THE manufacturer of a road sweeper which burst into flames in Oldham during the weekend is launching an investigation into the incident.

Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service spent around three hours tackling the blaze on Huddersfield Road on Sunday.

No one was injured in the incident.

Now Oldham Council's deputy leader and cabinet member for neighbourhoods, Cllr Amanda Chadderton, has confirmed the council is in touch with the manufacturer about the blaze.

She assured residents that this type of road sweeper, which is used by a number of UK councils, has 'no safety issues', despite a similar incident happening elsewhere earlier in the year.

Cllr Chadderton said: "The sweeper involved was four years old and well maintained.

"It was the only road sweeper of its type and age that we use.

"A number of UK councils also use this model and no safety issues having been flagged by the manufacturer.

"We already have additional sweepers being delivered later this month as part of improving the service for the Don’t Trash Oldham campaign.

"Thankfully, no one was injured and we are in touch with the manufacturers as they will be looking into the causes, especially as there was an incident involving this type of vehicle earlier this year."