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Police watchdog investigates Oldham 'hostage incident'

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The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the police response to a domestic incident in Oldham last month.

Greater Manchester Police officers were sent to a house on Pemberton Way in the early hours of July 25th after reports of concerns for the welfare of a woman.

The police watchdog said officers attended the address to deal with the incident and then returned a short time later when an alleged hostage situation began. This was resolved approximately 26 hours later and the man was arrested.

During the hostage situation, the woman and a child received injuries that required hospital treatment.

The IPCC said it received a referral from GMP the next day regarding the police contact with the woman, and the accused, on the same day the incident began.

“Our independent investigation is in its very early stages. We will look at the police response to the initial report of a domestic incident and the actions of officers involved in dealing with this report. We are aware of the substantial press coverage around this matter and the events that unfolded. We have carefully considered the referral from Greater Manchester Police and have decided to investigate this independently; this is common when an incident has resulted in serious injuries, and where there appears to have been prior police contact.”

– IPCC Commission Delegate Catherine Bates

The Greater Manchester Police criminal investigation continues.