Gangs of youths have clashed with police after targeting a takeaway business in Greater Manchester.Ahhh, YONA! And not the expected ones, either, as the Beeb coyly hints…
Police were pelted with bricks and other missiles in Heywood, Rochdale, on Thursday evening as a takeaway was attacked and four vehicles damaged.
Eyewitnesses said about 200 youths were in Bridge Street and Market Street, prompting nearby businesses to shut.
The disturbances coincide with the trial of 11 men from Rochdale accused of having sex with girls under the age of 16. They all deny the charges.Gosh! Hold onto your hats! The media is almost at the point of no return!
Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said police were aware of "tensions in the borough" and that local people would be concerned following the trouble.I can’t help but note the speed with which this noisy demo was shut down. Have the police learned from the London riots?
He said: "We will maintain and increase police presence in the coming weeks to keep up our reassurance. We ask that the community acts responsibly during this difficult time."
Earlier, he said a group of youths had "attacked a local business and clashed with police officers".
"A number of local businesses have closed of their own volition and we will continue to work closely with them," he added.
Or were they just expecting this, once the news about the Op Matrix trial broke?
A woman who called herself Kedge told the BBC she had been in the area at the time of the disturbances.How nice that you can’t be identified, eh? Maybe you should have chosen ‘Cassandra’ as a nom de guerre...
She said: "I went there to keep an eye on things. All the stuff that's happened, it's riled a lot of people. There's a lot of outrage, it could happen again."
The EDL said on its official Twitter account that it had not been involved in the events in Heywood but praised the youths.Yes, I’ll bet the journalists are too.
Police said they were monitoring social media sites.
And I’ll bet a lot of people in the legal profession are already planning to use this as the basis for yet more news blackouts on trials deemed ‘sensitive’…
H/T: Pavlov’s Cat via Twitter