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Manhunt underway in Manchester after Irish man tried to run over police officer in car

Published 07/09/2015 | 23:13

A manhunt is underway in Manchester for an Irishman who tried to run over a police officer in a car while trying to flee from an arrest.

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He is described as white, about 30 years-old, with short, light-colored hair with a ginger beard.

He was being held on suspicion of fraud when he assaulted an officer in a bid to make his escape.

The incident occurred on September 1 in the Library Street area in Wigan when he punched an officer and fled to another street.

He then jumped into a silver Vauxhall Vectra and drove towards the officer at speed.

Police say the incident was a clear attempt to hit members of the force.

Members of the public were also forced to jump to safety as the thug reversed the vehicle down a busy one-way street.

Speaking to the Irish Independent a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson urged anyone who may recognise the man in Ireland to come forward.

"This is very much a live investigation, and we are seeking this man for a number of alleged offences.

"Anyone who may recognise him please come forward and let us know. He spoke with an Irish accent."

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

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