/ Appeal after spate of robberies and assaults in Oldham

Police are investigating following a spate of serious assaults and armed robberies in Oldham.

Officers are treating five separate incidents that occurred between 12am and 7.20am on Saturday 21 October 2017 as connected.

In every report, the victims were approached by three armed men who have either robbed, stabbed or threatened them.

This included a 15-year-old girl who was assaulted and threatened with a gun as she was at a party near to St Mary’s Way, as well as a 20-year-old man who was stabbed on New Radcliffe Street and was taken to hospital with injuries which were not life threatening.

A 17-year-old boy and a 19-year old man were arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault and possession of a firearm. They have both been released under investigation.

Detective Inspector Ian Harratt from GMP’s Oldham borough, said: “I understand that the community will be concerned but I want to stress that incidents of this nature are rare and we have a team of dedicated detectives working round the clock to find those responsible.

“We have extra officers patrolling the areas so please feel free to speak to them if you have any concerns.

“We are also trawling through CCTV and we have arrested two people but this investigation does not stop here.

“I am asking the community for their help and if you know anything about these horrific offences then please get in touch.

“Equally, if you were at the party where one of these shocking incidents occurred and witnessed anything that could help this investigation, please call police.

“The people attacked were innocent members of the public and could have been your family or friends. I implore you to contact us if you have any information; please don’t help these violent offenders get away with it.

“Attacks like this will never be tolerated and we will do everything in our power to get knives and guns off our streets.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, 0161 856 9080 or 0161 856 1382 quoting incident number 456 of 21/10/17 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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