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12-year-old girl killed in Oldham hit and run named

Helina Kotlarova was killed in a hit and run on New Year's Eve Credit: Manchester Evening News

The 12-year-old girl killed in Oldham hit and run on New Year's Eve has been named as Helina Koltarova.

Two girls were hit by a black VW Golf, the driver of which did not stop at the scene, at around 7.15pm on New Year's Eve. Greater Manchester Police said they were called to Ashton Road near Copster Hill Road and found a car had been involved in a collision with two girls.

Helina was with 11-year-old cousin Zaneta Kvokova, who is in hospital in a serious condition.

Helina's family have revealed how her mum held her in her arms as she died in the road, touching her hair as she passed away.

The girls were on their way back from a New Year's party when the incident happened.

Police are searching for the driver of the vehicle.

“These are tragic circumstances where a young girl has lost her life and I would urge anyone who knows anything to do with this collision to contact police immediately.

Another girl is currently fighting for her life in hospital and specially trained officers are supporting the families involved.

Officers are trying to establish exactly what happened while we also have a dedicated team trying to locate the driver of the car.”

– Sergeant Lee Westhead, GMP
Helina left was killed in the hit and run and cousin Zaneta Kvokova is in hospital Credit: Manchester Evening News
  • Anyone with information should call the collision unit on 0161 856 4741 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Critically-ill woman: police issue pictures and ask for public help

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Police have released photos of a woman who is in critical condition in hospital in Oldham.

Shortly after 8.15pm on Monday 12 December 2016, police were called by the ambulance service to a property on Waterloo Street, Oldham following concerns for a woman.

Upon arrival officers discovered Gemma Baker, 26, with serious head injuries.

She was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

Police are treating Gemma’s injuries as suspicious and have launched an investigation.

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'A woman is in hospital with serious injuries and we are offering her family support at this worrying time.

“A team of officers is working to establish what happened to Gemma and we have released photos of her in the hope that it will jog’s someone’s memory.

“If you saw Gemma on Monday 12 December, or know her and had any contact with her recently, you may be able to help.

– Detective Inspector Kenny Blain
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Whatever information you may have, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, please get in touch.

"You can speak to us in confidence, or if you don’t feel you can talk to police but you have information, you can speak to Crimestoppers anonymously.

“Your information might just prove vital to piecing together what happened to Gemma."

– Detective Inspector Kenny Blain
  • Anyone with any information should call police on 0161 856 9063, 101 quoting incident number 2092 of 12 December 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

CCTV released by detectives in rape inquiry

Police would like to speak to a man and a woman who potentially witnessed a rape in Oldham town centre.

At about 1.30am on Friday 28 October 2016, the victim – who is in her 30s – was raped by a man in a car park off Beever Street.

Detectives have released CCTV footage of two potential witnesses who were in the area at the time of the offence.

“We want to speak to the man and woman in the footage as we believe they could have witnessed the incident and may have key information.

“I would urge them to come forward to police and I must stress they are not in any trouble.

“If you recognise the people in the footage then I would also ask you to please contact us.”

– Detective Constable Andrew Day, from Oldham CID

Anyone with any information should call 0161 856 9063 quoting incident number 304 of Friday 28 October 2016 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Demolition gets underway at Oldham's fire-ravaged Maple Mill

Some local residents have still not been allowed back into their home after the evacuation yesterday morning. Credit: Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.

Demolition of Oldham's fire-ravaged of Maple Mill has started.

Around 40 firefighters continue to tackle pockets of fire inside the mill, using aerial appliances to put water on the fire from above.

Residents from around 20 properties in Cardwell Street remain unable to return home due to the unsafe structure of the building.

The demolition process could take around three days.

"Firefighters continue to work hard tackling the fire and our priority is getting people back into their homes as soon as we can.

"Later into the demolition process we will know more about the structure of the building and about timescales for residents to return home."

– Group Manager Jon Aspinall, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

The latest from the Oldham mill fire

A major fire at a mill in Oldham has been burning throughout the day, and now the fire service say people may have been sleeping inside.

Dozens of firefighters have been at the scene in Oldham and around a hundred homes have been evacuated as a major incident was declared.

Part of the building, Maple Mill, has collapsed and residents have been reporting thick smoke and ash

Tim Scott has been there throughout the day, we'll be live with him after this report:

No sign of when residents will be able to return home after Oldham mill fire

Residents near Maple Mill in Oldham are being reminded to keep windows and doors closed, as smoke continues to linger in the town after last night's huge fire.

The fire at the four-storey mill burned throughout the night, and was tackled by more than 80 firefighters at its height.

More than 100 homes have been evacuated. It's still not clear when people will be able to return to their homes.

One hundred homes evacuated after Oldham mill fire

Residents nearby have been evacuated. Credit: Tim Mulock

More than 100 homes have been evacuated as a serious fire continues to burn at a mill near Oldham.

Greater Manchester Fire Service have declared a major incident at Maple Mill on Cardwell Street. Residents in the nearby Fitton Hill area of Oldham are being told to keep windows and doors closed.

People who've been asked to leave their homes have been taken to the nearby Honeywell Centre.

Smoke has been engulfing nearby properties. Credit: ITV Granada

The fire broke out just before 4am this morning. Around 80 firefighters are still at the scene tackling the fire.

Parts of the building are thought to have collapsed and the whole building is engulfed by the fire.

The fire has been burning through the night. Credit: ITV Granada
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