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Hit-and-run victim's mother criticises justice system

The mother of a hit-and-run victim has criticised the justice system.

Wayne Leary was killed while crossing the road in Oldham.

His death is one of three involving 42 year old Colin McDonald, a man Mr Leary's family say has a history of being jailed, then released, only to commit further crimes.

ITV Granada contacted the Ministry of Justice about this story, but have yet to receive a response.

Latest on Oldham fire

Firefighters have tackled a fire involving the roofs of a number of houses in Oldham.

Four fire engines and an aerial platform were called to Belmont Street at 12.25pm on Thursday, January 21, 2016.

North West Fire Control received several calls after smoke was seen across Oldham.

The fire is believed to have started in an end terraced house and spread through the roof spaces of two adjoining houses.

Part of the roofing collapsed and a local authority dangerous buildings inspector was requested.

Station Manager Steve Twinn, who was in charge of the incident, said:

"Crews have worked really hard to bring the fire under control and we have now reduced the number of fire engines to two.

"Firefighters are damping down the fire and there will be one engine on Belmont Street overnight."

– Station Manager Steve Twinn

An investigation into the cause will be carried out tomorrow and roads in the area are now open.

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UKIP on warpath as Labour claim Oldham by-election

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has hit out strongly after Labour won a crushing victory in the by election for Oldham West and Royton.

Labour actually increased their share of the vote in the seat vacated by the death of veteran MP Michael Meacher. They won by more than ten thousand votes.

UKIP were a distant second - but their leader's come out fighting today. Nigel Farage blamed postal voting and mass immigration for his party's failure.

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