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Man charged after van driven towards crowd of people in Bolton

No one was injured during the incident.

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 8th August 2022

A man has been charged after a van was driven into a crowd of people in a town centre in Bolton over the weekend.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has confirmed that a man has been charged with dangerous and drink driving after an incident occurred on Market Street in Westhoughton – which is the borough town’s commercial high street – at around 1:30am on Saturday, and prompted a large emergency services response to rush to the scene shortly after.

The road was closed and a cordon was put in place shortly afterwards, with police confirmed to be making enquiries throughout Saturday morning.

Nobody was injured during the incident, and GMP believes it to have been “domestic related”.

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27-year-old Riesse Hamilton, of Elmbridge Walk in Bolton, was arrested at the scene, and he has since been charged with one count of dangerous driving and one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol.

He also been charged with three counts of attempted Section 18 assault following the incident.

Speaking on the incident, a spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police explained: “The charges are in relation to an incident which occurred on Saturday morning (6 August 2022), just after 1.30am, when police received a report of a male driving a van into a group of people on Market Street, Westhoughton.

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“Officers attended and Hamilton was arrested at the scene.

“No serious injuries were reported and it is believed that the incident was domestic related.”

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