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Man arrested after white boy attacked in racist hate crime in Rochdale

The victim suffered serious head injuries in the attack

Police investigating the assault of a seventeen year old rugby player with a golf club in Rochdale have made an arrest.

Shortly after 2am on Saturday 2 June 2018, police were called to reports that a car had collided with another car on Smithy Bridge Road in Littleborough.

A 17-year-old boy was a passenger in a black Vauxhall Corsa on Smithy Bridge Road along with two other people when a Black Nissan Micra collided with them.

When he got out of the Corsa, he was struck by the other car, before being assaulted with a golf club. His friend in the driver’s seat was injured while another one of the offenders smashed his window with a metal object.

The offending group of men, who police described as ‘Asian’ were heard shouting racial abuse at the teenager and his friends before they fled towards Hollingworth Lake.

The incident is being treated as a hate crime.

This morning a 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of a section 18 assault. He is currently in police custody for questioning.

Police are still investigating however and appealing for help from the public to help trace others in connection with the attack.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Dixon said: “We have received an excellent response from the public in relation to this attack and we hope this will continue.

“The 17-year-old victim has undergone surgery and his family are supporting him as his hopes and dreams to be a professional rugby player hang in the balance.”

Reports can also be made anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 274 of 02/06/18.

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