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Dobcross village monument demolished by van this morning

Dobcross - stunned locals examine the damage to the monument

Exposed cables and bench destroyed

By Stuart Littleford

A well-known village landmark has been completely demolished this morning after being hit by a van.

The stone memorial in Dobcross square was hit by the large van after it suffered a handbrake failure at around 8.45am.

The van rolled backwards at high speed down Sandy Lane into the monument displacing its stonework across the cobbles and into the road, […]

Stranded HGV brings Delph village to a standstill this morning

Stuck - the HGV wedged against the building in Delph

The HGV stuck after turning into Delph Village

By Stuart Littleford

Traffic through Delph village was brought to a standstill this morning after a HGV became stuck outside the Bulls Head public house.

The HGV, which was making a delivery to a local company, had travelled down Grains Road into Delph village and became stuck as it tried to turn left into King Street at around 9.00am.

The […]

Emergency services at the scene of Denshaw crash this afternoon

Fire-fighters attend to a trapped casualty in one of the cars

Emergency services are at the scene of a two car accident on the A672, Oldham Road, at Denshaw this afternoon.

The accident happened at approximately 3.15pm today on a bend near a lay-by. It is thought the bad weather may have played a part in the accident.

Emergency services are using cutting equipment to rescue the occupants of one vehicle.

At the time of reporting the road is […]

Fire service called to electrical fire in Uppermill

Fire service at the fire - photo James Highton

Electrical contractors at the scene - photo Nick Watts, Urban Haze

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service attended to a small fire on High Street in uppermill at 12.15pm this afternoon.

The fire was confined to an electrical box outside the Java Cafe premises, the fire was quickly contained and made safe until electrical contractors arrived.

There were no reports of any injuries and the fire service say they […]

Air Ambulance called to Saddleworth School this morning

Incident - The NW Air Ambulance over Uppermill this morning

The North West Air Ambulance was called to Saddleworth School in Uppermill at 9.12am this morning to assist paramedics.

It responded along with a land ambulance and rapid response vehicle.

A spokesperson for the North West Ambulance Service said: “A minor was taken to The Royal Oldham Hospital by road ambulance and we have no further details of the injuries at the moment.”


Oldham Council to remember victims of Second World War ‘doodlebug’ attack

Abbeyhills bomb site

Oldham Council is commemorating the 70th anniversary of one of the borough’s darkest days.

Two special events will be held over the coming weeks to remember those who lost their lives or were injured when a flying bomb hit Abbey Hills Road on Christmas Eve, 1944.

It was in the early hours when a German V1 – known as a doodlebug – slammed into a row of houses on Abbey Hills Road, Oldham destroying a number […]

First Denshaw village Christmas lights switched on

Denshaw village Christmas lights switch on - photo Stan Bowes

By Stan Bowes

Denshaw village switched on its Christmas lights last night with a good-sized crowd gathered on Huddersfield Road to watch the event.

The event was organised by Paula Parlsow and Denshaw Village Community Association, with support from the Rotary Club of Saddleworth and other local organisations.

A small brass band accompanied carol singers with a number of items such as mulled-wine on sale.

The tree itself is […]

Local filmmaker and writer to sign copies of his new book in Dobcross

John L Matthews filming in the Sahara - photo: Rich Heap

The new book

Local filmmaker and writer, John L Matthews, will be signing copies of his new book ‘Grand Prix the Killer Years’ at the Swan Inn, Dobcross next Wednesday.

John will be doing at short talk about the book at the bar and then signing a limited number of copies.

The original film was shown on BBC 2 and 4 and has been seen by 6 […]

Debbie Abrahams welcomes EFA’s move in position over Saddleworth School

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has been raising her concerns and those of her constituents with the relevant authorities, including the EFA, the School’s Minister and Oldham Council since October 2013 over the Saddleworth School move to Diggle, and she publicly welcomed the EFA’s decision to study additional siting plans.

Debbie told Saddleworth News: “Once again I re-state my belief that that the need for a new Saddleworth School fit for our young […]

Oldham Council respond to claims over new Saddleworth School decision

Cllr Jim McMahon.

Oldham Council have responded to claims that they are solely responsible for deciding the location of the new Saddleworth School.

Councillor Jim McMahon, Oldham Council Leader, said: “The claim that Oldham Council and Saddleworth School governors are solely responsible for the decision about the new school site is not accurate.”

“The Education Funding Agency (EFA) has been undertaking a feasibility study to review the options available to address the significant need at Saddleworth School.

“The EFA […]