As police were trying to arrest a man in Bolton on Friday they got covered in petrol and a property was set on fire.
Police doused in petrol trying to arrest man: The incident happened at 11pm on Friday. As Greater Manchester Police (GMP) were attempting to remand a man at an address in Market Street, Farnworth on recent offenses of domestic violence. The GMP said that the man struggled and tried to resist arrest. Dousing the officers and himself in petrol and threatening to set them alight.
He also tried to barricade himself inside the property and set light to a door frame. Emergency crews and negotiators were called to the scene and the man was eventually detained. The 51-year-old suspect was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications. Breach of a restraining order, arson with intent to endanger life and assault on an emergency services worker. He was hospitalised due to smoke inhalation. But is now in police custody after being discharged from hospital.
Rob Potts, assistant chief constable of the GMP said. “This was a challenging situation which highlights the dangerous conditions our officers are often faced with when carrying out their duties to protect our community. And those who are in need of our help. Every single day our officers are willing and prepared to do everything within their powers- Including putting themselves in harm’s way, in order to protect our most vulnerable victims. Including those of domestic violence.
I would like to commend the bravery of our officers and partners in this situation. Who managed to safely detain the suspect despite the challenges that were thrown in their direction.”
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