Police appeal for witnesses as they investigate large-scale violent disorder in Bolton overnight
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GMP responded to calls at approximately 1am this morning (11 September 2023), initially reporting fireworks being set off in the Halliwell Road area of the town.
More calls were received relating to fights that had broken out in the same area. Unfortunately two men sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.
Four men, aged 25, 27, 31 and 35 have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and remain in custody for questioning.
Four scenes are currently in place on Maria Street/Gladstone Street, Madeley Gardens, Bride Street and Weymouth Street. Officers are working with CSI to process the scenes, which should all be closed later today.
Detective Inspector Stuart Woodhead of GMP's Bolton division, said: "What appeared to start as anti-social behaviour in relation to fireworks, quickly descended into large-scale violet disorder, which is completely unacceptable on the streets of Bolton.
"We would be interested in speaking with anyone who may have witnessed the incident and would ask that they contact us via 101, the CID office directly on 0161 85 65757 or via the Live Chat function on our website, www.gmp.police.uk.
"Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity - Crimestoppers - on 0800 555 111."