Police officer injury

Four police officers were injured while detaining a man following warrants across North Manchester yesterday which saw six men arrested in relation to recent violence in the area.

Nine addresses were targeted during raids on Friday 12 February after a series of incidents in Harpurhey since the start of the month, including three confirmed firearms discharges.

Six men – aged 16 and 31 – were arrested on suspicion of firearms offences and criminal damage; five of them were taken to custody and one of them taken to hospital after complaining of being unwell.
While at the hospital, the man being detained by police began to be aggressive with officers and proceeded to assault the four of them.

Images show visible bite-mark injuries to two of the officers – one of whom is a 69-year-old Special Constable who has supported front line policing throughout the pandemic.

The Special Constable required treatment to an arm injury and a Police Constable was treated for an injury to his leg. They have since been discharged from hospital.

The officers were left understandably shocked by what happened with two of them sustaining serious bite marks. Despite this they finished their shifts and will be back on duty for their afternoon shift later.

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault, section 47 assault, and assault of an emergency worker. He remains in custody.