Manhunt under way after female police officer, 21, injured as thieves ram car
A 21-year-old female police officer is in hospital after raiders smashed into her patrol car after breaking into units at a business park.
The new recruit has suffered cuts to her arms as a result of the broken glass and also injured her back.
A manhunt is now underway to find the suspects and an abandoned car has already been found.
Police say they were called earlier this evening to reports of people breaking into units at Bluebell Business Park in the Atherton area of Wigan, Greater Manchester.
A GMP spokesman said when officers arrived in a patrol car they found the gates to the site closed so parked their car outside the gates.
The two officers then got out of their vehicle but saw a vehicle coming towards the gates, reports the Manchester Evening News.
One officer jumped back in the vehicle but it was at this point that the car, a blue coloured Kia, smashed into the gates and then the patrol car before making off.
The impact caused the passenger window of the police car to shatter leaving the officer who had jumped back into the vehicle injured.
The offending car was found abandoned nearby shortly afterwards with the GMP spokesman saying the culprits had 'made good their escape.'
The vehicle has now been recovered for forensic analysis.
Tools were found in the car but no stolen goods. It is believed at this stage they tried to break into a number of units but nothing was stolen.
An investigation is now underway with detectives trying to trace those responsible.
Forensic crime scene investigation officers (CSI) were among those present at the scene this evening.
The officer, who is said to have only recently joined the force, has gone to hospital this evening to be checked over.
Police are asking witnesses or anyone with information to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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