GMP appeals for respect during Eid-al-Fitr festivities

Police in Greater Manchester are appealing for respect from visitors to the city during the Muslim religious holiday, Eid-al-Fitr.

The festivities are likely to take place on Tuesday 4th June–Wednesday 5th June and mark the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting.

Each year the Rusholme District and Platt Fields Park area of Manchester attracts thousands of people into the city who visit as part of the festivities.

Superintendent Dave Pester for the City of Manchester division, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Muslim community Eid Mubarak.

“I would also appeal to those visiting the area to enjoy the festivities in the most peaceful and responsible way.

We are aware of the expected increase vehicular traffic and that some will bring high performance sports cars during the celebrations and I urge everyone to participate in a safe manner. Our officers will play their part to ensure the communities and those visiting are kept safe and we will take action against those seen by traffic officers driving in anti-social or dangerous manner. There will be a number of road closures and traffic flow will be severely restricted during the celebrations.

Our community police officers will be in the area supporting the events in Platt Field Park and Longsight Market, to provide extra reassurance to the community and engage with local residents. Any crime or antisocial behaviour will be dealt with swiftly so that there is minimal disruption to the community.

“Eid is an important date in the Muslim calendar and we are extremely proud that the Rusholme and Longsight Districts are a focal point for Muslim communities throughout the UK. This festival traditionally attracts a large amount of visitors to Manchester and they will be given a warm welcome.”


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