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

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Ex-footballer from Saddleworth scores top regional award in Manchester

MD of Candidsky, David Beharall, in a BBC Interview

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Former footballer and entrepreneur David Beharall from Saddleworth is celebrating after scooping a top award at the Big Chip Awards 2016.

The Midland Hotel in Manchester played host to the 18th annual Big Chip Awards in June – the longest running digital industry awards in the UK.

Beharall’s agency, CandidSky, were awarded ‘Best Use of Search & CRO’ for their work with leading HR consultancy Peninsula, beating […]

Mental health support for Saddleworth

Cllr Garth Harkness

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth North Liberal Democrat Councillor Garth Harkness is looking for Saddleworth residents who want to attend an accredited course to become a local mental health champion.

Councillor Harkness has initially funded four places for local people on a course with the mental health charity MIND as part of his wider initiative to improve services for residents in Oldham with mental health conditions.

Cllr Harkness said: “The MIND Mental Health course will equip some […]

The world famous ELVIS show starring world renowned Elvis performer Chris Connor

Chris Connor as ELVIS


The world leading Elvis performer CHRIS CONNOR, who has just been voted by a WORLDWIDE fan poll, THE BEST ELVIS PERFORMER WORLDWIDE was presented with this award in MEMPHIS.

The World Famous Elvis Show features the live energetic band ‘THE STEELS’ which recreates 2 iconic […]

Local climber to host Above & Beyond awards

Paul Braithwaite

An iconic guest of honour is to present Saddleworth’s first-ever Above & Beyond Awards later this year.

Unassuming Paul Braithwaite from Delph played a major role in the successful ascent of Everest South West Face in 1975 with a host of other major mountaineering conquests over a lifetime career.

He has climbed in the most extreme and remote regions of the world, including The Arctic, Canada, Alaska, South America, Russia, Nepal, Africa and Tibet.

A former president […]

A wave of destruction across Saddleworth and beyond

Emergency services and other organisations including the military at Dovestone Reservoir

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Imagine if you can a huge powerful jet of water spraying out skywards at high pressure from a large crack in the retaining wall of Dovestone Reservoir in Greenfield, the damage has been caused by prolonged heavy rain and flooding in the area.

The situation is getting worse all the time as the crack is getting larger by the minute, the surrounding concrete is beginning […]

Debbie tackles access and frequency of service issues at Greenfield station

Greenfield Station

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth and Shadow Minister for Disabled People, has written to the Department for Transport (DfT) and Rail North (RN) demanding better access to Greenfield station for people with mobility issues and an increase in the frequency of the services to alleviate overcrowding.

Debbie said: “Although some service cuts were removed from the recently awarded franchise plans I remain concerned about lack of accessibility for commuters with mobility issues at Greenfield […]

Man arrested in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Saddleworth

Police in Oldham have arrested a man in connection with a string of commercial burglaries in Saddleworth.

On Monday 4 July 2016, police were called to Uppermill Conservative Club in Uppermill following reports of a burglary.

Officers attended and discovered that an offender had forced his way into the property and broken into a store cupboard, where a large number of spirit bottles were kept.

The burglar caused nearly £1000 of damage and stole close to £500 worth of alcohol.


Emergency planning exercise to take place in Greenfield next week

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Around 36 organisations across Greater Manchester and nationally will be taking part in an emergency planning exercise next week that will see the Dovestone area of Greenfield featuring in one of the emergency scenarios.

Exercise Triton II – the biggest, major live exercise of its kind ever held in the region – will test how local authorities, emergency services and other partners are equipped to tackle a major emergency together.

Under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004, it […]

M62 near Saddleworth now open after serious collision this morning

Long tailbacks after the accident on the M62

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

The M62 near Saddleworth has now fully reopened following this morning’s serious collision between Oldham and Rochdale.

Both carriageways of the motorway between junction 20 and Oldham and junction 21 at Milnrow were closed at around 9.35am earlier today after police received a number of reports of a collision just before junction 21 of the M62.

Officers attended and found that a car travelling on the Eastbound carriageway […]