Updated: Sunday, 9th August 2020 @ 8:23am

Mercedes stabbing attack: Arrest after Wigan man knifed 12 times and left for dead on doorstep

Mercedes stabbing attack: Arrest after Wigan man knifed 12 times and left for dead on doorstep

By Glen Keogh

Police have made two arrests after a man was stabbed 12 times and left for dead in Greater Manchester by men demanding the keys to his Mercedes.

The 59-year-old was leaving a relative’s home on Worcester Avenue, Hindley, when he was confronted by two men – who immediately stabbed him and demanded the keys to his Mercedes C220.

The victim was left with serious injuries to his arms and neck.

Two 26-year-old men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder by Greater Manchester Police.

Detective Inspector Jon Keeley said: "Thankfully, the man is responding well to treatment and is improving by the hour.

“However, we need to be clear that this is by chance, not design, and the horrific injuries he has sustained could easily have proved fatal such was the ferocity of this attack.

"He was stabbed 12 times just so these would-be thieves could steal his car.

“There is no history between the offenders and the victim – it appears to simply be a case of an extremely violent robbery by criminals desperate for the vehicle.”

When the pair left without the car, shortly after 9.55am on Sunday February 17, they fled down Worcester Avenue and then through a back lane towards Smithwood Avenue.

Detective Inspector Keeley added: "We understand the shock and anxiety this has caused in the community.

“People are clearly going to be concerned that such an appalling attack has happened on their doorstep, so there will be a heavy police presence in the coming days and I would appeal to anyone who is concerned to speak to any officer.

"It is also important that we inform the community that we have made an arrest, but our investigation is very much at the early stages and we will be carrying out exhaustive inquiries to ensure the offenders are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.  

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