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Bad Weekend For On And Off Duty Police Officers

Hit and run incident and assault - tram and car incidents

Published on February 25th 2013.

Bad Weekend For On And Off Duty Police Officers

TWO police officers have been injured after a car was deliberately driven at them after a routine stop. 

This incident painfully highlights the dangers officer face every day when protecting the public. 

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. 

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. 

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: "This incident painfully highlights 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. 

in another, and unrelated, incident an off duty police officer was assaulted after challenging a man about smoking on the tram. 

At about 1am on Saturday 23 February 2013, the 45-year-old off duty officer was with two friends on the tram at Altrincham station. 

A group of about six men were on the platform, one of who was smoking at the doors to the tram. 

The man informed him that he was not allowed to smoke on the tram or the platform, prompting the offender to become verbally abusive. 

As the tram set off, the man identified himself as a police officer and asked whether the man had a valid tram ticket, to which he replied “no”. 

A second member from the group then started acting aggressively towards the man due to him being a police officer and he was then knocked to the floor. 

The man’s friend, a 48-year-old man, intervened and was also knocked to the ground. During the ensuing melee both the off duty officer and his friend were assaulted, with the former suffering cuts and bruises and the latter sustaining two black eyes and a cut to his nose. 

Detective Constable Lee Attenborough, said: “The victim took exception to the offenders loutish behaviour and when he challenged them was met with a barrage of abuse. 

“This continued when he identified himself as a police officer and even led to him and his friend being assaulted. 

“If anyone recognises anyone from the CCTV images I would urge them to get in touch.” 

The pictures on this page refer to the tram assault only.

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12 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2013.

Why at 1am was an off duty officer deciding to become tram ticket inspector? Presumably just to try and get one back on the smoking idiot who had abused him. Plenty of blame in all directions here...

hope the guys who were run over are OK.

Charlie ButterworthFebruary 25th 2013.

Anon, what a weird comment? Anybody, off-duty officer or not who tries to stop thuggery should be applauded. Well done to the officer

Lorraine ByrneFebruary 25th 2013.

Disgusting behaviour. Hope they're caught and suitably punished. Regardless of who they assaulted, it shouldn't be happening.

Lieann AndrewFebruary 25th 2013.

Thugs are taking over our streets and its getting worse, no one is safe to walk home after a night out or apparantly jump on a tram without being accosted. This behaviour needs to stop and the only way to do that is to have bobbies on the beat! (With tasers!) and respect instilled into the thugs!

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Manc GuyFebruary 25th 2013.

I wouldn't say they were taking over, but there's plenty of scrotes out there that should given a one way ticket to Afghanistan to locate IED's. They'd never be missed, it would save lives and it would save the tax payer a fortune.

Pete RonFebruary 25th 2013.

Lieann, that's rubbish. Manchester is a safe city. Never had a problem ever and I walk everywhere.

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Manc GuyFebruary 25th 2013.

No city's 'safe' Pete. You can always find trouble if you look for it though, but the two events described are random and I'd say that accounts for most of these types of crimes. It's always best to be aware of your surroundings any time of the day.

Ryan O'hanlonFebruary 25th 2013.

Bizarre comment that, Pete. Lieanne is talking rubbish because you have never had a problem and you walk everywhere?! I'm sure you've allayed her fears.

Chris KellyFebruary 25th 2013.

Anon: What a warped sense of right and wrong you have, to think that there is any blame to be apportioned to the police officer for upholding the law. Even worse to compare an enquiry about a ticket with actual bodily harm. No wonder you wish to remain anonymous.

Violent behaviour should not be tolerated. I don't know what the solution is but Manc Guy's suggestion would at least give purpose to their existence.

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2013.

In HARPURHEY you say? Surely not!

Steve5839February 26th 2013.

How anyone can defend the actions of a person carrying out a violent act when he is only being asked to comply with the law is preposterous thought. Why don’t we just say if we are big and physically aggressive we do not have to comply with the law in public?

There are a lot of people who believe that they are not subject to the law as following rules, is for others. Perhaps the people paying their benefits should say – I don’t feel like pressing the computer key today that pays them their money, I would be very quickly an issue then.

Manc GuyFebruary 28th 2013.

Talking of crime. The second youngest ever reported suicide in the UK occured in Birmingham recently. Aaron Dugmore was being bullied at his junior school. Despite his age and the circumstances behind this tragedy, you'll find very little about it and even the BBC hasn't covered it. Perhaps it's a sensitive subject! Now that's a crime.

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