Man arrested over firework attack on GMP officer

A man has been arrested after a police officer was left with life-changing injuries when he was struck by a firework on Bonfire Night last week.

Nov 13, 2020
By Tony Thompson

Officers from Greater Manchester Police (GMP) attended an address on Vine Street, Gorton, after reports of an illegal gathering on the evening of Thursday, November 5, when fireworks started to be aimed at responding officers.

One of the fireworks hit a male officer in the head and exploded on impact.

Despite not initially requiring medical treatment, the officer was later found to have suffered life-changing injuries to his ear.

An investigation was launched and a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of section 18 assault. He remains in custody for questioning.

GMP Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “This was an outrageous attack on our officers which has left one of them with life-changing injuries. We are doing all we can to support him at this time as he continues with his recovery.

“It is shocking to yet again see fireworks effectively being used as a weapon. The injuries caused to my officer will have a significant impact on him for some time to come and potentially for life. Officers doing their job in protecting the public should not be subject to attacks like this.

“I have publicly called for the sale of fireworks to be restricted even further since 2018. It is my opinion they should only be used at organised events. Many people, myself included, like to watch fireworks, but this must surely be in a safe and controlled environment?

“It is a testament to the officer in this case that a week on he has been able to continue his duties; this demonstrates the resilience, character and commitment of our officers and they are a credit to Greater Manchester.

“An investigation is underway, and while we have made an arrest in connection with this incident, our detectives are still pursuing several lines of inquiry to ensure that those responsible for this are brought to justice.”

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