A man is currently fighting for his life in hospital after being struck by a police car.

The 999 motor had been chasing a suspect vehicle when it struck the pedestrian in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, at 3.25am on Sunday. The car, which is fully liveried by Greater Manchester Police, had been 'requested' a vehicle stop on Milnrow Road.

However, the driver did not stop and a short pursuit was carried out onto Rochdale Road in the Firgrove area of the town. The Mirror reports that it was where the collision happened.

Officers involved at the scene gave the man first aid before he was taken to hospital. The car being chased by police - which hasn't been described - did not stop at the scene and the force said investigations to track down the driver were now underway.

A badly damaged, liveried Greater Manchester Police car was photographed within the cordon today and later removed from the scene. The victim, whose age is currently unknown, remains in a critical condition at Salford Royal Hospital.

The man was hit in Rochdale, greater Manchester, early on Sunday morning
The man was hit in Rochdale, greater Manchester, early on Sunday morning

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "Around 3.25am on Sunday 19 November 2023, officers in a police vehicle requested a vehicle to stop in Rochdale. The driver failed to stop and a short police pursuit commenced on Milnrow Road and continued onto Rochdale Road, where a collision occurred between the police vehicle and a pedestrian.

"The vehicle failed to stop at the scene of the collision. Officers provided medical assistance to the injured pedestrian, who was taken to Salford Royal Hospital, where they remain in a critical condition. A scene has been established and enquiries are ongoing to locate the male driver who made off.

"In-line with normal procedure, referrals have been made to GMP’s Professional Standards Directorate and the Independent Office for Police Conduct."

Roads surrounding the incident that were closed as part of the cordon have now reopened again. No further details, including the sex of the pedestrian involved, have been released.

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