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Handcuffed man on the run after escaping during immigration raid
Friday 7th July 2017 @ 10:59 by Adam Higgins
Droylsden News

A handcuffed man is currently on the run after fleeing from immigration officers in Droylsden.

The Home Office is working with Greater Manchester Police to find the absconder, who escaped following a raid on Fairfield Road on Wednesday.

The man, who is believed to be in his 30s and of Ghanaian origin, managed to break free whilst being taken into custody during an Immigration Enforcement operation.

He took off and was seen near the canal bridge by Maddison Road in the town a short while later.

The man, who spoke with a foreign accent, is also believed to have approached a girl who was on her way to school and asked her to pull his jumper down over his arms.

She ignored him initially but finally agreed after he had persisted and she saw he was wearing handcuffs, immediately calling her father who reported it to the police.

Scene: Fairfield Road in Droylsden, from where the man fled during an immigration raid

A Home Office spokesperson confirmed that an investigation has been launched and said such incidents are ‘extremely rare’ while any breach of security is taken very seriously.

Their statement said: “We can confirm that a man absconded whilst being taken into custody during an Immigration Enforcement operation at a residential address in Fairfield Road, Droylsden, Manchester, on July 5. We are working with the police and taking steps to return him to custody.”

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson confirmed the incident involving the school girl had been reported to them.

They said: “We received a call at 8.34am on Wednesday, July 5, reporting that a girl had been approached by a man who asked her to pull down his jumper over his arms. She ignored the man, but he persisted, so she did what he asked and when she did she saw he was wearing handcuffs. The man then walked off.”

GMP also said that the fire service had been informed of the absconder in case anyone approached them asking for help to remove handcuffs.