/ Man breaks leg after protest

Police are investigating after a man suffered a broken leg following a protest in north Manchester.

At around 6pm on Wednesday 15 May 2013, police were called to reports of a group of protesters stood across Ashton New Road, opposite BAM Construction site, blocking traffic travelling in both directions.

On arrival, police discovered there had been a collision between a blue Ford Ka and 64-year-old man.

He was taken to hospital and treated.

Chief Superintendent Russ Jackson from North Manchester division said: “From what we can see from CCTV, protesters were blocking Ashton New Road, preventing motorists from going any further.

“A number of people stood in front of the Ford Ka and climbed upon the bonnet before it moved forward. The car then travelled a short distance at a slow speed before it stopped and one of the men fell off. The car reversed and drove off.

“We are working to ascertain whether any criminal offence has occurred and I would ask the driver of the car or anyone who witnessed the incident to contact police.  Officers are now in the process of talking to representatives of Unite Union and BAM Construction to establish what happened last night.

“While we respect the democratic right of anyone holding a peaceful protest, if we believe individuals have behaved in an unlawful manner, we will take action.”

Anyone information should phone police on 0161 856 3981/3832 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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