FOUR men have been arrested on suspicion of violent assault at a funeral wake.
It is claimed that a car was driven at speed at three men in the car park of St Patrick’s RL Club in Scholes.
Two were sent flying and suffered injuries while the other managed to avoid being hit by vaulting over a wall.
Police are investigating although it is believed that the victims are not co-operating with the inquiry.
Those detained were arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent – the most serious form of assault after attempted murder. A source said that trouble first flared inside the clubhouse which had been hired on April 30 for the wake of 55-year-old Spring View man Vic Lloyd who had died 10 days earlier.
It is not thought that any of those involved in what happened are close family or friends of the deceased.
It is alleged that at least one punch was thrown and a man was hurt.
At some point later three men came out of the club and it is claimed that a vehicle - perhaps a Range Rover or similarly-sized car - was deliberately driven at them. One man suffered several injuries and another one to his leg. The third was unscathed.
The vehicle then crashed into a post before driving off.
The source said: “It was a frightening incident. But really it more shameful than anything. Can’t a family give a loved-one a dignified send-off without causing mayhem?”
A police spokesman said: “At just after 4pm on Wednesday April 30, police were called following reports a car had collided with two men outside St Patricks Rugby League Club in Scholes, Ince, Wigan.
“Four men, aged 25, 39, 55 and 55, were arrested on suspicion of attempted section 18 assault.
“All four have been bailed until June 28 pending police inquiries.”