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Vandals desecrate ten Muslim graves in Chadderton

Vandals have desecrated a number of Muslim graves in the Chadderton Cemetery in Chadderton.

The graves were targeted sometime between 8.30pm on 15 August 2014 and 7.30pm the following day.

Police were called to the cemetery by the distraught loved one of a woman buried within the Muslim section of the cemetery.

Officers attended and found up to 10 graves had been damaged, and as no other graves other than those in the Muslim section had been targeted, police are treating the vandalism as racially motivated.

Wooden grave markers and headstones were uprooted from four adjoining graves, one of which had a brass plaque ripped from the headstone itself.

Police are now appealing to anyone who has information about the vandalism to come forward.


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Woman arrested following death of newborn baby

A woman has been arrested following the death of a baby described as "barely three weeks old".

The baby was found unresponsive at Lychgate Court, Oldham. Credit: Google Maps

The 55-year-old has been held on suspicion of causing death to a child by overlaying - when a baby is suspected to have suffocated when somebody lies on them while in bed.

The baby was found unresponsive by officers at an address at Lychgate Court, Oldham.

The infant was transferred to Royal Oldham Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The arrested woman - who is believed to be related to the child - is continuing to be questioned by police.

Man arrested after punching pregnant partner causing her to lose baby

Police say they were called to Copster Hill in Oldham where they found a 16 year old girl who was seven months pregnant had been punched in the stomach by her partner. She was rushed to hospital but later lost the baby.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of child destruction and a Section 18 Assault. He remains in police custody.

The circumstances surrounding this are exceptionally tragic.

“We have specially trained officers supporting the girl, who is distraught by what happened in a way I cannot begin to imagine.

“To punch a heavily pregnant woman in the stomach is an unthinkable act and I can only reassure people that we are doing everything we can to fully and thoroughly investigate the full circumstances of this appalling crime.

“The incident happened in a public park in broad daylight and we know from what people have already said to us that others may have been present in or around the park who have seen this take place or have information that can help us with this investigation.

– Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Daniels, Greater Manchester Police

WATCH: incredible escape as woman jumps from path of car seconds before crash

The woman dives away from the Audi as it veers onto the pavement and crashes into a pole and shop front on Ashton Road in Oldham. The collision, on Wednesday night, was filmed on a security camera by the Keep Active Mobility store.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said three people were taken to Royal Oldham Hospital, but were not believed to be seriously hurt.


Biker dies in Oldham crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died following a crash in Oldham. Police were called to Cross Street at 7pm on Sunday after reports a car and bike had collided towards the junction with Huddersfield Road. The motorcyclist, a 40-year-old man from Heywood, but later died.

This man has sadly lost his life and we are investigating the full circumstances of the collision. We have already spoken to a number of witnesses but would ask if anyone else saw the collision or either vehicle in the moments beforehand that they call us."

– Sergeant Kevin Woodward

Cannabis haul found in Oldham bakery

More than 15 kilos of cannabis, thought to be worth £150,000, has been found in a disused bakery in Oldham. Police raided the former Croda Food Services unit on Falcon Street, just after 5pm yesterday.

Officers discovered 15.5 kilos of cannabis bush concealed in vacuum packed bags within the lock-up.

The plants have now been recovered for forensic analysis and inquiries are continuing to establish who was behind the operation.

This is yet another massive find for police in Oldham but more importantly for the people who live in this area who time and time again have told us how fed up they are with drug dealing on their doorstep.

This bakery looks as if it was being used as a storage and distribution centre for a huge amount of cannabis bush and so to have seized such a large amount of drugs means we have effectively stopped this cannabis from getting onto our streets where it can cause untold harm."

– Superintendent Denise Worth

Jury told of injuries to dead Oldham baby

A jury's heard a man killed his housemate's seven-week-old baby, by causing serious head injuries to the child.

Thomas Gacek, from Oldham, died on 27 January this year.

The prosecution say he suffered "non-accidental injuries."

Tributes outside the house on Hillside Avenue.

David Mokzranowski, 26, is charged with manslaughter.

He shared a house with the baby's mother, Katarzyna Gacek, 24, on the town's Hillside Avenue.

The court was told she left the youngster in Mokrzanowski's "frequent sole care".

Both Gacek, and her boyfriend Darren Butterfield, 35, are accused of allowing or causing the death of a child.

All three defendants deny the charges.

Pedestrian seriously injured in road smash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was knocked down in Oldham. The victim was walking across Roundthorn Road at t 3.30pm on Tuesday after Skoda Fabia crashed into her.

The woman sustained serious injuries, including two broken legs and a fractured vertebrae and was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary for treatment. Roundthorn Road was closed at the junction of Glodwick Road, Salisbury Road and Cranberry Road and all roads are now open.

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