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Police officer stabbed responding to Wigan robbery

A police officer was stabbed as he responded to an armed robbery in Wigan.

Shortly before 10.05pm on Sunday 7 October 2018, police were called to reports of an armed robbery at AM to PM stores on Gidlow Lane.

Within minutes, officers were at the scene but a man fled in the direction of Birch Street.

An officer pursued him and a short struggle ensued, at which point the officer – a man in his 40s – was stabbed repeatedly to the point that the knife snapped.

Thankfully, the officer was wearing body armour and only suffered minor injuries to his arm.

A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault and robbery. He remains in custody for questioning.

Detective Sergeant Chris Broad, of GMP’s Wigan borough, said: “Officers are often faced with danger when they are responding to incidents, standing in harm’s way to protect the public.

“He was taken to hospital for treatment but is now recovering at home and we wish him a speedy recovery.

“We have launched a full investigation into this incident and enquiries are ongoing. I would urge anyone with any information to get in touch as soon as possible.”

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, added: “I am appalled by this abhorrent attack on one of my officers who was simply attempting to exercise his duty and keep the people of Greater Manchester safe.“Thankfully, his injuries were not as significant or serious as they could have been, which is a credit to his bravery, the assistance of his colleagues and undoubtedly his body armour.

“The actions of both police officers were outstanding and are a testimony to what officers and staff across Greater Manchester do to protect the public.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 7967 quoting reference number 2238 of 07/10/2018, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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