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

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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 […]

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.

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 […]

Lorry Driver Injured In M62 Crash

The scene on the M62 earlier. (picture: GPSJ News)

A lorry driver had to be airlifted to hospital after his vehicle was involved in a three-car crash on the M62 on Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened shortly after 1pm, close to Junction 21 for Milnrow.

The driver had to be freed from his cab by firefighters, and he was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by an air ambulance. The rescue operation can be seen in this picture, published courtesy […]

Snow Causes Problems On Saddleworth Roads

The Huddersfield Narrow Canal on Saturday.

Snow on Saturday afternoon and evening led to problems on roads in and around Saddleworth, with drivers warned not to travel unless necessary.

At least 10cm of snow fell. Drivers faced long delays on the M62 over the tops because of blizzard conditions, with westbound traffic moving very slowly for several hours after a breakdown blocked two lanes near J22.

The A635 Greenfield to Holmfirth road was also closed on Saturday evening after […]

Snow Preparation Ahead Of Winter Weather Warnings

Snow near Denshaw on Tuesday.

Oldham Council says it is prepared for the expected winter disruption this year, as forecasters predict the first serious snow of the season could be heading our way.

Some parts of our area had a dusting of snow on Tuesday, but the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning of high winds and snow, with the worst of the conditions expected on Thursday night into Friday.

The council has told Saddleworth News that […]

Saddleworth’s Starring Role In Doves Video

It’s the third day of our series flagging up some of the best Saddleworth-related items on YouTube, and today it’s the video to the Doves single Kingdom of Rust.

The Saddleworth landscape is the star of a good chunk of the video, which mainly focuses on a man driving around various bits of the north of England and reflecting. We get our first look at Saddleworth about a minute in, with the moorland covered in snow.

The Scammonden Bridge […]

M62 Crash Causes Traffic Problems In Denshaw

A traffic jam at the junction in Denshaw today.

There were traffic jams in Denshaw this afternoon, as drivers took back roads to avoid a serious accident near Junction 22 of the M62.

Some lorries struggled with the hill on the A640 from Newhey up towards Ogden Reservoir and Clough Manor, as well as Denshaw junction itself.

The eastbound carriageway of the motorway was closed for a time following the […]

High Winds Lead To Long Delays On M62

There have been lengthy delays in both directions on the M62 at Saddleworth this afternoon, as very high winds caused traffic problems.

A lorry overturned at lunchtime on the westbound carriageway near Scammonden at J23 (Outlane), spilling its diesel across both sides of the road. This picture of the incident was uploaded to Twitter by billy_tir. Congestion stretched back to J25 at Brighouse.

Meanwhile, traffic on the eastbound M62 was also moving slowly because of the accident, with long […]

Lorry Fire Shuts M62 Near Ainley Top

The M62 was closed eastbound this afternoon, after a lorry burst into flames between Junctions 24 and 25. The incident happened near Ainley Top shortly before 3pm.

According to a spokesman for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, five fire engines attended the blaze. Firefighters used a jet and breathing apparatus to help them put out the fire. There was no immediate word on the condition of the lorry driver.

The eastbound carriageway was completely shut for a time, while only […]

Candidate Interview: Paul Nuttall (UKIP)

Paul Nuttall MEP pictured at UKIP's campaign office in Clarksfield today

UKIP’s candidate in the Oldham East and Saddleworth by-election has urged local people to back him, saying “you cannot trust” the three main parties.

Paul Nuttall, who’s an MEP for the North West region, said in an interview with Saddleworth News today that the by-election has been “built on a pyramid of lies.”

He said: “Whether it’s Labour lying on their own election literature which has caused this […]

Saddleworth Snow Gets Heavier

Drivers struggle through blizzard conditions on Wool Road this morning.

It’s a real white-out in Saddleworth today, after more heavy snow fell both overnight and during this morning. Roads have been closed and bus services diverted, with most local schools closing early.

The A640 Nont Sarahs road between Denshaw and Scammonden was shut altogether, while many other routes were only passable with extreme care. Long delays and stop-start traffic was reported in both directions on the M62 past Saddleworth.


Snow Could Disrupt Bus Services

Commuters are being warned that the overnight snow could cause delays on bus services in and around Saddleworth this morning. Passengers are being advised to leave extra time for their journeys.

Michael Renshaw, the Bus and Train Director of Greater Manchester’s public transport body GMPTE said yesterday: “Greater Manchester has so far largely escaped the severe weather experienced elsewhere in England and services have been holding up very well considering the freezing temperatures.”

He added: “We do not expect, at […]