A disgraced postman has been spared jail after stealing hundreds of pounds from greetings cards. John Whitaker, 34, stole more than £300 after rifling through letters and packages he was collecting.
The dad-of-two previously had an unblemished record during a nine year career with the postal service, during which he was based at the delivery office in Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside. He stole cash, as well as gift cards from around 40 separate letters and packages, worth around £300, a court heard.
He was caught out after Royal Mail bosses placed ‘test’ items in his deliveries and he stole from six of them. Whitaker, who was sacked as a result of the thefts, was warned by magistrates he could have been sent to prison as they were a 'serious breach of trust'. However, they said they decided to give the dad-of-two a 'second chance' and gave him a curfew as well as 200 hours unpaid work.
Police are seeking help to determine the last movements of a man who died in Ashton-under-Lyne last week.
Emergency services were called to a house on Market Avenue on Thursday where the body of 51-year-old Kevin Simpson was found.
Tameside Hospital will remain in special measures, because it has failed to make sufficient improvements after a review condemned its care.
The hospital, in Ashton-Under-Lyne, was criticised in the Keogh Report a year ago. The report examined patient death rates in the wake of the Mid Staffordshire Hospital scandal.
The health watchdog, the Care Quality Commission, will reveal later today that it still has areas of concern after repeated re-inspections of Tameside's services.
Tameside is expected to stay under constant review from NHS experts for another six months.
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was left with a fractured skull following an assault in Ashton-under-Lyne.
At around 10.30pm on Sunday 4 May, the 25-year-old was outside of the Timezone pub on Old Street smoking a cigarette with his partner, when there was an argument between him and another man.
Two unknown men walked up to him and tried to hit his partner. He then confronted one of them before being assaulted. He was knocked unconscious and both offenders ran away.
A junior doctor working in paediatrics is due in court today charged with sexual activity with a 15 year old boy.
Raza Laska who's 31 and from Ashton under lyne is also accused of possessing indecent images of children.
He's worked at hospitals across Greater Manchester and is due to appear at Manchester Minshull Street Court.
Divisional Commander of Tameside, Chief Superintendent Caroline Ball said:
"We know this man has worked in hospitals right across Greater Manchester and the public will undoubtedly be concerned upon hearing about the offences with which he has been charged.
"We are currently working through numerous computers and other electronic items as part of our investigation, which is very much in its infancy, and would encourage anyone with information or concerns to contact the police or our partners in the NHS."
Police have issued CCTV images of two men they wish to speak to in connection with the serious assault of a man in Ashton.
At around 1.10am on Friday 18 April, two men approached a man who was standing next to Ashton-under-Lyne Metrolink Station.
They attacked the victim and left him lying on the floor, needing hospital treatment.
Detective Constable Sharon Hilton said:
"We are keen to speak to these two men in relation to this vicious and seemingly unprovoked attack on an innocent man who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time."
Ten people were take to hospital suffering suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a petrol generator being run in a shop.
Emergency services were called to computer sales and repair shop Sana Tech in Ashton under Lyne after concerns were raised for public safety.
Several businesses on Market Street were evacuated.
The North West Ambulance Service sent two ambulances and a hazardous area response team to the scene.
The people affected were taken to the Manchester Royal Infirmary and Tameside Hospital as a precaution but nobody was seriously harmed.
Caught on camera the dramatic moment the former home of a troubled poet collapses.
The video shows a structural engineer on a cherry picker appearing to dislodge bricks and a beam at the property on Stamford Street Central in Ashton-under-Lyne.
Structural engineers were called out following reports of falling debris after the building bowed outwards.
The terrace has a blue plaque saying it was once home to poet Francis Thompson who lived there between 1864 and 1885.
During his life he experienced extreme poverty and became addicted to opium.
Tameside council say the boarded up property, which is privately owned, has not been in use for some time.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating after an ambulance was called to an unconscious prisoner.
Officers arrested a 48-year-old man in Oldham on 4 March, before taking him to a cell in Ashton-under-Lyne. They suspected he was "intoxicated" and placed him under observation.
The man was later found unconscious and taken to hospital. Medics eventually sent him home.
Police are growing concerned for a 16-year-old girl missing from home. Demi Dewsbury, from Ashton-under-Lyne, was last seen by friends at Ashton bus station, in the town centre, while on her way to Tameside College at around 9.30am on 25 February 2014.
She was last seen wearing a red crop top, green waistcoat, red beanie hat, black and nude striped leggings, red Puma trainers and carrying a black bag.
PC Stewart Chitty, based at Tameside, said: "Demi's disappearance has naturally left a lot of people very worried about her as she it is not like her to remain out of contact like this. "They want Demi to know she is not in trouble at all and they simply want to know she is okay.
Demi has links to Tameside and Merseyside. Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 9311 or 101.