Po­lice of­fi­cer is dragged in road by car thieves

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ALEXAN­DRA RUCKI AND CHRIS SLATER alexan­dra.rucki@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @Alexan­draRucki

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer was dragged along the road as she tried to stop two car­jack­ers who had at­tacked a take­away driver.

The men had ear­lier threat­ened peo­ple with a knife at a house party on Ker­sal Road, Prest­wich, on Wed­nes­day night.

Af­ter leav­ing the house, the thugs jumped a de­liv­ery driver nearby and fled in his Nis­san Mi­cra. Po­lice were called to the scene and saw that the stolen Mi­cra had re­turned, so an of­fi­cer and some by­standers tried to stop the car­jack­ers from leav­ing.

As the of­fi­cer reached in through an open door to re­move the keys, the driver re­versed.

She did ‘ev­ery­thing in her power’ to stop them but was pulled along the road and knocked to the floor, de­tec­tives said. She suf­fered in­juries to her hands and feet, but was later re­leased from hos­pi­tal. The men sped away and the Mi­cra was found aban­doned in Cheetham Hill.

A po­lice dog unit was brought in and one of the sus­pects was traced to Ge­orge Street. The other of­fender sus­pect re­mains at large.

He is de­scribed as an Asian man, aged in his late twen­ties, of medium build and around 5ft 6ins. He had straight hair with short sides, stub­ble and was wear­ing a T-shirt with dark jeans.

Neigh­bours on the road, just off Rain­sough Brow, spoke of their shock at the in­ci­dent.

One man who lives with his part­ner said: “We’ve just had a new baby so we’ve been up a lot but we didn’t hear any­thing ma­jor out on the street. But we woke up this morn­ing and saw all the po­lice cars.

“It’s a scary thought, some­one go­ing in the house and threat­en­ing them like that. I hope the of­fi­cer is okay.”

An­other woman said: “I did see a Mi­cra come zoom­ing past my win­dow last night.

“At the time I didn’t think much of it at the time as there’s al­ways some­thing go­ing on in this street.” A 31-year-old man has been ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of robbery and assault. He re­mains in po­lice cus­tody for ques­tion­ing. Det Insp John Stain­ton, of GMP’s Bury bor­ough, said: “This of­fi­cer did not hes­i­tate to do ev­ery­thing in her power to stop the of­fender, but in­stead, the driver chose to re­verse the stolen car caus­ing her harm. “We have a man in cus­tody but our en­quiries to find out what ex­actly hap­pened re­main on­go­ing – the of­fend­ers threat­ened and hurt in­no­cent mem­bers of the pub­lic, and caused real dis­tress to peo­ple who live in this area.” Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 0161 856 8181 quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 2636 of 16/05/18. Re­ports can also be made anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111. Det Insp John Stain­ton

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