Police impose Section 60 order on Hyde after market incident

BALACLAVA-CLAD bikers have led to police imposing a dispersal order and implementing extra patrols in Hyde town centre after a terrifying daylight incident.

Four gang members, seemingly brandishing a baseball bat and a pair of bolt cutters, brought chaos to the area on the afternoon of Friday, August 25.

Footage posted online shows shoppers looking on in horror as they speed around the stalls, confronting one man before speeding off.

Balaclava-clad bikers on Hyde Market Square

In the video, a man shouts towards the bikers, ‘Come on then. F****** come on then.’

Four masked men on two motorbikes, appearing to carry a bat and bolt cutters, are then showed riding across the square and screaming abuse.

Someone claiming to be the person who squared up to the gang told how one clipped his van, causing minor damage, and he apologised to anyone who saw it.

They said: “I’ve just had enough. I have had my motorbike nearly stolen three times.

“Me and my girlfriend are awake at any noise, living in fear they will come back and take what we work hard for.

“We once caught them in the act, which caused them to drop the bike and cause damage.

A member of the public brandishing a golf club on Hyde Market Square

“I just want to apologise to all the children especially that had to witness my outrage. I didn’t want to cause any distress or drama but I’ve really had enough.

“I would just like to apologise to everybody that had to witness my anger towards the lads on the bikes with balaclavas.”

Greater Manchester Police have launched an investigation into the scenes and a Section 60 dispersal order is in place until 3.40pm on Saturday, August 26.

Officers have also stepped up patrols in the area.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “Officers responded to reports of several people on motorbikes causing trouble in Hyde town centre at around 1.20pm on Friday, August 25.

“No injuries were reported and the incident is being investigated by officers in Tameside.

“A Section 60 dispersal order is in place until 3.40pm today (Saturday, August 26) and there will be extra patrols in the area this weekend.”

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