AN OFF-ROAD moped rider is in a "serious but stable condition" after coming off his vehicle while being pursued by police.

The rider was being followed by police and had failed to stop after an officer's request, say Greater Manchester Police.

Police had been on off-road bikes as part of an anti-social behaviour operation.

The man, in his 20s, came off the moped on Shuttle Street in Tyldesley.

He was taken to hospital following the incident at about 4.45pm in a critical condition.

A cordon was put in place at the scene while enquiries were carried out.

The incident has been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

A GMP spokeswoman said the man is now in a "serious but stable condition".

After the incident, PC John Cavanagh, from GMP's Serious Investigation Collision Unit, had said: "We have referred the incident to the IOPC due to the police contact in the moments before this incident.

"We will do all we can to support any subsequent investigation.

"Anyone with information can report it online or by using our LiveChat service online at quoting incident number 2138 of June 6, 2021.

"Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."