Man almost loses his hand following machete attack

Date published: 07 November 2018

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man almost lost his hand in a machete attack in Middleton.

Shortly before 11.30pm yesterday (Tuesday), police were called to Berwyn Avenue in Middleton, to reports that a 20-year-old man had been assaulted with a knife and had serious injuries to his hand.

Police and Ambulance services attended and the man was taken to hospital where he will require surgery.

An investigation has been launched.

Witnesses have so far suggested to police that around five men were chasing the victim prior to the attack.

Detective Sergeant Tim O’Callaghan from GMP’s Rochdale borough said: “The man has been left with possibly life changing injuries because of this attack.

“We are determined to find those responsible  - weapons like machetes have no place on our streets and we are making it our top priority to find those who use them and bring them to justice so they can no longer cause misery to their victims and fear in the community.”

“I would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident or has any idea who was responsible for such an awful attack.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 0161 856 1399, alternatively call 101 quoting the reference number 2658 of 06/11/18 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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