Four bailed after tram stop incident sparks police action

FOUR males have been arrested and bailed after police imposed extra powers following an alleged ‘machete attack’ at a Droylsden tram stop.

Passengers on the service witnessed the incident, which took place around the Cemetery Road platform at about 4.25pm on Thursday, June 8.

The Greater Manchester force imposed a section 60 order on the area, which grants officers extended powers to stop and search individuals.

And as a result, it has told The Correspondent of the arrests.

Droylsden metrolink

A spokesman said: “During the section 60, four males were arrested and bailed with conditions for section 18 assault and violent disorder offences.”

Footage shard online taken from the tram shows the reaction of people to the alleged incident, after which two men were taken to hospital with injuries to their legs which are not thought to be life-threatening.

The section 60, which took in Droylsden town centre, as well as the area of Manchester Road to its junction with Edge Lane – where Michelle Hodgkinson was fatally stabbed – remained active until 6pm on Saturday, June 10.

Droylsden Tram Stop Attack – Section 60 area

Imposing it, Detective Inspector Steven Horton said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding while we try and establish the full circumstances around this incident.

“We believe this is a targeted attack and we are appealing to the public for their help, if anyone has any information that could assist us with our enquiries, please do come forward.

“Extra patrol officers have been deployed around the local area both on foot and in patrol cars. If you have any concerns about this incident, our officers will be happy to provide reassurance and listen to any of your queries.”

It is believed no-one has yet been charged in relation to the Cemetery Road incident.

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