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Operation Caminada clamps down on organised crime

Operation Caminada (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

More than 20 people have been arrested and thousands of pounds in cash has been seized following the first phase of a clampdown on organised crime.

Operation Caminada, which was launched on 21 November 2011, is Oldham Division’s drive to target the town’s top players of crime and criminality. [...]

Bobbies pound a virtual beat

Police will be getting connected with their community in their latest online Partners and Communities Together (PACT)* meeting.

Tonight residents are invited from 7pm to 8.30pm, to join local officers online to ask the questions that matter to them and tell police their concerns about crime and antisocial behaviour in the Saddleworth and Lees Neighbourhood [...]

Diggle based chocolatier

Evan's Garden

Diggle based chocolatier and cake maker Pat Cliffe has introduced a new range of unique Belgian chocolates for the Christmas season.

Pat who started Sugar Violets in April 2011 has developed several new recipes for her hand crafted chocolates which include exotic ingredients such as chai tea, rum, absinthe and ginger. Many [...]

Local services affected by one-day strike

Some local services in Saddleworth will be affected on Wednesday 30th November as members of several Trade Unions take action in a one-day strike over proposed changes to their pension schemes

A spokesperson from Oldham Council said, “The Council are working hard to mitigate the impact of the national industrial action tacking place next week [...]

Diggle FC

Diggle FC

Results for Saturday 26th November 2011

First Team win 4-3 at Shepley

Diggle Reserves beaten 4-2 at home by Uppermill Reserves

‘A’ Team draw 2-2 at home against Heyside Reserves

Match Report by Howard Johnson

Diggle Reserves 2 v Uppermill Reserves 4

This was a more competitive fixture than the season opener [...]

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

The Christmas season in Diggle was officially launched by St Chad’s All Stars who, between the 16th and 19th November 2011, staged four sell out performances of their pantomime Puss in Boots.

The pantomime tells the story of local lad Jack who, with help from his faithful puss, [...]

Letter from the Editor: Farewell to Jimmy Savile

Jimmy Saville

In the late 70s and early 80s when there was only one television set and four channels to choose from arguments about what to watch were the norm. Agreement in our house was rare but there were a few programmes that broke this rule. One of these was Jim’ll Fix It.

The [...]

New national non-emergency number launched by GMP

Pc 9098 Mark Clough, Saddleworth North Policing Team

The new national non-emergency number 101 has been launched in Greater Manchester today (Wednesday 23 November), making it easier for people to report crime and disorder.

It is now the number that members of the public should call when they want to contact GMP when it’s [...]

99s emerge from the Wharf with Run of the Mill

The 99s (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2011)

Saddleworth based band the 99s have recently finished working on their second album Run of the Mill.

For the past twelve months, the band consisting of Johnny West, James Loughlin and Adam Quigley has refined and developed a brand new set of songs. Most of the work has been [...]

Sheila Dewsbury…A passion for landscape

Autumn Reflections, Chew Valley

Sheila Dewsbury is an artist who lives and works in Saddleworth. She is currently exhibiting a wide selection of oil paintings and charcoal drawings at the Millgate Arts Centre in Delph. The exhibition will run until Christmas 2011.

Sheila’s chief source of inspiration has been the Saddleworth landscape with its [...]