Witnesses wanted after ‘large-scale violent disorder’ in Bolton leaves two seriously injured

Four men have been arrested.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 12th September 2023

Police are appealing for witnesses to a “large-scale violent disorder” that happened in Bolton during the early hours to come forward.

After calls came in at around 1am yesterday morning (11 September 2023) that initially reported fireworks being set off in the Halliwell Road area of the Greater Manchester town, officers then received further reports that fights had subsequently broken out in the same area.

Officers from GMP’s Bolton district attended the scene to find that two men has sustained “serious injuries” during the disorder.

They were taken to hospital for treatment, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Four men, who are each aged 25, 27, 31, and 35, have since been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following the incident, and they remain in custody for questioning, GMP has confirmed.


Four scenes were put in place on Maria Street/Gladstone Street, Madeley Gardens, Bride Street, and Weymouth Street in Halliwell while officers worked with Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) to process information – but these have largely been closed now.

With an investigation now currently underway, police have issued a public appeal for information and are asking that potential witnesses come forward.

Halliwell Road in Bolton / Credit: Google Maps

“What appeared to start as anti-social behaviour in relation to fireworks, quickly descended into large-scale violet disorder,” Detective Inspector Stuart Woodhead of GMP’s Bolton division, explained of the nature of the incident.

“This is completely unacceptable on the streets of Bolton [and we would be interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the incident”.

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Do you have any information that may be able to help assist with this investigation? You can contact GMP via 101, the CID office directly on 0161 85 65757, or via the Live Chat function on


You can also pass over information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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