Man stabbed in Leigh home by burglar
11:45am Monday 26th August 2013 in News
A BURGLAR stabbed a man four times in the back and chest after he opened his front door.
The 62-year-old victim did not receive life threatening injuries but remains in hospital.
The incident happened in Diamond Street, Leigh, on Sunday at 5.30pm.
The victim had just returned home when he heard a knock on the front door and went to answer it.
He was confronted by the burglar, who forced his way in and stabbed him four times with a blade. He snatched the victim’s wallet from his pocket and fled as the victim lay on the ground.
Det Insp Martin Reddington said: £Thankfully, the victim's injuries are not life-threatening and he is receiving treatment in the best possible place. First and foremost, our thoughts are with him and we hope he will make a full recovery following this shocking and appalling incident.
“It is no exaggeration to say this man's injuries could have been far worse and possibly even fatal given that he was stabbed up to four times with some sort of blade. The actions of this violent offender are utterly reprehensible, cowardly and we need to find him and bring him to justice. “ He urged people with information about the criminal to come forward and advised residents to take precautions.
He said:”I also understand the anxiety this will cause in the local area. Thankfully, incidents of such violence in the privacy of people's homes are extremely rare in this area and we believe this is an isolated incident. Nevertheless, this in no way diminishes the seriousness of this crime and we must ensure no-one else falls victim to such violence.
“There will be a large police presence in the area in the coming days and I would ask that if anyone is worried they approach an officer. We do not want people to panic but it is right people take precautions at this time. If you have a chain or lock on your door, make sure you use it and do not answer the door to strangers.”
The suspect is described as being white, about 5ft 10in tall, in his 30s, and of a scruffy appearance and may have taken drugs.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
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