Man, 27, is arrested for attempted murder ‘after van is driven into group of pedestrians in early hours’
- A black van appeared to drive into a group of pedestrians early this morning
- Greater Manchester Police cordoned off the area in Westhoughton in Bolton
- No one was injured; a 27-year-old man remains in custody for questioning
- GMP believe the incident followed an ‘altercation’ and was ‘domestic related’
A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a black van was driven into a group of pedestrians in the early hours of this morning.
Greater Manchester Police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in Westhoughton, Bolton, and emergency services reached the scene at 1.36am.
Police believe the incident was ‘domestic related’ and followed an earlier ‘altercation’.
Nobody was injured in the incident on Market Street, although police said the outcome could have been ‘very different’.
A dramatic video of the attack filmed from a nearby building shows a black van coming round a corner at speed, before veering onto the pavement and nearly hitting a pedestrian.
Greater Manchester Police arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in Westhoughton, Bolton, and emergency services reached the scene at 1.36am. Pictured: Video footage shows the van swerving near pedestrians and the pavement
The footage then changes to a new terrifying angle, showing the van driving head-on towards another another man.
A man in a black t-shirt appears to come in close contact with it and begins to chase after the van.
It knocks over a bin and speeds off after nearly hitting him yet again.
Photographs taken from the scene also show shards of glass in the road.
The area was taped off and a cordon remains in place as the police investigate.
The van knocked over a ban and shards of glass were photographed at the scene
The area remains cordoned off as police investigate
A GMP spokesman said: ‘At 1.36am this morning, police were called to a report of a male driving a van into a group of people on Market Street, Westhoughton. Officers attended the scene and a 27-year-old man was detained and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.’
Detective Inspector Stuart Woodhead, of GMPs Bolton CID, added: ‘Thankfully no one was seriously hurt during this incident but the outcome could have been very different, hence why we have arrested the suspect on suspicion of attempted murder.
‘Following enquiries we believe this to have been a domestic-related incident with the suspect believed to have been driving into a group of people who he was involved in an altercation with.
Police believe the incident was ‘domestic related’ and followed an earlier ‘altercation’
‘The suspect remains in custody for questioning and a scene will remain in place on Market Street today while our investigation continues.’
Anyone with information, or anyone who witnessed this incident, is asked to contact police on 0161 85 65757 quoting log 235 of the 6th August 2022.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.