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Oldham park closed due to suspected 'avian botulism' outbreak

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A park in Oldham was taped off following a suspected ‘avian botulism’ outbreak. Emergency services were called to Alexandra Park on Friday night after a number of birds were found dead in the lake.

Water samples are currently being tested. Outbreaks are common in England and Wales, but are more frequent during warm summers. A number of sick birds were taken to be treated.

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Man dead after Oldham house fire

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Shortly before 1pm police were alerted by the fire service to a fire at a property on Nazeby Walk in Werneth. On arrival, officers found a man in his 50s being treated by paramedics. Unfortunately despite their best efforts the man sadly died at the scene. A joint investigation with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has been launched to understand the circumstances behind the fire. A number of road closures and police cordons have been put in place while enquiries are carried out. Our thoughts remain with the man’s family at this time.

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MP slams company over 'devastating' job losses

An MP has vowed to lobby the Prime Minister after online retailer Shop Direct announced plans to pull out of Greater Manchester, with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

The company, which owns Littlewoods and Very, said it would begin to close its distribution centres in Shaw, Oldham, and Little Hulton in Salford, as well as its returns centre at Raven Mill in Chadderton, in 2020.

Debbie Abrahams, the Oldham East and Saddleworth MP, said she would be writing to Theresa May to demand the PM and government ministers are ‘fully engaged’ in supporting affected workers.

She also blasted the company for failing to engage with both herself and Oldham council before announcing the news.

15 year old girl charged with attempted murder

A teenager has been charged with attempted murder after another teenager was stabbed in Oldham.

The 15-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been remanded in custody.

She will appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court today.

Officers attended West End Road in Oldham after reports of an assault. Credit: MEN Media

Police were called at around 4.15pm on Monday 9 April to reports that a teenager had been assaulted on West End Street in Oldham.

A 15-year-old girl had been stabbed twice and she was taken to hospital for treatment where she remains in a serious but stable condition. 

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