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Stuart Littleford – Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT

Past Articles

Man arrested following Shaw attack

Officers investigating an attack on a man in Shaw have made an arrest.

At around 12.55am on Saturday 28 January 2017, a 55-year-old man was walking along the bridge of Linney Lane.

As he tried to pass a group of teenagers they shouted aggressively at him before one of them punched him in the face.

The victim tried to run away but was followed and kicked to the ground. He was then kicked in the back and head […]

Carer charged after 97-year-old Uppermill woman defrauded

An Oldham carer has been charged after thousands of pounds were defrauded from an elderly woman.

Sarah Last, of Huddersfield Road, Waterhead, was charged with fraud by false representation and fraud by abuse of position.

She has been bailed to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 9 February 2017.

On 22 November 2016 police received a report that between March and September last year more than £20,000 was defrauded from a 97-year-old woman’s bank account in Uppermill.


Oldham police sergeant to run New York Marathon to raise funds for fallen colleague’s charity

L to R: Bryn Hughes, Sergeant Michelle Lomas, PC Jennifer Reeve, Sergeant Cecelia Oakley, PC Jenni Smith, PC Stuart Rostron and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police sergeant Michelle Lomas, from Oldham, and six other Greater Manchester Police officers will shortly be leaving for New York, to take part in the world famous marathon race to raise funds for the PC Nicola Hughes Memorial Fund.

In September 2012, PC Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth and her colleague […]

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 […]

Large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth area

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police say there has been a large increase in burglaries in the Saddleworth over the last few weeks and that extra resources have now been deployed to the area.

Last night there was an attempted burglary at a house on Whitehead Close in Greenfield and last week three houses in Delph were also broken into.

A silver car believed to be a VW Passat was seen in suspicious circumstances on Thurston Clough Road in Delph and a […]

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 […]

Man arrested in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Saddleworth

Police in Oldham have arrested a man in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Saddleworth.

On Monday 4 July 2016, police were called to Uppermill Conservative Club in Uppermill following reports of a burglary.

Officers attended and discovered that an offender had forced his way into the property and broken into a store cupboard, where a large number of spirit bottles were kept.

The burglar caused nearly £1000 of damage and stole close to £500 worth of alcohol.


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.


Oldham’s community ‘fruit route’ trees destroyed by vandals

Some of the damaged fruit trees – photo: Steve Croft

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A number of fruit trees that form part of Oldham’s community ‘fruit route’ have been destroyed by vandals last week in Grotton.

Oldham Council’s parks department say they are aware of the damage and are liaising with Greater Manchester Police who are also investigating.

The ‘fruit route’ links Saddleworth and Oldham and aims to give a unique attraction in free fruit to walkers following the path […]

Schoolboy grabbed around neck by man in local park

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police were called to Saddleworth School yesterday following reports that a schoolboy had been assaulted in Uppermill. Officers attended and discovered that a 12-year-old boy had been walking across the Park in the village at around 10am, when he spotted a woman filming a short distance away. He went over to her, but when he asked what she was doing he was grabbed lightly around the neck by a man. The boy escaped from the man’s grasp […]