Two teenagers arrested after tram stop disorder

Two teenagers were arrested following an incident of disorder at a tram stop in Oldham.

Local neighbourhood police officers were called to Westwood tram stop on Middleton Road last Thursday afternoon in response to ongoing anti-social behaviour involving a large group of teenagers.

Police were called to the incident at around 5.30pm.

While speaking with the group one member became abusive and was detained before the group quickly grew from around 15 to 30 and further disorder ensued.

Two officers sustained minor injuries as they brought the incident under control. A 14-year-girl was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assaulting a police officer, committing a section five public order offence and committing a racially aggravated public order offence. 

She has since been released under investigation.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon, possession with intent to supply a controlled substance, criminal damage, theft and committing a section 5 public order offence. 

Sergeant Paul Heap, of GMP’s Oldham District, said: “We arrested two teenagers following an incident at Westwood tram stop, which resulted in two officers being injured.

“Thankfully the injuries they sustained are minor so they will make a full recovery but it is still unacceptable that they were injured in the first place.

“We know that anti-social behaviour at this tram stop has been a concern for community members and I want to reiterate our dedication to resolving this issue. 

“The swift response to the initial incident came as a result of this
matter being treated as a priority and I hope that will provide some reassurance to those who regularly use the tram.

“We would continue to urge anyone who sees any incident such as this to please report it. 

“And if you know people who have been involved in anti-social behaviour at tram stops then please come forward.”

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