‘Talk of racial tension is media hype’
Date published: 23 July 2014
HATHERSHAW residents have spoken out after their area became the focus of negative mass media attention.
BBC TV reports suggested escalating tensions between the district’s white, Asian and Romanian communities.
And while most people agree that the area does have its problems, others feel issues have been exaggerated and blown out of proportion.
Last month, police patrols were stepped up to allay residents’ fears in an attempt to avoid people taking matters into their own hands.
Officers reported a surge in reported crime but most of the incidents were minor, such as fly-tipping.
On Monday night, police were called to Copster Hill Road when a dispute between two children over a stolen bike escalated into an argument between the two families on the street.
Councillor Barbara Brownridge, cabinet member for neighbourhoods and co-operatives, said: “Oldham Council and its partners take a firm and clear line against crime and anti-social behaviour in every area of our borough — it is simply unacceptable.
“We have been working very closely with Greater Manchester Police and the local community to address these issues and will continue to do so.
“We would urge local people to do their bit by reporting any concerns about criminal or anti-social behaviour to the police.
“We will not tolerate behaviour that disrupts local communities and will do whatever is necessary to protect law-abiding people and families.”
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