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Manchester Police make late night appeal to parents amid riot fears in Heywood area of Rochdale
Greater Manchester Police is appealing to parents to ask their children to return home following incidents of disorder in Heywood tonight.
Windows have been smashed at a takeaway on Bridge Street and a number of vehicles have been damaged.
One officer has suffered minor injuries during a disturbance with a group of youths and police say their response is ongoing.
Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney said: “Greater Manchester Police, in conjunction with its partners and communities, is aware of the tensions in the borough that have come about because of an ongoing court case in Liverpool.
“A group of youths have attacked a local business and clashed with police officers. We would urge parents in the area to call their children if they are not home yet.
“Reassurance patrols are in place to try and mitigate this and we ask the community to act responsibly during this difficult time.
“A number of local businesses have closed of their own volition and we will continue to work closely with them.”
A statement by Greater Manchester Police said officers are monitoring social media sites.
Around 200 youths had gathered on Market Street in the centre of Heywood, swamped by police officers with dogs in vans at the ready.
Police vans also lined the street, lit up by their blue flashing lights, with most shops and takeaways closed and their steel shutters down. A line of officers dispersed the youths and apart from small groups most left the area. Some shouted, "EDL!" as they went.