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Oldham teacher collects MBE from the Queen

The Queen greets Mr Hill at the investiture ceremony. Credit: Press Association.

Stephen Hill, the Deputy Headteacher of St Joseph's Roman Catholic Primary School, in Shaw, was among the stars and community heroes awarded honours by the Queen today.

Mr Hill collected his MBE - Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire - at Buckingham Palace.

Mr Hill in the grounds of Buckingham Palace after being made an MBE. Credit: Press Association.

Shaw blast memorial reaches £35k

Jamie Heaton was killed in Shaw gas blast Credit: ITV

A memorial fund in tribute to a toddler killed in a gas explosion in Shaw has reached £35,000. Jamie Heaton, aged 2, was killed when his home and street were levelled in the blast in 2012.

Site of the explosion in Shaw Credit: ITV

Fundraisers need £50,000 to build a children's park in Jamie's memory on a field where he took his first steps.

They have three months left to raise the rest of the money.

To find out more about their progress and how you can donate click here.

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Improvements planned to crossing where 12-year-old fatally injured

Annalise Holt was fatally crossing the road in Shaw Credit: GMP

A zebra crossing in Oldham where a 12-year-old girl was fatally injured will be upgraded as part of an improvement plan.

Annalise Holt died after she was hit by a van at the zebra crossing on Milnrow Road, Shaw in December.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “It’s only right and proper that we undertake a thorough review of the crossing in Shaw following the tragic death of Annalise Holt.

“I want to make it clear that we are minded to making significant upgrades to both this crossing and the junction."

Pair attacked by mob in Shaw

Two men were attacked by a mob after they left a house party in Shaw.

The men were walking along Beal Lane, near to Thomas Street, when a car stopped near to them.

Several men got out and launched into the attack. Both men were punched, and one of them had his head stamped on.

"This was a savage attack on two men by a mob of offenders. "We are appealing to anyone who went to the party and saw what happened before, or anyone who saw the attack itself, to call us. "We have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident."

– Detective Constable Tony Anwas

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8263 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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CPS statement on sentencing of Andrew Partington for Shaw gas blast

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have released a statement on the sentencing of Andrew Partington for causing a gas explosion which killed a two-year-boy.

The CPS said:

“Andrew Partington’s reckless actions have left devastating consequences - for Jamie’s family and for those in the Shaw community whose lives were hugely disrupted for months afterwards. When he severed the gas pipes he must have been well aware that he was putting other people’s lives and property in danger.

“We worked hard with the police to build a strong prosecution case, and so overwhelming was the evidence against the defendant that he was left with little other option but to plead guilty at an early stage. In the sentence given today, Andrew Partington now has time to reflect on the immeasurable pain that his actions have caused Jamie’s family and the extensive damage he caused to people’s homes.

“I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Mr and Mrs Heaton and their family on their terrible loss. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the people of Shaw who have shown remarkable resilience and community spirit in the aftermath of the explosion.”

– CPS statement
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