Five boys have been charged with assault after a man was attacked in Oldham.
Video footage circulated on social media in June appeared to show the man, aged 20, being attacked by a group of people. Police say the footage relates to an incident on June 21 in an alleyway off Featherstall Road North.
Officers have also spoken about several other incidents of disorder which occurred in Oldham in July this year. They say these incidents were sparked by the video.
Following an investigation by GMP’s Oldham Criminal Investigation Department, five males – who cannot be named for legal reasons as they are under 18 – have now been charged with section 18 offences of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A female has also been eliminated as a suspect and has been assisting with the investigation.
Chief Superintendent Chris Bowen, from GMP’s Oldham district, said: “This was a particularly vicious attack and I hope the charges today go some way to reassure the community of Oldham that Greater Manchester Police will not tolerate this kind of behaviour.
“A young male was violently assaulted, and it understandably upset and disturbed many here in Oldham. Safety remains our number one priority and we will continue to work towards making Oldham a safer place to live and work together.
“I would like to reassure the people in Oldham that our investigation is progressing at a rapid pace and our aim above all is to bring those responsible to justice.”
Councillor Amanda Chadderton, Leader of Oldham Council, added: “I’m glad to see that the police investigation into this horrific incident is progressing, and has reached this important stage. I also know that there has been significant concern in the local community, and would encourage people to continue to engage with us, and with police, as they work to bring those responsible to justice.”