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Watch: Oldham's Hobson Street car park reduced to rubble

Oldham Hobson Street multi-storey car park in the town centre has been reduced to rubble in a controlled explosion.

Its been demolished after council surveys said the car park structure was 'beyond economic repair'.

“The Hobson Street car park was no longer viable for use and had to be demolished. “It was generally underused by the public with the main customers being council staff and employees from partner organisations with paid-for permits,who have since been accommodated elsewhere.”

– Cllr Jean Stretton


Police appeal for missing 62-year-old Albert Weltz

Albert Weltz Credit: GMP

Police are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a 62-year-old man from Shaw.

Albert Weltz was last seen at 10pm on Tuesday 12 July 2016 at his home on Great Meadow, Shaw.

He is white and around 5ft 10ins tall, of a stocky build with short grey/black hair and a grey beard.

It is believed he is wearing a t-shirt with a blue/black coat and jeans.

It is also believed that he is travelling in a red Nissan Note with the registration plate ML64 RKK.

Detective Constable Kelly Bragg of GMP’s Oldham borough, said:

It is out of character for Albert to be away from home like this and his family have had no contact from him.

If you know where Albert is, please get in touch with police as soon as possible.

Anyone with any information about Albert’s whereabouts should contact police on 101 quoting reference 708 of 13/07/16.

– Detective Constable Kelly Bragg


Teenager arrested over huge mill fire

Half of the building collapsed, but what remained was totally gutted by the fire. Credit: @SavvyJustine

A 16-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life after a huge fire at a derelict mill in Oldham.

Emergency services were called to the listed Bailey Mill on Oldham Road, Delph, at around 3pm on Tursday, June 14.

Nearby homes were evacuated and roads closed as firefighters worked to bring the fire under control.

Half of the building collapsed, but what remains was totally gutted by the fire.

The teenage has been released on bail.

Road closures in the area have now been lifted.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8427, 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Woman "very seriously injured" in Oldham crash

The junction of Broadway and Chadderton Way Credit: Google Maps

A woman has reportedly suffered "very serious injuries" after a crash in Oldham.

The woman, who was driving a Fiat Punto, collided with a Fiat Transit at the junction of Broadway and Chadderton Way.

A police spokesman said she has been taken to hospital with “very serious injuries”.

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