Two arrests made over homophobic attack in Oldham town centre

OFFICERS INVESTIGATING a homophobic attack on a man in Oldham have made two arrests. 

GMP logoAt around 6.35am on Saturday 5 November 2016, police were called to reports of a hate crime that occurred at around 3.20am that morning, outside a club on Yorkshire Street, Oldham Town Centre.

A 21-year-old man was in a club with his partner when an altercation ensued between himself and three other people. Following this, two men were ejected from the club.

The victim then went outside with his partner for a cigarette, where the altercation that began in the club continued, before he was repeatedly punched in the face and had homophobic abuse hurled at him.

A short time later, the victim was walking along Yorkshire Street when a further confrontation ensued. He was taken to hospital with facial injuries.

On the evening of Monday 23 January, two men aged 22 and 28 were arrested on suspicion of section 20 assault and have been bailed until Wednesday 8 March 2017 pending further enquiries.

Police Constable Laura Cheetham of GMP’s Oldham Borough, said: “I’d like to thank the public for their help, which resulted in two people in custody in less than 12 hours since we issued CCTV images.

“Thanks to the power of social media, two people presented themselves at custody last night, having seen the appeal.

“We are continuing with our enquiries and I’m encouraging anyone who has any information about this incident to come forward.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 8922, 101 quoting reference number 1940 of 05/11/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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