Manchester burger van vendor knifed by ‘customer’ who got behind the counter

A burger van man was stabbed in the thigh in a ‘targeted attack’ by a ‘customer’ who got behind the counter during the vendor’s lunchtime shift on Manchester’s Bury New Road this weekend.

The 40-year-old victim was behind the counter of the burger van, near Manchester Car Refurbishments, when a ‘customer’ got out of a car and ordered a drink at 12pm on Saturday August 8.

The man looked like he was returning to the car to get money to pay for the beverage but instead when he came back he tried to stab the burger vendor and missed.

He then got into the van and stabbed the victim in the thigh before getting back into the car and driving off – police believe it was a ‘targeted attack’.

Detective Constable Andy Quinn said: “We have launched an investigation and believe this was a targeted attack. 

“Thankfully the victim’s injury is not as serious as it could have been and he is currently in hospital in a stable condition.”

The offender is described as being white, in his early 20s, of stocky build, around 5ft 8in tall, had fair eyebrows with black NHS style reading glasses which looked out of place.

He had a round face and was clean shaven. He was wearing a black tracksuit with a white t-shirt, black and white TNS trainers, a black fisherman`s hat with a small peak and spoke with a local accent.

DC Quinn added: “We believe the offender was with a second man who was driving the car and I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident to call police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5355 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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