Arrest made by police after video circulated on social media – and an appeal for info of assault on lone female

Tesco Extra Failsworth

Greater Manchester Police officers in Oldham have made an arrest after reports of an incident involving three girls, a film of which had been circulated on social media.

The video appeared to show two girls attacking another in the car park at Tesco Extra in Failsworth and police were alerted to it on the evening of 17th January 2023.

As a result of proactive enquiries by the Failsworth Neighbourhood Team, a 15-year-old girl was subsequently arrested. She has since been released while the investigation progresses with further arrests expected to be made imminently.

Superintendent Phillip Hutchinson, of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “We would always encourage people to report incidents of this nature, whether you are a victim or a witness and I would like to thank those who have come forward with information.

“We won’t tolerate behaviour like this and our officers have acted swiftly to investigate once we were made aware of the video.

“The victim in this case is being supported by our officers as the investigation continues – if anybody has any information on this incident then I would encourage them to contact our dedicated team in Oldham on 0161 856 8825 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting log 3316-17012023.

“I would like to remind people that they shouldn’t be sharing this video or commenting on it as it forms part of a live investigation.”

GMP Oldham has also issued an appeal for information after they received reports that late in the evening of Friday 13th January, 2023 a woman was found with injuries on Roman Road, Failsworth.

Extensive enquiries suggest that the victim, a woman in her 30’s, was walking from Hollinwood Cricket Club in Oldham sometime after 10.30pm that evening and was later seen on CCTV walking along Roman Road in the direction of Limeside Avenue, where she was found.

Detective Inspector Nicholas Helme of GMP’s Oldham district, said: “A team of detectives are following up a number of lines of enquiry and are appealing for the public’s help for more information.

“Anyone who was in the area that night that may have seen or come to the assistance of a lone female in this area who may have appeared in distress is asked to come forward.

“It is believed that a vehicle may have stopped and assisted or spoken to the victim and any information they have may greatly assist police with their investigation. If you believe you are this person or people in this vehicle, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

“If you were out on that evening (13 January 2023) in the area or you have any CCTV footage or information regarding this incident – then please contact GMP on 0161 856 8999 quoting Log 1039 of 14/01/2023.

Page last updated Thursday 19th January, 2023 at 1640hrs

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