Police step up manhunt following 'brutal assault'

Date published: 04 December 2018

Police investigating after a man was seriously assaulted and his vehicle stolen in Rochdale have released images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

The victim, a man in his 50s, was parked up in his black Ford Fiesta ST2 on Leamington Street at 10.55pm on Saturday, November 3, 2018 when a White Nissan Juke passed by and parked up around the corner.

Three men armed with baseball bats got out of the Nissan and approached the man’s vehicle.

One of the men demanded that he got out of the car, before hitting him over the head with a baseball bat.

A female passenger was then threatened by the other two men who told her to get out of the car and leave her handbag behind.

The offenders then split up and drove away the victim’s car and the Nissan Juke.

The victim sustained a large laceration to his head.

He was taken to hospital and has since recovered.

Do you recognise this man?

The stolen vehicle, a black Ford Fiesta ST2 registration MM17 YAF is still outstanding.

Police have now released the images of two men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Detective Constable Ellen Molloy said:  “This was a brutal assault that could have had potentially much more grave consequences.

“Thankfully, the victim has recovered well from his injuries and we’re determined to find those responsible for his injuries and the theft of his car.

“We believe the men pictured may have important information on this crime.

“Do you recognise them or have any information? If so – contact police immediately.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 8756 quoting incident 2409 of 03/11/18 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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