COU­PLE MOWED DOWN FOR NOT BUY­ING DRUGS

PO­LICE IN­VES­TI­GATE SHOCK­ING IN­CI­DENT AS MAN AND WOMAN WALK TO CINEMA

Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI alexan­dra.rucki@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Alexan­dra Rucki

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.

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