Officers investigating disorder following football match appeal for information


Officers in Bolton are continuing to investigate the violence that followed Bolton Wanderers’ match with Wigan Athletic at the weekend. 

Around 50 people were involved in the disorder on Market Street in Westhoughton at about 4:30pm on Saturday 19 August 2023. 

A Section 34 Dispersal Order was issued to ensure the group left the area and one man needed hospital treatment. 

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

The investigation team has now set up a Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) for members of the public to upload information, photos and video. 

Superintendent Danny O’Neil said: “This level of violence and disorder will not be tolerated and we are determined to locate those involved so they can be dealt with appropriately. 

“Officers’ body worn footage is being reviewed but we are also appealing for members of the public to come forward with any information, photos or footage of the incident. 

“If the violence is 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 the MIPP, 101 or anonymously through the independent charity – Crimestoppers – on 0800 555 111.” 

Those reporting by phone should quote log 2621 of 19/08/2023

Information can be uploaded via 

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