Wigan man left with ‘life-changing injuries’ after being stabbed in own home… all for his wallet

By David Aspinall

A Wigan man who answered a knock on his door only to be robbed and stabbed four times last week during an unprovoked attack is in critical condition in hospital.

The 62-year-old victim was stabbed four times in the back and chest areas at about 5.30pm on Sunday August 25 as he returned home.

The offender knocked on his door and tried to force his way in, stabbing the man and stealing his wallet before fleeing from the side entrance to the house on Diamond Street in Leigh. 

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington from Greater Manchester Police said: “This man has spent the best part of a week in hospital and he remains very poorly.

“He has been subjected to a violent, terrifying attack in the sanctity of his own home and left with possibly life-changing injuries.

“We, and his family, remain hopeful he will recover but his condition has not improved since he was first admitted and he is gravely ill.”

The offender is described as a white male in his 30s, about 5ft 9in or 10in of medium build and with short fair coloured hair.

Witnesses have said they saw a man of similar appearance at the victim’s house earlier in the day and on a previous occasion.

DCI Millington added: “Understandably his family are both desperate for him to recover but also for answers, so we are renewing our appeal for anyone with information about this horrendous stabbing to come forward.

“If you do know something, or you suspect who may be involved, then please contact the police.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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