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Inquest hears 'man on the moors' took rat poison

Mystery remains over why a man from London took rat poison on Saddleworth Moor two days after flying back to the UK, an inquest concluded.

An international search finally identified him as 67 year old David Lytton, a retired train driver who had been living in Pakistan. Police were shocked to learn he had ingested poison. Elaine Willcox was at the hearing.


Council warns over tax refund scams

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Oldham Council is warning residents to be on their guard after a wave of cold-calling criminals are targeting residents with new Council Tax scams.

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Residents have reported receiving calls and emails from companies pretending to be Oldham Council and Unity Partnership, claiming they had been incorrectly overcharged for Council Tax and were entitled to a refund.

“We never call or email anyone to offer them a refund and have safe and secure arrangements in place should the need to do so occur. My advice to everyone would be to be absolutely sure they know who they are dealing with.”

– Cllr Abdul Jabbar, Deputy Leader of Oldham Council


Strong winds cause tree to crush car

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Gusts of almost 40mph caused a tree to fall and crush two cars in Oldham in the early hours of today.

Firefighters from Hollins were called to Wellington Road shortly after 1.30am following reports of a fallen tree.

The large tree had fallen on to two cars in a driveway, causing extensive damage.

Firefighters removed some of branches, but it is anticipated a crane will be needed to lift the tree from the cars. No-one was hurt in the incident.

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