Increased stop searches authorised in Oldham to prevent violence following disorder last weekend.

Police officers in the Failsworth and Limeside areas of Oldham have been authorised to carry out increased stop searches from yesterday evening (6 May 2022), as a response to an incident last Sunday involving a large group of people engaging in violent disorder.

On Sunday 1 May, shortly before 5.10pm, police received a report of a group of men armed with weapons outside an address on Propps Hall Drive, Failsworth. Officers attended and initial enquiries established that a violent altercation took place between two groups of people at the scene.

Inspector Chris Julien, of GMPs Oldham District Team, said: “As a result of this incident on Sunday, seven individuals have now been arrested in connection with the disorder. However, we do believe that there are further suspects that we have not yet located but we are following up on a number of lines of enquiry.


“Our main aim is to keep people safe and so we have put a Section 60 stop and search order in place from this evening which will last over the weekend, in a bid to prevent any further disorder from occurring in the area and to offer reassurance to local residents by having an increased police presence around Oldham”.

Under Section 60, officers can stop search anyone in a defined area at a specific time. Those carrying dangerous instruments or offensive weapons will be prosecuted.

Anyone with information, or anyone who may have witnessed the incident on Sunday who we haven’t already spoken to, is asked to contact us by calling 101, quoting incident number 2250 of the 1st May 2022.

Details can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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