Assault on police officers will not be tolerated. 5 arrested at 5am after vicious attack on off duty Police Officer

Five people arrested as part of an investigation into a vicious assault on an off duty police officer who was left with broken bones.

The police officer was brutally attacked by a gang of youths as he attempted to stop an attack near his home.

At 9.30pm, just moments before the attack, a family member informed the 46-year-old officer about an assault near to his home.

He went outside to help, and encountered the group of youths on Lower Leigh Road. But when he identified himself as a police officer, the group launched a brutal attack upon him.

The police constable was left with broken bones after being attacked by 10 to 15 youths in Westhoughton, Bolton, on Saturday evening.

Detective Chief Inspector Dean Purtill, of GMPs Bolton division, said: “Our officers are committed to protecting the public and keeping our streets safe and absolutely do not deserve to be treated in this way.

“I would like to reassure the public that we are continuing to treat this incident seriously and are doing all we can to trace every single one of the offenders involved.

“I would like to stress that although we have a number of people in custody our investigation is still very much ongoing and I would encourage the public to come forward with any information that may assist our enquiries.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 5757, quoting incident number 3163 of 13/06/2020.