50-person fight in Aldi car park about ‘triggered by man asking for girl’s number’

Greater Manchester Police were called around 4pm on Sunday for reports of a fight between dozens of people in Gorton – including some allegedly armed with weapons

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A mass fight of as many as 50 people in an Aldi parking lot left a woman in her 30s seriously injured.

The chaotic scenes were triggered by a man asking for a girl’s phone number, it has been claimed.

Police were called around noon. 4 to report on a fight between dozens of people in Gorton, Manchester – including some allegedly armed.

When officers arrived, they found a woman being treated by paramedics. It is believed that she was hit by a vehicle, reports the Manchester Evening News.

The woman was taken to hospital with injuries said to be serious but not life-threatening.



Police were seen in the parking lot collecting evidence Sunday
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Residents reported having heard screams in the supermarket parking lot for some time before the fight broke out.

An event was held at Roots restaurant and bar opposite the stage, which reportedly ended around noon. 2.30.

The owner, who would only give his name as Sid, said the room was closed when problems began and he was only told about it after he had gone and gone home.

He told MENNE: “Nothing happened in the restaurant.

“Everyone was gone. I think it was people coming from somewhere else, from somewhere else, and they thought we were open late.



A woman was taken to hospital with injuries said to be serious but not life-threatening
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“I got a call when I was home. I talked to someone who was there – most of our customers are regulars and he did not know any of the faces.

“I think they came to do a street party or something.”

“They told me it started because of a guy who asked for a phone number from someone’s girlfriend.

“How can a fight come from [that]? This is stupid. “

Sid said he has not spoken to police, but he is happy to cooperate with their investigation if required.







He added: “We are curious to find out what was really going on.

“We’ve never had anything like this, we’ve been open for ten years.”

Councilor Julie Reid said she wants a “full investigation” into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

She said: “It’s ridiculous – we do not need it in Gorton.

“Most are decent people. Why should this happen in a remote parking lot on Hyde Road?

“A lot of people heard screams, blows and saw people with guns, it was clearly a big fight.”

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A police saving remained in place much of Sunday, with officers in the photo collecting evidence.

A resident overlooking the parking lot recounted how he tried to sleep and was awakened by loud noises.

He said, “I heard shouting and screaming. I just thought it was normal things, but then the screaming didn’t stop.

“I saw a lot of people in the parking lot screaming at each other.”

He said he heard a bang and a woman screaming.



Police were called to an Aldi parking lot in the early Sunday hours
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A GMP spokesman said: “Police were called at 4am this morning (Sunday, August 15) for a report of a major fight between nearly 50 people in a car park at Garratt Way, Manchester.

“Upon the arrival of officers, the group dispersed and a woman in her 30s was treated in an ambulance – it is believed that a vehicle collided with her and she suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries.

“No arrests have been made and investigations are under way.”

Anyone with information should contact the police online, if possible, via www.gmp.police.uk or call 101 stating incident 613 of 15/08/2021.

Details can be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.









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