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

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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, […]

Saddleworth Moor benefits as world-leading moorland partnership receives €16 million funding

Part of Saddleworth moor after conservation works to protect bare peat

The Moors for the Future Partnership, which works to protect priority international habitats in the Peak District and South Pennines, has received 16 million euros to deliver the MoorLIFE 2020 project.

This includes €12 million from the EU’s LIFE fund – which supports environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout Europe – the largest award ever given to a UK-based project.

The Partnership, hosted by the Peak […]

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.

Photographer looking to publish book featuring his landscape photography of Saddleworth Moor

Saddleworth Moor photograph by Matthew Murray

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

An award-winning photographer is seeking sponsorship from local businesses and other interested parties to help him publish a new book featuring his landscape photography of Saddleworth Moor.

Matthew Murray, is a photographer who exhibits work internationally, he shoots advertising commissions for ad agencies in London and Europe and has been repped by Gallery Vassie, Gallery for International Photography, in Amsterdam.

Matthew has been shooting a series of […]

Aircraft in ‘near miss’ over Saddleworth Moor

The jet fighter close to the Chopper. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

A jet fighter has been photographed over Saddleworth Moor, Denshaw, this afternoon, in what appears to have been a near miss with a helicopter.

Very close indeed. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The helicopter was dropping material on the moor at around 5.15pm from a hopper slung underneath.

The fighter approached at high speed – it did not appear to notice or move away from the chopper. A group of […]

Saddleworth Moors Thirteen Mile High Walk

The Countryside service for Oldham Council have organised a walk of approximetley 13 miles.

The walk which will take place this Sunday, will take in the Saddleworth Moors as well as give walkers the chance to look for white mountain hares.

All participants must be experienced and confident walkers, as the event is said to be the hardest the Countryside Service has planned.

Places will be limited, as a minibus will be used to transport participants from the meeting point […]

Photographer Looks At Folklore Of Saddleworth Moor

(picture: Andy Hemingway)

A photographer has taken his fascination with Saddleworth Moor further, by writing an article about the folklore of the moor, to go along with his excellent pictures of the area.

Andy Hemingway’s article can be read on the Peak District Online site here. It’s well worth a read, not least because some of his images are published along with the piece.

Andy’s latest exhibition, Peak Visions, which […]

Crash On A635 Isle Of Skye Road

Two vehicles were involved in an accident on the A635 Isle of Skye Road on Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to the incident between Greenfield and Holmfirth shortly after 4:30pm, and found a red Ford Mondeo and a Jeep Commander partly blocking the road after a collision.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said there were no reports of any injuries, but there was some debris spread around the carriageway. Officers from West Yorkshire Police assisted GMP at the scene.

The […]

Police Break Up Huge Party On Saddleworth Moor

Dozens of youths were involved in a party on Saddleworth Moor in the early hours of yesterday, which had to be broken up by the police.

Officers were called to the scene on the A635 Greenfield to Holmfirth road at 12:45am, following complaints of noise including loud music.

A police spokesman said the incident was resolved in a “quite peaceful” fashion without any arrests. He said: “We think there were approximately 70 to 200 youths there. We closed down the […]

New Search For Keith Bennett Planned

A renewed effort to find the body of Moors Murders victim Keith Bennett will begin on Saddleworth Moor next month.

The announcement has been made as Keith’s mum, Winnie Johnson, has revealed that she is suffering from cancer. She has also sent a personal DVD appeal to killer Ian Brady, in the hope he might at last confirm the location of Keith’s body.

Friends of Winnie have started a new website,, to collect donations to fund the new […]

Pictures Of Moorland Fire Near Greenfield

The fire burns late on Saturday afternoon. (pictures: David Ashworth/Saddleworth News Facebook Page)

Here are some more images of the fire which took hold on moorland near Greenfield on Saturday afternoon. The fire brigade were joined by a chopper from Diggle-based Pennine Helicopters as they successfully tackled the blaze.

The pictures were posted to the Saddleworth News Facebook Page by David Ashworth, so many thanks to David for that. If you’re on […]

Fire On The Moors Near Greenfield

The fire burns yesterday afternoon. (picture: Rachael Smart)

One of the biggest moorland fires in Saddleworth so far this year broke out near Greenfield yesterday afternoon.

The blaze was captured in this picture by Rachael Smart, who took it from near the Tanners millpond and posted the image on Twitter.

She described the flames as “huge” and said the photo didn’t do the scene justice.

The blaze burned on land near Dove Stone Reservoir which belongs to United Utilities. […]

Car Crashes On Isle Of Skye Road

The scene of the crash on the A635 this afternoon. (picture: Stuart Littleford/GPSJ News)

A car crashed on the A635 Isle of Skye road this afternoon. The red Nissan left the road between Greenfield and Holmfirth shortly before 2pm, ending up in a ditch on Saddleworth Moor.

The police and an ambulance crew were quickly on the scene. According to the police, the driver of the car suffered a slight back injury. […]

Walker Dies Near Dove Stone

A man collapsed and died yesterday afternoon while walking on Saddleworth Moor. The walker, who was in his 60s, sadly couldn’t be revived and was confirmed as having died at the scene.

Ten members of the Uppermill-based Oldham Mountain Rescue Team helped lead police to the dead man. Four of their colleagues from the Holme Valley Mountain Rescue Team also joined the operation, which took about two hours.

According to the police, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death, […]