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15 May 2019, 15:55 | Updated: 15 May 2019, 15:57
Police are appealing for information after an officer was assaulted by a group of youths in Salford.
The 24-year-old constable received a gash to the side of his head and a broken nose after trying to detain youths who were suspected of stealing a motorcycle.
It is hoped an image of the officer’s injuries will prompt members of the local community to share vital information.
Chief Inspector Ben Ewart, of GMP’s Salford District, said: “This atrocious act of violence was committed on a neighbourhood police officer when he was on duty protecting the local community.
“Local residents tell us this is exactly what they want police officers to be doing, investigating robberies and other crimes and helping to make their communities a safer place to live.
“While there is overwhelming support for our officers from the vast majority of people, the acts of a small and lawless minority won’t be tolerated and we are determined that our staff will be protected.”
The officer was injured after responding to reports that a motorcycle had been stolen from a property in Merchants Quay shortly after 5.30pm on the evening of Monday 15 April 2019.
He saw a group of youths pushing a motorcycle in nearby Ordsall Park. As he tried to detain them he was assaulted.
Chief Inspector Ewart added: “We believe as many as eight youths were in Ordsall Park that evening, two or three of whom assaulted the officer.
“Earlier the offenders had pushed the motorcycle along Waterfront Quay, across Trafford Road and into Ordsall Park, so it is possible that someone may have seen them.
“We are appealing to anyone who saw the group or witnessed the assault on the officer. We would also appeal to anyone with mobile phone, CCTV or dash cam footage to contact us.”
The officer is now recovering from his injuries, which required hospital treatment.
Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5127 quoting incident number 1672 of 15/04/19.
Details can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.