Rochdale nightclub crowd hit-and-run: Man arrested

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Forensic officers at scene of crash
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Forensic teams spent the day examining the scene in Rochdale town centre

A 26-year-old man has been arrested after a car ploughed into a crowd outside a nightclub in Greater Manchester.

Police said 23 people were injured, two seriously, when a car was driven at door staff outside the Dali Bar in Rochdale at 0210 BST on Sunday.

The vehicle, a Saab, went along the pavement for up to 200 yards before being driven away.

Officers are searching for another 26-year-old man from the Rochdale area.

Det Ch Insp Lynne Vernon said: "We are continuing to follow some excellent leads in our efforts to locate a second man and I would urge him to hand himself in.

"The person we are looking for knows we want to speak to him and so will a number of others - so if anyone knows where he is they should call us."

Greater Manchester Police said the two men in the car were thought to have been refused entry to the bar on Packer Street, but returned and drove the vehicle at the club building.

The Saab was found abandoned about two hours later on Albert Royds Street in the town.

Seven men and seven women required hospital treatment, although police said none had life-threatening injuries. Three of the victims remained in hospital overnight.

One of the injured men, a 17-year-old who did not wish to be named, said: "I looked by the side of me and there were loads of people on top of the car and by the time anything happened he had already hit me.

"It was like something out of a film. I looked behind and there were people all over, lying on the floor in a right mess."

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