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Trio jailed after threatening elderly couple at gunpoint

Paul Boyce, Nathan Riley, Elliot Howells

Three men who robbed an elderly couple at gun point have been jailed. The pensioners had weapons pointed at their heads by the gang as they lay in bed at their home in Oldham. The men had broken into the house on Ripponden road last September in the early hours but escaped with just a watch after one of the victims screamed. The trio were found a short time later hiding in a loft.

One member of the gang, Nathan Riley had robbed a convenience store - which happened just hours earlier. He was jailed for 6 years and 8 months.

His accomplices Paul Boyce, of Mardale Close, and Elliott Howells, of Mackenzie Walk, were jailed for 7 and a half and 8 years respectively.

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Teen in hospital after taking contaminated MDMA at party

Police are warning about the dangers of taking contaminated drugs after a teenager collapsed in Oldham.

Officers were called to a house on Ivygreen Drive in Oldham in the early hours of Sunday morning after reports an 18-year-old man had collapsed.

Police say he had consumed MDMA while at a party and suffered a reaction that caused him to collapse and fit.

He is being treated in hospital and remains on the High Dependency Unit.

Police believe the drugs he may have been ingested were contaminated.

Detective Sergeant Rick Arthern said:

"Taking drugs is risky enough, but when you factor in that we believe this may be a contaminated or 'bad batch' of homemade MDMA then that risk goes up still further so my message would be quite simple: don't do it. It’s not worth playing Russian roulette with your own life."

– Detective Sergeant Rick Arthern

Press conference expected later over rumours Ched Evans may join Oldham Athletic

A press conference is expected to take place later over the potential signing of convicted rapist Ched Evans to Oldham Athletic.

The striker has been without a club since he left prison in October. Thousands of people have signed a petition calling on Oldham to refuse to sign him. The club are yet to make any formal announcement.

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has always taken the stance that Evans deserved the chance to resume his career following his release from prison.

It is due to hold a press conference on Monday concerning the player.

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Hairdressers make charity Band Aid cover

The staff at Jo Ferns Salons in Lydgate near Oldham decided to make the cover of the Band Aid 30 charity single to help raise money for ebola victims and their families.

We love the Band Aid video but we wanted to show that celebrities aren't the only people that care. We're a really close-knit company and the staff always go that extra mile for people. So we came up with the idea of the video to raise money for the Ebola virus crisis.

– Jo Ferns, Salon owner

School's tribute to 11-year-old boy who died after suspected asthma attack

Eleven-year-old Kyle collapsed near his home. Credit: Manchester Evening News.

Tributes have been paid to a schoolboy who died from a suspected asthma attack after heading out to play football with his friends.

Eleven-year-old Kyle Hall collapsed near his home in Hardman Street, Chadderton and later died at the Royal Oldham Hospital.

It is believed that the Manchester United fan, a former pupil at Corpus Christi RC Primary School in Chadderton who started at Newman College in September, had suffered a massive asthma attack.

A special assembly attended by 400 guests, including his friends and family, was held for Kyle at Corpus Christi on Monday.

Kyle was a hard working, well mannered and honest boy who was a friend to everyone. He always put other people before himself and set a brilliant example to the younger children in school.

“His respect for adults and those around him was exceptional. Always willing to help out where needed, Kyle was a total asset to Corpus Christi and no doubt continued to be one at Newman College.

"Teachers and other adults in school speak with high regard for Kyle, they found him a delight to teach, a boy who lived to do the very best he could in everything he did.”

– Chris Hanson, headteacher of Corpus Christi RC Primary School.
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