/ GMP appeals for respect during Eid-ul-Fitr festivities

Police in Manchester are appealing for respect from visitors to the city during the Muslim religious holiday of Eid-ul-Fitr.

It is during this period when there are an influx of people to the world famous ‘Curry Mile’.

Chief Inspector Dave Gilbride from Greater Manchester Police said: “Our officers will play their part to ensure the communities and those visiting are kept safe and that there is minimal traffic disruption to the area.

“I would like to remind people coming to the city that any form of crime, antisocial behaviour and public disorder will not be tolerated and that we will take robust action against those participating in such actions.

“Eid is a joyous occasion and an important date in the Muslim calendar and celebrations should reflect this. Anyone wishing to bring or cause problems is asked to stay away. 

“The Force has been working with the support of the Rusholme Traders Association, the Council of Mosques and Manchester City Council to ensure safe and trouble-free celebrations. We have also been working with our colleagues in neighbouring forces to ensure that those travelling into the city from other areas do so for the right reasons so that everyone can enjoy the festivities.

“During the course of the two-day event our officers will increase patrols and will have a visible presence along the Wilmslow Road corridor and surrounding area.

“Finally I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our Muslim community ‘Eid Mubarak’ and those visitors coming to Manchester will be given a warm welcome.”

The restaurants of Rusholme’s famous ‘Curry Mile’ will remain open during Eid. Car parks are located behind the Shere Khan restaurant (off Walmer Street), on Thurloe Street and Hathersage Road.

If any members of the community would like to discuss any issues in relation to Eid, either before during or after the event, please call the Longsight Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 4223 or email longsight@gmp.police.uk.

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