Mass brawl erupts at petrol station over 'refusal to wear a face mask'

Moment mass brawl erupts at petrol station as women throw punches after ‘refusing to wear mask’

  • The footage shows a fight between two groups in Oldham, Greater Manchester
  • During video, one woman is heard saying the other group ‘refused to wear mask’
  • Greater Manchester Police have today said they are investigating the incident
  • Did you witness the incident? Contact me: [email protected] 

This is the shocking moment a brawl erupts at a petrol station in a Tier 3 lockdown zone after a row over ‘a face mask’.

The footage shows the fight between two groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester, which has been deemed a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus. 

The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks.

During the recording, the woman who is allegedly assaulted can be heard shouting that she is ‘clinically vulnerable’ and that the other group ‘refused to wear masks’.

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground.

While the man is down, one of the women from the larger group appears to kick at him twice. The man is later told to ‘stay here’ because he has a ‘split eye’.

Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place on Wednesday.

The footage shows the fight between to groups of people at the Shell garage in Manchester Street, Oldham, in Greater Manchester – a ‘very high risk’ area for coronavirus


The video shows one group, involving at least one man and two women, appearing to attack a couple in their 40s – both of whom are wearing face masks

As the brawl develops, the man in his 40s appears to have his glasses punched off his face, before later being brought to the ground

The footage begins with a woman in grey standing close to two women, while her partner, in red, talks to another man.

Within seconds of the video starting, one of the other women appears to throw a punch, before the situation deescalates and she appears to drag her friend away.

But then both women appear to throw a series of punches at the woman in grey.

As the melee ends, the camera darts off to the two men. The footage appears to show a man punching the man in red, sending his glasses flying off his face.

In the video, the man is then seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground.

The two women run over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground.

The witness filming says: ‘No, no, no, no don’t kick a man while he’s down.’ 

The row fizzles out with the larger group getting into a car before being seen driving off.

The witness then urges the man in red to stay, saying he has a cut above his eye.

Greater Manchester Police say they are now investigating the incident, which took place around 3.40pm on Wednesday, October 21.  

In the video, one man is seen appearing to throw a series of punches at the man in red, who is later seen on the ground

Footage shows two women running over, with one appearing to twice kick out at the man while he is on the ground

A spokesperson for the force said: ‘Officers received a report that a man and a woman, both aged in their 40s, had been assaulted on Manchester Street, Oldham.

‘Initial enquiries indicate that a disagreement occurred between two groups of people which resulted in a number of assaults taking place.

‘A 41-year-old man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

‘No other injuries have been reported. No arrests have been made at this time and enquiries remain ongoing.’

Meanwhile, the forces Temporary Superintendent Niall Hayden-Pawson said he was encouraging other witnesses to come forward.

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system

He said: said: ‘We are aware that there is footage circulating on social media in relation to this assault.

‘However, I would like to make it clear that this footage does not capture the entire disagreement which is why we are appealing for any witnesses to come forward with information that will help us in our investigation.

‘Our officers are trying to piece together the exact circumstances which led to this assault. If you have any information at all that will assist with our enquiries and help us to establish the full picture of events then please do not hesitate to contact police.’

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 8263 quoting incident number 1777 of 21/10/20.

Alternatively, details can be passed on anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.   

Oldham is currently in Tier 3 of the government’s coronavirus alert system.

Tier 3 is the highest level and means the toughest restrictions, including the closures of pubs and bars which do not serve food.

The town’s infection rate it 409 cases per 100,000 people – in the seven days to October 15.

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