Two men arrested after 'shooting' and serious motorbike crash in Salford

Two men have been arrested after a motorbike involved in a shooting in Salford crashed shortly afterwards. A shotgun was found in the street following the smash on Liverpool Road in Irlam on Friday night. Police say the bike had been used in a shooting on nearby Kings Road minutes earlier.

A burnt-out black Chrysler found on Cutnook Lane, Irlam, is also being linked to the crash. Five men were seen setting fire to the car at about 8.15pm before running away. Following the crash two men, both aged in their early 20s, were taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life threatening.

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They were arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm or ammunition with intent to endanger life and remain in hospital at this time.

One witness, who was among the first on the scene, told the Manchester Evening News a biker and a pedestrian were injured in the crash. She said: “I was there providing first aid.

A shotgun was found in the street

“Two men suffered head injuries, one was on a bike and one was a pedestrian. “A witness told me a car had hit the bike and drove off hitting the pedestrian.”

A damaged motorbike could be seen within the police cordon in the grounds of St John’s Church. Pictures from the scene show a large number of officers at the scene, with a wide cordon in place.

Two men arrested after 'shooting' and serious motorbike crash in SalfordLiverpool Road was closed following the crash

Armed police also attended and shut the road off, with forensic officers seen combing the area in the aftermath. A shotgun was also pictured in the road within the police cordon and was later covered by a green sheet.

Two men arrested after 'shooting' and serious motorbike crash in SalfordPolice in Liverpool Road, Irlam

Det Insp Zoe Nightingale said: “Our investigation is in its early stages but we are currently treating all three incidents as linked and we have two men in custody for questioning.

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“I fully understand the concern that events like these can cause for the community but I want to assure the public that we are doing all that we can to ensure all those responsible are identified and located.

“We would like to take this opportunity to appeal to anyone with witnessed any of last night’s incidents or has any concerns to get in touch with police.

“Any information, no matter how small, could prove crucial to the investigation.”

Anyone with information, or dashcam footage, is urged to get in touch with police on 0161 856 2079 quoting log 2611 of February 19 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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