Police and Oldham borough councillors will meet on Wednesday night, as the authorities aim to prevent the spread of rioting seen in Manchester and Salford.
Tuesday evening was a quiet one in Oldham, with Greater Manchester Police stressing it had received no reports of disorder in the borough. You can watch a news conference given late on Tuesday night by ACC Garry Shewan and Manchester councillor Pat Karney by clicking on the box above.
Greater Manchester’s Chief Constable, Peter Fahy, issued this statement regarding Tuesday’s trouble in Manchester and Salford: “My officers acted extremely courageously and faced the violence head on as they tackled the disturbances. There is no doubt that these were gangs that were determined to cause trouble with no regard to people or property.”
He went on: “There were around 100 buildings targeted and some of these include big names and small family businesses. These individuals have attacked their own communities.”
A total of 113 people were arrested by Greater Manchester Police during the riots, and Chief Constable Fahy said more arrests would follow. GMP has begun to issue images of people it wants to speak to in connection with the trouble, and you can see those on the force’s Flickr page here, and its Facebook site here.
The Chief Constable added: ““We will not rest until we have arrested and put these criminals before the courts. Greater Manchester is back to work this morning and we will ensure it is business as usual. Anyone who recognises the people in the images or has any information can call the Greater Manchester Police information appeal line on 0800 092 0410 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
The force has been keeping its Twitter account updated with the latest official information, and you can access that here.
Speaking yesterday afternoon, before the worst of the violence broke out in Manchester and Salford, Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams said: “It’s been shocking to watch the scenes of violence unfolding in parts of London and other cities over the last few days. This violence and vandalism is inexcusable criminal behaviour.”
Ms Abrahams went on: “I’ve been in touch with our local police and they are monitoring the situation very closely. This is a time for calm and common sense. We need to stand together as one community, keeping Oldham safe for all.”
Cllr Ken Hulme, Vice Chairman of Saddleworth Parish Council, used this website to comment: “The worry for many of us is that if the police are drawn into disturbances in the centre of Manchester, Salford, Oldham or elsewhere that will leave Saddleworth without police cover.”
He continued: “We are already a prime target for criminals using the M62 as a quick way into and out of our area. I am concerned that criminal groups will use disturbances and the absence of police cover to come to Saddleworth in significant numbers.”
Cllr Hulme concluded by suggesting: “Should we consider setting up local residents groups to protect our villages and hamlets if the police haven’t got the capacity to do the job? I think we need to look long and hard at the issue.”
He said he would be interested to hear any comments on that suggestion. So if you’ve got a view on that or any other aspect of this story, feel free to leave it below this article.