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Police appeal over 'disgraceful' attack on officers in Salford

Police have condemned as 'disgraceful' an incident in Salford in which two officers were injured.

It happened last night outside Ellesmere Shopping Centre in Walkden after a large number of youths were reportedly smashing lights and throwing bottles in the shopping centre.

Two officers attended and found a large group of teenagers in the carpark near to Tesco.

As they tried to detain a teenager they were confronted by the youths and during a struggle both officers sustained injuries.

Both were taken to hospital for treatment. One officer suffered a broken ankle and remains in hospital requiring surgery.

Another suffered back and nerve damage and has since been released.

A 14-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of assaulting two police officers and criminal damage. He has been bailed until later today.

“It is absolutely disgraceful that two of our hard-working officers have been injured when they were simply doing their job.

“If you were part of the crowd last night, or know something that could help with our investigation, please do the right thing and contact police at the earliest possible opportunity.

“We know a lot of the disorder was filmed on phones and is likely to be shared around. If you have any footage or are aware of any then please make police aware immediately.”

– Superintendent Howard Millington

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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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