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Watch: Local business owners blame crimewave on police cuts as residents remain vigilant

Residents are being urged to remain vigilant in Saddleworth Credit: ITV

The town of Saddleworth in Greater Manchester has had a spate of burglaries over recent weeks and local business owners believe it's down to police cuts.

Paul Crone has this report:

Saddleworth crimewave: One business owner has been targeted twice

Hair salon owner Jo Ferns Credit: Paul Crone

Businesses in Saddleworth are blaming police cuts for a recent crimewave which has seen more than 20 properties in the area either damaged or broken into.

Hair salon owner Jo Ferns has ben targeted not once but twice by what is thought to be the same gang.

A public meeting has been held over the crimes, and businesses are being asked to take as many precautions as possible. Greater Manchester Police has deployed patrols in the area at night to try and tackle the problem.

Fresh appeal after man found at Dovestones reservoir

A CCTV image of the man at Piccadilly Station shortly before he was found dead. Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Detectives trying to identify an elderly man found dead near a reservoir in Greater Manchester have extended their inquiries abroad.

CCTV shows him arriving at Manchester's Piccadilly railway station in December. The pensioner's body was discovered on a hillside in Saddleworth near Oldham.

Mel Robinson, a pub landlord in Greenfield, near Dovestones, was the last person to speak to the man:

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