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

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Denshaw Village Cinema: New films announced

Denshaw Village Hall

Denshaw Village Cinema has released information about films they will be showing between January and April 2014.

They were chosen at a Film Selection Party of regular patrons which was held at the beginning of December and represent the best of the best of recent films.

There will be two showings of each film – at 6.00pm and 8.15pm and refreshments with hot and cold drinks, wines and beers being available 30 minutes before each […]

Police give description of offender after farm incident

Robbery at a Lydgate Farm

Police investigating after burglars tried to break into a farm near Oldham have released a description of one of the offenders.

At around 7.20pm today, Sunday, 22 December 2013, three men tried to break down the door to a farm off Platting Road, Lydgate, Oldham.

The occupants heard the banging and the farmer went to fetch his legally-held shotgun and shouted a warning at them to leave. He then fired two warning shots […]

Armed police called to Lydgate tonight as ‘shots fired’ during attempted raid on farm

Police vehicles close Platting Road at Lydgate

Shots have been fired tonight after an attempted raid on a farm at Lydgate.

The incident started at around 8.00pm after a farmer fired warning shots into the air from a legally held firearm to scare raiders away.

Armed police, dog units, and a police helicopter were then brought in to search the area around Platting Road.

An eye witness told Saddleworth News: “I was riding along the road near to the […]

More ‘flexibility and sensitivity’ needed over street lighting in conservation areas says Councillor Harkness

Cllr Harkness next to one of the lamp standards in Delph Village

By Stuart Littleford

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Saddleworth North Ward, Garth Harkness, has told Saddleworth News that many Saddleworth residents are concerned about a lack of consultation on the new street lighting being erected in some conservation areas.

He says people in Delph, Diggle, Dobcross and Denshaw believe there has not been enough consultation with the lighting contractor EON, who are replacing old street lighting with new, […]

Mother says daughter is ‘very lucky’ after riding accident

A local mother says her daughter is very lucky not to have been seriously injured after falling from her horse in Dobcross this morning.

The North West Air Ambulance was called to assist paramedics at the scene of the incident, near to Saddleworth Viaduct, at around 9.45am after the girl’s horse was frightened by a passing lorry.

Paramedics move the injured girl to a stretcher

The girl who is in her late teens was treated for suspected leg and […]

Letter to the editor

A reader has sent the following link on the topic of local wind farms.

They said given the protest about the “Castleshaw wind farm” your readers may be interested in this.

The link is to a story in the Huddersfield Examiner.

Statement given at tonight’s Full Oldham Council meeting about the tragic death of local schoolgirl in Shaw

A statement was given at tonight’s Full Oldham Council meeting about the tragic death of a local schoolgirl in Shaw.

Annalise Holt, 12, was fatally injured following a collision with a van in the incident on Milnrow Road, Shaw, at about 4.30pm on December 17.

Full Council observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect at the start of proceedings.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, then gave the following statement to the […]

Tribute to 12-year-old girl killed in collision in Shaw

Annalise Holt - kind and caring child

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a 12-year-old girl was tragically killed in a collision in Shaw.

Shortly before 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 December 2013, police were called to Milnrow Road in Shaw following reports of a collision. Officers attended and found that two girls, one aged 11 and the other 12, had been in collision with a blue Mercedes Vito van. Emergency services went to the scene and both […]

Two girls in serious collision with van in Shaw

Saddleworth News understands two girls have been in a serious collision in Shaw.

Shortly before 4.30pm on Tuesday 17 December 2013, police were called to Milnrow Road in Shaw following reports of a collision.

Officers attended and found that two girls had been in collision with a van. Emergency services are currently at the scene and a number of road closures are in place.

There is expected to be significant traffic disruption in the area for the next few hours. […]

Council provides 24-hour repair promise on gateway roads

Oldham Council has given the green light for ambitious plans to provide a 24-hour repair promise on our ‘priority roads’.

At a Cabinet meeting yesterday, members approved a fresh ‘value for money’ approach to improving key highways around Oldham town centre.

This is an initiative proposed and led by Leader of the Council, Jim McMahon, to ensure the priority network is fully repaired and refurbished, and keeping it that way with this 24-hour pledge.

In July 2013, a budget of […]

Debbie Abrahams MP makes visit to Royal Oldham Hospital’s A&E as part of ‘Casualty Watch’

Debbie at the Royal Oldham Hospital

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, spent Saturday afternoon visiting the A&E at the Royal Oldham Hospital to see firsthand how the staff are coping with the winter pressures. This is part of ‘Casualty Watch’ to identify where A&E is coming under stress throughout the colder winter months.

The cumulative actions of the Tory-led Government have meant that across the country the NHS is struggling to deal with the A&E crisis. […]

Saddleworth Christmas illumination competition winners

Here are the winners of the Saddleworth Parish Council Christmas Illumination competition. The prizes will be presented at the Civic Hall in Uppermill at 7.30 pm on Thursday 16 January.

Dobcross Square

BEST ILLUMINATED PUB Winner Swan Inn, The Square, Dobcross Second Prize Cross Keys Inn, Running Hill Gate, Uppermill

BEST ILLUMINATED SHOP WINDOW Winner NK. Hair Studios, High Street, Uppermill Second Prize Studio Five, New Street, Uppermill Highly Commended Face & Beauty, Oldham Road, Grotton


Saddleworth residents warned about phone scam

Residents in Saddleworth are being warned about conmen posing as police and bank officials over the phone.

There were five incidents across Oldham on Wednesday where victims were tricked into disclosing bank details and handing over cards, which resulted in money being stolen from their accounts.

Greater Manchester Police is urging people to make elderly or vulnerable relatives aware of this type of crime, and to remind them never to reveal account numbers, sort codes or PIN numbers […]

Cross party agreement sought for new schools

Oldham Council Leader, Cllr Jim McMahon - calling for greater Government support for Oldham’s schools

Oldham Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills Cllr Amanda Chadderton and Leader Cllr Jim McMahon will be putting a motion to the Full Council meeting next Wednesday (18 December) calling for greater Government support for Oldham’s schools.

The motion, which laments the “severe curtailment” of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, proposes a series of resolutions to provide the best […]