three smaller blazes on the surrounding moorland.

The fire is still continuing to burn but Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service have told Saddleworth News they are aware of the fire.

In a statement to Saddleworth News GMFRS said: “Crews from […]

Cannabis poisoning warning for Greenfield dog walkers

Neil Rogers with Patch, who has fully recovered. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

Dog walkers are being urged to take extra care whilst walking their dogs around the Dovestone Reservoir and Tanners Mill areas of Greenfield, after a number of dogs have suffered cannabis poisoning.

Neil Rogers, from Greenfield, contacted Saddleworth News to warn others after his dog Patch, had been mysteriously taken ill soon after ingesting a substance it had found in the grass alongside a path near to Tanners […]