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Oldham sofa warehouse fire - man arrested on suspicion of arson

Credit: Oldham Sofa Company

A man has been arrested after a large fire at a warehouse in Oldham.

The fire brigade dealt with a large fire at around 12.35am at the Holden Fold Mill warehouse which belongs to the Oldham Sofa Company.

A number of local residents were evacuated from their homes as a result of the blaze.

A 50-year-old man was later arrested by police on suspicion of arson and remains in police custody for questioning.

Credit: Oldham Sofa Company

"We are treating the fire as deliberate and a 50-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and remains in custody for questioning."

"I do not want people to be unduly alarmed and while I obviously cannot go into specifics, we believe this is the result of an ongoing dispute and is not a random act so I do not want the community to be fearful."

"Firefighters did an excellent job as they always do in bringing the fire under control and there was no damage to people's homes nor were there any injuries."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Haliwell

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9080 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Sofa warehouse hit with second suspected arson attack in a matter of months

Credit: Oldham Sofa Company

A sofa business is counting the cost of a second suspected arson attack in a matter of months.

The warehouse at Holden Fold Mill in Royton, which belongs to the Oldham Sofa Company, was hit by the fire overnight after another fire broke out at the premises in early May.

Fire crews attended the scene and were able to get the fire under control. A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.

Credit: Oldham Sofa Company


Man charged with murder of Oldham grandfather Terry Taylor

Terry Taylor died after being attacked near a hotel in Cumbria. Credit: Cumbria Police.

A man has been charged with the murder of Terry Taylor, from Oldham, who was found with serious injuries at a hotel in Cumbria.

Mr Taylor, 59, was a married father of three and grandfather of two. He was found after police were called to the Globe Hotel in Cockermouth on Sunday.

His family issued a statement saying he'll be greatly missed.

Cumbria Police said Michael Sanderson, of Arkleby, Wigton, has been charged with murder.

The 30-year-old will appear at West Allerdale Magistrates Court later today.

Campaign launched to encourage families to foster teenagers

Oldham Council has launched a campaign to encourage families to open up their homes to teenagers by becoming foster carers. They warn it's not just young children that need foster families.

Officials say specialist qualifications are not needed and carers will receive extensive support, including their own highly trained social worker, a 24/7 emergency line and a financial package up to £29,000.

For more contact Oldham Council’s fostering team on 0161 770 6600 or go to fostering.

“Here in Oldham, our greatest challenge is finding foster families for teenagers as unfortunately, they can be perceived as being more difficult to handle than younger children. This is simply not true.

“Caring for a teenager, like all children, will have its ups and downs, but it is also one of the most rewarding things you will ever do.Foster carers play a vital role in helping young people do well at school and preparing them for adult life.

“Many of the young people just want to be given a chance to live in a stable family like all their friends at school. If you could offer an Oldham teenager a home, please get in touch.”

– Councillor Jenny Harrison


Police investigate Oldham death

Police are investigating an unexplained death in Oldham. Police were called to a flat in the town on Wednesday. Officers found body of a 44-year-old man there.

A postmortem showed he died from a single stab wound to the chest. He has been formally identified as Jonathan Alan Smith. Officers are now working to establish what happened to Jonathan, also known as Johnny.

Police are investigating a death in Chadderton Credit: PA Images

"Johnny was last seen in Chadderton town centre on 11 May 2015 and I would ask anyone who may have been in contact with him either that day or up until his death, to contact us as soon as possible.

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8955 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111."

– Detective Inspector Lewis Hughes

Allegations of electoral fraud investigated in Oldham

Greater Manchester Police say they are investigating allegations of voting fraud in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election.

GMP say they are investigating allegations of electoral fraud Credit: PA Images

A Greater Manchester Police:

On 19 May 2015, Greater Manchester Police received a report of voting fraud that is alleged to have taken place in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election on 7 May 2015.

An investigation has now been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Greater Manchester Police statement

Police investigating death threat at Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic FC manager Darren Kelly Credit: Manchester Evening News

Oldham Athletic FC have called in police after a death threat letter was delivered to the club’s Boundary Park ground.

The letter is believed to have been delivered by hand rather than post on Monday morning and contains death threats directed at the League One club’s newly-appointed manager Darren Kelly.

It's being reported the letter contains a demand that he should be sacked.

Kelly, 35, a former Sunderland academy coach who has also played for York City and Carlisle United, has been at the centre of a row over him appearing to support the former IRA boss Martin McGuinness.

The Londonderry-born ex-player appeared to praise the Deputy First Minister in February for re-tweeting a picture of his mum attending a Bloody Sunday anniversary event, using a hashtag to call the politician a ‘legend’.

In a statement released today, the club said: “Oldham Athletic AFC are aware of threats made against individuals connected with the club. These matters have been passed to the police and the club will be making no further comments on this subject.”

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