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PC Blinded In One Eye After Manchester Derby Attack

May 11, 2010

Man wanted in missile inquiry

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police

A police officer was blinded in one eye after being hit by a missile after the Manchester derby.

The 24-year-old was trying to deal with a disturbance among rival fans outside the City Manchester Stadium last month when he was hit by an object.

He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary and now only has partial sight in the injured eye. It is not known if this will be permanent.

Police have issued a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to.

The officer was outside gate seven, on Ashton New Road, when the incident happened on 17 April.

‘Mindless thug’

Greater Manchester Police said the missile was thrown by one of a number of fans leaving the stadium after the match.

Supt Jim Liggett said: “The officer was simply doing his job, trying to ensure the match passed off safely and enjoyably for fans, when some mindless thug threw something at him.

“He may now be permanently blind in one eye as a result and, sadly, this incident demonstrates what can happen when objects are thrown indiscriminately and the dangers faced by police officers every single day.

“I would like to hear from anyone who knows the person in the image as he may have vital information about who may be responsible.”

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