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Police officer seriously injured in Manchester sword attack

A police officer was in hospital on Sunday evening after being seriously injured when he was slashed with a sword.

Greater Manchester Police said the officer suffered facial and back injuries during the altercation which took place in broad daylight in Whalley Range, Manchester. 

Dramatic video captured the moment when several officers try to take down the man, using batons and tasers to get him to give up the weapon.

A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident. None of the injuries suffered by the officer are life threatening.

A number of roads were closed around the scene.

One witness, who gave his name as Haroon, said he saw a man being arrested by officers at around 2.50pm, and claimed he had seen him “attacking the police”.

Describing how the man was carrying a “3ft tool or sword”, he said he ran across the road into the front garden of a property on the street.

“From there the police tried to stun him because he wasn’t dropping the weapon … I don’t know if the officer made a successful tase,” he added.

A sword is recovered from the scene

Joel Goodman/LNP

“He became even more aggressive and ran towards them with the weapon up in the air … from there the officers tackled him, pushed him over and then I think he ran backwards and fell over.

“That is when the officer tried to disarm him, and you could see them using their weapons (batons) and they were hitting him on the legs – and he was not letting go.”

He said he saw one of the officers bleeding from the lip or nose, and another from the top of their head.

Police said the 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of a bladed article and assaulting a police officer.

Article Source : https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/25/brave-police-officer-seriously-injured-slashed-sword-tried-arrest/

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