‘Stop and search’ powers introduced after several incidents of violent disorder in Oldham

Police are also appealing for information and witnesses.

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Police in Oldham have been given extra ‘stop and search’ powers following several incidents of violent disorder overnight.

As of 8pm yesterday evening (Monday 6 May) up until 4am today (Tuesday 7 May), Greater Manchester Police (GMP) had authorised the use of Section 60 and 60AA powers across an extensive area of the Royton area of Oldham.

This tactic had been introduced following what police have called “a number of incidents of disorder” overnight in the community.

These include reports of a group of men with weapons, and an incident which has left a man with “life changing injuries”.

Under Section 60, officers have extra powers to ‘stop and search’ people in the area defined within the specific times listed, while a section 60AA allows police to require people to remove face coverings which are used to disguise or conceal their appearance.


Superintendent Phil Hutchinson, of GMP’s Oldham District, says he understands why members of the public would be concerned at “the nature of these incidents”, but has assured the Oldham community that there will be an increased police presence within the coming days as a measure of safety in response to this.

“Please be assured that we are working round the clock to ensure the safety of the local community, and to do this, we have increased visible officers across the district to provide added reassurance to the public,” Superintendent Hutchinson explained.


“If you have any concerns, or would like to share some information with them, please do not hesitate to speak to them, as they are there to help you.”

The area of Royton where the Section 60 and Section 60AA powers are in place / Credit: GMP

He also added that police will “continue to have a presence in the area beyond the conclusion of the additional powers” and urged the public to continue coming forward with any information that will allow officers to “take action to keep our streets safe”, as they are “keen” to gather as much information as possible in relation these incidents.

“We would encourage anyone who may have seen anything, or have information concerning this. to contact us,” Superintendent Hutchinson concluded.


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You can contact GMP by calling 101 and quoting log number 1242 of 06/05/2024, or alternatively, if you would prefer to remain anonymous, you can report information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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