Footage shows the moment a man reportedly 'stole' a cherry picker in Chadderton this morning in a scene witnesses described as 'something out of Grand Theft Auto'.

At approximately 1.50am (Wednesday, March 27), police were called to reports of a man driving a cherry picker near Chadderton Town Hall. 

Police were initially called to Russell Street, though video footage captures a man using the cherry picker on Middleton Road.

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The viral video footage shows several police cars and vans were in attendance and had closed the road to attend to the man using the construction equipment.

The cherry picker had been extended to roof height.

The man also allegedly assaulted an emergency service worker in the incident.

People gathered on the street could be heard saying in the video: "This is comedy gold.

"This is GTA's five-star business this."

Witnesses claimed the man was "just casually getting about" and "telling police officers to 'f off'." 

Another said: "This is crazy, what the heck is going on right now?"

Bury Times: The cherry picker lowered back down The cherry picker lowered back down (Image: Mabrur Alam/Facebook)

The footage then shows the platform of the cherry picker slowly lowering back down to street level.

At least two people could be seen on the equipment as it came back down.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed officers were called to the incident and a man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.

A spokesperson for the force also said the man was arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker.

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