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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Past Articles

Dobcross man jailed for child sex offences

Guilty - Timothy Edwards

A Saddleworth man has been jailed after he had sex with an underage girl.

Timothy Edwards, of Walk Mill, Dobcross, was found guilty of four counts of sexual activity with a child, five counts of making and possessing indecent photographs, and one count of attempting to incite sexual activity with a child, after a trial at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was sentenced on Thursday 29 January 2015 to six years in prison and […]

‘Thundersnow’ storms cause problems around Saddleworth today

Various scenes around Saddleworth today.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Heavy snow storms or “thundersnow storms” as they have been called by the Met Office caused problems around some parts of Saddleworth today.

Cars struggled to get around some of our roads this morning and a number of minor traffic collisions were reported in Delph near to the primary school. Buses caused problems for motorists on Oldham Road at Grasscroft as they struggled for grip on the ice and snow. […]

Saddleworth Players third production in their current season

Saddleworth Players kick off the new year with the third production in their current season at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph. “Absurd Person Singular” by popular comedy writer Alan Ayckbourn, is set in three kitchens over three Christmases. Sidney Hopcroft, an ambitious tradesman, and his submissive wife Jane. Architect and adulterer Geoffrey Jackson and his depressed wife Eva. Ronald Brewster-Wright, a banker, and his alcoholic wife Marion. The play charts the relentless rise of the socially aspiring Hopcrofts at […]

Jordan is counting on winning a teapot!

Jordan Baker (right) with Rachel Riley the Countdown mathematician

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A Saddleworth News reader is counting down the days to his first appearance on a well known television quiz show.

Jordan Baker, 19, who lives in Mossley, recorded his first session on the popular television show Countdown last week. The show involves word and number puzzles and is recorded at the ITV studios in Media City, Salford.

Jordan who is a student at Leeds Trinity University says […]

Saddleworth Women’s Institute hand cheque to Oldham Bereavement Support Service

Left to right: Marjorie Gratton, vice-chairman,Bill Barlow,Chairman, Oldham Bereavement Support Service and Jess Moreland, President, Saddleworth W.I.

Oldham Bereavement Support Service have been presented with a cheque for £2,000 by Saddleworth Women’s Institute.

The cheque was handed over at a presentation in January at the Saddleworth Hotel.

The WI have supported Oldham Bereavement Support Service for the last two years. In December the WI voted on their new charity for 2015 and announced that they will be supporting ‘Funky […]

Old Town Hall scheme to boost Oldham town centre economy

Oldham Council Leader - Cllr Jim McMahon

An artist’s impression of the new Town Hall complex

Oldham town centre is set for a major economic stimulus in the shape of new jobs, spending and visitors from the flagship Old Town Hall regeneration project.

A new report going to Cabinet on January 26 sets out the economic case underpinning the decision-making for the scheme that is currently seeing this historic building transformed into an 800-seat, seven screen ODEON cinema.


Sign up to council’s self-build register

Oldham Council is urging residents who are interested in building their own homes to sign up to our new online register.

The local authority was recently awarded Vanguard status, under the Government’s Right to Build pilot scheme, and the register is part of our plans to make it easier for people who would like to build their own houses to get their projects off the ground.

By signing up, you will help us find out more about the number and […]

Contaminated drugs warning after Springhead teenager is taken to hospital

Police are warning about the dangers of taking contaminated drugs after a teenager collapsed in Saddleworth.

Just after 5am on Sunday 18 January 2015, officers were called to a house on Ivy Green Drive, Springhead, following reports an 18-year-old man had collapsed.

Officers attended and the teenager was taken to hospital.

Inquiries later established he had consumed MDMA while at a party at the house and as a result suffered a reaction that caused him to collapse and fit.

He […]

Oldham Council wants your views on proposed new developments levy

Oldham Council is seeking the views of residents on proposals to introduce a charge for new developments being built in the area.

If a Community Infrastructure Levy is introduced the money raised can be used to support local communities and neighbourhoods by funding improvements to transport links and creating open spaces, for example.

Residents can now have their say on the ‘Community Infrastructure Levy - Preliminary Draft Charging Schedule’ and a supporting viability study online.

Also included is information about […]

Debbie Abrahams MP gives Saddleworth News exclusive statement on EFA school decision

School statement - Debbie Abrahams MP

Following the announcement yesterday by the EFA that the preferred site for the new Saddleworth School is the former W H Shaw site at Diggle, Debbie Abrahams MP has today provided Saddleworth News with an exclusive statement.

Debbie told Saddleworth News: “I’m glad the EFA have finally announced their preferred option. I look forward to reading the report when I receive it. As I have always maintained our priority should be to deliver […]

Time to get behind new Saddleworth School – Lib Dems

The W H Shaw site at Diggle, which is the preferred site by the EFA for the new school

Saddleworth School on the present site

Saddleworth and Lees Liberal Democrats have called for local residents to get behind the new school for Saddleworth following news that the Education Funding Agency, Oldham Council and Saddleworth School have jointly have said they prefer it to be built to the rear of the Diggle site at the former pallet works.

The […]

Diggle site is preferred option for new Saddleworth School

Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills at the Diggle site last year discussing plans with Matthew Milburn, Headteacher of Saddleworth School

Diggle site plans Nov 2014

Work on a feasibility study to identify and review the options to address the significant condition need at Saddleworth Secondary School is now complete.

The Education Funding Agency (EFA) led this study which has concluded that the preferred option is to locate a new school building and facilities […]

Denshaw Village Cinema films

Denshaw Village Cinema will show the film ‘Most Wanted Man’ on Saturday 24 January.

They have also released a list of future films they will be showing.

Refreshments are served before each show.

Man charged after Springhead house fire

Police investigating after a house in Saddleworth was broken into and set on fire have charged a man.

Michael Kitson of Hillside Avenue, Oldham has been charged with burglary and arson with intent to endanger life and appeared at Oldham Magistrates court on the 2 January 2015 where he was remanded to appear at Manchester Crown Court at a later date.

At around 2am Thursday 1 January 2015, a man broke into an address on Woodleigh Road in Springhead and […]