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Stuart Littleford – Senior Reporter
Allan Roach – Reporter
George Wilson – Reporter and IT
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Past Articles

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.


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 […]

Saddleworth Parish Council Proposes South Pennines Constituency

The Saddleworth Parish Council proposal. The South Pennine constituency is in brown.

Saddleworth Parish Council has decided to oppose plans to include our area in an expanded Oldham and Saddleworth constituency for Westminster elections.

Instead, parish councillors are calling for the creation of a new South Pennines constituency including Littleborough, Milnrow, Newhey, Mossley and Stalybridge along with Saddleworth and Lees.

The issue has come up because of the government’s decision to reduce the number of MPs in the House […]

Children’s TV Star At Off The Rails

Howard Read (picture courtesy Off The Rails)

The Off The Rails comedy night in Greenfield is welcoming a star of children’s TV to its bill later this month. Howard Read, better known to the under 10s from his Big Howard Little Howard programme, will be showing off his stand-up skills on Sunday 27 February.

Howard doesn’t often perform stand-up outside London, but as he’s married to a girl from Waterhead, the night’s organisers have managed to persuade him to […]

New Rochdale MP Praises Woolas In Maiden Speech

The new MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, has used his maiden speech in the House of Commons to praise his Labour colleague Phil Woolas. Mr Danczuk spoke in yesterday’s debate on global poverty and raised issues including the Israel/Palestine conflict, as well as Bangladesh, Pakistan and Kashmir, and problems closer to home.

It’s traditional for MPs making their maiden speeches to thank their predecessors, and Mr Danczuk had kind words for Mr Woolas, who represented Newhey and Milnrow until the […]