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Ashton-Under-Lyne - Labour Hold

  • Angela Rayner (Lab) 19,366 (49.76%, +1.35%)
  • Tracy Sutton (C) 8,610 (22.12%, -2.62%)
  • Maurice Jackson (UKIP) 8,468 (21.76%, +17.37%)
  • Charlotte Hughes (Green) 1,531 (3.93%)
  • Carly Hicks (LD) 943 (2.42%, -12.42%)
  • Lab maj 10,756 (27.64%)
  • 1.99% swing C to Lab
  • Electorate 67,714; Turnout 38,918 (57.47%, +0.59%)


Call for help from the public to find missing boy

“Police and Braydon’s family are extremely concerned for him and need the public’s help in finding him.

“Officers have been searching intensively for Braydon since they were alerted to his disappearance, and enquiries are on-going.

“Braydon plays with his friends around Crow Hill, Richmond Park and Oxford Park. We are urging members of the public to call the Police with any recent sightings of Braydon.

“I would also ask people to check their gardens and any outbuildings.

“Any sightings to GMP Tameside North on 101 or 0161 856 9350.”

– Detective Inspector Charlotte Cadden

Search for missing 10 year old boy

Braydon Fairhurst

A 10 year old boy has gone missing from his home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester. Braydon Fairhurst, hasn't been seen since 7pm last night when he was on Minto Street throwing snowballs with friends.

Braydon is 4ft 7ft tall, he has mousey brown hair with green eyes. He was last seen wearing a black bubble coat, grey jogging bottoms, a grey woollen hat and blue Nike trainers. He was riding a green BMX bike.

Postman steals hundreds from greetings cards

John Whitaker Credit: MEN Syndication

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.


Tameside Hospital to stay in 'special measures'

Tameside Hospital will stay in special measures Credit: ITV

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.

Man fractures skull in pub assault

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.

We believe these two men have seen the argument and decided to take unnecessary action by attacking this man. He was hit with such force, his skull was fractured and he had a bleed on the brain. Thankfully, he is recovering well from his injuries. We believe someone somewhere will know who the two people are in the images we have released. If you do, I would urge you to contact police.”

– Detective Constable John Nestor

Junior doctor due in court on child sex charge

Greater Manchester Police headquarters. Credit: Dave Thompson/Press Association

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."

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