UPDATED: Driver goes on rampage around Bury before setting car on fire in river

The white Ford Fiesta, which was dumped in the River Roch after being driven on a rampage around Bury.

The white Ford Fiesta, which was dumped in the River Roch after being driven on a rampage around Bury

The car on fire in the River Roch

Car being towed away (Photo: Shahru Khan)

UPDATED: Driver goes on rampage around Bury before setting car on fire in river

Tyre tracks down the bank of the River Roch

Tyre tracks down the bank of the River Roch

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Bury Times: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A MAN went on a rampage around Bury in a Ford Fiesta - crashing into the court, a tram and a farm - before dumping the car in a river and setting it on fire.

The white car, which was also said to have a passenger, was smashed into the barriers of Bury Magistrates Court before the driver crashed it into a fence at a farm in Buller Street, Bury.

He then crashed into the Metrolink station gates in Bury, before reversing and parking on the crossing between Bury and Radcliffe, causing delays as trams were forced to terminate at Whitefield.

Metrolink later said the crossing's barriers had been destroyed in "an act of vandalism".

The Bury Times understands the Fiesta also bounced off another car and hit a tram.

The car was then dumped and set on fire in the River Roch, near Bury FC's ground in Gigg Lane, at about 3.30pm.

The car was removed from the river at about 5.30pm.

Witness Shahru Khan said: "We got here and the car was already completely burnt out. It was was almost unrecognisable. There were pieces of it down the bank and in the river but they were all cleared up after the car was towed away."

Police said they are investigating whether the driver was drunk and are treating the fire as arson.

Firefighters spent about an hour putting out the fire.

There have not yet been any arrests.

A fire service spokesman said: "The car was really badly burnt out when we got there. 

"We left the car in the water and the police have arranged to have it towed away."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: "We received a call at 2.44pm from a member of the public to report that this car had crashed into the gates at Bury Magistrates Court.

"We are treating this as arson and are investigating the possibility of the driver being intoxicated."

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9:25pm Fri 30 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

The headline should read......

"Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead"
The headline should read...... "Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead" Babbar Divino
  • Score: -4

9:42pm Fri 30 May 14

mumtofour says...

Ye I would say he/she was pretty drunk/high to do all that lol
Ye I would say he/she was pretty drunk/high to do all that lol mumtofour
  • Score: 8

11:47pm Fri 30 May 14

Ogbert says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
The headline should read......

"Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead"
Whatever the reasons for the actions of the person involved, they have nothing to do with politics. It is not appropriate to be sarcastic in this way.
By the way, I think our fire service do a fantastic job. Well done to those who helped with this incident.
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: The headline should read...... "Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead"[/p][/quote]Whatever the reasons for the actions of the person involved, they have nothing to do with politics. It is not appropriate to be sarcastic in this way. By the way, I think our fire service do a fantastic job. Well done to those who helped with this incident. Ogbert
  • Score: 4

8:38am Sat 31 May 14

Yellow Hackle says...

Another mindless scrote who when caught would be better off being birched
but, will probably be given a week at Butlins and a new PlayStation as punishment.
Another mindless scrote who when caught would be better off being birched but, will probably be given a week at Butlins and a new PlayStation as punishment. Yellow Hackle
  • Score: 9

10:08pm Sat 31 May 14

Babbar Divino says...

Ogbert wrote:
Babbar Divino wrote:
The headline should read......

"Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead"
Whatever the reasons for the actions of the person involved, they have nothing to do with politics. It is not appropriate to be sarcastic in this way.
By the way, I think our fire service do a fantastic job. Well done to those who helped with this incident.
"Nothing to do with politics" - Correct
"Sarcastic" - No.
"Fire Service do a fantastic job" - Agreed

Ogbert. My comment was based on the picture of a fireman standing in the middle of a river pouring water on a burning car with a tin bucket, nothing more nothing less, tongue in cheek I'll add another....

"Let's get back to buckets" says Greater Manchester Chief Fire Officer
[quote][p][bold]Ogbert[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: The headline should read...... "Conservative cuts forces Fire Brigade bosses to cut down on supplying new hoses and issue buckets instead"[/p][/quote]Whatever the reasons for the actions of the person involved, they have nothing to do with politics. It is not appropriate to be sarcastic in this way. By the way, I think our fire service do a fantastic job. Well done to those who helped with this incident.[/p][/quote]"Nothing to do with politics" - Correct "Sarcastic" - No. "Fire Service do a fantastic job" - Agreed Ogbert. My comment was based on the picture of a fireman standing in the middle of a river pouring water on a burning car with a tin bucket, nothing more nothing less, tongue in cheek I'll add another.... "Let's get back to buckets" says Greater Manchester Chief Fire Officer Babbar Divino
  • Score: 3

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