Man attacks officer in M56 motorway hard shoulder fight

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Image caption A section of the M56 in Cheshire was closed following the disturbance

A police officer has been taken to hospital after he was attacked by a man who was seen walking on a motorway hard shoulder.

A section of the M56 near Lymm in Cheshire was closed following the incident at about 07:00 BST, in which the man also tried to steal the officer's car.

He was arrested and the road later reopened.

The officer needed treatment for an injury to his face, police said.

North West Motorway Police said a rolling road block was put in place while officers tried to restrain the man.

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