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Letter to the editor

The Greenfield Rail Action Group welcomes the arrival of Metrolink trams to Oldham Mumps but its value to Saddleworth residents is greatly limited by the lack of cross-ticketing between trams, buses and trains.

Mark Ashmore, chair of the group said “We are constantly being urged to use public transport and with the eventual completion of [...]

Saddleworth North: Monthly Crime Figures

MAY 2012 update

CRIME JAN FEB March April May BURGLARY (Of homes) 6 1 2 3 0 BURGLARY OTHER (Shed, Garage, Business) 2 1 3 4 1 THEFT FROM A VEHICLE 1 1 0 1 5 THEFT OF A MOTOR VEHICLE 1 2 1 1 1 CRIMINAL DAMAGE 4 1 6 3 4 ROBBERY 1 [...]

Update on Shaw explosion

Greater Manchester Police do not believe anyone is unaccounted for following the large explosion in Shaw, earlier today. Two properties on Buckley Street, numbers 9 and 11, were significantly damaged in the explosion.

Sadly, the body of a young child, believed to be two-years-old, was found inside one of the houses and, at this time, [...]

Oldham Council say residents are the priority

Councillor Jean Stretton

Oldham Council and a range of partner organisations across all sectors have been working to assist residents affected by today’s major explosion in Shaw.

A Rest Centre set-up at Crompton House school in the wake of the blast has been providing help for people unable to access their homes. So far [...]

Major house explosion in Shaw

A young child has been killed today in a large house explosion in Shaw.

Emergency services are currently at the scene on Buckley Street in Shaw where three homes have been severely damaged by a suspected gas explosion. The explosion happened around 11.15am when the emergency services were called following a report that homes had [...]

Debbie Abrahams MP and Cllr Alexander visit flood hit areas in Saddleworth

This afternoon (24/6/12) Cllr Adrian Alexander took Debbie Abrahams MP to Wellyhole Street in his ward, Saddleworth West & Lees, to see where a footbridge was washed away by the flood water yesterday. Then they went up to Dobcross and reviewed the damage to houses on Dobcross New Road. Chatting to residents about the impact [...]

New proposals to excavate and conserve Castleshaw Roman Fort

The Roman Fort in AD 120 by Graham Sumner

The site of the Roman forts at Castleshaw has fascinated historians and archaeologists for over 250 years but many questions remain unanswered. Now you have a chance to help answer these questions by supporting plans for a community dig at the site!

The Friends of [...]

Olympic Torch comes to Oldham

72 year old Elizabeth Stones (Photo: Stuart Coleman:2012)

Fabulous scenes in Oldham as the Olympic torch, carried by eleven torch bearers in relay, completes day 36 of it’s tour of Britain.

To read more about the Olympic Torch click here.

 

Elizabeth Stones’s Supporters

Torch relay outriders (Photo: Stuart Coleman©2012)

Sponsors [...]

A month’s rain fall in 24 hours

Carr Lane, Diggle (Stuart Coleman©2012)

Fridays’s unprecedented rainfall caused flooding on lower lying areas in Diggle and Saddleworth.

On Huddersfield Road above Diggle the constant flow of cascading water overwhelmed street drains causing huge plumes of water, under pressure, to rise up to five feet above the ground.

Many lanes off the A62 became [...]