Oldham assault video: police make fourth arrest after footage of attack shared on social media
Four arrests have been made in connection with the incidents
A further arrest has been made as part of an ongoing investigation following several incidents of disorder in Oldham that are believed to be in response to a video being circulated online.
The arrest, the fourth in connection to the incidents, follows the arrest of three 17-year-old males.
The fourth arrest, another 17-years-old male, was made on Thursday, 8 July after the man handed himself in
He was arrested on suspicion of assault and has been bailed pending further enquiries.
When was the first incident?
A video of an assault, which occurred on 21 June in an alleyway off Featherstall Road North, was reported at the time and a full investigation was launched.
On Sunday (3 July), police received a report of a group of people attacking three properties in the Westwood and Werneth areas of Oldham.
Days later, on Monday and Tuesday, further reports of criminal damage to a business on Eleanor Street were received, resulting in a number of windows broken.
What action was taken by the police?
A section 60 was put in place on Monday and Tuesday night, meaning officers had increased stop and search powers in Westwood, Oldham.
What is section 60?
The order is often used in areas where either serious violence has occurred or police believe serious violence is about to occur and gives officers the power to stop and search anyone in a designated location, looking for offensive weapons or bladed articles.
The alleged assault in June is not believed to have been hate crime-related and Oldham’s district commander has stressed that the investigation is “very much ongoing”.
Has the council commented?
Councillor Jean Stretton, cabinet member for Neighbourhoods at Oldham Council, said: “What has happened over the last few days has caused concern and worry to residents.
“At this time, it’s important everyone stays calm and safe and lets the police get on with their job of bringing the people responsible for the attack to justice.
“Thankfully, we’ve been told the young victim is making a recovery. He has appealed for calm and asked that there is no more violence or retaliation, so please listen to his words.
“This weekend it’s Eid al-Adha, which many Oldhamers will be celebrating with family and friends. I would ask everyone in the community to work together and help ensure Eid is a happy and peaceful time.”
What is the latest comment from Greater Manchester Police?
Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen, from GMP’s Oldham district, said: “We know that the video, which shows a male being violently assaulted, has understandably left a community concerned but I would like to reassure them that our investigation is very much ongoing at a rapid pace.
“The events over the last few days are continuing to worry those nearby and I would like to reassure those concerned that we are doing all we can to prevent any further disorder – such events should not divide such a strong community.
“Our aim, as always, is to bring people to justice. The investigation into the assault is continuing, with three arrests made and a further one today. Those involved and committing further disorder will also be brought to justice.
“Safety in Oldham is our number one priority, and we can continue to make it a safer place to work, visit and live by being as one and working together.
“We’ll be continuing to work closely with the local community, and I would like to stress to those in the area not to take any matters into their own hands. Officers in Oldham are continuing to unpick the investigation and those speculating on social media could potentially jeopardise all of our work.”
CS Brown has continued to urge any members of the public with information on the incident to come forward.
He said: “It’s crucial that anyone with information contacts us as soon as possible. Information, as well as photos and videos, can be submitted through our dedicated online portal here
“Alternatively, call 101 or use our LiveChat service on our website.
“Information can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”