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

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.

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.