Two officers injured after hit and run – Harpurhey
February 25, 2013, 12:26 pm
Two police officers have been injured after a car was deliberately driven at them after a routine stop.
At about 10.50pm on Sunday 24 February 2013, the two police officers pulled over what is believed to have been a red Hyundai on Rochdale Road in Harpurhey that was travelling at excess speed.
However, as the two officers got out to approach the car the offending vehicle reversed – deliberately colliding with the two officers, who are both men. The car then drove off.
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One of the officers was able to use his radio to call for help and extra patrols were sent to the scene, along with paramedics.
Both officers were taken to hospital for treatment. One of the officers has sustained a fractured wrist which will need surgery. The other officer has suffered a fractured skull and bleed to the brain, and remains in a stable condition although his injury is not believed to be life-threatening.
The families of both officers are aware and are with their loved ones in hospital.
As a result of inquiries made by officers from Greater Manchester Police and assisted by Lancashire Police, a warrant was later executed in the Haslingden area of Lancashire where two men were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
Both remain in police custody for questioning. A car has also been recovered for forensic analysis.
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “The two officers were out on patrol when they pulled over a car they believed was travelling at excess speed. However, as they were approaching the car on foot, the car was deliberately put into reverse and driven at the two officers.
“As a result, one of the officers suffered a fractured wrist and the other a fractured skull. Both men are in hospital receiving treatment and their families are with them. Our thoughts are with both the officers and their families as they recover from their injuries.
“Sadly, what this incident painfully highlights is the dangers officer face every day when protecting the public. What should have been a routine vehicle stop resulted in two officers being deliberately driven at and suffering serious injuries.
“I know the friends and colleagues of both officers will be anxious to know how the two men are doing, as it is always very unsettling when friends and colleagues are injured in the line of duty, so we will be offering support to anyone who needs it.
“What I do want to stress is that as a result of inquiries, we quickly traced what we believe to be the offending car to an address in Haslingden and arrested two people on suspicion of attempted murder. Those individuals remain in custody for questioning and we would continue to appeal to anyone who either witnessed the incident or has information to come forward.”
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