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MP slams company over 'devastating' job losses

An MP has vowed to lobby the Prime Minister after online retailer Shop Direct announced plans to pull out of Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

The company, which owns Littlewoods and Very, said it would begin to close its distribution centres in Shaw, Oldham, and Little Hulton in Salford, as well as its returns centre at Raven Mill in Chadderton, in 2020.

Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, said she would be writing to Theresa May to demand the PM and government ministers are ‘fully engaged’ in supporting affected workers.

She also blasted the company for failing to engage with both herself and Oldham council before announcing the news.

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15 year old girl charged with attempted murder

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after another teenager was stabbed in Oldham.

The 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in custody.

She will appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court today.

Officers attended West End Road in Oldham after reports of an assault. Credit: MEN Media

Police were called at around 4.15pm on Monday 9 April to reports that a teenager had been assaulted on West End Street in Oldham.

A 15-year-old girl had been stabbed twice and she was taken to hospital for treatment where she remains in a serious but stable condition. 

Homes evacuated after reports of suspicious package

Homes have been evacuated on a residential street in Oldham following reports of a suspicious package being found.

The bomb squad was scrambled to scene following reports a device had been discovered on Hillside Avenue in Clarksfield this morning.

The street has been cordoned off while officers investigate the package. It is understood the ‘suspicious package’ was found by builders who were working in an empty property.

Experts are assessing the package, a GMP spokesman said. A cordon is in place on the road.

Witnesses reported seeing a heavy police presence on the street. One resident said:

People are saying it’s a bomb which is worrying. Will have to wait and see what police find.

– Resident

At around 11.20am on Thursday, March 29, police were called to Hillside Avenue in Oldham to reports that a suspicious device had been found.

As a precautionary measure, some nearby properties have been evacuated whilst bomb disposal experts carry out an assessment.

A scene remains in place.

– GMP

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