UK: Mass brawl erupts at petrol station as women hurl punches after ‘refusing to wear mask’
By Sourced Externally
October 25, 2020
The fight broke out after a couple appeared to confront a group for not wearing a face mask in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Police were called to reports of a man and a woman, both aged in their 40s, had been assaulted on Wednesday.
A man in a red jacket is seen talking to another man who puts his hands on him while a woman in grey stands nearby.
Two women then approach the woman in grey as one hits her across the head with her right hand.
Chaos then erupts as two women start hurling punches at the woman in grey – who is wearing her face mask.
The two women then appear to step away before another altercation breaks out between the men.
The man – who had reportedly refused to wear a mask – appears to land punches on the man in the red jacket.
Both women rush over as the man in the red jacket keeps his arms out to avoid the blows from the other man.
A woman can be heard screaming “get off him” as she slaps the man in the red jacket.
The bystander who is filming the confrontation can be heard asking: “Are they citizen arresting him?”
The woman – who was slapped by the other two – comes over and says: “Yes, they refused to wear a mask. I’m clinically vulnerable.”
The camera then pans to back to the two men and the one in the red jacket is down on the ground.
One of the women then starts kicking him and his partner rushes over to push her off.
The person filming then say: “No, no, no, no don’d kick a man while he’s down.”
Police said a man, 41, was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Onlookers intervened to ask the couple if they were alright.
A woman can then heard screaming at the un-masked group to “wear a mask it’s the law”.
The group of three were then seen getting into a vehicle and driving off.
Police are appealing for witnesses to the assault to help them with their investigation.
No arrests have been made and enquiries remain ongoing.
Oldham is currently in Tier 3 – the Very High category.
The town’s infection rate it 409 cases per 100,000 people – in the seven days to October 15.
Superintendent Niall Hayden-Pawson 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.