Get In Touch

If you’ve got a story or event please email Ruby here.

Reporting Team

Ruby Anstee – Editor
Stuart Littleford – Senior Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
Wayne Fairley – Sports Reporter

Past Articles

Helicopter used to bring moors blaze under control

Fire is put out

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A helicopter was used by firefighters yesterday afternoon to help bring a large moors blaze under control in Saddleworth.

The fire on moors above Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield was difficult to access for the fire service.

At around 4pm fire engines from Oldham, Chadderton, Stalybridge and Mossley along with a wildfire unit from Stalybridge and a command unit from Hyde attended the blaze.

The helicopter takes water form Dovestone Reservoir

Firefighters […]

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.


Fire officers warning after Uppermill blaze

Firefighters on Primrose Avenue last night

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

DO NOT get distracted while cooking is the message from fire officers this morning after a blaze tore through a bungalow last night.

It is believed the fire in Primrose Avenue, Uppermill, started in the kitchen of a dormer bungalow and was burning for some time before the fire service was called at 8.14pm.

Station Manager Mark Wilson said: “We believe the fire started when the resident put food in […]

Firefighters tackling Uppermill house fire tonight

House fire on Primrose Avenue in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are attending a house fire on Primrose Avenue in Uppermill tonight.

The fire is believed to have started in the kitchen of the property at around 8.15pm and quickly spread to the roof area.

Blaze in the roof of the property – photo Jessica Smith

GMFRS firefighters wearing breathing apparatus have entered the property and are currently tackling the blaze in the roof section. A specialist command […]

A wave of destruction across Saddleworth and beyond

Emergency services and other organisations including the military at Dovestone Reservoir

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Imagine if you can a huge powerful jet of water spraying out skywards at high pressure from a large crack in the retaining wall of Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield, the damage has been caused by prolonged heavy rain and flooding in the area.

The situation is getting worse all the time as the crack is getting larger by the minute, the surrounding concrete is beginning […]

Five injured after car crash on Holmfirth Road

Emergency services attend to the injured after the head-on crash

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Five people have been injured after two cars collided on the A635, Holmfirth Road, at Greenfield this afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the accident at around 5.30pm, after reports of a head-on crash involving two vehicles.

Three men in one of the vehicles, a Vauxhall Astra, were taken to hospital.

A man and a woman in the other car were not thought to be seriously […]

Arrest made after Bailey Mill fire in Delph

Bailey Mill well alight

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police investigating the fire at Bailey Mill in Delph have made an arrest.

Shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, 14 June 2016, police were called to the listed Bailey Mill on Oldham Road in Delph.

Emergency services attended and evacuated nearby houses as well as enforcing road closures around the area.

Firefighters extinguished the fire and the building was totally gutted.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent […]

Bailey Mill in Delph destroyed by huge blaze this afternoon

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

One of Saddleworth’s most iconic mills has been ravaged by fire this afternoon leaving it in a state of almost total destruction.

Firefighters were called to Bailey Mill in Delph shortly after 3.00pm following reports the derelict seven-storey building was on fire.

Four fire appliances and an aerial appliance were sent to the scene and on arrival firefighters found the mill well alight.

Large parts of the roof and internal structures soon began to collapse due […]

Lucky escape for driver as car stopped from rolling down embankment in Diggle

Emergency services at the scene of the accident on Standedge Road in Diggle

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are investigating after a man was left injured when his car careered off the road in Diggle.

The accident happened at around 4.00pm on Friday 10 June when the black BMW he was travelling in ended up on its side after crashing through concrete fencing on Standedge Road.

Miraculously a number of trees prevented the vehicle from rolling further down the embankment.


Dobcross farm fire has reignited tonight

Roundhill Farm fire has started up again tonight

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are attending a fire at Roundhill Farm in Dobcross again tonight.

It is thought that yesterdays’s fire in an open barn has reignited due to strong winds.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) currently have one appliance at the scene.

A spokesperson from Roundhill Farm has told us there are no reports of any injuries.


Firefighters bring Saddleworth farm blaze under control

Firefighters at the farm fire this afternoon

Firefighters have been called to a fire at a Saddleworth farm this afternoon.

The fire is believed to have started at around 2.15pm and involved 100 bails of straw that had been stored in an open barn on Roundhill Farm, off Long Lane, in Dobcross.

Fire was in an open barn

Five fire appliances were sent to the scene and are currently damping down the bails.

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester […]

Firefighters attend grass fire in Uppermill this afternoon

Blaze – one fire appliance attended the fire just off Ladcastle Road

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters have attended another grass fire in Saddleworth this afternoon.

The fire started on land just inside the old Ladcastle Quarry, off Ladcastle Road, in Uppermill at around 3.30pm.

The blaze was extinguished an hour later but firefighters remain on the scene damping down the area.

The fire comes just days after a much larger one that took hold around Dovestone Reservoir in […]

Firefighters tackling large moorland blaze above Greenfield tonight

The large moorland fire above Dovestone Reservoir

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are tackling a large moorland blaze above Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield tonight.

The fire is thought to have started at around 8pm on land near to an access road just above the reservoir.

The fire has been burning over an area of approximately three square miles, causing a large amount of smoke to drift towards Greenfield and Mossley.

Emergency services at the scene

Greater Manchester Fire and […]

Cars destroyed in Dobcross early morning blaze

Firefighters tackle the burning cars in Dobcross

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of cars have been destroyed after fire engulfed a Dobcross garage early this morning.

Firefighters were called to the blaze near Nicker Brow in the village after residents were woken by the sound of explosions from the vehicles. The explosions were heard as far away as Uppermill resulting in a large number of calls to the emergency services.

Three cars were completely destroyed in the blaze and […]