A 43-year-old police officer has been taken to hospital for treatment after being hit by a van in Blackley while attending an incident earlier this morning.

Police had been called to the property on Sandyhill Road to reports of a disturbance.

black Citroën Berlingo van drive towards Blackley New Road and police attempted to speak to the driver of the van before it collided with a police officer and several vehicles belonging to members of the public and police.

The van fled towards the Newton Heath area where it has since been recovered.

Two men aged 23 and two girls aged 16 and 17 have been arrested on suspicion of assault and theft of a motor vehicle. They all remain in custody for questioning.

Blackley New Road remains closed at the junction with Delaunays Road while investigative work is carried out.

Superintendent Chris Hill, of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said: “Thanks to the quick work of officers from across the force, we’ve been able to make four arrests and I would like to thank them along with the public for their support throughout the morning.

“Whilst the injured officer came straight back into work from hospital on his new crutches, he’s been sent home to recover with his family and we all wish him a speedy recovery.

“Our investigation remains ongoing and I would continue to urge anyone with any information that could assist our investigation to please get in touch.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 3610 or 101 quoting incident number 395 of 18/10/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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