TWO men from East Lancashire have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a car was allegedly driven at police during a routine stop-check in Manchester.

Police have said that a red Hyundai was pulled over in Rochdale Road, Harpurhey, as it was suspected the vehicle was being driven too fast.

But as two police officers approached the car, around 10.50pm on Sunday, the vehicle suddenly reversed.

The car struck both officers and sped away, according to investigators from Greater Manchester Police.

A police spokesman said one of the officers used his radio to call for help and extra patrols and paramedics were soon on the scene.

The officers were rushed to hospital for treatment, with one having sustained a fractured skull and a bleed to the brain.

But police chiefs say that the injury, while serious, is not believed to be life-threatening. His colleague’s wrist was broken wrist.

Joint inquiries by the Greater Manchester force and colleagues from Lancashire Constabulary later led to a warrant being carried out at an address in Haslingden.

The pair, aged 36 and 49, have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. A car was also seized for checks.

Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan said: “Our thoughts are with the officers and their families as they recover. Sadly what this incident painfully highlights is the dangers officers face every day when protecting the public.”

Police are seeking witnesses to the incident and anyone who knows anything is asked to call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.