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Allegations of electoral fraud investigated in Oldham

Greater Manchester Police say they are investigating allegations of voting fraud in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election.

GMP say they are investigating allegations of electoral fraud Credit: PA Images

A Greater Manchester Police:

On 19 May 2015, Greater Manchester Police received a report of voting fraud that is alleged to have taken place in the Alexandra Ward of Oldham during the General Election on 7 May 2015.

An investigation has now been launched and enquiries are ongoing.

Anybody with information should contact the police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

– Greater Manchester Police statement


Police investigating death threat at Oldham Athletic

Oldham Athletic FC manager Darren Kelly Credit: Manchester Evening News

Oldham Athletic FC have called in police after a death threat letter was delivered to the club’s Boundary Park ground.

The letter is believed to have been delivered by hand rather than post on Monday morning and contains death threats directed at the League One club’s newly-appointed manager Darren Kelly.

It's being reported the letter contains a demand that he should be sacked.

Kelly, 35, a former Sunderland academy coach who has also played for York City and Carlisle United, has been at the centre of a row over him appearing to support the former IRA boss Martin McGuinness.

The Londonderry-born ex-player appeared to praise the Deputy First Minister in February for re-tweeting a picture of his mum attending a Bloody Sunday anniversary event, using a hashtag to call the politician a ‘legend’.

In a statement released today, the club said: “Oldham Athletic AFC are aware of threats made against individuals connected with the club. These matters have been passed to the police and the club will be making no further comments on this subject.”

Four arrested by police investigating child exploitation

Police investigating child sexual exploitation in Oldham have arrested four people. It's after two girls aged 15 and 16 who went missing from home tipped off police.

On Tuesday officers raided three homes and arrested two men, aged 25 and 30, on suspicion of sexual activity with a child under 16, conspiracy to commit a sexual offence with a child under 16 and human trafficking.

An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a child under 16. A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of rape. All of the suspects have been bailed until July.

The arrests were made as part of Project Phoenix in the Oldham area.

The reason Project Phoenix was set up was to ensure vulnerable children are not taken advantage of and they are free from abuse.

“No child should go through the trauma of sexual exploitation and we are determined to protect children in the Greater Manchester area.

“We have arrested three people today but our work will not be completed until all our children are safe. I would ask those who are being abused to contact police as soon as possible. We have a team of specialist officers who can help victims through their ordeal and offer support. I would also ask if anyone knows of any abuse taking place, to get in contact.”

– Police Sergeant Tony Luker

Audience member: 'It has changed the way I might vote'

Events manager Rebecca Creamer from Oldham questioned the leaders at the debate last night on the problems young people face. The 25 year old was concerned about, jobs, housing pensions and having to pay for previous generations mistakes. Rebecca thinks her generation are 'getting a raw dal.' Surprisingly the answer she got might just change the way she'll vote next month.


Hospital trust commissioned review after maternity deaths

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The Trust is always keen to learn and to improve care. We commissioned a review by experts from outside the Trust to look at the details of a small number of maternity cases at our hospitals.

We are now considering that report and are developing a number of actions as a result to make some improvements to ensure we continue to provide the best quality of care for our patients.

We deliver 10,000 babies each year and would like to reassure families about the safety of maternity services at our hospitals, but if any expectant mother has a concern they can contact their designated midwife to discuss this.

– Gill Harris, Chief Nurse at Pennine Acute
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Probe into Greater Manchester maternity unit baby deaths

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Seven babies and three mums have died in two Greater Manchester maternity units in just eight months – sparking an independent investigation.

Bosses at Royal Oldham and North Manchester General hospitals called in outside experts to review the departments in light of the 10 tragedies.

It is understood the deaths took place between December 2013 and July last year – with four babies and two mums dying at Oldham, and three babies and one mother dying at North Manchester.

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