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

Past Articles

Moors Murderer Ian Brady has died aged 79

Flowers for left for Keith Bennett on Saddleworth Moor

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Moors Murderer Ian Brady who killed five children in the 1960s has died, Ashworth Hospital has confirmed tonight.

Brady had been receiving palliative care at the secure mental hospital where he was being detained in Merseyside.

It was recently revealed that he was suffering from lung cancer.

Brady, and his co-accused Myra Hindley murdered Pauline Reade, 16, John Kilbride, 12, Keith Bennett, 12, Lesley Ann Downey, ten, […]

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.


Firefighters tackle large moorland fire above Uppermill

The fire above Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are tackling a large moorland fire above Uppermill and Greenfield this afternoon.

The fire started at around 2.00pm and quickly spread across dry moorland from Greenfield towards Uppermill.

Twenty-five firefighters and five appliances are currently at the scene along with an incident command unit. They are being assisted by Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, the RSPB and the National Trust.

Incident Command Officer, Paul Whittaker, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service […]

Injured cyclist taken to hospital by air ambulance

The air ambulance landing at the scene of the accident. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

An injured cyclist was airlifted to hospital today after an accident on moorland above Denshaw.

A spokesperson for the North West Air Ambulance told Saddleworth News: “A 19-year-old male cyclist was injured whilst out riding a mountain bike on the moors above Denshaw.

“He was airlifted to The Royal Oldham Hospital by air ambulance just after 12.00pm today.”

The photograph shows the air ambulance touching down […]