COUPLE MOWED DOWN FOR NOT BUYING DRUGS
POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOCKING INCIDENT AS MAN AND WOMAN WALK TO CINEMA
AN INNOCENT couple on their way to the cinema were mowed down by a man who mounted the pavement after they refused to buy drugs.
Police said the victims were walking along Richmond Street, in Ashton-under-Lyne, when they were approached by a man in a silver Nissan Micra.
He offered to sell them drugs, but they declined and kept walking.
The driver then mounted the pavement and hit couple before he drove off towards Sainsbury’s.
The man, 44, and the woman, 35, were taken to hospital following the terrifying attack, police said.
Police said they needed treatment for severe bruising and cuts. They are now recovering at home.
Detectives have launched an investigation following the incident. A 27-year-old man was arrested the following day on suspicion of section 18 assault. He has since been released under investigation.
The Nissan Micra was recovered on Dean Street, in Ashton-underLyne.
Det Con Darren Byrne, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “An innocent couple who were simply enjoying their Sunday evening and hoping to watch a film ended up in hospital requiring treatment, and we’re working hard to find out exactly what happened.
“Thankfully the couple are recovering from their ordeal at home but we need to find those responsible for this horrendous attack.
“We are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information or dash-cam footage to please get in touch.”
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting incident number 1826 of 07/10/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.