Man arrested and huge cordon put in place around Oldham Town Centre, after officer attacked at Oldham police station.

Date published: 05 January 2022


A security alert was in place in Oldham Town Centre last night, January 4 2022, after a police officer was attacked at Oldham police station.

A 31 year old man has been arrested, after he gained entry to the station, before an officer was assaulted. 

Reports say that a man was tasered. 

A huge cordon had to be put in place around the station, with a large emergency services presence on hand. 

Nearby buildings in the town centre were evacuated as the incident unfolded, just before midnight.

King Street, Back King Street and George Street had to be closed off. 

People were urged to avoid the area.  

The 31 year old man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, assault of a police officer and being found on enclosed premises.

In a statement issued last night, a GMP spokesperson said: "Just before 10pm tonight (Tuesday 4 January 2022), a male gained entry to the grounds of Oldham Police Station.

"The male was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, assault of a police officer and being found on enclosed premises. During the arrest the male was tasered.

"A vehicle found nearby is believed to belong to the man.

"A precautionary cordon is in place while the contents of the vehicle are examined by specialist GMP officers.

"A number of road closures are in place and some premises have been evacuated."

In a later tweet posted just before 1am, police said: "The cordon in Oldham town centre is being lifted and we thank everyone for their patience.


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