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Two arrested after police injured in hit and run

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after police officers were injured in a hit and run in North Manchester.

Two male officers are being treated at Manchester Royal Infirmary after the incident on Rochdale Road, Harpurhey at around 10.45pm last night.

One is in a stable condition after a skull fracture and a bleed to the brain. The other fractured his wrist and will need surgery.

The car, believed to be a red Hyundai, was deliberately driven at them when they made a routine stop.

As the two officers got out to approach the car, the offending vehicle reversed and hit both officers. 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.

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 officers 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."