Man Arrested After Attempted Murder Of Toddler He Threw Off 30ft Bridge Into River

By NewsRoom24 on October 2nd, 2017 / Views
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A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a toddler was dropped from a bridge has been released by police.

The three-year-old girl survived the 30ft fall from Astley Bridge, Bolton, and was rescued from the water by officers.

Police also pulled a man to safety after he plunged in after her and was later arrested.

He was released under investigation today, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said.

Police arrived in Crompton Way at about 8.30pm on Friday after reports that a man was on the bridge and making threats about the child.

He refused to speak to specially-trained police negotiators and dropped the girl into the water.

An officer who was already in the river quickly reached the toddler, and she was taken to hospital where she was found to have a broken wrist.

The man then plunged from the bridge into the water, suffering minor injuries, GMP said.

Officers reached him quickly and he was also taken to hospital.

Superintendent Paul Savill, of GMP’s Bolton borough, said: “Thankfully the little girl will recover from her physical injuries, but the trauma she was put through is heart-breaking.

“My thoughts are with her and her family.”

The matter has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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