Bottle attacker arrested after high-speed pursuit

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A MAN has been arrested after a woman was attacked with a bottle during a robbery in Salford.

At about 7.50am on Tuesday 7 April 2015, police were called to Prescott House in Walkden following reports a woman had been threatened by a man brandishing a broken bottle.

During the struggle, the woman suffered a minor puncture wound to her neck which is not serious.

The offender then stole the woman’s grey Toyota and sped off.

Greater Manchester Police’s Intercept Unit was deployed and officers pursued the stolen car, eventually stopping the Toyota on Chorley Road in Swinton.

No-one was injured during the pursuit.

A 33-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody for questioning.

Sgt Chris Kitson, from GMP’s Intercept Unit, said: “Thankfully, the woman only suffered minor cuts to her neck but clearly she is in shock after being threatened by a man brandishing a broken bottle.

“Our officers were called to help find the suspect, which lead to a pursuit through Salford.

“This was carried out by GMP officers from our Intercept Team who are trained to pursue vehicles safely. As a result, the stolen car was stopped safely by deflating a number of tyres and the suspected offender arrested.

“No members of the public were injured during the pursuit.

“High-speed pursuits always carry an element of risk but we use specially-trained officers behind the wheel to minimise that risk, protect the public and pursue suspected offenders. I am pleased that in this instance we arrested the suspected offender and no members of the public were injured during the pursuit.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.