Police hunt man who tried to run down officer

The fraud suspect in Wigan town centre
The fraud suspect in Wigan town centre

POLICE want to speak to a man in connection with an attempted assault, dangerous driving and fraud, in Wigan.

On Tuesday 1 September, the man was in the process of being arrested on suspicion of fraud on Library Street in Wigan, when he punched the arresting officer in the arm and fled onto Bretherton Row.

The fraud suspect's car in Wigan town centre

The fraud suspect's car in Wigan town centre

He jumped into a silver Vauxhall Vectra with a registration plate of YE58 PJU and drove towards the officer, in what police believe was an attempt to run him over. He then reversed down a one-way street, causing people to jump out of the way.

The fraud relates to counterfeit £50 notes have been used in Wigan Town Centre.

The man is described as white, about 30 years-old, with short, light-coloured hair and a ginger beard, He spoke with an Irish accent.

Police Constable Rodney Ashton of Wigan division said: “We want to speak to the man in the CCTV images in connection with three crimes. He was being arrested for fraud but fled before police had chance to take his name and has evaded police since.

Not only did he assault a police officer but he reversed down a one-way street, which is extremely dangerous and he could have hit a number of innocent people

PC Rodney Ashton

“Not only did he assault a police officer but he reversed down a one-way street, which is extremely dangerous and he could have hit a number of innocent people.

“If you recognise the man in the images, please contact police.”

Anyone with information should phone the Police on 101, 0161 856 7124 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.