United Kingdom - Rochdale Observer
Saturday - 17th March, 2018
Leaders’ passion praised as school gets ‘good’ mark
LEADERS at Falinge Park High School have been praised by Ofsted for their ‘enthusiasm, energy and ...
Wednesday - 14th March, 2018
Village clean team springs into action
VOLUNTEERS rolled up their sleeves to give Norden a spring clean. About 25 villagers turned...
Saturday - 10th March, 2018
Flats above pub in bid to breathe life into centre
FLATS are being built above one of Rochdale’s most historic pubs in a move which the council hopes...
Wednesday - 7th March, 2018
Stuck on road to s-nowhere
MORE than 3,500 vehicles were stranded in blizzard conditions on the M62 and surrounding roads as th...
Saturday - 3rd March, 2018
Town shivers in grip of the ‘Beast’
THE ‘Beast from the East’ battered Rochdale this week – and forecasters are expecting more icy...
Wednesday - 28th February, 2018
£12,700 is to be spent on repairs at ‘jewel’ car park
ALMOST £13,000 is to be spent repairing the car park at Milnrow Memorial Park. The...
Saturday - 24th February, 2018
Visitors gather as town’s mosques open their doors
MOSQUES threw open their doors to the community on Sunday. Three mosques in Rochdale took p...
Wednesday - 21st February, 2018
Late stunner earns a dream Wembley date
HAS it sunk in yet? Rochdale are going to Wembley for only the second time in their history.&nbs...
Saturday - 17th February, 2018
Police teams seize drugs and guns during dawn raids
THOUSANDS of pounds worth of crack cocaine and heroin has been seized following dawn drugs raids acr...
Wednesday - 14th February, 2018
Family pays its tribute to ‘mum and best friend’
THE devastated family of a mum found dead said ‘she was not only a mother, she was also our best f...
Saturday - 10th February, 2018
Homes evacuated Schools closed Railway line shut
HOMES were evacuated and schools closed after a huge blaze took hold of a textile warehouse in Rochd...
Wednesday - 7th February, 2018
Green warrior who helped put out Hendrix fire
HELPING extinguish the blaze which cut short Jimi Hendrix’s last ever performance, coming under fi...
Saturday - 3rd February, 2018
Police hit back at critics of off-road operation
POLICE have defended a clampdown on off-road bikers and motorists on the moors above Rochdale follow...
Saturday - 27th January, 2018
Boy, 15, is charged with shooting guard in face with BB gun
A15-YEAR-OLD boy has been charged with shooting a security guard in the face with a BB gun. ...
Wednesday - 24th January, 2018
Expert returns home to talk of battling Ebola
ONE of the UK’s leading Ebola experts returned to his home town to speak to students at Rochdale S...
Saturday - 20th January, 2018
12 are arrested in dawn raids after axe attack
TWELVE people have been arrested in dawn raids in Rochdale following an axe attack on a teenager.&am...
Wednesday - 17th January, 2018
Plan for homes on derelict mill site
MORE than 30 homes could be built on the remote site of a derelict mill, despite concerns over the p...
Saturday - 13th January, 2018
Pub regulars smash target with £5,275 hospice boost
A TEAM of tireless Springhill Hospice supporters from the Talbot Head pub in Healey gathered togethe...
Wednesday - 10th January, 2018
Vicar raps ‘flawed’ centre begging ban
begging could be warned, moved on or hit with an on-the-spot fine under the ban which was CONTROVERS...
Saturday - 6th January, 2018
Community says farewell to tragic ‘Tabi’
A COMMUNITY came together to mourn the death of Mohammed Aftab, the 21-year-old found dead on a Roch...
Wednesday - 3rd January, 2018
Bong ... town hall bells may ring for Big Ben
THE Rochdale Town Hall bells pealed out on the BBC on New Year’s Eve – albeit 20 minutes after m...
Saturday - 30th December, 2017
Two need treatment after gas leak at house
TWO people were taken to hospital following a gas leak at a house in Kirkholt. Ruskin Road ...
Wednesday - 27th December, 2017
Woman is scared officer who tried to kiss her will return
AWOMAN who reported a police officer for trying to kiss her while on duty says she lives in fear of ...
Saturday - 23rd December, 2017
Christmas ‘miracle’ baby joy for family of tragic Joshua
THE parents of a ‘superhero’ little boy who died from cancer are celebrating a surprise Christma...
Wednesday - 20th December, 2017
Swearing ban in town centre set to be dropped
CONTROVERSIAL plans to fine people for swearing in the town centre look set to be dropped. ...
Saturday - 16th December, 2017
Deputy is new council leader after boss quits
ROCHDALE borough council has a new leader following the abrupt resignation of Richard Farnell - but ...
Wednesday - 13th December, 2017
‘Undermined’ council leader quits by email
ROCHDALE council leader Richard Farnell (left) has abruptly quit just weeks after his explosive evid...
Saturday - 9th December, 2017
Former ‘good’ school told it must improve
ASECONDARY school once hailed for the quality of its teaching and standards of behaviour now ‘requ...
Wednesday - 6th December, 2017
‘Heartbreak’ over charity shop raids
RSPCA bosses in Rochdale have spoke of their ‘heartbreak’ after three charity shops were targete...
Saturday - 2nd December, 2017
Plans for homes on farm look set to get go-ahead
CONTROVERSIAL plans to build almost 60 houses on what is believed to be the oldest farm in Rochdale ...
Wednesday - 29th November, 2017
Thousands count down to festive fun
THE countdown to Christmas has officially begun in Rochdale with the annual lights switch-on taking ...
Saturday - 25th November, 2017
Life’s a circus as children learn to find their identity
CHILDREN got in on the circus act during a special theatre project. Schools from across the...
Wednesday - 22nd November, 2017
Great-grandad praises stroke victim ‘lifeline’
AGREAT grandfather has praised a ‘lifeline’ service for the support it has given his wife after ...
Saturday - 18th November, 2017
‘Film star’ pupils hit the red carpet
PUPILS from Kingsway Park High School were given the red carpet treatment as they attended the premi...
Wednesday - 15th November, 2017
Mayor’s thanks to ‘Angels’ of homeless
AN inspiring group of volunteers who help ensure scores of homeless people are provided with furnitu...
Saturday - 11th November, 2017
Blooming great – green teams smash record
ROCHDALE bagged a recordbreaking haul of trophies at this year’s In Bloom horticultural awards.&am...
Wednesday - 8th November, 2017
Clubhouse burnt to the ground in ‘race hate attack’
ACRICKET team’s clubhouse has been burnt to the ground in an apparent race hate attack. A...
Saturday - 4th November, 2017
Schools are hit by unstunned halal meat ban
SCHOOLS in Whitworth will be banned from serving Halal meat from animals that have not been stunned ...
Wednesday - 1st November, 2017
Thinking pink to fight cancer
FUNDRAISERS painted the town pink in aid of charity. Littleborough was transformed as part of Cancer...
Saturday - 28th October, 2017
Council leader should go says inquiry lawyer
DEMONSTRATORS outside Rochdale’s council offices demanded town hall leader Richard Farnell resign ...
Wednesday - 25th October, 2017
Man arrested after woman is found dead
POLICE launched a murder investigation and a man has been arrested after a woman’s body was found ...
Saturday - 21st October, 2017
Mum who shared pain of fostering earns top award
AFOSTER mum who has spoken openly about her postadoption depression has won a top award. Fi...
Wednesday - 18th October, 2017
Gran and pet attacked by dogs on path
AGRANDMOTHER and a treasured family pet were set upon in a vicious dog attack. The 69 year-...
Saturday - 14th October, 2017
Dale are on ball to honour Mind team
PLAYERS from Rochdale Mind’s football team were guests of honour at the Crown Oil Arena last Satur...
Wednesday - 11th October, 2017
Student ‘was stripped and beaten in flat’
APOLICING student lured an undergraduate back to his halls of residence, where he was subjected to h...
Saturday - 7th October, 2017
Birthday boy goes on the run
DR Ron Hill, one of Britain’s best-known long distance athletes, celebrated his 79th birthday by g...
Wednesday - 4th October, 2017
Worker who helped expose sex gang becomes a legend
FORMER social worker Sara Rowbotham was given a standing ovation as she won an award for her role in...
Saturday - 30th September, 2017
‘Mindless’ vandal attack sees up to 60 cars damaged
DOZENS of cars has been ‘keyed’ in a mindless spate of vandalism. Up to 60 cars are tho...
Wednesday - 27th September, 2017
Town is rocked by blasts from motorway fire
HUGE explosions could be heard across Rochdale as a massive blaze broke out on the M62. The...
Saturday - 23rd September, 2017
Man badly hurt on his stag trip ‘may have fallen’
AYOUNG dad seriously injured on his stag do in Magaluf may have fallen from a hotel building site, p...
Wednesday - 20th September, 2017
Council says ‘sorry’ AT LAST for failing to stop child abuse
ROCHDALE council has FINALLY apologised for failing to stop historic child abuse at Knowl View and C...
Saturday - 16th September, 2017
Ex-MP spent more than £9,000 on first class railway travel
FORMER Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk spent more than £9,000 on first class train travel, the fo...
Wednesday - 13th September, 2017
Former mayor hands hospice £20,000 bonus
FORMER Mayor of Rochdale Coun Ray Dutton has donated £20,000 raised during his year in offi...
Saturday - 9th September, 2017
Back op forces ‘Parky’ to pull out of festival
SIR Michael Parkinson has been forced to cancel a planned appearance at a literature festival while ...
Wednesday - 6th September, 2017
It’s blast off after ‘dangerous’ shell is found in brook
A‘DANGEROUS’ artillery shell was detonated in a Rochdale field by an Army bomb team after it was...
Saturday - 2nd September, 2017
Baby sex fantasy teenager ‘severe danger to public’
ATEENAGER who ‘harbours fantasies’ of raping and assaulting babies and young children is a ‘ve...
Wednesday - 30th August, 2017
Dale tribute to keep Josh’s legacy alive
THE family enclosure at the Crown Oil Arena has been renamed in honour of a young football fan who d...
Saturday - 26th August, 2017
Stalker artist is jailed for breach of court order
ARENOWNED artist dubbed the ‘Original Banksy’ has been jailed after breaching a restraining orde...
Wednesday - 23rd August, 2017
Safer roads see fewer children seriously hurt
THE number of children seriously injured on the borough’s roads has dramatically reduced over the ...
Saturday - 19th August, 2017
Budapest stag do dad killed on motorway
THE family of a young dad who disappeared during a stag do in Budapest have told of their heartbreak...
Wednesday - 16th August, 2017
ROCHDALE was feeling good as thousands packed into the town centre for the biggest party of the summ...
Saturday - 12th August, 2017
GP surgery is finally taken out of ‘special measures’
A ROCHDALE GP surgery damned as ‘inadequate’ and in need of ‘urgent action’ by inspectors ea...
Wednesday - 9th August, 2017
Historic pool saved at the 11th hour
AN historic swimming pool where Olympic star Keri-Anne Payne (left) learnt the ropes has been saved ...
Saturday - 5th August, 2017
End of era looms as church holds service of thanks
A150-YEAR-OLD church is set to hold what it believes will be its final service tomorrow (Sunday).&am...
Wednesday - 2nd August, 2017
Musical pals play £5,000 tribute to former hotel boss
AMUSIC night held in memory of a popular hotel owner, businessman and restaurateur raised more than ...
Saturday - 29th July, 2017
£440k roadworks to give motorists a smoother ride
ALMOST half a million pounds is to be spent resurfacing one of Rochdale’s busiest stretches of roa...
Wednesday - 26th July, 2017
Far right protest brings the town to a standstill
AFAR-RIGHT demonstration brought the town centre to standstill on Saturday afternoon. A maj...
Saturday - 22nd July, 2017
Ambulances sent on urgent calls WITHOUT a qualified paramedic
AMBULANCES in Greater Manchester were sent to thousands of urgent calls last year WITHOUT a qualifie...
Wednesday - 19th July, 2017
Disabled could lose free travel on lifeline bus
THOUSANDS of severely disabled people in Greater Manchester could be set to lose free travel on a li...
Saturday - 15th July, 2017
Housing chiefs ‘happy to talk’ on Sisters plans
HOUSING bosses say they are happy to speak to anyone who has concerns about the controversial redeve...
Wednesday - 12th July, 2017
Court told how day of drink and drugs ended in stab death
A MAN was allegedly stabbed to death by a friend after they spent the day drinking and taking drugs,...
Saturday - 8th July, 2017
Judges reject robber’s appeal
ATHUG who mugged taxi driver at knifepoint has failed to convince top judges he was the victim of a ...
Wednesday - 5th July, 2017
Worker groped woman as he cleaned her car
AWOMAN was left feeling ‘degraded’ by a car wash attendant who repeatedly groped her while clean...
Saturday - 1st July, 2017
‘Joe’s cancer fight will inspire team’ says Dale chief
DALE boss Keith Hill says Joe Thompson’s brave fight against cancer can inspire the team next seas...
Wednesday - 28th June, 2017
New drug alert after man dies
POLICE were so concerned about a man believed to have taken a potent new strain of MDMA that they ra...
Saturday - 24th June, 2017
‘Don’t give cash to beggars – go online instead’
SHOPPERS in Rochdale are being urged to donate money online - rather than giving it to beggars or ro...
Wednesday - 21st June, 2017
Blaze of glory for milestone year
CROWDS flocked to Norden on Saturday for the village’s annual carnival. Blazing sunshine ...
Saturday - 17th June, 2017
Hunt for seven people missing from care home
AGE assessments were being carried out on seven Vietnamese people at the time of their disappearance...
Wednesday - 14th June, 2017
Message of love boosts Dale ace in cancer battle
ROCHDALE midfielder and cancer sufferer Joe Thompson has received a heartwarming message of support ...
Saturday - 10th June, 2017
Anger as tattoo cash given to bomb fund
CUSTOMERS inked with bees to support the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund have blasted tattoo studi...
Wednesday - 7th June, 2017
Armed police called as woman badly hurt by stampeding cows
ArmED police were called to deal with stampeding cows after a walker was seriously injured. ...
Saturday - 3rd June, 2017
Law firm blasted over sex gang members’ bid to stay in country
ALAW firm has been blasted as ‘cavalier and unprofessional’ for helping members of the Three Gir...
Wednesday - 31st May, 2017
Ella is race’s mini marvel
AN inspirational little girl whose life was saved by a kidney transplant - and who dedicates her fre...
Saturday - 27th May, 2017
Teenage pals relive horror of blast aftermath
TEENAGERS at the tragic Ariana Grande concert recall devastating scenes of parents frantically scram...
Wednesday - 24th May, 2017
Artist gives work to help the battle with ‘silent killer’
AN artist battling a deadly form of asbestos-related cancer is raffling off one of his favourite pie...
Saturday - 20th May, 2017
Fight against child sexual abuse goes on
TOwn hall chiefs have told how Rochdale cannot afford to become ‘blasé’ in the fight ag...
Wednesday - 17th May, 2017
‘Town needs a serious MP’ says Labour veteran
LABOUR veteran Tony Lloyd says he is ‘relishing’ the Rochdale general election fight - insisting...
Saturday - 13th May, 2017
£20,000 drug haul found in back of van
AVAN driver pulled over for reportedly using his phone at the wheel was arrested after officers disc...
Wednesday - 10th May, 2017
Week offers the recipe for good mental health
AWEEK of activities to promote good mental health is taking place in Rochdale and has included the o...
Saturday - 6th May, 2017
CATS are cream of eye care says health watchdog
ACUTTING-EDGE sight-saving service has become the first of its kind in the UK to be rated outstandin...
Wednesday - 3rd May, 2017
Man forced to flee home after arson attack
AMAN filmed his desperate attempts to escape his smoke-filled bedroom following an arson attack.&...
Saturday - 29th April, 2017
1,000 homes left empty for six months or more
ALMOST 1,000 homes in Rochdale have been empty for six months or longer, new figures reveal.&nbs...
Wednesday - 26th April, 2017
Dale striker is honoured as people’s champ
DALE star Calvin Andrew has received the PFA Community Champion Award. He was presented wit...
Saturday - 22nd April, 2017
Nicky threatens to name and shame ‘messy’ dog owners
AN irate animal lover has put up dozens of signs warning dog owners they will be ‘named and shamed...
Wednesday - 19th April, 2017
Woman plunges to death from flats
It is understood the woman has been identified by family members, but her age is unknown. D...
Saturday - 15th April, 2017
Horror car crash victim fights for life
AWOMAN is fighting for her life in hospital and a man is in a serious condition following a crash in...
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