Wednesday, October 25, 2006
30 arrests at otherwise happy Eid
MORE than 30 people were arrested or cautioned on the second day of the Islamic Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Manchester.
But police chiefs insisted the day was largely peaceful and welcoming and that the vast majority of the estimated 10,000 people who attended yesterday, the second of three days of the celebrations, were well behaved.
A spokeswoman for Greater Manchester Police confirmed 22 people had been arrested and 11 cautioned yesterday.
Chf Supt Dave Keller said: "We estimate that between 5,000 and 10,000 people attended the Eid celebrations yesterday and the vast majority were extremely well-behaved.
"last night went very well and we hope that the rest of the Eid celebrations continue in the same peaceful and welcoming way.
"There were a small number of arrests and cautions which included possession of drugs, possession of fireworks, public order offences and motoring offences. In total officers made 22 arrests and issued 11 cautions."
NWN: So apart from all the arrests , all was well ! We will have to remember that when a 'footie match' is on.
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