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Police hunt for crash driver who went on rampage around Bury

The car on fire in the River Roch

The car on fire in the River Roch

First published in News

POLICE are appealing for the public’s help to track down a driver who went on a rampage around Bury on Friday.

A white car, which was believed to be carrying a passenger, smashed into the barriers of Bury Magistrates Court and crashed it into a fence at a farm in Buller Street.

The vehicle then crashed into the Metrolink station gates in Bury, before hitting a barrier down the line between Bury and Radcliffe, causing delays to trams.

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.

Witness Shahru Khan said: “We got here and the car was already burnt out.

“It was almost unrecognisable. There were pieces of it down the bank and in the river.”

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

A fire service spokesman said: “The car was burnt out when we got there. We left the car in the water and the police arranged to have it towed away.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “We do have a few lines of enquiry but we urge any member of the public with any information to contact us.

“His actions at the Metrolink could have derailed a tram and led to serious injuries or worse.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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