A POLICE investigation into a clash that saw riot police on the streets of Oldham during Tommy Robinson’s campaign visit is extending its reach across the region.

Footage posted on social media showed violent scenes between supporters of the far right activist and counter-demonstrators.

Eggs, bricks, bottles and other objects were thrown and two police vehicles were damaged as a result of the disorder that broke out in Limeside, which has prompted the police to launch Operation Woodville.

Assistant Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Mabs Hussain, said: “Given the level of public disorder seen last Saturday, Greater Manchester Police has set up a dedicated team – including specialist detectives from our Major Investigations Team, as well as local officers – to identify those responsible for criminal behaviour during the disturbance last Saturday.

“We know that a number of people present travelled some distance to Oldham. As such, this investigation will include extensive enquiries both across Greater Manchester and with partners elsewhere to ensure that those involved in any criminal acts are brought to justice.

A live video posted on Facebook by a group calling itself the Muslim Defence League showed a group of Asian men standing and shouting across at the other crowd across the police blockade, with some throwing objects and shouting "racist scum."

A separate live video shared on YouTube by Danny Tommo, an associate of Robinson, appeared to show the clashes from the other perspective. In the clip, he claims bricks are being thrown at his group.

ACC Hussain said: “We understand and respect the right to demonstration and peaceful protest. However we won’t accept it when this crosses the line into criminal behaviour.”

Although no-one was seriously injured in the incident on May 18, riot police armed with batons and shields battled to to keep the crowds separate.

ACC Hussain added: “I’d like to thank those who have already been in touch with officers and would encourage those who have any information, footage or images that will assist our investigation to make contact.

“By working together we can, as a community, grow stronger and support the criminal justice process.

“I want to reassure our communities and our partners across Oldham that we will do everything we can to gather evidence and arrest those who have committed crimes, causing such fear and disruption.

“Enquiries are already well underway and we expect to provide further updates in the coming days as the investigation progresses.”

Anyone with footage or images is encouraged to send them to scd.cctv@gmp.police.uk Information can be left with police on 0161 856 6551 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.