A police dog handler is in a critical condition after crashing his van whilst responding to a disturbance in Bolton.
Police Constable Peter Charlesworth, 45, suffered serious head and chest injuries after colliding with a tree at 12.40am on Thursday near to the junction of Almond Street and Crompton Way.
An officer responding to the same incident spotted the damaged van and called emergency services to remove PC Charlesworth from the vehicle before he was taken to hospital.
His family said: “Peter is a great bloke and has been a police officer for ten years and is currently in his dream role as a dog handler.
“On the morning of Thursday April 26 he was at work and on patrol responding to an emergency call from the public when his vehicle was involved in a collision. His partner Sue and all Peter’s family are devastated and pray for his speedy recovery.”
An investigation has been launched to establish the cause of the collision.
Anyone with information should phone the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 0161 856 4745.