Violent armed burglar repeatedly targets Kingsway area

Date published: 29 March 2018 Rochdale online

A brazen, violent armed burglar has repeatedly targeted streets in the Kingsway area and local residents are now urging others to be extremely vigilant.

A local woman has been targeted by the burglar twice in a number of weeks after he broke into her home. She fears she may be targeted again if she is identified.

She explained: “He was in my house for 40 minutes the first time, and he heard us whilst we were calling the police.

“There’s been other residents who have been targeted who haven’t reported it to the police for various reasons. From the CCTV I’ve been shown, he’s very blasé. He’s tried shops on Woodbine Street East, and homes on Buersil Avenue, Kings Road and Percy Street.

“He seems to be an opportunist. He came back last Friday and my neighbour heard him. He came out to investigate and came face-to-face with the criminal, who didn’t seem bothered. He threatened to kill my neighbour, who got a good look at him.

“We’ve all been struggling to sleep since.”

Resident Nathan Tordoff said: “We have had problems in the Kingsway area for weeks now and no police presence at all; let’s start communicating with those that work all week and pay our taxes.”

Speaking after a police warning to be vigilant was issued in Healey, Kingsway resident Daniel Hodgkinson said: “It would be nice if the police also issued a warning to the residents of Kingsway on the huge amount of break ins and attempted break ins by the same suspect who is armed with a knife.”

The woman added: “The lack of communication within the station is staggering, let alone the failure to communicate with the front response officers during briefing before each shift. The officers attending had no idea that Kingsway is a hotspot right now, and there’s a growing number of victims. I would like to point out though that the officers dealing with the case have been exemplary; they want to see this man caught and genuinely care.

“This dangerous man is still at large and I witnessed him slash a neighbour’s coat on one of the two occasions when we were close to apprehending him.

“Many of the residents here are awake at night, scared to sleep. My girls are petrified. Our work and home lives are disrupted and we are suffering extreme tiredness. Since I have seen him, I’m scared he’ll recognise me and come back.

“The residents of Kingsway are distributing information about as many breaks or attempted breaks as possible, and the officers have mentioned it’s the same offender, after looking at the CCTV. Residents in our area haven’t even had a warning and we can’t knock on every single door.

“If I can stop this brazen criminal targeting one more person, then it’s worth it.”

Lib Dems to propose cutting councillors and their allowances at Budget Fixing Council

Date published: 27 February 2018 Rochdale online

Andy Kelly Lib Dem Leader

The Liberal Democrats on Rochdale Council will propose an amendment to the Labour budget at Wednesday’s Budget Fixing Council meeting to find a further £556,000 in savings through councillors allowances and restructuring the Council, to provide more money to improve income and pay for local services at a ward level such as fixing pot hole ridden roads, providing more youth services, and tackling crime and fly-tipping.

The Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, Councillor Andy Kelly, said: “The Labour Administration is once more being forced to make savings and raise Council Tax by a further 5.65% as a result of another cut to Rochdale Council’s grant by a miserly Conservative Government wedded to austerity.”

The Lib Dems are proposing reducing the number of councillors for 60 to 40, reversing last year’s 34-51% allowance increases, cutting paid councillor posts and reducing certain scrutiny chairs allowances.

Councillor Kelly added: “The measures include up over £88,000 to invest in increasing staffing in the revenue and benefits department, that in turn can be spent on generating income for fixing our roads and other basic services that are valued my local residents. It is also a pro-active approach for future years; planning now to be able to avoid council tax rises next year and provide the money that we need to invest.”

“With regret, we will vote to support most of the administration’s proposals, but we believe that the pain will be reduced if the Council agrees to tighten the belts of the one group of people have had to make no cuts whatsoever during this period of austerity- the councillors themselves. In fact, they are the only group of people to have their budgets increased in the past year.”

“We recognise that our savings represent only a relatively small amount compared to the many millions that this Council has been forced to save, but this modest amount would nonetheless make a real difference to local citizens.”

Councillor Irene Davidson, who will second the proposal, said “It is about time we looked at more creative ways to improve income owed to the council, and the best way to do that is pay for more staff to bring that income in. It is an ‘invest to save plan’.

“As a Council we should be seeking ways to return collection rates to where they were pre 2010. Rochdale Council has written off over £10m of debt in that time which we will never recover. There is nothing stopping us providing debt and budgeting advice to people and businesses which is proven to increase collections and reduce personal stress.”

FRIENDS OF CROMPTON MOOR

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Friends of Crompton Moor are looking for volunteers to help assist with the maintenance and protection of Crompton Moor and the surrounding area.

Here is an extract from their website:

The Friends of Crompton Moor are a conservation group with an interest in the welfare of the environment, flora and fauna of the area generally known as ‘Crompton Moor’, that lies between Shaw and Saddleworth, in the borough of Oldham.

In short, we are a volunteer group, prepared to work with the local council or any other party who have influence over, or interest in the future and well-being of Crompton Moor and its immediate surrounding area.

TO HELP GET INVOLVED, PLEASE CONTACT:

Email – [email protected]

Phone – 07792 156295

Well done Cllr Howard Sykes on your award of an MBE

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I would like to congratulate my ward colleague Cllr Howard Sykes on being awarded an MBE for his services to local government.

Howard has been a Borough and Parish Councillor for over 27 years here in Shaw, over that time Howard has helped thousands of people with problems and he continues to works tirelessly to get the best for the residents of Shaw and Crompton. I’m proud to help Howard and along with Cllr Rod Blyth and all our Parish Councillors we continue to fight on behalf of residents of our area.