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Man dies and 8 yr old boy injured at Saddleworth Band Contest

A man has died and and eight year old boy has been injured after a collision involving a coach at this years Saddleworth Band Contest. The accident happened at around 10pm, a coach collided with the 57-year-old man and the boy.

The man died from his injuries in hospital in the early hours of Saturday 29 May 2010.

The boy was taken to hospital for treatment to bruising to his head and body. Police are investigating the incident.

Twenty-three arrests were made as part of a significant policing operation at Saddleworth Band Contest on Friday 28 May 2010. A total of 70 police officers and 32 police community support officers were in place for the operation, which had been in planning for a number of weeks to ensure the event was safe and enjoyable for everyone who attended.

The arrests covered a range of offences from drunk and disorderly, possession of drugs, affray and serious assault.

The majority of the arrests were in the Uppermill area of Saddleworth.

Chief Superintendent Tim Forber, Divisional Commander for Oldham said: “The Saddleworth Band Contest is a wonderful community event attended by thousands of visitors.

“I was extremely privileged to be able to visit most of the contests on Friday and experience the atmosphere myself. However, a small minority of people appeared to have come to the event intent of taking part in anti-social behaviour and causing trouble, which was fuelled by alcohol.

“The many officers on duty worked hard throughout the evening to ensure those who became involved in disorder were dealt with swiftly so the event remained an enjoyable one for the community.”

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