Greater Manchester Police say they’re working to try and establish if two incidents just hours apart in Oldham were connected after one man was stabbed and another assaulted.
It was shortly after 9.05pm on Friday (14th June) when police were called to the Pakistani Community Centre on Malborough Street in Glodwick, Oldham to reports of a disturbance.
It is thought that during the disturbance, a man - who is believed to be in his early 20’s – was assaulted. He was taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains in a serious but stable condition.
Officers were subsequently called to Royle Close, Oldham at around 12.30am on Saturday (15th June) following reports that an 18-year-old man had been stabbed in the leg.
The man was taken to hospital, where he continues to receive treatment. His condition is described as stable.
Officers are keeping an open mind as to whether the stabbing is linked with the earlier disturbance at the Pakistani Community centre and are asking anyone with information to come forward.
They are also particularly keen to speak with people who may have recorded footage on their mobile phones.
A cordon was in place at the Pakistani Community centre while investigative work was carried out, but this has been lifted.
A further arrest has also been made as a 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault.
Yesterday evening a 41-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault, as well as a 16-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of violent disorder. A 24-year-old was also arrested on suspicion of police assault and violent disorder.
All of the men have been released on bail pending further investigation.
Chief Inspector John Haywood, of Greater Manchester Police’s Oldham district, said: “We have a dedicated team of officers who are working hard to piece together the circumstances surrounding these two incidents and establish whether they are linked.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to reassure members of the community that our investigation is moving quickly and stress that we will endeavor to keep the public updated with any significant developments.
“I’d urge anyone with mobile phone footage to please hand this into police as it could prove vital to our investigation and could help us provide the two victim’s families with the answers they deserve.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9087, quoting incident number 2296 of 14/06/19. Alternatively, reports can be made anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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