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Two arrested for attempted murder after police injured in hit-and-run

The two police officers pulled over a speeding car in Manchester – which reversed into them before driving off.

A file photo of Rochdale Road in Harpurhey, Lancashire, where the two police officers were injured.
A file photo of Rochdale Road in Harpurhey, Lancashire, where the two police officers were injured.
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TWO MEN have been arrested in Lancashire over the attempted murder of two police officers who pulled over a speeding car last night.

The policemen were hospitalised when they were struck by a red Hyundai car which they had routinely pulled over for speeding.

The car deliberately reversed into the policemen while they approached it, before making off.

Both officers were taken to hospital for their injuries; one of the two sustained a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain, though is in a stable and non life-threatening condition.

The other officer sustained a fractured wrist which will require surgery to repair.

The two arrested men remain in police custody, while a car has been recovered for forensic analysis.

“What this incident painfully highlights is the dangers officer face every day when protecting the public,” said Greater Manchester Police assistant chief constable Garry Shewan.

“What should have been a routine vehicle stop resulted in two officers being deliberately driven at and suffering serious injuries.

“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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