Manchester police seek 'man with Irish accent' following assault in Wigan
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Manchester police seek 'man with Irish accent' following assault in Wigan

POLICE in Manchester have appealed to the public to help find a man ‘with an Irish accent' who is wanted in connection with an attempted assault, dangerous driving and fraud.

The man was in the process of being arrested on Tuesday, September 1 shortly before 12.30pm for alleged fraud offences on Library Street in Wigan when he punched the arresting officer in the arm.

He fled onto Bretherton Row and jumped into a silver Vauxhall Vectra, registration YE58 PJU, and drove towards the officer.

Police believe this was an attempt to run him over.

The man then reversed down a one-way street, causing people to jump out of the way.

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

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The man is described as white, around the age of 30, with short, light-coloured hair and a ginger beard, and he spoke with an Irish accent.

Police Constable Rodney Ashton, from the Wigan Division of Greater Manchester Police, 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 a 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.”

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