‘Horrifying’ Wigan petrol bomb explosion could be connected to weekend slashing as police link events

By Danielle Wainwright

An ‘horrifying’ petrol bomb explosion at a house in Wigan may be linked to the stabbing of a man who was dumped outside a hospital over the weekend, police believe.

The blast occurred at about 10.20pm on Monday March 18 as a 54-year-old man was at his home in Mount View, Lower Ince.

He went into his front room after hearing the noise and found that a fire had started – luckily he managed to put the blaze out with a fire extinguisher.

A silver car was seen leaving the area shortly afterwards.

Detective Chief Inspector Howard Millington said: “This was a horrifying experience for the victim, who is fortunate he wasn’t badly hurt or killed by this hateful act.

“Dedicated patrols have been put in place to reassure both the victim and the wider community.”

Detectives say the incident could be connected with the stabbing of a man on Saturday March 16 as it is believed he was attacked at the same address.

The 24-year-old man is now being treated in hospital for wounds to the face, neck and abdomen.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in relation to the stabbing incident, and has been bailed pending further police enquiries.

DCI Millington said: “We have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances behind this petrol bomb attack and the stabbing over the weekend, and we have a number of lines of enquiry that we are pursuing.

“However, we are appealing for witnesses who may have seen where the offenders went next.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7124 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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