Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?

In news first broken on this website yesterday afternoon (21st January, 2022), Greater Manchester Police confirmed that a 48 year old man from Stamford Road, Mossley had been charged with two criminal offences and bailed to appear at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on 3rd February, 2022 (read more here). Raja Miah (pictured above), an unemployed, self-styledContinue reading “Activist set to defy police warning over witness intimidation?”

Activist to face court over harassment and malicious communications allegations

A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Raja Miah MBE, a former charity worker and failed free schools operator, has been charged with sending malicious communications to a 42 year old Oldham-based female, and, separately, harassing a 39 year old female, who lives in the Salford area of Greater Manchester. He will appearContinue reading “Activist to face court over harassment and malicious communications allegations”

Better late than never

Following the exclusive breaking of the news, elsewhere on this website (read more here), that his final report has suffered further delays, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has issued the following statement on the publication of the assurance review into child sexual exploitation in Oldham: “Before any important report like this can be concluded,Continue reading “Better late than never”

More holes than a sieve

A leak from a high profile source in the perennially disgraced Failsworth Independent Party (FIP) has revealed that controversial local activist, Warren William Bates (pictured above right), is set to stand for them in the Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council elections in May, 2022. 74 year old ‘Wazza’, as he is fondly known in the bookmakerContinue reading “More holes than a sieve”

You heard it here first

An article published on this website last Saturday (15th January, 2022) exclusively revealed that publication of the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Assurance Review was set to suffer even further delays (read more here). It has been confirmed today by the Greater Manchester Mayor’s office, who commissioned and own the report,Continue reading “You heard it here first”

Problems mount for disgraced activist

Raja Miah, a 48 year old male from Mossley, Tameside, who features prominently elsewhere on this website, has been reported to Greater Manchester Police over suspicion of offences under the Protection of Harassment Act, 1997. The complainant is a 27 year old female from the Oldham area. She is a known survivor of child sexContinue reading “Problems mount for disgraced activist”

Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?

In a statement published on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) website on 30th July, 2021, the Mayor of Greater Manchester announced that the long-awaited Oldham Strand of the Child Sexual Exploitation Review will be published in November 2021 or, at the latest, by the end of the year. That deadline was extended by Andy Burnham atContinue reading “Will long-delayed CSE report miss yet another deadline?”

Former Oldham beat officer honoured in New Year list

A Greater Manchester Police officer, Damieon Hartley–Pickles, has been recognised for his outstanding charity work in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. Damieon, who has over 20 years’ service in GMP and is currently acting as a response sergeant in Rochdale, is known throughout the force, not only for his dedication as a police officer,Continue reading “Former Oldham beat officer honoured in New Year list”

Lowest of the Lowe

On 22nd December, 2021 Bolton-based The Oldham Times belatedly, and dramatically, reported on two peripheral matters that had been discussed at a Full Council meeting seven days earlier, writes Neil Wilby. The headlined screamed: ‘Oldham Council probe after allegations of leaks to ‘malicious blogger‘.’ and, setting aside the absence of any interrogatory process that mightContinue reading “Lowest of the Lowe”

All for nothing?

The perennially ineffective Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has completed the last of three investigations instigated as a result of the Public Inquiry into the death of Anthony Grainger (pictured above alongside his partner Gail Hadfield Grainger). Anthony was fatally shot in Culcheth, Cheshire, by a Greater Manchester Police (GMP) firearms officer during aContinue reading “All for nothing?”