Huge brawl at petrol station as group ‘refuse to wear masks’ in Tier 3 area

Huge brawl at petrol station as group ‘refuse to wear masks’ in Tier 3 area
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A video captured the moment a big fight broke out at a petrol station, with one woman seen throwing punches after apparently refusing to wear a mask.

The brawl started after a couple reportedly confronted a group of people for not wearing face coverings at a petrol station in Oldham, Greater Manchester on Wednesday.

Oldham is currently in the Very High Tier 3 category of the lockdown.

The town had a rate of 409 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 15.

Two people, a man and a woman, both in their 40s, were assaulted during the fight, according to the police.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information about the assault.

Both a man and a woman in their 40s were assaulted

A woman can be heard saying in the video: “They refused to wear a mask. I’m clinically vulnerable”.

Police confirmed that a 41-year-old man was treated for minor injuries while still on the scene.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forwards

Witnesses can be heard in the background asking the two injured people if they’re OK.

A woman then screams “wear a mask it’s the law” as a group of three people then drove off in a vehicle.

No arrests have been made at this stage and enquiries are ongoing.

Superintendent Niall Hayden-Pawson said: “We are aware that there is footage circulating on social media in relation to this assault.

“However, I would like to make it clear that this footage does not capture the entire disagreement which is why we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information that will help us in our investigation.

In the video a woman can be heard screaming ‘wear a mask it’s the law’

“Our officers are trying to piece together the exact circumstances which led to this assault. If you have any information at all that will assist with our enquiries and help us to establish the full picture of events then please do not hesitate to contact police.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 8263 quoting incident number 1777 of 21/10/20.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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