An investigation has been launched to locate and identify the men responsible for violent disorder in Westhoughton last night


At approximately 4.30pm last night, Saturday 19 August 2023, GMP received calls regarding a large-scale disturbance on Market Street in Westhoughton.

A Section 34 Dispersal Order, under the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014, was issued, to ensure the group – of up to 50 people – left the area. They cannot return to Westhoughton for 48 hours.

Colleagues from NWAS attended and a man was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries, not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Two men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have since been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Bolton’s District Commander, Steph Parker said: “This kind of mindless violence will not be tolerated in Bolton.

“We have launched an investigation and we are currently reviewing all of the footage and body worn footage, to identify those responsible for yesterday’s violence.

“If it is proven to be linked to the Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic game, we will be seeking banning orders on those identified, as well as prosecuting them.

“We would urge anyone who can help us identify those responsible to get in touch with us via 101 or anonymously through the independent charity – Crimestoppers – on 0800 555 111.”

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