Police officer doused in petrol as man sets house on fire during arrest

A police officer has been left with suspected chemical burns on his eye after a suspect threw a flammable substance at him and set a property on fire during an arrest.

The incident took place on Higher Market Street in Farnworth near Bolton, Greater Manchester at approximately 11pm on Friday night.

Officers arrived at the scene and found flames erupting from under the door of a property.

The officers broke in to find a suspect shouting violently while attempting to barricade himself into the property.

During the struggle, the suspect, named by Greater Manchester Police as Christian Smith, threw a flammable substance on one of the responding officers.

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Smith has since been arrested and charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life, one count of affray, one count of actual bodily harm to a police officer and one count of harassment.

While the injured officer has been treated and discharged from hospital by medics.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: "A 51-year-old man has been arrested following an incident in Bolton where officers were doused with petrol and a property was set alight."

The police spokesperson went on to claim: "As officers attempted to detain the suspect, he resisted arrest and threw a substance believed to be petrol over officers before dousing himself in the substance and threatening to set himself on fire."

They went on: "As officers entered the property, the man continued to resist arrest and set fire to the doorway before attempting to barricade himself inside.

"The suspect was safely detained and arrested on suspicion of malicious communications, breach of a restraining order, arson with intent to endanger life and assault on an emergency services worker."

Greater Manchester Police gave details of the incident in a statement writing: "Christian Smith of Higher Market Street, Farnworth has been charged with one count of arson with intent to endanger life, one count of affray, one count of actual bodily harm to a police officer and one count of harassment.

"He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates Court on Monday 14 December 2020.

"Shortly before 11pm on Friday 11 December 2020, officers attended an address on Higher Market Street in Farnworth to carry out an arrest for very recent domestic violence offences.

"An officer was subsequently taken to hospital where he received treatment from an eye specialist for suspected chemical burns.

"He has subsequently been discharged but requires further assessment later this week."

Assistant Chief Constable Rob Potts, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "This was a challenging situation which highlights the dangerous conditions our officers are often faced with when carrying out their duties to protect our community and those who are in need of our help.

"Every single day our officers are willing and prepared to do everything within their powers, including putting themselves in harm’s way, in order to protect our most vulnerable victims, including those of domestic violence."

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