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Man, 27, arrested for attempted murder after van hit a group of pedestrians in Bolton

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Man, 27, arrested for attempted murder ‘after van hit a group of pedestrians in the early hours’

  • A black van was found to drive into a group of pedestrians early this morning
  • Greater Manchester Police have cordoned off the area in Westhoughton in Bolton
  • No one was injured; 27-year-old man jailed for questioning
  • GMP believes the incident followed a ‘quarrel’ and was ‘household related’

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a black van rammed into a group of pedestrians in the early morning hours.

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in Westhoughton, Bolton, and emergency services arrived at the scene at 1.36am.

Police believe the incident was “household related” and followed a previous “argument”.

No one was injured in the Market Street incident, although police said the outcome could have been “very different”.

A dramatic video of the attack, filmed from a nearby building, shows a high-speed black van rounding the corner, running up the sidewalk and nearly hitting a pedestrian.

Greater Manchester Police have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of attempted murder in Westhoughton, Bolton, and emergency services arrived at the scene at 1.36am. Pictured: Video footage shows the van swerving near pedestrians and the sidewalk

The images then change to a new terrifying angle, with the van driving head-on toward another man.

A man in a black t-shirt appears to be in close contact with it and starts chasing after the van.

He knocks over a container and drives off after almost hitting it again.

Photos taken on site also show shards of glass in the road.

The area has been cordoned off with tape and a cordon remains in place as police investigate.

The van overturned a ban and glass splinters were photographed on site

The van overturned a ban and glass splinters were photographed on site

The area remains cordoned off while police investigate

The area remains cordoned off while police investigate

A GMP spokesperson said: ‘At 1.36am this morning the police were called with a report of a man driving a van into a group of people in Market Street, Westhoughton. Officers arrived on the scene and a 27-year-old man was arrested and arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.’

Detective Inspector Stuart Woodhead, of GMPs Bolton CID, added: ‘Luckily no one was seriously injured in this incident but the outcome could have been very different which is why we have arrested the suspect on suspicion of attempted murder.

“After investigation, we believe this was a domestic incident where the suspect allegedly drove into a group of people with whom he had had an altercation.

Police believe the incident was 'household related' and followed a previous 'argue'

Police believe the incident was ‘household related’ and followed a previous ‘argue’

“The suspect remains in custody for questioning and a scene will remain in place on Market Street today as our investigation continues.”

Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed this incident is requested to contact police on 0161 85 65757 quoting log 235 dated August 6, 2022.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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