Heroic Levenshulme neighbour, 62, has arm ‘shattered’ in vicious hammer attack while protecting home next door

By Glen Keogh

A heroic 62-year-old man had his arm shattered in a vicious hammer attack when he tried to protect his neighbour’s Levenshulme home from would-be burglars.

The two callous thugs also hit the man in the face with the hammer and head butted him when he disturbed them as they gathered around his neighbour’s ground floor window.

He saw a torch shining next door and walked round to be met by the attackers who launched their assault which culminated in them repeatedly hitting his arm with the hammer, before running off.

Detective Constable Nick Fernandes from North Manchester police said: “This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a man who was simply looking out for his neighbour.

“When he confronted the two men who were clearly up to no good, seriously assaulted him.  

“One of them hit him so hard with a hammer it caused his arm to shatter.”

The incident happened at 10.30pm on Saturday April 13 when the victim walked down the alleyway to his neighbour’s house on Field Bank Grove after seeing a torch being shone through the ground floor window from his own garden.

Police have now released an efit of one of the offenders who put the victim in hospital with a broken arm.

It relates to the second offender who is described as about 40 years old, he was fatter than the first man and was about 6ft tall.

He wore a black coat and gloves and spoke with an eastern European accent.

The first offender is described as aged between 29 to 30 and of stocky build, he was about 5ft 9in tall with short dark hair. He was wearing a dark leather jacket with a black top underneath and dark gloves. He spoke with an eastern European accent.

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