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Specially trained police negotiators were called to the bridge in Bolton. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Man arrested after toddler dropped into river from Bolton bridge

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a three-year-old girl was dropped 30ft from a bridge into a river,The Guardian reports.

Officers with Greater Manchester police (GMP) received reports at 8.30pm on Friday that a man was standing on the bridge on Crompton Way in Bolton threatening to drop a child into the river.

Specially trained police negotiators attended and an operation was put in place to rescue the child from the river should she fall. The man refused to speak to officers and then dropped the girl into the river, where an officer was in position and reached her after she entered the water. She was taken to hospital and treated for a broken wrist.

The man then fell from the bridge into the water, where officers were able to reach him and he was taken out of the water and taken to hospital. The man, 39, sustained minor injuries.

Supt Paul Savill, from GMPs Bolton borough, said: “Thankfully the little girl will recover from her physical injuries, but the trauma she was put through is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with her and her family. “We have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder, he will be questioned by police at the earliest opportunity.

“We have a specialist team of negotiators who always try their utmost to resolve these situations without injury and get people the support they need. Sadly on this occasion the man failed to engage. However, we had a second team waiting in the water to enable us to rescue the child within seconds of her entering the water.

“We will now ensure that the little girl and her family have all the support going forward, to help her make a full recovery.” A voluntary referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was made by GMP.

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