Details have emerged of an incident whereby six males attacked a police officer based with Greater Manchester Police during a foot pursuit.
While on foot patrol in Cheetham Hill, Police Constable Dave Fenton spotted a man he believed to be drug dealing.
When he approached him, the man ran off along Robin Hood Street.
The officer caught up with him after a short pursuit but was met by six other men who tried to prevent the arrest.
Despite being repeatedly struck in the head, PC Fenton managed to detain the man until back up arrived.
Chief Inspector Denise Pye of GMP’s City of Manchester division, said:
“One of our officers was simply trying to do their job when they were obstructed in carrying out their lawful duties. Despite the difficulties PC Fenton faced, he was still able to make the arrest.
“Drugs blight communities and ruin lives, and officers will take positive action where possible if they suspect illegal activity. I am thankful to report that PC Fenton did not sustain any serious injuries during the incident and soon returned to work.”
The 25-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday 21 May 2019 on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs, assault of an emergency worker and criminal damage, and has since been bailed pending further enquiries.