School boy attacked by gang of nine in Oldham town centre

Reporter: Jon Chubb
Date published: 20 February 2019

Police say the 12-year old was repeatedly punched in the face in a car park after first being set upon by a gang of youths as he walked on Yorkshire Street.

They then chased him to the car park on Bridge Street before repeatedly punching him in the face in what officers have described as a ‘nasty attack’.

The victim was left needing hospital treatment.

It was at around 6.20pm on Monday 4th February when the boy was targeted by the nine-strong gang, who stole his mobile phone before fleeing the scene.

In a statement Detective Constable Matthew Adshead, of Greater Manchester Police’s Oldham borough said: “This was a nasty attack on a young boy who has been left extremely shaken and in need of hospital treatment as a result of his injuries.

"We are working hard to piece together the circumstances to find those responsible and ensure they are held to account for what they have done.

"I want to appeal to anyone who either witnessed the robbery, or has information about what happened, to please contact police immediately." 

One of the attackers has been described as wearing a dark jumper with a logo across the chest at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8978, quoting reference number 1852 of February 4 or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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