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

Past Articles

Debbie Abrahams comments on the Leveson Report

Debbie Abrahams MP.

Speaking shortly after the Leveson Report’s publication Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, said: “Although I haven’t had a chance to read the report itself yet I welcome Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations to create a new independent regulator, backed by legislation, as we already have for many other occupations such as medicine and law.

“Self-regulation of the media has clearly not worked. Too often under the guise of ‘public interest’ the media has clearly […]

Saddleworth man threatened with ASBO by Oldham Council official over phone call recording

ASBOs are usually used when somebody has persistently behaved in a way that causes people harassment, alarm or distress.

Local man Stuart Littleford, claims he was threatened with an ASBO by an Oldham Council official who believed he may have been recording their telephone conversation.

Mr Littleford, a journalist, who is also the editor of Saddleworth News, said he contacted the Credit Control Section at Oldham Council earlier today, over a long running dispute about an alleged Council Tax […]

Local comedy club nominated for award

Danny Sutcliffe.

Saddleworth’s Off The Rails Comedy Club has been nominated as ‘Best promoter And Comedy Club’ in Dave TV and Absolute Radio’s One Night Stand Award. Promoter Rob Riley said;

“It’s been a fantastic year for us here at Off The Rails. We’re up against some serious competition so I’m not holding out too much hope but you never know and winning would be a great way to celebrate the end of our tenth year of bringing great […]

Saddleworth Independent is runner up in North West O2 Media Awards

Photo: The winners, Aimee Howarth, Head of News, Tony Bugby, Sports Editor and Carl Royle, Deputy Editor at 02 Awards.

Fighting against regional giants the Manchester Evening News and the Liverpool Echo, the Saddleworth Independent was a runner-up in this year’s North West O2 Media Awards.

The monthly publication was fighting for first place in the specialist publication category alongside the MEN’s Business Week (the eventual winner), the Liverpool Post’s Post Culture and the countywide Lancashire Magazine.

The title […]

Discarded cigarette butt proves costly

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted a Sholver woman who failed to pick up a cigarette butt she had discarded.

On June 15 an Environmental Health Enforcement Officer observed Lynette Shaw dropping the litter in Oldham Town Centre.

The 35-year-old was issued with an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for littering. This would have been reduced to £50 if paid within 10 days.

Despite being sent reminders Ms Shaw did not pay the FPN so legal proceedings were started by the […]

A very special game this Sunday

PC Nicola Hughes.

This Sunday, 25 October 2012, sees a team of former Manchester City FC stars take on a Greater Manchester Police team in a charity football match in honour of PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone in Hyde, Tameside.

PC Fiona Bone.

Nicola and Fiona were killed on duty in September this year. They were both members of the Force’s Tameside Division and policed the local area.

The match kicks off at 2pm at Ewen […]

Uppermill residents show true community spirit in removing a fallen tree

Residents work to clear the debris. photo: Stuart Littleford.

Residents in Uppermill got together the other night to show true community spirit by helping to remove a large fallen tree on Ryefields Drive in the village.

Residents struggle in the poor conditions. Photo: Stuart Littleford.

The tree was toppled on Thurdsay night in the strong winds and heavy rain, it completely blocked the road to traffic and even pedestrians found it hard to get past.

Residents from the […]

Saddleworth residents help out in BBC Radio Four production

Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels. Picture: BBC Radio Four.

Saddleworth residents have been helping out in a BBC Radio Four production by playing the part of cyclists, with many of the scenes recorded at The Swan pub in Dobcross.

The play is called Beryl: A Love Story On Two Wheels.

As an ill child, Beryl Burton was told never to exercise. And then she met a young cyclist called Charlie: “The first year I pushed her, the […]

Grotton family left devastated after a camera containing priceless pictures of their dead son is stolen in burglary

A camera containing pictures of a beloved son who recently died was stolen during a burglary in Oldham.

Sometime between 8.30am and 12.30pm on Friday 23 November 2012, a house on Thornley Park Road, Grotton was broken onto.

The offenders searched the home and stole jewellery including watches, earrings and bracelets, money and a camera.

The Fuji camera had pictures of the victim’s 23-year-old son who had tragically died.

Police are now appealing for information that will help find the […]

Saddleworth’s missing Rebecca found safe and well

Rebecca Laithwaite now safe at home.

Saddleworth News has just had it confirmed in the last half hour, that the missing 13-year-old girl, Rebecca Louise Laithwaite, has been found safe and well.

A senior GMP detective told editor Stuart Littleford, that Rebecca had now been reunited with her father and is back at home in Diggle.

We would like to thank everyone for retweeting our story and helping to get Rebecca back home.


13-year-old girl missing from home in Diggle

Rebecca Laithwaite, who has gone missing from her home in Diggle.

Police are appealing for information after a 13-year-old girl has gone missing from home in Diggle.

Saddleworth News has been told that Rebecca Louise Laithwaite was last seen at around 4.45pm on 20 November 2012 at a bus stop on Huddersfield Road in Diggle, near to her home.

It is believed Rebecca got on the number 184 bus, which goes via Oldham to Manchester city centre, but it […]

Saddleworth Rangers fund raising event with Phil Clarke

Saddleworth Rangers, Under 18’s are raising funds for a Tour to Australia next July.

This will be a trip of a lifetime for many of the lads as well a great opportunity to play Rugby League at the highest level.

The fundraiser is on Friday 23rd November at Saddleworth Rangers, 7.30pm.

This will take the form of a Rugby League Master class with Phil Clarke with a host of surprises.

Former Wigan and Great Britain star, Phil is now a […]

Man stabbed to death in Oldham

A man has been stabbed to death in Oldham early this morning.

Shortly after 12.15am this morning, Monday 19 November 2012, police received a call from the ambulance service stating a 48-year-old man had been stabbed at a house on Coleridge Road.

Emergency services attended the scene and found a man with serious stab wounds to his chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards.

A post mortem examination will take place later today to establish the cause […]

Rastamouse to switch on Oldham’s Christmas Lights


TV star Rastamouse is the special guest at Oldham’s Christmas Lights Switch-On tomorrow.

The family-favourite event is again going to be a colourful spectacular with a fantastic fireworks display.

The big countdown is heralded by a spectacular stage show, packed with Christmas characters.

This year has been Oldham’s year of ‘Celebration’ and the theme is continued in the show through the music and entertainment. Among the guests will be Nicola White, who was part of the women’s hockey […]