'Deliberate' hit-and-run injures three in Bolton

Three men have been injured in what police have described as a "deliberate" hit-and-run in Greater Manchester.

The victims were among a group of five people walking home from the Farmers Arms pub on Hackin Lane, Darcy Lever, in Bolton, at 0150 BST on Saturday.

Police said a pick-up truck mounted the pavement on Radcliffe Road and drove at the group twice.

A man, 27, and a woman, 26, were arrested and bailed on suspicion of conspiracy to commit an assault.

Police said that as one of the victims lay injured on the pavement, the truck turned around sharply and drove at him again, but he managed to roll out of the way.

The dark four-wheel drive with silver bars at the front is believed to have been driven off towards Long Lane, Breightmet.

The three victims were taken to Royal Bolton Hospital for treatment to broken and dislocated bones.

Det Insp Stuart Wilkinson said: "Two men were badly injured due to the reckless and dangerous actions of this driver, but this incident could easily have had far more tragic consequences.

"Officers are currently working to establish the circumstances surrounding this attack, but it is believed that it is linked to an altercation that occurred inside the Farmers Arms pub shortly before the group left."

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