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Stuart Littleford - Reporter
Allan Roach - Reporter
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Events in February for both the Saddleworth Historical Society and Saddleworth Civic Trust

Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation entitled ‘Saddleworth’s Lost Servicemen of World War’ by Ivan Foster, historian.

This takes place on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm at the Saddleworth Museum, High Street, Uppermill. All are welcome but there is a charge of £3 for non-members on the night. Refreshments will be available.

On Wednesday 8 March at 7.30pm Saddleworth Historical Society has an Illustrated Presentation by Dr Sarah Rose entitled ‘Power, Privilege & Politics: The Medieval Honour of Pontefract’ […]

Year-long mystery of man found dead at Dovestone is solved

CCTV of the dead man police have now identified.

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Officers who have worked tirelessly around the clock for the past 13 months, were today able to name the man whose body was discovered at the Dovestone area of Saddleworth in December of 2015.

A detective who worked very hard to identify the mystery man found dead on a track near Dovestone Reservoir told Saddleworth News how his team’s painstaking work helped to solve the mystery.

The […]

Debbie backs ‘school cuts’ campaign

Debbie Abrahams MP

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has thrown her weight behind a campaign to challenge the Government’s plan to cut schools’ funding by £3bn in real terms by 2020.

The campaign - at - has been started by the National Union of Teachers and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers who estimate that under the Government’s new funding formula 98% of schools could lose out leading to increased class sizes, loss of school […]

Saddleworth Civic Trust seek Andy Burnham’s support for their campaign against the Manchester Strategic Framework

Andy Burnham mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Saddleworth Civic Trust have ramped up their campaign this week against the proposed Greater Manchester Strategic Framework by writing to Andy Burnham, mayoral candidate for Greater Manchester.

Burnham has condemned the sacrifice of Green Belt land for more housing development and criticised the plan for its “low aspirations” in terms of creating well paid quality jobs. In their letter they have expressed support for his criticisms of the draft […]

Carer charged after 97-year-old Uppermill woman defrauded

An Oldham carer has been charged after thousands of pounds were defrauded from an elderly woman.

Sarah Last, of Huddersfield Road, Waterhead, was charged with fraud by false representation and fraud by abuse of position.

She has been bailed to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 9 February 2017.

On 22 November 2016 police received a report that between March and September last year more than £20,000 was defrauded from a 97-year-old woman’s bank account in Uppermill.


Neighbourhood Plan to cover Saddleworth Parish granted

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

A recent application submitted by Saddleworth Parish Council to Oldham Council and the Peak District National Park Authority to draw up a Neighbourhood Plan to cover the area of Saddleworth Parish has been granted. This this week a steering group met to draw up the timeline for producing the plan.

A Neighbourhood Plan is an important and powerful document with real legal force and therefore has to conform with certain formal procedures. It is a document which:


MPs won’t allow violence against women to be ‘swept under the carpet’

Left to right - Sarah Champion MP, Sally Bonnie, Director and Founder of Inspire Women Oldham, Debbie Abrahams MP, Councillor Yasmin Toor, Ikram Butt, former rugby league player and ambassador for the White Ribbon campaign to end violence against women

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth invited Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, Sarah Champion, to Oldham to find out about the work being done by multi-agency groups to break the cycle […]

Debbie: Draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework proposals ‘need to be reworked’

Debbie Abrahams MP

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Responding to the consultation on the draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework (GMSF) Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has said she shares the concerns of many constituents and that she does not support the current proposals.

Speaking to Saddleworth News on the content of her response to the consultation, Debbie said: “As it stands, I don’t support the draft GMSF proposals and, in particular, I don’t support the proposals affecting […]

Bright Futures School in Grasscroft judged ‘good’ in recent Ofsted report

Debbie Abrahams MP with staff and children of Bright Futures School

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Staff and pupils of Bright Futures School in Grasscroft held an open afternoon at the school on the last day of the Christmas term.

Pupils served refreshments and showed visitors around the school including Debbie Abrahams MP and the mayor of Oldham, councillor Derek Heffernan.

The School specialises in working with children with autism and has recently been given a GOOD judgement following an OFSTED […]

Historic listings upgraded on war memorials in Oldham

The war memorial in Oldham Town Centre

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Oldham Council is pleased to inform residents after the war memorials in Oldham Town Centre and Crompton have had their historic significance boosted.

Historic England now consider the two landmarks as ‘particularly important structures of more than special interest’ and have upgraded them from Grade II to Grade II* listed.

In 2013 Oldham War Memorial – originally sculpted by Albert Toft and unveiled in 1923 - was refurbished by […]

Debbie: Greenfield to Huddersfield rail fare rises are ‘unacceptably high’

Debbie and supporters at Labour’s #RailFail protest at Greenfield station last week

Debbie Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, has recently been campaigning for a better deal for her constituents who use Greenfield station where the average cost of a season ticket from Greenfield to Huddersfield has risen by £320, over 24%, since 2010.

Debbie met with commuters at Greenfield railway station last week to discuss their concerns and to explain what she is trying to do […]

Detectives investigating the murder of Craig Wilcox vow not to give up on the three year anniversary of his death

Craig Wilcox - ‘Craig had plans for the rest of his life’

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Detectives investigating the murder of Craig Wilcox vow not to give up on the three year anniversary of his death at the start of this week.

Craig was last seen on Monday 6 January 2014, at the home of relatives on Norfolk Crescent in Failsworth.

His parents reported him missing and an investigation was launched by detectives in Oldham. The investigation established Craig had […]

Police appeal after truck hijacked and driver left in Saddleworth

The truck that the offenders got away in (the one where they moved the laptops to)

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Police are appealing for witnesses after thousands of new laptops were stolen and a driver assaulted and left near a dirt track in Saddleworth following a truck robbery yesterday morning.

The incident occurred at between 4am and 5am when a dark coloured Audi hatchback approached a grey HGV with a blue cab which was parked up on Shorten Brook Drive […]