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Last Updated: Friday, 12 November, 2004, 19:00 GMT
Plea for trouble-free Eid-ul-Fitr
Revellers celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Rusholme
Muslims from across the North West celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr in Rusholme
Police in Manchester have called for a trouble-free Eid-ul-Fitr celebration to mark the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

In previous years, there has been trouble in the city's Rusholme district with youths driving high-performance cars "recklessly", police say.

Officers have promised to confiscate cars driven in such a manner.

Traffic restrictions will be put in place for the celebrations, which are planned for Saturday night.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has joined forces with the Pakistani Consul, Manchester Council for Community Relations and the city's Muslim community to try and ensure this year's celebrations go off peacefully.

Hired car during Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations in Rusholme, Manchester
Hired cars are a regular site in Rusholme during Eid-ul-Fitr

Chief Supt Dave Thompson said: "Although we would not want to spoil Eid celebrations, we do have a duty to uphold the law and also the wishes of the local community.

"They are tired of people coming from outside of the area and taking over the festival with their own agendas.

"Residents and businesses in the area complain year after year about the disruption caused by high-performance cars driving up and down the road.

"Unsurprisingly, many residents feel intimidated by those who constantly rev their engines, do hand-brake turns and speed around the area."

Using powers granted last year under the Police Reform Act, officers will stop, search and confiscate any cars being used "in an anti-social manner".

If anyone is intent on causing problems for the local community, then please stay away
Khan Moghal

Last year's offenders have been sent a letter reminding them that driving in such a manner would be contravening this notice.

An environmental health officer from the city council will also be on the streets monitoring noise nuisance from such cars.

Khan Moghal, chief executive of the Manchester Council for Community Relations, said: "We want everyone to join in the family-friendly festivities. We expect visitors to respect the wishes of the local communities and not to cause disruption.

"My message to all those young people intending to come to Rusholme is to come to enjoy yourselves in a peaceful manner in the true spirit of Eid.

"If anyone is intent on causing problems for the local community, then please stay away."

Revellers are also warned that fireworks will be confiscated and there will be restrictions on traffic entering Wilmslow Road as well as other diversions and road closures between 1800 GMT and 0400 GMT.

The main area for delays will be along Wilmslow Road in Rusholme, between Platt Lane and Moss Lane East, however in previous years traffic has extended back to Manchester city centre and Fallowfield.



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