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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
George Wilson - Reporter and IT
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Police agree to make changes to local patrols after recent crime meeting

Police agree to make changes to local patrols in a bid to reduce crime

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A meeting of local business owners and police took place this week at the White Hart restaurant in Lydgate to discuss the recent rise in burglaries in the area.

The meeting on Monday night attracted around 200 people and included local residents, business owners and police.

The meeting was organised by Jo Fern, of Jo Ferns Salons, after her Lydgate premises were […]

Debbie supports Alzheimer’s Society’s Fix Dementia Care campaign

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, is has thrown her support behind Alzheimer’s Society’s new campaign Fix Dementia Care which calls for improvements in hospital care for people living with dementia.

Debbie Abrahams MP - supporting the Fix Dementia Care campaign

An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found too many people with dementia are falling while in hospital, being discharged at night or being marooned in hospital despite their medical treatment having finished. Freedom of Information requests (FOIs) […]

Howard Jones tells of his Saddleworth memories before his Manchester concert this week

Howard Jones - solo shows are an intimate trip through Howard’s 30 year music career

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

As Howard Jones prepares for his Manchester concert this Thursday he tells Saddleworth News about his visits to the area in the early days of his career.

It was in 1983 that Howard first burst upon the contemporary music scene with his very English songwriting, pioneering synthesizers and thought provoking lyrics. He set out his manifesto in his very first single […]

Saddleworth business owners organise urgent meeting as spate of local burglaries are highlighted in Westminster

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Burglary - Jo Ferns Salon in Lydgate

Saddleworth business owners have organised an urgent meeting to discuss their concerns over an alarming increase in burglaries and other crimes in the area.

The meeting will be held at The White Hart in Lydgate next Monday and will be attended by local councillors, police and members of the local business community.

Jo Fern, owner of Jo Ferns Salon in Lydgate Village, decided to organise the meeting after her […]

A grant is available for all homes and businesses that were flooded

Grant available to flooded households and businesses in the area

Oldham Council is urging anyone whose property was flooded following Storms Desmond and Eva that they could be eligible for financial support.

A grant of £500 is available for all homes and businesses that were flooded while people can also claim a Council Tax/Business Rates Discount for the time their premise could not be occupied.

A Flood Resilience Grant up to a maximum of £5,000 is also available to […]

Three people have lucky escape as car overturns in Greenfield

The overturned car at Greenfield

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police were called to Well-I-Hole Road in Greenfield at around 8.30am yesterday morning after receiving reports of an overturned vehicle.

It is believed a tractor may have clipped a grey Vauxhall Corsa causing it to overturn onto its roof blocking the road.

The three occupants of the vehicle are all thought to have escaped without injury.

The accident also left a dry stone wall belonging to Well-I-Hole Farm and caravan site […]

Heartbroken dog owners in appeal for help

Missing dog - SUSIE

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The heartbroken owners of a dog that fell into the River Tame at Diggle yesterday are making an appeal to Saddleworth News readers for help in finding her.

Susie, an 18-year-old cross breed, was out on a walk and slipped into River Tame near the Diggle duck pond yesterday and was pulled down by the streams current.

A large number of people have been on a search of some parts of the […]

Lyceum Theatre Oldham follows up November’s sell-out success with modern Irish classic


The play takes the audience on a roller-coaster ride, yearning for Maureen to escape her bitter mother. The comedy of the Irish brogue hides a turmoil of horror and discomfort. It’s compelling viewing. Even the set is a challenge for an amateur theatre company as it demands working taps and realistic-looking electrics and fire.

Award-winning Director Ian Orry is making his directorial debut for Lyceum Theatre Oldham, having won best production awards for other local […]