Police called to reports of fighting at a booze-fuelled wake in Wythenshawe were attacked with glass bottles, it has emerged.
A large number of people gathered near the Cornishman pub in Woodhouse Park last night following the funeral of tragic dad Aiden Robinson.
The 24-year-old died in a car crash last month.
There was a heavy police presence in the area for several hours, including some riot-trained Tactical Aid Unit officers.
Some readers complained to the M.E.N that the gathering appeared to flout coronavirus restrictions and that mourners had been behaving badly.
One slammed the ‘absolute idiots’ from the earlier funeral procession where someone is said to have thrown a bottle of spirit out of a window, hitting a parked car.
Some mourners were racing through the area on quad bikes and motorbikes, it was also claimed.
“It’s a funeral, not a day out at the car or bike race track,” they said, going on to claim that some of the mourners were seen hanging out of car windows while pouring beer into their mouths.
Another described how it had been ‘kicking off’.
However, others expressed support for the gathering and anger that the police had been called.
One wrote “Police need to f*** off and let the family and friends show there [sic] respect. Absolutely disgusting. How on earth are the police trying to cause trouble cause that’s what they be doing.”
Now Greater Manchester Police have issued a statement saying they were called to reports of ‘fighting among a large group of people’ in the area at around 6pm and that officers had been attempting to ‘diffuse the situation’.
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Objects including glass bottles were thrown at police, before the group dispersed, GMP said.
There were no reports of injuries.
A 44-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly and he remains in custody.
Superintendent Chris Hill of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “It is completely unacceptable that officers have been attacked in the course of their duties.
“These officers were deployed following reports of fighting among a large group of people, and were in attendance to diffuse the situation and ensure people’s safety.
“We’d like to thank the members of the public who reported this matter to us and the vast majority of people in Greater Manchester who continue to abide by Government rules on social distancing and gathering in numbers.
“We will take all the enforcement action available to us, including pursuing prosecutions where offences are found to have been committed in relation to this incident.”
Aiden passed away after the Audi he was driving smashed in Siddington, Cheshire last month.
Paramedics took three other patients to hospital following the one-vehicle crash on Congleton Road.
Aiden, also known by the surname Smethurst, was a partner of ten years to Kerry Topolinski and dad to six-year-old Aila-Rose Robinson.
The 24-year-old’s family said he was always by Aila-Rose’s side – she was his ‘princess’ and he was her ‘king’.
Aiden was born on July 1, 1996, to parents Brian Robinson and Patricia (Wandy) Whelan in Newall Green.
He owned his own removal company – AR Removals.
He enjoyed spending time at the Cornishman Pub in Wythenshawe, where he would meet friends and family.
He was brother to six siblings – Paul, Liam, Leevi, Jessica, Cameron and Keiran.