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Reported 'abduction of teenage girl' - Can you help detectives?

Police are appealing for witnesses after a report of an abduction in Oldham.

At around 2.50pm on Monday 31 October 2016, a girl, believed to be around 17-years-old, was on Higginshaw Lane, at the junction of Salmon Fields in Royton, when she was seen to be grabbed by a man and pushed into the front passenger seat of a silver car.

The silver car, possibly a Skoda Octavia or similar sized car, then turned left at the traffic lights onto Salmon Fields and stopped after a short distance, waiting until the same man walked up to the vehicle and got into the back seat.

The car was then driven off, by another person.

The girl was wearing a cream, knee-length coat and dark jeans.

The man who got into the back seat is described as white, 34 to 38-years-old, with dark hair and was wearing a mustard t-shirt and dark shorts.

“We received a report that a girl was dragged into a car in Oldham and we have launched an investigation.

"This may turn out to be of innocent circumstance but we need to make sure that this girl is safe and well.

“If anyone has any information or witnessed the incident, please contact police immediately. Or if you are the girl, I would urge you to get in touch.

“We are carrying out extensive enquiries and the girl’s welfare is our upmost priority but we need your help.”

– Detective Sergeant John Coleman
  • Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1288 of 31/10/16 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Man stabbed after challenging group shouting abuse

Police appeal for witnesses Credit: PA Images

A man who challenged a group of people shouting abuse near his home was stabbed several times and is in a serious condition in hospital.

The incident happened on Saturday night in Hollins Road in Oldham.

Police said five males, wearing dark clothes and with their hoods up, were shouting abuse when a resident challenged them. In the subsequent argument he suffered multiple stab wounds.

“A man is seriously injured in hospital after he challenged a group who were shouting abuse outside his home.

“We have launched an investigation trace the attacker and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward.”

– Detective Constable Leigh Carnally
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