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Appeal after police attacked by armed robbers.

The damaged police van Credit: Greater Manchester Police

Two police officers have been injured after an attack by armed robbers in Greater Manchester.

The officers' van was repeatedly rammed by a Vauxhall Touareg after they went to a petrol station at Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walden to reports that a robbery was in progress.

One of the four men then got out of the car and began smashing the van with a pick axe before re-joining his accomplices.

They then fled the scene in the 4x4, which was later found on fire on Troutbeck Drive close to the junction with Thirlmere Avenue in Astley.

The officers sustained minor injuries during the attack.

The damaged police van Credit: Greater Manchester Police

“This was a shocking incident which has left two police officers injured as a result of a senseless attack by a group of violent offenders.

“We are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry this morning however I would like to seek the public’s help to track down those responsible.

“The offenders have managed to gain entry into the petrol station after ramming a side door with their car before going in and stealing a quantity of cash and cigarettes.

“Although this happened in the early hours of the morning, it is possible that people may have seen or heard something given the disturbance that would have been caused by the robbery and subsequent attack on the officers.

– Detective Sergeant Amanda Weems

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Casualties airlifted to hospital after Walkden fire

Fire crews in Manchester have tackled a fire involving a pressure washer at a cleaning unit in Walkden.

It is believed a stourage tanker containing fuel caught fire.

Police say two members of staff received serious facial burns in the incident and have been taken by air ambulance to Wythenshawe Hospital. Two other people have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

"On arrival at the unit our Trauma Technician came across three injured men who had suffered burns and treated them using gel cooling bandages before they were handed over to ambulance colleagues.

"The fire involved an industrial pressure washer that was powered by diesel."

– Station Manager Kevin O'Connor

Four fire engines and a support unit attended the incident and put the fire out using foam.

Residents were advised to close doors and windows as a precautionary measure.

The cause of the fire is to be investigated.

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