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

Past Articles

Oldham Police officers receive award for actions ‘Above and Beyond’ duty during local flooding

Pictured left to right: PCSO 66103 Lee Lockwood, PCSO 62643 Wayne Turley, PC 15574 Donna Youngjohns, PC 1315 Jordan Heaton, Sgt 2282 Toby Knight, Bryn Hughes and Chief Superintendent Neil Evans.

Oldham officers are presented with their GPSJ Above & Beyond Awards certificates by Bryn Hughes, father of PC Nicola Hughes (who was killed on duty) and Chief Superintendent Neil Evans.

Reporter : Judith Grinter

Officers from Greater Manchester Police have been presented with awards for their actions […]

Manchester Arena Attack Investigation Update

Manchester Arena Attack Investigation Update by the GMP:

We would like to provide the public with an update in relation to the investigation into the attack by Salman Abedi on the evening of 22nd May 2017.

The investigation has continued at considerable speed with officers drawn from across UK policing to support it.

In addition to the 22 families devastated by the murder of their loved ones, we can now say that that there are more than 500 injured people […]

MPs won’t allow violence against women to be ‘swept under the carpet’

Left to right – Sarah Champion MP, Sally Bonnie, Director and Founder of Inspire Women Oldham, Debbie Abrahams MP, Councillor Yasmin Toor, Ikram Butt, former rugby league player and ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth invited Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Sarah Champion, to Oldham to find out about the work being done by multi-agency groups to break the cycle […]

Man dies after being struck by train in Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Emergency services were called to the Moorgate Halt rail crossing in Uppermill this afternoon following reports that a man had been struck by a train.

British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police and the ambulance service all attended the incident off Den Lane in the village at around 12.40pm today.

Sadly it was confirmed that a man had died at the scene.

Police stand guard at the path leading to Moorgate Crossing in Uppermill

The driver […]

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 […]

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.


Police and fire come together under one roof in Mossley

Front, L to R – Inspector Kris Jura, Tony Lloyd, Peter O’Reilly. Back row – Cllr Kieran Quinn, Jonathan Reynolds MP, Cllr David Acton and Mossley councillors.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Communities are set to benefit from stronger neighbourhood policing as Greater Manchester Police and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue come together under one roof.

Neighbourhood officers are now co-located with fire officers at Mossley Fire Station, providing a more visible service to the community.

The move builds on successful […]

Police agree to make changes to local patrols after recent crime meeting

Police agree to make changes to local patrols in a bid to reduce crime

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A meeting of local business owners and police took place this week at the White Hart restaurant in Lydgate to discuss the recent rise in burglaries in the area.

The meeting on Monday night attracted around 200 people and included local residents, business owners and police.

The meeting was organised by Jo Fern, of Jo Ferns Salons, after her Lydgate premises were […]

Whit Friday band contests will hit all the right notes again

Traditional morning ‘Whit Walks’.

Thousands of people from across Oldham and beyond are set to enjoy a spectacular day of free entertainment at the famous Whit Friday band contests.

Oldham Council provides help and financial support to ensure the 2015 Saddleworth and Lees contests hit all the right notes once again.

Dubbed locally as ‘the greatest free show on earth’, this traditional event dates back to an earliest-recorded contest in 1884.

Contests will run across 11 villages from around […]

Murder investigation launched after man found dead in Dovestones Reservoir had ‘feared for his safety’

Murder – Police officers talking to members of the public today

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after the body of a man was found earlier this year in Saddleworth.

At around 10.40am on Monday 24 February 2014, police were called to Dovestones Reservoir in Greenfield, following reports that a body had been seen.

When officers attended, supported by an underwater search team the body of 28-year-old Craig Wilcox was recovered from the water.

A post mortem examination was […]

Saddleworth residents warned about phone scam

Residents in Saddleworth are being warned about conmen posing as police and bank officials over the phone.

There were five incidents across Oldham on Wednesday where victims were tricked into disclosing bank details and handing over cards, which resulted in money being stolen from their accounts.

Greater Manchester Police is urging people to make elderly or vulnerable relatives aware of this type of crime, and to remind them never to reveal account numbers, sort codes or PIN numbers […]

MP stands up to domestic violence

Debbie on the panel of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s public forum on domestic abuse in Manchester (25th November)

Debbie Abrahams meets Ikram Butt, a White Ribbon ambassador

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has thrown her support behind White Ribbon Day (25th November) – on the same day as appearing on the panel of Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd’s public forum on domestic abuse in Manchester.

Between October 2012 […]

Police to tell us where speed cameras will be placed

Greater Manchester Police will be giving motorists real-time details of where mobile speed cameras are positioned in a unique opportunity.

In a first, the Force will use the social network Twitter to provide up-to-the-minute reports on where speed cameras are positioned during Friday 1 November. It is part of the global police Twitter day that is taking place supported by GMP.

Chief Superintendent John O’Hare, responsible for specialist operations, said: “This is the first time we have provided such detailed […]

Man killed by train near Greenfield Railway Station last night

Rail Response Officers at Greenfield Railway Station last night – photo Stuart Littleford

A man has been killed after being hit by a train close to Greenfield Railway Station last night.

The male was struck by the 17.02 Newcastle to Manchester Airport passenger train, 300 yards east of the station.

It is believed he was on Moorgate rail crossing at the time.

British Transport Police, Greater Manchester Police as well as paramedics attended the incident. The man was pronounced […]