A HORSERIDER has suffered serious injuries after two vehicles "dangerously drove towards them" and caused the animal to bolt.

The incident is believed to have taken place on Bee Fold Lane, near the fishing pond in Atherton, at around 1pm on Sunday, February 25.

Two vehicles are reported to have driven towards the horse while revving their engines, with a woman rider thrown from the saddle as it ran away.

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Greater Manchester Police say that enquiries are ongoing in connection with the incident, although no arrests have been made at this time.

Attempting to broaden their investigation, officers are now appealing to the public, and particularly the riders of the pictured bikes, as they believe they have vital information that could help with the investigation.

Sergeant Paul Bodley of GMP’s Wigan district said; “We are aware witnesses were in the area at the time and also helped the rider in the aftermath, so are keen to speak to them to understand further what has happened and whether we can identify any suspects.

“We understand incidents such as this linked to anti-social behaviour has a distressing effect in local areas and we are taking a proactive, hard stance to this. High-visibility patrols remain in place locally to ensure we can respond quickly and effectively, but also give the public the chance to speak to officers about any concerns.”

Information or detail can be shared on 101 quoting incident 2379 of 27/02/2024 or through the police's live chat service online.